Monti Fest celebrated in Houston, Texas

Monti Fest celebrated in Houston, Texas

Houston: The Nativity of our Mother Mary, Monti Fest to Mangaloreans was celebrated by TIPCA (Texas India-Pakistan Catholic Association) on Sunday, September 11 with traditional fervor, devotion, zeal and grandeur at the church of St Thomas Aquinas, Sugarland, Texas.


The devotion started with the recitation of the Holy Rosary. The Eucharistic celebration began with Mass by Fr Santy Kurian, MSFS, parish priest. The readings were read by Sheryl Machado and Nelopher D’Silva. The psalms were sung by Amanda Bush. In his homily, Fr Santy emphasized the importance of Mother Mary as the centre of the Church and our family. Prayers to the faithful were said by Ann Rose Lobo. Offertory was done by Ashton Alva, Paloma Madtha and Courtney Pinto. The TIPCA Choir gave a spiritual grandeur to the celebrations.

monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-2 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-3 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-4 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-5 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-7 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-10 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-12 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-13 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-15

Nigel Periera gave a brief history on how the feast was celebrated over the years, first by the Goans and later by the people of coastal Kanara. After the Mass, the Bambina of Our Lady and the new crop (Novem) were blessed. The community led by Frank Saldanha with the Bambina of Our Lady, then proceeded to the Aldridge Hall at the back of the Church in a procession, singing Konkani hymns “Sakkad Sangatha Melyan” and “Moriak Hogolsiyam” and showering rose petals to venerate ‘Balok Mori’ (Infant Mary).

monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-17 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-20monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-23 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-24 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-25 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-26 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-30 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-31 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-32 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-34 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-36 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-37 monti-fest-celebrated-houston-texas-38

‘Novem mixed with milk’ was distributed to all followed by delicious homemade food prepared by the Mangalorean community of Houston. Tendli, kuvalo, chana, moong, karamb, karathen, chicken, bread etc., were some of the mouth-watering dishes served. Vorn was served at the end of the traditional meal, to the delight of all those gathered there.

It was indeed a beautiful celebration for Mangaloreans and all Catholics present, evoking nostalgic memories of an age-old traditional fellowship evident at the time of this festive season in our native homeland.

by Maureen Crasta
Pics Alen Dias

Click Here for Photo Album

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here