Mangaluru: Yuva Cordel – Youth Programme held at Holy Cross Church, Cordel

Mangaluru, Aug 13: On the occasion of 150 years celebration of Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar, “Yuva Cordel” – a half day Youth Programme was organised on August 6 for the youth of the parish. As many as 113 youth participated actively in the programme.

Chris Crasta from MFC spoke on ‘Drug Abuse and Youth’ while Noam gave his testimony on how he is a changed man and away from any kind of addiction today. Vandana D’Souza, lecturer at Roshni Nilaya, shared her knowledge on ‘Mental Health and Spirituality.’ The final talk for the day was by Corrine Rasquinha, founder, White Doves, who enthralled the youth with her singing and her captivating personal journey in the shadow of God. She invited youth to be pro-active and to make a difference to their own lives and then to others.

Mangaluru: Let Peace Prevail at Manipur – Silent protest held at Holy Cross Church, Cordel

Mangaluru, Jul 23: After the 9.30 am Mass on Sunday, an impactful silent protest was organised by the parish pastoral council with the support of ICYM, YCS and the parishoners. The protest was aimed at expressing our solidarity with our suffering Tribal brethren in the Northeastern State of Manipur, who have been enduring inhuman atrocities in the region.

With a strong display of unity and compassion, the parishoners held placards conveying their messages of displeasure, concern and urgency. They primarily demanded that the Central and Manipur State Governments expedite the peace process and normalise the situation and assist the Tribals to live in peace without further delay.
The silent protest and the large crowd, garnered significant attention from the general public and the media, raising awareness about the plight of the Manipur tribals. The protest emphasized the urgency and importance of addressing the grievances promptly and taking effective measures to ensure their safety, security, and well-being. The event sent a resounding message of unity, empathy, and social responsibility, calling upon the authorities to take immediate and concrete actions to alleviate the suffering of the tribal communities in Manipur.

Mangaluru: Body of Jesus taken down from Cross – Thousands watch recreated scene at Cordel church

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Mangaluru, Apr 8: Thousands of devotees witnessed the recreation of scene where the body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross at Holy Cross Church, Cordel on Friday, April 7.

After a 50 year-long gap, the recreational custom was performed by the parishioners. After lowering the body from the Cross, it was laid in a cradle and a small procession was taken out. Fr Cliford Fernandes, parish priest, Fr Jovin Sequeira and Fr Ivan Corderio led the prayer.

“When I was in 8th standard, the recreation of the scene where the body of Jesus is being taken down from the Cross, was held in our Cordel parish. After that, it was stopped for various reasons. Now I am happy to see the custom again in my old age. It is very difficult to move the Cross which weighs around 80 kg and the cradle which is made of heavy wood. Nowadays, the custom is followed in many parishes and this year in our parish too,” says Roman, a senior citizen.

This year, Cordel parish marks the 150th year of laying foundation stone to the parish church by the founder, the holy priest, Fr Alexander Dubois, popularly known as Fradsaib.

Mangaluru: NRI Christmas Day celebrated at Cordel Holy Cross Church

Mangaluru: NRI Christmas Day celebrated at Cordel Holy Cross Church

Mangaluru, Dec 26: A one-of-its-kind, Christmas Day was celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Cordel. On the occasion of post centenary golden Jubilee of the Church, various programmes were organised for the parishioners.

On December 24, NRI Christmas was celebrated with the NRIs of Holy Cross Church who are spread across the globe. There were more than 150 NRIs from various countries like USA, Qatar, Oman, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Thailand, Australia, Gabon, Canada, Czech Republic, etc. A beautiful procession was carried out with NRI families before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The NRIs were honoured and felicitated with blessed candles. It was a special celebration in honour of all our parishioners who are working abroad and the joy of being one big parish family was much evident in the proceedings of the celebration.

Fr Paul Sebastian D’Souza – assistant parish priest was the main celebrant. Fr Clifford Fernandes preached the sermon and he stressed on the special occasion of the birth of Jesus. He called on the parishioners to be kind and considerate and be aware of where one comes from and history. He called upon the people gathered to be humane towards each other. “God wants dwells amongst us and in the Old Testament God spoke to Prophets through light, sound, wind, dreams, etc. God has his own plans and he fulfils his plan when the right time comes. From time to time, God sends various people to speak to humankind and we need to recognise the presence of God in them. Where there is peace, harmony, love, etc. there we can the glory of God. What does God expects from us? He expects us to be caring, sharing, helping the needy and he calls us to walk on the righteous path,” he said.

The Holy Eucharist was concelebrated by Fr Ivan Peter Cordeiro – assistant parish priest, Fr Walter Mendonca, Fr Richard Fernandes, Fr Ronald Rodrigues – guest priests and deacon Norman Mathias and Br Joel Monteiro were present along with Ruth Castelino – vice president of the parish council, Anil D’Sa – secretary of the parish council, finance committee members and the members of the parish council were present. More than 6000 faithful attended the Eucharistic celebration. The special attraction is the 22-ft tall Christmas tree that attracted a lot of crowds and served as a photography and selfie spot. The ICYM members prepared a beautiful crib depicting a meaningful message. The sweetness of the festive season was shared by distributing cake to all present at the celebration.

Mangaluru: Grand Horekanike procession marks celebrations at Holy Cross Church, Cordel

Mangaluru: Grand Horekanike procession marks celebrations at Holy Cross Church, Cordel

Mangaluru, Dec 10: On the occasion of post centenary golden jubilee of Holy Cross Church, Cordel, and on the occasion of 146th death anniversary of the founder of the church Fr Alexander Duboi (popularly known as Kulyarda Ajjer) and for the ‘Anna Santharpane,’ will be held on December 11.

Horekanike procession was held on December 10 from Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte. The 11 zones, comprising of 4 wards in each zone, brought the horekanike. Carmel fathers from Infant Jesus Shrine, Vamanjoor Parish, Kelarai Parish, Shakthinagar Parish, Katte Friends, Veera Narayana Games Team, Jai Jawan Friends Circle, former corporate Bhaskar Moily also brought Horekanike in honour of ‘Kulyarda Ajjer.’

All the people of Kulshekar and adjoining areas are invited to join the feast day celebrations commencing at 5.30 PM, with Mass, followed by eucharistic procession and anna Santharpane at 8 PM.

Mangaluru: Founder’s Day celebration at Holy Cross Church, Cordel, honors Frad Saib

Mangaluru: Founder’s Day celebration at Holy Cross Church, Cordel, honors Frad Saib

Mangaluru, Dec 11: The Holy Cross Church in Cordel marked the 146th death anniversary of its founder, Rev Fr Alexander Dubois, affectionately known as “Frad Saib,” with a solemn mass held at the church grounds.

Bishop of Mangalore Catholic Diocese, Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, officiated the mass and extended his blessings to the congregation. In his sermon, he emphasized the significance of salvation through the cross of Jesus Christ and praised Frad Saib’s dedication, which led to the establishment of the sacred Holy Cross Church in Cordel.

“Honoring one’s parents is a divine virtue that invites blessings from God. Recognizing and rectifying mistakes is crucial. The Word of God serves as inspiration for all of us. Let us adopt it in our lives, becoming benevolent members of society,” remarked Bishop Saldanha.

The holy mass saw the participation of Cordel church parish priest Fr Clifford Fernandes, assistant parish priest Fr Ivan Cordero, Fr Paul D’Souza, and 24 priests from various churches across the Mangalore Diocese. Following the religious ceremony, a fellowship meal was shared among the devotees, with approximately 5,000 individuals partaking in the celebration.

Deacon Norman Mathias, vice president of the Parish Pastoral Committee Ruth Castelino, and secretary Anil D’Sa were also present during the Founder’s Day commemoration at Holy Cross Church, Cordel.

Mangaluru: Post-centenary golden jubilee celebration of Cordel church held

Mangaluru, Sep 18: The post-centenary golden jubilee celebration of Cordel Church (Holy Cross church) of Kulshekar was held on Sunday September 17.

Bishop of Mangalore diocese Dr Peter Paul Saldanha offered the Mass. Chief priest of Mangaluru city zone Fr James D’Souza, parish priest of Cordel church Fr Clifford Fernandes, assistant priests Fr Ivan Cordario and Fr Paul D’Souza and other guest priests were present. Several religious brothers, sisters and devotees of Kulshekar and nearby churches were present.

Bishop Dr Peter Paul Saldanha gave the homily and blessings of the cross. After the Mass, felicitation was held for 103 people including assistant priests and those who have become priests from this church.

Bishop Dr Peter Paul Saldanha was felicitated on completing five years as the bishop of Mangalore diocese. The bishop congratulated the priests and religious brothers of Kulshekar church who rendered their relentless service. He also wished that the church become a holy shrine in coming days. Parish priest of the church Fr Clifford Fernandes thanked all those who made the celebration a grand success.

Vice president of church Ruth Castelino, secretary Anil D’Sa, coordinator of 21 commissions Dolphy D’Souza, media coordinator Eliyas Fernandes and others were present.

Richard Alvares compered the event. Fr Paul D’Souza rendered vote of thanks.

Mangaluru: Feast of Exaltation of Holy Cross celebrated at Cordel church

Mangaluru: Feast of Exaltation of Holy Cross celebrated at Cordel church

Mangaluru, Sep 15: On the occasion of completing 150 years of Holy Cross Church, Cordel, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by vicar general of Mangalore diocese Msgr Fr Maxim Noronha accompanied by Fr Clifford Fernandes (parish priest), Fr Ivan Cordeiro and Fr Paul D’Souza (assistant parish priest), with the parish pastoral council members, guest priests and sisters and the parishioners attending the Holy Mass in large numbers. Fr Maxim Noronha preached the Word of God and wished the faithful gathered many blessings of the Holy Cross.

The Holy Mass was followed by a felicitation programme for the founders, benefactors, past vice presidents and secretaries of the parish pastoral council and the gurkars. A total of 206 people were felicitated for their selfless service in the growth of Holy Cross Church, Cordel. Fr Maxim Noronha in his address thanked the people who have rendered their service and are continuing to do so. He wished the gathering many more blessings and said that may Holy Cross Church become a pilgrim centre for the people of Mangaluru and the surrounding areas. Fr Clifford Fernandes thanked everyone for making the day so special and the celebration so successful.

The programme was attended and inaugurated by Fr Maxim Noronha, vicar general of diocese of Mangalore, Fr Clifford Fernandes, parish priest, Fr Ivan Cordeiro and Fr Paul D’Souza, Ruth Castelino – vice president (parish pastoral council), Anil D’Sa – secretary (parish pastoral council), Dolphy D’Souza – co-ordinator (21 Commissions), and the founders, benefactors, past vice presidents and secretaries of the parish pastoral council and the gurkars. Ruth Castelino welcomed the gathering. Renita Aranha compered the programme and Anil D’Sa rendered the vote of thanks.

The programme ended with a fellowship dinner.

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