In keeping with the year of Mercy, Sr. Hilda Braganza, the Animator of Mazzarello Youth Centre and the National Coordinator for Social Communications along with her Team planned to have a Musical Evening on 25th September from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme being “ Singing the Mercies of the Lord”. The backdrop was just wonderful. Fr. Leon Cruz, the Pope’s ‘Ambassador of Mercy’ had come along with his Mercy band consisting of young vibrant and talented young people.
The programme began on the dot of 5 with a movie depicting the life of our newly canonized consisted St. Mother Teresa. It made us introspect and see how much we could have done for others but did not do.
At the very start, the Postulants and Aspirants invoked God’s blessings with a Prayers dance. Sr. Hilda then extended a warm welcome to all those present and thanked them for coming to grace this event. Sr. Melissa D’Souza, Principal of Mazzarello Academy was called upon to brief us about the programme but before she could do so, we sang the Birthday song to honour her on her birthday.
The first item was by the Mercy band. They sang two hymns namely ‘You are my all in all” and “Waves of Mercy”. The hymns were displayed through the PowerPoint presented so that all could join in the singing. We then had the Postulants and Aspirants singing “God is watching over us’. Then Mrs. Rita More was called upon to give her testimony. Everyone was in rapt attention when she spoke about the day when she met with an accident and about the dozen of operations that followed as she spent many months in and out of the hospital. It was so wonderful to hear her say that she had encountered God through the many doctors who treated her. While most of us would have said, “Why me, Lord?” here was a lady who kept praising God in spite of the terrible pain she was going through. We then had the Marathi choir with Jacinta Gracias and her group singing “Kiti Anand Ha” and Mukti dei Yeshu naam”. As most of us often neglect prayer, we had the Postulants urging us to pray through their action song “ Pray about everything”. This was followed by the Konkani choir by Esperanca Rebello and her family of musicians and singers who sang the hymns ‘Jesu bhaxen and Tujea utrak Somai”.
Our Salesian Sisters known for their melodious voices sang a hymn to our Lady, “the Mother of Mercy”. There were a few videos clippings and questions were put to the audience to ensure that all were attentive. The sisters displayed their hospitality by giving vadapav and Dairy Milk chocolates to all present. Each person was also given a small cross which is a symbol of mercy. The compere always steals the show and Dr. Sr. Teresa Joseph did just that.
No programme is complete without that ‘vote of thanks. Sr. Rosaline Pereira thanked the Provincial, Sr. Rita Dora Thomas, Fr. Leon and his Mercy band for their numerous hymns. She also expressed thanks to the choir groups and all those who contributed in some way or the other to make the event indeed special and a great success.
– Dolly Afonso (Past-Pupil of Auxilium Convent and member of the PPC – Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala )