VIRAR, AUGUST 19, 2008:
Independence Day celebrations commenced at the Resurrection Parish, Virar East, with the flag being hoisted by Fr. Edwin Colaco at 7.45 am. This was followed by the 8:00 am Eucharist, during which Fr. Edwin stressed that freedom goes hand-in-hand with qualities of peace, love and joy. The evening Eucharist was celebrated by our parish priest, Fr Blany Pinto. In his sermon he pointed out that the word Freedom’ is often loosely used to refer to a choice between two alternatives, however, true freedom implies the ability to do good effortlessly, the mind being free of all biases. The parishioners then got together in the parish hall to enjoy a wonderful evening organized by the parish cultural committee. After a warm-up game, the parish youth put up a spectacular dance choreographed to the song ‘Vande Mataram’, wherein the theme of national unity was depicted, the tri- colour being proudly waved in the centre. The National Anthem was then sung, followed by the Parish Youth Group Anthem, aptly entitled “We can achieve”.