The old church at Sancoale came to life on the feast day of St Joseph Vaz. The day saw several devotees gather from various parts of Goa to seek blessings from the saint.
At the high mass, Archbishop of Goa, Daman and Diu, Filipe Neri Ferrao called upon the congregation to follow in the footsteps of St Joseph Vaz. He said: “It is the duty of each one of us to spread the word of God just like St Joseph Vaz did. He worked and helped the poor, the sick and the needy and we also need to experience the love of Christ and give it to others.”
The theme for this year’s feast was ‘Devan obixek kel’ya Sant Joseph Vazachi dek gevun, moga seva-chakretlyan dublea, daktaiank bore khobreche orbevont sondeshkar zavuia’. During the sermon South Goa Episcopal Vicar, Fr Lucio Dias focused on how each one needs to help people in need. “There are a lot of people who need help. The help can be financial, emotional and psychological, if we are aware we need to take a step and help them. This is a true quality of a Christian. It is not a privileged or honour to help but our duty to do so.”
He also highlighted the lives of prophet Jeremiah and St Paul, and how they answered God’s call and worked to serve the people and spread the word of God. “We have known of how St Joseph Vaz lived his life. He showed his love for Christ through his acts and services to the poor. He was someone who worked selflessly for people and we also need to do the same,” he said.
Present at the high mass were Bishop Alex Dias (Port Blair), Bishop Lumen Monteiro (Agartala) and Bishop Anthony Alwyn Fernandes Barreto (Sindhudurg) amongst other priests.
Archbishop of Goa, Daman and Diu, Filipe Neri Ferrao was also presented with a token of appreciation for being selected as the new president of the CCBI.
Rector of the sanctuary of St Joseph Vaz, Sancoale, Fr Manuel Dias concluded by thanking all those who participated in the mass and also those who helped in various ways.