It was a joyful event for the parishioners of St Vincent De Paul Church, Katapadi when their shepherd the Bishop of Udupi, Rt. Rev. Dr. Gerald Lobo visited them from 08 – 10 February, 2020. Rev. Fr Ronson D’Souza, the Parish Priest and the parishioners extended a warm welcome to him on 08 evening. The preliminary rites in the Church were followed by a visit to the cemetery.
The Bishop had a session on Catechism for the Confirmation children. This was followed by his meeting with the18 commissions’ Coordinator and Animators.
On 09 February, the Confirmation Mass was celebrated with great joy. 34 children were administered the Sacrament of Confirmation. In his homily during the Mass, the Bishop preached on the importance of family life.
After the Mass, the Bishop had meetings with several groups, viz. Missionary Children; Altar Boys; Sthree Sangatan; Catholic Sabha; YCS; ICYM; Catechism Teachers and Finance Committee members. He attended the S.C.C. meeting in a ward.He also visited the Carmel Krupa Convent for Adoration, Rosary and Prayer and thereafter interacted with Sisters.
On 10 the Bishop celebrated Mass at Holy Cross Students’ home. He spent time with the Sick in the parish. He had Meeting with Secular Franciscan Order; SVP and Legion of Mary. The Pastoral visit concluded on Monday 10th with a Prayer Service, after which the Bishop returned to the Bishop’s House.