Feast of St. Theresa of Child Jesus, the Patroness of the Students of Philosophy
01st of October is a joyous day for the philosophy students of the Rachol Seminary as on this day they celebrated the feast of their patroness, Saint Theresa of Child Jesus. On this joyous occasion the Seminarians thanked God through the Eucharistic celebrated which was celebrated by the Rector of the Seminary, Rev Fr. Aleixo Menezes, and con-celebrated by all the resident priests of the Seminary. The cultural programme was thereafter organized to spice the feast. The philosophers presented an array of programmes which showcased their talents. The programme included an Orchestra, a Choral piece, a skit and a dance. Each pragramme ea loaded with a beautiful message. The skit, ‘Somazacho kiddo’ was written and directed by Sem. Peter D’Souza and Sem. Aidan Fernandes. The importance of social harmony and acceptance, where in all should be accepted equally and give opportunities to change oneself, was beautifully highlighted.
This auspicious occasion also marked the release of ‘Jivit’, the philosophers’ magazine. The theme chosen this year is – “Witnessing Faith through communitarian service.” The Editor, Sem. Melito D’Costa, in his speech highlighted the 3 aspects brought to light in this magazine – Faith, Community and Service. The main attraction in this 29th edition of the ‘Jivit’ is the research papers which were written after gaining first hand information on some of the important issues that are haunting the Archdiocese and the State of Goa.
The topics of research papers are as follows:
1) The Mining Issue in Goa.
2) Can ‘Brothers’ lead us to Christ?
3) The Plunder of the Church Property (Encroachments)
4) Real life Communitarian Services.
The programme ended with the vote of thanks given by Sem. Ashwin Rodrigues and the President of the St. Theresa Association, Sem. Jovial Fernandes. The comperes of the programme were Sem. Francisco Barreto and Sem. Sanford Rodrigues.
The philosophers were well appreciated by Fr. Aleixo in his message to the Seminarians, for the beautiful and well prepared Eucharistic celebration and cultural programme.