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Events : MAC organizes 1st Youth Retreat and Lenten Service
on 2013/3/25 23:00:00 (964 reads)

Our youth are continually blitzed with messages via social media, parents, teachers and friends on who they should be and how they should act. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for our youth to hear what God thinks about them and what he wants them to be? Spending time away from the pressure and mayhem of our day to day lives and having an opportunity to hear and experience God’s message and his amazing love can be very powerful and life changing for young people.

With this objective in mind, the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) organized its first Youth Retreat on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the KOC Hall at Sts. Martha and Mary Parish. The response from the youth was tremendous with participation from at least 30 youth from the community and parishes around Mississauga. With great enthusiasm, youth retreat leaders from St. John of the Cross Parish demonstrated leadership and joined forces with MAC organizers to introduce a 4 hour session of Fellowship and Worship. The session began with an introduction and games so that the participants relaxed and got to know each other in an informal setting. Rev. Joyson G Pottackal O.Carm. of St. Martin of Tours Parish talked about one common goal and that is to find happiness. The tendency of humans is to attain happiness through materialistic possessions but we need to focus on those areas that bring us closer to God, concentrate on his word to enhance our spiritual life and work on strengthening our relationships with people around us. His ultimate message was “Surround yourself with people that motivate and help you become the best version of yourself”. A brief and inspirational film encouraged a discussion and interaction between participants and this was followed by a break. Tania Moreas, the next speaker engaged the audience by sharing her experiences, her insecurities, her challenges and her fears and how she overcame them to find peace and confidence. When situations get difficult, people are so engrossed in feeling sorry for themselves or being angry with God but it is during these times, people must remember that God can see the whole picture while they can only the current hurdle. This perspective is referred to as the “Helicopter view”. Tania was able to relate to her audience exceedingly well as she is a young adult and she has experienced the tumultuous activity and pressures the teens experience today. An activity determining the priorities of life was followed by praise and worship and the Youth Retreat concluded with our youth confident of their place in society and cherished by God’s love and his amazing grace.

The youth of our community also demonstrated leadership and initiative by leading the Stations of the Cross entirely in Konkani. They also participated in the Youth Choir and with limited practices put on an outstanding and moving performance by singing melodiously and flawlessly in Konkani. The Konkani mass was accompanied by this youth choir and the youth leaders read the Prayers of the Faithful in their mother tongue, Konkani. Such was their involvement and contribution that the entire congregation was unanimous in their praise and acknowledgment that our children can never be underestimated. Given the challenge, the opportunity and the motivation, the youth of our community can rise up, overcome and conquer.

Our sincere appreciation and thanks to the leaders and the volunteers who selflessly gave their time and energies to coordinate and organize the retreat, practices for the singing and recitation of the prayers and manage the Konkani service.

Mangalorean Association of Canada
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Events : MAC Social 2013 on May 25, 2013 - Flyer
on 2013/2/24 19:30:00 (1567 reads)

Dear Friends

Looking forward to a night of fun & entertainment, games, & lots of exciting prizes !!
So here it is….

MAC Social 2013
On: May 25th 2013
From: 6:30 PM onwards

6991 Millcreek Drive,
Mississauga, ON. L5N 6B9

Hosted by Emcee—Melwin

Live band: The Marawders
to make you move & groove

Delicious food to satisfy your cravings and a promise of fun all night long

Adults: 25 & above $30.00
Youth: 13 to 24 & Seniors (65+) $20 ONLY
Children: 3 to 12 $15.00
Kids under 3 FREE

Charles & Janet D’Souza
T: 905-670-5428
Ronald & Cynthie Fernandes
T: 905-813-0458
Stan & Shanthi D’souza
T: 416-824-0441
Maxim & Precilla D’Mello
T: 416-473-6729
Sushil & Clare Vaz
T: 647-205-1092

We welcome a one line ' best wishes advertisement' from members and their acquaintances. This will be featured on an event pamphlet that we will bring out for the Social. Cost will be $ 25. For details on this and other sponsorship packages please contact Sushil Vaz at 647 205 1092.

MAC members are invited to sponsor a $ 25 Gift Hamper towards various prizes that will be given out during the Social. The said sponsor will be duly recognized when giving away the hamper.

For more details, view flyer:

Best Wishes,

Mangalorean Association of Canada
Membership form:

Event Sponsors:

G GORD MOHAN, Baristor, Solicitor and Notary Public
UAE Exchange, Money Exchange
WILSON D'SOIZA, BM0-Mortgage Specialist
LAVIS FOR LIFE, Jewelry, Clothes and Bridal Wear
DIXIE TOYOTA, Sales and Leasing Specialist
SUSHIL VAZ, Realtor & Financial Advisor
PEACE MONUMENTS/ROCK OF COLOURS, Manufacturer of Fine Custom Countertops
RONALD MATHIAS, Realtor/Broker
PANAGO, Pizza Eatery
KONKAN DELITE, Restaurant and Bar
FLAVIAN PINTO, Sun Life Financial
CAN-GLOBAL ALLIANCE, Consultancy, Realtor and Insurance
CENTURY TRAVEL SERVICES, Complete Travel Solutions
REGO INTERNATIONAL, Specialist in Stainless Steel and Kitchen Supplies
Peter's Driver Training and Realtor
Toronto 7 Dental Spa
CARGOLINK FREIGHT FORWARDING, International Freight Forwarding

Events : WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP Evening on March 16, 2013 at 12:30pm - Flyer
on 2013/2/18 13:00:00 (762 reads)

Dear Friends

MAC is hosting a "WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP" Evening (in ENGLISH) for our Youth.

Please read the flyer for details.

Please encourage your children to attend!!

Kindly register the name(s) of your child/children attending to <> at your earliest convenience.

• It is an evening of prayer and introspection.
• An opportunity for our children to deepen their faith during this Lenten Season.
• A time to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus as well as have an opportunity to experience purposeful reflection with self-examination.


Mangalorean Association of Canada
Membership form:

Events : Forthcoming Events of 2013
on 2013/2/10 12:40:00 (1343 reads)

Mark your calendars for the forthcoming events of 2013 from MAC:

MAC Social: May 25, 2013
Picnic: June 29, 2013
Monthi Fest (Feast of Nativity): September 8, 2013

Konkani Mass - first Saturday of every month - 6pm at Sts Martha & Mary Church:

January 5, 2013
February 2, 2013
March 2, 2013
April 6, 2013
May 4, 2013
June 1, 2013
July 6, 2013
August 3, 2013
September 8, 2013 - Feast of Nativity
October 5, 2013
November 2, 2013
December 7, 2013

Lent Schedule – Way of the Cross followed by Mass – 6pm at Sts Martha & Mary Church:
February 16, 2013
February 23, 2013
March 2, 2013
March 9, 2013
March 16, 2013
March 16, 2013 12:30pm - 5pm - WORSHIP & FELLOWSHIP Evening for Teens in English
March 23, 2013 - Palm Sunday - no Way of the Cross
Holy Week 2013 – no Way of the Cross

Lenten Retreat in Konkani will be conducted by Fr.Lawrence Martis.

Events scheduled here are subject to change.

Events : MAC organizes Christmas Caroling in Canada
on 2012/12/30 23:00:00 (743 reads)

A casual conversation, nostalgic memories and wishful longing, a simple idea of bringing cheer and warmth in an otherwise cold country – this is how Christmas caroling began in Mississauga, Ontario. Inspired by his childhood days in Mumbai, Samson Soans, a new and active member of the Mangalorean Association of Canada (MAC) presented this initiative to the Executive members of the association. MAC, always seeking fresh and innovative ideas to work within the community especially during Christmas was excited to support this initiative and ensure its success.

Christmas is an exciting yet hectic time of the year with parents scrambling to finish shopping, attend to numerous chores or attend office parties. Hence the door to door caroling allowed parents to experience the real meaning of Christmas and the holidays by gathering the children around them and enjoying beautifully sung Christmas carols. The carols reminded us of family, tradition and a warm special time of the year – the birth of baby Jesus. The Christmas caroling event was presented to the MAC community at the monthly Konkani mass and was met with great eagerness and overwhelming response. In return, families were requested to donate non-perishable food items or money which would be given to the Eden Food Bank in Mississauga. The Food Bank provides nourishment to the poor in the community and cherishes any donations that will assist them to feed the hungry.

The carolers consisted of enthusiastic children of different ages, parents and grandparents who sang with a passion and spirit of the season. A rotating schedule based on locations for 3 days was created and accommodated several families per day. Carolers gathered at each house decked in Christmas colors and sang 4-5 carols per house before driving on to the next destination. Families welcomed the carolers with open arms, eagerness and happiness. The generosity of the people was refreshing and whether it was bringing food and drinks for the carolers or in donating items for the food bank, they truly welcomed everyone into their homes. The miracle of little baby Jesus seemed intrinsic and natural to everyone.

The carolers collected $550 and approximately 100 pounds of non-perishable food items to be donated to the Eden Food Bank. MAC thanks each and every family who supported the undertaking, all the volunteers, youngsters and parents who selflessly gave their time and ensured the success of the event. Christmas is a season of peace, love and goodwill and this was reflected in the children’s smiles and voices, the rapt attentiveness of the parents and the indulgent gestures of the grandparents.

MAC wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Caroling in 2013 and years to come!

Pictures of this event are at:

The thank you note from the Eden Food Bank:

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