Mangaluru, Jul 5: The Holy Childhood Association was installed on July 3 in St Joseph the Worker Church, Neermarga.
The auspicious event commenced with a prayer song imploring God the Almighty to guide and strengthen his Children in time of uncertainty, frustration and trial.
Ivan D'Souza, member of commission for Evangelization and Proclamation extended an affable,hospitable, warm and cordial welcome to Fr Rupesh Raveen Tauro, assistant director, St Antony Ashram and diocesan coordinator of Commission for Proclamation and Evangelization, Fr Anil Canute D Mello - parish priest, Br Rakesh Francis, Ravi Saldanha and Prakash Pereira – vice president & secretary of parish pastoral council, Maurice Renjal – parish coordinator of 21 Commissions, Wilma D'Souza – coordinator of Commission for Proclamation and Evangelization through his sweet flowing words.
Fr Anil D'Mello in his inspirational address explained the ways and means of how children could become vibrant evangelizers and a missionary in everyday activities. He underlined Christ, like ministry, prophetic, priestly and kingly.
Fr Rupesh Raveen Tauro, traced the history, growth and progress, aims, goals and objectives, the two very important disciplines—prayer and offering, pledge of an association member, model for the meeting, activities of Missionary Childhood Association through PPT. He lauded the efforts, initiative and enthusiasm of Fr Anil in starting The Association in the Parish.
As many as 100 children participated in this great event. Rashmi Mascarenhas compered the programme.
During the Holy Eucharistic celebration, that ensued, Holy Childhood Association was inaugurated by unveiling its motto, 'Children Helping Children' by Fr Anil D'Mello, Fr Rupesh Tauro, Br Rakesh Francis, Ravi Saldanha, Prakash Pereira, Maurice Renjal and Wilma D'Souza.
The inspirational messages, thought provoking reflections in the light of the day’s Word of God by Fr Rupesh Tauro helped the congregation to look at life from a refreshingly new perspective. Under the able guidance of the parish priest, the children led the assemblage with meaningful liturgy.