Community wedding St Anthony’s Ashram, Jeppu makes history
Mangaluru: Twenty couples tied the knot in the community wedding organized in memory of the service rendered by the Institutes towards the destitute during the past 124 years. Most Rev. Dr Francis Serrao the Bishop of Shimoga was the main celebrant of the nuptial mass. Along with the Bishop twenty four priests concelebrated the Holy Mass. The Bishop in his homily said, that the couple need to understand each other and follow give and take policy. As both come from different home, place and back ground it is normal to have differences. But what is more important is to forego the differences and forgive each other. The couple should follow a rule of do unto the other what is expected from the other. If this golden rule is followed then marriage becomes successful and a happy one.
At the end of the Holy Mass the Bishop honoured those who sponsored the event by handing over the statues of St Anthony as souvenir.
In a felicitation programme held after the Holy Mass Fr Onil D’Souza the director of the Ashram introduced all the twenty couples to the people gathered. He then extended a warm welcome the couple and the invitees.
The Ashram presented each of the couple with wedding rings. The bride was given Mangal Sutra and the wedding saree. The groom was given a pair of pants and shirt. Each couple was given household items worth Rs 15,000/- Sixty invitees from each couple(Bride 30 and Groom 30) along with the sponsors and other guests participated in the wedding reception. This is the first of its kind programme St Anthony’s organized in its history of past 124 years.
Fr J.B. Crasta the designate director proposed the vote of thanks. Fr Larry Pinto the Asst director of the Ashram said grace before the meal.