Mon, 15 Jul, 2019

Altar servers experience Jesus closely during Mass: Archbishop

15th November 2018, 04:14 Hrs

the goan I network


Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao has advised altar servers to be always close to Jesus, as they have the privilege to experience Him closely during the Eucharistic celebration.   

Archbishop Ferrao was delivering his message during the Eucharistic celebration at the All Goa Altar Servers’ day on November 10-11, organised by the Vocation Commission for the Diocesan Clergy (VCDC), in association with the Diocesan Houses of Formation at the St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre in Old Goa.   

Around 260 altar servers, both boys and girls from around 50 parishes of Goa participated in the programme on the theme “Come and Discover.”   

The archbishop also interacted with the altar servers during the event.   

Earlier, the altar servers were picked up at three different points by bus from Panaji, Mapusa and Margao. Director of St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre Fr Henry Falcao welcomed the altar servers and briefed them about the history of the renewal centre.   

The VCDC Director Fr Derrick Fernandes also welcomed the altar servers. The altar servers were divided into 12 groups bearing the names of the Apostles. Later in the evening, games and group activities were conducted in these groups, which was followed by a candle-lit rosary conducted by Fr Edwin Pereira.   

On Sunday morning, a morning meditation on nature was conducted by Fr Derrick Fernandes. Later during the day, a session on Biblical personalities was presented by Eliot and Lavina Gonsalves from Assagao.   

A programme was staged by the 12 groups comprising skits, shadow play, dance, group song, jokes etc, The VCDC director later proposed the vote of thanks.