By Fr Richard DSouza

Feb 26 : The Annual Catechism Day of St. Joseph the Worker Church, Neermarga was meaningfully celebrated on Sunday, February 23.2020.

It initiated with the Eucharistic Celebration at 9 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Fr. Rohan Lobo, Secretary to the Bishop of Mangalore and concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Anil D Mello, Parish Priest. The Liturgy was led by the children, teachers and parents and the Students harmonious choir conducted by Sister Mary received applaud from the Parish Priest and the Parishioners. Fr. Rohan in his homily stressed the importance of Patience and expounded on the four ways to become holy through concrete facts and narration of stories.

After the Mass, refreshments were served to all. The cultural programme was held in the Church Hall presided over by Rev Fr Anil D Mello, Parish Priest, attended by Rev Fr. Rohan Lobo as the Chief Guest, while Mr. Ravi Saldanh,Vice President of Parish Pastoral Council, Mr Prakash Pereira, Secretary of Parish Pastoral Council, Brother Ivan were present as Guests of Honour. After invoking God’s blessings through a Prayer Song by Students of class VI, the tiny tots of Grade I and II emphasised the truth that Jesus has been and continues to be our Shepherd and the presence of God in every walk of Life through Action Songs that enthralled the audience. The item that was presented by Class VII ‘The Sin Chair’ appealingly exemplified that temptation can get you stuck in sin. The only way to get ‘unstuck’ is through the Word and living the teachings of Jesus Christ. Then thrilling dances ‘Kinkule’ and ‘MangaluruAmche ‘were performed by dancing dancers of class III and IX portraying the fact children are the future of the world and cultural heritage of Mangaluru left the crowd foot tapping and enchanted. Skits on ‘The Need to Forgive’, ‘Mary Immaculate-Her Greatness ‘, ‘Rich Man and Lazarus’ and ‘Prodigal Son’ by the budding artistes of Grade V,VIII,IX and X created in every person present an inner world built on the spicy ingredients of humane and divine qualities.

Rev. Fr Anil D Mello in his Presidential Address gave a clarion call to the students to put into action the values that mould a meaningful life inculcated in them in catechism classes and elucidated the ways to manifest optimism in celebration of life. He further expressed his sincere thanks to the coordinator and the Sunday Catechism Faculty for assuming an invaluable role in moulding the students, orienting them towards good values and right attitudes and felicitated them with mementos.

Prizes were distributed to 250 students who secured highest marks in Catechism Examination, Catechism Workbook and who attended the classes with 100% attendance. Mrs Celestine, Parish Catechism Coordinator, Mr Vinod and Daisy Crasta shared their experiences. Newly Married Couples were honoured with gifts by the Parish Priest. The Teachers, Students and Parents articulated sentiments of Thankfulness to Fr. Anil for his persistent efforts in imparting teachings about the Essential Truths of our Faith and ways to participate in the Holy Eucharist actively in a creative and consequential manner throughout the year.

YCS compered the entire programme flawlessly. Mrs Gretta Vas welcomed the gathering and Mrs Anita Lobo issued message of thanks.


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