By Fr Richard DSouza
Oct 2 : On September 29, 2019, 27 children of St Joseph Vaz Church, Mudipu received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore.
At 7.30 Fr Benjamin Pinto , Fr Shaun Rodrigues, along with the Parish Pastoral Parishad members gave a floral welcome to the Bishop. After which he took catechism for the candidates.
This was followed by Eucharistic celebration . In his homily, bishop gave a call to witness Christ by deeds if needed by words. He officially inaugurated the extraordinary missionary month and invited children to be part of the Pontifical Association of Holy Childhood so that they may inculcate a love for the missions.
As this was the first visit by the bishop to St Joseph Vaz Church, he was felicitated on behalf of all the parishioners and as a sign of his first visit he planted a plant and exhibited his love for the nature.
He also held a meeting with the St Joseph Vaz Shrine committee in view of the Annual feast which will be held in the last week of November and gave his valuable suggestions.