Secular Carmel Community Annual Day at Bajjodi
The Secular Carmelite Community of Infant Mary
Parish, Bajjodi celebrated its Annual Day on
Nov. 3rd, Saturday with a solemn Mass at 5.30
Rev. Fr. Rayan Pais was the main celebrant, who
in his Homily gave a beautiful message of Love
being the solution to all the worldly confusion
we face and thus gave a call to Love God, fellow
human beings and ourselves. It does not suffice
to just love the Church but we need to commit
ourselves to the church by actively taking part
and offering ourselves fully in the service of
the church through our talents. Vicar Rev. Fr.
Ivan D'souza, Rev Fr. Roshan Pinto and Rev. Fr.
Patrick Lobo co - celebrated the mass.
Mass was followed by a cultural programme in the
Church hall to which Rev. Fr. Rayan Pais was the
Chief guest . Rev. Fr. Roshan Pinto, Vicar and
Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza, Rev
Fr.Patrick Lobo, Provincial of Secular Carmelite
Karnataka - Goa province Mrs Jane Sequeira, Vice
President of the Parish Council Mr. Joseph
Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto were
other guests on the diaz . Ward Gurkars n
parishioners were among others present.
The programme started at 7 pm with a prayer
song. Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza welcomed the guests
and the gathering after which OCDS Secretary
Mrs. Gretta Lobo read the Annual Report. This
was followed by prize distribution to all the
winners of the Annual sports day that was
conducted on the 07th of October, 2018 and games
conducted at the picnic on 14th October, 2018
respectively. Mrs. Sylvia Mascarenhas read out
the names of the winners.
Chief guest, Rev. Fr.Rayan Pais in his speech
gave us a message through the life of St.
Francis of Assisi that we should proclaim the
Word of God not merely by words but more through
our actions. Our life should set a good example
for others to follow. In today's world where
numbers in priestly and religious vocations are
decreasing, a lay person has a greater
responsibility of working towards proclaiming
the word of God. The Secular Carmelite Order for
lay people was thus started and this order helps
in carrying out this mission. He also expressed
contentment on the commitment of the members of
the Secular Carmelite Order in carrying out the
work of proclaiming Gods word through the love
of God and others by living in a family and
society and that they are fully involving
themselves in the work of the Holy Church. He
gave a call again in his message to stay
committed to the mission of the Holy Church.
Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza in his message explained
that celebrating Annual Day is an opportunity
for all the members to come together and work
together. The sacrifice and co - operation of
all the members only can lead to the success of
the programme. On this context, he congratulated
all the members of the Secular Carmel for their
unity and co- operation and called to partake in
the work of the Holy Church through prayer and
service and their commitment to the vocation.
President of OCDS unit, Bajjodi Mrs. Gracy
Fernandes delivered the Vote of Thanks. Mrs.
Joyce D'souza compered the programme
beautifully. The OCDS members exhibited their
talents through songs, Jokes, dance and skit
which called for the appreciation of all the
guests and audience. The skit "ಹೊ ಕಸಲೊ ಬಾವಾರ್ಥ್!!!
" produced and directed by Mrs Stella D'souza
impressed the crowd and the outstanding
performance of the actors spread humour in the
audience. The programme came to an end at around
8.45 pm by singing Marian hymn.