Nativity Feast Celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Al Ain.


By Ronald DSouza
Kemmannu News Network, 17-09-2019 09:25:19


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NATIVITY FEAST CELEBRATED AT ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH AL AIN

Konkani Community of St. Mary’s Catholic Church Al Ain, has celebrated Monti fest 2019 on Friday 6th September 2019 with a great joy. The celebration began at 10.00am with blessings of new crop, near Mother Mary’s Grotto by Rev. Fr. Derick D’Souza OFM Cap (St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Abu Dhabi), followed by showering of flowers with Hymns (Sakkod Sangatha Mellya) glorifying and honoring of Mother Mary. All children offered flowers to Mother Mary in the traditional way.

After that, as a traditional Mangalorean style, the Paddy, was brought to Altar with a procession. A large number of devotees took part in the solemn Eucharist.

The main celebrant of the mass was Rev. Fr. Derick D’Souza OFM Cap. During the mass, as per tradition, blessed new harvest was placed on the altar. Young children and adults offered fruits, vegetables and other offertory during the offertory procession. A melodious choir by Mrs. Clara and group was the highlight of the festal celebrations. As the mass concluded by Rev. Fr. Stalin Varghese OFM Cap, Parish Priest of Al Ain Church wished all Konkani speaking parishioners for organizing this feast.

The celebration ended with vegetarian ‘Novem Jevann’ served too all the devotees. Committee of the Konkani Speaking Community took the lead in organizing the feast celebrations.

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