Report: Shodhan Prasad
Konkan Bells – a Belthangady deanery association here in Dubai celebrated the feast of Nativity of Mother Mary, at Bangalore Empire Restaurant, Karama, Dubai on Friday the 13th of September 2013.
Fr. Simon D’Souza, Parish Priest of St. Francis Xavier Church, Indabettu Parish, Beltangady was the Chief Guest of Honour who led the religious celebration and blessed the new paddy-sheaves sourced from Mangalore during the celebration.
Children and adults participated in the showering of flower cession with a good number. Fr. Simon conveyed the message of the feast and blessed the gathering. Further there was a stage programme and James Mendonca, Walter and Letitia Pereira and Fr. Simon were the guests of Honour. President Remigius D’Souza welcomed the guests and the whole gathering.
Fr Simon speaking during the stage programme said that he was happy to see the parishioners of different parishes under Beltangady deanery who are working in Dubai are celebrating the feast of Infant Mary to promote brotherhood in their midst. He also commended the pooling of resources by Konkan Bells in order to help the less fortunate brethrens in back home to pursue studies of economically-weaker brethrens. He also assured his prayers in this regard.
President and the secretary presented the slide show of the achievements by Konkan Bells to the gathering. Konkan Bells promoter Walter Pereira urged the members to join in making the organization a role model to the society by social welfare and philanthropic activities. Fr Simon was felicitated by draping the shawl and presented with memento on the occasion.
There were various cultural entertainment programme arranged by Konkan Bells delighted the gathering. Many spot excited prizes were distributed to the winners. There was a Lucky Draw with 10 excited prizes.
Godwin and Preema compeered the whole programme smoothly while Secretary, Rohan D’Souza rendered the vote of thanks. On the whole the programme was well organized and attracted the huge gathering.