Tributes paid to late Fr Edwin Mascarenhas at St Sebastian Church Permannur
Mangaluru: Rich tributes were paid to the Soul of Rev. Fr Edwin Mascarenhas held at St. Sebastian Church-Permannur, by Fr J B Saldanha -former Parish Priest of St Sebastian Church-Permannur, and present Parish Priest of St Xavier’s Church, Bejai- Mangaluru
Fr Edwin Mascarenhas was born on July 9, 1963, 7th of the 9 children of late Maurice Mascarenhas and late Faustin Castelinho. After his early education, he joined the seminary on 24th June 1982 and ordained priest for Mangalore diocese in his hometown Kelmbet on 7th May 1991.
As priest of Mangalore diocese he served in various capacities. From 1992 to 1996 he served as assistant at Shirva, Omzoor and Bendur; as parochial administrator of Petri Parish (1996-98). He served as headmaster, St Joseph’s High School, Bidar (1999-2003), Principal, St Antony P. U. College, Naravi (2003-12), Parochial Administrator, Anegundi Parish (2005-12); Principal, St Sebastian P. U. College & Degree College, Permannur (2013-20), Chaplain, Nirmala Convent (2014-17); Parochial Administrator, Mariashram Parish (2017-20). On July 1, 2020 he resigned on health grounds.
He often shouldered more than one responsibility and he attended on every assignment with earnestness and zeal.He looked serious but he had a loving heart that cared for people, had many friends from every parish he served and had a good rapport with his priest friends and companions. He was the uniting factor among his family members.He had a clear vision regarding building-up of the parish community. He played the dual role as pastor and teacher. He would be the first to reach the school after duly attending his parish work. He personally took initiative to attend on office work both in the school and the university. Ge was aman of team work. He always volunteered to help in parish ministry despite being so busy in the school.All these qualities made him so special.
Fr Edwin was full of hope. He needed a liver transplant and was even aware that he had cancer of the bile duct and liver. He was determined to fight out the disease. In fact, the health issued confronted him for the past 12 years. Till the end he remained positive and hopeful
Fr Edwin, you have said goodbye to this world and we believe that you are now living in the company of God. And yet we trust that you will continue to live here on earth in our minds and hearts. Adieu!
Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him and may the souls of the departed find rest and peace in you, Amen.
Photos by: Stanley Bantwal