Mangalore, Jan 6: The annual Eucharistic procession from Milagres church to Rosario Cathedral drew the faithful in large numbers on January 6.
Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore diocese at Milagres Church offered the mass before the procession. He then led the procession to Rosario Cathedral where the adoration was held. The Bishop also unveiled the logo of the Year of Youth of the diocese.
In his address Bishop Peter Paul said, “Jesus was the youth and He was close to His Father and also to humanity. If we walk on the footprints of Jesus there is success. Youth are future of the Church. Many times youth think they are intelligent but knowledge of Youth and wisdom and experience of the elders will make the mission of youth successful.”
The Bishop requested all the parishes of Mangalore Diocese to Inaugurate the year of youth on next Sunday.
The Bishop is his message to the youth said that every youth has to remember God in daily life. “Youth is not the stage of life when you go away from God. It should be a time to move towards the Almighty. Yes, we are blessed with more things these days. But that should not make us forget our final destination that is salvation and eternal life. We will pray for you and wish all the best in the diocesan youth year.”
Fr Leo Lasrado Professor St Joseph’s Seminary preached the homily. He emphasized the role of youth in building the church walking on the footsteps of Jesus in the power of the Word of God.
Next year is dedicated to youth in Mangalore diocese so the Bishop Peter Paul Saldanha inaugurated the year of Youth by unveiling the logo along with Aloysius Paul D Souza Bishop Emeritus, Msgr Maxim Noronha the Vicar General , Fr Ronald D Souza Director ICYM, Fr Rupesh Madtha Director YCS/ YSM, Youth leaders , varado Directors and animators.
Fr Vijay Machado Director Mangala Jyothi , Fr Clifford Fernandez the Parish Priest Jeppu Church compeered the programme .
Msgr Maxim Noronha, Fr Valerian D’Souza and Fr J B Crasta, the parish priests of Milagres and Rosario cathedral respectively, were present among others.