DHABI: December 6, 2009. (By Jochanji) Catholics in Abu Dhabi celebrated the feast of St. Francis Xavier on 3 December with gaiety and splendor.
The celebrations were held at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral ground, Abu Dhabi.
The services began with the recitation of Holy Rosary at 7.30 p.m. followed by a procession and a concelebrated mass in Konkani, a local Indian tongue. His Eminence Bishop Paul Hinder attended the services and addressed the community.
The Konkani speaking catholic community in Abu Dhabi displays a strong sense of unity with timely celebrations of church services and retreats. They call themselves as the Goan community. The leader of the Goan Community in Abu Dhabi, Mr. John reminded those attended the service, main objectives of the Goan community and thanked the priests and prelate present on the occasion. Fr. Rudolf D’ Souza, who had earlier conducted a retreat for the community; delivered a homily during the mass, marking the end of the retreat. He said ‘strive hard to achieve your goals and yet it is impossible to achieve anything without God and His assistance.’