Mangaluru, Dec 3: St Francis Xavier Church, Bejai celebrated its annual feast on Saturday, December 2, with the Eucharistic celebration.
Fr Kenneth Crasta, assistant director of SJEC was the main celebrant. As many as 23 priests of various parishes were present during the festive Mass. Main procession of the feast led by the vice president Ashok Pinto and secretary Avitha Pinto. Theme of the celebration was ‘Unto the footsteps of crucified Christ let's live life happily and responsibly’.
Fr Kenneth preached the homily and said, “Follow the life of St Francis Xavier to imitate Jesus Christ. So that we can be responsible for the happiness of our fellow brethren.”
Parish priest Fr J B Saldanha thanked everyone for the support rendered towards the celebration.
After the Mass, a cheque of Rs 7.21 lac collected from the parishioners for the renovation of the church was handed over to Fr Fredrick Pais, the parish priest of St Lawrence church, Mallandur. Assistant parish priest Fr Suraj Lobo, LCS principal Fr Robert D’Souza, diocesan Bible commission secretary Fr Vincent Sequeira, Fr Leston Lobo, and 21 commission convenor Godwin Pinto were present.
People gathered in large numbers in the celebration wishing each other in exchanging festive greetings. Snacks and juice were distributed to all the parishioners after the Mass.