Monthi Saibinichem Festh 2012 by SPKK(St.Peter’s Konkani Kutamb)Bangalore

Simon Lasrado, Bangalore

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Bangalore, September 8, 2012: St Peter’s Konkani Kutam (SPKK)celebrated Monthi Festh (Nativity of our Blessed Virgin Mary), at St.Peter’s Church, Rustum Bhagh Off Old Airport Road,Bangalore on Saturday, September 8th, with a Holy Mass in Konkani at 8.45 am, to a crowded gathering of devotees.

Unlike the previous years, the blessing  of New Paddy by Fr Praveen  Pinto OCD(Carmalite) this year  it was blessed  outside the Church and  brought in a procession  singing  Konkani hymn "Sakkad sangatha melyan",children led the procession with beautiful flowers and  gathered around the statue of our beloved Mother Mary to honor Her.

As the choir sang the beautiful Konkani hymn, ’Moriyek hogolshiyam’, the children showered colorful flowers on Our dearest ‘Mother Mary’.

Mr.Maxi Fernandes gave a brief introduction about the importance of Monthi Festh.

This was followed  by  Holy Mass in Konkani celebrated  by Fr.Praveen Pinto. In his message Fr.Pinto  stressed on family values,  and urged to keep  Mangalurean Konkani culture alive  Throughout the Mass melodious Konkani choir played a major role in enriching the spirituality of the event   led by Mr.Jerome Mascarehnas and his  dedicated team.

After the Mass Novem was distributed  and it was served  with ’Coconut Milk’ in a  true Mangalorean tradition  followed by breakfast. This year full length Sugar cane was  distributed and the children were thrilled to carry it..Thanks to Mrs and Mr.Alwyn Pinto and family for their  goodwill and generous contribution

The ’Novem’ was arranged by Mr.Joechem Saldanha the President of SPKK. Church and the Altar were decked with variety of flowers  which were donated  by Mr.Robert Lewis and family. Many members contributed  towards the expenses

There were around  200 members gathered for this feast and they cherished every moment of this celebration as this event reminded everyone of their good old days in Mangalore.

Secretary of SPKK Mrs.Matilda Lasrado proposed the vote of thanks.

The President of SPKK Mr.Joachem Saldanha expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed and actively took part in the celebration. On the whole,  Monthi Saibinichem  Festh was celebrated by SPKK, Bangalore, in a very grand and traditional way, with the support of all the members and their families.

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