🕓 November 29, 2010
Kanajar, Nov 29: The day became yet another important day in the history of Kanajar as the renovated Lourdes Church was reopened today. The Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D'Souza arrived at Kanajar at 9:45 AM and was received at the entrance of the church by parish priest Rev. Fr. Alwyn D'Cunha in a traditional manner with beetle leaves and water. The Bishop was then escorted towards the church with the trumpets blowing and band playing.
The Bishop declared open the renovated church by symbolically cutting the ribbon. He then blessed the new grotto at the portico of the church. The main door of the church was then blessed and then the Bishop made a grand entry into the new church followed by priests and the people. The church building was then blessed by the Bishop by sprinkling the holy water around it followed by the blessing and consecration of the altar and the wooden cross on it.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Vincent Menezes explained the importance of the house of the Lord, but also reminded that the body of an individual is the most holy temple of Lord which needs to be kept renewed by our good deeds.
After the mass, a felicitation program was held at the Kanajar Sauharda Bhavan at 11:30 AM. Since the Bishop could not stay back for the program, the function was presided over by Very Rev. Dr. Baptist Menezes, Episcopal Vicar of Udupi district. After a welcome dance by children, the parish priest Rev. Fr. Alwyn D'Cunha welcomed the chief guests on the dais and also welcomed the gathering. The chief guests present on the dais were Sri Gopala Bhandari, MLA of Karkala constituency, Very Rev. John A Barboza, Vicar Forane of Karkala Deanery. In his welcome note Rev Fr. Alwyn D'Cunha expressed his gratitude to all people who had directly and indirectly contributed towards the success of church renovation.
A Souvenir edited by Mr RE Rebello was released on this occasion. The main construction contractor of church renovation Mr. Robert Noronha and the builder of the grotto Mr. Walter Pinto where then felicitated. The construction workers and other contractors were also felicitated on this occasion. Kanajar Welfare Association Kuwait (KWAK) and Lourdes Kanajar Association Emirtaes (LKAE) were also felicitated on this occasion. Last but not the least, the main driving force behind the renovation work, Rev Fr. Alwyn D'Cunha was felicitated by the chief guests on behalf of the parishioners.
In his speech Rev Fr. John A Barboza commended the unity of Kanajar parishioners. Mr Gopala Bhandary
commended the good work by the Christian community especially in the field of education. In his presidential
speech Very Rev. Dr. Baptist Menezes commended the leadership of Rev Fr. Alwyn D'Cunha and wished the
parishioner well in the future.
Parish council vice president Mrs. Mable Nazareth proposed vote of thanks. Sr. Meena and Mr Jerald Prakash Martis compeered the program. A delicious vegetarian lunch was provided to all the gathered people thus concluding a memorable day.
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Anil Fernandes, Muscat Dec 7 2010 22:05:04
Renovation of church done beautifully, looks like new one. Thanks to parish priest & committee. May, Our Lady of Lourdes bless all Kanajar community.
Ivan, Kanajar/UAE Dec 23 2010 23:13:33
I am proud to say Fr. Alwyn has made a remarkable contribution to build Kanajar and one of the best priest in Kanajar history. Why I am saying this is he loves rich and the poor alike. If we look on olden days Kanajar is just developing. But after arrival of Fr. Alwyn things changed very quickly. All Kanajar parishioners pray for him. He is very simple and always helping poor. Pray for me father if you receive my message. I am really expecting to help you to possible extent.