Feast of Infant Jesus - 14-01-2009
Bala Yesu Nivas, Chikmagalur

Feast of Infant Jesus celebrated at Bala Yesu Nivas, Chikmagalur 

Chikmagalur Jan. 14th:-
The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated at Bala Yesu Nivas, Chikmagalur on 14th January, 2009 with pomp and gaiety.  The Eucharistic Celebration began at 6 p.m. was presided over by the Karnataka Capuchin Provincial Rev. Fr. Vincent Gabriel Furtado, OFM Cap. with 26 concelebrants from in and around Chikmagalur Diocese. 

Around 3000 devotees from all the religions took part in the festal programmes and offered prayers and offerings.  An inspiring and befitting homily was preached by Fr. Arthur Prashanth Menezes, OFM Cap. the parish priest of St. Joseph's Church, lower Kasarkod.  After the Holy Eucharist, a sumptuous meal was provided to all the devotees by the Malnad Christian Welfare association.  Fr. Antony Raj, OFM Cap. the vicar of Bala Yesu Nivas welcomed the gathering and explaining the meaning and history of Infant Jesus  devotion.  Bro. Victor Crasta, OFM Cap. the superior of Bala Yesu Nivas proposed the vote of thanks and invoked the blessings of Infant Jesus on all the gathered and all those who helped to make the feast a grand success. 

The local choir led by Fr. Agnel D'Cunha, OFM Cap. sang the festal hymns melodiously.  The festal hymn book combined with novena prayers of Infant Jesus printed with the generous help by Mr. Ronald Sequeira & family was distributed to all the devotees.  A calendar of Infant Jesus was sponsored by Mrs. Anita Pradeep Sequeira from Ireland was given to everybody as a festal remembrance.  As a preparation for the feast, three days novena prayers were held and the Holy Eucharist was celebrated and an inspiring homily was preached by Fr. Harry D'Souza, OFM Cap. (Editor of 'Sevak' Konkani monthly magazine). Decaon William Prabhu, OFM Cap. compered the programme. 

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