Moodubelle: Centenary of St. Lawrence Parish-Belle celebrated with devotion and solemnity

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza, Moodubelle
Pictures by Anil Alva
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 05 January 2011: The day that the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church Belle have been eagerly awaiting for a year since the inauguration of the Centenary Year during the Annual parish Feast last year (January, 2010) dawned with morning chill and an air of excitement on 5th January 2011. There has been yearlong preparation both spiritually and materially for this grand day, once in a lifetime experience.  The interior and exterior of the church has been aesthetically decorated. Seating arrangement for the parishioners and people from neighbouring parishes has been adequately made by placing additional chairs inside and outside the church. Video screens for the benefit of those who were unable to enter the church due to paucity of space inside were placed at strategic points so that the people from outside could view and actively participate in the solemn centenary feast Mass.


There were two Masses in the morning-one at 6.30 am and the other at 7.30 am so that those parishioners who had to be at home in anticipation of the arrival of guests could attend the Mass on the feast day. People, both Christian and non-Christian were seen streaming inside the church premises right from 8.30 am offering candles  at the Shrine of St. Lawrence the ‘Miracle Worker’ for the favours received and pleading for additional favours. The stall-keepers were busy in arranging their wares in order to attract the potential customers.


Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore was received by the parish priest of Belle, Fr. Joswey Fernandes and members of the Parish Pastoral Council at 9.50 am. At 10 am, the grand procession of the Altar Servers, fifty priests from different parishes and also those from Belle serving in North India along with Rev. Fr. Mathew Vaz-Dean of the Udupi Deanery, Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza and Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the chief celebrant of the Centenary Feast Mass entered the church through the main door while the choir sang the entrance hymn.


Charles Quadros gave the preliminary introduction following which, the chief celebrant Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza in his introductory message said that the day is the most important in the history of the Belle Parish as it completed a century of its existence and invoked God’s blessings on the children, youth, old and sick and all the people of the parish.


The feast homily was delivered by Fr. Ronald Serrao, former assistant parish priest of Belle and presently Professor in St. Joseph’s Seminary, Jeppu-Mangalore. He said that Almighty God has worked wonders in this parish. Recalling the history of a century of the parish, Fr. Ronald said that the foundation that was laid hundred years ago in the form of Belle Parish has developed into a strong parish community. Centenaries, jubilees and feasts help us to recall the wonders that God has worked among us and it is an opportunity to thank Him for all that He has done to us.  Jubilees held us in renewing the bond between God and human beings and the bond among family and community members.  Fr. Ronald said that the life of St. Lawrence is a model for the youth of the parish. This year being the ‘Year of the Youth’.


The choir sang extremely well  during the Centenary  Annual Feast. The choir had been trained by Br. Mahesh D’Souza and Fr. Paul Sequeira.


At the end of the Mass, Fr. Joswey Fernandes wished a happy Centenary Feast. He thanked Most. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the chief celebrant, Fr. Ronald Serrao for delivering the homily. He also thanked, Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza, a native of Belle and presently Archbishop of Agra for participating in the Centenary Celebrations. He also welcomed Fr. Edwin D’Souza, brother of the Archbishop  who has come all the way from Canada and all the priests from the varado and neighbouring parishes and priests and sisters from Belle. Fr. Joswey expressed gratitude to all the people and the neighbouring parishes such as Shirva, Kanajar, Kuntalnagar and Pamboor. He thanked all the volunteers who helped on the Confraternity Sunday ‘annasantarpane’. He also thanked the choir, Pravin and Roshan Castelino for lighting the church and providing sound system. Fr. Joswey made a special mention of Commodore Jerome and Rose Castelino  and Valerian Alva-chairman of Belle Charitable Trust who have donated  two buses to the schools . They were offered ‘candles of honour’ by Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza.



There was a brief felicitation programme following the end of the Mass.  After a brief introduction and welcome  by Fr. Joswey Fernandes, Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza released the Centenary Souvenir and the Book containing the brief history of St. Lawrence Parish through the Century (1910-2010) and the Journey of St. Lawrence Through the Wards. Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza honoured  the Archbishop of Agra, Most Rev. Dr. Albert D’Souza with shawl, flowers, memento and fruits. Fr. Paul Sequeira read out the felicitation in honour of the Archbishop. Next, the former parish priests-Fr. Harold Menezes, Fr. Charles Lewis, Rev. Dr. Valerian D’Souza and the present parish priest-Fr. Joswey Fernandes were also honoured.  Thereafter,  Fr. Paul Sequeira, Fr. Arun Mendonca, Fr. Lancy Saldanha were felicitated. Mr. Henry Fernandes  and Mrs. Meera Lobo, vice president and secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council respectively were also honoured.


In his message, Archbishop Albert D’Souza extended the best wishes of the Centenary and Annual Feast to the parishioners and said that  since three days being in Belle he became quite nostalgic about his childhood and hoped that there would be more vocations in the parish of Belle.


Fr. Joswey Fernandes honoured Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza with shawl, fruits, flowers and memento.



Addressing the parishioners, Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza complimented the priests and people of Belle on the occasion of the Centenary of the foundation of parish of Belle and said that the history of the past century was written by the forefathers of Belle and is being written by the present generation. There have been changes since the last hundred years. He said that the entire parish should act like a family and live in unity and harmony. If here is unity there would be strength. The family should the family of prayer and devotion. This age is that of progress, education and busy life. There may not be time for family prayers. But the Bishop made an appeal not to give up family prayers. We should become light to the children so that they may walk on the right path.


Mr. Henry Fernandes  proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was compeered by Mr. Raphael Aranha.


Bellevision Media Network had made arrangements for the live webcast of the Centenary Annual Feast Celebration.


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Comments on this Article
Vincent Lobo, Moodubelle/ Toronto Wed, August-7-2013, 2:52
Wishing all the parioshners a Happy Feast,and kudos to the team for bringing back the nostalgic memories.
harish, marne-Abu Dhabi Fri, January-14-2011, 5:44
Remembered me my school days...we is to enjoy a lot in this festival...I still respect this church and the educational institute which is foundation to lacks of students so far,i wish all the best to the orgnisation and the institute...St Lawrence bless u all
Jason Miranda, Moodubelle Thu, January-6-2011, 1:30
Bellevision has covered all the centenary programs very nicely..thanks Dr. Eugene and Anil...
malita martis, nalkubeedi/saudi arabia Wed, January-5-2011, 5:22
even i couldnt come for the feast the first time,,,because of the wonderful site n snaps,,i felt i had a roam around all this,,in fantasy,,wish u all happy feast,,,
Alban D souza, Kunthalnagr/Moodubelle Wed, January-5-2011, 12:31
I wish all belle parishioners a happy feast.thaks to BV for the report,Snaps Webcast...
wilfred, moodubelle/sharjah Wed, January-5-2011, 11:37
I totaly agree with Manoj there should be some solution to bring the CHACCOBAR, GAUNCHE DUKRA MASS IN DUBAI SAME DAY. All the belleyans Happy Feist Wish you all blessings from SANT LORES
Francis L. Lobo, Belle Wed, January-5-2011, 9:34
Shine Belle shine like a star!!!!Wishing all the belleans A very Happy Feast on occation of centenary celebrations.Great contributions from priests to ordinary people.Thanks for bellevision for broadcasting live.
deog aranha, kanarady/mangalore Wed, January-5-2011, 9:09
Congratulation Fr Joswy Fernandes with his team of priests,nuns and parish council members for the wonderful clebration of centenary of St Lawrence Church at moodubelle. All the programmes right from \ Anna Santharpane\ to \ Souharda sambrama\ were carried out meticulously with utmost discipline and commitments. Fr Joswey is man of a few words but the arrangements he had carried out for the success of the Centenary celebration speakes volumes. Thanx to Bellevision for beautiful coverage of the programmes, ofcourse, we can not forget the man behind this coverage, he is Dr.Eugine D\ souza. Hts off to him.
Elvira, Moodubelle/Melbourne Wed, January-5-2011, 5:35
Feel blessed after watching the festive mass... Wishing all ppl of belle A VERY HAPPY FEAST!!
Akil Vijay DSouza, Moodubelle/Bangalore Wed, January-5-2011, 4:23
Wishing all the belle parishioners a Very Happy Feast of St. Lawrence(Vodle Festh). Thanks BV team for the wonderful live webcast.
Paul Pinto, Bajpe Wed, January-5-2011, 4:19
Congrats Bellegars.Best Wishes to all.Dr.Eugene Anil Doing a wonderful job by putting so many photos, its felt like we are physically attended the feast. Hats of to You guys. Keep the Good work. All the Best. Also best Wishes to Bellegars.
Manoj, Moodubelle/Dubai Wed, January-5-2011, 3:56
Sitting in Dubai i attended the high mass in belle Church, roamed arround different stalls like Sweets Stall, ICYM Stall in the "Festa Santh". All thanks to the technical team of Even though i am thousands of miles away from Moodubelle the only thing that i missed on this festival day is eating "Santheche Chocobar" and the Sumptious lunch at home. Hope the technical people come up with a sollution for that as well in the coming years....!!!! Happy Feast to all near and dear belleites.
Bhotam Boliye, Pangla/Israel Wed, January-5-2011, 3:41
I wish all belleans a Happy Annual Feast. Thanks to Team Bellevision for the live webcast. BELLEVISION SABSE AAGE......!
Ancilla Sequeira, Mattar/Mumbai Wed, January-5-2011, 3:40
Wishing all the belle parishioners a happy feast. Thanks BV team for the wonderful live webcast.
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