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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

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

Events : MAC Social 2017 - April 29, 2017
on 2017/2/24 16:10:00 (1059 reads)

Announcing the eagerly awaited MAC Social 2017!

An evening of Fun, Music, Dance, Food and much more by way of entertainment awaits you.

Mark your calendars and come with family and friends to enjoy and have a great time! Remember! April 29, 2017.

Enjoy the early bird discount too!

Book a table by March 31, 2017 and grab 10 seats for the price of 9!

This offer is applicable to fully priced $40 adult tickets only.

Details and contacts on flyer below.


MAC Social 2017

Events : MAC celebrates Monthi Fest 2016
on 2016/9/20 15:50:00 (1044 reads)
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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.

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Events : Invitation to con-celebrate the Mass during Midland Shrine Pilgrimage on July 23, 2016
on 2016/7/17 11:50:00 (541 reads)
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Midland Shrine Pilgrimage on July 23rd

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