Doha: Nativity Feast Celebrations at Our Lady of Rosary Church

by Alex Castelino
Daijiworld Media Network - Doha

Doha, Sep 9: The celebration of the feast of the birth of Our Lady has always been a uniting factor for the Konkani-speaking community in Doha-Qatar. Under the guidance of Fr Gaspar Fernandes, the spiritual caretaker of the Konkani community, and the leadership of the Holy Rosary Konkani Community Council having representatives from both Goa and Mangalore, the feast was celebrated at the church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Qatar. At 5.30 pm on Tuesday September 8, thousands of devotees gathered at the Church. The Holy mass in Konkani commenced with a candle light procession led by the Pirgintt, Alfred Sequeira and Murddom families of the feast.

The main celebrant of the mass was Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza, vicar of St Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore, who was also the preacher during the feast novenas. Father Andrew, in his homily, preached the importance of having Mother Mary as our spiritual Mother and called upon each family to live the Christian values.  The preaching during the nine days of the novena’s along with the healing session, was very much liked and appreciated by the community, as Fr Andrew reflected the life of Mary and the importance of the word of God in the life of a Christian.

Before the final prayers, Fr Peter P M, the newly appointed parish priest, conveyed his wishes to all those who had gathered for the celebration, which was followed by the vote of thanks by Ronnie Vaz. The newsletter of the Konkani Community, 'Ekvott', was released on the occasion by the parish priest. Eddie Sequeira, editor of the newsletter, was also present for the release.

After the final blessings, a birthday cake was cut, as the crowd happily sang the birthday song in honour of Mother Mary.  Children showered flowers and the new corn was distributed to all those present, along with cake and juice. As the celebration ended, everybody was found to be busy, wishing each other ‘Bhagi Monthi Fest’. It was really a wonderful scene of brotherhood and sharing of common feelings.


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  • Wilma D''souza, Dubai / Thottam

    Thu, Sep 10 2009

    Dear Sofie, felt happy to see Melonie & Melroy as altar servers in the picture. Saw Fr. Peter too, now transferred to your parish. We miss him here in Dubai. Nice pictures of the nativity feast. Got a glimpse of Qatar parish. Happy Feast to you all too.

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  • nelson, mangalore/kuwait

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    May the Mother Mary shower her abundant blessings on all those who made this beautiful church a reality in the state of Qatar.

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  • Dev Kumar Khadka, Nepal - Doha Qatar

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    Very good pictures captured by Daiji Media in this beautiful structure of Doha Church dedicated to Our Lady of Rosary. True meaning of LET US MINGLE TOGETHER shown by both Mangaloreans and Goan community.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Mangalore/Doha Qatar

    Wed, Sep 09 2009

    It was great wonderful celebration by Mangaloreans/Goans Catholic Konkani community. Well done dear organizors. Thanks to Parish Preists Fr. Peter, Fr. Gasper and visiting priest Fr. Andrew from St. Joseph Seminary Manglore. Showers Showers of blessings from Mother Mary. Happy feast.

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