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Mangaluru: On March 31, 2024, the Catholic Sabha Mangalore Pradesh (R) Bondel Unit had its Silver Jubilee Closing Ceremony at St Lawrence Church in Bondel.

Thanksgiving Mass was offered at 9 a.m. in the morning by Rev. Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza and Rev Fr Vincent Saldanha. The liturgy and choir were led by the Members of Catholic Sabha.

 At 6 p.m. on March 31, the Silver Jubilee of the Catholic Sabha, Bondel unit, Mangaluru, concluded with a ceremony at the St Lawrence English Medium School grounds.
The programme began with a prayer hymn, which was followed by an ICYM and YCS Youth welcoming dance
Vice President Herold Pinto Catholic Sabha Bondel Unit, graciously welcomed everyone. The programme was inaugurated by Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, a revered tradition symbolizing enlightenment, alongside distinguished guests on the dais.
Secretary Veronica Pais, gave a brief report of the Bondel unit for the past 25 years and she also reported the activities during the silver jubilee year.

Herold Pinto Vice President Catholic Sabha Bondel Unit, V. Rev Fr James D’Souza,  Vicar Forane City Varado, Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza, Parish Priest, Bondel,  Guest of Honour Alwyn D’Souza- President Catholic Sabha Central Committee, Wilfred Alvares President, Wilma Monteiro Secretary City Varado, Stephen D’Silva President-Elect, Sujay D’Silva Convener Jubilee Committee, Rev Fr Peter Gonsalves Principal St Lawrence English Medium School, Rev Fr Lancy D’Souza, John D’Silva President Parish Pastoral Council, Santosh Misquith Secretary Parish Pastoral Council, Veronica Pais –Secretary Catholic Sabha Bondel Unit welcomed the guests with floral bouquets.

In his inaugural speech, Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza the Spiritual Director Catholic Sabha Bondel Unit said, “Catholic Sabha is the face of our community in our society.”

“The members of the Catholic Sabha are the volunteers of the Catholic community who always spread goodness to society which comes from Catholic principle, values and morals. At the same time in the community, they are like soldiers who are always ready to help the members of the Catholic community.”

The past 14 presidents and 13 secretaries were felicitated by the Guest on the dais. The achievements of the past presidents were read by Juliet Dante and Prema.

In his address, Alwyn D’Souza, President of the Central Committee, stated: “As Catholic Sabha members, we are called upon to be positive change representatives, fighting for the rights and dignity of all of God’s children, regardless of their race, creed, or socioeconomic status.”

In a world full of unfairness and inequality, let us make an effort to be voices of conscience and ceaselessly work towards creating a society that is more compassionate and just for coming generations.

Rev Fr Peter Gonsalves, the guest of honour Congratulated the Catholic Sabha Members for continued success and fulfilment in all their endeavours.

May your work with the Catholic Sabha continue to bear fruit, and may you always find joy and fulfilment in serving others.

Catholic Sabha Bondel Unit honoured Felix Monteiro for his outstanding service and Stany Alvares, President of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy for his future endeavours.
Stan Alvares said: Together, let us celebrate the beauty and richness of Konkani language and literature, and let us work towards a future where Konkani shines brightly on the literary stage.
V. Rev. Fr James Dsouza, Vicar Forane, in his speech said: I extend my heartfelt congratulations to each and every one of you on reaching this significant milestone.

Over the past quarter-century, the members of the Catholic Sabha have embodied these words in their tireless efforts to serve the Church and the wider community and he wished them good.

Wilfred Alvares, President City Varado, in his address, congratulated the Catholic Sabha for the good work. As we embark on this journey together, let us remember the noble mission that unites us: to serve our community with love, compassion, and unwavering faith.

Herold Pinto and Sujay D’Silva presented the mementos to the guests. Colin Miranda proposed a vote of thanks. The programme was compered by Olivia D’Sa.

After the stage programme, there was a comedy-drama by Nellu Permannur and team.
People gathered in big numbers, laughing and enjoying themselves throughout the entirety of the show.
Photography by:- Roy
Report by:- Meena Serrao Barboza
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