St. John the Baptist Chapel Committee in coordination with Fr. Thomas Gonsalves, the Vicar of St. Michael Church, will be celebrating Ven Fr. Agnelo D'Souza's Jayanti (144th birthday) on January 21, 2013 at his birth place, Gaumvaddi, Anjuna, Bardez, Goa.
Novenas began on last Saturday, January 12, 2013. Novena mass takes place every evening at 5.00 pm at the chapel in Gaumvaddi. Every day a different priest from the Pilar Society celebrates the mass. Today, the mass was celebrated by Dr. Fr. Hillary Fernandes, the vice-postulator for the cause of the beatification of Ven Agnelo. Fr Hillary said several complicated medical cases which could not be proved successfully by science were sent to Rome - a prerequisite to beatification - but due to technicalities were not accepted. "However, people continue to send us the accounts of Ven Agnelo's intercession in their lives. It's their faith in him that helps them to receive promptly what they ask for," said Fr. Hillary.
On January 21, the main celebrant will be His Excellency, Fr. Henry D'Souza, the Bishop of Bellary Diocese, Karnataka. Many priests from Pilar and all over Goa will be participating in the Jayanti. Three bus loads of pilgrims from South Goa have confirmed their attendance on the day and we expect many more from all over Goa. A big pandal will be erected in front of the chapel to accommodate the crowd. All are welcome to participate in daily novenas and in the Jayanti on 21/1/2013!
Dev borem korunv.
Gaumvaddi, Anjuna, Goa