Canada, Sep 13: The Mangalorean Catholic Community of Calgary celebrated the Nativity of Our Lady at St Thomas More Church hall on September 9 in a traditional manner.
The celebration commenced with a Triduum, a spiritually enriching journey that included Novenas honouring Mother Mary, a holy Mass celebrated amidst a very meaningful and reflective sermon by spiritual director Fr Jerry D’Souza. The floral offerings, a cherished tradition, serve as symbols of love and devotion. Children, in particular, enthusiastically participated in this beautiful custom, adding vibrant colours to adorn the church. This delightful celebration sets the stage for the upcoming festive days, where the spirit of Monthi Fest truly comes alive.
On the day of the Monthi Fest celebration, the church service with prayers in honour of Our Lady began, followed by the celebration of the Holy Mass and the traditional blessing of the new crop, along with floral tributes to infant Mother Mary by little children singing ‘Sakkad Sangatha Maellyaan’. The spiritual celebration was followed by a cultural programme in the church hall, featuring dance, singing, a raffle draw, and more. This was followed by a delicious dinner with a variety of vegetarian delicacies.