“Thanksgiving Day” was a very special day on Wednesday night, 27th December 2017. This day was organised by the Managing Committees of the Holy Cross Oratory and the Matharpacady Residents’ Welfare Association.
A well compiled Service saw the Opening Hymn sung beautifully by a small Choir guided by Vincent Mascarenhas who also gave us a reflection to a Reading from the Bible that was read by Carole Veigas.
Residents and well wishers gathered together to thank the Lord for His innumerable blessings & mercies during the last year, and indeed we do have a lot to be thankful for. Acknowledging ourselves as the Body of Christ, representatives of various groups in the Village came forward to offer prayers of thanksgiving and to share what it means being a limb of the Body of Christ. Through the well planned out, eye catching PowerPoint presentation special events during the year like births, weddings, jubilees & achievements of the residents were highlighted, not forgetting those departed from our midst. This power point presentation was compiled by Roydon Gonsalves. The service ended with everyone joining in the closing hymn. This was followed by a time of Fellowship with cake & refreshments being served in between some interesting, innovative games organized by Selma Pulical and Vidhyashri Veloo. Children enjoyed trying their luck at pinning the nose on Rudolf, while others enjoyed a few team games followed by a round of Housie conducted by Merwyn D’Mello. Prizes were given to all the winners, for the games as well as the Housie.
The residents and well wishers fondly bide their “Adieus” after receiving some mementos. They thanked one and all for the lovely function organised and for the good time they had during the Christmas Season in Matharpacady Village. Many thanks to the President of the Matharpacady Welfare Association, Mr Percy D’Souza for sponsoring all the prizes and preparing the mementos. Our thanks to the Trustees of St. Isabel’s High School for use of their chairs and tables and always assisting us in all our endeavours.
With inputs from Canute Monteiro & Selma Pulical
Photographs : Courtesy – Stanislaus Baptista