Mangaluru: Christmas is one of those holidays that just seems to be filled with cheer and wonder. Whether you are celebrating a secular or religious Christmas, your day is sure to be filled with happiness. “Christ was born in the first century, yet he belongs to all centuries. He was born a Jew, yet He belongs to all races. He was born in Bethlehem, yet He belongs to all countries.” had said George W Truett-keeping that in mind the members of Catholic Sabha-Mangaluru had organized a “Christmas Celebration 2014” by inviting members of various groups, organizations, Unions, community leaders and so on, to join in the celebration on Friday, 19 December at the Bishop’s House-Kodialbail here.
The programme began with a welcome dance, followed by welcome address and introduction of dignitaries by Convener- Sushil Noronha. The programme was inaugurated by cutting the Christmas cake, by Dr Aloysius Paul D’souza-Bishop of Mangaluru, along with other guests of honor on the dais namely- Mahabala Marla-Mayor of Mangaluru City Corporation, Dr MN Rajendra Kumar-President of SCDCC Bank, Zohra Abbas-Beary Sahitya Academy member/Principal of Al-Badria Institutions-Krishnapura, vicar General of Diocese Msgr Denis Prabhu and others.
Mahabala Marla, addressing the audience said, “We need to live in peace and harmony among ourselves- we need to follow the teachings/message of Jesus Christ during this joyous season. Only if we strictly follow the sayings of Christ, then we can have a society of peace, unity and harmony. Let us stay away from violence and hate, instead live in friendship and peace” Dr Rajendra Kumar speaking said, “Let us follow the quote ‘Live and let live. Only if there is peace and unity in the community, then we can live peacefully without looking forward for any untoward incidents. Let this Christmas season bring peace and harmony among people of all faith and religion, so that we can have a better society”. Zohra Abbas also spoke.
Dr Aloysius D’Souza addressing the audience said, “We need to open our hearts towards the poor this Christmas and help those who are desperately in need of food, shelter and money. During Christmas people have a spirit of giving because it is a time that we give and receive. While there is nothing wrong with giving to the poor at Christmas time this should not be the only time that we do so. As Jesus said, the poor will be with us always and so we should have a giving spirit all year round. According to a script in the Bible- For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. Let’s start sharing and giving this Christmas season. This Christmas let us spread the message of peace, humanity, love and brotherhood, and whole-heartily help those who are in desperate need of food, money and shelter. Merry Christmas to you all”
“I am very happy to inform you that the Catholic diocese has so far constructed 160 houses to the people who were desperately needing a roof over their head, and I feel happy to announce you that 24 more houses are under construction this year” said the Bishop. Catholic Sabha president Flavy D’souza delivered the vote of thanks, followed by a tableau. Victor Vas- secretary of Catholic Sabha compered the programme.