MANGALURU, JUN 14 : The Annual Feast of St Anthony of Padua was celebrated on Tuesday, June 13, 2022 with all its pomp and glory. The novenas preceding the feast commenced on May 31 and concluded with a 3-day Triduum. Several intentions were included in the novenas and were prayed with devotion and thanksgiving.
The festive mass was solemnly celebrated at the Church of Our Lady of Milagres by the Bishop of Mangalore Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop Emeritus Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’souza and Bishop of Bareilly Most Rev. Dr Ignatius D’souza at 6:00 p.m. Rev. Fr J.B. Crasta- Director of St. Anthony’s Ashram, Rev. Fr Rupesh Tauro and Rev. Fr Larry Pinto – Asst Directors of St Anthony’s Ashram and a host of priests from across the deanery con-celebrated the mass.
Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha in his homily enunciated of the innumerable miracles through St Anthony that the Ashram and his devotees have experienced. Prayer and devotion through St Anthony work wonders and the mission at St Anthony’s Ashram is a zenith for this. Intentions and thanksgiving were upheld in prayer during the mass.
The Post Centenary Silver Jubilee celebration was inaugurated during the Mass by Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha. The logo of the celebration was revealed and publicized.
Members of S J Memorial Choir sang with the angels and joined in thanksgiving. Hundreds of devotees partook in the festive celebration.
Masses were offered throughout the day for the laity. Rev. Fr Anil Fernandes, director, Canara Communication Centre, Mangalore celebrated mass at 8:15 a.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Milagres. Rev. Fr. Vincent Monteiro, Dean of Episcopal City deanery and parish priest of Bendur celebrated mass at the Ashram at 11:00 a.m. Mass for our Malayalam brethren was held at the Church of Our Lady of Milagres at 4:30 p.m.