Nathal Fest Celebration

MKCA, USA Celebrates Nathal Fest – 2015

Report By: Stany DSouza                                                          Pictures: Austin DSouza Prabhu

Chicago, Dec. 19:  As 2.3 billion Christians, almost third of the world’s population around the world are poised to celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, the Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association, celebrated its 14th Christmas Program with its focus on sharing and giving.  It was sunny but one of the coldest day of this year’s winter season.  As the temperature was below the freezing point, the Christmas spirit was in full swing with both young and old celebrating Nathal Fest (in Konkani language) in its true spirit.

The program began with celebration of Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. Richard Vaz, SVD, at the historical and beautiful Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Techny Towers. During the Holy Eucharist, the MKCA choir sung Konkani and English hymns under the leadership of Concy Misquita, accompanied by Piano and Flute played by Suraj Misquita, which gave a special touch to the hymns.  In his homily, Fr. Richie Vaz SVD said how Mary and Joseph accepted the great sacrifice of raising infant Jesus.  By narrating a story of a beggar and Capuchin brother, he said we all should accept any small offers made by others since we will not know the true spirit of a giver.  We are excited to open the packages, the gifts we receive at Christmas, but remember there is one gift that we continue to unwrap and that is Jesus. Jesus is the only gift that we can keep unwrapping – not just today, but throughout our lifetimes. Jesus understands our human weakness – for he became one of us, one with us.

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2 Fr. Richie Vaz

At the end of the Holy Eucharist, past president, Queenie Mendonca called the Executive Committee elect for the year 2016 -2017 to the alter and presented them to the attendees.  In her acceptance speech President Elect, Vissia D’Souza introduced the new executive committee members – Vice President Roshini Carvalho, Secretary Queenie Mendonca, Joint Secretary Mercy concesso and Treasurer Dorothy Rego.  In her acceptance speech President Elect, Vissia D’Souza while thanking the outgoing Executive Committee for their successful tenure also introduced the new Executive Committee members – Vice President Roshini Carvalho, Secretary Queenie Mendonca, Joint Secretary Mercy concesso and Treasurer Dorothy Rego. She further thanked all the members for their confidence in women and promised to stay up to everyone’s expectations and asked for support and guidance going forward. She invited the members present to take an active role in its future programs.

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4 New Executive committee Vissia Mercy Roshini Dorothy Queenie

5 President Vissia DSouzas acceptece speech

The social program was held at Indonesian Hall of Techny Towers.  The President of the association, Steven D’Souza welcomed all the guests, well-wishers and members present.  He invited all the participants to share the Christmas spirit and enjoy the wonderful activities arranged by the organizers.  He thanked for their gracious presence in making this program a success.

The compeer of the Program Ashok Monteiro, invited the audience to savor the typical Indian appetizers and the open bar.  All the couples’ present enjoyed the ‘couple dance’ to the smooth musical tunes provided by D. J. Joey Mendonca.

6 Emcee Ashok and Queenie with President Steven

7 Outgoing Exec committee

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This was followed by sumptuous dinner with Dukra maas (Pork dish) with Sanna along with other mouthwatering menu items.  The climax of the program was culminated by singing “Loudate Dominum” by all the attendees present.

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The program was followed by singing of Christmas Carols by the members present, under the leadership of Concy Misquita.  As they sang “Jingle Bells”, there was grand arrival of Santa Claus.  The arrival of Santa sent electric waves to the children present.  They were all mesmerized and happy to receive gifts from Santa Claus.  Santa Claus (Austin Prabhu) entertained everyone present with special photo shootout and with his humorous comments. 13

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20 Laudathe led by Austin n Larry

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Queenie Mendoca thanked all the audience present for their gracious presence and all those who prepared the “Kuswar” Items.  The Christmas Kuswar is a typical Mangalorean Konkan Christian culture, whereby families prepare Christmas goodies and share them with their relatives and neighbors during Christmas time – a mark of sharing joy.  While going home, all the participants received a packet of Kuswar from the organizers of the program.

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Monthi Fest celebrations

Report by: Stany D’Souza                                                              Photos:Austin DSouza

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Chicago, Sept. 5:  The Mangalorean Konkan Christians Association, Chicago celebrated Monthi Fest at Techny Towers and Mission Center, Northbrook, Illinois.  It was sunny and gorgeous day in Chicagoland Area and devotees from all around the Chicagoland and surrounding states participated in this feast with enthusiasm with funfilled activities and sumptuous Indian Menu items for dinner.   This feast not only celebrates the birth of Mother Mary but also symbolizes family unity and thanksgiving to the Almighty for ushering us with new crop.  This feast is equivalent to the celebration of “Thanksgiving” in America.

Program began with the celebration of Holy Eucharist lead by Rev. Fr. Henry Sequeira and Fr. Walter who was visiting from Goa at the beautiful aesthetically designed cathedral of Techny Towers. In his message F. Henry highlighted the role of mother in a family. Fr. Walter also gave message on nativity of Mother Mary.  Before the celebration, children gathered offered flowers in honoring the birth of Mother Mary.  During the Holy Mass, Fr. Sequeira blessed the new rice crop.

Vice President of the association Ashok Monteiro welcomed participants to the program.  During the social program, Austin Prabhu, compeer of the program, lead “Jana Ghana Manha”, national anthem of India in celebrating 68th Independence Day.  All the participants joined to sing “God Bless America” to commemorate the remembrance of 3,000 lives lost during 9/11 attack on Twin Towers in New York.

Participants thoroughly enjoyed the musical chairs activity tactfully conducted by Steven D’Souza, Chairperson of the event (current President of the Association).  Winners of the children’s musical chairs were:

Children musical chairs:
1. Sherwin Lasrado
2. Ethan Misquita

Teenage group:

1. Logan Quadros
2. Ethan Carvalho

There was variety of mouthwatering vegetarian food and desserts prepared by the members of the association.  Association’s Secretary Roshini Carvalho thanked all the participants and the members, who prepared sumptuous food for their great contribution in success of this program.  She thanked the sponsor of the program, Mr. Jessie Singh.  Participants enjoyed the open bar and the Indian music presented by DJ Jason Mendonca.

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