Report By: Annet Carol Dsouza
Pictures By: Marvin, Denzil & Snedan / Avinash
Bantwal , Dec 26 : The Solemn Christmas Festal mass was held on the eve of 24th Dec, 2018.
On the Christmas Eve on 25th Dec, Youth of Infant Jesus Church, Bantwal organised an event namely 'Christmas Sambram 2018' along with cultural committee of the parish. Parish Priest Fr. Walter Dmello, Assistant Parish Priest Fr. Ashwin Crasta, Vice president of parish pastoral council Sandeep Menezes and Secretary Richard Dsouza, Ronald Carlo, President, Cultura committee and Secretary Diana Dsouza, Icym Animator Sunil Lewis, President Avinash Dsouza and Secretary Annet Dsouza along with the chief guest and santaclaus were the dignitaries on the dias.
The programme began with a prayer song led by the Choir members. Sandeep Menezes welcomed the gathering. The chief guest of the day was Wilma Bantwal, a well known poet and writer. She was felicitated on the occasion. The Parish priest addressed the parishioners and asked them to celebrate this festive season as a family.
Various prizes for different events conducted on the occasion of Christmas were then distributed. Diana Dsouza proposed the vote of thanks. Later on cultural programmes were given by ICYM, YCS, altar servers, Marian Sodality and others. Thus the Christmas Eve turned out to be a joyous and merry one.
Beautiful Christmas Crib and Star by ICYM Bantwal unit
To commemorate the feast of birth of Jesus Christ with grandeur, an exclusive Crib and a mighty Star was prepared and exhibited by the ICYM unit of Bantwal church on the church grounds. It took more than a fortnight to put up this beautiful crib and star. The youth namely James, Robin, Marvin, Denzil and Avinash worked tirelessly for this. The work was guided by Mr. Edwin Dcunha , a parishioner. The hard work of these youth was paid off with the appreciation all the parishioners and the visitors who viewed the crib and the star.