By Fr. Ivan D'souza

Mangaluru, Nov. 19 : Altar Servers' Day was celebrated at Infant Mary Church Bajjodi. The celebration started with Holy Eucharistic Liturgy on Saturday, November 19th 2022 at 5.30pm. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan Dsouza was the main celebrant and Fr. Michael M. Shenoy was the concelebrant.

Fr Michael M. Shenoy in his homily emphasised on the importance of being an Altar server and the positive effect it has on their respective lives. He explained this with the help of true life incidents which helped the Altar Servers understand that being able to serve at the Altar was a great Blessing. Fr. Shenoy also said that it is a great opportunity to be an Altar Server given by God and he called each one of them to do it with devotion and dedication. The Altar Servers conducted the liturgy and about 60 Altar Servers participated in the Holy Eucharistic Celebration with discipline and dedication.

A short cultural programme was organized in the Church Mini hall after the Children’s mass on Sunday, 20th November. 2022.   Rev. Fr. Ivan Dsouza, Br. Movin Pereira, President of the Parish Council Mr. Prakash Saldanha, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto,  Joseph, Mascarenhas, Parish Catechism Coordinator Mrs. Janet D'souza,  Teachers, Parents  and Youth were present for this programme.

The Programme commenced with a prayer song and a Welcome Dance. President of Altar Servers Ms. Reeva Pais welcomed the gathering. Secretary Ms. Riyola Cutinha presented a brief report of the activities conducted throughout the year. Rev. Fr. Ivan D Souza in his message congratulated all the Children for their dedicated service at the Altar. There were dance and song performances by the Altar Servers. Prizes were distributed to the Altar Servers for highest servings at the Altar and Winners of Ludo Competition.

Vinoy Dsouza and Ashish Fernandes conducted the spot games. Ashish Fernandes proposed the Vote of Thanks. Kevin Pinto compered the program. Refreshments were served to all present. The programme concluded with Altar Servers Anthem.

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