By Fr. Richard DSouza

Feb 26 :  The Annual Catechism Day of St. Joseph the Worker Church Neermarga was expressively celebrated on Sunday, February 24th 2019.

It initiated with the Eucharistic Celebration at 9 am celebrated by Fr. Ivan D Souza while Fr.Anil D Mello Parish Priest concelebrated. During the Mass, thanksgiving prayers offered to the Triune God for bestowing the blessing throughout the year. The Liturgy was led by the parents and children and all took active participation in the Eucharistic banquet. The children’s harmonious choir added more exquisiteness to the celebration.Fr. Ivan in his homily said through learning of Catechism we become excellent children of God and explicated it through anecdotes and facts.

After the Mass, refreshments were served to all. The cultural program was held in the church hall presided over by Fr. Anil D Mello, Parish Priest, attended by Fr. Ivan D Souza as the Chief Guest, while Mr. Prakash Pereira, Mr. Jerald Lobo, Brother Cyril Fernandes were present as Guests of Honour.The event started off with a Prayer dance by the students of class III. Adeline, Jackson and Lester welcomed the distinguished guests, elite guardians with their sweet flowing words of welcome. Speaking on the occasion Fr. Anil D Mello prized the sacrifices and hard work of the catechism teachers and the coordinator in imparting spiritual education. The cultural performance included the display of talents from the students of grade one to ten. The various value based cultural items enhanced the beauty of the day’s celebration. The skits which were presented were well appreciated by the gathered crowd. Prizes were distributed to 250 students who secured highest marks in the catechism exams, Catechism workbook and who attended the classes’ with 100% attendance. Catechism teachers were also felicitated with gifts. Mr. Philip and family were the main sponsors for the prizes. Kumari Valerie, Mrs Gretta Vas and Mr. Patrick shared their experiences. The teachers, students and parents expressed thanks to Fr. Anil for his persistent efforts in imparting teachings about the Essential Truths of our Faith in a motivating and consequential manner.

YCS students Compered the entire programme. Mrs. Celestine Coordinator of the Sunday Catechism issued message of thanks. It was a very colourful and a enjoyable day which a student can remember for a long span of time.

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