Navy renders assistance to conduct St. Anthony's Church festival in Palaitivu

The annual festival of St. Anthony's Church on the Palaitivu Island, Jaffna was successfully held on 10th and 11th March 2022. The Sri Lanka Navy provided facilities for conduct of the event and convenience of the devotees.

Following the directives of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, the Navy rendered assistance to ensure the smooth conduct of the church festival. Accordingly, the Northern Naval Command provided sea transportation, sanitary, medical facilities and drinking water, and infrastructure as well as lifesaving teams for the safety of the devotees who attended this event. The Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Aruna Tennekoon supervised these arrangements made possible by the Navy.

The main mass was conducted by the Vicar General of the Jaffna Diocese Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Jebarathnam. A group of Fathers and Nuns representing other regions also attended this year’s St. Anthony's Church festival.

A group of naval personnel of the Northern Naval Command, distinguished invitees and a large group of devotees were also present on this occasion.