The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association, USA (MKCA), conducted its 3rd Easter Celebration & Tribute of Pope at Courtland Square Community Hall. In spite of the saddest day for the Catholic Community of the World due to passing away of John Paul –II, there was a good turn-up of people of the Mangalorean Christian Community and all paid tribute to their beloved spiritual leader.
The program was initiated with celebration of mass in Konkani by Fr. Francis D’Souza of Loyola University, originally from Bellur, Karanataka. Fr. D’Souza thanked the gathering for their highest devotion to the faith and for their unfettered interest in paying homage to Pope Jon Paul-II by attending to this religious ceremony. He praised the Mangalorean community for their strong commitment to unity and compared it to what had happened 2,000 years ago with all the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, who gathered and worked in unison in spreading his message. The Choir was lead by Ms. Daphne Fernandes (Piano) and the members of MKCA Choir Committee.
The emcee Gratian Crasta gave a short synopsis of the life history of Pope John Paul –II, from his birth in Poland to His last day. All the guests gathered were awed to hear the accomplishments and humble greatness of their late Pontiff. They held a short prayer vigil.
The Secretary of MKCA, Lawrence Mascarenhas welcomed the members and guests and admired their great strength in faith and unity. The guests’ present savored delicious ethnic Indian snacks. This was followed by distribution of Easter gifts to children 10 and under, courtesy Mrs. and Mr. Jossie and Queenie Mendonca. Although the program plan developed by the organizers struck a somber note, children were overjoyed to have their Easter gifts. Guests enjoyed Indian fare for dinner, which was arranged by Lance Dias, Mark Dias and Vinod Menezes. The Asst. Secretary of MKCA, Vissia D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks. The program attracted guests from six different States, including Illinois.
Emcee Crasta said the Executive Committee of MKCA has announced following future programs: July 30 – Annual Camping at Indiana Dunes Camp Grounds; August 30 – Annual Picnic at Vernon Hills; Monthi Fest – September 10 and Nathal Fest - December 18. For program photographs, please visit: