Monti Fest 2011
MONTI FEST IN CANADA:
The annual Montifest in Vancouver - Canada was celebrated solemnly at Guardian Angels Parish at downtown. There was an unexpected crowd of more than 150 Magalorean families coming from far away Richmond, Surrey, IC Dealt and North Vancouver. The celebration began blessing of "Novem" at the entrance of the Church by the parish priest Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza followed by a procession to the statue of Blessed Mother and honouring her with the hymn "Sokkod Sanatha Melyam ani laghim soryam". After this short procession and honouring Mother Mary with flowers with "Moriyek Hogolsiyam" the Eucharistic celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Boniface Cyril D'Souza and concelebrated by Frs. Mario, Jerome, Jerry and Fr. Rudy. Rev. Fr. Jerald D'Souza preached a spiritually packed homily with anecdotes and lovely message to families and children. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration, the cultural program held and a mouthwatering meal was served in the Knights of Columbus Millennium Hall of the Parish. During this celebration Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza was felicitated for his forthcoming 25th Jubilee year of Priesthood by Fr. Jerald D'Souza highlighting some salient features of his personality. Fr. Jerome Mascarehnas prayed the grace over the meal and the celebration continued with dance, singing, bingo, housie games etc. The lay people who generously contributed to the success of this celebration were: Mr. Joe Fernandes and Mr. Davidam Pinto. Miss Amanda D'sa was the MC and Rianna Pinto provided DJ for the occasion.