by Andrea Alleluya
NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, DECEMBER 27, 2013: On Friday 13th December the parish youth group (SPY) of the St Therese Church of the North Arabian Vicariate organized a special event to felicitate the domestic workers in the parish.
The Program began with the celebration of Holy Mass by Fr. Lionel animated with the melodious choir of SPY members. Four maids served as Lectors – an opportunity they have never been given in their lives. Throughout the mass Fr. Lionel appreciated and motivated these workers by recognizing their service and contribution to the society. He acknowledged the personal sacrifices they make to ensure that those they serve lead a comfortable life. He encouraged them through his homily to have patience for what they want in their lives especially when dreams and goals seem dismal and distant.
After mass, the SPY sang lively Christmas Carols that were enjoyed and joined in by all.
The much awaited fellowship began hosted by the versatile and engaging Lloyd D'souza. The domestic workers were excited as they played creative versions of games like four corners, ringing bells and Bingo. Spot prizes had them all mingling and scrambling around in fun.
This was followed by a lively dancing session which included a march. The St. Theresa Band then sang some Konkani songs which really got them all excited. Fr. Blany Pinto the Parish Priest then said the grace and a sumptuous lunch was served.
After a group photo, the SPY members handed out hampers to the maids as they wished them "A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous Happy New Year ". Veronica Aguiar, a participant was really touched by this event "I had a lovely day and felt very loved and appreciated by these youngsters". Angelina D'souza commented "we felt special today and could forget our troubles for a little while". A special thanks goes out to Fr. Lionel for his guidance and Gaspar Baptista, the animator of the youth, for his support, as we organized this event. The organisers extended a big thankyou all the generous sponsors and benefactors for their gracious donations that have helped them touch the lives of these specially loved parishioners.