The significance of the occasion was to commemorate the 150th death anniversary of the founder of CMI ,St.Kuriakose Elias Chavara and the family get together of the teaching and non teaching staff of Carmel International School , along with the management as an act of thanksgiving to God Almighty in this 150 years of St.Chavara .The families of the teaching and non teaching staff gathered at 6 p.m. on 23 rd Feb . The chief guest of the occasion was Rev.Fr. Joby. who delivered a thought provoking message focussing on the life of St.Chavara. Rev.Fr. James and Rev.Fr. Linson graced the occasion with their valuable presence.The auspicious occasion, commenced with a warmth of welcome by Rev.Fr. Principal .The formal welcome address ended with welcoming each family with a flower , which made everyone feel very special. A prayer service was organised, where prayers were offered for the members of CMI institutions , for the students ,staff ,families and for the common welfare of the nation through the intercession of Mother Mary our Patroness and through our founder St.Chavara, who is regarded as the champion of families. When we pray passionately and purposefully , according to God‟s will , God responds powerfully! Everyone was inspired to spend few moments in the presence of God . The prayer service ended with the final blessing of the gathering by Rev.Fr.Joby, the chief guest of the occasion. Dance performance of the staff with their children captured everyone‟s attention through sentiments and emotions. Innovative and exciting games were organised by Rev.Fr.Allwin for couples and children . Gifts were given to each family in memory of St.Chavara „s 150 years. Dinner was arranged which made the day complete . “In truth a family is what we make it. It is made strong by the memories we share, by the commitment of time, care and love we give for our family ” The day was memorable for the life time for both the staff and their family members ,which gave them the feeling of oneness with the carmel family .