Mangalore: Indian Catholic Youth Movement, Central Council,Mangalore Diocese in collaboration with Diocesan Youth Welfare and Cultural Committee organized “March with Rosary” a spiritual programme on May 1.
All the lay faithful gathered at Milagres Church Grounds at 3.45 pm. Mr Elroy Saldanha, ICYM Diocesean President addressed gathering. V. Rev. Fr Maxim D’Souza – Chairperson, Youth and Cultural Committee placed an introductory note on “March with Rosary”. Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore released the Rosary Balloons and gave his message.
He then led aprayer for peace and blessed the statue of our Lady of Rosary. The Bishop inaugurated the March by handing over the Cross to ICYM President. Theprocession began at 4:15 pm from Milagres Church towards the Rosario Cathedral.
Around 2,500 devotees of Mother Mary marched with their Rosaries. The Crossand the Statue of Our Lady of Rosary was brought in procession with lots of fervourand devotion. As many as 3000 rosaries were distributed to all.
Fr J.B. Crasta solemnly welcomed the gathering at Rosario and briefly explained the objectives of Year of the Rosary. Fr. Boniface Pinto, Preachingthe Word of God, urged the faithful to pray the Rosary every day, make MotherMary and Jesus as our dearest guests. Rosary should be our top most treasure inour life and hand over this great devotion to the next generations.
Rev Fr Richard Rodrigues, Director CCC initiated the Rosary with sounds andvisuals. Faithful prayed the Rosary devotedly standing, kneeling and raised handsplacing all the intentions of our community and Nation at Large.
The highlight of the day was the sharing the life experience of Fr Tom Uzhunalil SDB. He was kidnapped and abducted by the Yemen - Jehadi terrorists for 18 months and then freed after several prayers by the Church.
Very Msgr. Denis Moras Prabhu concluded the programme by praying theblessings over the gathering.
Mr M.P Noronha, Secretary Diocesan PPC, Rev. Fr. Anil D’Sa - Director, Karnataka Regional Youth Commission, priests, religious sisters and lay faithful were present.
Mr. Joel Concessao, ICYM Diocesean Secretary proposed the vote of thanks. Fr Johnson Sequeira compered the programme.