🕓 May 16, 2013
Pictures: Shrikant Bhat, Sinchana Digitals
Kanajar, May 16: The valedictory function of the Platinum Jubilee (75 years) of the formation of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Church was celebrated with splendor. The event began at 9:15 am with the arrival of the Bishop of Udupi diocese Most Rev. Dr. Jerald Issac Lobo and the Vicar General Msgr. Dr. Baptist Menezes. They were welcomed at the entrance by parish priest Rev. Fr. Dr. John Mendonca and parish council vice-president Mr. Ignatius D'Souza and were escorted towards church with the band followed by procession.
The Bishop then unveiled the newly established bust of Msgr. William Anthony Lewis, the founder priest of Kanajar parish. Before the commencing of the mass, the parish priest honored the donors and sponsors with blessed candles. The thanks giving mass was concelebrated by the Bishop along with Vicar General Msgr. Dr. Baptist Menezes, Vicar Forane of Karkala deanery Rev. Fr. John Barboza along with other guest priests. In his homily the Bishop explained the historic role of Mother Mary in saving the mankind and called on to be inspired by her life of service and love towards others.
After the mass the formal Platinum Jubilee function began at 11:30 am at the
Kanajar Souharda Bhavan auditorium. Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Jerald Issac Lobo
presided over the function. Chief guest Vicar General Msgr. Dr. Baptist Menezes,
Vicar Forane Rev. Fr. John Barboza, parish council vice president Mr. Ignatius
D'Souza and secretary Mrs. Janet Mezes were present on the dais. Parish priest
Rev. Fr. John Mendonca welcomed the distinguished guests on the dais and the
people gathered. The Platinum Jubilee souvenir edited by Mr. R.E. Rebello was
released by the Bishop. In his message Msgr. Dr. Baptist Menezes congratulated
the parish priest and the parishioners and wished the very best. He read out the
message from Vatican by Pope Francis.
Prizes were distributed to the winners of the competitions held during the Jubilee year. All the former parish priests who served at Kanajar in the past 75 years were remembered on this occasion. Also all the former laity administrators/vice-presidents were felicitated for their service. Present parish priest Rev. Fr. Dr. John Mendonca was honored by the Bishop on behalf of the parishioners.
In his presidential speech the Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Jerald Issac Lobo praised the parish priest and parishioners for conducting various programs in the Jubilee year meaningfully. He called on the parishioners to remember the sacrifice of the forefathers in keeping the faith alive in the past 75 years. He invoked the Lords blessing through the intercession of Mother Mary on all the people of Kanajar regardless of their religion.
The program concluded with vote of thanks from vice-president Mr. Ignatius D'Souza. Mr. Prakash Martis compeered the program. Delicious lunch was served in the noon by the parish volunteers to all the gathered people.
Cultural program was organized at the Lourdes Higher Primary School play ground in the evening at 8:00 PM. ICYM members presented variety entertainment with dances and skits. In his message to gathered people parish priest Rev. Fr. John Mendonca mentioned the importance of harmony between communities in a neighborhood for the overall progress and said the entertainment program is been organized for the benefit of all the people of Kanajar. The writer of the Tulu drama that was played later - "Ajjer dane thojjer", Sri Ramananda Nayak was felicitated by the parish priest. The drama was cast by the crew of "Ranga Kalavider Ranganapalke" and was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.