The annual feast of Nativity of Our Mother Mary was celebrated at St.Vincent Pallotti Church, Banasawadi, Bangalore with traditional gaiety & fervour on Friday, the 8th Sept ’17. The service in Konkani commenced at 7.45am in the morning at the Church premises with blessing of newly grown sheaves of paddy corn by Rev. Fr. Vijay Kumar Machado, Director, Mangala Jyothi, Diocesan Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre, Diocese of Mangalore. This was followed by Children offering & honouring Mother Mary with flowers and singing of hymns in honour of Mother Mary. Thereafter, Children along with Priests and Parishioners proceeded to the Church in a procession with blessed paddy corn and statue of Infant Mary to celebrate Holy Mass.
The main celebrant during the Eucharistic Service was Rev. Fr. Vijay Machado with co-celebrants in Most Rev. Fr. Pedro Camilos Simoes (Provincial, Society of the Catholic Apostolate, Assumption Province, Bangalore), Rev. Fr. Manohar Josly Noronha (Parish Priest), Rev. Fr. Soundar M (AsSt.Parish Priest), Rev. Fr. Kristudass, (Former Provincial), Rev. Fr. Victor Martis, and Rev. Fr. Manuel. The homily on this occasion was also delivered by Rev. Fr. Vijay Machado, on the days theme of Mary- Model of Christian Family.
Konkani Choir Group ably supported the Eucharistic Service by singing melodious hymns during the Service.
Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Manohar Noronha, who thanked the Main celebrant and co-celebrants for their presence and also greeted the Parishioners on the occasion of Nativity Feast of our Mother Mary. He informed the Parishioners regarding commencement of Konkani Mass on 1st & 3rd Sundays at 11.30am, starting from 17th Sept ’17.
Blessed corn was distributed to the parishioners at the end of the service.
Breakfast was served at the Church basement after the Service got over. Sugar cane was distributed to the Children thereafter.
President of St.Vincent Pallotti Konkani Kutamb Banasawadi, Mr. Melson D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks at the end of the Service acknowledging every ones contribution and active participation in these celebrations, making it a memorable and meaningful one.
Main attraction of this years celebration was 9 days Novena in preparation of Nativity FeaSt.Members of each of the nine zones, animated each days Novena having its unique theme on the life of Mother Mary with floral offering to Mother Mary during the Novena. Parishioners brought food grains and other groceries in large number, as offering to be distributed to the poor and needy of the Parish Community at the end of Novena.