Second day of Novena preceding the Relic Feast of St Anthony held in Milagres Shrine
Mangaluru, January 31: The St Anthony Shrine at Milagres Church in Mangaluru marked the second day of the novena preceding the annual relic feast of St. Anthony of Padua on January 31, 2024.
Rev. Fr Ashwin Cardoza, Director of ICYM, celebrated the Eucharistic Mass along with Rev. Fr J.B. Crasta, Director of St Anthony Charitable Institutions in Jeppu, and Rev. Fr Nelson Peres, Assistant Director of the ashram.
Fr Ashwin’s sermon emphasized the theme of “Gratefulness out of Humility,” inspired by Luke 17:15, “The Samaritan turned back and with a loud voice glorified God.” He emphasized the transformative power of gratitude, urging attendees to embrace and share this quality.
Following the mass, Fr Nelson Peris, Assistant Director of the Ashram, conducted the novena in honour of St Anthony, offering special prayers for those serving the ashram residents. The Konkani Choir from Fathima Retreat House added a musical touch to the thanksgiving.
Hundreds of devotees actively participated in the second day of the novena, which will continue until February 7, 2024.
A sweet dish, Payasam, was served to all attendees, enhancing the sense of communal devotion.
The highlight of the upcoming festivities is the main celebrant, Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Mangalore, leading the main festive Holy Mass on February 8, 2024, at 6 p.m. at Milagres Church Grounds. The feast’s theme is “Let those who received proclaim.”
On the Feast Day, scheduled for February 8, Konkani Masses are set for 6 and 9:30 am at St Anthony Shram Jeppu, with a Malayalam Mass at 4:30 pm at Milagres Church. The anticipation builds for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.
Report & Photos: Canara Communication Centre, Mangalore