Mangaluru, Jul 25: Going again to the yr 2014 June 7 when Fr James took cost as the brand new parish priest of Valencia parish after serving seven fruitful years at Holy Redeemer church Belthangady.And but once more the time has come for him to bid goodbye to Valencia church after serving six years right here. Fr D’Souza now can be taking on his new task as the brand new parish priest of St Joseph the Employee church Vamanjoor.
Having huge expertise in his priestly life Fr James has conquered the hearts of each parishioner,specifically the youth and needy.
He has been a task mannequin ,moulded each individual and had them bloomed beneath his steering.
On 24 July 2020.Thanksgiving mass was celebrated at 5.00pm by Fr James D’Souza. Asst PP Fr Joswin, Fr Arun Lobo and Fr William Barracas had been the CO-Celebrants.Because of the present Pandemic,Preserving the rules, In thoughts a easy farewell was organised by the parishioners.
Compere of the farewell program Mr Patrick D’Souza welcomed the gathering.
Great speech was rendered by parish council vice-president David Pais.He began his speech by quoting late Mr Nelson Mandela former president of South Africa-“There’s a time when a pacesetter should transfer out forward of the flock,go off in a brand new course,assured that he has new course,assured that he has lead his individuals in the precise method”. As Fr James is beneath switch to Vamanjoor parish individuals of Valencia can be dropping a gem and the parishioners of Vamanjoor will acquire this gem. He’s man of simplicity and understanding and by no means went longing for title for which he’s an instance.
As a token of affection , Fr Joswin honoured him with a scarf ,He was garlanded by PPC vice-president David Pais,Memento was given by Fr Arun and Quotation was offered by Fr William Barracas.
Asst PP Fr Joswin in his speech thanked Fr James for the service rendered in Valencia parish .He described him in 5 phrases
J- Joyful , A- Ready, M- Meek, E- Environment friendly, S- Self Self-discipline.He talked about a quote by a well-known America writer Flavia Weedn which tells “Some individuals come into our lives and rapidly go,Some keep for some time go away footprints in our hearts and we’re by no means ever the identical”
Individuals who had been anxiously ready to listen to Fr James additionally spoke throughout the event.He began a with qoute “Pleasure will not be the absence of struggling however the presence of God”.Prior to now years tho I felt the difficulties and tiredness It was God’s grace which was the rationale for my true happiness .Eucharistic Celebration,Sacrament Adoration,Small Christian Neighborhood conferences,Parish Retreat,Parish Annual plan to execute all these actions we bought a chance to do the whole lot as per plan.
I want to thank all of the Asst Parish Priest who had been with me at Valencia . Fr Gratian Alvares , Fr Clifford Pinto,Fr Naveen Pinto ,Fr Joswin D’Souza, resident priest Fr Arun Lobo and aged priest Fr William Barracas.Parish Council Vice President’s Arun Raj Rodrigues,Anil Lobo and David Pais. Secretaries Leslie D’Souza, Dolphy Saldanha,Lizzie Pinto and Rita Menezes.I’m grateful to all of the ward Gurkar’s,President and members of pious associations,Convent sisters and Sunday catechism academics of the church and to my expensive youngsters , youth ,households and the elders of the church,Thanks for displaying your love and cooperation.
Ending his speech he talked about a qoute by a well-known missionary Wilfred Grenfell -“ The service we render to others is de facto the hire we pay for our room on earth”. For no matter good that has occurred right here is all due to God’s plan and he has made use of me to make it a actuality.
As you’d be welcoming the brand new parish priest help him the identical method you all supported me. He urged the individuals to maintain him of their prayers.Valencia parish would at all times be near my coronary heart”
Fr James was very jovial and near the youth of the parish .Icym Valencia Unit offered him a present as token of affection and affection.Particular difficulty of Ekvott was additionally launched throughout the event.Rita Menezes secretary of the ppc learn out the quotation.Patrick D’Souza rendered the vote of thanks.
Parishioners with enthusiasm and feelings participated in this system maintaining the Security rules in thoughts.