Secular Franciscan order of Moodbidri Deanery(Province) celebrated the Feast of St. Francis Assisi on 19th October at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Paladka.

The stage programme was presided over by Fr. Ivan Michael Rodrigues, the Parish Priest of Paladka, Fr. Manohar D’Souza, Capuchin, Mr. Denis D’mello, Mr. Vincent Pinto, Sr. Amala, Bro. Rohan Dias were present as guests.

The Programme began with a prayer. Metilda Cardoza, President of Paladka unit welcomed the guests and members of secular Franciscan order. The feast celebration was inaugurated with lighting of lamp by guests.

Felix and Rita D’Souza of Paladka Parish were felicitated on their Silver wedding. Mary Pinto introduced them. Andrew D’Souza proposed vote of thanks. Celine D’Souza of Moodbiri was the M.C.for the stage programme.

At 11am all the participants gathered in the Church for the Holy Eucharistic celebration. The Eucharistic celebration was officiated by Rev. Fr. Manohar D’Souza, Province Director of secular Franciscan order. During the mass 6 members received the Secular Franciscan order dress and 6 members took oath of Secular Franciscan order.

After the mass there was a get- together at the church hall. Fr. Manohar D’Souza conducted quiz on Francis Assisi. Remegius Sequeira of Tacode conducted entertainment games. There were group songs from Paladka and Moodbidri units. Leeta shared her experience of Secular Franciscan order. Valerian Moras gave his opinion on the programme. Metilda Cardoza shared her gratitude. Juliana D’Souza was the M.C. The programme came to an end with the Biriyani lunch prepared under the leadership of Gretta D’Souza and Edward Cardoza.

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Pictures by: Felix D’Souza