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Sep 10 : The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Monti Fest, was celebrated with devotion at bajjodi on Saturday September 8th. Blessing of the Corn was held at Lourdes grotto. The congregation went in a procession to the church singing devotional hymns, accompanied by a brass band with Bambina Mary. After the procession the beautiful age old tradition of children showering flowers at Mother Mary's statue was performed with the accompaniment of hymns. Rev. Fr. Lancy Lewis was the main Celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr. Rovel D’souza, Deac. Macson Dabre concelebrated in the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr Lancy Lewis expounded the uniqueness of the feast and stressed on the role of the family in the church. At the end, Fr. Ivan D’souza honoured the main sponsors as well as thanked everyone for their whole hearted support for the success of the feast. New grains and sugar canes were distributed to the parishioners.

Evening at 6pm, the Parish family joined together in the parish Hall for cultural extravaganza. The celebrations initiated with a Prayer song by the Altar Servers. Fr. Ivan D’souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr. Jocy D’souza , Deacon Macson Dabre, Br. Morgan Vice President, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Irene Pinto, Coporator Keshav were present for the programme. In the beginning Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas welcomed the gathering. Soon after the welcome dance parish choir sang the wishing song. Fr. Patrick lobo in his message stressed that these should be always joy in the family. 10 Wards & Parish Association members entertained everyone with a beautiful dances as well as variety Programs. The congregation was also treated to a meaningful family skit called “Parivartan” written by Stella D’souza. Parish Priest, Fr. Ivan D’souza thanked the parishioners who exerted great efforts to make this event an outstanding success.

Rishel Suvarna compered the programme. Mrs. Irene Pinto issued the message of thanks. Sweet vorn flavored with the blessed new corn was blessed by Fr. Jocy Dsouza. At the end, all were served with the traditional vegetarian meal with variety of vegetables and alu-dento and vorn recollecting the sweet memories of Novem Jevan.

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