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Karkala: Annual Feast of St Lawrence Begins with Devotion and Fervour


Karkala: Annual Feast of St Lawrence Begins with Devotion and  Fervour
Report  by Dr. Eugene D'Souza, Moodubelle
Pics by Arun Uppinangady & Dr Eugene

Karkala, Jan 26: The feast of St. Lawrence at Attur started with devotees and pilgrims thronging to the shrine of the Saint at Attur-Karkala on Tuesday, 26th January 2010 right from early morning. The first festive Mass was scheduled at 9.30 am. Before the Mass, devotees were seen burning the candles in front of the statue of St. Lawrence, visiting the miraculous pond and waiting in queue to pay respect to St. Lawrence in the old church behind the new one.


























The first festive Mass began at 9.30 am. Fr. Oswald Monteiro from Pakshikere was the chief celebrant of the Mass. In his homily, Fr. Oswald explained the meaning of the theme of this year’s annual feast: “Appointed and anointed for the people”, by giving examples from the Bible and the life of St. John  Marie Vianney, the patron saint of the priests. He also said that the priests who are appointed and anointed for the people can carry on their mission only in association with the people.

The church and the mezzanine floor were packed to capacity during the Mass. At the end of the Mass, the prayer for the sick was recited and a special blessing for the sick was given. Thereafter, at different places within the church and outside, the priests blessed the sick and healthy by laying their hands over their heads.

The entire campus of the Attur Church was filled with devotees and pilgrims. People in groups or with families were seen going around the places for offering candles, touching miraculous oil and applying it to their forehead and doing purchases of religious articles.
The church and civic authorities have made excellent arrangements for the smooth conduct of the feast for the three days. The police post within the campus of the church and the first aid centre were ready to help people in need. There was repeated announcement in Konkani and Kannada regarding the precaution to be taken by the pilgrims. I heard an announcement regarding a boy who was lost and asking the boy to meet his parents at a particular spot and asking him not to worry.

As 26th January happened to be a holiday on account of the Republic Day, there were more devotees and pilgrims making their way to the shrine in different vehicles. The police were quite busy in guiding the traffic and making arrangement for parking the vehicles at appropriate parking spots.

Outside the church gate i could see verities of stalls by the sides of the roads linking to the
main road and downwards as well. Among the stalls, the watermelon stalls were making brisk business.  It has been a tradition that those who would go for Attur feast not only eat but also carry watermelons home.

I do not remember when i had gone for the Attur feast last. May be when i was just a child. But this time i could witness and experience the devotion of the people to St. Lawrence who came from different parts of the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi irrespective of their religion and mingle with each other as one human family bound with the devotion to St. Lawrence.

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  • hafiz, udupi, dubai

    Fri, Jan 29 2010

    I missed a lot of attur feast happy(santmari)

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  • Fr Felix Monteiro, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 29 2010

    I have been going to Karkal Attur to render my services for the past 11 years, except last year (study leave. I admire the arrangements, developments, devotion and prayerful atmosphere existing in the campus. This year I was in the shrine for 4 days. Everything went on well. Congrats to Fr Arthur Pereira, the director and his dynamic team. May St Lawrence intercede to become this place a place of unity, brotherhood and harmony. St Lawrence pray for us.

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  • Rosy, Attur/

    Fri, Jan 29 2010

    Happy feast to one & all i Really miss this feast. St,Lawrence Pray for us & Shower your Blessings on our Nation.Thanks Daiji Team for the Beautiful Picture.

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  • Lancy M Fernandes, Jeppu/pune

    Thu, Jan 28 2010

    What an opportunity missed. I really enjoyed my visit in the days I was in M lore. may St. lawrence interseed for us.

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  • Donald Dias, m'lore/velencia

    Thu, Jan 28 2010

    i miss wonderful santmari st.lawrance pray for us.

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  • Lans Lara , Karkala Nakre

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawrence Pray for us. And Bless us though we are Abroad. Best coverage by daiji & entire team st .Lawrence bless you all

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  • CELINE MENDONCA, MUMBI

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    ST Lawrence pray for us sinners n all over the world sinners.

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  • LANCY, UPPINAGADY

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    st.lawrence pray for us.ur chosen from god save our world& our family

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  • Harish Kumar, Koly

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Great Pics by Daijiworld... Great work. Wish u happy feast

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  • lolita, Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawrence Pray for us. And Bless us though we are Abroad.

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  • Anil taccode dubai, taccode

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    I miss the Feast of st lowrence this year st lowrence fray for us

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  • ritaPinto, , taccode /uk

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    st lawrence pray for us

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  • kishore dsouza, talapady/bahrain

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    st.lawrence pray for us and shower ur blessings.on us abundantly.we really miss this fest.thanks for daijiworld for live telecast.wish you all happy feast.

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  • Helen Andrade, Dubai/Udyavar

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Very nice coverage. Its beautiful and pleasing pictures. Wishing evryone Happy feast. St. Lawrance pray for us n everyone! Thank u am always grateful to you.

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  • yasheer, yasheer dubai/karkala

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    i miss this a lot thanks daiji

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  • Lynet cutinho, Attur/ Doha

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Physically I am here in Doha but mentally I am there in Attur.It is really good to be there. St. Lawrence pray for us. Thank you Daijiworld.

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  • Sunil Aranha, Niddodi/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Excellent Job done by Daijiworld Thanks for nice photos wish you all happy Feast St.Lawrence bless all People. Sunil

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  • Lancy Saldanha, Nitte / Muscat

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Really Miss this feast, St.Lawrence Pray for us

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  • Lynet Aranha, Attur Karkala

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawrence pray for us.

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  • Lynet Aranha, Attur Karkala

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawrence pray for us.

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  • nelson machado, bailur/dubai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    REALLY I MISS THIS FEAST & MY FRIENDS. ST. LAWRENCE PRAY FOR US. THANKS DAIJI.

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  • glany coelho, mangalore/dublin ireland

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    miraculous st lawerence pour out your blessings on my family & to all your children on this earth.happy feast to you all

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  • Roshan & Reena Serrao, Karkala Town/Dubai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    We really miss this feast.ST Lawrence pray for the heavenly blessings on us.Thank you daijiworld. Great job.

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  • jessy Pais, karkala/mumbai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Thanks to Daijiworld for the lovely pictures. Through your coverage we could feel and get to see the feast. thanks once again. St. Lawrence pray for all. Missing those sweets, doodh candy etc. which are sold in santmarry. wishing you all a very happy feast.

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  • CYNTHIA & AGNEL DIAS, KUNDAPUR/MUSCAT

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    ST. LAWRENCE PRAY FOR US AND BLESS OUR FAMILY

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  • Clifford D' Costa, , moodbidri/Dubai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Big feast and celebration, I really miss this. St.Lawrance pray for us & yr blessings to all.

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  • lynel norona & family, Bellore-Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St.Lawreance bless us and pray for us

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  • Prakash Fernandes, Uppunda/calicut

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St.Lawrence Pray For Us....Thank u daiji..beautiful photos..i miss feast..

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  • shon pinto, sanoor, karkala, dubai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    happy feast to all, thanks for daiji for covering live video & photos.

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  • Ashoka, doha/qatar

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    a Great job done by Daijiworld.it's really excelent photos.well done daiji, wish you all happy feast.

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  • Keerthi Hegde, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St.Lawrence most revered place irrespective of caste and creed.May God Bless all the devotees.Alleluia.

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  • joy, mangalore

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    st.lawrence gaal thuji ashirwada amcha durbol kalzancher munon magthav

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  • Rajesh, Barbados

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    great. i really miss it, could feel it better though! i miss the snacks too , mainly the 'bajil'

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  • DENZIL D'SA, ATTUR/BAHRAIN

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    happy feast! missin you attur, and all my friendz

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  • Maxim & Vinitha D'cunha, Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawrence Bless us all. Wish you all a very happy feast.

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  • farooq Kodi Mangalore, Ajman UAE

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    very nice picture

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  • coli, ag

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St Lawrence pray for us ,

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Doha Qatar

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St. Lawarence PRAY FOR US. We miss the fair, specially the water melon.

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  • vittal poojary, shankerpura/dubai

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St,Lawrence Pray For Us. Thanks Daiji world for the Beautiful Pictures.

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  • Henry Lewis, Sastan/Kuwait

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    St.lawrence pray for bless every one thanks to daijiworld for the beautiful coverage.

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  • Shane, Doopadakatte/Karkala

    Wed, Jan 27 2010

    Really missing the feast yaar,May St Lawrences bless every one.

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  • Asha Dony Correa, Dubai

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    What an excellent coverage by daiji on attur fest. This is one feast that we just dont miss. Missing all the festivities, neverthless daiji is here to you on every aspect of it. Loved the pictures, felt as if i am witnessing the event. Stalls of various kinds, burning of the candles, the watermelons, kajur, mitai, etc... made me nostalgic to the core. Thanks Daiji, u made my day...God Bless..

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  • Harish Balalya, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Annual feast of St. Lawrence is a good good example of Communal harmony.St.Lawrence bless all your devotees.

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  • Anil John Karvallo, Basrur/ABu Dhabi

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Thanks to DaijiWorld. And this is very helpful to us devotees who are outside from country.St. Lawrence allways intercede for you.

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  • imran, karkala/oman

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    superb really missing santmarry and my freind glad church is very near to my house located in hill chilout place

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  • Babitha, Sooda/Bombay

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Happy feast to all devotees. Thanks for the phographs. I really miss the feast. St.Lawrence bless us.

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  • Stanly D'almeida, Pakshikere/Mulund

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Many Many Thanks to Dr. Eugene, Arun and Daiji , for publishing this article and beautiful pictures.

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  • sunil shetty, karkala/ Dubai

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    i miss this a lot....Thanks daijiworld...

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  • Vijay, Bangalore

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Thank you for giving us the coverage. Request you to on the events held in these three days.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, udupi

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Very nice coverage.  Thanks Daiji

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  • Roshan, Karkala/Kuwait

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    St,Lawrence Pray For Us. Thanks Daiji world for the Beautiful Pictures.

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  • Antony Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney, Australia

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Happy Feast to all the Devotees of St. Lawrence, and specially to the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church, Attur and the people of Karkala. Sadly, I am missing the great celebrations this year. Thanks Dr. Eugene and Daijiworld for the excellent coverage.

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  • HENRY PINTO, ATTUR KARKALA / ISRAEL

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    i really miss this peast in st.lawrence,,attur santmarry,,wish you all happy feast,,,thanks for daijiworld nice pics,,,all the best

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  • Felix/Alangar-Bahrain, Alangar

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    I Pray to St Lawrence of Attur, all Dakshina Kannada People, Peace, Good health & Prosperty, & Unity, Thanks to Daijiworld,

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  • anil thomas dsilva, mangalore/adyar-middle east

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    happy feast to all the devotees. St.Lawrence bless all your devotees, i really miss this feast. thanks to daijiworld and team, and to Mr. Eugene....

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  • Avil, Kinnigoli

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    St.Lawrence Pray for us.

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  • Thomas Dsouza, Gorigudda/Israel

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Please Show Live Mass of St Lawrence Feast on Tv Daijiworld.wish you all happy feast.

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  • Albert Praveen Menezes, Karkala / Kuwait

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Daiji has really given us a big fest to see & feel the fest activities going on in our native place at Attur. it is a very nice veiw of attur church alongwith other places shown on the pictures. it gives us the feeling that as if we are walking through the crowd of the people who came for the fest.Thanks to Daiji Team.

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  • Avil D'souza, Attinja, Shirva/Qatar

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    Thanks Daijiworld and Dr. Eugene for the nice coverage.

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  • Austin D'Souza, Karkal / Dubai

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    These pictures refresh me our old memories. It is really good to be there. Thanks to Daiji world and other staff who brings us latest s on happenings in our native place.

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  • nelson dsouza, attur nitte/ dubai

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    I REALLY MISS THIS FEAST. ST LAWRENCE WILL HELP ALL THE PEOPLE WHOM COME TO PRAY IN THIS HOLLY PLACE.I WISH ALL THE FAMILY OF ATTUR 'SONTHOSBHORI VODLEN PESTH'

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  • dinesh shetty, Nitte/Dubai

    Tue, Jan 26 2010

    its the miraculus place for all .really missing the santmarry...Nice pics reminding our native..Thanks to daiji

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