It was a joyful and memorable event for the parishioners of Holy Cross Church, Byndoor when their shepherd the Bishop of Udupi, Rt. Rev. Dr. Gerald Lobo visited them from 18th to 20th of May, 2019. Rev. Fr Ronald Miranda, the Parish Priest and the parishioners extended a warm welcome to him on 18th evening. The preliminary rites in the Church were followed by visit to the cemetery.
The Bishop had a session on Catechism for the Confirmation children. This was followed by his meetings with SVP members.
On 19th May, the Confirmation Mass was celebrated with great joy. A total of 54 students were administered the Sacrament of Confirmation. In his homily during the Mass, the Bishop preached on how we can become saints in our life.
After the Mass, the Bishop had meetings with several groups, viz. Missionary Children’s Association; Altar Boys; 18 Commission animators and Coordinator; YCS; ICYM; Catholic Sabha; Sthree Sanghatan , etc. He spent time with the Sick in the parish. After that he attended the S.C.C. meeting in a ward.
On 20th the Bishop celebrated Mass in the Holy Cross Convent and thereafter interacted with Sisters.The Bishop had meetings with Third Order; Finance Committee members and Charismatic Group. He concluded by summarizing the entire pastoral visit and left for Udupi at around 03:00 p.m.