The Christmas and Community Day Celebrations was organized on the 23rd of December, 2022.The Holy Eucharist was celebrated in the College Shrine at 8.30 a.m. Rev.Dr. John Alexander, the Rector and Secretary, was the main celebrant.
The Holy Mass was followed by Christmas and Community Day celebrations in the Kamarajar Arangam at 10.a.m. The Salesian Community, the teaching fraternity, non-teaching staff and the students came together as a family to celebrate the Birth of Christ and spread the word of love and gratitude.
Rev.Dr. Gandhi Kallarasan, the spiritual animator and campus minister of the college, led a meaningful prayer service seeking the Lord’s blessings to be showered on each and everyone in the campus.
After the prayer service, Rev. Dr. D. Maria Antony Raj, the Principal, welcomed the gathering and felicitated Rev. Dr. John Alexander, the Rector and Secretary. Father explained to the students about the meaning of Christmas and Community Day Celebration. He dwelled on the benefit of living together as a family. He cited references from the Bible to show that, “Living together is beautiful”. He said that there were 22 Salesians, 200 teaching faculty,100 non-teaching staff and about 5000 students in the Sacred Heart Family.
He urged the students to acknowledge everyone who have helped them in their life. Further, Rev. Fr. D. Maria Antony Raj, the Principal acknowledged Rev.Fr.John Alexander for his commitment and highlighted the qualities that distinguish him as a visionary leader. Father shared his Christmas message on the need for listening to God’s voice.
Later, Rev.Dr.John Alexander, launched the D space software. D space is open source software, used as an institutional repository that provides access to e-contents like library collections, research output and scholarly publications of the faculty, research scholars and the students of our college. Currently, there are 24,250 e-links available in our digital library software. It can be accessed through the college login by clicking on “Digital Library” menu. Rev. Fr. D. Maria Antony Raj, the Principal thanked the team behind it, Dr.Selvam, Dr.Philomeen and Mr.Kesavan for their efforts.
Father Rector and Principal honoured the athletes who won the Overall championship of Thiruvalluvar University Inter College Tournament. Out of nearly 125 Colleges that participated, the athletes of Sacred Heart College won 10 Gold medals and seven Silver medals. Mr.Abishek won an individual championship.
Dr. Pon Selvakumar, Head of the Department of Tamil, felicitated father Rector on behalf of the teaching staff. Father Rector in his message to the students said that, two things keep us joyful. One is being grateful to God and the second one is to appreciate people around us. God blesses us when we acknowledge others for their services and achievements. He thanked father Principal for his support and acknowledged his efforts for taking the college to a prestigious position. He said that the college has become digitally strong because of the services rendered by our own staff. Father also thanked, Rev.Dr.G. Theophil Anand, Vice Principal, (Shift –I) for leading the academic community. He also acknowledged the contributions of Rev.Dr.S. John Borg, the Controller of Examinations, Rev. Dr.Gandhi Kallarasan, Rev. Fr. S. Henry Daniel Ambrose, Rev. Fr. J. Andrews Raja, Rev. Fr. T. Sathinathan Thomas, Rev.Fr.Gabriel, the Brothers of the Salesian Community, the teaching staff, the non-teaching staff and the wardens. He concluded saying, without God’s mercy it’s difficult to achieve great things.
The audience was entertained with Carols sung by the teaching and non teaching staff. They were enthralled by the dance performances of the boys and girls and the Santa Claus show by the students of MSW.
Dr.Jacob Stanley Inbaraj, Head of the Department of Economics, thanked everyone for their extensive love and support in organizing the celebrations.