Mangaluru, Dec 05, 2014: Bishop Rev Dr Aloysius P D’Souza, will inaugurate newly built Our Lady of Mercy Church at Fajeer on December 15. The Bishop will bless and celebrate the solemn Eucharist at the newly-built church.
Mangaluru diocese Vicar General Msgr Denis M Prabhu, Ursuline Franciscan Superior General Sr Doreen D’Souza, Mangaluru South Souza, District- in-Charge Minister Ramanat Rai, Health Minister U T Khader, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo, MLC Ivan D’Souza, ZP Member Santhosh Kumar Boliyar, Bantwal Taluk Panchayat Member Padmavati Sesappa Poojary, Fajeer Grama Panchayat President Florin D’Souza will be the guests of honour.
A spectacle by Devdas Kapikad will be staged at 6:30 pm as part of entertainment programme.
The procession of headload offerings (‘Vojem Purshavn’ or ’Hore Kanika’) will be held from old Church to the newly-built Church on Sunday December 7, at 3 pm.
History : Fajeer is situated in Konaje known for the M’lore University, 22-km from the city. The Church dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy here has a long history of 175 years. Before it became an independent Parish in 1841, it was a part of Panir Church.
According to diocesan history, three churches have emerged from this parish and thus this parish has become a mother Church for Ammembal, Mudipu and Elliarpadav Parishes. In 1991, this parish had celebrated its 150 years. The parish has St Jospeh’s Higher Primary School, which created history by becoming the first school in Fajeer and has celebrated its centenary jubilee.
At present, this parish has 470 families spread across 16 wards. This parish also has a chapel in Pavur Uliya having 40 families and their spiritual needs are looked after by Caphucin priests from Farangipet. This area has supported the local church by significant contributions.