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June 16: It was a great day for Milagres people to welcome their new parish priest Rev Fr Joseph Lobo. Large number of people gathered to welcome their new parish priest. He was welcomed by Parish Priest Rev Fr Valerian along with Parish Pastoral Vice president Mrs Cecilia Pereira and Ivan Fernandes at the entrance of the church.

Parish Pastoral Vice president Mrs Cecilia Pereira welcomed the gathering.

Later handover ceremony was organised under the guidance of Rev Fr J.B Crasta who was representing Bishop of Mangalore. Fr Joseph took the charge from Rev Fr Valerian.

Addressing the parishnors Fr Joseph said “I thank everyone for the warm welcome you gave it to me. I request you not to stop your prayer today itself rather please continue the prayers so that I can serve you in a better way. Together when we join our hands and hearts can do many good things, so I call everyone to join their hands and hearts in this ministry. It was God's wish and plan which made me to work in this church. Wherever I did my ministry, mother Mary was the patron of that respective church. I hope Our Lady of Miracles will bless my ministry and will guide me to serve you better. I am here as per bishop’s order. I am too a man made of flesh and blood. I too have feeling like a common man. I too may commit mistakes. I appreciate if you can come and tell me in person about the mistakes what I committed instead of sharing with others. Where there is love there will be a better understanding, we all priest will serve you in one heart, let's continue the same spirit and become true spirited Milagreans".

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