|Events : MAC celebrates Monthi Fest 2016
| on 2016/9/20 15:50:00 (633 reads)
By Janet D'Souza
Pictures by Ivan Lobo, Virginia D'Mello and Vijay Pereira
The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary announced joy and salvation to a lost world. Mary was brought into this world pure, holy and glorious befitting one who was predestined to be the mother of the saviour. People and nations celebrate the birthdays of earthly beings with great enthusiasm and expectations. How then should we, Christians, rejoice and commemorate the birth of the mother of our salvation?
The Monthi Fest has tremendous significance to the Catholic community as it celebrates not only the birthday of the mother of Jesus Christ but also the new harvest. With a passion appropriate to this solemn yet festive event, the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) organized and hosted the traditional 'Monthi Fest' on September 11, 2016 at John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre in Mississauga. With announcements by John D'Souza and led by the Knights of Columbus, angelic children dressed in their finery placed flowers in honour of Mother Mary to the accompaniment of 'Sokkod Sangatha Melhyan' and 'Moriyek Hogolhsiyan'. The blessing of the corn and candles was done by Rev. Fr. Henry Alva. After the blessing, the people walked eagerly in a procession to the St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish for a Konkani Mass. With an overview from Gerry D'Mello, Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza, the main celebrant, led the Mass in Konkani to an enthusiastic congregation of worshippers. Rev. Fr. Andrew Lewis, Rev. Fr. Henry Alva, Deacon Sarfraz Pinto, Auxiliary Archbishop Rt. Rev. Lawrence Saldanha were co-celebrants at this Mass. The voices of the Konkani choir members reverberated through the church, a testimony to the immense talent and leadership of Merlyn Rodrigues, the choir leader. Blessed candles were distributed at the end of the liturgical celebrations to all sponsors in sincere appreciation of their generosity and unflagging support.
The cultural program commenced in the John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre with an introductory note by the vibrant emcee for the evening, Manohar Pais and a welcome address by Maxim D'Mello, President of MAC. A prayer by Sr. Ferdinanda was followed by a 3 minute audio visual presentation carefully choreographed by Leon Lobo that touched the hearts of the entire audience. It was a tribute to a humble and awe inspiring saint, our very own Mother Teresa and comprised of her pictures and quotes accompanied by a song sung by Usha Uthup. Written, edited and directed by Manohar Pais, the play 'Anaandache Mister' (Glorious Mysteries) was a stellar success largely due to the combined and outstanding talent and efforts of its director and local artistes. Each participating artiste invested time and energy into his/her performance and it was gratifying to see so many young children and adults on stage. The program flawlessly eased into honoring Walter D'Souza Nandalike, Founder and Managing Director of Daijiworld Media Pvt. Ltd and Dayan D'Souza Mukamar, Konkani activist, versatile orator and a talented leader. Maxim D'Mello together with past presidents of MAC, Ronald Fernandes and Melwyn Menezes led the honoring ceremony. The Novemn ceremony, the traditional drinking of milk with the new grain included the clergy, MAC EC members and main sponsors.
Dinner was a sumptuous array of vegetarian delicacies followed by the eagerly anticipated 'Vorn' catered to perfection by Konkan Delite. Dinner was followed by a soulful rendition of Ave Maria by Kierra Mathias. Not to be outdone, a versatile and immensely gifted youth band sang all-time favorites to toe tapping music entertaining the audience. A Bollywood dance and a cultural folk dance choreographed and performed by mostly youngsters was extremely popular and well received by all. The Scholarship award ceremony was facilitated by Reynold Sequeira. UAE Exchange Canada sponsored $500 towards the MAC scholarship and Rajesh PV of UAE Exchange Canada presented a cheque of $1000 to the lucky recipient, Ashton Mathias. A 50/50 raffle draw was done with the profits allocated to the Missionaries of Charity, established by Mother Teresa.
The Monthi Fest celebrations ended with Laudate and the cheers of the satisfied audience. MAC deeply appreciates the participation and help of all the volunteers and the dedication and commitment of its members who ensured the astounding success of Monthi Fest.
|Local News : Obituary: Pamela Machado, Brampton, Canada
| on 2016/8/11 15:32:23 (444 reads)
The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) and all its members offer their sincere condolences on the passing away of Pamela Machado, daughter of Maria and Felix Machado, on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 around 2:15pm in Canada.
May God grant the strength and courage to her family to overcome this tragedy. Our prayers and support are with the family.
The funeral arrangement details are as follows:
Thursday, August 11, 2016 between 7.00pm and 9.00pm
Andrews Community Funeral Centre
8190 Dixie Road, Brampton ON L6T 5N9
Phone: 905 456-8190
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:30am
Marguerite D'Youville Parish
2490 Sandalwood Parkway East Brampton, ON L6R 3A2
Burial after Mass:
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 12:00noon
6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4 (Tomken/Steeles)
Mangalorean Association of Canada
Membership form: http://www.macsaunsar.com/modules/news/visit.php?fileid=19
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|Events : MAC Family Picnic 2016
| on 2016/6/30 18:31:50 (974 reads)
By: Janet D'Souza
Pictures by Ivan Lobo
A warm heat accompanied with a gentle breeze just enough to cool the fine sheen of sweat, shaded trees, the gazebo and tents, picnic chairs and lively spirits - it appeared as if Providence himself had decided upon a perfect day for a family picnic. The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) organized its annual family picnic on June 25, 2016 at the Meadowvale Conservation Park, Mississauga.
With a prayer and an opening address from Maxim D'Mello, President of MAC and blaring megaphone announcements, the festivities began with games for young kids such as Passing the Candy and running with a ball between the legs. The Sack race and the 3-legged race tested the agility and balance of the teenagers who hopped, straggled or ran towards the finish line. There were many who fell but buoyed by shouts of encouragement from the sidelines, they picked themselves up and finished the race. The Lemon and Spoon race was another fun game that tested the balance and determination of our youth. Not to be left out, moms and dads participated wholeheartedly perhaps reliving their youth and to prove that they are as capable as the younger generation. Our seniors were not to be left out and displayed their aim and mettle at Bocce Ball. The Water Balloon Throw is one of the most awaited game enjoyed by both adults and children alike. As the line-up was formed, men and women coached their partners on throwing and catching techniques. Poof! Splat! The balloons broke and drenched the unfortunate but the lucky winners were the ones who were able to successfully catch a water balloon without breaking it.
What is a picnic without the quintessential volleyball, throw ball and tug-of-war? The sunny temperatures and the picnic mood brought out the sportsmanship spirit in all the competitors as men, women and teenagers battled to win the team games. The tug-of-war with its aggressive tactics was a pleasure to watch as each side heaved, pulled and grunted to ensure its victory. The contestants clearly enjoyed the exercise, a testimony to skill and physical strength.
It was then time for lunch. Led in prayer by MAC's spiritual advisor, Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza, people helped themselves to a melange of dishes. Ranging from samosas to butter chicken, pastas to salad, everyone enjoyed a quiet meal with family and friends. Vorn, a delicacy of Mangalore, was generously served and thoroughly relished by all. A second round of activities ensued with MAC members selling tickets for a 50/50 draw and Bingo. Sweet, luscious and juicy watermelon cleansed the palates and provided a cool respite to the afternoon heat.
With a traditional cuppa 'chai' and biscuits, it was time for the winners of the 50/50 draw to be announced. People sat in the shade ready for a round of Bingo and once done, it was finally time to wind down a fun filled day of incessant activity and games.
As the sun set over the horizon and the youth played their last games, tired yet satiated people folded their umbrellas, packed their belongings and left content, smiling and happy to mingle with old friends, share a gossip or two or just soak in the sun with fellow Mangaloreans. MAC was tremendously successful in its objective to bring the community together, provide a venue to meet and mingle and offer opportunities for our youth to have a day of fun yet show initiative and leadership.
The Mangalorean Association of Canada appreciates the tremendous efforts and time expended by its members, families and the volunteers. Without each one's contributions, the picnic would not have been the successful event it was
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