Fr. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, marked the beginning of the year-long sacred observance of the 50th death anniversary of Msgr Raymond F C Mascarenhas at Bendur Church on Dec 23, Wednesday. " />
Mangalore, Dec 23: Fr. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the bishop of Mangalore Diocese, and 12 other concelebrants marked the beginning of the year-long sacred observance of the 50th death anniversary of Msgr Raymond F C Mascarenhas, also known as Servant of God, by celebrating the Eucharistic Mass in Bendur Church at 10:30 a.m. on Dec 23, Wednesday.
The bishop said in his homily that Msgr Raymond was one of those rare people who had experienced God deeply, could see far into the future, and was totally engrossed with sharing the love of God with the less fortunate. As per the requirements of the times, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany in 1921 for girls and young women eager to lead a religious life and serve the poor.
After the mass, a memorial programme was arranged in Bendur Parish Hall. The bishop inaugurated the event by lighting the traditional lamp. Sr. Wilberta, the assistant superior general of Bethany, made the welcome speech. Sr. Lillis, the postulator, familiarized the audience about the cause of Msgr Raymond F C Mascarenhas.
Dr. Olinda Periera released “Reminiscences,” a book jointly written by Sr Theresine, Sr Esuria, Sr Pacifica, and Sr. Marie Therese. Sr. M Jyothi BS, the superior general, felicitated the authors.
In her speech, the superior general said that Msgr Raymond was a man of God, full of compassion. He was also a powerful preacher, an eminent educationist, a prolific writer, and an efficient administrator. He was the vicar general of the Mangalore Diocese from 1931 - 41.
Sr. Joy, the general councillor, proposed the vote of thanks. Fr. Peter Noronha blessed the fellowship meal. Mrs. Mariet Castelino compered the programme.