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Thanks Giving Mass November 2016
Our Lady of Monserrat, better known as the Black Madonna, was venerated by the staff and students of SJBHS on the 24th of November, 2016.

It was also the Feast of St. John Berchmans, and so 49 altar servers in their red and white mass vestments, led the procession as the festal mass commenced. The main celebrant, Fr. Hedwig D’Costa SJ, enlightened the devotees about the origin of the veneration of the Black Madonna from the second century itself and the reasons for the statue being black. The beauty and radiance of Mother Mary as Our Lady of Monserrat shone forth from the miniature statue that adorned the left side of the SJBHS chapel.

Fr. Hedwig also threw light on the Belgian saint, John Berchmans, who died before being ordained a priest but his love and devotion to serve mass makes him the patron saint of the altar servers.

The staff and students young and old, paid rapt attention to the proceedings and sang melodiously with the choir as they now know that the veneration to Our Lady of Monserrat would be so much more realistic with the constant reminder of the Black Madonna showering her love on our school.