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Woman and Girl Child Day celebrated at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Hiriyur

September 10, 2023

Chitradurga, Hiriyur, September 10, 2023: The Diocese of Shimoga dedicated 2023 as “Woman and Girl Child Year.” The diocese has organised various programmes in this regard. Bishop Francis Serrao SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Shimoga, had asked all the Parishes to celebrate this day on September 10th. Our Lady of Assumption Church, Hiriyur, Chitradurga District, celebrated “Woman and Girl Child Year” meaningfully on September 10th.

Parish Priest Fr Franklin D’Souza celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m.He preached a homily on “Woman and Girl Child”. He narrated the role of a woman biblically. He spoke about some of the courageous women from the Bible. How they inspired others through their courageous faith. He also spoke on the condition of girls and women today. He said women are known for prayer, love, courage, service, and sacrifice. He gave the example of Mother Mary. He invited the faithful to respect and honour them in our day-to-day lives. Then he prayed a special prayer for the faithful. 

After the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m., a program was organised at the church hall. Parish Priest Fr Franklin D’Souza was the president of the program, and Sr. Metty Mathew and Sr. Elsamma, superiors of both convents, were the guests. Mrs. Madala Maria, President of the Women’s Association, and her team was in the dais.

The program began with a prayer song by the “Parish Women Association”, led by Mrs.Smitha, Mrs. Savita, Mrs. Leena, and Mrs. Sheeba.

Then there was the lighting of the lamp by the guests, through which the program was officially inaugurated. Fr Franklin D’Souza led a prayer of blessing. Then a short prayer service was held by the women. 

Mrs. Stella Olivera officially welcomed the president, guests, and audience. Mrs. Leena Suresh gave the inaugural speech.

After breakfast at 11 a.m., the program continued with a prayer dance, and then the President and guests honoured the women of 70 and above age with a shawl and a gift.

Mrs. Angela Mary and Mrs. Patricia spoke on behalf of the elders. Sr. Metty Matthew, in charge of the Parish Women’s Association, gave a meaningful message for the women and girls.

Women Association President Mrs. Madala Maria spoke from the heart, since she is also a ward counselor, she told us that when we face society courageously, we can achieve anything in life.

Then followed the cultural programs and games for the women and girls. After which, Fr Franklin D’Souza distributed the prizes and spoke on the day’s program. He said that today is a joyous day for our parish. From kids to the elderly, everyone came together for the first time to celebrate “Woman and Girl Child Day.” He spoke on the importance of women and girls as gifts from God. He said that with prayer and faith, we need to face the situation and should never give up in life.

Mrs. Monica thanked the dignitaries, the gathering, and all those who contributed to the success of the program. Mrs. Smitha and Ms. Anusha were the emcees. The total number of women and girls who attended was 150. Lunch was served for everyone. 

Women Office Bearers 2023 are:

President: Madala Maria
Vice President: Monica
Secretary: Christy Joanita (Sheeba)
Joint Secretary: Leena
Treasurer: Smitha
Liturgy: Manjula Joseph
Animator: Sr. Metty Mathew
Director: Fr Franklin D’Souza

The following people serve on the Woman and Girl Child Year Committee:

  1. Madala Maria
  2. Sheeba
  3. Monica
  4. Leena
  5. Stella Mary
  6. Madhura
  7. Meghana
  8. Savita
  9. Smitha
  10. Margaret Sheela
  11. Manjula Joseph
    Animator: Sr. Metty Mathew
    Director: Fr Franklin D’Souza