The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother of God was solemnized at St Joseph the Worker Church, Neermarga on 8th September,2022.
Feast preparations commenced with Novena from August 30 to Sept 7th. Wherein, Adults, Youth and children participated as one Family in the Eucharistic Celebration offered by Rev Fr Anil D Mello, Parish Priest and Novena Prayers, thought provoking Reflections and finally with strewing of fresh flowers as an index of love for the Mother of our Saviour and all mankind.On the Monti Fest Day, with the symphonic rhythm of the Vas band and the mellifluous singing from Parish choir set the salubrious ambiance. The Festal mass was celebrated at 7.30 a.m. by Dr ( Fr) Melwyn Pinto SJ, Director of St Aloysius College, Konkani Institute and Community Radio Sarang , Rev Fr Anil D Mello, Parish Priest and Rev Fr Michael Tauro concelebrated the Mass.The community leaders with the Processional Cross, and bedecked statue of Infant Mary entered the Church in a procession. Parish Priest affectionately and amiably welcomed the guest priests and the Parishioners who congregated in large numbers. Rev Fr Melwyn in his edifying Homily, elucidated through touching facts of life, anecdotes and Biblical References 1. the three virtues of Mary i.e Model Mother, Compassionate Heart and True Disciple of Jesus 2. Ways and means as to how Families could be witness to God’s Love.
New corn was blessed on the occasion and Names of the Supporters and Murdoms were announced by the Parish Priest and Rev Fr Melwyn Pinto honoured the contributors with a Blessed Candle. Rev Fr Anil D Mello, beautifully proposed the Vote of Thanks. The punctilious planning and systematic arrangements made by the Parish Priest and the wholehearted support of the Parishioners were laudable. The Liturgy was meaningfully led by ladies of the Parish. After the Holy Sacrifice everyone was given sugarcane, to enhance the joy of the day.
On the whole, this Feast provided the Faithful with an occasion for praise and thanksgiving in honour of the personal sanctity and vocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of the Lord Jesus and also an opportune time to thank God for the fruits of their labour.