Israel: Holy Week Observed at St Anthony Catholic Parish


Daijiworld Media Network – Israel (VA)

Israel, Apr 5: Palm Sunday was celebrated at St Anthony Catholic Parish, Jaffa, here with much faith and devotion on March 28.

With olive leaves in hands, led by Fr Praveen D’Souza OFM, Fr Alwyn D’Souza OFM and Fr Abraham D’Souza SVD the devotees made a procession and and thus began the Holy week. As many as 400 faithful were gathered on the day.

On April 1, the Holy Thursday was celebrated with great fervour and faith, at the parish school. 450 faithful gathered together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and the Washing of the feet, led by Fr Alwyn D’Souza OFM and Fr Praveen D’Souza OFM. There was also celebration in Herziliya presided over by Fr Abraham SVD where 200 people were gathered.

Good Friday was observed in the Kidron Valley, Jerusalem on April 2. It was first of its kind in Israel. The place itself was very significant and very holy in the Bible. It is a place where Pope Benedict XVI,  had celebrated  Mass on his visit to Israel. Frs Praveen, Alwyn, Abraham, Endre and Jayaseelan were the celebrants of the most important Liturgy. The Way of the Cross was held in the valley and Passion of the Lord was celebrated with great faith and love. Nearly 1000 faithful had gathered and it was a testimony to faith and unity. The Franciscan Friars, the Custodians of the holy Land were very generous to provide the place and support the cause of our Konkani speaking people in Israel.

The Paschal Vigil, the Mystery of our Faith, was celebrated in the parish school ground on Saturday April 3. It was led by Fr Praveen OFM, Fr Alwyn OFM and Jayaseelan OFM. Almost 1300 faithful had gathetred on the occasion. There was also a celebration in Herziliya led by Fr Abraham SVD where nearly 500 faithful had gathered to celebrate the Easter Mystery.

  

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  • Ashok Cutinha, Ferar/ Dublin

    Tue, Apr 06 2010

    Nice to see Fr. Alwyn and Praveen celebrating the mass. I personally know them. visiting holy land in june so hopefully meet them. good work Isrel konkans. God bless you all.

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  • Gregory(Diego)sequeira, kelarai/ireland

    Tue, Apr 06 2010

    God bless you all who keep up the faith, in the land of Israel. there was a time that we knew the holyland only by reading the bible. today most of us worked and lived in holyland. once we were told the stories of jesus. today we are able to see the places. when we die and raise we shall see that everything written in the bible will come true.keep up the good deeds and faith in God. so that we are blessed all the time.

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  • Jeevan Santhosh D'silva, Belman/Bangalore

    Mon, Apr 05 2010

    Wishing you best of luck to your mission Friar Alwyn and Praveen. Nice to see you both in this land doing your mission towards Konkani Community.

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  • JOVIN RODRIGUES, SHIRVA

    Mon, Apr 05 2010

    NICE TO SEE OUR PRIEST CELEBRATING MASS IN A OPEN PLACE IN A HOLY PLACE IN ISREAL. GLAD TO KNOW THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE COMING BACK TO JESUS BY REPENTING AND LETS PRAY ALSO FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LOOSE TRUST IN JESUS, SO THAT LET THEM ALSO REPENT WITH BITTER TEARS AND MAY THE ALMIGHTY FORGIVE THEM TOO. AFTER ALL EVERY HUMAN BEING CREATED BY THE SAME ALMIGHTY.
    WISH YOU ALL A HAPPY EASTER FILLED WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE RISEN LORD JESUS CHRIST, OUR SAVIOUR.

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