Mangaluru, 05 Jan 2015: A large number of faithful partaken in Mangalore diocesan annual Eucharistic procession that began from Our Lady of Miracles parish, here to Rosario Cathedral, here on Sunday December 4 evening.

Earlier, bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza concelebrated the Eucharistic Mass along with several clergies at Milagres parish.

The Eucharistic procession led by bishop Dr Aloysius concluded at Rosario Cathedra after adoration of Blessed Sacrament.

Fr Deep Fernandes, assistant parish priest of newly-inaugurated Infant Mary church, Bajjody, here in his homily urged Catholics to remain loyal to the Church and dedicate their lives to God.

‘This year it is dedicated to the nuns and priests who dedicate their lives to God. Look in the past with gratitude. Those who have lived dedicated lives have received lot of blessings from God. Bible has lot of meaning. You should understand and read. You should become a person with helping, and caring person. Jesus’ personality is depicted as a helping person. One who goes against the God is always not happy in his life. It is a challenge for all of us to wake up the world which is sleeping. Today the world is waiting for the person like Jesus to come and to help the world. It is the duty of the people who have dedicated their lives for God and to help the society. Eucharist is the God. You will enjoy your life if you dedicate your life to God,’ said Fr Deep.

Bishop Dr Aloysius in his message said, ‘With great spirit you have come here to worship God. God has given a New Year for us to do well to others and never forget to pray. May this year be a peaceful, loving and caring year? Let there be peace with everyone. Pope says this year is dedication of life to God. You should have good relationship with God. You have to live a generous life. Work for the God. Live a holy life by praying with your family. Join hands with the priests to strengthen the churches. I thank each and everyone for their support,’ said Bishop Dr Aloysius.

The parishes that collected maximum collection for missions were felicitated by Mangalore diocesan authorities on the same occasion. Cordel parish was topper in mission collections for this year, followed by Bejai parish, Derebail parish, Milagres parish and Madantyar.

The hundreds and thousands of faithful including clergies and nuns from different parishes across Mangalore dioceses partaken in the procession.

Bishop Dr Aloysius announced that the Pope Francis will be beatifying Blessed Joseph Vaz as Saint in Sri Lanka on 14 January 2015. The statue of Blessed Joseph Vaz was unveiled and taken in a procession to Our Lady of Mercy parish, Panir here.

Bishop Dr Aloysius also released the logo of 2015 ‘Wake Up The World 2015 Year of Consecrated Life.’

Mangalore diocesan vicar general Monsignor Denis Moras Prabhu, chancellor Fr Henry Sequeira, Fr Pius James D’Souza, Fr J B Crasta, Fr Andrew D’Souza, Fr Valerian D’Souza, Fr Walter Rodrigues, Fr Aquine Noronha, MLA J R Lobo, MLC Ivan D’Souza and M P Noronha and others were present on this occasion.

Courtesy : Bellevision