St. Lawrence Parish Moodubelle: Centenary Programmes

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Report by Dr Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Moodubelle, 03 June 2010: St. Lawrence Parish Moodubelle is celebrating its Centenary this year with various programmes. One of the unique programmes of the centenary year is the visit of St. Lawrence to each of the 22 wards of the parish in order to build the parish community from the grass-root level and foster unity and cooperation among the ward members and promote spiritual revival and devotion to St. Lawrence, the patron saint of Moodubelle. This programme of the journey of St. Lawrence by taking the statue of the saint to each ward and within the ward to each of the families was devised by Fr. Joswey Fernandes, parish priest of Moodubelle. So far the statue of St. Lawrence has visited 13 wards and is presently in St. Roque II Ward. By 31st July  2010, all the 22 wards will be covered by the visit of St. Lawrence and the statue will be brought back to the church and the novena for the Calendar Feast (Tharikechem Festh) will start from 1st August and the feast of St. Lawrence will be celebrated on 10th August 2010.

Fr. Joswey Fernandes

When enquired about the other Centenary programmes, Fr. Joswey Fernandes informed that, the various programmes have been chalked out by the Centenary Committee and approved by the Finance Committee. The final stamp of approval for the Centenary programmes was given by the Parish Pastoral Council in a meeting held on Thursday, 27th May 2010.

According to Fr. Joswey, it was exactly on 2nd November, 100 years ago that the independent parish of Moodubelle dedicated to St. Lawrence was constituted. Hence, the Centenary day  will be on 2nd November 2010. However, as 2nd November happens to be the day dedicated to All Souls, it was decided to celebrate the centenary day on 1st November 2010 , on the feast of All the Saints. The day will be observed with a solemn Thanks-giving Mass followed by the community lunch, prepared collectively by the parishioners in a spirit of cooperation and unity.

The next major programme would be on Friday, 31st December 2010. On this day, all the  wards of the parish will bring in procession ‘Horekanike’ (Vojim) to the church. Horekanike from even non-Christian  brothers will be received.

On Sunday, 2nd January 2011, Confraternity Sunday will be observed with  Holy Mass and solemn Eucharistic procession in the morning. At noon there will ‘Annasantarpane’  during which the parish community will share food with non-Christian brothers and sisters. Parishioners from the neighbouring parishes-Kanajar, Pamboor and Kuntalnagar will also be invited for this ‘Annasantarpane’ programme.

On Monday, 3rd January 2011, there will be a gathering of all the religious from the parish. All the priests and nuns hailing from this parish who had joined different religious congregations and orders and serving in different places within and outside India will be invited for this gathering.  In the morning there will be Mass following which these priests and nuns will have lunch along with the members of the Parish Pastoral Council.
The eve of the solemn annual parish feast will be celebrated on Tuesday, 4th January 2011 in the form of Vespers (Besp). Following the Vespers there will be fireworks on a grand scale.

The solemn annual parish feast and the valedictory function of the Centenary Year  will be held on Wednesday, 5th January 2011. The feast Mass will be concelebrated with the Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza as the main celebrant. After the feast Mass there will be a short stage programme. In the evening of the same day, there will be a public function followed by a Tulu Drama.

Fr. Joswey further said that the Centenary programme has been chalked out quite in advance so that the parishioners who are in other cities and towns of India as well as abroad, and the priests and nuns who are also similarly placed can plan their holidays and make arrangements for their coming to Moodubelle during the Centenary Celebrations in large numbers and participate in these programmes.


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Victor DSouza, Moodubelle / Doha Sat, June-5-2010, 12:56
Advance information on the dates and details of Centenary Programmes will give us the opportunity to plan our holidays accordingly to be able to attend this great event. Many thanks to Fr. Joswey Fernandes and Dr. Eugene DSouza for releasing these details in advance through this report. Let us be there and assist the organizers to make it a success. Do not let the past failure discourage us. Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. Let us work together to make it a success.
John Pereira, Kulshekar/Ghatkopar Fri, June-4-2010, 5:19
I am happy to know that this great Parish of St. Lawrence, which I happened to visit in January this year, is in the centenary year and is poised to celebrate the Feast Day of St. Lawrence on 10th August, 2010, followed by the Centenary day celebration on 1st November,2010. I understand, the annual parish feast and closing of centenary celebrations function will be held on 5th January, 2011. I will certainly try to attend any one of the functions in case I happen to be at Mangalore. May I wish your parish a successful centenary year celebrations as planned.
Abraham Vincent Fernandes, Moodubelle Fri, June-4-2010, 4:37
Mr.Thomas D sa, I liked your thoughts and views.In addition to your comments i feel Belleans should not loose their pride again.Remember our last "annasantharpane" was held during inauguration of our new church building.It was a total mess.Concerned people should not dare to organise such event and bear the blow again and again.Since it is very difficult to handle such a"Huge" croud. Better spend the money for a better cause rather than bitter pleasure(memories). Idea of Thulu Drama is okey.It may cater the other communities in someway around. "Horekanike and Annasantharpane.." We are good at first part of the phrase not the other.
Philip Mudartha, Qatar Fri, June-4-2010, 4:06
My best wishes for successful centenary celebrations. I hope the objectives of the organized events are met and the intended results achieved. (I invite myself to the annasantrapne, as an ex-parishioner of both Moodubelle and Pamboor parishes and a registered parishioner in Doha, Qatar and in Vakola, Mumbai, if I am in the area).
Vijay Dsouza, Moodubelle Thu, June-3-2010, 10:10
Good to know about our parish centenary program. Occasions such as centenary will not come again for a few years and hence we must need to utilize the opportunity in a better way. There need to be more programs such as spiritual as well as social programs which can be conducted. I am sure it is the right time to take up new projects as our patron St.Lawrence will not leave us behind. Programs such as "annasanthrpane" and cultural programs will not leave a lasting impression. Need to take clue from other parishes and must do something which can last for few years. Please think about it.
Herman, Belle / Dubai Thu, June-3-2010, 4:42
Completely agree with Mr. Thomas Dsa. Suggest; please try to organize inter ward competitions like quiz / sports / games etc.. to keep every single individuals alive and alert towards the points table. This could help the winning ward to make it memorable as well. Further, please try to do something different instead of TULU Drama.. which been executed regularly over the years for most of the special events. (Prefer: musical nites / live music with the great combinations of TULU, KANADA, KONKANI, ENGLISH, HINDI ETC).
Thomas DSa, Moodubelle/Dubai Thu, June-3-2010, 3:56
Wishing every success to the Parish priest , pastoral committee and parishioners for all the centenary programmes. Journey with St. Lawrence to each wards of parish was a very good idea. Apart from the gatering and lunch, I cant find any other event or programme that would keep the memories of centenary programme alive for the years to come. Jublee celebration committee please have re-look or through some light on this. It is better to think now rather repent later.
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