Mangaluru, Dec 7: Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman, Patriarch of the East Indies and the chairman of the Laity Commission in the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India will be the chief guest for the golden jubilee celebrations of the Mangalore diocesan pastoral parishad (DPP) on Saturday, December 10 at Father Muller Convention Centre, Kankanady.
“The programme will be presided over by Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the bishop of Mangalore. Along with the cardinal, Dr Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore, Dr Aloysius Paul D’Suza, bishop emeritus, diocese of Mangalore, Justice John Michael D'Cunha, the retired judge from the Karnataka high court, Ronald Colaco, NRI entrepreneur and philanthropist and Philomena Lobo the former director of the department of school education and literacy, government of Karnataka will be the other dignitaries attending the golden jubilee celebrations. The celebration of the golden jubilee of diocese will be the culmination of all the celebrations which took place in all the parishes of Mangalore diocese. The previous secretaries who served the parishad will be felicitated during the programme. As a fruit of this golden jubilee celebration, we would like to focus on the formation of Laity to bring them to the main stream,” said advocate M P Noronha, the convenor of the programme.
Archbishop Dr Peter Machado (left ) and Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrao
Dr John E D’Silva, present secretary of the parishad said, “At this diocesan celebration, we intend to bring together the representatives of all the faithful from all over the diocese. The programme will commence at 8.45 am with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. A souvenir and a short documentary will be released during the programme. The live streaming of the event will be available on the YouTube and Facebook channels of diocese of Mangalore, Daijiworld, Divine World TV and Divyavani Live. The same will be available on the websites of diocese of Mangalore, Catholic Time and Konkan Catholic.”
The TV broadcast of the same event on Divine World TV will be from 1 pm onwards.
About Diocesan Pastoral Parishad
The Second Vatican Council convened by Pope John XXIII, lasted for four sessions from 1962 to 1965.
The involvement of the lay faithful in the local church of Mangalore received a renewed prominence soon after the Second Vatican Council. Dr Basil Salvadore D'Souza, the bishop of Mangalore had attended the last session of the Council. On his return to the diocese, he initiated renewal in the local church of Mangalore. The participation of the clergy, laity and religious was given utmost importance along with liturgical renewal and missionary impetus.
Way back in 1970s the Pastoral Parishad (Council) was formed at parish, deanery and diocesan levels. Side by side, lay participation was strengthened through the formation of parish finance councils, reorganisation of educational and medical apostolates. The local church of Mangalore made all-round progress in terms of animating the Faith Community. Hence, the golden jubilee celebration is being held on December 10.