Abu Dhabi: The Konkan community of St. Paul’s Catholic Church Mussafah, Abu Dhabi celebrated second anniversary with great fervor on July 14.
The celebration began with Holy Mass at 6 pm. The main celebrant was Rev. Fr. Maxim Cardoza and the co-celebrant was Rev. Fr. Ashok Gonsalves, Spiritual Director, St. Paul’s Konkani community, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.
A large number of faithful attended the 2nd anniversary thanksgiving mass.
The cultural programme started immediately after the Holy mass and program coordinator Lawrence Rudolf D’Souza introduced the programme. Veeda D’Lima anchored the program.
The Programme began with Prayer dance performed by Riona, Rishona and Serra. The Coordinator of the community Robert Pinto welcomed the Priests Rev. Fr. Ashok Gonsalves, and Rev. Fr. Maxim Cardoza and the guest of honors M/s. Benedict Pinto, Robert D’Souza, Joel Crasta, Lancy D’Souza and Steven Lobo for felicitation.
After the prayer, lighting of the lamp ceremony was held by all Priests, Guests of Honor and all members of Apex Team. A special Anniversary cake was cut to celebrate the event. John D’Lima, Treasurer of the Apex Team gave a detailed Annual Report where he highlighted all activities that have taken place during the last one year.
It was a very proud moment for all the members of Konkani community at Mussafah to felicitate four children of their Parish who passed 10th and 12th grade exams.The recipients of these felicitations are: Josvin Preetham Lobo- 12th grade, Suzan Matilda Azaredo-10th grade, Samson Eddie D’Souza -10th grade and Rhea Tanya Tauro- 10th grade.
Joel Crasta, M/s. Broadway Event Management and Sunil Pinto of M/s. News Karnataka were felicitated for their support.
The anniversary theme song, for which lyrics was written by Suresh Saldanha and composed by Ashwin Dias was performed.
The skit –Keppachi Kestavaa (tragedy of the deaf) which is written by Late J.B. D’Souza, Kulshekar and Directed by Roshan D’Mello, was performed by Jossie Pinto, Sumitha D’Souza, Vincent D’Souza and Melwyn Codero. This humorous skit kept the people laughing throughout and was very well accepted by the audience.
The Bollywood dance by kids –Rishona, Natasha, Serra, Riona and Roydon made the audience tap their feet. There were a few spot games for children, as well as for adults.
A vote of thanks was rendered by Apex team Liturgy Coordinator Robert Cardin and he thanked all the people for their continued support and also appealed the same for their future events. He also appealed the people to come forward with constructive suggestion for the improvement and betterment of the community.
The grace over the food was prayed by Fr. Maxim. The specialty of the meal was traditional preparation of pork enjoyed by all along with the other dishes.
The baila dance for all made the people to come and dance. The program ended with singing laudate domino.