Bishop Gerald Lobo Pays Pastoral Visit to St Lawrence Parish, Moodubelle

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By Dr. Eugene DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi/M’Belle, 21 Oct 2022: Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo who is on a three-days long official Pastoral Visit was reverentially received at the main entrance of the  St Lawrence Church, Moodubelle on Friday, 21 October 2022 at 3.30 pm by Fr. George D’Souza-Parish Priest, Fr. Pradeep Cardoza-Assistant Parish Priest, Gerald Fernandes-Vice President of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), Charles Quadras-Secretary of the PPC, Mrs. Monica D’Souza-Convener of the 20 Commissions, Sr. Irene Viegas-Superior of the Loreto Convent and the Presidents of the Parish Associations by offering him flower garlands. Thereafter, he was taken in procession to the church.


On reaching the main altar, Bishop Gerald Lobo knelt in front of the altar as the choir sang appropriate hymns for the occasion. After reacting the prayer for the Bishop, the Parish priest, Fr. George D’Souza paid respect to the Bishop by incensing him. Thereafter, the Bishop sprinkled Holy water on the faithful within the church. 


The next important protocol of the ceremony was that Fr. George D’Souza   brought a Crucifix to the Bishop which he reverently kissed. Thereafter, Fr. George D’Souza lighted a candle from the flame of the Pascal Candle and handed it over to the Bishop. All the members of the Parish pastoral Council lighted their individual candles from the one held by the Bishop and stood in line in both sides of the Bishop facing him. 


Fr. Pradeep Cardoza who was reading out the proceedings of the ceremony, explained the meaning of Indulgences.



This was followed by the readings from the Holy Scriptures as prelude to the remembrance and praying for all those parishioners who have passed away. 


Bishop Gerald Lobo in his homily, pointed out the passages from the Old Testament that compared the life of a human being to that of blooming flower that withers away in the evening, the water bubble that burst out within a short period and the dew that evaporates by the morning. Narrating the passages from the  Holy Gospel, Bishop Gerald Lobo emphasized the fact that there is life after death as promised by Jesus Christ Himself. He cited the examples of Jesus raising the widow’s son at Naim and Lazarus from the dead.  By Himself rising from the dead, Jesus proved His Divinity and hope of life after death. 


Following the homily by the Bishop all the faithful went into procession to the cemetery where the Bishop conducted the prayer service and blessed the graves of the parishioners who had passed away and resting in the cemetery.



At 5 pm, Bishop Gerald Lobo instructed the candidates receiving the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, 23 October 2022.  


At 6.30 pm the Bishop held meeting with the Parish Finance Committee (PFC). 


On the second day of the Pastoral Visits on Saturday, 22 October 2022, the Bishop will be offering Mass at the Loreto Convent at 6.30 am. Thereafter, he will be visiting St. Lawrence educational Institutions and  holding meetings with the teaching and non-teaching staff.


On the third day of the Pastoral Visit on Sunday, 23 October 2022, Bishop Gerald Lobo will be offering the Holy mass at 7.30 am  during which he will be administering the Holy Sacrament of Confirmation to the candidates. Thereafter,  he will be holding meetings with the members of  Catholic Sabha, SVP, Tertiary Order, YCS, ICYM and Stree Sanghatan. He will also visit the sick and attend one of the Small Christina Community (SCC) Ward meetings.


After completing the three days long Pastoral Visit, Bishop Gerald Lobo will return to the Bishop’s House  on Sunday, 23 October 2022 at 5.30 pm.



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