Nativity Fest : St. Michael’s Parish, Sharjah, UAE


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Sharjah, Sep 9: The feast of the Nativity of Mother Mary (Monti Fest) was celebrated at St Michael’s Parish, Sharjah with great devotion on Thursday, 08thSeptember.  The programme started at 6 pm with little children showering flower petals amidst the beautiful hymn “ Sakkadsangatamelyam”

The faithful then went in procession into the Church hall. A solemn Konkani mass followed. Fr Franklyn D’Souza was the chief celebrant. The concelebrants were Fr. JB Crasta, Fr Ani Xavier, Fr Rodson Goes and Fr Bijoy.















































Fr Franklin delivered a touching homily on the values of family life. He sent out a powerful message to the congregation on the dwindling values of family life. Fr Franklin gave numerous examples of old and infirm parents being abandoned by their own children. He urged the faithful to respect the elders and take care of them during their old age.

Ramero Mascarenhas and Lancy Carlo together conducted the church choir that added to the solemnity of the liturgy. The new corn ( Novem) was blessed during the Holy Mass.

Soon after the Holy Mass, a cultural programme followed.  The Master of ceremonies Roshan D’silva welcomed the clergy on the stage where they were felicitated by bouquet of flowers. The patrons and benefactors were also recognized and thanked for their continued support to the parish and the Konkani community in particular.

On behalf of the parish, Fr Rodson thanked the St Michael’s Konkani speaking community, the coordinator, core committee members, volunteers, the church choir for organizing the day’s programme.

After the felicitation programme, a cultural programme followed. Little children began the show with a welcome song and a prayer song. There were lots of other events of song and dance, both from the Goan and Mangalorean communities. Dances from the little ones and teenagers along with the Mando added charm to the programme.

Uttam Menezes, Chief coordinator of the St Michael’s Konkani speaking community thanked the Parish priest, other priests for their support. He also thanked his core committee members,volunteers, stage artists and their trainers, the choir, the patrons and benefactors and all other volunteers for helping him bring out such a beautiful programme.

Vincent Fernandes of Mogachi Lara and Arun Lobo were particularly thanked and appreciated for their tremendous effort in training the children and adults in the song and dance programmes.

Baretto’s band of men with their brass band kept the audience enthralled by playing at regular intervals  their popular tunes and Konkani mando .

Fr JB Crasta blessed the milk, a tradition with which new corn is mixed with the milk and drunk before the festival meal. A sumptuous vegetarian dinner followed where all parishioners partook.

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  • VIOLA D'SOUZA, SHARJAH

    Tue, Sep 13 2011

    Sharjah St.Micheal's Monthi Festh was a another year of sucessful and peaceful event. And I would give thanks to God all-mighty, to our desrest Fr.Annie Xaviur,to Dearest Fr.Rodson Goes and Fr.Bijoy for their total support to the Sharjah Konkani Comunity and its Comunity Members and the Team Co-members. Also we shal thank the prayer groups and the intercessory groups for their prayer support.Again blessed are those who work silently with their true dedication and hard work without appreciation come forward to help in many ways.

    Specialy we shall thank for those who have contributing year after year generously to bare the expense of the event. Thanks to our Mangalorean Priest on visit Fr.Franklin for his vibrant sermon and poweful message to the pershoners of Sharjah St.Micheal's and thanks to Fr.J.B.Crasta for his first visit to St.Misheal's Monthi Festh. GOD AL-MIGHTY MAY BLES EACH ONE BY HIS COUNTLESS BLESINGS.

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  • Rose, Mangalore, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 12 2011

    I could not attend this year's celebration due to work in the office. I applaud the Goan and Catholic community in Sharjah church who always cooperate with each other and celebrate the Feast of our Lady with unity and peace. I missed the Goan band. Glad to hear that all went well.

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  • Jyothi Lewis(Furtado), Brahmavar, Dubai

    Sun, Sep 11 2011

    We loved the whole programme. The whole programme was well organized. The volunteers were very professional. We thank SMKSC, Fr Rodson and all the participants for their efforts. Thank you to all...

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  • Prashanth, Bondel/Sharjah

    Sat, Sep 10 2011

    The whole mass ceremony and cultural programme was very well organized. The volunteers guided the people very well. The sermon by Fr.Franklin was very good and the wonderful singing of hymes by choir led to the success of Holy Mass. In all, this years nativity feast in St. Michaels Church Sharjah was a very good one...Thanks to all SMKSC members who did a very good job...

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  • Brian , casia (mangalore)/sharjah

    Fri, Sep 9 2011

    The feast was really good and i loved the response that crowd gave for our performance
    as a member of mogachi lahran youth troupe i would like to thank St. Michael’s Parish, Sharjah, UAE
    for giving us an opportunity to prove how good we are

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