Wednesday, May 09, 2007

MANGALORE: Mass Wedding Solemnized

Catholic Bishop Solemnizes Nuptial Vows Of 17 Couples

May 9, 2007

MANGALORE, Karnataka (SAR NEWS) -- To minimize the lavish wedding expenses incurred by the ordinary Catholic families, Mangalore Diocese this year celebrated community marriages of 17 couples.

Bishop Aloysius D’Souza of Mangalore solemnized the nuptials at the Rosario Cathedral on May 6.

The prelate presented a copy of the Bible to each of the couple, hailing from different parts of the diocese and exhorted them to build their lives on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Traditionally Mangalorean Catholic weddings are known for lavish expenses leading invariably the newly weds into huge debts.

The idea of community weddings was mooted 32 years by the Rosario Cathedral unit of the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) to help the families to have an occasion for community celebrations.

Till date, SVP has helped 474 couples with donations received from generous Catholics in the diocese thus saving the newly weds from the burden of debts.

“It is important to make community weddings more popular among the people so that people stop borrowing money or taking loans from the banks to celebrate the wedding and pay off the loans for a long time”, noted Konkani writer Dr Edward Nazareth, the chief guest told a large crowd at the reception.

Household goods worth Rs. 2000 and Rs. 4000 as fixed deposit were gifted to each of the couples.

Seven priests assisted Bishop D’Souza in the community nuptial ceremony. Rudolph Tauro, SVP president of the Rosario Cathedral unit and other SVP members looked after the arrangements.


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