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A Threefold Celebration of the Secular Carmelites of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi

July 16, 2023

Mangaluru: Sunday, July 15, 2023, was a special day for the Secular Carmelites ( OCDs) of the Bajjodi unit as they celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, their annual day, and also wherein Six members, Sr. Asuntha Mendonca, Sr. Sylvia Mascarenhas, Sr. Gracy Fernandes, Sr. Cynthia D’souza, Br. Patrick Menezes, and Sr. Janet Menezes, made their definitive promises, as well as three members, Sr. Rita D’sa, Sr. Stella D’Souza, and Sr. Maria D’Souza, made their temporary promises in the presence of Fr. Deep Fernandes OCD, Delegate Provincial of the Secular Carmelites of the Karnataka-GGoa Province. Fr. Dominic Vas, Spiritual Assistant of the community, Fr. Ivan DSouza, Editor of Naman Ballok Jesu, Fr. Cyril Menezes, Fr. Rayan Pinto and Dn. Silton concelebrated the Holy Eucharist at 5.30 p.m., during which the Rite of the Promises was held.

Fr. Deep Fernandes said in his homily that the greatness of man is not in demanding but in surrendering to God’s will, just like Mother Mary did. He called upon the members of the Secular Carmel to take Mary as their model and live a life like her, surrendering to the Will of God and the truths of the Gospel, and thus bringing others to Christ by their example.

Mass was followed by a felicitation programme in the Church Hall that began with a prayer song by a few of the OCD members. Fr. Deep Fernandes was the Chief Guest. Fr. Melwin D’Cunha, Superior of the Infant Jesus Shrine, Fr. Ivan D’Souza, Fr. Dominic Vas, Fr. Cyril Menezes, Fr. Wilson Tauro, Fr. Rayan Pinto, Dn. Silton, PPC Vice President Mr. Prakash Saldanha, PPC Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Pereira and President of the OCD community Mrs. Asuntha Mendonca were the dignatories on the dais. OSS sisters, Core members of the St. Teresa unit, Gurkars of different wards, heads of different associations, and families of Ocds members were among others present.

Mrs. Asuntha Mendonca welcomed the guests and the gathering, after which the Annual Report of the Community for the year 2022–23 was read out by the Community Secretary, Mrs. Gracy Fernandes. This was followed by prize distribution to the winners of the Annual Sports Day. Mr. Glen Lasrado read out the names of the winners. Fr. Deep Fernandes, Fr. Ivan DSouza, and Fr. Dominic Vas, in their respective messages, congratulated the members of the Secular Carmel for their commitment to the Vocation, appreciated their unity and cooperation, and wished them well to continue their life of Prayer and Service with the same dedication and grow in the Vocation of Secular Carmel.

Mrs. Stella D’souza spoke a few words about each of the members who made their Definitive promises, and a Memento was presented to them. All members who made their Promises then cut a cake in Celebration of their Special Day. The other members sang a meaningful song, wishing them well in their Vocation.

Mr. Ronald Goveas compered the programme. Mrs. Theresa D’Cunha proposed the Vote of Thanks.

Fr. Dominic Vas blessed the food and the gathering. The programme concluded at 9 p.m. with a Hymn of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, followed by a fellowship meal.