USA: MCA East Coast Celebrates Monti Fest at Edison, NJ

by Dr Lynn Dsouza

USA, Sep 15: A time to rejoice and give thanks, Monti Fest celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mangalorean Catholic Association of the East coast (MCA-EC), USA celebrated Monti Fest  on Saturday, the 12th September, 2009, at Edison, NJ.  

It was an evening symbolizing a precise blend of solemnity and merriment, there was never a dull moment. Over 150 Mangalorean Catholics from the North East US were present at this celebration.  

The liturgy of the day began with a procession of children singing the traditional Konkani hymn, ‘Sakkad Sangatha Melyan’ followed by a novena to the Blessed Mother led by the children.  The joyous flower offering with the hymn “Moriyek hogolsiyan” was the main lure of the event. Mass was celebrated by Rev Fr Joe Lobo, and was concelebrated by Rev Fr Henry Vaz.  The children were asked by Fr Joe to partake in the blessing of the new paddy sheaves (Novem).

Fr Joe, in his message to the gathering, expressed his joy in being with the Mangalorean catholic community and conveyed the blessings of the Bishop of Mangalore, The Most Rev Dr Aloysius D’souza, on the people.  

After the Hoy Mass, the cultural program reverberated enthusiasm and buoyancy. It started off with a Prayer dance by Sydelle and Shaina Barreto. A group performance by Orran, Meldon, Clayton and Wenola - ‘Amee Doghi Sezaran’ led the audience down memory lane.

8 year old Leann Rego, enthralled the audience with her scintillating dance performance to a song from the movie Lagaan. Catching up on the children’s trail, Merlin and Premilla Mendonca mesmerized the crowds with their alluring dance to the tunes of a popular hindi song. The icing on the cake was a duet ‘Ye Ye Kathrina sung by the Mendonca couple Mark and Merlin. Children’s games were interspersed with the cultural events.

The vote of thanks was delivered  by Charles Rodrigues.

All those gathered shared in the Novem, mixed with vorn.  Dinner was exclusively vegetarian in keeping with the Mangalorean tradition.

After dinner, emcee Grace Baretto turned the event over to the DJ, Chris Monis, who lured the guests to the dance floor with tunes to satisfy every style and taste.

By all accounts, this event was a fitting birthday celebration for our Blessed Mother. 

The MCAEC looks forward to organizing our next event – the MCA-EC Christmas party. New membership enquires  and volunteers  are welcome, please contact:  


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  • Shaila lobo, Sastan/USA

    Tue, Sep 22 2009

    Sure, we all had a great time, as there were no speeches, some one talking all the time as for the first meeting . Pls cut the long speeches & announcements & cum to the progrram with a schdule & we can do far more things in a short time. Do you all agree ?

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  • Sunil Lobo, Mangalore

    Sat, Sep 19 2009

    Nice to see Mangaloreans in east coast celebrating Nativity Feast. Manoj & Saritha, you guys look great along with all our friends… Happy Feast.

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  • Bessy, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2009

    It was nice this time, as there were not much announcements, speeches and long impending readings as last time. Music /DJ was the best, and we look forward to more such get togethers.

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  • Stany J Menezes, Pangla / Muscat

    Tue, Sep 15 2009

    Cheers ! to all NJ (MCA-EC) members . Happy to see al our friends coming together. Nice to see Merlin and Premila''s Dancing !! Happy Monthi Fest .

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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai / Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2009

    It is good to see our culture & tradition being followed in the US too. Fr. Jossy Lobo & Fr. Henry Vas, nice to see you both too. May be late, but ( better late than never) let me wish you all a Happy Monthi Fest. Wishes from Shanthi to Fr. Henry.

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