Dubai: Over 5,000 Attend SMKC’s Monthi Fest Celebrations

Dubai: Over 5,000 Attend SMKC’s Monthi Fest Celebrations

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Daijiworld Media Network—Dubai (CN)

Dubai, Sep 10: The Konkan community of St. Mary’s Church celebrated Monthi Fest, a feast of the nativity of Virgin Mary, together with a unique Mangalorean traditional harvest feast on Friday September 10.

The St Mary’s Konkan Community (SMKC) organized the grand celebration where an enormous crowd of over 5,000 gathered in and around the church to venerate Mother Mary on this blessed day. As the Holy Mass in Konkani began with melodious singing by Konkani Choir, a grand procession commenced with priests, SMKC leaders, altar servers, and lay ministers.

The main celebrant Fr Frank Gomes, the newly-appointed spiritual director of SMKC, in his festive mass sermon, described Mother Mary’s birth together with God’s will in fulfilling the prediction of the coming of Jesus into this world. He participated in a solemn Eucharistic celebration in Konkani along with Fr Robert Lasrado, a Capuchin priest, on a visit from Mangalore.

As per the traditional practice during the Mass, new corn flown from India was blessed and distributed to the congregation at the end.

Paul Coloco, spiritual co-ordinator, SMKC, applauded the efforts of all volunteers, especially those from St Mary’s Volunteers Sodality under the leadership of Rony D’Cunha, who ensured discipline throughout the celebration.

SMKC is also conducting ‘Konkan Showers 2010’, an annual fund raising musical show, on Thursday October 14 at Al Nasr Leisure Land, here.

After the conclusion of mass, the whole congregation, including vibrant and young children with flower baskets, proceeded towards the grotto in the church compound and venerated Mother Mary to the accompaniment of hymns ‘Sokkad Sangatha Melyan’ and ‘Moriyek Hogolsiyan’.

SMKC newsletter ‘Uzwadd’ was released and distributed to all. Cake and cold drinks were also served to the children.


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  • Veronica Rego, Mumbai/Dubai

    Wed, Sep 15 2010

    What a traditional way of bringing the Konkanni speaking people together under one umbrella to celebrate the birthday of our blessed Mother! Hat's off to the organizers of SMKC Dubai - the entire team need a pat on their back for managing the event so beautifully. The SMKC team, through their rigorous efforts, unity and strength has left no stone unturned in proving their love for the community. The Crowd being much larger than the other Parishes in the Vicariate, was well taken care of, hence Kudos to SMKC Dubai as well as all those who have contributed in one way or the other in making this great event a memorable one!

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  • kingsley/sharjah, tacode/mangalore

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    Well organised church event,arranged by smkc dubai,as i was totally amazed,and i felt,my good of olddays in my hometown.

    Keep up the good work,in comeing years,together as mangalorean to stay united.

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    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    Kuddos to smkc team,& to dynamic iron lady, Mrs.Jennifer,for arrangeing a superb cultural programme and Novam Jovan.

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  • Michael Crasta, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Sep 12 2010

    SMKC Dubai has to improve a lot as compared to the way nativiti feased organised in sharja & jebel ali chruches

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    Sat, Sep 11 2010

    All parishioners of st marys church dubai smkc 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

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