Udupi: Mother Mary feast celebrated at Stella Maris Church Kalmady in grand manner

Pics: Sany Digital Studio, Kalmady

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi

Udupi, Aug 15: Annual feast of Our Lady of Vailankani Shrine was celebrated with rich of devotedness on Wednesday August 15 at Stella Maris Church, Kalmady.

Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, bishop of Udupi diocese, presided over the Holy Eucharistic celebrations, while Fr Alban D’Souza, director of the Shrine, Fr Chethan Lobo, PRO in-charge of diocese of Udupi, priests from the deanery and diocese took part in the festival Mass. 


Bishop Lobo in his homily said, “We have gathered here to celebrate the feat of Mother Mary after 9 days of novena. Today we celebrate three feasts here. First are assumptions of Mother Mary, feast of the shrine and Indian independence. But the message from these feasts is one, and that is Freedom,”

“After our death our body will decompose in the dust and soul will rise to heaven. But in case of Jesus Christ his body did not become dust, but he rose from the tomb and his soul went to heaven. Similar way, Heavenly Father raised Mother Mary to heaven. Fear of God is the biggest gift Mother Mary had in addition to other gifts,”

“She is real ray of hope for our freedom. If we follow the holy life of helping others, then we will also find salvation. Death is not an end. There is eternal life after that,”

“Today we celebrate Indian Independence. If each person in the nation enjoys the freedom of religion finance, language and culture, then it is the real freedom. And this might be the same dream of all those freedom fighters who fought for the independence of the nation,”

“We have come across the recent rain damage in many places. Let us pray for all those victims on this occasion,”

In this thanksgiving message Fr Alban said that during the novena, thousands of devotes witnessed the spiritual richness in the place and informed that after the new church was inaugurated, devotees have been pouring in large numbers on daily basis.

“Today’s church is a dream of Dr Gerald Lobo, and it came from him before he took charge as bishop of Udupi. And this led to many developments in this place. During the novena, nearly 12 parish choir groups, many priests and volunteers rendered their service here,”

Bishop honoured the sponsors of the celebration with blessed candle. In his message he praised the parish priest, parishioners, donors and devotes for the development of Kalmady.

For the first time, two days of celebrations were held during the feast. On Tuesday, Dr Henry D’Souza, bishop of Bellary had presided over the Eucharistic celebrations. And on August 15, a total number of 5 Mass celebrations were held.
A fellowship meal was arranged for all the devotees.


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  • Divya, Bondel

    Thu, Aug 16 2018

    Happy feast .. God please bless us.

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  • Lancy Dsa. Port Victoria, Sychells, Kalmady

    Wed, Aug 15 2018


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  • Roland Ida D'Souza, Kalmady / Riyadh

    Wed, Aug 15 2018

    Its a beautiful moment. Being away I really missed this opportunity to witness in person. Wish all the parishioners, well wishers and devotees a Happy Feast. May Mother Mary and Jesus Christ bless us all with good health and happiness. A lovely and disciplined arrangement. Kudos to Fr. Alban and team.

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    Wed, Aug 15 2018

    wish u all happy feast to parishioners of kalmady.

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  • Wilson DSouza, Kalmady / Muscat

    Wed, Aug 15 2018

    Wa What a Loverly coverage by Daiji..Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and the message. May God Bless u abundantly..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Aug 15 2018

    Mother Mary Guard & Bless Us ...

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 15 2018


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