The congregation chanted “mon’xam khatir, mon’xam modlo…” as the Bicholim deanery priests walked the aisle of the Our Lady of Lourdes chapel, Cansa, Tivim to celebrate the Pastors day on 4th August, 2010, coinciding with the feast of St. John Marie Vianney. At the very outset the dean of Bicholim deanery Rev. Fr. Mateus Rodrigues accorded a warm welcome to all the priests, religious and lay people who had assembled to show their love towards their beloved pastors. He also thanked the chaplain Rev. Fr. Mariano Menezes together with his parishioners for taking pains to organize the day’s program.

The highlight of the day was the solemn concelebrated mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Felix Mendes, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Valpoi. The theme chosen for the Eucharistic celebration was: ‘How beautiful are the hands of a priest’. In his homily Rev. Fr. Tomas Lobo, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Grace parish, broke the Word of God impressing upon the congregation: to love their pastors, to pray for them and to work in collaboration with them. Basing his message on a three-point agenda he called upon the pastors: to love their flock, to pray for and with them and work primarily to build hearts (community).

The eucharist was followed by a variety entertainment program during which time different games were organized for the priests. The priests’ enthusiastic participation in the games left a lasting impression on the people assembled. The whole pastors' day program was well planned, co-ordinated and executed by the three congregations of sisters working in the parish of Tivim, viz: Sisters Adorers, Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross and Sisters of St. Anne of Providence. Ms Felicia D’Souza compered the function. The sumptuous dinner hosted by the parishioners of Cansa brought down the curtains over the day’s program.

Golden Verse

Dusri Somurt 21:5

Leviche iadnikui thoim vetole, kiteak zobordos-teche soglle prosn tãnnim tharaun gheunk zai. Sorvesporan tankam aplê sevek, ani aplea nanvan axirvad ghalunk vinchun kaddleat.