The Blessing and Inauguration of the Newly Constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary
The much-anticipated and joyous occasion of the blessing and inauguration of the newly constructed Grotto of Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Antony Church, Koteshwar Parish, unfolded on the 7th of January 2024, immediately following the Mass.

The donor, Mr. Donald D'Silva, played a pivotal role in this momentous event. He was bestowed with the honour of cutting the ribbon, symbolizing the formal inauguration of the Grotto. In recognition of his unparalleled generosity, Mr. D'Silva was felicitated, and a special image of Mother Mary was presented to him as a heartfelt memento, acknowledging his significant contribution.

The ceremony of blessing the Grotto was led by Fr Praveen Pinto, OCD, the Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar. The sacred rites were further enriched by the presence and participation of Fr Cyril Menezes, OCD, the former Parish Priest of St. Antony Church, Koteshwar, along with Fr Joe Tauro, OCD, and Fr Rocke D’Costa, contributing to the solemnity of the occasion.

Mr. Walter Pinto, the architect, was commended and felicitated for his exceptional expertise and dedication. The beauty and significance of the structure stand as a testament to his skill and commitment to the project.

The attendance of parishioners, religious sisters, members of the Parish Council, and representatives from all commissions added to the solemnity of the event.

In conclusion, the blessing and inauguration of the Grotto were marked by a sense of gratitude, unity, and devotion, as the parish community came together to celebrate this significant addition to St. Antony Church, Koteshwar Parish. The event will undoubtedly be remembered as a milestone in the spiritual journey of the parish, and the Grotto will continue to serve as a sacred space for prayer and reflection for generations to come.

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