Udupi: Mount Rosary church at Santhekatte inaugurated

Pics: Umesh Marapalli

Daijiworld Media Network- Udupi(HB)

Udupi, Jan 6: Thousands of devotees witnessed the grand inauguration and blessing of the newly built Mount Rosary church at Santhekatte (Kallianpur) here on Tuesday January 6.


Jerry Vincent Dias,vice president of parish pastoral council and president of builders association with and Molly Dias inaugurated the stage programme symbolically by releasing balloons.

Dr Gerald Issac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi diocese blessed the gathering. He said that the church does not belong only to christian community but also to all the people of other religions.

Dr Aloysius P D’Souza, bishop of Mangaluru, offered the first Eucharistic service in the new church in the presence of hundreds of priests, nuns and thousands of christians as well as non-christians.

After the service he said “We have to keep our soul clean first, external beauty is not important. While entering the church the designs look attractive, but our prayers to seek the blessings of God are much more important."

Oscar Fernandes speaking on the occasion said  “This is my birth place and I always used to go to church for prayer here. It reminds me of my childhood days. We have to indulge in welfare programmes and think on development, only then can we achieve our goals."

Udupi MLA, Pramod Madhwaraj said that it is a matter of pleasure to him, because this is the first church inaugurated after he became MLA. He was also happy with many churches being constructed in the nearby areas.

He said that he has fulfilled his promise by completing the road construction from Santhekatte junction to church. He conveyed his best wishes on the occasion.

The programme began with invocation by students of the church School. Many cultural programmes glittered the occasion.

Before the inaguaration of the church, the inter-religious get-together was held on January 5, headed by the Bishop of Udupi.

Fr Denis D’Sa, PRO, Udupi diocese, the faithful of Mount Rosary parish and Kallianpur deanery (Varado), non-Christians, Dr Leo Cornelio, Archbishop of Bhopal Archdiocese, Dr Gerald John Mathias  Bishop of Lucknow diocese, district-in-charge minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, MLC Ivan D’Souza , Rev Oswald Lewis, Bishop Jaipur district, Fr Stany Lobo, Dean Kallianpur Deanery, Loura Rodrigues, Superior, Goretti convent, Kallianpur, Satish Nayak, president, Kallianpur panchayat, former MP Jayaprakash Hegde, former MLA Raghupathi Bhat, Janardhan Thonse and others were present.


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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Fri, Jan 9 2015

    @ Desi Jawan,

    Goondas and Bajrangis are unwelcome for the occasion.

    Keep burning inside of yourself!!

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara (Bajjodi) Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Wed, Jan 7 2015

    Congratulations to all parishioners , Fr. Philip Neri, Bishops, priests donors, and all the faithful on the inauguration of Mount Rosary church at Santhekatte. Let God's choicest blessings shower upon those who All worked very hard to build this one of the biggest church in the region. This church is dear to me as I used to go to this church during my childhood days when I visit my uncle's house in Nejar.. Sweet memories of the old church. It is nice to see all dignitaries, MLA's, and all those who graced the occasion. Pray that this church will be an inspiration to not only to Christians but to all other faiths. May god bless new church and the parishioners.

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  • Desi Jawan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 7 2015

    Nice to see SOME OF THE GENUINE POLITICAL JOKERS on the front row.

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  • Anand Melwin D'souza, Shankerpura,Saudi Arabia

    Wed, Jan 7 2015

    Congratulations Fr. Nery. This was your dream. God bless all parishioners for your hard work. God bless you all.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi, Dubai, New York, USA.

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    Congratulations to all parishioners on the inauguration of Mount Rosary church at Santhekatte. All worked very hard in some way or the other to build this church. Good pictures by Umesh Marapalli. It was nice to see all dignitaries, MLA's, and all those who graced the occasion. God bless all of them and this church will be a growing inspiration to all especially the younger generation.

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  • Kennedy Saldanha , Nejar, Udupi/ West Virginia, USA

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    Congratulations to all Parishner's. Eager to see more pictures of the church. Feeling sad for not able to be part of the grand occasion of my Parish.

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Badyar/ Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    Captaincy of Fr Philip Neri Aranha, great support from the donors and parishioners is witnessed to see a wonderful house of God today. The dream came true. CONGRATS. May all devotees who enter into this house of God get a God experience. Mother of Holy Rosary bless all.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    Nice to see GENUINE ...

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  • Fredrick Correa, Pernal/Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    It is really encouraging to note that the local MLA and other dignitaries were present for the function. The inter religious dialogue and cultural programmes that bring different communities bring together should be encouraged. Well done dear parishioners headed by the parish priest. Congratulations and Keep up the spirit!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Frazer Town,B'lore

    Tue, Jan 6 2015

    Really good to know about the inauguration of new church dedicated to Mount Rosary in Santhekatte,Kallianpur.May this new church be a shining center to the catholic in catering their religious needs.

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