Mangalore: Dec. 01: With a theme "Age Is Only A Number", Milagres Senior Citizens Welfare Association held a programme on Wednesday, 29 November 2017 at Milagres Hall-Mangalore from 10 am onwards. A large crowd of seniors along with a few youngsters attended the function, and made the best use of their time, enjoying the music, dance, games and food.
The programme began with a prayer invoking God's blessings rendered by Marylou accompanied on guitar by Mangalore's music legend FM Lobo, which was followed by welcome address by Winston D'souza-President of the host Association. The chief guest for the occasion, Rev Fr Valerian D'souza- Parish Priest of Milagres Church-Mangalore, was joined on the dais by Simon Pinto (Bendore Parish), Julie Mascarenhas (Bejai) John D'souza (Angelore), Winston D'souza (Milagres)- all Presidents of their respective Church Seniors Association; and Capt Vincent Pais-Vice President of Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK)-Mangalore.
Addressing the gathering, Capt Vincent Pais briefed about the existence of CASK, its activities and their community services- and invited Mangalorean Catholics to join the organization, thereby help it grow and reach greater heights. Fr Valerian D'souza addressing the audience said, " Remember that you are not too old to have some fun and frolic. Even though you may be in your 60's, 70;s or 80's, you still look like you're still in your 30's, 40's and 50's. That's the beauty of getting old! While the present young generation is attached to the electronic world, engaging themselves all the time browsing through Internet, chatting on their smart phones or sending communication through SMS's, but remember you too are the living computer of the yester years. Don't think you are old, always think you are young- have fun and may God bless you all".
Through a power point (audio/video) presentation, Ms Patsy Lobo on the theme "Age Is Only A Number" said that there are many ways to find meaning in life after 60-where you can discover the magic in you. It was indeed a very informative and convincing audio/video presentation, which received a loud applaud from the audience. In order to take the audience into a world of laughter a comedy skit named " Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" enthralled the crowd, which also received roaring applaud. Melora Pais-the founder of "Silver Oasis"-a Centre for the Elderly interacting with the audience said that to keep oneself young and healthy is to engage themselves in various activities and exercises.
There were quite a few cultural performances by the members of all the four Parishes, which included dances and short plays. The vote of thanks was proposed by Ms Zita Farias- Secretary of Milagres Senior Citizens Welfare Assn. and the entire programme was compered by Ms Gulobi Fernandes of CASK. Apart from all the entertainment, there were also a few spot games, where the winners took home some exciting gifts. The formal function ended with a sumptuous lunch, followed by a Housie Housie game- and winding up with a baila dance session.