Pics by Alban D’Souza &Joyston D’Souza

Kuwait, Sep 13: Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA), in collaboration with the Konkani community of the Holy Family Cathedral celebrated the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Monthi Fest on the September 10 at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City.

KCWA has been celebrating this feast since its formation in 1988 and Mangalureans all around the world celebrate the important feast.

Parish Priest Fr Peter, Fr Anthony Lopez, Fr Noel D’Almeida, Fr Xavier D’Souza, Fr Blany Pinto, Fr Franco Pereira, visiting priest Fr Ivan Melvin D’Souza and Deacon Sylvester D’Souza blessed the novem and dates at 4:00 pm at the grotto amidst a huge gathering of people followed by the procession to the church for the concelebrated mass in Konkani.

The traditional fellowship dinner had been arranged for thousands of devotees gathered on this occasion. Over 3000 devotees took part in the celebration. KCWA’s president Hilary Stevan Rego welcomed the gathering. Fr Ivan recited the grace before dinner. The dinner was prepared by M&M Confectionery.

The main objective of KCWA in celebrating the Monthi Fest along with the traditional dinner in the Holy Family Cathedral is to provide those who work as house helps and drivers, an opportunity to enjoy the feast as one family. KCWA is indebted to Bishop Camillo Ballin for having faith in their motto and for giving them the opportunity to serve their brethren.

KCWA in a very special way thanks the Konkani community of the Holy Family Cathedral headed by Fr Anthony Lopez. KCWA thanks all those who came forward to help as volunteers – to serve the fellowship dinner, to usher the crowd, and those who supported this event with their generous contribution.

The whole event was successfully coordinated by Freya Saldanha with the support from KCWA managing committee members.