St Lawrence Basilica, Karkala Attur all set for Annual Feast from Jan 22-26

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St Lawrence Basilica, Karkala Attur all set for Annual Feast from Jan 22-26

Udupi: The annual feast of St Lawrence Minor Basilica, Karkala Attur will be celebrated from January 22 to 26 said Fr Alban D’Souza Rector of the Basilica.

Speaking to media persons Fr Alban said that The Celebrations will begin on January 21 with a special mass for sick people at 3:30 pm.

About 35 Holy masses will be offered during the five-day festival. Apart from 26 Konakni, there will be 9 masses in Kannada too. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi along with the Bishops of Belthangady, Mangaluru, Puttur and Bengaluru will be present and will offer the prime mass.

For the safety and security of the devotees and pilgrims, we have installed 64 CCTV cameras at the festival arena. More space has been provided at the shrine venue for the free movement and comfort of the devotees. The shrine has better facilities for the devotees to fulfil their spiritual obligations like offering Masses, intentions, lighting of candles, confessions for Catholics etc.

The Sacrament of confession for Catholics will be administered on the western side of the shrine in the newly constructed block. The old church will be available only for quiet personal prayers and meditations.

On the eastern side of the church, there will be a big space for those who will be offering prayers, petitions and other offerings. The holy water and flowers (Thirtha and Pushpa Prasada) will be given there. Clean and hygienic drinking water is available at three places around the shrine.

Around 40 toilets/Washrooms are available on the left side of the main entrance to the shrine. 20 toilets and washrooms are available near the presbytery. There will be separate toilets for the differently-abled and senior citizens. For law and order and the safety and security of the pilgrims, there will be a host of police personnel monitoring the shrine arena 24×7. Apart from the regular police personnel, the Reserve Police team and bomb defusing squad will also be stationed.

Begging is strictly prohibited in and around the shrine. The contribution given by the devotees for charity will be distributed to all the needy on 29 January at noon along with lunch.

Information about the Shine, Masses, facilities, and instructions to the devotees will be broadcast through the public address system which will cover a radius of 3 km.

A FEW SUGGESTIONS:

· Please maintain the Shrine Campus clean. Waste Bins may please be used for the purpose.

· The Shrine Campus has been kept clean and green. Please protect the grass and plants.

· C. C. Cameras have been installed in strategic locations in the Shrine Campus for the safety and security of the pilgrims. However, you are advised to take care of your gold, money and valuables.

· Do take care of children and the aged. Please ask them to meet at the particular location should they be lost by chance. Please keep the slips of your Mobile Numbers in their pockets.

· Alcoholic beverages have been strictly forbidden in the Shrine Campus and around. Should you find anyone selling them, kindly inform the Enquiry Centre.

· Should you require Police Assistance at any time, kindly visit the Police Outpost set up for the purpose to the left of your entry by the front gate.

· Kindly cooperate in maintaining devotion and discipline in the Church and the Shrine Campus.

· You are specially requested to keep your Mobiles in the Switch-Off Mode inside the church.

· Please take your bags along with you when you go for Confessions, Communion or to be prayed over.


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