Press Release Photography: Anil DSouza
Apr 8, 2012 Chicago: The Mangaorean Konkan Christian Association (MKCA/USA) celebrated Easter Vigil Mass at the Courtland Square Club House, Des Plaines, Illinois. After a graceful Lenten season and spirit-filled Lenten Retreat, the devotees celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ with great joy.
The celebration was initiated with holy Mass by Rev. Fr. Richard Vaz, SVD with blessing of fire and lighting of Easter Candle. It was followed by blessing of incense and water. Fr. Vaz, in his sermon invited the people to celebrate the light and Joy of the Easter Vigil and to celebrate the great mystery of salvation accomplished in the passion, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In his message focusing on “Who will roll away the stone for us?”, he said “The Easter promise is that the same Jesus who could not be held back by torture, by death, by stones rolled in front of tombs, is the same Jesus who is alive today and here today to live in you, to rescue you, heal you, empower you and set you free from any tomb you’ve even known”. He further stated “Christ is alive in our world and is waiting to meet every one of us. Alleluia.” The mass was conducted with hymns in Konkani and English, headed by MKCA Choir group lead by Dorothy Rego and Daphnie Fernandes.
The MKCA President, Godwin Rego welcomed the guests and the members present. DJ Joey, before drawing the crowd to the stage, played a Whitney Houston’s song as a tribute to the legendary singer who passed away recently. This was followed by games for children and adults conducted by Roopa Misquita. All the children were presented with Easter gifts donated by Janaki Srinivas Rao. In addition Easter Bunny (Shawn D’Souza) entertained the young children and presented them with Easter baskets.
For having this program a great success, the Secretary Steven D’Souza thanked the guests and members, for their enthusiastic participation and help in organizing the program. He especially thanked Dorothy Rego, the event chairperson for coordinating the program. In keeping up with the tradition of Mangalorean Konkan Christians, all the participants present sang ‘Loudathe dominum’ as a mark of successful conclusion of a formal program. All the participants danced to the tunes of Konkani, Spanish, Hindi and English songs. The program was successfully compeered by a dynamic emcee Amith Prabhu.