Salmiya Church Celebrates Monti Fest
Kuwait: Konkani Community of St Therese of Child Jesus Church Salmiya celebrated the Nativity of our Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the ‘Monti Fest’ on the 9th of September. Fr Anthony Lopez, Fr Xavier D’Souza, Fr Noel D’Almeida, Fr Fredrick Braggs along with Parish Priest Fr Blaney Pinto blessed the novem and the dates at 4:00 pm at the courtyard amidst a gathering of over thousand people and followed by the procession to the church. Children and elders offered flowers to Mamma Mary.
In the festal homily, Visiting Priest Fr Fredrick Braggs stressed upon the importance of respecting universal Mother Mary as our own mother. His homilies and preaching during the ‘Monti Fest Triduum’ were appreciated by one and all present as the subjects of preaching were made interesting and interactive through stories and real life examples. He took the devotees on a spiritual journey during these three days with his powerful and touching reflections on the Word of God. Konkani Choir led by Kiran Gonsalves sang melodious hymns of mother Mary.
The new Corn (Kanshi) brought from Mangaluru, dates, Kobu (Sugarcane) and Vorn was distributed to the gathering after the mass. The Kobu was donated by an Egyptian family. Parish Priest Fr Blaney Pinto and Community Representative Anil Fernandes thanked all those who helped and supported in celebrating the feast with devotion and grandeur.
Pics by: Alban D’Souza