Udupi: Teachers Day celebrated in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle

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By Anil Alva
Bellevision Media Network

Udupi/M’Belle, 3 Sept 2017: Teachers’ Day’ is being celebrated all over India  on 5th  September every year,  a special day on which teachers are honoured by their students and their services are appreciated by the society. Though, the respect and honour to the teachers is due on every day of the year, like any other special day set aside, the Teachers’ Day has been observed in different ways in different regions, but with same aim and objective of appreciating the noble profession of teaching and making the teachers feel that they are special in the lives of the students as educators, guides, advisers and friends.


As in the previous years, Teachers Day was celebrated in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle on Sunday, 3 September 2017 with the holy mass at 7.30 am followed by a brief function in St. Lawrence PU College hall at 8.45 am. The Teachers Day celebration was organized by Moodubelle Unit of the Education Commission. Catholic Teachers serving in St. Lawrence Educational Institutions aswell as those from the parish serving in other educational Institutions attended the Teachers Day celebration.


The holy mass was offered by Fr. Clement Mascarenhas, Parish Priest of St. Lawrence Church and Correspondent of St. Lawrence Educational Institutions.  The liturgy of the holy mass was animated by the teachers.


In his homily, Fr. Clement Mascarenhas appreciated the service that  had been was rendered by the retired teachers and also the dedicated service of the teachers presently serving in the institutions. 

The brief function in St. Lawrence PU College hall was presided over by Fr. Clement Mascarenhas. Other dignitaries on the dais included Fr. Lawrence Cutinha- Assistant Parish Priest, Vincent Fernandes-Vice President of Parish Pastoral Council, Dr. Eugene DSouza-Chief Guest, Charles Quadros-Guest of honour and J.B. Miranda-Convener of Education Commission, Moodubelle Unit. 


Following the welcome address by J.B. Miranda, Dr. Eugene DSouza in his key-note speech said that Jesus Christ is the universal model for all teachers as He taught the people the complex doctrines and truth through simple language by means of parables. Dr. Eugene DSouza narrated the circumstances that led him to take up the teaching profession. He said that after completing his graduation he got an opportunity to serve in a high school. However, he was keen to  do Post Graduate study and get into a college which he did two years later. Thereafter, he registered for Ph.D. degree and after six years of hard work could get Ph.D. degree.  Prior to his retirement he became a guide to  Ph.D. students and  supervised the research work of four students who were awarded Ph.D. degrees by the Mumbai University. Besides, this achievement, he served as Principal of a college for a period of two years. 


During his speech, Dr. Eugene DSouza paid tribute to those teachers right from the primary to the Post Graduate level who had been his role models. He also pointed out the challenges faced by him as a student and while serving as a teacher and lecturer. 

Charles Quadros, who retired from service on 31 August 2017, appreciated the contribution of Fr. Clement Mascarenhas as the Correspondent of St. Lawrence Educational Institutions. First being a teacher and later as Principal and Correspondent of Educational Institutions at various parishes Fr. Clement has left a distinct mark in the field of education.


In his presidential message, Fr. Clement Mascarenhas said that all the teachers, retired as well as serving  have been doing God’s work, the work of shaping the future of students and contributing in nation building. He wished good health and happy life to the retired teachers and appreciated the serving teachers for their sincere and dedicated service. 


J.B. Miranda-Convener of the Education Commission  of  St. Lawrence Parish, Moodubelle welcomed the gathering, Edward Noronha proposed the vote of thanks and Mrs. Maria Barboza compeered the programme.


The YCS students conducted few spot games. The winners were given prizes by Fr. Clement Mascarenahs. 


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