Deanery Boarding students’ meet of Banaskantha – Patan

Banaskantha-Patan Deanery had its boarding students’ meet on 1st and 2nd December 2018 at Vadgam. Fr. Isidore Almeida was kind enough to host this event in his parish. Students who were accompanied by fathers, sisters, brother, masters arrived from Deesa, Palanpur, Radhanpur, Vadgam. As it is the faith formation progarmme, the Holy Bible was taken in procession. His Grace Archbishop Thomas Macwan, Metropolitan Archbishop of Gandhinagar, Fr. Xavier James, Dean and Sr. Arun, the superior of Bethany convent were formally welcomed and they together with the students lighted the lamp and inaugurated the event. His Grace Archbishop Thomas gave an inaugural speech and encouraged the children to live a life with values derived from the Bible. Thereafter, as he declared the event open, all the teams were on the ground to show their talents in various games. After the dinner students participated in Bhajan and skit competitions. All the hymns were to Mother Mary. The skits were based on the Bible connecting the present life. Next morning after the Holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Xavier James and preached by Fr. Harry Pinto, the children participated in the Gospel quiz competition. Fr. Harry had conducted it from the Gospel according to Mathew. Thereafter, winners and runners were given prizes. This year overall winners were Palanpur children and runners were Vadgam children. Kudos to them. A special word of appreciation to Fr. Isidore Almeida for all the arrangements. The Deanery is grateful to Frs. Malar, Das Ms. Pinki, Ms. Kajal for helping as judges. All Glory to God.