Grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the St. Theresa Church, Kemmannu


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Report: Richard D’souza
Kemmannu News Network, 16-05-2013 20:26:58


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Udupi/Kemmannu, May 12, 2013 : The grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the St. Theresa Church held here on Sunday, 12th May, 2013 with great devotion. Prior to the day’s programme parishioners warmly received Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese and Most Rev Dr. Oswald Lewis Bishop of Jaipur diocese and an Kemmannite and proceeded towards the Church with brass band in procession.

At around 3.30pm inauguration and blessing of the Parish Parochial House was held by Most Rev Dr. Oswald Lewis. After the blessing  of the Parochial House, thanksgiving solemn high mass was concelebrated by the main celebrant Most Rev Dr. Gerlad Isaac Lobo.

During the homily Bishop pointed out the importance and histroy of Jubilee celebrations according to the bible. Jubilee celebrations means walking towards the God almighty. Those who walk with Jesus way shall walk from dark to light. Jubilee founds for Jubilation. He further said that Jubilee is the scope for walk along with Jesus way.

During the celebration of the thanksgiving mass along with the Bishop of Udupi Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Oswald Lewis, Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo Rector Milagres Cathedral, Rev Monsg. Fr. Baptist Menezes Vicar General  of Diocese, Rev Fr. Valerian Mendonca Chancelor of Diocese, Rev Fr. J.B. Sequiera Episcopal Vicar of Religious of Diocese, Deanery priests, guests priests and former vicar Rev Fr. Henry Fernandes were present. Beautiful choir led by Rev Fr. Ivan Rodrigues Principal of Milagres PU College was the much attraction and devotional during the mass which hymns written by Fr. Valerian Mendonca.

After the solemn thanksgiving mass stage programme was held under the presidentship of our beloved Bishop of Udupi Most Rev Dr. Gerlad Isaac Lobo. Prior to the stage programme Sri Oscar Fernandes Rajya Sabha Member and AICC General Secretaryspoke during the occasion. Present during the stage programme were Rev Msg. Baptist Menezes, chief guest Pramod Madwaraj newly elected MLA of Udupi, Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo, Rev Fr. J.B. D’Souza Parish Priest, Rev Fr. Henry Fernandes former Vicar of the church, Rev Fr. Anil Prakash D’Silva Chairman of the Jubilee celebration Committee and resident priest, Alfred F. Crasto guest of Honour, Sr. Neonilla Superior of the local convent, Ronald Menezes Vice President of Parish Pastoral Parished and others.

During the address by Pramod Madwaraj said that development ofhis life morality and good character has been  founded by christian institutions. He hopefully ready to serve Kemmannites for the better cause and upliftment of the society through government aid or whatsoever. Pramod madwaraj was felicitated during the occasion and it was his first grand felicitation ceremony after his election of MLA.

Felicitation programme was held for former parish priest Fr. Henry Fernandes, former and present Adminstrators or Vice Presidents of the church, donours for the church, felicitation for Kemmannite Bishop Rev Dr. Oswald Lewis, felicitation for nuns of Kemmannu church and others. Felicitation programme also held for Bishop Gerald Isaac, Rev Fr. Anil P. D’Silva, Rev Dr. Baptist Menezes and others.

Earlier Chariman of the Jubilee Committee Rev Fr. Anil Prakash D’Silva placed the brief report since inauguration of Jubilee year. Bishop Oswald Lewis, Fr. Stany Lobo and Rev Mosg. Baptist Menezes spoke during the occasion.

Jubilee Sovenir  “Amrut Kanick” was released by Fr. Stany Lobo during the occasion. Meanwhile telephone directory of the parish also released during the occasion. Bishop Gerlad Issac Lobo during his presidential address all praised for Kemmannu Parishioners for their outstanding service, prayer and love towards the church as a one family. No doubt family of Kemmannu church as a whole very strong in all directions towards development of the church since 75 years.

Rev Fr. J. B. D’Souza Parish Vicar of the church welcomed the gathered and Ronald Menezes proposed vote of thanks. Melwyn Saldanha and Veronica Cornelio compared the the stage programme while Thomas D’Souza compered the programme during the inauguration and blessing of parish Parochial House. Grand dinner was served to all participants for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and huge crackers were displayed after the grand celebration.

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Shaila, Mumbai Wed, May-15-2013, 8:16
May God bless all the priests and nuns and the missionaries so they work like Mother Theresa.
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Sunil, Thonse Wed, May-15-2013, 10:40
The New life is just a drama they want to just dance to the tune of music while praying DJ. God can hear humble hymns not the Disco coir of modern day church who never give opportunity for singing to children. The Roman Catholics in the world are best in providing Missionary work There are numbers of nuns and priests who have left their family eg father mother brother sisters. Unmarried nuns and priests for poor in villages deserts hospitals and schools refuges and old aged homes predominantly women, some engaged only in constant prayer, others working as teachers, health workers and missionaries, fell 94,790 to 945,210. Of the total, 753,400 members were women, while 191,810 were men, including 136,171 priests and 532 permanent deacons. The figures were published next to a report of Pope Benedict XVI. Thanks to the Vatican church which is strong with the sacrifice of nuns and priests and the faithful people
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Prakash, Thonse Tue, May-14-2013, 10:06
@Jeevan, is this New Life is an Issue, why are you afraid? – This unit is just an unwanted hair from a large scalp with barber’s scissor on it. If anyone harms our community then it is time to rise and defend as one family which we have done from the beginning of Christian church’s existence two thousand years ago. Those who go away are against the principles of Roman Catholics. Will pray for them and hope to see them coming back home someday. Their parents and ancestors are waiting for them with open hearts in our cemeteries and in God’s paradise.
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Rajesh, Malpe Tue, May-14-2013, 2:36
Photographs says the event was a success.... Congratulations!!
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Jeevan, Udupi Tue, May-14-2013, 1:47
Congrattulatins to people of kemmannu The efforts taken by Kemmannu families during the times then St. Philomenas church now named after Theresa is unforgettable. The families who migrated from Kallianpura and settled had their great contribution for building church in 1938 the elders who bestowed their contribution to build do not live today. They blessed this day with prayers. May God hear their prayers and keep every parish family united where the fear for splitting our own people is on the rise due to the New Life who do not believe in Mother Mary nor attend church or participate with the parish community they argue it is time now to remember their ancestors who were present those days and regreat their children going away from their Mother Dear........
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Sunitha, Malad/Mumbai Tue, May-14-2013, 1:19
Congrats to the people of Kemmannu for celebrating 75th year of platinum. it would be appropriate and most rewarding if all the parish people of Kemmannu remember the departed souls on this occasion who worked hard to build this church with bricks and stones rocks and mortars with bare hands. The material landed at the site by bullock carts and mostly carried on elders head it was the only opportunity to name them today, especially the Thonse family members who arrived from Kallianpura.
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