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Celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday the Four(4) Parishes in Kenema joined the World over to celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our blessed virgin Mary.

The Celebration which began with a procession started at C-CURVE (former FIC) with thousands of Catholics with candles and Rosary bids marched through the principal road of Kenema(Hangha Road) in prayerful mood. 

Led by the Alter Servers and followed by the Holy Trinity Secondary School Brass band, the procession was graced by the Knights of St. John International in their famous Black and Gold regalia.The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was dressed in a vehicle that was guarded by Children dressed in white and being flanked by the Ladies Auxiliary, Juniors and the Cadets in their respective regalia. Children of the Holy Childhood Association in their popular muffler also marched behind the vehicle. The religious entourage was led by the Bishop of the Diocese of Kenema, *His Excellency, Dr. Henry Aruna* along with Priests and Religious marched in solemn procession. 

The spirited Catholic Women Association also graced the procession in their famous Blue attire and filled with joy. Another vehicle with a Public Address system was important for the Rosary recitation and songs. A mammoth crowd then followed with parishioners from various Parishes in jubilant procession triggered by the St. Joseph's Secondary School Brass Band. 

At specific points, the procession would stop for the Bishop to offer prayers such as; at the Police station (for the forces), at Choithram's Supermarket (for business people)etc. At these moments the bystanders, passers-by, drivers and riders would gaze with overwhelming astonishment.

The procession was climaxed with a Holy Mass celebrated by the Bishop.  It is worthy of note that this Celebration also marks the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception Parish Burma which is one of the newest Parishes in the Diocese.

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