‘Monthi Fest’-‘Graduation Ceremony’-Presbytery launching’ in Same-Tanzania

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‘Monthi Fest’-‘Graduation Ceremony’-Presbytery launching’ in Same-Tanzania

‘Monthi Fest’-‘Graduation Ceremony’-Presbytery launching’ in Kifaru Parish, Same-Tanzania

The Feast of Nativity of Our Lady (’Monthi Fest’) and the Blessing of new corn celebrated.

Tanzania: The feast of Nativity of Our Lady ( ’Monthi Fest’) and the Blessing of new corn was celebrated with devotion and enthusiasm, at St Joseph Boy’s Science Secondary School, Kifaru Parish, Same-Tanzania.

His Excellency Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza presided over the celebration. The celebration began at 4.30pm with the inauguration of the newly built hall in the school. There after Bishop blessed the new corn and celebrated the Holy Eucharist. During the homily Bishop preached the significance of the feast of nativity and highlighted the importance of the family life. Rev Fr Vincent Monteiro, Parish Priest of Kinnigoli, Mangaluru, Guest priests namely Rev Fr Ronald Pinto the Parish Priest of Uppinangady-DK, Rev Fr Suresh from Pune; Rev Fr Alwyn D’Souza, Rev Fr Hilary Lobo, Rev Fr Victor Machado and Rev Fr Jason Lobo concelebrated the Holy Eucharist.

The parishioners of Kifaru along with the students participated in the Eucharist. After the Eucharist, meal was served to all the faithful which was organized and arranged by Br Lanson Pinto and Prashanth D’Souza.

Keeping with the tradition the Mangalorean Catholic Community in Kifaru gathered as one family and thanked God for the good crop and consumed the blessed new corn. The special dish of Monthi Fest Alu-dento and other vegetables were served for the meal.


Tanzania: The ninth of September 2017 was a red letter day in the history of St. Joseph Boys’ Science Secondary School, Same diocese in Tanzania. The first batch of 40 students underwent the graduation ceremony at the school. Rt. Rev. Dr. Rogath Kimaryo the Bishop of Same, Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangaluru, Honourable Aaron Mbogho, the District Commissioner of Mwanga District; Chacha Magewa, the Education officer of Mwanga district, Fr Ronald Pinto, the first headmaster of the school, Sr Vinola, the Regional Superior of Ursuline Franciscan Sisters, Fr Vincent Monteiro, Parish priest of Kinnigoli parish were the dignitaries who graced the occasion. About 500 parents, 250 students of the school, several priests and religious sisters were present.

The day began with the Holy Eucharist offered by Bishop Rogath Kimaryo of Same. In his homily he thanked the Lord for the progress made in the school campus and exhorted the students to excel in competence and character. A colourful graduation programme followed with the procession along with the school band. The Form Four students were brought to the stage on candle light procession with enchanting music. After the prayer dance, Fr Alwyn D’Souza the manager of the school welcomed all those who were present. Fr Victor Machado, the Headmaster of the school read the report of the school in Kiswahili. Mesmerizing dances and entertaining skits followed which won the hearts of all. Fr Ronald Pinto honored all the teachers. Honourable Aaron Mbogho distributed prizes to those had won in different competitions during the year. Bishop Aloysius honoured those with academic excellence.

The District Commissioner lauded the efforts of the school in offering quality education and urged the students to become productive assets to the nation. He offered to give attractive benefits to those who do remarkably well in the examination. The Bishop of Mangaluru by citing various examples gave useful guidelines to the students as how they can excel both in competence and character. Fr Ronald Pinto urged the students to take the school to new heights by doing extremely well in the coming National Examination. The Bishop of Same enlisted the services rendered by the Catholic Church and said that all these services are done not for business but with genuine interest for the betterment of the community. He requested the government authorities to recognize this difference in our charitable works.

Finally the Form four students were conferred the graduation certificates by all the guests on the dais. The parents of the students were also honoured during the ceremony. It was the most profound moment during the program.

Mrs Leonard Laghua, the Assistant Headmistress of the school proposed the vote of thanks. A sumptuous meal followed thereafter. All those who attended the program express their joy and gratitude for arranging the program with a qualitative touch.

Newly built Presbytery inaugurated at Kifaru Parish, Tanzania

Tanzania: The long newly built Presbytery at Kifaru Parish, Same Tanzania was inaugurated on 10th September 2017. Most Rev. Dr Rogath Kimaryo Bishop of SAME presided over the Holy Eucharist. Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza along with eight other priests concelebrated the Eucharist.

After the Holy Eucharist by Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, inaugurated and blessed the new Presbytery and thanked all for the contributions made to build the presbytery. Later both the Bishops honored the guests, catechists, donors and the people who volunteered to work of the parish.

Later the parishioners, in turn, honored the Bishops and the Priests. The programme was capped with a sumptuous lunch.

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