Seminar on Divine Mercy held at Borim Parish
PONDA-(-GOA): Divine Mercy Centre, Carmelite
Monastery, Margao in collaboration with St. Francis Xavier’s
Church, Borim organised a day seminar on Divine Mercy for
the members of the Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel Divine Mercy
Groups of Ponda deanery at St. Francis Xavier’s Church,
Borim on Sunday. Dean of Ponda Deanery and Parish Priest of
St. Francis Church Borim, delivered inaugural address. He
welcomed the participants and the resource persons of the
day and appealed the participants to experience the mercy of
God and witness t mercy in the society.
Parish Priest of Our Lady of Succour and Good Success
Church, Nagoa Fr. Edson Fernandes, conducted two sessions on
“ Mercy in the Old Testament.” Elaborating on the mercy in
the books of the Old Testament, he appealed the members of
the Divine Mercy groups to forgive others, experience God’s
presence among them, to bring the lost and those who astray
, to God, to visit the lonely and the poor, to spread
goodness in the community, to understand others and totally
depend on God. “ God choose many to proclaim his Mercy. Let
us accept the invitation from God to witness and proclaim
Mercy of God.” He said further.
Fr. Fantino PereiraOCD, led the group discussion on the
Parables of Mercy. Superior of the Carmelite Monastery
Margao, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD elaborated the
theme-Servant Leadership in the afternoon session. Taking
the help of the Scripture, he stressed on the virtues
required by the Servant leaders.
Seminar was concluded with the Eucharistic Celebration,
which is feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus,
which was presided over by Fr. Manuel Gomes. Highlighting
the importance of the Holy Eucharist, in a homily, he said
that the Holy Eucharist is a food for our soul, forgives sin
and a pledge of eternal life.
Superior of the Carmelite Monastery, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves
OCD proposed a vote of thanks. Co-ordinator of the Promotion
of Divine Mercy devotion, Br. Malvino Alfonso OCD compered
the programme. Albina Cruz (Siroda) and Domingos Rosario (Usgao)
shared their experiences.
This is the third seminar organised by the Divine Mercy
Centre of the Carmelites as a part of ongoing formation.
Responding to the appeal made by Archbishop of Goa and
Daman, Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, Carmelites formed 113
Divine Mercy Parish/Chapels Groups in the Archdiocese of Goa
and Daman. Three deaneries, Canacona, Sanguem and Ponda have
Divine Mery groups in all their Parishes and Chapels.