PHOTOS Chicago, April 13: The Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association, USA celebrated its Easter celebration with great pomp at Courtland Square Club House in Des Plaines, this 10th of April. The celebration was initiated with a mass offered by Fr Sylvan, SJ and Fr Arun, SJ. Fr Arun in his powerful sermon presentation reminded the devotees present that Christ gave his life as a sign of His greatest love to humanity and that same love should be with every one of us. He stated that anyone who hurts other, delivers death, whether it is husband or wife or children or in general an Association member. He strongly advised that there shall be unity with in any two persons or an entity to dwell on love and the person who does not shows unity dwells on destruction of others, which is not a healthy sign.
The mass was conducted with hymns in Konkani and English, headed by MKCA choir group. Ms Daphne Fernandes provided the musical rhythm by her piano presentation. Lance Dias welcomed the guests and the members present. MKCA President, Dr Prabhu gave a brief description of future events to be organized by the association and informed audience to mark their calendar for the MKCA family get-together on July 17 and on September 4, 2004, for “Monthi Fest.” He informed the celebrants present that there will be no charge for the event and all are welcome. The organizers provided a sumptuous ethnic dinner arranged by Theresa D’Souza. Mangalorean special Dukra-maas was prepared by Mark & Loretta Dias and Sannam by Lin Martis. The Entertainment Committee spearheaded by Mrs Queenie Mendonca presented exciting games for children and adults. All the participants both young and old were excited to participate in these games. The Easter Bunny (Allen Martis) entertained the children present and distributed Easter gifts to each one of them. All the children were thrilled to receive Easter gifts. The emcee of the program Austin D’Souza Prabhu entertained the crowd and made this program a successful one. For having this program a great success, Vinod Menezes thanked the guests and members, for their enthusiastic participation and help extended to the organizers. 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 function. Later all young and old danced until they dropped to the Konkan, Spanish, Hindi and English musical tunes provided by DJ Nil.