by Anthony D'souza
VASAI, SEP 12, 2015: Pope Francis' latest encyclical Laudato Si' which means 'Praise be to you, Lord' was the overlapping theme for the Novena in honour of Our Lady's birthday, which began on August 30 at our Lady of Light church in Vasai.
Various Fathers from Diocese celebrated the Holy Eucharist during each day of the novena. The homilies were in line with nature and each one's responsibility towards preserving nature for future generations.
The preachers encouraged parishioners by the sharing of their personal experience. The parish zones in turn fulfilled the responsibility in preparing the Liturgy.
Archbishop Felix Machado visited the parish on September 6. He celebrated the Holy Eucharist and addressed the parish about the beauty of creation and the love of God.
Father Remond Rumao, the Youth Director of the Diocese, celebrated the festive mass on September 8.
He spoke about Mother Mary - the Queen of Creation in his homily. The Marian flag, which was raised by Father Royal – the parish priest - on the first day of the novena, was lowered on the Feast'.