Boston, September 9, 2010: Belle Parishioners residing in USA along with fellow Catholics in the New England region celebrated the Solemn Feast of Nativity of Mother Mary on 5th September 2010 at the Parish Hall of St. John the Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford, a northern suburb of Boston, MA. Over 100 people especially from the East Coast (Boston, Philadelphia, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey) participated in this festival.
The celebration began at 5 pm with a formal introduction about this Family Feast by Harman Mathias followed by children offering flowers to Mother Mary with the hymns ’Sakkad Sangata Melya’ and ’Moriyek Hogolsiya’ in Konkanni. It was a memorable event where all the children assembled to offer flowers to Mother Mary with devotion. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Maurice D’Souza, CSC from Cleveland OH who is also a native of Moodubelle. During the Mass, Fr. Maurice highlighted the role of a Mother Mary in everyone’s life. He spoke about God’s choice of Virgin Mary to be the Mother of Jesus and her role in the Holy Family.
Following the mass, cultural events and games were organized. A sumptuous vegetarian meal with a variety of over 20 vegetarian dishes formed the traditional ’Novem Jhevan’ which was cooked by all the families gathered for this occasion. A Konkani Learning initiative spearheaded by Bellevision USA got a further boost from Rev. Fr. Maurice D’Souza who examined the efforts of parents in encouraging their children to learn Konkani.
A special thank you note was sent to Rev. Fr. Paul Ritt, the Parish Priest of St. John the Evangelist Church for providing us the facility to host this event in the Parish Hall.
New Managing Committee of Bellevision-USA elected
A meeting of the members of Bellevision USA was held at the Parish Hall of St. John the Evangelist church in North Chelmsford, a northern suburb of Boston MA on 5th September 2010.
Ms. Lavina Monis, Secretary of Bellevision USA in her report, highlighted the achievements during the past two years. Besides organizing the celebrations of Monti Fest and other formal and informal get-togethers of Belle parishioners for the past 2 years, a notable achievement has been to fully fund the Biology Laboratory of the Science section of St. Lawrence Composite PU College. It has also supported the Golden Jubilee celebrations of St. Lawrence High School.
Mr. Victor Sequeira thanked the present committee members for their efforts in bringing together the Belle Parishioners in USA.
As the present Managing committee of Bellevision USA completed their two years term, an election was held to select the new Managing Committee for the year 2010 2012.
The following were unanimously elected to the Managing Committee:
President : Mr. Thomas Menezes
Vice President : Mr. Stany Ferrao
Secretary : Rosevin Mathias
Treasurer : Lavina Monis