Monthi Fest - St Lawrence Church, Bondel

Mangalore: Monti Fest Celebrated at St Lawrence Church, Bondel

News & Pics: Simon Lasrado, Bangalore, Vincent D'Cunha
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (VA)

Mangalore, Sep 13: As many as 2,000 devotees gathered at St Lawrence Church, Bondel here to celebrate Monti Fest on Wednesday September 8.

The day’s programme commenced at 8.00 am.  Fr Anthony Michael Serrao, parish priest along with Fr Ronald Pinto, assistant parish priest and guest priest Fr Peter Paul Saldanha, professor in St Joseph’s Jeppu Seminary blessed the grains representing the new harvest which was carried by Gurkars of the wards.

After the children offered flowers to Mother Mary, her statue was taken in a procession which was led by Bondel Church Choir, parishioners, parish priest with other two priests and traditional Harry Brass Band.

Later special Holy Mass was held at the Church. Fr Peter Paul Saldnaha was the main celebrant.  Fr Antony Michael Serrao and Fr Ronald Pinto also joined the main celebrant.

Fr Saldanha in his sermon spoke on the roles played by women in family and society as a whole. He said on the occasion of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary we should make a point to adore the three mothers, Mother Mary, Mother Earth and Woman in forms of Mother, wife and daughter.

After the solemn Mass the people who visited the church greeted each other and later the blessed corn was distributed by Gurukars and parish priest.



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  • Melanie Rodrigues, Bondel/ Pittsburgh

    Tue, Oct 19 2010

    This article brought a smile to my face and several memories. Thank you.

    A request: Can the parish priest's e-mail contact information be uploaded somewhere? Making a phone call sometimes from places at different time zones is not very helpful.

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  • Fr. Gregory Pinto, SVD, Bondel/Rome

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    Impressed to see such a grand celebration of Monthi Fest in Bondel. May Mother Mary continue to bless and protect the parish priest, Asst. parish priest, Religious and every family of our parish.

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  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Sullia/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 8 2010

    First time since many years I got a chance to attend Monthi Saibinichem Festh in this coastal town of Mangalore.This is the first time I watched the children of St.Lawrence Church,Bondel honoring Our Lady,Bambina Mary by throwing flowers.Unlike Bangalore, I was pleased to see people and the children carrying away the sugarcane.Thanks to the Parish Priest of St.Lawrence Church Bondel and the organizers to make this Monthi Festh successful.Thanks to for publishing this event and special thanks to Mr.Vicent D'Cunha for the wonderful photographs.I take this opportunity to wish all the parishioners including my sister in law and her family and and also the parish priest a very happy monthi saibinichem festh.

    wishes from
    Simon Lasrado and family

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