St Peter’s Church Barkur Celebrated Post Centenary Golden Jubilee


Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 17-12-2013 07:12:46


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Barkur : The Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the St. Peter’s Church here held with solemnity and devotion on Monday, 16th December, 2013. The Parish Priest and Parish Pastoral officials were welcomed Bishop of Udupi Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo and Chief Guest Most Rev Dr. Henry D’Souza Bishop of Ballery Diocese at the entrance gate of the Parish campus at 4.45pm.

The Solemn high mass concelebrated by Bishop Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo along with Bishop Most Rev Dr. Henry D’Souza, Rev Fr. Valerian Mendonca, Parish Priest, Rt. Rev. Mosgn. Baptist Menezes V.G. of Diocese, Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo Rector of Milagres Cathedral & Vicar Forane of Kallianpur Deanery, Very Rev Fr. Fredrick Macarenhas of Udupi, Very Rev Fr. Alwyn D’Souza of Kundapur Deanery and other priests.

During homily Bishop Henry said that we are the citizens of Kingdom of God Almighty. He loves us. The doors of the churches should always to open for the people of God. We should be for others like Jesus. Our associations like SVP and others doing services for the poorest of the poor. We are sailing in the same boat headed towards the same destination. The qualities of Christians should be love, concern with others, dream, leadership, service and truth to serve the society.

At the end of the mass as usual Fr. Valerian Mendonca thanked to Bishops’, priests, nuns and all concerned for the grand celebrations of Jubilee.

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After the mass felicitations program held which beginning with welcome dance by children. Bishop Gerald Lobo presided the stage program. Bishop Henry D’Souza, Rt. Rev Monsg. Baptist Menezes, Very Rev Fr. Stany. B. Lobo, Sr. Marina Superior of Sisters of Charity Convent, Smt Eugene Qadros, Vice President & Smt. Irene Pais Secretary of Parish Pastoral Parished and Smt. Celine D’Souza Sponsor & Pirgent of the celebrations were present on the dais. Fr. Valerian Mendonce delivered keynote address and welcomed the gatherings. Mrs. Eugene Quadros Vice President of Parish Pastoral Parished read out brief history of the church since 150 years. She remembered first parish priest Rev Fr. Cosmos Rebello and many others.

During the occasion felicitations programme held and former present parish priests, Asst. Parish Priests, Vice Presidents, Secretaries of parish councils, Superior of the convent and donors were honored with presenting shawl, fresh fruits, garland and memento.

There was blessing of foundation stone for proposed Parochial House held by Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo and Bishop Henry D’souza. During the occasion Bishop Henry D’Souza released the “Khadap” Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Souvenir and recalled the history of 150 years of the church.

During the address Bishop Henry D’Souza said that celebrations like jubilee’s help us to love which God has shown us and God helps us in larger sense and hence we should thank God for his utmost blessings on us. Barkur parish should act like a one family and live with harmony and unity. If there is unity then there is strength. He recalled his fast memories when he was asst. parish priest for two years in Barkur parish. He called youths to join in politics as well. We  have the responsibilities in our community and society and so join IPS, IAS and other top level in governmental jobs rather to go and earn dinars or riyals or other middle east currencies. We should be our strength in local bodies.

Vicar General Fr. Baptist Menezes and Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo conveyed their wishes and message in regard to the celebrations of Post Centenary Golden Jubilee celebrations. Fr. Stany “Suputhra” of Barkur recalled his school days memories during his studies at Barkur. Fr. Valerian Mendonca read out message of Pope from Vatican. Later Fr. Valerian Mendonca was felicitated by the Bishop during the occasion on behalf of parishioners’.

During his presiding address Bishop GFerald Isaac pointed out five points in order to celebrations of Jubilee. “Smarane, Santhapa, Sandhana, Sanmarga and Sambrahma. During the celebrations of Jubilee all these five points each related. The celebrations of jubilees help us in renewing the bond between God and human beings. Barkur parish having about 28 priests and 48 nuns serving God which shows faith of parishioners. Barkur having so many leaders, doctors and other high profile personalities which will be appreciated.

Irene Pais Secretary of PPP proposed vote of thanks while Roshan D’Souza and Jasmine Andrade compered the stage program. Large number of parishioners joined fellowship meal after the function.

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