The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was celebrated at Lourdes Central School, Mangaluru – KONKANCATHOLIC.COM

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was celebrated at Lourdes Central School, Mangaluru

February 15, 2024

Mangaluru: LCS joyfully celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 9th at 8:00 a.m. on the school grounds. The occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Aloysius Paul Dsouza, Rev. Dr John Baptist Saldanha (the Manager), Rev. Fr Robert Dsouza (the Principal), Ms Belita Mascarenhas and Ms Anita Thomas (Vice Principals), Rev. Dr Vincent Sequiera, Rev. Fr Suraj Lobo, Rev. Fr Leston Lobo, Fr Arul Joseph, Mr Ashok Pinto, and Ms Cynthia Avita Pinto (Vice President and Secretary, Bejai Parish Pastoral Parishad), along with Miss Ridhi Chowta and Master Riyon Jake Monteiro, the student representatives.

The school choir elevated the atmosphere with praises for the Almighty God and Our Lady of Lourdes, delivered through the universal prayer and a prayer song. Arna Pradeep, a student from Class 6, warmly welcomed the gathering, and Vice Principal Ms Belita Mascarenhas shared the proud moments of the Silver Jubilee year.

The dedicated staff of LCS was honored by the dignitaries for their exemplary services.

In his Presidential address, Bishop Emeritus Aloysius Paul Dsouza fondly recalled the humble beginnings of LCS, emphasizing his integral role since its inception. He expressed appreciation for the teachers, acknowledging their efforts in taking the school to greater heights, and urged the students to lead a pious and serene life.

The Manager of LCS, Rev. Dr John Baptist Saldanha, expressed profuse gratitude to Bishop Emeritus for his unwavering belief in the school, commended the architects of the Silver Jubilee block for their prompt and brisk work, and thanked the students for choosing LCS for their education.

The Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Aloysius Paul Dsouza, inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Block, the LCS Sports Arena, and the revamped school library.

LCS Sports Arena: The dream project of the Silver Jubilee year includes a new separate block for classes IX-XII, featuring a well-equipped indoor sports arena for sports aficionados in shuttle badminton courts, half basketball courts, table tennis courts, and a viewers’ gallery.

Library Revamp: The revamped school library and the 3D math and science lab are modernised spaces that foster enhanced learning experiences. The dignitaries then felicitated the masterminds behind the Silver Jubilee block.

Students of Class IV showcased their devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes through a graceful dance drill that captivated everyone. The students of Classes V to VIII depicted the significance of the day through a skit. Birthday celebrants were warmly wished, and Kashvi of Class VIII extended a heartfelt vote of thanks.

The programme concluded with the school anthem, skillfully compered by Ananya and Ryan Shalom Lobo of Class.