Sixth Day of Novena in Anticipation of Relic Feast of St Anthony Celebrated at Milagres Shrine
Mangaluru, February 4: The St Anthony Shrine at Milagres Church in Mangaluru marked the sixth day of the novena preceding the annual relic feast of St Anthony of Padua on February 4, 2024.
The Eucharistic Mass was presided over by Rev. Fr Anil Alfred Dsouza, Director of Family Life Service Centre, Bajjodi, along with Rev. Fr J.B. Crasta, Director of St Anthony Charitable Institutions in Jeppu, Fr Gilbert Dsouza, Spiritual Director, and Fr Avinash Pais, Assistant Director of the Ashram.
Fr Anil’s sermon emphasized the cultivation of an exemplary life filled with positive experiences. He urged the faithful to declare the greatness of the Lord and acknowledge the numerous blessings in their lives, encouraging them to lead a life of witness, proclaiming God’s work during life’s challenges.
Following the Mass, Fr Gilbert Dsouza led the novena, with special prayers for suffering families and youth. The choir members of Guardian Angel Church Angelore added a melodious dimension to the expressions of gratitude.
Active participation characterised the sixth day of the ongoing novena, set to continue until February 7, 2024. The communal spirit was heightened as attendees enjoyed the sweet dish, Payasam.
Looking forward, the festivities’ highlight 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, “Let those who received, proclaim,” sets the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.
On the Feast Day, scheduled for February 8, Konkani Masses are slated for 6 and 9:30 am at St Anthony Shram Jeppu, with a Malayalam Mass at 4:30 pm at Milagres Church. Anticipation builds for a day filled with spiritual significance and community jubilation.