Abu Dhabi: The Konkani Community of St. Paul’s Church Mussafah, Abu Dhabi has celebrated Monthi fest 2017 on Friday 8th September 2017 with a great fervor.
The celebration began at 5.30pm with blessings of New Corn near Mother Mary’s Grotto by Rev. Fr. Valerian Fernandes OFM Cap, Chancellor followed by showering of flowers with Hymns glorifying and honoring of Mother Mary. Rev. Fr. Peter Mendonca OFM Cap and Rev. Fr. Ashok Gonsalves OFM Cap were present during this ceremony.
After the ceremony, the congregation entered the church with a glorious procession. The festive mass started by first honoring and distributing the sponsorship candles to all donors. The main celebrant of the mass was Rev, Fr. Peter Mendonca, OFM Cap. and the co-celebrant was Rev. Fr. Ashok Gonsalves, OFM Cap., Spiritual Director, St. Paul’s Konkani community, Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. A large number of faithful attended this festive mass.
The Cultural Programme started immediately after the Holy Mass and the programme was anchored by Mr. Suresh Saldanha and Ms. Matilda Lobo. The Programme began with Prayer dance performed by Monal, Crisssal, Deona and Stacy. The Main Coordinator of the community Mr. Robert Pinto welcomed the Priests Rev. Fr. Peter Mendonca, Rev. Fr. Ashok Gonsalves, Rev. Fr. Paul Koenig OFM, Cap Custos AVOSA, Rev. Fr. Annie Xavier OFM Cap, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. John OFM, Cap. Asst. Parish Priest, and guests of honor Robert D’Souza and Savio Fernandes to dais for felicitation and flower bouquets were given to them as token of love and gratitude.
After the prayer, lighting of lamp ceremony by all Priests, Guests of Honor, and all members of the Konkani Community Apex Team was held. A huge special cake was cut on the occasion of Mama Mary’s Birthday by all Priests and Guests of Honor. During this time, MC invited to dais all faithful who were celebrating their birthdays on that particular day. Cake and Juice was distributed to all guests and attendees.
The cultural programme began with a theme song Nove Jeevan Suru Karya” Lyrics by Mr. Suresh Saldanha, played by Choir Group Ashwin and his team followed by kids dance titled “ Yeh Pavsa” . It was a beautiful dance by young children.
This was followed by a dance “Mog Muliyaritlo Borogi” performed by Archillies, Sunita, Aaron, Caroline, Avinash, Cresilla, Jaison, Joythi, Vivian and Vinita. The audience gave them a rousing applause for the wonderful performance. A short comedy skit was performed by Vivian and Joy kept the audience very humorous.
A fusion Hindi dance by young kids-Alric, Ethan, Ian, Cleon, Crissal Ruth, Monal and Monisha made the audience to tap their feet and kept them entertaining. A English/Hindi dance titled Remix was performed by Charlotte, Angelet, Nigel and Neil. It was a thrilling performance by the young kids where they gave the feel of both English and Hindi song which was liked by all.
The final cultural programme of the day was a dance “Yego Mary” performed by Sunitha, Clevi, Aaron, Caroline, Cresilla, Avinash, Vanessa, Vivian and Vinitha.
MC kept the crowd very busy with his witty jokes and gave away lots of spot prizes.
Vote of thanks was rendered by Apex team member Mr. Arvin Quadros and thanked all people for their continued support. Rev. Fr. Ashok also thanked sponsors, donors, Ushers and the faithful who support each and every events of Konkani community and sought their support for their future events too.
MC requested Rev. Fr. Peter Mendonca to bless the rice-Corn with milk and Rev. Fr. Paul Koenig Grace before meal. The special diinner was served with traditional 9 different types of vegetables and vorn(Payasam) dishes.
The Baila dance made the audience to rush to dance floor. The program ended with singing Laudate domino by all. It was a memorable evening enjoyed and cherished by all.