Today is set to inaugurate the Twin Jubilee of the Servant of God  RFC Mascharenhas. Besides his 150thbirth anniversary, his 125th anniversary of Priestly Ordination (March 4th) is also being anticipated. Recognizing the multi roles played by the Servant of God, his great grand nephew Rev. Fr Cedric Prakash, SJ, has spelt the meaning of RFC as Revolutionary, Fearless and Committed. Fr Raymond created a revolution in the society by touching the lives of the poor, giving dignity and scope to thousands especially the girl children of the 19th century. He walked the unbeaten path fearlessly, propelling the band of Bethany sisters to walk fearlessly into the mission lands.Camillus had a dream. He had heard the call and seen the star. He had sensed the spurring of the Spirit in the hearts of not a few to dedicate themselves fully to the Lord. He was committed to the mandate of Jesus as a Pastor, Founder, Educationist and Scriptural man. Committed to the Cause of Justice and Truth, he stood head and shoulders high above his contemporaries be that in Secular field or Religious Avenue. He was known as the ‘Father of the Poor.’

On this auspicious day, to the ticking of 5.00 p.m. the ordained ministers of God 18 in number, made their solemn entry in procession to the Altar of God for the Eucharistic celebration to the tune of melodious entrance hymn. Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’ Souza, the bishop Emeritus of Mangalore Diocese concelebrated the Jubilee Mass along with Most Rev. Dr William D’ Souza, the Archbishop Emeritus of Patna Archdiocese and other priest brothers.Sr Lisa BS gave an introduction to the celebration highlighting the important milestones of the Servant of God.

Breaking the Word of God from Jer. 1: 4-9, Heb. 5:1-10and Lk. 4: 16-22, Rev. Fr J.B. Saldanha preached an inspiring homily. Referring to Tony D’Mello’s Prayer of the Frog, he spoke about the Servant of God’s unassuming life of simplicity and of holiness which he translated into action uplifting the lower strata of people especially girl children. He promoted devotions to the Bl. Sacrament, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Little Flower of Jesus and her missionary zeal. During the first Diocesan Eucharistic Congress, he preached on the greatness of the Blessed Sacrament which is remembered even today. He had special devotion and affection to the Blessed Virgin Mary whom he called Queen and Mother. Mgr RFC was convinced of his ministerial role and practiced it conscientiously spreading God’s compassionate love to all.

During the offertory procession as a mark of thanksgiving 150 kg rice was offered in memory of the 150 fruitful years of the life of the Servant of God. Sr Leera Maria proposed vote of thanks and offered guide lines for the participants to follow after the Eucharistic celebration. The choir elevated the souls and minds of the faithful with their melodious hymns during the celebration.

After Mass all moved towards the tomb of the Servant of God. Ten wreathes were placed on the tomb by different people representing various sections in the society. A short documentary film on the Servant of God was displayed and prayer for his beatification was recited. Most Rev. Dr William D’ Souza the Archbishop Emeritus of Patna released calendars on the Servant of God Mgr Raymond FC Mascarenhas to mark the occasion.

A concluding thanksgiving hymn was sung by the choir. Curtain was drawn to the joyous and meaningful celebration by distribution of snacks to one and all.

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