Mangaluru, Aug 16: On the occasion of Indian Platinum Independence Day, Catholic Sabha Milagres unit organised flag hoisting ceremony at Milagres Church ground.
President John Monteiro welcomed the dignitaries, guests and gathering. The chief guest Rita Pinto was introduced by Lona Pinto.
Rita Pinto, an active parishioner who also celebrated her 75th Birthday hoisted the Tricolour flag. The people gathered proudly gave respect to the national flag.
Guest of honour Fr Ivan D'Souza, parish priest Milagres church delivered a meaningful message. He said, "We are celebrating Indian Independence yet there are so many issues which do not allow us to feel absolute freedom. As we observe Har Ghar Tiranga, it should not be just a slogan but must motivate us to build humanity and to respect every individual irrespective of religion, caste and creed."
Rita Pinto expressed her gratefulness for honouring her and appreciated catholic sabha for organising the ceremony. She called on to live with harmony and pray for peace in our nation and the entire world.
Fr Ivan D'Souza honoured Rita Pinto with a shawl while president John Monteiro presented the memento.
The church choir group presented the melodious patriotic songs. Parish priests Fr Uday Fernandes, Fr Michael Santumayor graced the ceremony.
Milagres College NCC students assisted in the flag hoisting ceremony. Parish vice president, secretary, ward gurkars, council members and about 400 parishioners were present.
Philomena Ferrao convenor Laity commission Milagres proposed the vote of thanks. On behalf of the church, sweets were distributed. Diana D'souza compered the programme.