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The community of Goa in the United Kingdom celebrates the feast of the Assumption

On the auspicious day of August 15, 2022, Chaplaincy Goa UK, in association with members of the Goa Diaspora UK, celebrated the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mother Mary at St Joseph’s Church RC at Wembley, London. The Feast of the Assumption marks the day the Blessed Virgin Mary ascended into Heaven. The Festive Mass was celebrated by Fr. Feroz Fernandes and Fr. Patrick D’Souza at 6:30 p.m. This year’s holiday also coincided with India’s 75th Independence Day. The community of Goa, as part of the Indian Diaspora, held the Indian national flag to mark the occasion. The event was attended by Mr. Floyd Dias Do Rosario, a local campaigner from Wembley, as well as Mr. Clayton Antonio Barreto, Officer at the Indian Embassy in the UK, and Mr. Ravi Vaz, representing the ‘Goan Association, UK.

On the same day, a drawing competition was organized for children of the age groups 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-12 years. The children gave their drawings to the organizers when they arrived at the church and the results were announced after the mass.

(L to R) – Mr. Ravi Vaz and Mr. Floyd Dias Do Rosario, (Prominent Goans in the UK), Fr. Patrick D’Souza, Fr. Feroz Fernandes, Mr. Clayton Barreto (Officer at the Indian Embassy in UK) and Mr. Sai Karthik Madhabushi (Reputed Wembley Activist)

In the 4-6 age category, the first, second and third prize winners were Adele Albuquerque, Ninoshka DaCruz and Cheryl Fernandes respectively. The 1st prize in the 7-9 years old category was won by Greshon Fernandes. Alicia Fernandes won second prize and Ethan Antonio Barreto won third prize. In the final category of 10-12 year olds, the prize was won by Lionel Albuquerque. The event was a great success. Around 1000 people attended the event which was followed by a snack and Goan tea service. This was the first event of its kind hosted by Goa Chaplaincy with Goans in the UK.

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Taking this opportunity, the organizers would like to thank Ms. Juella Camelo, Ms. Renna DeCruz and Ms. Vencila Costa for their support.

Article by Ryan Fernandes