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Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas

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Abu Dhabi: St. Joseph’s Cathedral (SJC) organized the Christmas Bazaar 2015 on Friday, December 12, at the church premises. The parishioners came together to share, care and celebrate the spirit of Christmas.


The inaugural ceremony was held at 10 am. A large number of people gathered to witness the event along with the parishioners at the Church compound where the Bazaar was being held.

The colorful costumes and smiling faces were enough to witness the zeal with which the parishioners were looking forward to this annual event.

Priest Rev. Fr. Johnson escorted H.E. Bishop Paul Hinder and other priests of the parish and from Bishop’s House onto the stage. Rev. Fr. Johnson also welcomed the gigantic crowd to the Christmas Bazaar 2015 and solicited whole hearted support and cooperation for a successful and enjoyable day.

A flash mob was performed by the children of the Parish. Bishop Paul Hinder gave his blessings to the people and officially declared the Bazaar open by cutting the ribbon. He also released the annual calendar of the church on the occasion.

As the celebration was beginning, Santa clause arrived on a Harley Davidson motorcycle along with his two Santarinas. Giving out the message of Christmas Santa said, “Pope Francis has declared this year as the year of mercy – the message of Christmas says to be merciful; our Father is a merciful god – thus be merciful, forgive others as the our Father have forgiven us.”

Concluding, Santa wished a “Merry Christmas” to all the people present, in various languages amid thunderous applause by one and all. The Bishop then visited all the Food and Games stall and wished the volunteers all the best.

The main attractions in the event were the food stalls with home cooked food by the parishioners at their own cost as a token of their gratitude to the parish which served them throughout the day. Many contributed by way of sponsorship, financial help and gifts for the winners of the raffle.

The daylong event continued till 9 pm with a beautiful Christmas tableau, singing, dancing, rhythmic clashes of the DJs etc. Thousands of parishioners visited the stalls, savoring the delicious and mouth-watering dishes offered by various communities. The games stalls offered some interesting games for young and old alike.

Earlier in the day, an hourly draw was conducted whereby prizes like iPhones, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and gold vouchers were given away every hour. The day’s event was ably carried out by Emcees Avito Carvalho, Roydon D’Mello and others who entertained every one in every language spoken by the parishioner.

The event was planned months in advance by a special committee formed for this occasion. Various sub-committees are formed and the logistics are worked out well in advance under the leadership of the Parish Priest and the General Coordinator of the Committee, Rudolph Vas, Fr. Troy – vicar general, Fr Valerian – chancellor, Fr. Thomas – secretary to HE, Fr Gandolf wild – archivist, Fr. Luca, Fr. Babychen, Fr. Rodson, Fr Ellie were present along with guest priest Fr Caesar, Fr Kristoph, Fr Paul Konic provincial and Fr Annie – parish priest St. Paul’s Musaffah.

Sister Graceline sister superior, Sister Carmen principal, Rosary sisters, Sr Stephanie and Sr Collete were also a part of the event.

 

Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas
Santa at SJC Christmas Bazaar 2015: Be merciful is the message of true Christmas

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