Dec. 19. 2016: The Diocese of Mangaluru under the leadership of Social Concern Committee of the Diocesan Pastoral Council has planned to hold a mega vehicle rally to mark the Christmas Celebrations. The rally will be held on Wednesday, 21-12-2016 in the after-noon. Five deaneries of Mangaluru Diocese(Episcopal, City, Permannur, Pezar and Suratkal) will participate in the rally.
The rally will proceed in four routes: A) Thokkottu-Pumpwell-Kankanady-Falnir-Milagres. (Vehicles from Nagori and Bajal will join at Pumpwell. Vehicles from Cassia, Jeppu and Valencia will join at Kankanady). B) Suratkal, Thannirbavi, Kulur, Ashokanagar, Urva-Lalbagh-P.V.S.-Bunts Hostel-Jyoti-Milagres. Vehicles from Bondel, Derebail, Bejai will join the rally at Lalbagh. C) Vamanjoor, Fermai, Kelarai, Paldane,Sahktinagar, Kelshekar-Nanthoor-Bendur-Balmatta-Jyothi-Milagres. Vehicles from Bajjodi and Bendur will join the rally on the way. D) Rosario-A.B.Shetty circle-Milagres.
Two Wheelers and Four Wheeler vehicles will be used in the rally. Christmas Carols will be sung in the rally. There will be floats related to Christmas in the rally. The assembling place of the rally is Milagres. All the vehicles will be parked at Milagres School grounds. The people who participate in the rally will gather at Milgares Church grounds at 6.30 pm. Around three thousand people are expected to participate in the rally. People are expected to wear Santa Claus cap.
At Milagres Church grounds three Christmas Carols( Konkani, Kannada and English) will be sung with lighted candles in hand. A tableau depicting the teachings of Jesus will be presented at the venue. Most Rev Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore will deliver the Christmas message. The venue will be decorated with a giant star and Christmas tree.
As part of this celebration the Bishop will distribute ‘Kuswar’ and clothes to the in-mates of St Anthony’s, festive items to the families of people affected by HIV/AIDS and construction material to build a house to the poor family on 23-12-2016 .
Fr Onil D’Souza the Convener of the rally, Fr Ronald D’Souza the director of ICYM, Mr M.P. Noronha, Secretary of Mangalore Diocese Pastrol Parishad, Mr Godwin Pinto, Catholic Sabha (Convenor-Political Awareness) and Mr Vincent Mascarenhas, Media Committee were present for the press conference.