Scotland: Nativity feast celebrated at St Francis of Assisi Church Aberdeen

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Scotland, Sep 10: Konkans living in Aberdeen celebrated ‘Monthi Fest’ on September 7 at St Francis of Assisi Church, Aberdeen.

Canon Peter Barry celebrated the festal mass. Juliana D’Costa welcomed the congregation to the mass and highlighted the importance of this celebration. The choir was organised by Alwyn Baretto and led by Emilda Baretto, who sang melodious Konkani hymns during the mass. The music for the choir was performed by Prakash, Ally and Nilesh.

After mass, the congregation proceeded to the hall in procession singing ‘Sakod sangatha melyan’.
Canon Barry blessed the new corn and the children showered flowers.

Prakash Benis welcomed the gathering in the hall, highlighting the importance of honouring mother Mary, mother nature and celebrating the occasion together as a family feast.

Marceline, the oldest mother amongst the audience, Pearl, the mother of the youngest child and Celine and Shalini, mothers of the highest number of children cut the cake, whilst everyone sang happy birthday to mama Mary.

Dr Maxim D’Costa compered the event and conducted the auction of his organic homegrown vegetables which raised Rs 1,20 000 for charity.

Riva and Calvin Benis, and Tanish and Riyansh Kirodian presented a wonderful Bollywood dance organised by Janet Benis and Dr Naveen Kirodian. The choir members entertained the audience with Konkani songs.
All gathered, enjoyed a delicious home cooked vegetarian meal which included delicacies such as Pothrade and ‘vorn’.

Everyone enjoyed the game of housie-housie which generated further funds to charity.

The event was organised by Juliana D’Costa and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Photography was handled by Robin Rodrigues.


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  • Jacitha Mascarenhas, Puttur/Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 24 2019

    Hats off to u Julie for your efforts in gathering mangloreans living in Aberdeen .Nice mouth watering food .and a good auction for great work of charity
    God bless u all.keep up ur spirit of leadership

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  • Hilda pinto, Mangalore/Attawar

    Tue, Sep 24 2019

    Such a lovely celebration.. Congrats Julie for taking the role and organising the entire event .. Away from hometown you and Maxim try your best to keep the family spirit of Monthi feast . And the also help the needy with the funds collected ..Hats of to you .. keep the good work going

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