Mangaluru, Aug 6: Sixth day novena prior to Feast of St Lawrence was held at Bondel church.
Theme of 6th Day was Forgiveness is the solution for the problems of the family. Fr Andrew D’Souza, parish priest Bajal Church, was the main celebrant, Fr Andrew Leo DSouza, and Fr Lancy D’Souza concelebrated the Mass.
Fr Andrew D’Souza called on the devotees of St Lawrence and said, "Forgiveness is a vital part of Christianity because, without forgiveness, we would have no hope for reconciliation, redemption from sin, and salvation. Forgiveness cannot be granted without giving. The word give is in the word forgive. We have to set aside our pride, feelings, and hurts to offer forgiveness and give grace. In every relationship, there are times when we are hurt or disappointed by the other person. When we decide to forgive, we are saying, I love you regardless of what you did or said. That commitment to the relationship is a choice and a decision to love."
There were 3 testimonies on Saturday. The choir was from United Family under the leadership of Cyprian Vas.
The 5.30 pm Mass was celebrated by Fr Santhosh Rodrigues, director, Pastoral Centre. Fr Peter Gonsalves, Fr Melwin Pinto MSIJ concelebrated the Mass. The choir was from Blue Angles Choir. Special prayers were offered for those who have been living apart from the unity of the family.