October 22, 2023: In a heartwarming display of faith and togetherness, the Shanthigudde Ward celebrated their annual ward feast in a day filled with religious fervor and communal bonding. The event, which began with a Eucharistic Mass at 7:15 am, was a testament to the strength of the Shanthigudde community.
The Holy Mass, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Ronson Pinto, saw active participation from the ward members who came together to mark the special occasion. Following the service, the celebration continued with a heartfelt get-together hosted at the residence of Mrs. Christine Mathias, a cherished member of the community.
The program officially commenced at 12 pm with a warm welcome extended to esteemed guests by the ward Gurkar, Mrs. Shalini Corda, followed by a solemn prayer. The event was graced by the presence of Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Leslie D’Souza, Rev. Fr. Rolwyn Aranha, as well as the Nativity and Auxilium Convent superiors, Sr. Diana Lobo and Sr. Leema, and their fellow community sisters. In addition, Parish Pastoral Council Vice President, Mr. Melwyn Aranha, and the 20 Commissions Coordinator, Mrs. Leena Machado, along with neighboring ward Gurkars, honored the celebration with their presence.
Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Leslie D’Souza and Rev. Fr. Rolwyn Aranha addressed the gathering with their inspiring messages. A special moment was reserved for the former ward Gurkar, Mrs. Diana Saldanha, who was honored for her years of dedicated service to the community.
The program featured a range of entertainment, including a beautiful group singing performance by ward members, a captivating dance performance by the enthusiastic youngsters, and a thought-provoking skit performed by ward members, centered around the theme of family.
The event also included some lively spot games conducted by Mrs. Diana Saldanha, adding an element of fun and excitement to the gathering, making it a memorable day for all in attendance.
The celebration culminated in a delightful communal lunch, which filled the atmosphere with a sense of togetherness and joy. The day’s festivities showcased the strong unity in Shanthigudde Ward, using the ward feast as an opportunity to honor their patron saint, Mount Mary, and to further strengthen their special community bonds.