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.

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