Mangaluru, May 16: The general assembly of the Sunday catechism for the year 2022-23 was held at the church on May 15 for students from 1st to 10th grade.
Mass was celebrated on the fifth Sunday of Easter by Father Anil Canute D Mello, parish priest. In his empowering homily, he told the story of Physically Challenged Girl and the Postman, thereby deriving the value of love—being sensitive to understanding the anguish of others and thus helping to reduce their pain through words and kind acts. He underlined the fact that Love always builds. He puts a beauty line on every life he touches. It gives new hope, new strength and new joy to lonely and discouraged people.
Further, he said: “In the Gospel, John’s dream of a New City is anchored in reality. Christ, the Son of God who realizes this vision in his own life, gives us his final message: Love one another as I have loved you. We are the Church. The way each of us lives our life matters to every vision of everyday life.
The liturgy was led by members of the parish of Fathima.
Annual General Meeting of Sunday Catechism:
Father Anil D’Mello welcomed the assembly and in his introductory message vividly explained the meaning and importance of teaching and learning catechism. He spoke at length about “Parents: the first catechists”, where parents received directives to teach their children to subordinate “the material and instinctive dimensions to the interior and spiritual dimensions” and also to initiate children from an early age to the mysteries of faith. of which they are the “first heralds” for their pupils, which was indeed motivating and beneficial.
Celestine Saldanha, coordinator of religious education classes, informed parents of the rules and regulations to follow and the evaluation model. She also expressed her gratitude to the parish priest for his unconditional support, advice and spiritual nourishment to the flock entrusted to his care with the utmost precision.