Mangalore, 25 May 2010: After the terrible air crash tragedy at the Bajpe airport on Saturday, 22 May 2010, it was the period of bidding farewell to those who perished in the horrible disaster. The pall of gloom and despair has descended on the entire Mangalore Diocese with the death of a large number of the passengers belonging to one parish or the other. Funerals have been held in different parishes on Sunday and Monday bidding final farewell to the victims of this air tragedy.
The family, relatives and parishioner of Kulshekar Church bid the final tearful farewell to Naveen Walter and Saritha Fernandes on Monday, 24 May 2010 at 4 pm in Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar. Naveen (36) and Saritha (24) had died in the tragic Air India Express IX-812 crash on Saturday, 22 May 2010.
The funeral Mass was concelebrated by Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Vicar General Rev. Msgr. Denis Prabhu, Diocese PRO - Fr. William Menezes, Fr Stany, the parish priest of Kulshekar, Fr. Valerian Pinto, assistant priest and Fr. Arun Wilson Lobo.
Naveen and Saritha were working in Dubai since four years and they have a four year old daughter, Violla who is being looked after by her grandma.
Moodubelle, 24 May 2010: The day was hot and the atmosphere was tense and emotion filled as the grief stricken family, relatives and parish community of Moodubelle bid the final tearful farewell to young Cavin on Monday, 24 May 2010 at 4 pm in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle. Cavin had died in the tragic Air India Express IX-812 crash on Saturday, 22 May 2010.
The funeral cortege reached the Church at around 4pm accompanied by the sorrowful parents and relatives of late Cavin. The funeral Mass was concelebrated by five priests-Fr. Joswey Fernandes, Fr. Paul Sequeira, Fr. Arun Mendonca, Fr. Charles Menezes and Fr. Maxim Pinto Cap. The funeral homily was preached by Fr. Paul Sequeira who said that the parents and family members of late Cavin are in deep grief and we do not know how to console them. He then narrated an imaginary letter purportedly written by Cavin from heaven to his parents. The contents of the imaginary letter were quite meaningful and full of emotional overtones which touched the hearts of every one who was present in the Church in large numbers.
At the end of the funeral Mass, Mr. Peter Raphael Aranha, Headmaster of Church aided Higher Primary School, Moodubelle delivered the funeral oration. Thereafter, Fr. Charles Menezes from Arbi, presently the parish priest of Nirmarga, conducted the funeral service. The people who had assembled for the funeral went in procession to the cemetery where the mortal remains of late Cavin were buried in a newly built grave.
There was a pall of gloom throughout the day in Moodubelle when people came to know about the funeral of late Cavin. People from Moodubelle and even neighbouring parishes had come to bid final adieu to Cavin. The staff members of Vidya Niketan School of Kaup where Cavin had studied till 10th standard were also present for his funeral. Most of the people were seen in the church wiping their moist eyes and showing solidarity with the bereaved family. No one can deny that this is one of the greatest blows rendered to the Sequeira family of Marne by the tragic air crash at Bajpe.
Report by Dr. Eugene D’Souza / Pictures by Anil Alva / Bellevision Media Network
Mangalore Diocese to help families of plane crash victims
The Diocese of Mangalore has taken all the required steps to help the families of the plane victims belonging to the Mangalorean Catholic community. Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Aloysius Paul D’Souza said that 17 - 18 members of the community were among the deceased.
The bishop plans to visit the homes of each victim; he has already attended two funerals. He also said that the diocese is willing to help the victims’ families as per their needs. Mangalore Diocese will also organize a special mass for the deceased soon.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of India said that it was disturbed and shocked by the horrible tragedy. In a press release issued on May 23, the conference expressed its heartfelt condolences to the grieving families of the innocent people who lost their lives.
Fr. Babu Joseph, the spokesperson of the conference, said that parishes all over India will offer special prayers for the victims and their bereaved families.