Nativity and Family Feast at Bajjodi
The feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also
called the Monthi Fest, was celebrated with great devotion
at Bajjodi on Thursday, the 8th of September, 2022. Blessing
of the new Corn was held at Church Grounds at 7.15 am
followed by an offering of flowers. The congregation went in
a procession to the Church singing devotional hymns. Fr.
Nelson Pinto was the main Celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan
D’Souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr. Rayan Pinto, Fr. Antony Shera
concelebrated at the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr Nelson
Pinto expounded on the uniqueness of the feast and stressed
the role of the family in the Church. After mass Fr. Ivan
D’Souza thanked everyone for their wholehearted support for
the success of the feast. Blessed grains and sugarcanes were
distributed to the parishioners after Mass.
The Parish family joined together at 5.30 pm in the Parish
Hall for a celebration as a community that began with a
Prayer song by the Altar Servers. It was followed by Prayers
of the Faithful which was led by Fr. Ivan D’Souza. The
members of the Spiritual Commission offered prayers in
different languages to show our unity in the parish as
parishioners of various lingual backgrounds were present.
Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr. Rayan Pinto, Vice President, Mr.
Prakash Saldanha, and Secretary Irene Pinto were among those
present for the programme. Mr. Prakash Saldanha welcomed the
gathering. Fr. Patrick Lobo in his message spoke about the
importance of communication in the family along with prayers
that can strengthen the family bond. Sweet vorn with new
corn was blessed by Fr. Rayan and then distributed to all
those present. Games were conducted by Mrs. Renita Dsouza.
Children and Youth entertained everyone with beautiful dance
performances which brought in a spirit of liveliness in the
audience. There was a performance of age-old Gumta songs
that brought back memories of our ancestors and created an
awareness of the existence of this tradition in the new
generation. Digital housie conducted by Mr. Vincent Pinto.
Mrs. Ashitha Castelino compered the programme. Mrs. Irene
Pinto proposed the Vote of Thanks.