Karnataka

Annual feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni at Stella Maris Church on Aug. 15

An aerial view of the boat-shaped Stella Maris Church at Kalmady near Malpe in Udupi. File

An aerial view of the boat-shaped Stella Maris Church at Kalmady near Malpe in Udupi. File  

The first boat-shaped church in the State is at Kalmady

The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni at Stella Maris Church would be held at Kalmady near Malpe here on August 15.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Alban D’Souza, parish priest of the church, said that the Stella Maris Church, the first boat-shaped church in the State, was inaugurated at Kalmady here on January 6, 2018. It has a bell tower in the shape of a lighthouse.

The Annual Feast of Our Lady of Vailankanni will be celebrated on August 15 with the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 4 p.m.

Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Catholic Diocese, will preside over the Holy Eucharist.

On August 14, the car procession of Our Lady of Vailankanni will be flagged off by Ivan D’Souza, MLC, at 2.45 p.m. from Regal Next Building at Adi Udupi Junction here.

Thereafter, the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 4 p.m. will be presided by Most Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangaluru.

The nine days of Novena and prayers will be conducted every evening at 3.45 p.m. from August 6 to 14.

Each day of the Novena is dedicated with intentions and themes.

The flag of Our Lady of Vailankanni will be hoisted on the newly inaugurated column of honour beside the church on August 6 to mark the beginning of the nine-day Novena.

Very Rev. Dr. Ronald Serrao, Rector of St. Joseph Seminary, Mangaluru, will be the main celebrant for the Holy Eucharist.

A large number of devotees would be participating in all these events, he said.

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