Moodubelle: Grand ‘Horekanike’ procession marks the beginning of the Centenary Celebrations

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

Moodubelle, 30 December 2010: The small township of Moodubelle wore a festive look as hundreds of men and women in traditional dresses with band and ‘chende’ went in a procession from the quadrangle of St. Lawrence Composite PU College on Thursday, 30th December 2010 at 3 pm carrying various articles and items that would be used to prepare sumptuous meal for the ‘Maha-annasantarpane” on the Confraternity Sunday, 2nd January 2011.


Parishioners from 22 Wards and various Shri Dharmasthala Swasahaya Groups such as Poornachandra led by Saritha, Dhanalakshmi led by Bhavya, Samruddha led by Saraswati, Mahalingeshwara led by Sunanda, Amrutha led by Pramodha, Chaitanya led by Shanta, Spoorthi led by Anasuya and Deepashri led by Sumangala had gathered by 2.30 pm in the college quadrangle with various articles. The band from St. Lawrence English Medium School and Shivagiri Chende Balaga of Manipura led by its President Mohan Palan were present.


At 3 pm the grand “Horekanike” procession began with the banner right in front, followed by band and priests. Elderly men and women wearing traditional dress followed the priests and thereafter women in red saris carrying the articles such as varieties of vegetables, coconuts, banana leaves and other items walked in two rows. There were other groups of women in different coloured saris. It was a pleasing sight to see such a long procession winding through the Main Road of Moodubelle.


As the procession reached the portico of the church, Fr. Joswey Fernandes, the parish priest, Fr. Paul Sequeira and Fr. Lancy Saldanha formally received the “Horekanike” form the people by touching the offerings which were later placed in front of the Shrine of St. Lawrence.



The neighbouring parishes also brought the “Horekanike”. Fr. Alwyn D’Cunha, parish priest of Kanajar and Ignatius D’Souza along with some parishioners accompanied the “horekanike” from their parish. Fr. Jerome Monteiro, the parish priest of Kuntalnagar parish came along the “Horekanike” of his parish.


The parishioners of Shirva, the original parish from which Belle parish was carved out a hundred years ago, came in large numbers accompanied by the Nasik band, ’tootharies’ and ‘Gombe dancers’. They were accompanied by Rev. Fr. Stany Tauro, parish priest of Shirva, Fr. Stany Fernandes, assistant parish priest, Fr. Edwin D’Souza , coordinator of the MSW course in St. Mary’s College, Shirva, Mr. Norbert Machado-vice president of the parish pastoral council and Mr. Melwyn Aranha-secretary of the parish pastoral council. The women from Shirva, all in pink saries added to the colour of the procession. It was an emotional moment for the Belle parishioners to see such a overwhelming response of goodwill from the the priests and parishioners of the ’parent’ church of Belle.


With the end of the “Horekanike” procession, the articles were classified and arranged in front of the Shrine. The articles that were brought by the people included vegetables such as ash-pumpkin, red-pumpkin, sooran, cucumber, mogim, raw and ripe bananas, plaintain leaves, coconuts, tender coconuts, rice-muras, pulses, dry chillies, masalas, areca-nuts and other assorted items.


Fr. Alwyn D’Cunha, parish priest of Kanajar following a brief introduction in Kannada blessed the “Horekanike” items. He said that as the Belle parish celebrates its centenary of existence, the people of the village irrespective of their religion have participated in the "Horekanike" procession which shows the goodwill and harmony among the people. Rev. Fr. Stany Tauro in a brief speech said Belle parish is the ‘daughter’ of Shirva and when the Belle parish celebrates the centenary, it is the duty the ‘mother’ to help the ‘daughter’ by offering whatever she could for the ‘annasantarpane’ programme on Sunday, 2nd January 2011. He wished the Belle parishioners successful centenary celebrations. Women from Shirva sang ‘Vovyos’ associated with ‘vojem’.


Fr. Joswey Fernandes thanked the parishioners of Shirva, Kanajar and Kuntalnagar as well as all the Shri Dharmasthala Swasahaya Groups, Devdas Hebbar and other non-catholic brothers such as Krishna Nayak of Mattar and Raju Kamath of Belle and also all the parishioners of Belle for participating in large numbers in “Horekanike” . He invited all people from the village and neighbouring parishes for the ‘Maha-annsantarpane’ on Sunday, 2nd January 2011 and also for all programmes associated with the centenary celebration of the foundation of St. Lawrence parish Belle. Maxim D’Sa did various announcements during the entire programme of "Horekanike". 



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Paul, Bajpe Sun, January-2-2011, 1:51
Nice Photography by Dr.Eugine. Congarts. I wish You All the Best on the occassion of Centenary Celebration.
Bishop salvadore Lobo, Mattar/ Baruipur/ Kolkata Sun, January-2-2011, 12:10
Dear Mr. Eugene, Your report was very comprehensive with good pictures. Thank you for what you presented. Due to a rasta rokho agitation on the way to airport in kolkata I missed my flight to Mangalore via Mumbai. I missed the occasion. But God has His ways. His name be praise for ever. Congratulations to Rev. Fr. Joswey and his team. God bless the celebrations. Salvadore Lobo
alfred martis, gududottu,Muscat Sat, January-1-2011, 10:23
Good photos,well organized parishioners,May God bless you all.
Dr Alwyn D Sa, Belle Sat, January-1-2011, 12:05
Itz a wonderful sight to see the entire parish of the inception with the priests and the faithful gather together in the spirit of SHARING. its a great tribute to all the founding fathers and leaders who built the fertile ground for people of all communities to live together and prosper and grow together. lovely scene.....lage raho belleans...
alban D souza, kunthalnagar/moodubelle Fri, December-31-2010, 8:06
nice report snaps...thanks BV for report
jenifer menezes, karkala. Fri, December-31-2010, 4:24
Hey good work from belle parishioners................may god bless all the organizers and participants in the lively procession and carrying abundance of products.I also congratulate belle vision media net. OK GUYS KEEP IT UP ,MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.....
Edward Menezes, Bantakal/Bahrain Fri, December-31-2010, 3:27
It makes me proud to say that i was brought up in Belle,In those days we could to see in almost every house there used to be plenty of vegitablles,banana s,pappay s etc,at present we can see it only in the markets,But Belle and nearby parishioners are really blessed and they fullfilled their duties by offering the same to Almighty,May God bless you all...only missing is Onoions and tomato s and we know the reason...
Benedict Noronha, Udupi Thu, December-30-2010, 11:01
It was His Plans that the faithfull of Belle should acknowledge the graces granted to them through the intercession of St. Lawrence. It was possible under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Joswey Fernandes, assisted by Fr Paul, Fr. Lancy and Vice President of the Council Mr Henry Fernandes and ward Leaders. The heart of the faithful, me thinks, rejoice with happiness that they could return some thing to God by this way as what ever they have IS FROM HIM . The Mighty Lord SHALL shower his blessings on them abundantly so that model evangelization mission is carried on with the true spirit of gratefulness. I heartily congratulate Fr. Joswey and all involved in the Hooroekaanike because it is an exmple for the generationext. This will be added to the annals of Belle St lawrence Church. I also congratulate Bellevision Media net work for their efforts in depicting the whole processin in an excellent manner. It is the pride of Bellebvision.
liston dsouza, shirva Thu, December-30-2010, 1:59
Hey good work from Shirva parishioners.........any where we go Shirva rocks superb..........
Fr. Matthew F. D Souza, Kattingere/USA Thu, December-30-2010, 1:06
What a pretty sight! St. Larence, whom the Belle parishioners and well wishers are honoring in action, is undoubtedly very pleased! May God bless all the organizers and particpants in the lively procession and carrying the abundance of products. May God continue to bless the land that grew and the people worked hard to grow these products! May He also bless everyone who is going to nourish himself/herself to gain strength and energy to love him and serve him in His fellow humans!
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