Our parish is proud to fall in line with the Archdiocesan Policy of building Small Christian Communities.[ SCC ]. We
have 8 zones in our parish consisting of 46 sectors who are represented by 46 Parish Councillors in the Parish Pastoral Council.
On this page you will find reports of activities in the various sectors.... we wish to commend our Parish Councillors
and the sector animators who make all this possible, by their hard work and generous service. God Bless one and all....!!
BAUDI - ZONE I
- Hycintha D’Souza, Minister of the Word
Gospel Sharing was conducted in Zone 1 (Baudi) Sector 1 on January 2005. It was for the first time that it was carried out
in the vernacular language. Fifteen Konkani speaking adults and four children enthusiastically and eagerly participated in
the same. Though some of them could not read the Bible, yet they were hungering for the Word of God, which enriched their
lives. Many of them took up a verse that touched their heart and shared it with others. They suggested that such sessions
be twice a month. It was a pleasure and delight to share God’s Word with them. Special thanks go out to the animators
and the people of the Sector who made it possible to share God’s Words in their homes.
May God bless then all.
down the lanes
- Kurt Gidwani, Baudi Zone.
Forged in a good spirit of fellowship, the story of the birth of Jesus was enacted in all five sectors of Baudi on
the evenings of the 27 – 29 of December.
The half an hour musical
was put together by the Parish Councillors, Animators and Catechists of the Zone. Armed with a 25 member choir, the Sunday
School children, the youth and some of the elders of the Zone performed at one location in each of the 5 sectors. The performances
at Baretto Compound, Dave Doll, Esperanca, Jo-Anne Cottage and at Nilanjana Housing Society were to large audiences. The final
performance at Nilanjana was attended by a lot of people of other faiths who appreciated the performance, caught the message
and got into the spirit of the season.
The choir acted as the
storytellers as the music dictated the flow of events. There were also 4 recorded hindi songs that added an Indian touch to
the whole evening. The parish priests also fed the catechists valuable inputs
which enabled them to bring the spirit of Christmas to Baudi and liven up the Zone.
of the Jesus story was excellent, the singing professional - almost, the costumes were realistic, and direction superlative.
All in all, the enactment of the birth of Jesus was a great community effort. The enthuriastic involment was amazing.
Thank you Fr. Alex for painstakingly helping the parish present the message of Christmas
to All, so very creatively.
Children's Day Celebration
-Gwendoline D'Souza &
Our Parish Councillor and Animators of Baudi, Sector 3 organised a very enjoyable evening for the children of the Sector
on Children's Day. We were invited with personal cards creatively designed by
Ophelia D'Souza. A job well done Ophelia. “We were very happy to see the shed decorated with colourful streamers and
balloons which gave a real festive spirit to the evening” says Gwendoline.
Thank you Dominic Mascrenhas, Karan Fernandes, Gerald Ferreira
and Dean Fernandes for giving us your time to brighten the place. As we entered the shed colourful ribbons were tied to our
wrists which helped to group us together for a game. We enjoyed taking part in the funfilled games planned for different age
groups. “Our shouts and screams during the games displayed our enthusiasm” says Trishan.
We took away some very good prizes sponsored by Mervin
and Meryl D'Lima We appreciate their kind gesture. The lip-smacking snacks went
down well with us. The delicious sandwiches sponsored and prepared by Cheryl D'Mello were swiped off. Willie Fernandes is
always there with his sound system to entertain us with good dance music.
Thank you Hazel
Viegas, our Parish Councillor, our animators and all those who helped to make this day so special for us children. We really
had a wonderful time and hope to see some more community celebrations in future.
Feast of St. Cecilia
- Ms. Daphne Netto
We the members of Sector 1, Baudi Zone celebrated the feast
of our Patroness “St. Cecilia” on the 24th of November 2004 at the Church Shed from 7.30 onwards.
The programme began with the Holy Eucharist celebrated
by Rev. Fr. Salvador Rodrigues, whose wonderful homily on “the family” has sunk deep into our minds and hearts.
It was heartening to hear our little children sing and play the organ, as choir at Mass.
Mr. John Menezes for conducting the programme after Mass. He made it very lively with his jokes and interesting games. All
praise to Ms. Helen Barreto for the delicious dinner prepared by her and to top it all, was the presence of our Zonal priest
Rev. Fr. Mario Mendes, who is always there whenever we need him.
Hats off to Ms. Joyce George our Councillor and her team
for planning and co-ordinating the function.
AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS
On 4th November 2004, Hazel Viegas,
our Parish Councillor together with our animators organized Gospel Sharing for the children of our Zone 1 Sector 3. “Gospel
Sharing was really a very new thing for me,” says Rachel Pinto. “I did not know what it was going to be like.
Once there, I realized it was something good.” “And real fun too,” says Merryl Fernandes. Lia Sathe from
FILMC Team conducted the session for us. She helped us understand the importance of the Bible in our lives as the Word of
God and taught us how we should respect the Bible. Sweety Kini garlanded the Bible which was placed between two candles. This
was the enthronement of the Bible. Lia selected the passage which tells the story of Jesus calming the storm from Mark 4:35-41.
The passage was read aloud from our own bibles which also included the children’s version. Lia asked us
to close our eyes, helped us imagine the scene and then we enacted it. A number of us took part and we enjoyed every bit of
it. “Our participations was an interactive and enriching experience” says Karla-Ann. This enactment deepened our
understanding ofthe message. Lia taught us a lovely action song “with Jesus in my Boat”. Oh! How we enjoyed singing
it. All 23 of us kept rocking in the boat to the strains of the guitar well played by Willie Fernandes, our Animator. Lia’s
warm personality and her gentleness helped us to interact with her and with one another. “It was the most amazing experience
for me and I am sure everyone felt the same” says Merryl. Rachel remarks “the lesson I learnt from this passage
is that no matter how difficult the situation Jesus helped us in all our difficulties.” Merryl sincerely hopes that
in the future there will be more such programmes for children. She thanked Hazel Viegas and all the nimators who worked to
make this programme a memorable and special one.
- Merryl Fernandes, Rachel Pinto, Karla-Ann Ferreira
SOMWAR BAZAAR/LIBERTY GARDEN : ZONE II
- Fiona John, Somwar Bazaar / Liberty Garden
There was a lot of co-ordination
between the children, youths and adults in putting up the Christmas Skit. We had the bare minimum of costumes. The cooperation
we experienced has really brought our community together.
We went out of our way to display
posters in Hindi and Marathi, which are predominantly spoken in our Zone, to invite our brothers and sisters of other faiths.
Bro. Shaimon, from Bishop Besco’s team filmed the event.
The Skit was performed in Hindi interspersed with dances. Fr. Alex witnessed our members enact the birth of Jesus.
We put up a Star as well, which
also received good community support.
endeavour brought the entire community together, as one family, Christians and non-Christians alike.
On November 20th the youth members of our Zone gathered together to celebrate Children’s Day. We had several exciting games for
children of various age groups. It was wonderful to see our youngsters so happy and joyful, all having fun intermingling.
We rarely have this opportunity as we live far apart from each other. Besides, there is no proper place for us to meet and
enjoy ourselves freely. The tasty snacks and crunchy chocolates that were served made this a day to remember. We are all looking
forward to more such parties and festive occasions.
We thank our Parish Councillor, Fyona for making this truly memorable event possible.
- Hansel, Vanesa and Fyona
OCTOBER DEVOTION TO MOTHER MARY
The Small Christian community of Sector 2 Zone 7 got together once again to join
in the Recitation of the Rosary on the 31st of
October at Sai Alpha Co-op. Society. One hundred and twenty people joined to recite the Rosary as one family. This was to
culminate in our Mother’s Statue being welcomed in most of ourfamilies. Hymns both in English and Konkani rent the air.
To make the gathering more meaningful,light snacks were served which were all
sponsored by our SCC members. Voluntarily we had people singing English and Konkani songs to keep the people entertained.
The singing was followed by a game of Housie, and a time to introduce every member of our family.
- David Lobo
JBC/VILLAGE - ZONE III
- Raj Daniels (Parish Councilor)
Zone, Sector 3 celebrated Repulic Day celebrations in Joe Braz Colony on 26th January at 9.30 am. The members of the Sector
assembled for the FLAG hoisting ceremony, recited prayers and sang the National Anthem.
Cell Phones In Church
we attend church on a regular basis or maybe on Sundays, you probably have heard a cell phone ring during Mass. Invariably
it rings and rings as the owner fumbles through a coat pocket or a purse trying to locate the phone and turn it off. I’m
sure a few of us have seen people answer their cell phone during Mass
at a Mass about a fortnight ago when a cell phone started ringing. After a good 20 seconds, the fellow on the receiving end
of the call was able to turn it off. The phone started ringing again. I’ve heard of phones going off during funerals.
In one case a lady called home from church to ask whether the cake had been baked.
priests fed up with distractions have been announcing in church asking people
to turn off their phones.
Mexico, priests have purchased an equipment that jams cell phone signals and
makes them useless within 100 feet where the device is located.
We, in Orlem, have to continue
to rely on people to use some common sense and turn their phones off before entering a church. Cell phone etiquette, please.
Mildred D’Cunha, Charmaine.
On the 28th of Jan 2005, a few animators of Tank Colony, met
at ‘Charmaine’ in one of the flat to share God’s Word. Quieting
ourselves to be aware of God’s presence, we said spontaneous prayers and sang a hymn inviting the Lord in our midst.
Mark 4:26-34 was read from different translations so that we could get closer to the true meaning of the text. We remained
silent for a few minutes and allowed God to speak to us. We shared a word or phase
that made an impression on us. Like the mustard seed we started growing through God’s
Students Get together
- Venance Roche
On January 29th all the students from Tank/ Dominic Colony who received
the Sacrament of Confirmation were invited by their respective Parish Councillors for a get together.
The session began with an exciting game, which helped us acquaint ourselves and interact
with the other youth of our Zone. We then had an informal discussion with our respective parish Councillors. This conversation
turned out to be informative. It also made us more aware of the activities and responsibilities in our Sectors and Zone.
Fr. Austin, then made us aware of our mission. He asked all of us to come out of our shells and use our talents and
become more active members in our family, our community and church . The session concluded with a prayerful service and a
signing of our Zonal poster by each ‘confirmed’ candidate, as a symbol of our commitment to service in our communities. The get together was thus, not only enjoyable but also a learning experience. We are sure we will be transformed
as we live out our commitment
A – caroling
Colony, Sector 2 ushered in the christmas feeling by going around the Zone singing Carols, putting up a Nativity Skit and
the whole month of November and December, the children of the Sector assembled faithfully at Ami Apts. every evening to learn
carols and practise the dances. Priya Tauro and her mother Leena, as also Verus Hendriques and some adults, painstakingly
taught the kids to sing, act and dance. Children of all ages and of all creeds, joined in the singing, and they enjoyed every
moment of it.
22nd the skit was enacted at ‘Peace Castle’. It was well attended. Every character
was depicited from the sheep in the manger, the three kings, the angels and the little drummer boy – who stole everyone’s
On Dec 23 the Group went along Marve Road and sang Christmas carols at HDFC bank.
A crowd immediately collected and some passersby clicked photographs. The children were well dressed in their respective costumes.
Later the carol singers together with the animators went to all the buildings of our sector spreading Christmas cheer and
joy. Many senior citizens stood at their balconies/windows and watched the children perform.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR
Leon Rodrigues, Dominic Colony, Sector 2.
On the 8th of Jan. 2005, over a hundred adults and children
celebrated the onset of the New Year. However, it did begin on a sombre note as
we gathered around to say a little prayer for the Tsunami victims. Fr. Austin, our Zonal priest also joined in. There were
plenty of games and dancing.
Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves especially the senior citizens. There
were plenty of prizes for everyone. The snacks were delicious and aplenty. The celebrations ended with the raffle draw, with
a complimentary gift going out to someone in every building of the Sector – not forgetting the Grand Prizes consisting
of four Hampers.
Our thanks go out to our Zonal priest, our councillor and animators for working
very hard to make this event an enjoyable one for everyone.
A Moving Experience
- A Member,
Domnic Colony, Sector 2.
On Sunday the 28th of Nov 2004
about 30 members of our Sector paid a visit to the Clergy Home, Bandra. The priests long for company and were very happy to
meet us. Some of them enjoyed re-living their past with us. Many of the priests were known to us, as they had been in parishes
where we lived as children.
Two of the priests had been in our very own parish years ago, and they inquired
about a few parishioners. It was sad to note that a few had lost their memory, but even worse were the priests in the infirmary,
who were all in a world of their own, oblivious to their surroundings.
Two of the priests had celebrated their birthdays the previous week. We took
a cake along and sang for them as they cut it, while one of the priests pulled
out a mouth organ and played. It was heartening to see that the priests were very well looked after. Our councillor presented
a purse from the collection we had from our Sector to the priest incharge.
D’souza, Domnic Colony, Sector 1
On January 21, the Children of
our Sector, who took part in Carol Signing
and Nativity enactment, were taken for a picnic to Aksa Beach. This was part of our bonding activity. Many children belonged to the age group of 4-10
Immediately after breakfast Swedyl
D’Souza, a youth, conducted an exercise on responsibility related to children
at home, at school and in the Sector. The context was the Christmas play and the picnic as well. We could easily tell that
they enjoyed the sessioin. After a few games for intermingling we had Lunch. The children were taken to the beach in the evening.
We then returned home.
Our special thanks to Fr. Austin, our Zonal Priest, our Councillor Aquilo, all the
parents, the animators and the youth and children of our sector without whom our bonding activity would not have been a success.
FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
- Angella Fernandes/
Dr. Merlyn Pereira, Tank Colony, Sector 5
“Here we are :-
Altogether as we pray, we will always be”
The members of our Sector Community came together to celebrate the patronal feast mass of THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY on
8th December 2004 at Joywin /Blue Diamond .
The 9 day Novena with Rosary from 29th November, 2004 to 7th December 2004 at different locations in our Sector was
The beautiful backdrop by Mitten Pereira lit up the Altar. The ever smiling Dr. Merlyn
Pereira with her organ, led the choir with harmonious music and hymns. Our Praish Councillor, Rony Fernandes and all
those present renewed the Sector's Consecration to our Blessed Mother Mary.
The Mass was followed by fellowship which to our pleasant surprise was mainly compered by the all rounder, Fr. Austin
who with his witty one liners had the crowd in splits of laughter.
At this point a special mention must be made of Rony Fernandes a man of
few words and more action. He ensures success of every venture by his selfless
and dedicated efforts. A big thanks to all the animators. Thanks also to Joywin
and Blue Diamond Societies for permitting use of their compound and electricity .
It was a memorable day, for every Eucharist we celebrate as a community
Are Made Of This!
- Mertel Fernandes, Sharon
A get together for the Golden Heart (60 year and above) Senior Citizens of our Sector was organised to bring in Christmas, at Sharon Rose CHS., Dominic Colony. “We were invited to an evening
of song, fun and frolic. Charming hostess Sandra warmly welcomed each and every
one of us.
The young at heart, really enjoyed themselves, in fact a few of them gladly
came forward to entertain the gathering. For many it was a happy break from their usual past times. They enjoyed the Konkani,
Marathi skits and folk songs provided by comedians Valerian Lobo, Marina Rodrigues and the animators.
The popular guest artiste Lenny Casson with his guitar regaled the appreciative audience with a wealth of western songs
of yesteryear. The sound system too was excellent provided gratis by Mr. Seby Vaz. Rev. Fr. Austin Norris made it a point
to drop by and be with us. During the interval everyone enjoyed the sandwiches and a cup of hot soup, the latter presented
by Nestle (India) who also gave a packet of soup to all the seniors as a parting gift. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable evening! On behalf of all the senior Citizens of Sector 6, I thank Mr. Terence D'souza our
Parish Counsellor and his most devoted team of animators.
The children of our Sector 6, went around caroling on Saturday
18, and Sunday 19th December, 2004 in a well lit up truck with the organist playing
melodious carols as we drove from building to building. Being a cosmopolitan area, the people of other communities were thrilled
to see the little children dressed and portraying the 'Nativity' Scene . The people of Sector 6, were given the message, loud
and clear It was Jesus, the reason for this Season!
DRAWING COMPETITION AND MAGIC SHOW
What better way for Dominic Colony Zone, Sector 2 to celebrate Children’s Day than by encouraging children
to express themselves through art.
On Nov. 12th all the budding artists
assembled at Ami Apartments at 11 am. They were provided with paper, pencil, crayons and paint. Children of all ages from
the KG to the secondary section took part. There were 55 children in all. Fr. Austin Norris was kind enough to grace the occasion.
He went around encouraging the children. The Drawing Competition was arranged by Ms. Priti Marquis. We express our appreciation
On Nov. 15th at 7.30 pm a Magic
Show was organised to bring children, youth and adults together.It was good to see so many people from the Zone enjoying themselves
and laughing together.It was truly a community affair. We thank our zealous Parish Councillor Mrs. Yvette D’sa and her
team of dedicated animators. Last but not least we thank Mrs. Leena Tauro as she played a significant part in the organization
of both these functions.
A Best of Waste competition was organised for children of the Sector 6 in the age group of 4-14
on Wednesday 10th November, 2004. Children had
to bring the material and make the Best out of the Waste they brought. The participants were very enthusiastic and presented
some very creative work. The prizes were distributed at the Children’s Day function on 14.11.2003
Age 4-8 years 9-11 years 12-14 years Ist Shiney Rao Hyjel D’souza
Ranjeet Subbaish IInd Eagen ernandes Erosia Rao Darren Fernandes IIIrd Vibhuti Nandha Nupur Patel Shelton D’souza
IIIrd Sanchia Pereira Neesha Dias Consolation: Dwayne Fernandes Chrisanda D’souza
Children’s Day was celebrated with the children of the Sector of all caste and creed. There were
action songs, group songs, a lot of games and fun. On this occasion prizes were distributed to the Winners of the various
The Teachers’ Handwriting Competition (Winners announced in the earlier issue of ‘Reaching
Out’) were presented with gifts. The winners of the Drawing Competition,and the winners of the Best of Waste competition
were also presented with prizes. We congratulate all the children for participating in those competitions and displaying
their talents. Handwriting Competition
1st -Mrs. Hycintha
D’Souza ((Ronda Building)
2nd -Mrs. Diana Castelino
(Siddhi Vinayak Bldg) & Jean Fernandes ( Skywalk Tower)
Drawing Competition for Children
(4-6 years) 1st Sanchia
Pereira 2nd Aaron Fernandes 3rd
(7-9 years) 1st Neesha
Dias 2nd Hyjel D’Souza 3rd
(10-15 years) 1st Adeline
Fernandes 2nd Craig Menezes 3rd
Friendly Neighbourhood Rangoli Competition Our Sector
being blessed with a cosmopolitan commnity, a Rangloli Competition was organised called ‘Friendly Neighbourhood Rangoli Competition.’ This competition was aimed
at bringing the neighbours on the same floor together and presenting a Rangoli, with specification of 20 dots, and rangoli
powders to be used. It was very encouraging to receive a good number of entries, from various communities of our Sector. The
judges were Mrs. Pushpa Bhat, Miss Vaishalli Vyas and Miss Bharati. It did light up our hearts to witness the love and sharing
among neighbours, a fulfilling experience, while going round judging the Rangoli Competition in the various buildings of our
Sector. Mrs. Laura Cason was Chief Guest and gave away the prizes to the winners.
Ist Prize Mrs. Preeti Menon (Skywalk Tower) IInd Prize Mrs. Alpa Nandha (Skywalk No. 3) & Mrs. S. Nandha
(Suman A/104) IIIrd Prize Mrs. Jigna Cheddha & Mrs. Meera Macwana (Skywalk No. 4)
LOURDES COLONY -
The 26th of January is a day of national pride for our countrymen; after all,
we are a Republic with sovereign authority in our hands. While the government held their usual functions, and for others,
it was another holiday for a picnic , perhaps, for the members of St. Luke Community, Sector 3- Loudes Colony however, there
was a Get-Together.
To fit the
occasion, a Fancy Dress compeition was held with the theme- ‘National Leaders- Past & Present’. There were
just a couple of entries, one of them portraying the role of Netaji Subhash Cahndra Bose, in a khaki uniform and a Topi, promising
freedom to his countrymen.
games and snacks for all, and to wrap up the evening, there was packed Biryani. A good time we certainly had – yet another
occasion for interaction among members of the Lucan community.
Father’s Love Letter
Colony, Sector 2.
cry of a Father’s heart from Genesis to Revelation
I have searched
you and know you
In me you
live and move and have your being
In me you
obtained an inheritance
wake, I am still with you.
I knit you
together in your Mother’s womb
fixed before hand the exact time and
where you would live
I have protected
you since the day you was born
wisdom on you those who love me
I know the
plans I have for you, plans
you prosperity not disaster
I love you
with an everlasting love
I will never
stop doing good to you
You are my
If you seek
me with all your heart, you will find me
Children’s Day / Carol Singing
Joseph, (Sector Secretary), Lourdes Colony, Sector 2
Our Sector celebrated Children’s Day on Sunday, 14th November, 2004 Children
of other Communities were also invited to take part in the celebration.
The celebration began at 5:00pm with around 60 children in attendance. Mr. Max D’Souza and
Mrs. Marry Rodrigues arranged and conducted a whole lot of exciting games for the kids. A finger painting competition was
held for those belonging to the group of 11-15 yrs. There were prizes galore for both, the games as well as competitions.
Candles and Diyas prepared by our sector children were up for sale. Children were served and they were enjoying themselves.
The celebrations were continued with a Food Fest wherein Tongue tickling dishes prepared by our
animators were put for sale at reasonable prices. Young and old enjoyed themselves and some even took home food parcels for
their near and dear ones.
Our Securities appreciated the efforts of the Parish Councillor and Animators in bringing together
both young and old on the beautiful day.
On 18th December, 2004 our sector went around Carol Singing. Many
families from the 13 buildings belonging to our sector joined the animators as they went around.
The group stopped at each building and had Santa deliver a Gift to every housebound/ senior citizens.
The families of all of them appreciated this goodwill gesture. Sweets were distributed to all children, after which our Parish
Councillor arranged for Dinner to be served to all who joined us in the event.
We look forward to having the co- operation of our sectorites in all our future community celebrations. God bless our children and our sectorites.
in Lourdes Colony – it’s wonderful ! It’s so Christmas-sy here ! It really feels like Christmas here. Well,
these are comments from visitors to the colony. The buildings and the whole colony
wore a festive look during the Christmas season. That is not all. To commemorate the birth of Jesus and to herald the Christmas
season, a play was staged by the community of St. Luke, Lourdes Colony, Sector 3, on the 19th of December 2004.
have we heard the story of Jesus’ birth, perhaps every Christmas. And when was the last time we witnessed the birth
of Jesus ? This was perhaps the first fallout of the ‘MediaArtists’ Get-to-gether held on the 5th of December
2004. And what a splendid performance that was ! The enthusiasm among those involved – whether it was acting out the
parts, or singing, was to be seen to be believed. The amount of talent that lay hidden in the community – the actors,
the singers, back – stage boys, the directors. All this required a great deal of co- ordination and dedication which
was very much evident.
this live on video was the Bishop Bosco Team. And the number of cameras that went flashing made it look like a professional show, but absolutely Free!
who witnessed the play, was highly impressed , and his words of appreciation will surely serve as encouragement to the community
in their future endeavours. Fr. Mario, the Zonal Priest, was also among those who attended the programme.
The singers later went around the sector singing carols along
with others from the sector; Christmas was very much in the air!
Out of darkness, our slum Christian Slum children are brought our into the light,
by hearing the Word of God. Every week Gospel sharing is conducted by Mrs.Sabina Fernandes, who always encourages them to
come forward. She trained them to stage skits, dances and to top it all conducted a fancy dress competition, according to
age group ( 2 years to 15 years). This program was held on 7th November, in order to celebrate children’s day. All neighbouring people and our Sector 4 members were invited.
All were excited to see the hidden talents of our children. We must say a big thank you to Mrs. Sabina Fernandes for taking
the trouble, to train the youngsters so well in a short Period of 4-5 days. We hereby wish our children all the best and God
- Ms. Prescilla
M.O.P.& Preeti and John Jane.
ST. LUKE’S FEAST CELEBRATION
“Proclaiming with Prayer and Power – that was the ‘Back-Drop’
for the Patronal feast Mass of St. Luke’s community, Lourdes Colony, held on 8th
October, 2004 at Classic Apt. Our Feast celebrations were pre-poned in view of the school
exams around the actual feast day was on October 18.i.e. 18-10-04. Fr. Mario literally shook us out of our slumber in his
homily by posing the question, ‘How does GOD inconvenience us’? After a stunned silence of a few minutes, several responses were forthcoming, and the gist of these responses was something like this, “Yes,
God inconveniences us a lot. He comes into our homes and tells us to move out and go into the community, interact with the
community, know the people around us, know our problems, and understand and help those in need. And to live as a community.
The celebrations that followed the Mass were enjoyable.
The ‘Welcome Dance’ put up by the children, followed by the youth, and several games for the children, youth and
adults ensured that all those present had a real good time. The celebrations wound up with Dinner and a ‘Vote of Thanks’.
- Melville D’Souza, Animator