Udupi: The National Youth Convention Cross arrived from Mount Rosary Church to Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur on Sunday, December 11.The NYC Holy Cross received from Mount Rosary church was carried in a decorated open van towards Milagres Church with large number of ICYM members of Udupi Diocese. The NYC Holy Cross was first received by Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo, Rector and Vicar of Milagres Cathedral followed by other priests at the entrance of the main gate of the cathedral by garlanding the Holy Cross. Roshan D’ Souza, President of ICYM Milagres Cathedral, Royton D’souza President of ICYM, Kallianpur Deanery, Rev Fr. Edwin D’Souza Director of Youth, Diocese of Udupi and Loyal D’Souza President of ICYM Diocese of Udupi were present.
The Eucharist mass was concelebrated by Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese.
In his homily, Rev Fr. Albert Crasta, Director of Kundapur Deanery pointed out the importance of Holy Cross. “In contemporary Christianity, the crucifix is a symbol of atonement and reminds Christians of God’s love in sacrificing his own son for humanity. The significance of Cross is symbol of triumph of good. Youth should remember that the sign of Cross draws upon us divine power and at the same time drives away all evil influences from the Satan,” he said.
After the Eucharistic mass, a special prayer was conducted by the youth. At the end, Bishop of Udupi Diocese handed over the NYC Cross to Rev Fr. Ronald D’souza Director of ICYM, Mangaluru Diocese and Jackson Eric D’ Costa, President of Mangaluru Diocese. Large numbers of both the dioceses and ICYM members were present in the Eucharistic mass as well as NYC Holy Cross handing over ceremony.
After the handing over ceremony, lunch was served to all the participants. The national level Youth Convention will be held from 18th to 22nd January 2017 at the St. Joseph’s Engineering College, Vamanjoor, Mangaluru.