SKA CELEBRATES FEAST OF MOTHER MARY (MONTI FEST)


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SKA London celebrated its 35th anniversary 7th September 2014 in a grand style at the All Saints Catholic Church filled to capacity. It almost looked like a fairy tale with a large number of devotes of Mother Mary and supporters of SKA LONDON turning up. The flamboyancy of the guest priest, Father Orlando with his introductory words mixed with succinct and witty anecdotes kept the audience spell bound in the beautiful church to the background of the melodious music. The Mass was traditional and the hymns also were in Konkani. It was home from home to a lot of Mangaloreans. This is the first time SKA London has ever undertaken to celebrate the Feast of Mother Mary in such a grand style in all its history of 35 years. The flower throwing by children, the blessing of the new corn, the offering of garden produce, the orchestrated choir (Olivia, Elizabeth and team and Elvira on the keyboard - all gave the look and feel of a celebration that started well and ended well.  Everything was meticulously planned and aptly executed.

President Ron Rodrigues gave his heartfelt thanks firstly for the entire audience for attending the celebration of the Monti Fest. He specially thanked the choir singers for their effortless and melodious singing of hymns which accompanied the Mass Service. He also extended his profound thanks to all who helped to organise the entire event. He urged the devotees to continue attending the Feast of Nativity (Monti Fest) every year in the future.

The lunch that followed again planned for bringing the traditional flavour back to the community and consisted of no less than 7 types of vegetable (Thendli and chane, Karathen, Alun Deto, Korumb, Bhenda, sango, Gosalen) beautifully spiced up and accompanied by boiled rice and sannas (steamed over a thondor). The dessert that signalled the end of the lunch was really out of this world, was Vorn mixed with cardamoms and cashew nuts. The seasonal and traditional sugarcane was not forgotten and some really showed the strength of their teeth by gnawing through them just like they do in Mangalore.  A god quantity of garden produce which was donated by well wishers was auctioned off the American style, in the dining area.  Mary Rodrigues was the successful bidder and won the table-full of vegetables for just £1.00 under the American Auction. The volunteers, committee members and office bearers seen happily busy with their own assigned tasks were conspicuously wearing the distinctive SKA LONDON badges on their lapels.

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Comments on this Article
Alice Rodrigues, Ealing London Wed, September-24-2014, 7:33

Monti fest or Birthday celeberation of Mother Mary on 7th september 2014 is one of the jewels in the croun of ska London to commomorate the 35th year of the association.The flower throwing by children before the festive mass with choir by south kanara priest followed by a drink of harvest corn in milk brought by Loy from India,and a traditional vegetarian meal is the grandeur of the day. Thanks to members who work for the function.

Dr Godwin D Souza, UK Wed, September-17-2014, 4:19

Our family thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this Monthi fest organized by SKA London. It was wonderful to see so many kids participating in offering of flowers to Mother Mary in a traditional mangalorean way.Lliturgy by Goan Priest and the Choir too was Grand. Vegetarian food provided was too delicious. Thanks to everyone who have worked tirelessly to make this feast a sucessful one and I hope you will conduct more of these get togethers.

Loy D Souza, London Wed, September-17-2014, 4:13

A truly marvelous function, with Mass in Konkani, and wonderful traditional food. Many thanks to the organisers who worked so hard to make it a success.

Richard Pereira, Sidcup Wed, September-17-2014, 9:47

Dear Loy, We are so happy to see the pictures of the picnic and that of the "Monthi Saibinichen Fest" Goes to show that we missed! Many congratulations to the organisers and also the participants. Sorry to hear that John Mascurenhas isn t well. Please wish him speedy recovery. Irene and I will be here in Wales until next Monday the 23rd and we can be contacted, if need be, on 01239 712985. Warm regards. Richy and Irene

Fred D Cruz, Mangalore/Uk Wed, September-17-2014, 9:40

Dear Ron and all the Committee Members of SKA LONDON. The Monti Fest I attended on 7th September 2014 is one of the best religious events I have ever attended for many years. Congratulations to you Ron for your achievements for Mother Mary. God bless you and guide you forward to lead SKA LONDON to achieve even reater things for your community. The solemn Mass, the melodious music, the Reception and the traditional luncheon that followed speaks for itself. Please continue this feast which is now set on solid foundation. God bleass you and all your supporters.

Brian Menezes, London Mon, September-15-2014, 5:03

Thank you SKA for organizing the Nativity Feast. The function was well organized with the spirit of our Mangalorean tradition. The food was delicious and reminded us of being back in our native place. Overall we had a great celebration of our Lady s Nativity Feast and hope it continues year after year.

Wilfred Pius Menezes, Kingsbury,London Mon, September-15-2014, 4:46

It was a Wonderful feast I ever had in London with spiritual Mass, delicious home-made Mangalorean food. Thanks to Ron for his  tireless efforts to make the Feast more meaningfull. Specially a big thanks to Mr John(Editor). Even with the sudden illness you persevered to finish the work. May Mother Mary give you speedy recovery good health and happiness.

John Mascurenus, UK Mon, September-15-2014, 6:59

Dear readers of this article 

Thank you for your valuable readership of our web pages. The article about the Nativity (Monti Fest) is a great joy and enjoyment for me as Editor, to publish in the website. I am very sorry and sincerely apologise to all my readers that because of sudden and serious illness halfway through the production, I could not complete this work and just started to catch up where I left, this morning, feeling a bit better. Again my apologies for spoiling your enjoyment and hope you continue enjoying going through the pictures. I also thank all my well wishers (especially President Ron Rodrigues for his support) for their prayers in my short illness and hope that God give me good health in future to carry on uninterruptedly future work on the website. God Bless you all and thank you again for your readership. John MascurenusEditor.

Averil Coutinho, Mangalore/Leicester England Sat, September-13-2014, 10:33

Thank you Ron and SKA Committee members for capturing the essence of Our Lady s feast day with generous helpings of Mangalorean traditions and heritage.

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