Mangalore, Dec. 22: To spread love and peace among different religions St Vincent Ferrer Church Valencia,Hebich Church Gorigudda and Christmas Souharda Committee, Gorigudda organised ‘Christmas Souharda Sambrama’ on 21 December 2018 near UBMC School, Gorigudda Mangalore.
The guest for the occasion were Rev.Dr .Fr Peter Paul Saldanha Bishop of Mangalore Diocese, Swami Ekagamyanandaji of Ramakrishna mutt and head of Ramkrishna Mission, Mangalore, Mr Mohammed Kunhi manager of Shanthi Prakashana Bunder, Mangalore.
Hebich Church Head Mr Goldin Bangera welcoming the gathering said “Christmas is the right time to spread joy, peace and harmony and welcomed the gathering”
The programme was inaugurated by cutting the cake by all the dignitaries on the dias.
Mr Mohammed Kunhi addressing the gathering said “All are equal in this country, we need to live together and should spread love and peace. All the people should be treated equally and hatred should not be there in the society.Only if we live together we can spread smiles.”
Swami Ekagamyanandaji speaking on the occasion said “This is a special day in my life after coming to Mangalore. I am getting a chance for the first time to participate in Christmas celebration with different religions. He stressed on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda on religion and also Ramakrishna Mission which is promoting clean Mangalore. He also congratulated and thanked Rev.Dr Peter Paul for taking the initiative of Green Mangalore and he also extended his full support for the same.
Bishop Rev. Dr Peter Paul while conveying his message said “Everyone should work on building the society with peace, love and harmony. All should fill their minds with moral values.He stressed on the importance of living together as one and told everyone to spread love and maintain peace every time. He also wished everyone a Merry Christmas in advance”
Santa Claus made his entry and entertained the crowd. Youth of Hebich Church sang some Christmas carols while the kids danced on carols. People from Valencia parish performed a skit on birth of Jesus and sang Christmas carols.
Bishop Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha , Swami Ekagamyanandji, Mr Mohammed Kunhi. Members of Christmas Souharda Fr James D’Souza Parish Priest Valencia, Fr Joswin D’Souza Asst PP Valencia parish, Fr Arun Lobo resident priest Valencia, Mr Anil Lobo vice-president parish council Valencia, Mrs Lizzie Pinto secretary parish council Valenica, Mr Goldin Bangera head of Hebich Church, Mr Abbas, Mr Sunil Frank and Mr Yashvanth Rao were present
Around 700 people of different religion participated in the programme and dinner was served to all the people. Fr James D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks and Mr Arun Raj Rodrigues compered the whole programme.