Melbourne, 18 September 2010: At 12 noon on Sunday 12th September 2010, Mangaloreans residing in Melbourne gathered at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Mission Church, Hoppers Crossing. As per the traditional practice the whole congregation and the vibrant children with flower baskets proceeded to the statue of Mother Mary and offered the flowers with the accompaniment of hymns (Sokkad sangata melya and Moriyek hogolsiya). Then there was a procession to the church, where the holy mass was offered by Rev. Fr. Prakash Cutinha, a priest from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Ringwood. Fr. Prakash, in his homily, preached that Mother Mary was chosen for a particular mission. We too are called for a mission. We have the responsibility to fulfil this mission as Mary did. The homily was well appreciated by all.
The choir was led by Br. Prakash Menezes SVD and Mr. Valerian Menezes. Mr. Clemet Lobo was the musician. The hymns were melodious and laudable. During the offertory, as a symbol of new harvest, fresh fruits and vegetables were offered.
After the mass all people gathered for the cultural meal at the residence of Mr.&Mrs. Philomena Richard Fernandes. After the grace, all shared the meal wherein each dish was prepared by individual families who were gathered for the occasion. The traditional “Vorn” and “Pathrode” added to the delicacy of the food. The sugarcanes, which were provided by Mr. Fredrick Quadros, were distributed to the children. The Marian quiz was conducted by Br. Prakash SVD as the Quiz Master and assisted by Fr. Prakash. The gathering enthusiastically participated for which they were honoured with prizes. This was followed by Marian Housie game conducted by Mr. Stephen D’souza in an entertaining way.
The celebration was concluded with nostalgic memories of Mangalore with the songs of late Wilfy Rebimbus sung by Mr.&Mrs. Sandria Manoj D’silva which elated every ones spirit. The whole programme was organised under the leadership of Mr.&Mrs. Stany Martis, Mr.&Mrs. Valerian Menezes, Mr.&Mrs. Jossy Fernandes and Mr.&Mrs. Elias Mascarenhas.
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