Monthi Fest: St Peter the Apostle Catholic Mission Church, Melbourne, Australia

Monthi Fest: St Peter the Apostle Catholic Mission Church, Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Sep 16: Mangaloreans residing in Melbourne gathered at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Mission Church, Hoppers Crossing to celebrate Monthi Fest on Sunday Septemebr 12.

As per the traditional practice the whole congregation and the vibrant children with flower baskets proceeded to the statue of Mother Mary and offered the flowers with the accompaniment of hymns (Sokkad sangata melya and Moriyek hogolsiya). Then there was a procession to the church, where the holy mass was offered by Fr Prakash Cutinha, a priest from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ringwood. Fr Prakash, in his homily, preached that Mother Mary was chosen for a particular mission. We too are called for a mission. We have the responsibility to fulfil this mission as Mary did. The homily was well appreciated by all.

The choir was led by Br Prakash Menezes SVD and Valerian Menezes. Clemet Lobo was the musician. The hymns were melodious and laudable. During the offertory, as a symbol of new harvest, fresh fruits and vegetables were offered.


After the mass all people gathered for the cultural meal at the residence of Mr & Mrs Philomena Richard Fernandes.

After the grace, all shared the meal wherein each dish was prepared by individual families who were gathered for the occasion. The traditional “Vorn” and “Pathrode” added to the delicacy of the food. The sugarcanes, which were provided by Fredrick Quadros, were distributed to the children.

The Marian quiz was conducted by Br Prakash SVD as the Quiz Master and assisted by Fr Prakash.

The gathering enthusiastically participated for which they were honoured with prizes. This was followed by Marian Housie game conducted by Stephen D’Souza in an entertaining way.

The celebration was concluded with nostalgic memories of Mangalore with the songs of late Wilfy Rebimbus sung by Mr & Mrs Sandria Manoj D’Silva which elated every ones spirit.

The whole programme was organised under the leadership of Mr & Mrs Stany Martis, Mr & Mrs Valerian Menezes, Mr & Mrs Jossy Fernandes and Mr & Mrs Elias Mascarenhas.

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  • ivor pais,

    Wed, Mar 21 2012

    looking for dina or rosita desouza I live in the USA and I am trying to establish a contact

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  • Marina Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 23 2010

    very nice to see u organise Monthi feast in australia Fr.Prakesh.Keep it up.

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  • william Menezes, Mumbai / Melbourne

    Mon, Sep 20 2010

    Excellent preaching and Choir at the Mass celebration By Fr. Prakash and Bro Prakash....also the organisers were great...

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  • Wilson Jane D'Souza, Baikady/Melboune

    Sat, Sep 18 2010

    Well done, it was very nice to celebrate Monti feast in a such grand way.  Hats off to all organisers,specially Fr. Prakash.

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  • Shaila D'Silva Lobo, Bejai, Bellary

    Fri, Sep 17 2010

    Hey, Manoj and Sandria, good to see you on daiji, glad to know that you entertained the crowd with your konkani numbers. Keep singing. Good Wishes to you all from D'Silva's from CORDEL.Love u all. Keep in
    Our wishes to Fr.Prakash too.
    Ninaad,Naveen and Shailu

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  • Manoj D'Silva, Bangalore/Melbourne

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Hats off to the organisers and priests for putting together a meaningful celebration of Monthi Fest. May Mother Mary bless you to bring together many more people towards her. All the Best!

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  • JawaharMeena Sequeira, Bangalore/Melbourne

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Congrats to all the organisers.We look forward to many more "Amcha ghavche "activities in the future.Thankyou Fr. Prakash & Br.Prakash.

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  • theresa, mangalore, melbourne

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Congratulations Mr and Mrs Fernandese on keeping up the wonderful tradition. My family and all my mangalorean friends living in the southeast of melbourne would like to join such wonderful occasions. Keep up the good work.

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  • Antony A Mascarenhas, Emirates Putturians,Dubai, Puttur/Dubai

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Congatulations Mr.Elias Mascarenhas n fly.

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  • A.F. Roche, Brahmavar

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    Congrats to the organizers I must say, they must have had taken a hardship to organize the Monti Fest, far away from our native. I feel, one can have more fun in having such feasts abroad than in India.

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  • Jossy & Gretta, Australia

    Thu, Sep 16 2010

    well done Fr. prakesh,we r very proud of u,U have done a great programme in such a short period.

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