Grand finale of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration of the St. Theresa Church, Kemmannu
Report: Richard D’souza
Kemmannu News Network, 16-05-2013 20:31:06
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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