News & pics by Ancy Paladka
Daijiworld Media Network - Mumbai (GA)
Mumbai, Dec 10: Annual parish feast was celebrated with great devotion at St Joseph's church Mira Road on Sunday December 7. Nine days of novenas which preceded the feast were attended by thousands of devotees.
Mira Road which is the largest church of the Mumbai Archdiocese has witnessed a great renewal among people of all castes and creed towards prayer and silence. The feast day on Sunday began with the festal mass at 6.30 am. In all four solemn festal Eucharistic celebrations were offered on the feast day.
The main celebrant for the solemn festal mass was Fr Michael Morris Shenoy, Superior of St Joseph and Anubhav communities. Br Alvito Fernandes (Deacon) preached a fiery sermon attracting all the parishioners for a deeper reflection on how to liberate oneself from inner terrorism that all of us subjected to owing to anger, jealousy, hatred, competition, lust, greed etc.
Fr Rudolf V D'Souza, the parish priest thanked all those who contributed their share in making the feast, a memorable one. Maxima Mathias, managing director of Little King Group of Hotels provided delicious snacks to around 3000 devotees present for the celebration, in honour of his newly-inaugurated Little King Restaurant at Bhayandar (W) near Our Lady of Nazareth Church.
He also thanked Shagird and Company for the infrastructure arrangements, executed by Sebastian D'Souza (Woodland Complex). Fr Rudolf also asked all the parishioners present for the celebration to spend a minute in silence offering tribute to the martyrs and victims of Mumbai terror attacks. He also conveyed wishes of Bakrid to all Muslim brethren.