🕓 December 5, 2012
Kanajar, Dec 6: The annual feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Church Kanajar was celebrated on December 4 & 5 with all grandeur.
Vespers Day Eve: The Vespers Day on the eve of parish feast was celebrated on Dec 4 evening with gaiety. The celebration began at 6:45 PM with the blessing and the candle lit procession of the palanquin (charrel) of Our Lady of Lourdes. This was followed by solemn mass with main celebrant Rev. Fr. Peter Mendonca, a Kanajar parishioner himself currently serving as parish priest at the parish of Hosanagara in Shimoga. Keeping with the customs of vespers day, the homily was delivered in Kannada language so that the people from all community would benefit from it. In his homily Rev. Fr. Peter Mendonca delivered the message to lead a dedicated life by following the example of Mother Mary. The celebrations culminated with the spectacular display of fireworks.
The Feast Day was celebrated on Dec 5 with all grandeur. The celebrations began at 10:00 AM with the solemn mass, with the main celebrant Rev. Fr. Arthur Pereira, the parish priest of Karkala town parish. He was joined by concelebrants Rev. Fr. John Barboza, the vicar of Karkala deanery, and other priests from the parishes of Karkala deanery.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Michael Lobo, the parish priest at Hirgan parish, delivered the message to strengthen one's faith, especially this being the year of faith. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Dr. John Mendonca thanked the parishioners for joining hands in the success of the celebrations. Earlier, the parish council members and mordom (expense) bearers were honored by the parish priest by presenting them with blessed candles.