Arch Bishop Dr. Bernard Moras Inaugurated St. Anthony’s Church at Marathahalli

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The sound of the band played by the Bornfree Art School enthralled many passers-by busy shopping for dushera festival in the main road connecting IT corridor of Whitefield and Marathahalli, as the Arch Bishop of Bangalore diocese landed in Munnekolala to bless, dedicate and inaugurate the newly built St.Anthony Church. The Archbishop was given a floral welcome by children till the entrance of the church, from where the special team of drummers and local styled tamtabeaters started their way of welcoming the guest of the day with splendid blend of resonance, tune and synchronised music.
The inauguration ceremony started around 4 pm with the procession towards presbytery which was blessed and inaugurated by the Archbishop accompanied by all the priests. Then the entire clergy proceeded towards the main entrance where the foundation stone was blessed, followed by the blessing of the door with incense and holy water. As tradition demands the newly installed bell tower was blessed, after which the door of the new church was open to the clergy and the entire faithful. The Archbishop along with the priests, Altar boys, guests and huge mass of faithful followed into the new church with procession as the choir sang the entrance song. The entire service of dedication and blessing took almost 3 hours which included blessing of the entire walls of the church, the altar, the bible and the tabernacle. During the service newly appointed parish priest Fr. Antony Mahendran took the oath of office and secrecyand was handed the keys of the new church by the outgoing parish priest Fr. Robert.
During the homily the Arch Bishop Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, shared his vision for the new church during which he stressed his intention to make this place a central home of worship, peace and support for all the people around this IT, BT, sector. He also mentioned that this was one of the biggest church built by him during his tenure. He also expressed his intention to build a school to cater to the educational needs of the people here. Many priests from in and around different churchesof the Archdiocese of Bangalore, con-celebrated during the Holy Eucharist. In the assembly were also present many nuns from different convents.
There was a felicitation function organised immediately after the service to honour and thank those people who were instrumental in some way or the other in the construction of the church. Local MLA, Sri Arvind Limabavalli, were felicitated and thanked for their support and patronage. All the committee members who workeduntiringly for this dream project were also honoured by his grace. The functions concluded with the fellowship meal served to the entire gathering.

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Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Yuva Pratishthan thank Maharashtra Police

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As the citizens of Thane loomed over celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi, Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Yuva Pratishthan took an initiative to thank the Maharashtra Police. The lord of goodwill and auspiciousness arrived in our homes on 5th September 2016 which was also celebrated as The International Day of Charity across the world. Various initiatives were organized to help people from various strata of the society, but the police force is the one who is often ignored and they work selflessly so that the citizens can enjoy the festival to the fullest. Kedar Dighe along with his team of volunteers provided 500 boxes of refreshment to keep the police force hydrated during the Ganesh Visarjan.

Ganesh Chatuthi is a Hindu festival and is celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. It is an auspicious festival celebrated to pray that every new activity that is started is successfully completed without any obstacles. The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of ganesha in public pandals and worship in groups.

The Ganesh idols are immersed on the 2nd, 5th, 7th and the 11th day of the festival where the idols are ceremoniously immersed and left to dissolve in the nearest water body. It is very natural that a huge gathering of crowds comes to the street to bid adieu to their favorite god. During such times, often, there are chances of the law and order situation to go wrong and the security forces are blamed in case of a mishap. “Over decades the Maharashtra Police has ensured that no untoward incidences happen during festivals. They are the ones who work for the people to maintain peace by staying away from their families and working round the clock. The situation is so intense that they do not even get enough time eat or drink. Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Saheb lived his life with values and a motive to serve the people. This is just a small step that we have taken on behalf of him to take his legacy ahead.” says Mr. Kedar Dighe, President of Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Yuva Pratishthan.

Dharmaveer Anand Dighe Yuva Pratishthan was established in the year 2006 and has since then been involved in number of activities focused towards the social and economic development of the people of Thane. The NGO is led by Shri Kedar Dighe, who is truly a new age leader and understands the problems of people to provide holistic solutions.