23rd November 2021 was  a memorable day for Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. On that Annual day 4 Secular Carmel members were vested with the Scapular thus entering into the Novitiate stage of formation. They are Stella Dsouza, Maria Dsouza, Lavina Dsouza and Anitha Nazareth.

The Solemn thanksgiving mass began at 5.45pm. It was presided over by Secular Carmel, St. Teresa of Avila, Secular unit Spiritual Assistant Rev. Fr. Rudolph Raj Pinto together with Parish Priest Fr. Ivan Dsouza, Asst. Priest Fr. Patrick Lobo and Fr. Rayan Pinto. Soon after the homily, vestation rite was held. Under the guidance of Fr. Ivan D’souza , Spiritual Assistant those candidates who completed their Aspirancy were presented with the Bible and the Constitution of the OCDs as well vested with the Scapular.

Mass was followed by a felicitation programme in the church mini hall to which Spiritual Assistant of Carmel hill unit, Rev. Fr. Rudolph Pinto, Spiritual Assistant Fr. Ivan Dsouza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Councillor of the OCDS Provincial Council Mrs. Lavina Noronha, Vice President of the Parish Council Mr. Prakash Saldanha, Secretary Irene Pinto, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas were present on the dais. St.Teresa of Avila, Carmel hill unit President Mrs. Jacintha Lobo and Councillors were among others present for the function.

The programme started at 7pm with a prayer by Fr. Rayan Pinto. Rev. Mrs. Asuntha Mendonca welcomed the guests and the gathering after which OCDS Secretary Mrs. Joyce Dsouza read the Annual Report. The guests in their message congratulated all the members of the Secular Carmel for their unity and co-operation and called to partake in the work of the Holy Church through prayer and service and their commitment to the vocation. 

Mrs. Leena Cornelio delivered the vote of thanks. Mrs. Lavina Dsouza conducted the spot games. Mrs. Gracy Fernandes compered the programme. Snacks were served to all.

The programme came to an end at around 8.15pm by singing a Marian hymn.

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