St Joseph’s Konkani Community Abu Dhabi Parish celebrates ‘Monti Fest’
Abu Dhabi: St Joseph’s Konkani Community (SJKC) Abu Dhabi Parish, celebrated ‘Monti Fest’ on 8th September, here at St Therese Church, within the compound of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Abu Dhabi in a very grand manner.
More than 2,000 Konkani speaking Catholics attended. The celebration began at 6.45 pm with children showering of flowers to Mother Mary, Blessing of new corn which was specially flown from Mangalore and followed by festal high mass celebrated by main celebrant Fr Darick D’Souza O.F.M.Cap from St.Annes’s Friary, Mangalore, and concelebrated by Fr Densy Martis O.F.M. Cap from Dubai Parish and Fr Rodson GoesO.F.M.Cap, Spiritual Director of the Konkani Community.
After the mass, donors were honoured by the Spiritual director followed by the felicitations to the community students scoring 80% and more in Secondary and Higher Secondary School Examinations held at Abu Dhabi in April 2018. Blessed new corn was distributed to the members.
The guest priests and Spiritual Director were honoured with a flower bouquet. SJKC Committee Coordinator Leo Rodrigues gave the vote of thanks.
Traditional noven jevaan was served with the new corn in milk and sugarcane was distributed.
As a preparation for the ‘Monti Fest’ celebration, a nine-day Novena was held with Holy Mass and retreat preached by Fr Darick D’Souza O.F.M.Cap.
Pics by Pannu Bantwal – Team Mangalorean