By Fr Richard DSouza

May 4 : St.Joseph the worker church celebrated with vibrancy and life being propelled into magnificent and reverberating celebrations of Parish Day and Youth Day on 1st May, 2019.

The symphonic rhythm of the Vas band and with the beautiful singing from our choir setting the ambiance, the community gathered for the festive Mass .The celebrant was Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Martis, Rector of Jeppu Seminary who was joined by Rev.Fr. Anil D Mello our Parish Priest, Rev.Fr. Bonaventure Rodrigues, Rev. Fr. Timothy Saldanha who concelebrated the Mass. The Mass liturgy was meaningfully conducted by ICYM members. The parishioners devoted themselves to the mass praising and thanking God for the benisons and graces bestowed on every family.Fr. Joseph Martis in his inspirational homily requested the Community to make efforts to build a society of love, knit closely together through our faith in Jesus Christ and the bond of fellowship-a fellowship that is concerned about each other and reaches out in love and service.

After the Eucharistic Celebration began the cultural programme. Rev.Fr. Anil D Mello presided over the occasion and the chief Guest for the programme was Very Rev.Fr.Joseph Martis. The Church ground was packed to the corners with eyes locked on the giant stage where the kids, youth and elderly were to perform with dynamism and zest.

The programme commenced by seeking almighty’s blessings through a prayer song. Entailing the formal welcome by Mr. Prakash Pereira, Vice President, Parish Pastoral Council the progressive annual report was read by Mr. Jerald Lobo Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council. Jelroy Vas the Secretary of ICYM, then presented the Annual Report stating the brilliant achievements followed by the Prize distribution ceremony to honour 300 winners for having attained a remarkable triumph in inter ward competitions like Drawing,singing,Dancing,Vegetable/ fruit Carving, Recycled Art Work and sports.The competitions were spaced throughout the year and were held under various categories /age groups –children, youth.middle aged, married couples and the elderly. The parishioners, who reached the summit of success, kept toiling day and night, conquering all the obstacles and distractions. Their success is the result of continuous dedication, hard work and persistence.

Mr. Philip Rebello who sponsored Fellowship Dinner was felicitated by Fr. Anil D Mello and dignitaries on the dais. After the formal function, cultural extravaganza was meticulously organized that consisted of music, dance and laughter. Popular Konkani songs were flawlessly sung by our youth. Comedy troupe with their rib-tickling jokes had the crowd roaring with laughter. Dance by the dancing dancers of Neermarga Parish enthralled the audience with astonishing and breathtaking dance moves. The dances were choreographed by acclaimed choreographer Jatin Lobo. A value based Konkani play “Kashi Karni Thashi Burne”centered around the theme “Life is like a garden, you reap what you sow” written and directed by illustrious artiste Mr. Clarence Pinto was staged by Neermarga performers. Heart touching scenes had musical elements to bring symphony and melody into life. The stage took on hues enhancing the mood of every emotion.

Rev. Fr. Joseph Martis thanked and congratulated Fr. Anil D Mello for his tireless and generous labour and commitment in bringing God’s love and light to the flock entrusted to his care and also appreciated the youth for their laudable performances.

Pawan Pinto and Lydia D Souza compeered the entire programme in a creative way. Sapna Gonsalves, President of ICYM issued message of thanks. On the whole it was a celebration of art, creativity, talent and fervor.

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