December 24, 2023: The eve of Christmas was a jubilant affair at Our Lady of Health Church, Shirva as the devout community gathered for an evening brimming with reverence and merriment. Commencing at 6:30 pm, resonating melodies of traditional Christmas carols filled the air, setting the stage for a poignant 7 pm mass.
Led by the esteemed Msgr. Ferdinand Gonsalves, Vicar General of Udupi Diocese, the sacred service saw the presence of esteemed clergy members including V. Rev. Fr. Dr. Leslie D’Souza, Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Rolwyn Aranha, Rev. Fr. Ronson Pinto, Rev. Fr. Jason Lobo, alongside several other revered priests, fostering an atmosphere of spiritual sanctity and communal harmony.
Post the soul-stirring mass, the youth groups, ICYM and YCS, orchestrated a vibrant cultural program that enthralled attendees. The highlight of the evening, the Christmas Pot Auction, drew fervent participation. In a heartwarming display of generosity, Mr. Arul D’Souza secured the coveted Christmas Pot with a bid of Rs. 25,000, igniting cheers and applause among the congregation.
The festivities continued with an engaging round of Housie Housie, bringing the evening to a lively close, filled with laughter and camaraderie. The event encapsulated the true spirit of Christmas, blending solemnity with joyous celebration, leaving an indelible mark of unity and goodwill within the community.
Pics by ICYM Shirva