By Fr Richard DSouza

Feb 25 : The culmination of the whole year’s (2019-2020) Sunday catechism took place on Catechism day which was organized in St Joseph Vaz Church, Mudipu on 23rd February, 2020.The first part of the celebration began with a thanksgiving mass at 7.30 a.m. presided over by Rev. Fr Benjamin Pinto, the Parish Priest along with Fr Shaun Rodrigues, Assistant Parish Priest. In his homily, Fr Benjamin Pinto appealed to everyone to make love as the goal of Catechesis. Our Catechism should transform us as loving persons. Children conducted the liturgy devotionally and the children’s choir with their melodious singing helped the congregation to pray.

The second part of the celebration included the prize distribution ceremony. Mrs Irene Veigas, the Secretary of Parish Pastoral Parishad distributed prizes to those who stood Ist and IInd in Bible Quiz. Mr Naveen D’Souza, Vice President PPP handed over the prizes to those children who scored well in the catechism examination. Sr Joaquina Dias, Superior Holy Family of Nazareth Convent honoured the children who attended Sunday catechism without fail. Fr Shaun Rodrigues and Fr Benjamin Pinto expressed their gratitude in the name of the parish community to all the Catechism teachers with a token of love. On this auspicious occasion Ms Kiran Kutinha , YCS student shared her experience on Catechism journey of past 12 years . From the teacher’s side Mrs Smitha D’Souza, YCS animator verbalized her feelings precisely. Fr Benjamin Pinto in his presidential address thanked the teachers for their untiring service and congratulated all the children saying “Jesus is the greatest gift you must carry always and everywhere you go”. Mrs Agnes D’Souza, Catechism Co-coordinator welcomed the gathering, Mrs Jacinta D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks and Ms Vijresha Monteiro emceed the programme.

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