Parish priest Fr Jose Marie Thekkikutte MSFS and the parishioners of Tortuga Parish celebrated the 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary of one of its communities, Sacred Heart RC Church, Gasparillo last Sunday. The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was June 8.
Archbishop Jason Gordon was the chief celebrant; Arima parish priest Fr Steve Duncan, a former parish priest, and former parishioner Fr Wilfred John concelebrated. Deacons Simon Rostant and Tristam Mathura assisted.
The celebrations started June 1 with a nine-day novena to the Sacred Heart spearheaded by Mr and Mrs Keith Dass of Mayo community. A Mass was celebrated daily during the novena by a past parish priest, or a priest from the central vicariate. Different parish ministries were also delegated to assist with the liturgy at each Mass. Memorabilia was also available on sale: key chains, bags, mugs, coasters etc with a beautiful picture of the church.