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Events : Fr. Edwin's Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee Celebration - June 10, 2017
on 2017/8/4 23:00:00 (306 reads)

Text by Janet D'Souza; Pics by Ivan Lobo


Fr. Edwin’s Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee Celebration


A priest’s life is dedicated to the service of his flock. It is a life of obedience and requires dedication, patience and immense spirituality. Achieving 50 years as an ordained priest is indeed a testimony of faithfulness, devotion and perseverance accompanied by gratitude to God for the call to follow him.

Such a milestone was celebrated by MAC on June 10, 2017 as Rev. Fr. Edwin D’Souza, Spiritual Director of Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) and former Parish Priest of Sts. Martha & Mary Catholic Church, Mississauga completed 50 years as an ordained priest.

Fr. Edwin’s celebration started off with a solemn mass presided over by him with co-celebrants, Monsignor Thomas Kalarathil, Rev. Fr. Martin Pereira and Rev. Fr. Andrew Lewis.

A cultural program and dinner was then held in the church hall with guests that included close family and friends. The emcee for the evening, Vidya Alvares welcomed the guests and Jake Pereira’s trumpet rendition of the hymn “How great thou art” set a joyous tone for the remainder of the event. A toast was raised by Janet D’Souza who spoke about Fr. Edwin’s childhood, his spontaneous decision to become a priest, some highlights that included his meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.

A touching tribute was paid by his sister, Mrs. Celestine Martis who stressed on the close bond between brother and sister.

Virginia Kanary, an ex-parishioner of Fr. Edwin, narrated a moving story about the deep faith, support and solace Fr. Edwin offered in times of her great need.

Prem Lobo, a visiting famous singer from Mangalore composed and dedicated a song to Fr.Edwin. It was sung by Prem, Dora, Renee and Gerry D’Mello accompanied by Wilson D’Souza on the guitar.

A magnificent cake was cut by Fr.Edwin as everyone applauded wholeheartedly.

The highlight of the event was a felicitation ceremony where Manohar Pais, President of MAC, respectfully draped a shawl round Fr. Edwin’s shoulders.

The church hall then reverberated with the fast paced, enthralling Hollywood & Bollywood fusion performance by Elvis Menezes, Symona Albuquerque, Deandra Albuquerque, Kirsten D’Souza and Jayden D’Souza. Kierra Mathias, the young lady with the golden voice sang “Give thanks with a grateful heart” moving people to give her a standing ovation. The incredibly talented Elvis Menezes entertained the guests with a tap dance.

Dinner was a sumptuous and scrumptious spread of dishes cooked to perfection by Konkan Delite. Everyone enjoyed the food which was followed by the mouth-watering delicacy, Vorn.

The Baila sung by Prem Lobo, Manohar Pais, Gerry D’Mello and Wilson D’Souza had everyone swaying and dancing to the melodious tunes.

The evening ended with a Vote of Thanks by Melwyn Menezes, Vice President of MAC who offered his appreciation to the clergy and the guests who participated in this wonderful celebration. Melwyn also thanked each and every one for helping to make this event memorable and successful for Fr. Edwin whose selfless love and caring has endeared him to one and all.

For more pictures of the event click on link below:

https://goo.gl/photos/721c9borpM4uPTMF6

Events : Monthi Fest 2017 - Devotion to Our Lady, September 17, 2017
on 2017/7/30 15:10:00 (732 reads)

As September approaches, Mangaloreans prepare their minds and hearts to venerate the Blessed Virgin Mother, Mary, at her Nativity – Monthi Fest.

With nine days of Novenas dedicated to her, accompanied by a colorful flower-shower each day by little children of the community, the devotion to Our Lady culminates with the feast mass on the 8th day of September following the final, most abundant and colorful flower shower and procession with her infant image singing the timeless hymns, “Moriyek Hogolsiam” and “Sokkod Sangatham Melyam”.

As the feast also signals the Mangalorean harvest festival, this is an occasion to bless the fruits of people’s labor in the fields in obtaining the food received from His bounty. Stalks of freshly-harvested paddy are blessed and distributed to the faithful to be integrated in their traditional vegetarian fare for the day with the delectable “vorn” forming the pièce de résistance.

This year, Mangalorean Association of Canada will celebrate Monthi Fest-2017 on September 17 at Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Cawthra Road, Mississauga incorporating the final flower shower, procession and feast mass followed by a community cultural program and dinner.

Do come in large numbers and pay your respects to Our Lady. Do let your children bring flowers for her…

See accompanying flyer for details.

MAC Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary 2016

Local News : Obituary: Alice Monteiro, 81 (Vamanjoor, Mangalore)
on 2017/7/9 19:40:00 (292 reads)



Wife of Late Gregory Monteiro, Mother of Denis/Lita (Amigo Tailors), Felix/Silvy, Jerald/Mariette (Amigo Enterprises), Ronald/Sonia (MAC members), Oswald/Sonia, Dr. Deena/Francis and Grand mother of Amora/Sydney-Preethi/Late Savney/Easter/June/Ken/ Prithuma/Chandrima/Palvi/ Ayaan,

passed away on 09/07/2017 in Vamanjoor, Mangalore - India.

Funeral cortege leaves residence 205 Amrut Sagar Apartments, Near Police Station, Pilikula Road, Vamanjoor to St Joseph the Worker Church, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, on July 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm (IST) followed by mass at 4:45 pm

Ph: +91 9945862072/ 8073365942

Local News : Obituary: Richard Marian Vaz (Retd. Postmaster) (93)
on 2017/7/1 9:40:00 (265 reads)



H/o Juliette Vaz (Nee Rego) F/o Brian/Genevieve Vaz, Lorraine/John D'silva, Fr Dionysius Vaz S.J (Rector St Aloysius Institutions) Joan/Edwin D'Souza. G/F of Gareth, Beverly, Deepal/Rohith Andrade, Sonal, Elvin And Joylin.G/G/F Rylan Andrade, passed away on 29-06-2017.

Funeral Cortege Leaves Residence At Falnir Fields, Silva Road Mangaluru on Saturday 01-07-2017 at 2 .00 pm to Our Lady Of Miracles Church, Milagres Mangaluru. Viewing at 2 .30 pm Mass at 3 .00 pm.

Contact: Brian - 9902387248, Lorraine - 9422439150, Fr Dionysius Vaz S J - 9741544347, Joan - 9343569196. Email: richjule@dataone.in

Events : Fr. Edwin D'Souza Celebrates 50 Years of Dedicated Service to God
on 2017/5/19 6:40:00 (583 reads)



Reverend Father Edwin D'Souza


"Thou art a priest forever - Honoring you for your dedicated and loving service as a shepherd of God's flock. God Bless you at this your special milestone of Devotion and Service."

Reverend Father Edwin D'Souza, Spiritual Director of the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) and formerly, Parish Priest of Sts. Martha and Mary Catholic Church, Mississauga, was ordained priest 50 years ago at St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle, Mangalore, India.

The Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) is pleased to invite you to the Golden Anniversary Celebration of his ordination on June 10th 2017, at Sts. Martha and Mary Catholic Church, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4X 2S5. Phone: (905) 625-5670.

Konkani Mass will be celebrated at 6:00 pm followed by dinner in the church hall.

Purchase of ticket (CAD 25:00 per head) required for dinner hall entry. Seating is limited and ticket sales will be on 'first-come, first-served' basis.

Please purchase your tickets soon, to avoid disappointment.

Contact:

Paul and Irene Mathias: (416)566-3834
Ronald and Cynthie Fernandes: (905)813-0458
Ivan Lobo: (905)279-0918
Marceline Fonseca: (905)771-9149

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