Mother, daughter, wife, grandmother…these are some of the words that come to our mind when we think of women. Yes, women are indispensable part of our life. Fighting against all odds – and sometimes risking her life – a woman brings us to this world. She bestows upon us her unconditional love. The sleepless nights she spent when we were sick are countless. Once confined to the house, today women have crossed all boundaries and even reached the space. Think of any field and today we see women there taking the leading role. With their contribution to the society in various fields, innumerable women have made themselves a force to reckon and taken India’s name to newer heights.
International Women’s Day, celebrated on 8th March, is a fitting tribute to our unsung heroes that brighten our lives and have made this earth a happier place to live. In line with the mood around the world, the Catholic Sabha and Sthree Sanghatan of Guardian Angel Church, Angelore, celebrated Women’s Day on 5th March 2023. The women’s association of the parish, known as Sthree Sanghatan, led the liturgy in the morning.
In the evening a programme was organised to felicitate eleven ladies who rendered selfless service to the society in social, educational, spiritual, political, health, sports, agriculture and business areas were felicitated. The ladies felicitated included: Mrs. Christine Pinto (spiritual), Mrs. Juliana Vas (spiritual), Mrs. Sabitha Misquith (politics), Mrs. Asha D’Silva (politics), Mrs. Mary Patrao (education), Mrs. Daisy D’Souza (healthcare), Mrs. Emilda Maria Nazareth (social), Mrs. Hilda Lobo (social), Mrs. Shanthi Rasquinha (entrepreneurship), Mrs. Anitha Almeida (agriculture), and Mrs. Edith D’Souza (sports).
Mrs. Flora Castelino, HOD, Konkani Department, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore was the chief guest of the programme. Rev. Fr William Menezes, Parish Priest, Guardian Angel Church presided over the programme. Rev. Fr Lawrence Cutinho, Assistant Parish Priest; Mr. Paul Rodrigues, Vice President of the Parish Pastoral Council; Mrs. Lolina D’Souza, Secretary of the Parish Pastoral Council; Ms. Renita Menezes, Coordinator of 21 Pastoral Commissions; Mr. Felix Moras, President of Catholic Sabha, Angelore Unit; Mrs. Sunitha D’Souza, President of Sthree Sanghatan, and Mrs. Renita Vas were present on the dais. Mr. Rajesh Misquith and team sang felicitation song for the women composed by Mr. Clarence Pinto, Padil. The members of Sthree Sanghatan entertained the gathering with their dances. Mr. Manohar Saldanha and Mrs. Lolina D’Souza compèred the programme.