Salesians of Panjim Province animate novena Mass of St Francis Xavier
Vice Provincial Fr Banzelao Teixeira with INP Salesian celebrating novena mass of St Francis Xavier at Bom Jesu Old Goa

Salesians of Panjim Province animate novena Mass of St Francis Xavier

27 November 2023
- Francis Xavier

The novena in honour of Saint Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, was celebrated with great devotion by members of the Salesian Family on the second day. Around 20 Salesian priests belonging to the Panjim Konkan Province gathered to concelebrate the Holy Eucharist with Vice Provincial of Salesian Panjim Konkan Province, Father Banzelao Teixeira, on November 26, at Bom Jesu Basilica, Old Goa.

In his concise and well-worded homily, Father Teixeira called on the faithful to imitate Mother Teresa in witnessing the words of Jesus in the Gospel, "Whatever you did to one of the least of these brothers, you did it to me". Emphasizing that love has no boundaries, he urged the faithful to contribute to building God's Kingdom. People today experience a different kind of hunger and thirst - the hunger and thirst of loneliness and rejection said Father Teixeira. He thus appealed to the faithful to give off themselves to give till it hurts.

The members of the Salesian Family, Salesian Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Co-operators, members of ADMA, past pupils and students from the schools in Goa attended the Mass. The youth group of Don Bosco Panjim led the choir.

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