Mangalore, May 4: Around 21 couples entered into wedlock at the 40th mass marriage ceremony organized by St Vincent De Paul Society at Rosario Cathedral on May 4, Sunday. The ceremony began with a Eucharistic Mass.
Participating as main celebrant, Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza said advised couples to lead a happy married life.
He also said that Marriage is a sacred institution, which needs to be treasured. The community is getting smaller since the couples are opting for one-child policy.
After the ceremony, the couples accompanied with music bands, proceeded to Rosario school ground where formal stage function was held.
Participating as the chief guest MLA J R Lobo raised the toast. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Marriage is beautiful gift of god, which helps society to have the beautiful family and nation to grow.
He also said that these days’ people go for grand wedding ceremony, where a bulk amount of money is wasted, but the simple marriages held to mass marriages will set an example for the future generation.
Newly wedded couple Harish D’Souza Panja and Stella D’Souza spoke on behalf of other couples.
The organization handed over the gifts worth Rs 10,000 to each couple, including Rs 5,000 as fixed deposit, a saree and a pressure cooker.
Parish priest of Rosario Fr J B Crasta welcomed the guests and gathering. John D’Silva compered the programme. Secretary of SSVP Maurice Monteiro thanked the gathering.