Monday, April 18, 2011


MUMBAI, APRIL 14, 2011: The parishioners of the Resurrection Church, Virar (E) bid a tearful farewell to their out-going Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Blany Pinto, who will be shortly leaving to take up his new assignment as Rector and Parish Priest in Kuwait.

The altar was creatively decorated with varied hues of green ornamental plant, which paid tribute to Fr. Blany’s love for nature. The backdrop was illustrated with the words, “We’ll Miss U,” which echoed the sentiments of the parishioners, who had gathered in large numbers to express their heartfelt gratitude to their beloved priest.

Fr. Blany was the main celebrant at the 8.00am. Eucharist, con-celebrated by Fr. Lawrence D’souza, our newly appointed Rector and Parish Priest and Fr. Augustine Pereira, Assistant Parish Priest.

After Communion Fr.Lawrence recalled how Fr. Blany, with his gentleness, patience and humility, endeared himself to one and all. On behalf of the congregation a parishioner read out an address, reminiscing about Fr. Blany’s tenure in Virar and the sheer vibrancy he infused in the Parish. The Parish Bulletin, a tribute to Fr. Blany’s pastoral service at Virar, was released by him. A representative each from the 13 communities and numerous associations of the Parish, presented him with gifts and mementos. A melodious farewell song in Hindi by a group of altar servers, led by Fr. Augustine. A short audio-visual capturing Fr. Blany in various moods during various Parish events made everyone nostalgic.

Fr. Blany thanked the parishioners for their unconditional love and support, especially in times of ill- health and difficulties. He expressed his gratitude to the Salesian Priest he had worked along with earlier at Virar and the current team of Fr. Lawrence and Fr. Augustine.

Dear Fr. Blany, we feel ourselves blessed to have you as a caring person who has shepherded us over the past 5 years. You have etched a permanent place for yourself in our hearts. We shall accompany you with our prayers as you embark on your new apostolate.

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