UAE: Monthi Fest – JAKC (Jebel Ali Assisi Konkani Community), celebrated “Monthi Fest” (Nativity of the Blessed Mother Mary), at St Francis of Assisi Church, Jebel Ali, recently, with Mass in Konkani offered Fr Valerian Fernandes from Abu Dhabi.
In his homily Fr Valerian spoke on Pope Francis message in the Papal letter and stressed on the importance of the triangle, i.e., God and man, man and man, man and creation.
Fr Eugene Mattioli, the Parish Priest was excited on seeing the congregation filling the full church thanked the Konkani Community for keeping the tradition of celebrating Mother Mary’s birthday mainly by the Mangalorean people.
Novena – JAKC also spiritually prepared the congregation with a preparatory 9 day Novena in preparation for the Monthi Fest from 30th August to 7th September.
Flower Showering – Children offered the showering of flowers to Mother Mary to the hymn of “Moriake Hogolsian” at the end of the Mass. JAKC provided flowers and plates to all children
John Monteiro, President of JAKC thanked all the donors, choir group, those who helped directly or indirectly and contributed to the success of the feast.