Qatar Rosary Church celebrates Monthi Fest

Report:Victor D’souza
Kemmannu News Network, 09-09-2012 11:46:28

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Doha, 09 September 2012: The Konkani community of the Rosary Qatar Church celebrated the Monthi Fest with great devotion in the evening on 08th September 2012. Community was fortunate to have Rev. Fr. J.B. Crasta Director of Catholic Sabha, Mangalore, who was flown in for this occasion, conducted all the novenas in preparation of Monthi Fest, the feast of Nativity of Mother Mary. People gathered for every novena full house as Fr. J.B. Crasta in his homily spoke on various topics every day. 

The Monthi Fest celebration began in the evening at 4.30 pm with the rosary, followed by the holy mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. J.B. Crasta along with Rev. Fr. Anand Castelino, Spiritual Director for Konkani community. The altar was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and the Konkani choir which was one of the few highlights of the evening, presented hymns which were specially chosen for this fest. 

In his homily Fr. Crasta spoke on the topic of ‘fear of God’ and its significance. He narrated a story of a young man who came from abroad and met his Parish Priest informing him about his bride whom he is going to marry. As the young man said that she is rich, educated and beautiful, the priest wrote a ‘zero’ for each one on a paper. But finally when the young man said that the woman he is going to marry is also God fearing then the priest immediately added the figure ‘one’ on the left side of all the three zeros, thus this figure one gave a value to those zeros.

 Hence, Fr. Crasta said that if there is no fear of God then everything else is of no value. He narrated how fortunate and blessed are those who fear God, with various examples from the Bible. He also read out from the Bible on those so many occasions Jesus helped those who are in fear and Jesus made himself humble even to the extent that he washed the feet of the disciples. During the mass fresh harvest crops were blessed.  

After the mass was over the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Peter P.M. made a brief visit to the alter and thanked Fr. Crasta for glorifying the occasion of novenas and Monthi Fest with his presence. He thanked the Konkani community for their support to him, for the various services they render in the church activities and he also thanked Fr. Anand for successfully leading the Konkani community. Fr. Crasta thanked everyone for giving him the opportunity to come to Qatar for this occasion. 

Parishioners then marched towards the grotto where they offered flowers to Mother Mary with hymns. Cakes were distributed as everyone wished each other on the occasion of the Monthi Fest. Blessed crops were distributed. Then, everyone gathered at the Church Hall for a short program during which the community members presented cultural programs. This was followed by the delicious meal of Nove Jevan.

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