Mangalore, Aug 11, 2012 : The feast of St. Lawrence was celebrated at the Church of St. Lawrence in Bondel on August 10, Friday.Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, bishop of Mangalore Diocese, delivered the welcome address, and Fr. Andrew D’Souza, priest of parish Bondel, honored the benefactors by presenting a candle to each of them.
Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza was the chief celebrant of the festive mass. He then released an audio CD dedicated to St. Lawrence, the first of its kind in Mangalore Diocese. Fr. Valerian Mendonca and Fr. Clement Mascarenhas composed the songs in this CD. Praveen Duth Stephen is the music director. Fr. Valerian Mendonca was felicitated for his efforts in bringing out the CD on this occasion.
A nine-day novena was held from August 1 in preparation for this feast.
A large number of priests, nuns, and lay people took part in this festival, at the end of which Fr. Andrew D’Souza expressed his gratitude toward all present.