International Women's Day Celebrated with Grandeur at Barkur

-News n Pics : Eric Soans, Barkur

Barkur, March 10, 2024: The spirit of International Women's Day resonated through the air as members of the Association of Women, known as Sthree Sanghatan, came together in Barkur to celebrate the occasion in a grand manner.

The day commenced with a solemn liturgy at St.Peter Church, where members actively participated in leading the liturgy and  the choir,  embracing the significance of the day. Following the mass, the festivities continued at the church convention hall Souharda, where a sumptuous breakfast awaited the attendees.

The event was graced by esteemed guests, including Parish Priest Rev Fr Ronald Miranda, Parishioner Sheela Jossie Picardo as the guest of honor, Resident Priest Rolvin Fernandes, Vice President of Parish Council Jossie Fernandes, and convener of parish commissions Herald D'Souza, who all played pivotal roles in enriching the celebration.

The program kicked off with a heartwarming prayer and a soulful rendition of the theme song, setting the tone for the rest of the day. Laveena Olivera, President of the association, extended a warm welcome to all attendees, setting the stage for a series of engaging activities.

Irene Pais, the Secretary, presented a comprehensive report highlighting the association's achievements and milestones. Notable individuals such as Helen D'Souza, Secretary of the Kallainpur Varado Women Association, Alice D'Souza, Representative of Women Empowerment for Catholic Sabha in Kallianpur Varado, and Shallet Dais, who secured the Second Prize in an essay competition at the Udupi Diocese level, were honored during the event for their exemplary contributions.

The guests on the dais, including the revered Parish Priest and the distinguished guest of honor Sheela Jossie Picardo, shared inspiring words of wisdom, emphasizing the importance of women's empowerment and their indomitable spirit in overcoming challenges.

Sheela Jossie Picardo, serving as the Headmistress of Government High School Chekadi, was felicitated by the association for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the cause of education. In her address, she underscored the limitless potential of women when equipped with determination and perseverance.

Parish Priest Rev Fr Ronald Miranda commended the association for their relentless efforts not only towards self-improvement but also for the upliftment of society at large. His words resonated deeply with the audience, reinforcing the significance of collective action in effecting positive change.

Irene Pais concluded the event with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants and supporters who contributed to the success of the celebration.

The highlight of the day was a captivating variety entertainment program featuring mesmerizing songs, graceful dances, and delightful comedy skits, showcasing the diverse talents within the association. Renita Lobo, with her charming demeanor, skillfully compered the program, ensuring a seamless flow of events.

Overall, the International Women's Day celebration at Barkur was a resounding success, serving as a beacon of inspiration and empowerment for women across the community.

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