Feast of Nativity
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The feast of Nativity popularly known as ‘Monthi Fest’, among the Mangalorean Catholics, the birthday of Mother Mary, also Known as Family feast, where all the family members gather together in their elders house for a family meal. This feast is known as blessing of the new crop. People thank God for the good rain and for the new crop given to them by invoking his blessing upon it. The nativity feast is celebrated herein Kinnigoli Church. Parishioners gathered at Kinnigoli Church in the morning and a procession was taken till Kinnigoli bus stand and a small religious programme was held in Kannada herein Church Bi-centenary building. Rev. Fr. Vincent Monteiro, Parish Priest of Kinnigoli Church Present on the occasion. Fr. Ashok Rayan Crasta, Asst. Parish Priest of Kinnigoi Church blessed the new crop. Fr.Sunil George D’souza , Asst.Parish Priest and Pricipal of St.Mary’s Central School Kinnigoli read the word of God and gave the message on the occasion. He said that today’s feast is also known as Family feast , where all family members come together to celebrate this feast with the new crop meal. Today’s feast is dedicated to all girls and women’s as their day. He urged the Parishioners to look after all the females with love, respect and dignity. Mrs.Edna D’souza, compared the programme.
Procession was taken back to the Church with the new crop. Holy mass was offered. Parishioners brought large number of offerings to thank God for the new crop. After the mass new crop (Novem) was distributed to parish council members and parishioners. Holige and Payasa was given to all the Parishioners. Sugar Cane distributed to children and adults. The St.Vincent D Paul society members auctioned the items brought for the offerings and the funds collected from it will be utilized for the betterment of the needy parishioners
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