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Mangalore, Feb 8 : Parish Family day of Milagres Church Mangalore was celebrated on 3rd of February, 2019. Festive mass was celebrated at 7 AM. Rev Fr Ronald Serrao, senior faculty of St Joseph’s seminary was the main celebrant. During his Sermon he stressed “Today we need participatory church. Today’s church emphasises on integrity. Church is considered as one family. Hence no one should be unknown within the church. Every person in the church should be familiar with each other. For this reason, church is giving more importance to small christian community prayer service. Earlier church people who used to come together and support each others' needs, they were sharing joy and sorrow equally, hence church foundation was very strong. We need to come together to support each others' needs. Together we can achieve more. Milagres Church is known for its charity and service. During the Eucharist procession you people have proven your service which was appreciated by many. This year church is giving more importance to youth. Let us bring all youth towards the church. Youth should be made part of the church activities. Our wards should give more importance to youth. Church should encourage to bring out the talents of the youth. Today’s youth are tomorrow's society”. He concluded by calling the people to bring the change in the church. Gurkars offered the offertory. All parish resident priests, Principal and other priests joined the holy Eucharistic mass.

All parishioners joined their hands to prepare the evening fellowship dinner. Meal preparations were blessed by Vicar Rev. Fr. Valerian. Large number of parishionors joined their hands to prepare the meal.

Short cultural program was organised under the leadership of Convenor Nygel Pereira. Stage program was presided by Msgr Lawrence Maxim Noronha, the new vicar General of Mangalore Diocese. Resident priests of Milagres, Principal Rev Fr. Michael Santhumayor, High school head master Rev. Maxy M. D’Souza, Assistant Parish Priest Rev.Fr Edwin Santhosh Monis, Parish Pastoral Council secretary Mr. Ivan Fernandes, Vice President Mrs Cecilia Peirera were present on the dais.

Felicitation Program organised for the retired ward gurkars and students who scored good in academics and won prizes in national and state level in various sports activities.

Addressing the gathering Msgr Lawrence Maxim Noronha said Milagres church has set a bench mark to Mangalore diocese by conducting various programs at parish level. They always shine and remain role model to others which is really a good symbol. Milagres Church plays an important role in all the activities of Mangalore diocese. We have Witnessed several leadership qualities among the people. Hard and committed work which proved on diocesan Eucharist procession.

Soon after the stage program, cultural programmes were conducted. Program concluded with fellowship meal by all parishioners.

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