St. Dominic Church Ashoknagar celebrated their 48th parish day anniversary on the 5th of May 2019 with the Eucharistic celebration in the morning at 8 am where the Vicar General of the diocese Rev. Fr. Maxim Noronha was the main celebrant and Rev. Frs. Aquin Noronha, the Parish priest and Fr. Pratik Periera and Vincent Thekkel were the con-celebrants. At the end of the mass the annual report of the Parish was read by the parish council secretary Mr. Isac Furtado.
The evening was all set for a great gathering of the parishioners. The formal programme commenced at 6.15 pm with the chief guest Mr. Pradeep D’souza- Deputy Director- Youth empowerment & Sports who spoke on the need of young people getting into government jobs with the intentions of serving the community and our country. Umpteen numbers of opportunities are available but we are not aware of these.
Fr. Aquin Noronha- parish priest in his presidential address mentioned that this parish is a vibrant community and has grown extensively in the last 48 years and is all set to reach greater heights. He thanked Almighty God for the people of this parish.
A variety of programmes were performed by the children and elders. Prayer dance by the children which was very graceful set the mood for the evening. Young achievers of the parish who had won accolades at the state and national level were honoured with a shawl, plaque and fruits which was very encouraging to the youth to put in their best and make their families and church proud of their achievements.
It was time for entertainment and fun where the children and youth of our parish performed lovely dances. A Konkani Mando which was very melodiously sung was appreciated by the people. A comedy skit on a school scene was enacted which got the gathering into laughter and everyone enjoyed their performance. There was also another skit –“ Inspectoraso Autaar” which spoke about the clout police officials can have and how the truth can be twisted to one’s benefit . This was enacted by our experienced artists who won the hearts of the people and entertained them with their dialogues.
The grand finale was the dinner which was cooked by the parishioners who came together in the morning to assist in grating, slicing, chopping of onions, garlic and the meat.
An enjoyable day which witnessed the oneness, love and togetherness of the parish community and the support of the Dominican priests which made this day a pleasant and memorable one which will be cherished forever. The stage program was compered by Mrs. Sujatha Mendonca and the cultural program was compered by Mr. Chris Crasta and Miss Jean Lobo.