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The Feast St Anne, Ponda Goa

29 July 2018, Ponda: St Anne’s Church in Ponda has been standing tall since the mid 19th century, providing devotees a place to venerate the grandmother of Jesus Christ. This church, along with three other churches in Goa, is now solely dedicated to St Anne, the mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus. Originally, this church in Ponda, that was established in 1700, was dedicated to St Anne and St. Anthony. The Jesuit missionaries administered to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people in early seventeenth century. The existing church was built much later. The church baptism records show that the baptism registration officially started in 1860, under then Parish Priest Fr Minguel Jose Leandro Ferrira. The documents, all in Portuguese, are still preserved in the church archives. In the course of the years, this church was entrusted to the pastoral care of the Franciscans: Order of Friars Minor (OFM) in 1957. (Courtesy: https://www.heraldgoa.in/Cafe/UNDER-THE-SHADOW-OF-GRACE/118240.html)

Religious celebration is a beautiful aspect of Goan life because here, the feasts and festivals of one community are celebrated by other communities as well, bringing together people in the purest of ways. The Feast this year was celebrated on 29th July. The festive celebration was presided over by Rev. Fr. Patricio Fernandes, SJ, Rector of the “Basilica of Bom Jesus” who preached a wonderful sermon referring often to the inspiring words of Pope Francis on family. The Eucharist was concelebrated by Br Carlos Dias, Regional Superior Custos of Northeren Region and his team of councillors, Br Praveen Henry D Souza, the Minister Provincial and his team of Definitors, Br. Tony D Souza, the Parish Priest and his team and a number of friars from various places.

The Church was packed to its full capacity and the liturgy was enlivened with sonorous singing. There was a prayerful procession soon after the Eucharist attended by many faithful. People then flocked to venerate the statue of Mother St. Ann. In the evening, there was a football match in honour of the feast.

 
 

 

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FRIARS' BIRTHDAY (December)

Date

Name of the Friars

Events

Year

02

St. Louis Friary – Palmaner

Fidelis D’ Lima

Foundation

Ordination

1949

1964

05

Abraham Vadana

Shaji Nicholas Vadachery

+ Valentine Crasta

Birth

Birth

Home

1946

1969

2011

06

Baptist D’ Souza

Birth

1975

07

+ Anthony’s Church - Bannur

Erection

1999

09

Anil Kerketta

Birth

1980

11

Richard D’Silva

+ Agnel D’ Mello

Ordination

Home

1960

2013

13

Vincent Soosai

Varghese Sebastian

Scaria Varanath

Thomas M.M.

Dayanand

Anand Suresh Minj

Nideesh M. John

Birth

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Ordination

Birth

Birth

1970

1975

1975

1975

1975

1987

1993

14

+ Titus Myppan

Home

2012

15

Gregory Fernandes

Ordination

1963

16

Paul K.L.

Assisi Sadan - Nagpur

Birth

Foundation

1952

1993

17

Sidney Mascarenhas

Varghese Lakra

Ordination

Birth

1967

1977

18

Ajit Kerketta

Birth

1976

19

James Kallarackan

Friary Chapel – Palmaner

Birth

Blessing

1942

1967

21

Parish Church - Palmaner

Blessing

1964

22

Francis Agnelo Rozario

Birth

1966

24

Emmanuel Christopher

Birth

1992

25

Mukti P. Ekka

+ Celestine Reardon

+ Ambrose Staskunas

Birth

Home

Home

1973

1976

1986

26

Tony D’ Souza

+ Paschal Fernando

Birth

Home

1962

1994

27

Irudayaraj Fernando

Sahaya Dhas J.

Ordination

Ordination

2002

2013

28

Madhu Sudhan Reddy

Ordination

2015

29

Thumma Ranjith Kumar Reddy

Ordination

2015

30

+ Gratian McEvoy

Wilson Paul Nattalil

Stephen Lamin Gashnga

+ Kuriyan Joseph

Home

Ordination

Ordination

Home

1992

2003

2012

2015

31

Sleeva Reddy

Birth

1968