Annual Feast celebrated at Bajjodi
The 7th Annual Feast of Infant Mary
Parish, Bajjodi was celebrated with great
pomp and fervor on Sunday the 30th of
January 2022. The celebration began with the
Felicitation to the sponsors in the church
grounds after which a procession was held to
the church at 9.40am. The benefactors and
sponsors of the feast were honoured with
blessed candles by the Parish Priest Rev.
Fr. Ivan D’Souza at 9.45 am. This was
followed by the Solemn Eucharistic
celebration at 10am., wherein Rev. Fr.
Shabas Crasta (Former Parish Priest), was
the main celebrant. Fourteen priests
concelebrated at the Eucharist. Fr. Rovel
Dsouza preached an inspiring homily on the
theme Synod. The Holy Mass was followed by a
Fancy Fete organized by the PPC & ICYM
members from 11.30 am to 2pm. There was a
positive response from people at the fete
-relishing the delicacies at the food
counters and enthusiastically participating
at the games counters.
A formal stage program was organized in the
evening at 6:00 pm in the church hall. All
the invited guests and Parish community were
present in large numbers to witness this
memorable event. The program commenced with
the Prayer song, sung by the altar servers
and a welcome dance by the small children.
The Chief Guest for the program was Rev. Fr.
Charles Serrao, Superior, St. Joseph’s
Monastery, Carmel Hill and the Guest of
Honor was Rev. Fr. Shabas Crasta, Previous
Parish Priest of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi.
The Program was presided over by Fr. Ivan D
Souza, Parish Priest. Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr
Rayan Pinto, Mr Prakash Saldanha, Vice
President, Parish Council and Mrs. Irene
Pinto, Secretary, Parish Council were the
others present on the dais.
Mr Prakash Saldanha, Vice President, Parish
Council accorded formal welcome to all the
dignitaries present on and off the dais.
Mrs. Irene Pinto, Secretary, Parish Council
presented a brief report of the activities
of the parish for the past one year. It was
followed by the prize distribution of
various events held during the year. A lucky
draw of the food and games coupons was done
by Fr. Rayan Pinto and the winner was
announced. Ms. Venezia Annie Carlo was
felicitated for her National and
International achievements in the field of
“Power Lifting” and also for receiving
“Rajyothsava Award”. Mr Christopher D’Souza
of “Astitva” team was honoured with a
memento as a token of gratitude.
Fr Patrick Lobo in his message thanked
Almighty and Mother Mary for all the
blessings and sought cooperation of everyone
to build a united parish community. Fr.
Charles Serrao in his message applauded the
parishioners and parish priests for the
overall development the church has achieved
in the past years. Fr Shabas Crasta
mentioned his happiness at being part of
this parish and cherished the old memories.
In his presidential address, Fr. Ivan
D'souza congratulated the parishioners for
their whole hearted support and cooperation
in making this feast a successful one. Fr
Rayan Pinto proposed the vote of thanks. The
program was compered by Mrs Jenifer
The formal program was followed by two short
plays by the “Astitva’ team which was
thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The parish
day celebration was the wonderful experience
that brought everyone together as one family
and program was appreciated by one and all.