Devotees offer Huge Hore–Kanike to mark Inauguration of Kalmady Church

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Devotees offer Huge Hore–Kanike to mark Inauguration of Kalmady Church

Udupi: Ahead of the inauguration of the newly-built Stella Maris Church Kalmady – Malpe, a Hore Kanike procession was held on Wednesday, January 3. The Hore Kanike Procession is held to strengthen the bonds and relationship of the local community in preparation for the opening ceremony of the new church on January 6.

People of all communities gathered together in front of the Ayyappa Swami Bhajana Mandir Malpe. The Parishioners of Kalmadi dressed traditionally to symbolize the original tradition of the community, gathered ward by ward with their wide variety of gifts. A team of Kalmadi Parishioners dressed in Arabic style attire were the star attraction during the Procession.

The Hore Kanike procession was symbolically inaugurated by Pramod Madhwaraj district minister in-charge and minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports, Fisheries along with entrepreneur Jerry Vincent Dias, Hormis Noronha standing committee president Udupi CMC, local councillor Narayana Kundar, Fr Alban D’Souza parish priest Kalmadi, Fr Reginald Pinto, Fr Valerian D’Sliva, Fr Stephen, Sanjay Andrade and Shobha Mendonca.

The procession was accompanied by various tableaux, Chande, Music, Brass Band, Huli Vesha and various folk troupes.

The head-load gift offerings with a variety of gifts from the parishioners of all wards along with the gifts from other local religious community members residing in the neighbourhood were brought to the Church in a procession. Neighbouring parishes also joined in the Hore Kanike procession. The occasion and the ceremony reflected and celebrated the unity among all the community members of Kalmadi and the neighbouring areas. The head-load gift offerings were then ceremoniously accepted by Fr Alban D’Souza parish priest of the Stella Maris Church.

The Inauguration and Blessing of the newly built Stella Maris Church building at, Kalmady will be held on Saturday, 6 January 2018. The new Church inauguration will be done by Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese Later the Bishop will offer the first Eucharistic service in the new church in the presence of Dr Aloysius Paul D’souza, Bishop of Mangalore, Dr Francis Serrao, SJ, Bishop of Shivamogga, Dr Robert Miranda, Bishop of Gulbarga.

Felicitation programme will follow the Eucharistic Celebrations. Pramodh Madhwaraj, the district minister in-charge, Shobha Karandlaje, MP, Udupi –Chikkamagaluru Constituency, Oscar Fernandes, Rajya Sabha member, Ivan D’Souza, MLC & Govt. Chief Whip in the State Legislative Council, Govt of Karnataka, Meenakshi Madhava Bannanje, President, Udupi City Municipal Council, Narayan P. Kunder, member of Udupi town municipality and dignitaries will be present. The formal programme will conclude with a fellowship meal.

More than 10,000 devotees are expected to take part in the Inauguration function and fellowship meal.


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  1. Best of luck for the soon approaching inauguration of the Kalmadi Church in the Udipi Diocese. Bringing back to life all the past traditions, costumes and rituals are equally important to enthuse people of the present generation. More worship places will bring more faithful to gather together and make so many good things possible for the community. Bishop Gerald needs our complements for all his initiatives in energizing the people and creating more enthusiasm in the land of Kalmadi.

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