Mumbai: St Joseph’s Konkani Welfare Association, Mira Road celebrates Monti Fest

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By Canute Menezes, Shirva
Bellevision Media Network

Mumbai, 09 Sep 2022: Monti Feast was celebrated by St Joseph’s Konkani Welfare Association, Mira Road on September 8 at the Community Hall of St Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, here.


Programme started with a welcome dance by the children of Association members. Calisth Cardoza, President of the Association welcomed the gathering.


Fr Melvyn D’Cunha (spiritual director of the association and parish priest of St Joseph’s Church, Fr. Lawrence (superior, Carmel Community, Mira Road), Fr Stephen Pereira (chief guest) and Anthony Pereira couple (well-wishers of Association) along with office bearers of the Association were at the dais.



Speaking on the occasion, Fr Melvyn D’Cunha explained the significance of the feast, stating that it is a feast of the family where all family members get together for the ‘Noven Jevan’. He praised the Association for the good work done by them.


Merit holders (children of Association members) in SSC and above were honored.


Prizes were distributed to the winners of the inaugural issue of ’Konkani Preran’ a magazine published by the Association.


Second issue of ’Konkani Preran’, a magazine published by the Association was released by chief guest Fr. Stephen Pereira, OCD and he said he is very happy to see the work being done by the Association. Association is not only working for the development of Konkani, they are also recognizing the talents of children and encouraging them. He urged the audience to become members of the Association and encourage it in its work.


A skit ‘Monti Fest’ written and directed by Joy Paladka, cultural secretary and enacted by members of the association and their children was staged.


Auction of vegetables and ‘Rice Mudo’ was held during the skit.


There was a ‘Noven Sevnche’ progeamme in the skit and at that time Spiritual Director of the association, Fr Melvyn D’Cunha conducted the prayer in a traditional way. Thereafter Noven was distributed to all. Members of the association and their children entertained the crowd with jokes and songs. Anita D’Souza, vice president of the Association proposed vote of thanks.



The second part of the Program was the ‘Noven Jevan’ program in the traditional way.


Prayer before meals was by Fr Lawrence D’Cunha. Vegetarian ‘Jevan’ (Dinner) was served on the banana leaf and ’Laudate’ was sung by the members of St Joseph’s Konkani Welfare Association.


Arun Noronha and Jossy Gonsalves compered the programme.



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Alwyn Mathias, Mira Road Sat, September-10-2022, 10:55
An honest effort can bring a big achievement, you proved it well. Very good program organised
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