July 09: The Infant Mary (OCDS) community of Bajjodi wherein nine members of the community - Sr. Janet Dsouza of St. Antony, Sr. Cynthia Dsouza of St. Antony, Sr. Sharel Dsouza of Infant Mary, Sr.Gretta Lobo of Infant Jesus, Sr. Gracy Fernandes of the Little Flower, Sr. Sabreena Dcosta of the Little Flower, Sr. Sylvia Mascarenhas of St. Teresa of Avila, Sr.Asuntha Mendonca of Little Flower, Br. Patrick Menezes of St. Joseph made their temporary promises in the presence of Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial Superior and Novitiate:Sr. Leena Fernandes, Sr.Rita D’sa, Sr. Tina Dsouza received scapulars on July 7, 2019.

The preparation for this special day consisted of a days retreat on the 9th of June 2019 under the guidance of Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD.

Seven Priests and Decon Roshan Monteiro concelebrated the Mass during which there was the rite of Promises. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao in his brief homily explained the missionary dimensions of the Church and also highlighted the three main dimensions of the Secular Carmel that are Prayer, Community life and Devotion to Mary. The candidates were guided by Fr. Ivan D’souza OCD.

Mass was followed by a cultural programme in the Church hall to which Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao, Delegate Provinical of OCDs Rev. Fr. Rovel Dsouza, Fr. Deep Fernandes, Spiritual Assistant Fr. Ivan Dsouza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, President of the OCDS Provincial Council Mrs Jane Sequeira, Vice President of the Parish Council Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, were present on the dais . Ward Gurkars and parishioners were among others present for the function.

The annual day programme started at 11.15am with a prayer song. Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza welcomed the guests and the gathering after which OCDS Secretary Mrs. Gretta Lobo read the Annual Report. This was followed by prize distribution to all the winners of the Annual sports day. Mrs. Asuntha Mendonca read out the names of the winners.

The guests in their message congratulated all the members of the Secular Carmel for their unity and co- operation and called to partake in the work of the Holy Church through prayer and service and their commitment to the vocation. President of OCDS unit, Bajjodi Mrs. Gracy Fernandes delivered the vote of thanks. Mrs. Laveena D'souza compered the programme.

The OCDS members exhibited their talents through Qawali, Jokes, and skit. The programme came to an end at around 1.15pm by singing a Marian hymn followed by lunch.

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