Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. In order to share the happiness of Christmas with the well wishers of the college St Philomena College and St Philomena P U College organized a Christmas get-together on 19th December, 2014 at the Silver Jubilee Memorial Hall.To mark this special day, the dignitaries cut the cake.

 


Fr Dr Antony Prakash Monteiro, Campus Director and Chairperson of P.G Studies and Research Centre, in his introductory speech said, "Whoever has supported the development of our college activities are the members of our family and to celebrate Christmas with them is really a privilege. Christmas is not only a celebration for Christians but also for everyone." He concluded by blessing and wishing everyone to have a peaceful, holy and a happy Christmas.

Participating in the celebration, Nanya Achutha Mudithaya, Managing Trustee of Shri Mahalingeshwara Temple, Puttur said, "Having born as a human being we should know responsibilities and grow with humanitarian traits. The spirit of Christmas or any other festival should not only remain as a celebration instead the value of the festival should be adopted in everybody's life."

Jagadish Shetty Nellikatte, President of Puttur Municipality, said that Christianity in its prayer as well as their personal behaviour propagates peace and coexistence.

Prof. B J Suvarna, former HOD of Physics of the College, speaking during the occasion said, "Christmas is celebrated worldwide irrespective of any religion. The speciality of Christianity is that the Lord Almighty himself was born as a human being to spread the message of love, peace and happiness."

He also said, "In the present day, when there is so much of insecurity and terrorism activities, Christmas, Deepavali and Ramadan provide bit of solace to the disturbed minds."

Ganesh Rao, the President of Parent Teachers Association of St Philomena College; Jayakumar M R, the President of Alumni Association; Sr Amirita, Headmistress of Bethany School; Gopala Krishna Bhat, Manager of Corporation Bank, Darbe, were also present.

Sahana Rao and group of St Philomena PU College sang the prayer song. Prof. Leo Noronha, the Principal of St Philomena College, extended a warm welcome to the gathering. Fr Vijay Lobo, Principal of St Philomena PU College, delivered the vote of thanks. Anjali Rai, HOD of Journalism, compered the programme.

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