Nativity Feast : St Michael's Church Sharjah - UAE


Nativity Feast : St Michael's Church Sharjah - UAE
By Naveen Frank
Daijiworld network - Sharjah

Sharjah, Sep 10: The 8th September is observed as the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary the world over. More especially the Mangalorean Christian community traditionally celebrates it as MONTI FEST, combining it with thanksgiving of a good harvest. The Church has fixed mother Mary’s birthday exactly nine months after the major Marian feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mother Mary on 08 December.  She was conceived in the womb of her mother, St. Anne, by her father St. Joachim.

St Michael’s Church, Sharjah celebrated Monti Fest on 09 September 2010 with grand pomp and devotion.  The efforts of the Mangalorean and Goan Konkani speaking community saw to a beautiful programme.

A myriad of little children, along with their proud parents and faithful flocked together with small plates full of flower petals congregated around the infant statue of Mother Mary.  It was a beautiful sight to see the children shower flowers while the priests led them with prayer and hymns.



































A solemn Eucharistic celebration in Konkani language followed. The main celebrant Fr Robert Lasrado, a Capuchin priest on a visit from Mangalore, preached a fitting and meaningful homily. The choir led by Lancy Carlo elevated the liturgy with carefully selected hymns accompanied by beautiful music.

Soon after the Holy Mass, a variety entertainment followed.  Well known master MC, Uttam Menezes, once again proved his mettle.  After a brief introduction by the MC, the Parish Priest and other priests were invited up on the dais. They were felicitated with bouquet of flowers.  Fr Annie Xavier the Parish Priest wished the congregation on the feast of the Nativity of Mother Mary.

Major sponsors and those who helped in the choir, cultural programmes and other areas were also honored on the dais.

The cultural programme consisted of hymns, tableaus, skits, dances and songs. It kept the audience enthralled.   Fr Rodson blessed the NOVEM (New corn).  TOP BRASS a brass band consisting of dedicated men played beautiful nostalgic music for all to enjoy. The cultural programme was organised and choreographed by Vincent Fernandes.

Valerian Alva proposed the vote of thanks.

After the programme, the whole crowd of over 3000 parishioners sat together in fellowship and shared a vegetarian meal.

 

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  • jilvia dsouza, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 28 2010

    it was a really nice moment and very enjoying.

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  • Vijay, Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 17 2010

    Was wonderful watching everyone perform. The dedication and hard work of Vincent Cascia is commendable. But sadly i have not seen any Pics of him receiving the felicitation. Pic or No Pic Vincent you were the one who rocked the show in contribution to the performance of the Children you trained . My Special thanks to one and all who made this function a memorable one. Gracias All :)

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  • William, Bantwal/Mumbai/Sharjah

    Mon, Sep 13 2010

    Congatulations! Celebration was very good.Best wishes to Choir group and all supporters, sponsers. Reminds me of sonna, narla roce, soviyo, etc. May mother Mary bless us all.

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  • Jason, Pakshikere/Sharjah

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    DEAR MR.DENIS... WHAT HAPPEN? AS A CHOIR MASTER MR.CARLO, HE WILL DEFIANTLY SUPPORT HIS CHOIR GROUP FIRST. SO U DONT WORRY AND DONT PUT LIKE THIS COMMENT.

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  • Deepak Dsilva, Paladka/Dubai

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    We really enjoyed performing our RICHA-PECHA act in front of such a wonderful crowd.We thank all our Sharjah parishoners and the priests for giving us a chance to perform second time in a row. Congratulations to the konkani community for organizing such a wonderful blessed event.

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  • Cynthia Furtado, Mulky, Sharjah

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    Congrats to Vincent and his young budding stars who did shine on the Nativity feast day, Keep up the good job and good luck for all the future events....

    Good luck to all the organisers!! Well done indeed....

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  • Vincent Fernandes, cascia-dubai

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    A big thank you to all the dancers of the mogachilaran troupe. Thank you to all the parents for your constant support which contributed towards the success of the show. A special mention to the parish priest Fr. Anne Xavier and Fr. Rodson. We promise to entertain you all in the future events.
    Thanks once again.

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  • reena patison , udupi/sharjha

    Sat, Sep 11 2010

    I enjoyed the show specially mogachi lahran troupe performing their dance and singing . Thanks to Vincent fernandes .

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  • HELEN, PUNE/SHARJAH

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    GOOD JOB DAIJI..........!!!!!!!!
    JUST KEEP IT UP...........KEEP GOIG...!!!!GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!

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  • DENNIS, KARKALA

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    MR CARLO, ALL ARE DONE VERY WELL NOT ONLY YOU, PLS GIVE THANKS TO ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORT,YOU GIVE THANKS ONLY YOUR CHOIR PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT FAIR

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  • RTN MICHAEL MATHIAS GURKAR PILAR LOWER WARD SHIRVA, PILAR SHIRVA

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    All parishioners of st michael`s church sharjah wish u happy nativity feast
    tumche jivit orna bori god,kobua bari ruchik,nisthya bari pormalik,fula bari sobit zanvdi,"bhagi monthi mayechi porab"tumka" magta
    rtn michael mathias shirva
    pilar

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  • James D' Silva, Cordel / Ajman

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    It was indeed a great evening to be witnessed by a huge crowd.
    Congratulations, Vincent Fernandes Cascia of Mogachi Lahran
    and team for presenting an unique Cultural programme this Year.
    It was amazing to watch Children grew up in UAE to sing in
    chaste Konkani. The Choreography and the dances were
    outstanding & remarkable.

    Hats off to Lancy Carlo & Ramerio and the entire Choir for
    You melodius Hymns. Keep up the Mangalorean / Goan
    team spirit.

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  • Lancy Carlo, Konkani Choir, Sharjah

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    The celebration of Nativity Feast this year was excellent. I would like to congratulate those who put up such a great show.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow choir members. Twenty members of the choir dedicated their time and ensured that our singing became sweet and meaningful. My special thanks to Ramiro and Arun Carlo who extend their support to me for the practice, composing and playing music.The thanks giving hymn this year was composed and sung by Ramiro which I must say a beautiful composition
    Thank you Naveen for your detailed coverage.
    Happy feast to you all.

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  • Cynthia goveas, Sharjah/Mangalore

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    well done fentastic job has done by the konkani community keep it up sharjah.may god bless all the supporters.kids has done good job may god bless too.and also the leadersand voluntears has done good and hard work god blesst hem too and keep them in good health always.

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  • Sunil Saldanha, Urwa/Dubai

    Fri, Sep 10 2010

    Celebration was very good and well organized. Keep it up guys we need more programs like this in future.

    Well done Daiji for updating so quick. We really appreciate your efforts.

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