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Doha   : MCC Celebrates Monti Feast 2017

MCC Celebrates Monti Feast 2017

Doha    September   17:

The Nativity of the Mother Mary or Monthi Fest is a day close to the heart of all Mangaloreans, especially for the people of Mangalorean origin who are now scattered in different parts of the world. It is a day which evokes memories of days gone by, of our childhood when we would clamber to collect the best flowers from the neighbourhood to take to church for the nativity novena and eagerly await the sugarcane that was distributed after the feast mass on the 8th of September. It is a day when we would partake in a vegetarian family meal and drink the roce with the blessed grains in it.

Mangalore Cricket Club, Qatar endeavours to retain and nurture the rich traditions of our hometown and initiates various events to make its members feel at home and the celebration of the nativity feast is one such event. MCC celebrated the Monthi Fest on Friday, 15th September 2017 at the Multi-purpose hall, West End Park, Asian Town.

Mr. Stanley Thomas Hilary Fernandes, ardent Konkani lover and dedicated community leader, served Mangalorean Catholic Centre of the Parish (MCCP), Oman thrice as President and once as Director fondly known as Dattu in Oman and “the Patriach” of Mangalorean people in Oman was the Chief Guest of this program and the guest of honour was Fr. Rodney Rebello, visiting priest to Our Lady of Rosary Parish, Qatar serving the Konkani Speaking Community.

The evening began with a rendition of a beautiful Konkani hymn in honour of Mother Mary “Bhaginthli Gunthun Phula” by our 35 children while Joshua Pinto played music on keyboard. They were trained by Naveen D’Souza and Kavita Tauro. To begin with cultural program, it started with a duet song “Chandnyachi Raat” by Alphonse D’Silva and Eva Wilma Pinto which was followed by the stage program with all dignitaries on the stage.

President Prakash Noronha welcomed the guests on dais and gathering, briefed about the recent achievements from the Silver Jubilee celebrations, aided 38 students in their education and mentioned about the future events. Cultural Secretary Kavita Tauro then introduced the students who excelled in Class X XII in the academic year 2016-17 in CBSE Board exams scoring above 85% and achieved in Sports/co-curricular activities representing school in International events were honoured by our Chief Guest Mr. Stanley Fernandes.

Achievers of 12th Std. are:
1. Ashton Ian D’Souza - S/o Aloysius Merlyn D’Souza,
2. Blacious D’Souza – S/o James Grace D’Souza
3. Megan D’Souza – D/o of Oswald Celine D’Souza
4. Gishal Cordeiro – D/o of George Cynthia Cordeiro
5. Tanya Judith Lobo – D/o of Arnold Sunila Lobo

Achievers of 10th Std. are:
1. Astra Julia Pinto - D/o Joseph Emilda Pinto
2. Priya Noronha - D/o Prakash Divya Noronha
3. Ceanna Agnes Aranha - D/o Roshan Caroline Aranha
4. Royston Calder D’Souza - S/o Robert Cecilia D’Souza
5. Clarissa Neolla Pinto - D/o Stany Jane Pinto
6. Reon Saldanha - S/o Ronald Veena Saldanha
7. Simone Amber Monteiro - D/o Santosh Prema Monteiro

Sports Achievers are:
1. Ashral Rithika Castelino D/o Alexis Reena Castelino – Chess
2. Arnold Patrao S/o Anoop Anette Patrao - Tennis

She then introduced the Kho-Kho team players who were felicitated as reigning champions winning 3 successive years in ICC conducted sports on Qatar National Sports Day under the captaincy of Ryan Renjar and leadership of Sports Secretaries Cyril D’Sozua Naveen D’Souza. Founder member Mr. Jerald D’Mello honoured them with mementos.

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