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'Raindrops' Monsoon Social 2018

posted Sep 9, 2018, 12:49 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 11:52 PM ]

July 7, 2018

The arrival of monsoon rains, reverberating thunder clouds, moist laden cool winds, the lisping patter of rains, brings with it, the onset of the Raindrops Monsoon Social at KCA, Mumbai.  An annual feature, in our social calendar, for the last three years, the Raindrops Monsoon Social, which was celebrated on July 7, 2018, was attended by over 200 Members, their families, friends, and children at the premises of KCA, Mumbai.

The latest issue of Amchi Khobor i.e., Vol. 3, Issue No. 2, our quarterly news magazine, with its theme based on 'Governance' was released by Mr. John D'Silva, Life Member of KCA, Mumbai, and Doyen of Co-operative Banking, at the Raindrops Monsoon Social.  A literary tribute, by Dr. Jeanette Pinto, to the life, works, and contribution of Mr. John D'Silva, is featured in the latest issue of the Amchi Khobor.

In keeping with the tradition of encompassing a special event at the Raindrops Monsoon Social, the Managing Council of KCA, Mumbai, launched the KCA Counseling Centre with the objective to "collect and study social facts and social problems", and help address various mental and psychiatric needs of the community, by providing them with professional counseling services. 

Ms. Deepika Lobo, Chairperson of the KCA Counseling Centre, addressed the gathering with insights into the working of the KCA Counseling Centre, the channels available for availing professional counseling services, and the association with Majlis (Majlis is a forum for women's rights, offering legal services, legal awareness trainings, etc., committed to informing, educating, and empowering women on their legal rights) to assist the women in our community, on any legal issues. 

With FIFA World Cup gripping interests of football enthusiasts, the Cultural and Recreation Team made arrangements  for Members and Guests to watch live coverage of the football match between England and Sweden, amidst the ongoing celebrations of the Raindrops Monsoon Social.

The husband wife duo of 'Michael and Sunita', renowned for their rendition of good live music and entertainment at many a five star hotels, clubs and gymkhanas, kicked off the merriment for the evening with their repertoire of live music performances, regaling the gathering, and making it a memorable evening of collective celebration.

Amidst the celebrations, Members and Guests, were served with beverages, and a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers.  Alwyn Rodrigues,  Life Member of KCA, Mumbai, and Proprietor of AL-RON Caterers, together with his team, laid buffet counters with sumptuous cuisines and delicacies, which were savoured by Members, their families, and friends.

The Cultural and Recreation Team takes this opportunity to express its appreciation to all those who took time away from their schedules, to celebrate the spirit of Monsoon with our community of Members and Guests.  Till then, we warmly wish you and your family a 'Happy and Safe Monsoon'.

Cultural and Recreation Team  



























Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner 2018

posted May 5, 2018, 9:56 PM by IT Administrator   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 3:03 AM ]

April 14, 2018

"There should be a parallel between our supplications, and our thanksgivings.  We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise.  Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them is the true measure of our thanksgiving." 

The celebration of thanksgiving, is a meaningful Catholic tradition, deeply rooted in gratitude and reflection, to praise the Lord with feast and song, to acknowledge and appreciate with thankfulness of the heart, his bountiful gifts and blessings for us, our family, and our community.  May we also be strengthened with the understanding that being blessed does not always necessarily mean we are spared of all the difficulties and disappointments of life.  In keeping with the tradition of thanksgiving, the KCA Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner, which was held on April 14, 2018, was celebrated by over 200 Members, their families, and friends, at the premises of KCA, Mumbai.

The Holy Mass, a solemn act of thanksgiving, was offered by Bishop Percival Fernandez, to celebrate the many blessings this community institution, in the past and present, has bestowed upon its community of Members.  In his homily, Bishop Percival Fernandez, emphasised upon the relevance of thanksgiving - the positive values and attitude, it imbibes in us, our family, and our community; the role of communal harmony in forging peace, unity, and fellowship; and the need to truly be torch bearers in working collaboratively to build and sustain this 117 year old community institution.

At the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Mass, high tea was served for Members, their families, and friends at the Ground Floor Hall.  In keeping with the spirit of thanksgiving, and in showing gratitude and appreciation, the President of KCA, Mumbai, Mr. Sunil Alva, invited individually on stage, all the erstwhile and present Members of the Managing Council, Sub-Committees, and Staff, and personally thanked them for working in unison and fellowship, for their valuable contribution, in building on the vision of our Founder Members, in reviving and reshaping the rich legacy of service and outreach initiatives, this community institution, envisages for its Members, and the community, at large.

The latest issue of Amchi Khobor, i.e., Vol. 3, Issue No. 1, our quarterly news magazine, with its theme based on 'Love..Justice..Peace' was released jointly by Ms. Flavia Agnes (Co-Founder and Director of Majlis (Legal Centre for Women), and an eminent Indian Women's Rights Lawyer) and Ms. Meera Joshi (granddaughter of the former President of KCA, Mumbai, Justice Mark S Noronha).  A literary tribute, by Dr. Kranti Farias, and Dr. Jeanette Pinto, to the life, works, and contribution of Justice Mark S Noronha, and Ms. Flavia Agnes, is featured in the latest issue of the Amchi Khobor.

The 'One Man Band cum DJ', Kenneth Joseph, kicked off the merriment for the evening with his live performances and vocals, quickly transforming the ambiance into a celebratory atmosphere.  The Compere for the evening conducted games and other cultural activities, for both children and adults, offering enjoyable moments to one and all, and spot gifts were given away as prizes.

Amidst the celebrations, a galore of vegetarian and non-vegetarian appetizers, and beverages was served to the gathering.  Later, as the evening of celebration wore on, the gathering collectively stood up to say Grace before partaking in the traditional thanksgiving dinner, where a spread of sumptuously prepared Mangalorean cuisine and delicacies, courtesy 'Delicious Caterers', awaited Members, their families, and friends.

The Cultural and Recreation Team takes this opportunity to express, in a special way, its appreciation to all those who have taken time off their schedule, to be a part of the Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner at KCA, Mumbai.  May the spirit of thanksgiving rest with each of you, and the essence of this joyful occasion transcend your lives, your family, your home with blessings and happiness.

Cultural and Recreation Team





















Christmas Cheer 2017

posted Dec 22, 2017, 3:42 PM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 5, 2018, 8:20 PM ]

December 10, 2017

The Spirit of Christmas is upon us.  The advent of Christmas, a season steeped in tradition, and its significance stemmed in history, is as meaningful and relevant today, eternally contemporary, as in that long-ago night when shepherds followed the Star of Bethlehem to the Manger, honouring the sacred birth of Baby Jesus.  This season of joy and cheer is a time to awaken in us ideals to resurrect over false attachments; to propagate the message of love, peace, and tolerance; and rekindle the simple blessing of giving and receiving the Christ Spirit in Christmas.

This time, Christmas Cheer was celebrated in 3 Parts:

Part 1: Christmas Party for Underprivileged Kids

In keeping alive the Christmas Spirit of giving, in forgetting oneself and finding time for others, and in reaching out to the less priviledged amongst us, the KCA hosted 40 underpriviledged children from St. Catherine of Siena School and Orphanage, Divya Darshan, and The Rainbow Kids, in ushering the celebration of this season of Joy and cheer, and in making possible Christmas for them at the premises of Kanara Catholic Association on December 10, 2017.

The children accompanied with their caretakers were greeted and welcomed by the Members of the Cultural and Recreation Sub-Committee, and hostel residents of 'Yuvakalaya'.  It was a joy to watch their youthful exuberance, the smiles and excitement writ on their faces, and the expectations of an evening filled with fun and entertainment.  The children were treated to fun ice-breaking sessions and a plethora of games.  What was most heart-warming was a wonderful turnout of 30 members children and guests, who joined the party and made each of our under-privileged guests feel special and accepted. 

The threshold of the kids' joy and excitement knew no bounds upon seeing our 'Singing Santa'.  They gleefully clamoured around 'Singing Santa', hugging and embracing him, whilst receiving sweets and chocolates from his Santa Bag.  'Singing Santa' along with Members and hostel residents of 'Yuvakalaya' sang and danced in merriment with the children, before handing each one of them a well packed scrumptious box of snacks, and a bagful of games and toys.  The children wished everyone with a vociferous 'Merry Christmas' as they bade farewell.

Part 2: Christmas Cheer for Members & Guests

The festivities for Christmas moved to the Second Floor Hall, which was well planned and conducted by the witty MC, Lancy D'Souza, providing seamless continuity between varied sections of the evening's performances.  Members, their families, and friends were entertained with live music and performance by the duo of Brynhild and Willie.  

The memorable experiences of the evening were performances by children of Members and hostel residents of 'Yuvakalaya' - every performance was greeted with rapture and thunderous applause.  The performances included:
  • Solo Songs  - by Nikita Vaz, Alisha Pais, and Vernon D'Souza;
  • Duet Song  - by Alisha Pais and Nayantara Alva;
  • Solo Instrumental (Flute) - by Anica D'Sa; and
  • Solo BeatBox - by Leon Mascarenhas.
The Cultural and Recreation Sub-Committee wholeheartedly thanks each of these young maestros for their breathtaking performances, and wishes each of them the very best in pursuing their interests in music.

Earlier, some of the KCA members, together with the hostel residents of 'Yuvakalaya' enthralled the gathering with medleys of carol singing in English and Konkani.  Games and other cultural activities were also organized for both children and adults to offer enjoyable moments to one and all, and spot gifts were given away as prizes.

As part of the programme, the latest issue of Amchi Khobor, i.e., Vol. 2, Issue No. 4, with its theme based on 'Good Health', (an important Aim & Objective of the KCA Charter) was released by Mr. Arvind Pinto (Member of the Managing Council, Retired Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, and Advocate of the Bombay High Court) and Ms. Clara Menezes (Vice-President of the Association).

Members, their families, and friends savoured the merriment and ambiance of Christmas, the joy and cheer of each other's companionship, the bonding of relationships, and the sharing of Christmas dinner together as one big family and community.

Part 3: Special Christmas Celebration for KCA Hostelites & Staff

The advent of Christmas, sometimes bring about mixed emotions, especially amongst those living far away from home, away from families and loved ones, at this special time of year.  In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, and in extending Christmas Cheer at the KCA, the Cultural and Recreation Sub-Committee, hosted a special get-together / lunch for the hostel residents of 'Yuvakalaya' and Staff of the Association, on December 17, 2017.  Mr. Sunil Alva (President of the Association) and Managing council members, in their lively interaction with the hostel residents and staff, encouraged them to get to know more about the history of the hostel and to work together with the Managing Council to truly make the hostel a 'home away from home'.

Lancy D'Souza, the MC for Christmas Cheer on December 10, 2017, kicked off the merriment for the afternoon with his repertoire of fun ice-breaking sessions, intellectual games and quizzes, witty jokes and jovial interactions, much to the likeness and appreciation of the hostel residents and staff.  The environment quickly livened with hostel residents introducing their own rendition of good live music and entertainment; their vigour and energy in having a memorable time visibly apparent and gratifying for the Members of the Sub-Committee.

As the celebrations wore on, it was time to partake in the sharing of a meal together for Christmas.  Lancy D'Souza led the gathering in the Grace before Meals, and a spread of sumptuously prepared lunch, was served to all.  It was an afternoon filled with camaraderie and fellowship; leaving each one with a sense of happiness and belonging; of being made special and wanted in this season of joy and cheer. 

The Cultural and Recreation Sub-Committee expresses its appreciation and wishes to thank all those for helping make Christmas Cheer a heartwarming and memorable celebration at Kanara Catholic Association.  May this season of love and joy, help us cherish peace and kindness, be plenteous in mercy, be wrapped in love and warmth, and experience the blessing of giving and receiving the Christ Spirit in Christmas.

Here's wishing all Members, their families and loved ones, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.     

Cultural and Recreation Team





















Solo - Instrumental - Anica D'Sa


Solo - Vocals


Duet - Vocals


Solo - BeatBox - Leon Mascarenhas


Solo - Vocals


Solo - Vocals






Monti Saibinishi Fest 2017

posted Oct 24, 2017, 4:15 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2018, 1:03 AM ]

September 3, 2017

Monti Saibinishi Fest, a festival deeply rooted in history and tradition, for the catholic community of Mangalore, to commemorate the Nativity of the Blessed Mother Mary was celebrated on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at the premises of Kanara Catholic Association, Mumbai.  Monti Saibinishi Fest also signifies the harvest festival for the catholic community of Mangalore, and is celebrated with much devotion and grandeur, and invokes blessing of Novem (new crops) which are offered as a symbolic gesture of thanksgiving for all the blessings of the Blessed Mother Mary.

The premises at Kanara Catholic Association, with its multitude of fruit bearing trees and varied green plantations; the entrance adorned with banana and sugarcane stalks; the grotto dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary decorated with fresh flowers; stalks of freshly harvested rice paddy and sugarcane; mogras for womenfolk to adorn their hair; baskets of fresh flower petals, etc., was reminiscent of being in Kodial on a feast day.

The programme began with Konkani hymns, courtesy Wilfred Fernandes and Choir, and a procession led by children, Father Rueben Tellis, and Members of the Managing Council and Sub-Committees, carrying the statue of the Blessed Mother Mary, stalks of freshly harvested rice paddy and sugarcane, and baskets of flower petals into the Ground Floor Hall, prior to the prayer service in honour of the Nativity Feast, and the harvest festival of Mangalore.

Ms. Clara Menezes (Vice-President of KCA, Mumbai) led the prayer service with an opening prayer in Konkani.  Father Rueben Tellis, in his interactive homily with those in attendance, delved into their experience / understanding of the Monti Saibinishi Fest; the relevance behind offering Novem (new crops) to the Blessed Mother Mary; and emphasized the purpose this festival fosters in re-enforcing the institution of family and societal bonding, in this ever increasing world of nuclear families.

The prayer service with melodious hymns in Konkani, reminisced the nostalgia connected with our families and parishes back home, and it was a visual treat to watch children and adults sprinkle flowers on the statue of the Blessed Mother Mary.  Father Rueben Tellis blessed the stalks of freshly harvested rice paddy and sugarcane, and distributed them amongst all those in attendance.

At the conclusion of the prayer service, the gathering in a procession led by children, made their way out into the compound towards the grotto, built for Our Blessed Mother Mary.  Father Rueben Tellis blessed and inaugurated the newly built grotto, and the gathering recited in unison a solemn pray in honour of Our Lady, and sprinkled flowers on the grotto as devotion of their love to the Heavenly Mother.

The gathering then moved to the Second Floor Hall for the cultural programme, which was nicely woven with traditional music and dance of Mangalore, a befitting way to continue with the celebrations of the feast day.  The blessed Novem (new crop) crushed and mixed with milk was served, in the spirit of tradition, to the gathering.  The cultural programme was well conducted by the effervescent MC, Rolin Furtado, who kept the gathering entertained with her lively and interactive compering.  Games and other cultural activities were organized for both children and adults to offer enjoyable moments to one and all, and spot gifts were given away as prizes.

Amidst the cultural programme, the latest issue of Amchi Khobor, i.e., Vol. 2, Issue No. 3, with its theme based on 'Education', (which is an important Aim and Objective of the KCA Charter) was released by Prof. Merlin D'Sa, Municipal Corporator, Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation.

The most awaited highlight of Monti Saibinishi Fest, the 'Novem Jevan' - sumptuous and traditional vegetarian cuisine of Mangalore, symbolic of the new harvest, prepared by David Caterers, was served on banana leaf (with coconut fish curry for added variety), was relished by Members, their families, friends, and children.  At the end of the celebration, Members, their families, and friends each received a take away gift - a bottle of Rio Spritzer, courtesy Rio Wines, and Life Members of Kanara Catholic Association, Mr. Ashwin Rodrigues.

The Cultural and Recreation Team profoundly expresses its appreciation and wishes to thank all those for making Monti Saibinishi Fest a heartwarming and memorable celebration at Kanara Catholic Association, Mumbai.  We thank Our Blessed Mother Mary for bringing us all together in a spirit of affection and communal harmony, and enable us to spread the essence of this unique family festival amongst our catholic community of Mangalore.

Cultural and Recreation Team     















'Raindrops' Monsoon Social 2017

posted Jul 28, 2017, 10:48 PM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 5, 2018, 8:17 PM ]

July 8, 2017

The Raindrops Monsoon Fiesta, on July 8, 2017, the celebration of the second anniversary of the 'KCA Monsoon Theme' Social was attended by over 200 Members, their families, friends, and children at the premises of KCA, Mumbai.  The KCA Cultural and Recreation Team, often tasked with planning and organising Socials, infused fresh ideas into the tried and tested 'Live Musical Evening and Banquet Dinner', and invoked amongst the social gathering - genuine realisation, appreciation, and celebration of a memorable and enthralling evening.   

The Raindrops Monsoon Fiesta commenced with the KCA Young Achievers Awards Ceremony.  In keeping with the tradition of recognising the academic achievements of children amongst our community of Members, the Managing Council of KCA, Mumbai, revived the KCA Young Achievers Awards.  This year, the Awards was designed to commemorate and felicitate young achievers for their excellence, skill, and talent in the categories of academics, sports, and music.  

Ms. Anna Correa (KCA Life Member and Principal of St. Stanislaus High School) delivered a short key note address on the significance of the Awards, and the impact its recognition will have in motivating and spurring the Young Achievers into higher realms of excellence.  Mr. Praveen Pereira (Hon. Secretary) gave the audience a brief insight into the accomplishments of each of the Young Awardees.  

At the Awards Ceremony, 15 children of KCA Members, were honoured for their excellence and achievements, and each of them were felicitated and presented with a Certificate of Honour and a Cash Award.  The KCA Junior Athletics Team were also honoured for winning the Team Athletics Championship in the Bandra Neighbourhood Winter Festival 2016, and Catholic Gymkhana Annual Athletic Meet 2017. 

[Click here to view the list, categories, and photographs of the Young Achievers honoured at the Awards Ceremony]  

The Cultural and Recreation Team would like to thank the parent community of Members for sharing the accomplishments of their children with us, thereby, allowing the larger community of KCA Members to collectively celebrate the achievements of these Young Achievers; and sincere appreciation for the support extended by the Managing Council in making the Awards possible.   

The latest issue of ‘Amchi Khobor’, i.e., Vol. 2, Issue No. 2, titled 'The Spirit of Enterprise', containing numerous insightful articles, was released by Dr. Christopher Rego, Senior Member of KCA and former Member of the Managing Council of the Association.   

[Click here to view / download the latest issue of Amchi Khobor] 

The husband wife duo of 'Michael and Sunita', renowned for their regaling performances at many a five star hotels, clubs and gymkhanas, kicked off the merriment for the evening with their live music performances, standing true to their repertoire of delivering rendition of good live music and entertainment.  'Michael and Sunita' connected beautifully with the gathering, and the richness and depth of their live performance at the Raindrops Monsoon Fiesta, remains a memorable experience voiced by numerous Members and Guests.

Members and Guests were provided with beverages and a spread of delectable dishes for dinner, and as the evening wore on in celebration, it was gratifying to observe the gathering having a wonderful time, building relationships, forging friendships, and breathing renewed vigour, energy, life and vitality to the social calendar of this 116 year old institution.  


The resonance and grandeur of the Raindrops Monsoon Fiesta, being spoken about with immense positivity in many circles, has created a ripple effect of demand amongst Members and Guests, for similar and frequent Socials to be held at the KCAi.  


The Cultural and Recreation Team takes this opportunity to express its appreciation to all those who took time away from their schedules, to honour and appreciate our Young Achievers, and to celebrate the spirit of Monsoon with our community of Members and Guests.   Till then, we warmly wish you and your family a 'Happy and Safe Monsoon'.


Cultural and Recreation Team



















Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner 2017

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:08 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:41 AM ]

April 22, 2017

"Life has a way of constantly coming at us.  Day, hours, and moments are filled with urgent demands requiring our immediate attention.  When the demands of life leave us rushing from place to place with scarcely a moment to spare, we may fail to pause and thank our Creator for His gifts.  But, whenever we neglect to give proper thanks to the Father, we suffer because of our misplaced priorities."


The Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner, on April 22, 2017, was well attended by more than 200 Members, their families, friends, and children at the premises of KCA, Mumbai.  It served as a time for remembrance and communal thanksgiving, an opportunity for our community to come together in fellowship, invoke reflection of gratitude, and celebrate the many blessings this community institution, in the past and present, has bestowed upon its community of Members.

 

The Mass, a solemn act of thanksgiving, was celebrated by our KCA Member, Bishop Percival Fernandez, who in his homily, elaborated upon the broader significance of thanksgiving, and stressed to those in attendance, the call to fight forces of disunity and disharmony, to sink personal differences in the larger interest of the institution and its community, to work ceaselessly within and outside the community, to be torch bearers of peace, communal harmony, and solidarity in taking forward this 116 year old institution.


At the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Mass, the President of KCA, Mumbai, Mr. Sunil Alva gave a brief presentation highlighting the initiatives and progress by the Managing Council.  Since the new team was elected in October 2015, 18-months into its 3 year-term, April 2017 marked an apt moment to do a 'mid-term review'.  He provided a 360-degree review of the various aspects of our institution, including the work of the sub-committees, the community services run by the KCA as well as other aspects like our newsletter / website, legal / finance matters, building repairs and other organizational matters.

 

He reiterated the commitment of this Managing Council to the philosophy of transparency, and vision to further enhance the outreach, credibility, and reputation of the Association.  He encouraged members to provide suggestions and come forward to help in making the Association relevant to the needs and demands of the current times, whilst also respecting its rich culture, heritage, and history.


Bishop Percival Fernandez inaugurated and blessed the ‘Sports and Fitness Centre’, in the presence of the Managing Council, the Sports Sub-Committee, and those in attendance at the Annual Thanksgiving Mass and Dinner.  Sports & Fitness is launched as another Community Service of the KCA, thereby, expanding to members and others, the offerings of a well-equipped Fitness Centre, badminton, table tennis, carrom, scrabble, yoga, dance etc., with the hope that this ‘Sports and Fitness Centre’ will be an asset for those aspiring to further their sporting ambitions as well as those who simply want to keep fit!

(For more details on the Sports & Fitness Centre, click here)

 

In keeping with the spirit of thanksgiving, and showing gratitude to the stalwarts of our community and institution, a floral tribute was paid to the portrait of our Founder President, Hon’ble Dr. Major Cajetan Fernandez MD, JP., by Mrs. Helen Saldanha, Ms. Christine Saldanha, Mr. Robin Saldanha, Dr. Rui Fernandez (direct family members of the Founder President) and Dr. Kranti Farias.  A literary tribute, by Dr. Kranti Farias, to the life, works, and contribution of the Founder President to this institution and community is featured in the latest issue of the ‘Amchi Khobor’.


The latest issue of ‘Amchi Khobor’, our quarterly newsletter, which carries useful and interesting information about our community, our history and our heritage, besides updates on happenings at KCA, Mumbai, was released by Mr. Neville Mascarenhas, Senior Member of the KCA and former Vice-President of the Association.   You can download the latest issue of Amchi Khobor by clicking here 


The Music Band ‘Two Girls and a Guitar’, kicked off the merriment for the evening with their live performance, vocal and dancing skills, and plethora of beautiful songs; encouraging the gathering to sing and dance along!  There was much singing, dancing, bonhomie and fun, with the crowd soaking in the atmosphere of an evening filled with camaraderie and fellowship.


As the evening wore on in celebration, it was time to partake in the traditional Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.  Dr. Kranti Farias led the gathering in the Grace before Meals, and counters were set up where beverages and a banquet consisting mainly of Mangalorean delicacies was served.  Ms. Jessie Vaz, Managing Council Member, proposed a Vote of Thanks.


The Cultural and Recreation team takes this opportunity to express its appreciation to all those who took time away from their busy schedules, to be a part of this annual event at KCA, Mumbai, for the presence of each and every one made the evening truly memorable.  May the spirit of thanksgiving rest with each of you and the true essence of this joyful occasion transcend your lives, your family, your home with countless blessings and happiness.

 

Cultural and Recreation Team  





































Christmas Cheer 2016

posted Dec 23, 2016, 2:43 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:26 AM ]

December 18, 2016

The premises at KCA was beautifully lit and decorated with traditional Christmas tree, decorations, and a crib (or creche) of the nativity of Baby Jesus.  The atmosphere was filled with excitement, the mood was celebratory, and there was eager anticipation for the arrival of Members, their families, friends and children for an evening of fun, fellowship, and celebration with Santa, Christmas Carols, and Christmas Kuswar - to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus and to foster the spirit of Christmas in the community.

Members, their families, friends and children entered the premises with smiles and enthusiasm, and made their way to the Christmas tree, where everyone helped themselves to Santa caps placed at the foot of the Christmas tree.  There was an air of awe and amazement as children accompanied by their parents moved around the premises marvelling at the Christmas tree, the crib, and the Christmas star which hung over the entrance gate, with many taking the opportunity to pose for photographs with their loved ones and friends.

Wilfred Fernandes' six piece brass band playing joyous Christmas music welcomed Santa coming down the Mangalore Tile Factory Chimney, and Santa greeted the excited and vociferous children, with gifts and sweets.  Santa, surrounded with children and parents, led by the six piece brass band, danced with children around the premises, and gathered them around the Christmas tree.  Santa along with our Member - Compere Rolin Furtado further livened the atmosphere with community carol singing, merriment, dance and games.  Special snack boxes and Christmas Kuswar was then served to Members, their families, friends and children, as they gathered seated around the Christmas tree savouring the contents of Christmas Kuswar, and soaking the ambience and festivity of the evening.  

The gathering then moved to the Ground Floor Hall, which was beautifully decorated in a Christmas theme - courtesy the hours and expertise of our Hon. Treasurer Mr. Vernon Alvares.  The celebrations in the Ground Floor Hall was helmed by Rolin Furtado and one-man band cum DJ Kenneth Joseph, who enthralled the audience with his vocal skills, dishing out old tracks and songs of Christmas, encouraging the audience to sing along with rapture and collective enthusiasm.  Soon, folks moved to the dance floor, some broke into their own version of bollywood dancing, whilst others waltzed, and the highlight was the 'Penguin Dance' with everyone participating in this enormously popular dance move - the conga line, the hokey pokey, the bunny hop, etc,.

As part of the Christmas Cheer function, the third issue of 'Amchi Khobor', the news magazine of KCA, Mumbai, was released by Dr. Anthony J F Sequeira, a community stalwart and past Vice-President of KCA.  This issue of the 'Amchi Khobor' carries a special message from the Managing Council of KCA - a message of gratitude and reflection for the year gone by, and a time of hope and expectation for the year ahead.  

In the midst of the celebration, Rolin Furtado held a quiz for the audience to challenge their intellect about Christmas, and many children and their parents participated in the quiz, with spot prices awarded to the winners.  As others continued to dance, sing, and enjoy the ambit of songs being played, counters were set up where beverages and sumptuous freshly prepared dinner was served to Members, their families, friends and children.

The President of KCA, Mumbai, Mr. Sunil Alva, ended the evening with a vote of thanks, and words of encouragement - a message to continue working ardently in fostering a spirit of union, of constructive collaboration in taking forward this wonderful 115 year old community Institution.  He further acknowledged the contribution of Ms. Clara Menezes (Vice-President of the Association), Mr. Vernon Alvares (Hon. Treasurer of the Association), Mr. Eric D'Sa (Managing Council member) and most importantly, the KCA Staff, for bringing Christmas Cheer to the Members, their families, friends and children of KCA.

Cultural and Recreation Team 
                                        
             
      
           
 









                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        














Santa's Arrival



Dance with Santa



Penguin Dance et al!


Monti Saibinishi Fest 2016

posted Sep 30, 2016, 1:57 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:02 AM ]

Monti Fest covered in Secular Citizen!

A report of the Monti Fest celebration was covered in the October 24th issue of the Secular Citizen magazine!

Click on the Pictures below to download the Magazine

Cover Page     
KCA Monti Fest Report

September 25, 2016

Monti Fest is one of the biggest Mangalorean Catholic festivals held on 8th September every year. This festival celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and involves blessing of Novem (new crops).  It is celebrated with much fervour & gaiety by Kanarites & Kanarite associations all over India & even abroad!

So for the first time in its 116-year old history, the Kanara Catholic Association (KCA), Mumbai celebrated the Monti Fest on September 25, 2016, at its Yuvakalaya premises in Bandra.  The plan was to give its members, many of whom are born & bred in Mumbai, a true feeling of being in Kodial on a feast day!

Members were greeted with Banana & coconut leaf decorations at the entrance & the ladies were presented with Mogra flowers to adorn their hair!  Managing Council member, Mr Eric D'sa, who, as convenor of Monti Fest, planned the entire celebration with his team, welcomed the members & their families at the entrance.

The celebration kicked off with a solemn Mass in Konkani celebrated by Bishop Percival Fernandez assisted by Fr Valerian D'souza, with a melodious Konkani choir led by Mr Wilfred Fernandes.  It was heartening to see the active participation of many of our English speaking members who sang & joined in the Konkani hymns & prayers from the booklet specially prepared for the occasion!

The blessing of the new rice/paddy and sugar-cane followed (freshly flown in from the fields of the Konkan the previous day!) and the same was distributed to KCA members.  Then came the adoration of Mother Mary with flowers, first by the children & then the adults.

The 2nd Issue of 'Amchi Khobor', the newly launched news magazine of the KCA Mumbai, was then released by Bishop Percy in the presence of Ms Angeline Pereira, the daughter of eminent Mangalorean, Mr Allen Pereira, who was featured in the issue.  A floral tribute was also paid to the portrait of Dr Stanny Patrao, community stalwart & past President of the KCA, by Dr Kranti Farias, whose literary tribute to him was featured in the Amchi Khobor magazine.

After some light refreshments, members & their families proceeded for the cultural program, put together by the organising team, and led by the effervescent Ms Rolin Furtado, the MC for the day.  Mr Wilfred Fernandes and his group provided lively music in Konkani & English, and an entertaining time was had by all - with singing, dancing & games.

Then followed the highlight of the program - the Grand Monti Fest lunch - 'Novem Jovean'!  The traditional menu of nine different vegetable dishes, served on a banana leaf (with Mumbai-style pomfret curry thrown in for variety!), was thoroughly relished by all! 

For most KCA members, it was their first experience of a Monti Fest celebration and there were many calls to make this an annual event in the KCA Mumbai calendar!  The contribution of Mr Eric D'sa, Mr Albert Machado and Ms Clara Menezes (Vice-President of the Association), ably assisted by the KCA staff, was much appreciated by all.

Among the many Aims & Objectives of the KCA, the first one reads: "To foster a spirit of union & friendship among members and others".  As the gathering slowly left the venue, after a thoroughly enjoyable morning, many of the members expressed that the Monti Fest celebration had achieved just that!!

Cultural and Recreation Team






















Launch of 'Amchi Khobor' News Magazine & KCA Website

posted Sep 3, 2016, 10:02 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:00 AM ]

July 23, 2016

The Kanara Catholic Association has a new Managing Committee who has taken it upon itself to revive the “Mangalorean Review” published several decades ago.  The man who took the initiative and the driving force to start the news magazine was Mr Eric D’Sa, who put together a fine Editorial team, who in turn selected the name of the news magazine ‘AMCHI KHOBOR’, meaning 'Our News'.  It will carry useful and interesting information about our community, our history and our heritage. Besides it will feature an outstanding Mangalorean who has done yeomen service to the community in Mumbai, as well as happenings and event of the core-committees. The launch of this magazine took place at a function held on July 23rd, 2016, at the KCA Community Hall in Bandra.

The portraits of earlier Presidents Mr Mark Vaz and Mrs. Terry Vaz were honourably placed in prominence near the dais.  On the dais were Chief Guest, Bishop Percival Fernandes, the Editor, Freddy Mendonca with the Guests of Honour, Mr and Mrs Winston Vaz, flanked by Dr. Kranti Farias and Dr. Jeanette Pinto both who are on the Editorial Board. They were all felicitated with floral tributes.

The function started with a welcome address by the Vice-President of the KCA, Ms Clara Menezes and the function was compered by the Hon. Secretary of the KCA, Mr Praveen Pereira.  He invited Mr. Freddy Mendonca to give the Introductory talk.  That was followed by Dr. Kranti Farias who spoke about the contribution of some of the earlier stalwarts of KCA, and appreciated them for their sacrifice & dedication. Thereafter, Dr. Jeanette Pinto spoke about Dr. Anil D’Cruz, who was profiled in the inaugural issue, praising his dedication to his work and admiring his humility.

Bishop Percival was then invited to speak. He congratulated the Managing Committee for this initiative at a time when communication is the key to progress.  He also mentioned how happy he was to see that the KCA had been revived and expressed his desire and interest to remain connected with it.  He was happy to be part of the programme.

Thereafter The guest of honour Mr Winston Vaz was requested to release AMCHI KHOBOR’.  It was a great moment for the gathering who cheered the initiative. The cover page reflected the coastline of Mangalore with a clump of coconut palms and a picture of people praying for peace. It was designed by Seedon D’Souza. 

Thereafter Bishop Percival was invited to launch the website.  It was another auspicious moment, which called for a loud round of applause!

The function ended with a Vote of Thanks followed by refreshments served to the all the guests.

Dr. Jeanette Pinto
Editorial Board
























'Raindrops' Monsoon Social 2016

posted Sep 3, 2016, 9:09 AM by IT Administrator   [ updated May 8, 2018, 11:59 PM ]

July 23, 2016

The uneven sound of rain drops outside our hall was drowned by the sweet melody of music inside the hall! 

The informal gathering, which came in casual wear at the KCA ground floor hall all looked set to have a good time.  Yes, dear members this was indeed one of the first in a series of such events in the months to come. The decor and the blue lights created an ambience of a perfect dance party for our members and their guests.  

As the invitees trouped in, they were greeted by soft sweet music of yester-years, some of them tapping their feet to the beat and others trying to sing along.  It was good to see everyone hunting for a nice cosy place to settle down, to spend the evening set before them.  To see us through the evening, we had our very own member, Mr. Merwin D’souza, who as Master of Ceremonies lined up the type of music and coordinated the dance sections with the DJ. 

While the music played, guest moved in to buy their favourite hot barbeque snacks which started rolling out from the charcoal pit.  Yes, some like it hot specially when the rains keep beating down!  There were other interesting snacks like Choris Pau, mutton cutlets etc. followed by a dinner choice of pork sorpotel with sannas, Chinese food and other tasty stuff…Hay, hay, we better stop before we make your mouths water!  We also had a doctor’s medicine corner where peg measures along with suitable mixtures were provided to enliven the spirits of the rain dancers!

Shall we move to the dance floor??  As usual in the beginning there was slow action as everyone was waiting for someone to give the lead, but in no time the floor was full, and everyone was in motion to the beat.  There was good movement on the dance floor with thumping feet and swinging arms action just picked up and everyone was just about having a swinging time! This went on till the sound deadline time signaled - STOP.  But you know how it always happens no one likes to leave the dance floor when in the mood...we could hear loud shouts of More, More, More…More

SURE ! We said until the next time……

Richard D'Souza
Cultural and Recreation Team


 



















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