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Canada: Nativity feast celebrated at St Thomas More Church, Calgary - Album 1

Report: Jerry Moras
Pics: Ronald D’Souza

Calgary, Sep 11: Over 200 South Asian and specially Mangalorean origin people living in Calgary celebrated the much loved event 'Nativity – Monthi Fest' on September 8 at St Thomas More Church, NE, Calgary, Alberta.

The main celebrant for the mas was Fr John Pinto, and other priests who concelebrated mass were Fr Godwin Pinto, of St Thomas More parish and Fr William Monis of Assistant pastor of Bonaventure parish.

Jerry Moras, liturgy coordinator welcomed church gathering and announced central theme of the liturgy “Birth of Mary is the happiness of Christian life”. In the Salvation plan Mary was chosen to be mother of Jesus. Hence, celebration of birth of Mary is of prime importance. As we celebrate family feast of the Blessed Mary who united us and make our families blessed. As we offer first fruits to the Lord and we thank him for we all gifts we received. Additionally, congregation prayed to Mother Mary, on her birthday to intercede for us and bless us through Jesus our Lod, so that we could have unity, love and peace and tranquility to prevail through her grace.

During the homily by Fr William Monies emphasized the Mary’s humility. Mother Mary played an important role in bringing salvation to this world through her Son, Jesus Christ. Mother cannot be replaced by anyone. Mother brings joy, great satisfaction and safety to kids. Mother brings joy and happiness in our lives. God blessed Mary to be Mother of Jesus so that we could be saved. St Mathews Gospel begins with genealogy of Jesus and that Jesus was born of Mary. Mother Mary was simple and humble women of Israel. Finally, Fr Willian quoted Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Mother Mary “The greatness of our Lady was in her humility. No wonder Jesus, who lived so close to her, seemed to be so anxious that we learn from him and from her but one lesson: to be meek and humble of heart.”

Choir was led by Jerry Rodrigues and Fr Godwin Pinto to the solemnity of the occasion. Guitar was played by Danny Castelino, drums by Stalin D’Cunha and other choir members were Stevan, Lobo, Rackson Mathias, Jasmine D’Souza, Sunitha D’Cunha, Jane Dsouza, Dinika Mascarenhas, Divya Castelino, Elvira Dias and Margaret Mascarenhas.

As per tradition, after the mass the crowd followed to the parish hall with Mother Mary’s statue in procession. Children and adults offered flowers to Mary. Marian songs, Sokkod Sagatha Melya and Moreyek Hoggulsia was sung for Mother Mary.

Immediately after mass Fr John Pinto blessed harvest or Novem (vorn) followed by non-stop entertainments by Calgary Konkons.

The Master of Ceremony of the day was Stalin Dcunha and Rumika Mascarnhas, they welcomed everyone.

Here is list of programs conducted to entertain the gathering:

• Namo Namo Moreaye : Rigel D’Cunha, Danika Lobo, Vidette Quadros, Renee Dias choreographed by Renita
• Chicken song : by choreographed by Susan. Clyde Nazareth, Joshua Dcruz, Angeline Alvares, Rihanna Lobo, Hazel Nazareth, Shiloh Durado and Faustine Dcruz.
• Vodli mai song : choreographed by Riana, Naomi Mendonce, Alden Dsouza, Aschel Dsouza, Valen Quadros, Vidette Quadros, Danika Frank and Regan Frank and Renee
• Kala Chashma: by Angeline Alvares, Neyola Rebello and Preemal Rebello
• Hindi Medley : Laveena D’Souza, Renita Frank and Rezni D’Souza
• Baila Dance : Rudolf D’Cunha and Sunitha D’Cunha
• Bachna ae Haseeno : choreographed by Kenneth Gabriel; acted by Chris Gabriel and Stalin D’Cunha.
• Sweety Tera Drama : by Runika Mascarenhas.

The programme ended with Baila dance, followed by a vote of thanks offered by Stalin Dcunha and Rumika Mascarenhnas for all members of the Calgary Konkan community and in particular Rudy and Sunitha D’Cunha, Jerry Rodrigues, Natasha Dsouza, Albert Michael, Renwick Dsouza, Rackson Mathias and Stevan Lobo for setting up of the hall, and for Nove Javen catered by Anand Alavres and his team members, Henry Rebello, Melwin Tauro, Newton Rodrigues

The most important part of the program was the sumptuous and traditional Mangalurean delicacies which included vorn, rice, dhal-gosale curry, sambar, korumb, sango, benda, karathe, moong sukka, channa-tendli, pickle – 5 types and many others which was beautifully coordinated coordinated by Riana Mendonce and Elvira Dias. Stevan Lobo and Rackson Mathias were the DGs of the day.

Finally the MCs thanked Fr Godwin Pinto and Jerry Moras for coordinating the Liturgy, reader Hazel, and Laveena D’Souza, Renita Frank, Divya Castelino, Dinika Mascarenhas, Michelle Lobo and Natasha Rodrigues for rendering the prayers of the faithful.

The program wound down with Konkani masala dance. The event was a successful one, under the guidance and direction of Fr John Pinto.


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