Mangalore, Jan 6: Thousands of faithful gathered here on Sunday January 5 to participate in the annual Eucharistic procession of Mangalore diocese which was held from Milagres Church to Rosario Cathedral.

Prior to the procession, Mass was offered by Bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza at Milagres Church. The procession led by the bishop culminated at Rosario Cathedral where adoration was held.

Fr Vijay Machado, director designate of Mangala Jyothi said that people have to confess whenever they feel that they have committed a sin.

“Confession gives you a chance to cleanse your soul and yourself, and feel relief. Confession changes your life, it teaches you to forgive others as well as to forgive yourself. God is our saviour, he is everything to all of us. He forgets and forgives our sins. No one should wait for the priest to announce that there will be confession. You must prepare yourself for confession whenever you feel the need,” he said.

“We should share things with others, we should not quarrel with our neighbours,” he added.

Fr Sunil George D’Souza announced the names of parishes which made the highest collections for Mangalore diocese. They were honoured with mementoes.

The programme was compered by Fr Boniface Pinto.

Thousands of people including priests, nuns and the laity took part in the procession.

The entire programme was managed by Fr Ajith Rodrigues, assistant parish priest of Rosario.

Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, vicar general, Fr Henry Sequeira, chancellor, Fr Valerian D’Souza, Milagres parish priest, Fr J B Crasta, parish priest of Rosario Cathedral, MLA, J R Lobo were present.