Mangaluru: St Anthony’s Ashram, Jeppu holds Christa Namana, to spread message of peace

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Mangaluru, 05 Dec: As the season of Advent, a time for the Christians to prepare for the great feast of Christmas began; the Saint Anthony’s Ashram, Jeppu, here organized ‘Christa Namana’ a programme comprising Christmas Carols and Kannada tableau depicting the scenes of birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


The programme was inaugurated at Saint Anthony’s Ashram by Bhaskara Moily, the Mayor of Mangaluru by releasing the pigeons into the air.


In his message, Bhaskara said that Christmas is a feast which is celebrated by all and this celebration brings people together. May the celebration of Christmas promote peace and harmony in the society, he said.



The circle inspector K Sharif flagged off the vehicles carrying the tableau. In his message he wished that the joy of Christmas may be spread through the Carol singing and tableau and make people happy.


The deputy mayor Mohammed, former mayors Jacinta Alfred, Ashraf and Namita D Rao, Pandeshwar sub-inspector Rajendra, traffic sub-inspector Manjula were present on the occasion and wished success for the programme.


The programme was held on two-days: Saturday, December 1 at Deralakatte Junction and Thokkottu bus stand and on Sunday, December 2 at Panambur Beach and near Kadri Park.


Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop Emeritus of Mangaluru addressed the gathering near Kadri Park.


In his message, Bishop Dr Aloysius said that Jesus Christ the Son of God became a human being and shared his divinity with all of us. Through this great act of sharing Jesus has shown us that when we share we help to build a harmonious society and that leads to true happiness. He invited the assembled people to imitate Jesus in sharing the resources with the less fortunate. And he said, that is the true spirit of Christmas and true celebration of Christmas.


Fifty artists participated in the Carol Singing and tableau under the leadership of Mr Vincent Fernandes of ‘MogachiLahra’ and Mr Melwyn Dias of Panir. Vincent D’Souza from Kokkada was the Santa Claus who went around distributing sweets and whispering the message of Christmas. The joy of Christmas was also shared by distributing cake to all.


Fr Onil D’Souza, director of Ashram, Fr Thrishan D’Souza assistant director, Fr Denis Suares, parish priest of Panir, Fr Vincent Sylvester Lobo, assistant administrator of Father Muller Homeopathy Medical College, Fr Elias D’Souza of Nithyadar Nagar parish were present.


Large number of religious nuns and thousands of people viewed the programme. Lavita Menezes compered the programme.


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