Mangaluru: The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel the patroness of the Mount Carmel Central School was celebrated on July 15 with great devotion and fervour by the management, staff, students and their parents.
This day was also celebrated as Foundation Day of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation which was founded 149 years ago on July 16 at Bayonne, France by Venerable Mother Veronica, the Foundress of the Congregation. The sesquicentennial year of the Congregation was ushered in meaningfully.
The cultural programme was presented by the students of Classes X and XII and III A and B. The programme began with the lighting of the diyas and invocation.
Through their words, feelings and emotions the students gave a warm welcome to the entire Carmelite family assembled in the school auditorium. Through their awesome performance, the dancers were a treat to the eyes.
A skit on the importance of the day was narrated and dramatised by the students. The story of St. Simon Stock receiving the scapular was enacted.
A group of performers danced to the tune of "Pure as Carmel", honouring Mother Mary, Queen of Carmel. A thrilling dance of celebration was performed by the students which left the crowd foot tapping and enchanted.
Addressing the students, Sr. Pearl Anne A C, the Chief guest of the day emphasised on the Carmelite values of prayer, silence and trust in the providence of God. She also encouraged, appreciated and acknowledged the efforts of the students who put up a meaningful programme.
The Holy Mass held in honour of our Lady of Mount Carmel was attended by the Catholic students and staff. The choir, with the singers and musicians was very meaningful and melodious that it took all to Mt. Carmel in Palestine. During the Eucharistic celebration, a few students were initiated into the Carmel Blossom family. The blessed scapulars were distributed to all the Catholics after Mass.