Malpe: August 14, 2015: The annual feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni shrine at Stella Maris Church in Kalmady near Malpe here will be held on Saturday.
A press release issued on Thursday said the Bishop of Mangaluru Catholic Diocese Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza and Bishop of Udupi Catholic Diocese Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo will preside over the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The programme will begin with a Eucharistic celebration followed by flag hoisting at 7 a.m.
The donors will be felicitated at 9 a.m. Both bishops will be received at 10 a.m. after which the solemn Eucharistic celebration will be held.
The magazine ‘Dhariya Sukur’ will be released at 12.30 p.m.
This would be followed by a fellowship meal at 12.45 p.m. Another Eucharistic celebration will be held at 4 p.m.
The shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni in the parish of Stella Maris is located on the way to the Malpe beach. Stella Maris was a chapel built in February 1972. It became a church on January 1, 1991.
The statue of Our Lady of Vailankanni was installed on August 15, 1988, by the then Bishop of Mangaluru diocese Basil D’Souza.
The statue was initially installed in the portico of the church, a separate shrine was later built outside the church, the release said.