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Events : The spirit-filled Lenten Mission
on 2015/3/1 20:30:00 (355 reads)

The Mangalorean Association of Canada had a great beginning in this New Year with graceful and spirit-filled spiritual mission in Konkani during the Lenten season. The main preacher was Rev.Fr.Joel D'Souza ofm.cap. accompanied by Rev.Fr.Henry Alva ofm.cap. The spiritual thirst-quenching retreat talks were preached on every Saturdays during the Holy month of Lent. There was a quite reasonable number of faithful who attended the mission thoroughly enjoyed the spiritual treat on all those days. All talks were based on Holy Bible clubbed with attractive audio-visual presentation by Fr.Joel. The graceful retreat was an in-depth enlightenment towards the Word of God.

The spiritual talk addressed to the Youth on 21st March 2015 by Fr.Joel & Fr.Henry was like an icing on the cake. It was very encouraging to see our own youth leading the prayers and singing in Konkani. Hats off to Sonia Monteiro, a talented personality of our community, for taking a great leadership in training & mentoring the youth.

Everyone who attended this spiritual mission really had a great Soul-elevating experience. The Konkani community in Mississauga and the surrounding areas is thankful to Fr. Joel D'Souza, Fr.Henry Alva, Fr.Edwin D'Souza, the Choir group of Merlyn Rodrigues and the Mangalorean Association of Canada for organizing & rendering such an enriching and spirit-filled mission.

Events : MAC SOCIAL 2015 on May 23rd - Flyer
on 2015/2/25 0:30:00 (1291 reads)
Events : Forthcoming Events of 2015-2016
on 2015/1/31 15:50:00 (734 reads)

Mark your calendars for the forthcoming events of 2015-16 from MAC:

Family Social: May 23, 2015
Picnic: June 27, 2015
Monthi Fest (Feast of Nativity): September 13, 2015

Konkani Mass - first Saturday of every month - 6pm at Sts Martha & Mary Church (unless specifically mentioned the changed schedule):

January 3, 2015

February 7, 2015

- Mass Muddhom/Sponsor: Ravi Fernandes, Trinity Auto Centre, 2191 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X 1M3, Tel: 905-629-0303

March 7, 2015

- Mass Muddhom/Sponsor: Francis and Sunitha Aranha, Re/Max Sales Representative, 50 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Suite 102, Mississauga, ON, L5B 3C2, Tel: 647-966-3028

April 4, 2015 - No Mass due to Easter and Holy Week

May 2, 2015

- Mass Muddhom/Sponsor:
1. Olivia Reginald Moras, Century 21 People's Choice Realty Inc., 1780 Albion Rd, Toronto, ON, M9V 1C1, Tel: 416-400-4774
2. Thanksgiving Mass from Evelyn D'Souza
3. Requiem Mass for the soul of Peter Lobo

June 6, 2015
July 11, 2015
August 8, 2015 - Revised due to long week-end on August 1, 2015
September 13, 2015 - Feast of Nativity
October 10, 2015
November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015

Lent schedule of 2015 - Way of the Cross followed by Mass and Konkani Spiritual Retreat starting at 6pm:

February 21, 2015
February 28, 2015
March 7, 2015
March 14, 2015
March 21, 2015
March 28, 2015
Holy Week 2015 - No Way of the Cross

Events scheduled here are subject to change.

Events : Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) - Executive Committee 2015-2016
on 2015/1/31 11:00:00 (486 reads)

MAC, a non-profit, non-political volunteer organization based in Mississauga, Ontario elected a new Executive Committee during the Annual General Meeting held in November 2014. This working group consists of active, enthusiastic members whose skills and talents encompass a wide spectrum of jobs and activities. It is the responsibility of this new working group to ensure that the association continues to thrive and grow and be actively involved in community service through a myriad of events: Social, Religious, and Humanitarian. It is the objective of the association to make the Konkani community a partner in its growth and development. Guiding the association through its journey, offering unflinching support and spiritual guidance is Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza, pastor of Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, Mississauga. It is due to the dedicated and untiring efforts of Life members, former EC, current EC and our dearly departed members that MAC has triumphed over challenges and accomplished great things.

"Together we make a difference" this motto is engrained in everything MAC stands for and strives for. The association is a remarkable platform for anyone who searches for opportunities, a beacon for those hoping for familiar traditions and reminisce about ancestral homes and a strong driver championing leaders and youth.

We wish the association continued success.


Seated (L to R): Prescilla D'Souza (Assistant Treasurer); Olivia Moras (Public Relations Coordinator ); Maxim D'Mello (President) Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza (Spiritual Advisor); Paul Mathias (Vice-President); Cynthie Fernandes (Joint Secretary ).

Back row (L to R): Lancy Rodrigues (Liturgical facilitator); Manohar Pais ( Cultural Coordinator); Reynold Sequeira (General Secretary); Ronald D'Souza (Sports Coordinator ); Reginald Fernandes (Auditor); Leo D'Cunha (Web Master), Joel Lewis (Treasurer).

Local News : Pinto to join OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission to Ukraine
on 2014/10/28 21:30:00 (379 reads)
Local News

In two weeks, Canada's Aaron Joshua Pinto will fan out across Ukraine along with hundreds of Canadian election observers to monitor the integrity of the embattled country's early Verkhovna Rada parliamentary elections.

Pinto has been selected through CANADEM, commissioned by the federal government, to join the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (EOM) in Ukraine.

The EOM supports transparency and democracy by undertaking electoral analysis and stakeholder engagement. Pinto and other observers will be there to monitor the election process and by their presence, encourage a fair and democratic election.

In early September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine invited the OSCE/ODIHR to observe the early parliamentary elections scheduled for 26 October 2014.

Canada, an OSCE participating State, is sending 90 short-term observers (STOs), including Aaron, to observe voting, counting and the tabulation of results for two weeks. There will be 60 long-time observers (LTOs) joining the OSCE/ODIHR EOM, as well as 12 Canadian parliamentarians who will join the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Election Observation Mission delegation.
International Election Observers are deployed throughout the country in multinational teams of two to assess the close of the campaign, voting, counting and tabulation of results. Observers are strictly impartial and they work to bring irregularities to the attention of election officials and the Central Election Commission of Ukraine.

Upon arriving in the capital Kyiv on October 21st, Aaron will attend a pre-election briefing. The briefing will cover all parts of the election process, as well as logistical and security information Specific topics include: general information, country-specific information, findings so far (interim reports), political background including parties and candidates, election and legal aspects of the process, media landscape, info regarding the political participation of women and national minorities (i.e. Roma and Sinti), election day procedures and reporting, code of conduct, security situation, and logistical information, including deployment.

After a day and a half of briefings, Aaron will be deployed to his Area of Observation in Ukraine and will have a chance to attend a regional debriefing and familiarize himself with the assigned observation region and polls before Election Day.

OSCE observers will be present in all "oblasts" or provinces in Ukraine, except Crimea, the strategic region on the Black Sea which Russia took over in March.

Election Day on October 26th will be a long day for Aaron. He will observe the opening, polling and closing of an average of 10 polling stations during the day. He will have to witness every aspect of the election process, from the formal unsealing of the ballot boxes to the demonstration that they are empty. He will also witness the tabulation process and the physical transportation of the ballots.
After Election Day, Aaron will travel back to Kyiv and attend a debriefing. This will provide an opportunity for him and other observers to discuss major findings and share conclusions with other observers and EOM members.

The EOM will hold a press conference on the day after the elections to present its preliminary findings and conclusions. A comprehensive final report will be issued by the OSCE/ODIHR approximately two months after the election process has been completed, taking into account Aaron?s findings as well as those of other observers.

The OSCE/ODIHR last observed the parliamentary elections in Ukraine in 2012 and the early presidential election in May 2014. This will be the eleventh OSCE/ODIHR election observation activity in Ukraine.

Aaron is a recent graduate of the Honours International Relations and French programme at Western University. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Mississauga City Youth Council, an international trade intern at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto and is Canada's OSCE Youth Ambassador.


"I am very honoured to be selected as an International Election Observer. It is with pride that I have the opportunity to join fellow Canadians and others from the OSCE to play a role in fostering democratic principles of freedom and good governance at such a challenging time in Ukraine."

"Civic engagement and democracy are a passion of mine. I am excited to be putting my academic background in international relations and my experience volunteering, studying and working abroad to good use. Being a part of the Mission will provide an opportunity for me to learn as much as I can about electoral processes and observation."

"Many Ukrainians have been waiting for these upcoming elections since the Maidan protests. They believe the elections are a chance to restart the government and help President Poroshenko make systematic democratic reforms to propel the country forward."

"This is an important election for the people of Ukraine, and an important election for national and geopolitical stability. If there is going to be forward progress, then the October elections need to be viewed as legitimate by the people. This is why the work of the International Election Observation Mission is crucial. We are going as observers to make sure that the election that will be held is free and fair."

Short-term observers (STOs) deployment schedule:

Tuesday, 21 October Last date for arrival in Kyiv
Wednesday, 22 October STO briefing (Day 1)
Thursday, 23 October STO briefing (Day 2); deployment to the areas of observation for most STOs
Friday, 24 October Deployment to the areas of observation for some STOs; familiarization with areas of observation
Saturday, 25 October Familiarization with areas of observation
Sunday, 26 October Election Day
Monday, 27 October Observation of tabulation of results; regional debriefing of STOs
Tuesday, 28 October Observation of tabulation of results; some STOs return to Kyiv
Wednesday, 29 October Most STOs return to Kyiv; central STO debriefing; reception
Thursday, 30 October STO repatriation

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