Sunday 23rd February was a memorable day in the history of St. Dominic Church, Ashoknagar because there were three different programmes held at a stretch.
1. Blessing of the Golden Jubilee building site.
2. Shifting, installing and blessing the Statue of Our Lady Of Velakani from the Grotto to the church building near the belfry.
3. Celebrating the ‘Silver Jubilee’ of the priesthood of Dr. Peter Mendonca O.P.
The blessing of the golden jubilee building site was blessed by the parish priest Fr. Aquin Noronha O.P followed by the ground breaking work’ (guddali pooja) of the site by Fr. Aquin Noronha O.P the parish priest, Fr. Royston Lobo O.P. the assistant P.P, vice president Mr. Maxim Crasta, secretary Mrs. Noreen Pinto, former vice presidents Mr. Richard Gonsalves & Mr.Valerian Pinto, former secretary Mr. Isac Furtado, building architect Mr. Deepak D’Souza, contractor Mr. Roy Castelino, engineer Mr. Chetan and Mr. Steevan.
Secondly the Grotto statue of our Lady of Velanakni was lowered by the parishioners and shifted to the new location in the church building near the belfry and blessed by the parish priest after the installation. Then the contractor Mr. Roy Castelino, architect Mr. Deepak D’Souza and Mr. Stephen were felicitated for doing the initial work.
Finally was the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to commemorate the “Silver Jubilee” of the Priesthood of Dr. Peter Mendonca O.P. He was the main celebrant and there were 14 priests to con- celebrate the Mass. Fr. Dominic Mendonca O.P. in the homily highlighted on ‘The Priesthood’. After the holy Eucharist there was a short felicitation programme to honour the Jubilarian Dr. Peter Mendonca. Fr. Peter Mendonca expressed his gratitude to the parish priest and the parishioners. Mr. Julian D’Souza compered the entire programme. The family members of Fr. Peter served the breakfast to all the faithful present on the day.