Mangalore: Nov. 04: Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore unveiled the logo of the ‘Pavitraatma Abhishekotsva 2017’ a four days State level Convention to be held from 9th to 12th November at Rosario Cathedral grounds on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. In his address the said, ‘During the past fifty years the Catholic Church has become lively and vibrant because of the Charismatic Renewal. We can see and feel it in the way people participate in the worship and the way the people pray. A number of people are engaged in works of mercy because of the message the divine touch they have experienced because of the Renewal. People irrespective of caste and creed have changed their life after attending Charismatic Retreats. The Charismatic Renewal is a gift given by God the Church. Hence it is an occasion for us to thank God for the blessings He has showered on the Church and on the individuals’.
Fr Onil D’Souza the Convener of the Convention said that Bishops, Priests, Sister, leaders and people fourteen Dioceses of Karnataka will be participating in the four days Convention. The Convention will take place in the evening from 4pm to 8pm. Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza will inaugurate the Convention on Thursday 9th November at Rosario Cathedral Grounds at 4.30 pm and offer the inaugural Holy Mass. Bishop Francis Serrao of Shimoga Diocese will be offering Holy Mass on Friday 10th November, Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy of Belthangady will offer Holy Mass on Saturday and Most Rev Dr Bernard Moras the Arch Bishop of Bengaluru will be offering concluding Holy Mass on Sunday 12th of November. A team of well known preachers will be preaching the Word of God on all the four days. 15,000 people from Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod districts are expected to participate in the Convention. The Convention will take place in Kannada language. A Souvenir will be released on the last day of the Convention.
Adequate parking arrangements have been made at Emme Kere grounds (busses, mini bus and tempo) and St Anne’s School grounds for the four wheelers. Two hundred volunteers will be serving at the grounds to help people to participate in the Convention.
A three days training (10th to 12th) will held for the leaders from fourteen dioceses of Karnataka at St Anthony’s Ashram Jeppu. Around five hundred leaders will be attending the training programme.
Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu the Vicar General of the Diocese, Mr M P Noronha the Diocesan Pastoral Parishad Secretary, Fr J.B. Crasta, various committee members Mr Alwyn Mascarenhas, Mr Naveen Sequeira, Mr Elias Coelho, Mr Dolphi Lobo, Mr Alwyn D’Souza, Mr Ronald D’Souza, Mrs Bernardine Mascarenhas, Mr Arun Saldanha, Mr J V D’Mello, Mr Elias Fernandes, Mr Vincent Mascarenhas, Mr Stanely and others were present on the occasion. Fr Melwyn Noronha the Spiritual Director of Mangalore Service Team welcomed the gathering and Mr Arun Lobo the Chairman of Service Team proposed the vote of thanks.