Triple celebration of the Secular Carmel Community held at Bajjodi.
The preparation for this special day consisted of a day's retreat on the 9th of June 2019 under the guidance of Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD

7th July 2019, was a special day of the Infant Mary (OCDS) community of Bajjodi wherein nine members of the community -

Sr. Janet D'Souza of St. Antony
Sr. Cynthia D'Souza of St. Antony
Sr. Sharel D'Souza of Infant Mary
Sr.Gretta Lobo of Infant Jesus
Sr. Gracy Fernandes of the Little Flower
Sr. Sabreena D'Costa of the Little Flower
Sr. Sylvia Mascarenhas of St. Teresa of Avila
Sr.Asuntha Mendonca of the Little Flower
Br. Patrick Menezes of St. Joseph
made their temporary promises in the presence of Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial Superior and Sr. Leena Fernandes, Sr.Rita D’Sa, Sr. Tina D'Souza received scapulars (entering the first phase of initial formation).

Seven Priests and Deacon Roshan Monteiro concelebrated the Mass during which there was the rite of Promises. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao in his brief homily explained the missionary dimensions of the Church and also highlighted the three main dimensions of the Secular Carmel that are Prayer, Community life and Devotion to Mary. The candidates were guided by Fr. Ivan D’souza OCD.

Mass was followed by a cultural programme in the Church hall to which Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao, Delegate Provinical of OCDS Rev. Fr. Rovel D'Souza, Fr. Deep Fernandes, Spiritual Assistant Fr. Ivan D'Souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, President of Secular Carmelite Karnataka - Goa Provincial Council Mrs Jane Sequeira, Vice President of the Parish Council Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, were present on the dais. Ward Gurkars and parishioners were among others present for the function.

The annual day programme started at 11.15am with a prayer song. Rev. Fr. Ivan D'Souza welcomed the guests and the gathering after which OCDS Secretary Mrs. Gretta Lobo read the Annual Report. This was followed by prize distribution to all the winners of the Annual sports day. Mrs. Asuntha Mendonca read out the names of the winners.

The guests in their message congratulated all the members of the Secular Carmel for their unity and co- operation and called to partake in the work of the Holy Church through prayer and service and their commitment to the vocation. President of OCDS unit, Bajjodi Mrs. Gracy Fernandes delivered the vote of thanks. Mrs. Laveena D'Souza compered the programme.

The OCDS members exhibited their talents through Qawali, Jokes, and skit. The programme came to an end at around 1.15pm by singing Marian hymn followed by lunch.

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