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St. Francis Xavier Feast Celebration
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a cold Saturday, December 1st, the Friends of St. Francis
Xavier celebrated the feast of St. Francis Xavier for the
7th year in the Church of St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga.
The Celebrant was Monsignor Terence D’Souza, the founding
Pastor of the Church, which serves the largest parish in the
Archdiocese. Seven thousand parishioners attend the seven
masses each Sunday. The Church which was consecrated in 1999
is being expanded to accommodate 1200 persons, with the
addition of more space for the parish hall, meeting rooms,
and offices. The renovations are expected to be completed in
early 2008 with the blessing taking place on February 2,
2008, the twenty-first anniversary of the opening of the
The Solemn Procession, in the Church grounds, carrying the
relic of the Saint, was not held this year due to
construction work. High Mass was preceded with a procession
down the aisle, with the Knights of Columbus as the honour
guard, and past presidents holding the canopy over the
relic, carried by the 2007 President, Walter Hayde, followed
by Msgr. D’Souza, and the Friends of St. Francis Xavier. A
fourteen-member choir, led by Romeo Dos Remedios, sang the
hymns and Mass, in Konkani, reminiscent of the services in
Bom Jesu, Goa, where the relics of the Saint are enshrined.
In his homily, Msgr. D’Souza, paid tribute to the Saint, the
greatest Apostle since St. Paul, and the legacy of faith he
left us. Msgr. D’Souza also noted that as he has reached the
age of 75, he has submitted his resignation to the
Archbishop, as required by Canon Law. This would take effect
in June 2008, when the new appointments in the Archdiocese
He paid special tribute to Lazarus Pereira, who instituted
the celebration of the Feast and called on him and
succeeding Presidents to come up to receive special tokens
- Lazarus Pereira, first president
- Francis D’Costa (in absentia)
- Tim de Mello (in absentia)
- Francis Fernandes
- Francis D’Souza
- Felix Remedios
- Walter Hayde, President 2007
Mathew Rodrigues of the Knights of Columbus #12067, and John
J. D’Souza also received tokens of appreciation.
In his concluding address Msgr. D’Souza reminded those
present of the obligations we have to pass on our faith and
religious culture to new generations. He noted that an
International Goan Convention was being planned for July
2008. He played an active role in the convention held in
1988, and was host to the late Cardinal Cordeiro from
Karachi. The 2008 Convention he said is an initiative all
Goans should support.
Walter Hayde in wishing those attending A Happy Feast,
recounted the traditions of the past seven years, and the
legacy of faith and guidance set by Moses, Our Lord Jesus,
and St. Francis. He also noted that he was the first
President from within the Parish itself.
A message of greetings sent by the Council of the City of
Mississauga, by Mayor, Hazel McCallion was read to the
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In concluding, Walter noted ” …if you see a person without a
smile, give him or her one of yours !”
The popular fair of Goan food held in the hall each year was
omitted due to the renovations taking place . Instead Walter
Hayde provided attendees with coffee, tea, and treats,
sponsored by his REMAX Company.
The distinctive Mass brochure, the 7th of it’s kind, each
with a unique cover was done by Lazarus Pereira.
The Choir included:
Lead: Romeo Dos Remedios
Guitar: Russell D’Souza
Organ: Nikita Dos Remedios
Violin: Alexandra Syvlan
Singers: Louisa Fernandes, Yolanda Gracias, Belinda Dos
Remedios, Myra Fernandes, Blanche de Souza, Risa Gracias,
Agnelo Gracias, Rhio Gracias, and Clare de Sa.
The Friends of St. Francis Xavier thank the Knights of
Columbus Council 12067,for providing the honour guard for
the 2007 Feast celebration, and for the last six years.
A short account of the Council, and the names of members
Knights of Columbus Council 12067
St. Francis Xavier Council #12067 celebrated their 10th
Anniversary on Saturday, November 3rd. This vibrant council,
217 members strong was formed on October 9th, 1997 by
Charter Grand Knight Mathew Rodrigues and Chaplain of the
council, Monsignor Terence F. D’Souza.
The Honour Guard was provided by the 4th Degree Knights from
Father Gregory Kelly Assembly who are celebrating their 50th
Anniversary. The 4th Degree is the visible arm of the Knight
of Columbus in the Church and community.
Members in attendance:
S.K. Valens Almeida
Grand Knight – Council #12067
EIGHT YEAR OLD IVANA FURTADO RETAINS WORLD UNDER 8 CHESS
Chess prodigy, Ivana Furtado, wrote another
chapter in the annals of world chess when she retained the
Under-8 title at the World Youth Chess Championship, which
concluded on November 28 at Antalay, Turkey. The Goan girl,
thus, became the first Indian to win successive world titles
after drawing her last round match against a higher ranked
opponent from Kazakhistan, Zhansaya Abdumalik, who was the
4th seed here. Ivana collected 9 points from a maximum
possible 11, while Zhansaya (8) finished fourth behind
Azerbainan girls Gunay Mamadzada and Aydan Hojatova, both of
whom had 8.5 points each.
The Goan girl had won the title last year in Batumi,
Georgia. Considering the fact that the Russians and Chinese
were were in Turkey in full force, Ivana's second World
Championship can be rated as even more commendable than the
first one. Dronacharya awardee Raghunandan Gokhale advised
Ivana to use the Pirc Defence for the second consecutive
time in two days and she won a pawn in the opening itself.
Thereafter, she gradually outplayed her opponent to come up
with a winning position. [GT]
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 (8G)
Organizer(s) : FIDE - Turkish Chess Federation
Town : Limra Hotel - Kemer / Antalya
Date : 2007/11/18 To 2007/11/28
Quincy Almeida Wins Prestigious John Charles Polanyi Prize.
November 23, 2007
Wilfrid Laurier University scientist who is working on
physical exercise as an alternative to drug therapy for
people with Parkinson's disease has won a prestigious John
Charles Polanyi Prize.
Quincy Almeida is one of five Ontario researchers whose
achievements are being recognized this year, John Milloy,
minister of training, colleges and universities, said in an
"These five individuals represent some of the best and
brightest researchers in our province," Milloy said in a
The awards, valued at $20,000, are given to researchers in
the early stages of their careers who plan to continue
post-doctoral studies at an Ontario university. They're
named after John Polanyi of the University of Toronto, who
was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Almeida, director of the Movement Disorders Research and
Rehabilitation Centre at WLU, said he considers the prize
"Ontario's equivalent of the Nobel Prize."He said his work
is seeing remarkable results in a short period.
"We're getting very interesting results in terms of what
needs to be the direction Canada and the world should take
in developing rehabilitation for Parkinson's and lots of
other movement disorders," Almeida, 34, said yesterday.
his projects, Almeida launched a rehabilitation program last
year for people with Parkinson's.
The program was aimed at improving people's balance, gait
and co-ordination so they can live more independently and
Almeida's goal is to establish exercise recommendations for
Canadians who have Parkinson's disease.
The program showed there are some exercises that will
improve strength, and heart and blood pressure, but they do
not change Parkinson's symptoms.
Now Almeida is focusing on those exercises that actually
show improvement of symptoms, such as balance loss,
stiffness and slowness of movement. In the next phase of the
study, patients will do those exercises over a 24-week
Almeida has been travelling to national conferences in the
last two weeks to show the results of his work.
He is demonstrating a tool he has developed to evaluate
changes in symptoms.
The test battery will become an international standard and a
better way of measuring change, he said.
Laurier's Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation
Centre was established in the former Northdale public school
on Hickory Street in Waterloo. It's the first facility of
its kind in Canada to focus on Parkinson's, which affects
more than 100,000 Canadians.
The centre also tests state-of-the-art tools and inventions
from around the world to see what impact they have on
Other prize-winning researchers are from Carleton
University, York University, University of Toronto and
(Quincy is the son of Magneric & Odette Almeida of
Kristina DoRosario named Most Outstanding (Field Hockey)
Player of the Atlantic 10
Tournament in Philadelphia.
Nov. 7, 2007
AMHERST, MASS. -
Senior Kristina DoRosario (Oakville,
Ontario) was named UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week
after an outstanding weekend in the Atlantic 10 Tournament
in Philadelphia. DoRosario was named the Most Outstanding
Player of the Atlantic 10 Tournament after helping lead
UMass to its first title in six years. DoRosario was also
named First Team All- Conference by the Atlantic 10. In the
semifinal win over Richmond, DoRosario assisted on both
UMass goals. DoRosario was also the Minutewomen's leader on
defense throughout the tournament shutting down both
Richmond and Saint Joseph's leading scorers. DoRosario and
her team are NCAA bound and will be headed to Storrs,
Connecticut on Saturday to face Big East Champion No.4-seed
(Kristina is the daughter of Clement and Joan DoRosario of
by TEGSA’s success of earlier shows it was not surprising
that the Yuletide event held on 30th November was “sold
out”. The Hall was filled to capacity as members arrived
early to have a full evenings entertainment.
The evening started off with an authentic Goan meal of
Sorpotel, Sannas, Pulao, Roast Turkey and gravy, Mixed
Vegetables and for dessert a bag containing Goan sweets and
a slice of fruit cake. This we enjoyed. Tea and coffee was
Vendors were on hand to sell their delicious Christmas
sweets, snacks and Goa sausages. They sold out fast.
And then the celebrations commenced. Befitting the meal,
Romeo on his guitar sang a comedic melody “Sorpotel” and we
joined in the chorus. This was followed by the renowned
UPPER CANADA CHORDSMEN who performed ACAPPELLA in a four
part harmony. Back by popular demand were Jennifer and
Ritchie, the well known and acclaimed vocalist and musician
who led the audience in the singing of Christmas carols.
Needless to say TEGSA members did us proud.
HO! HO! Santa was on his way. And we couldn’t wait. After
giving out goodies, he asked us all to form a circle and to
follow his dance routines as he led us into “Move it to the
Right, Move it to the Left” and Y.M.C.A. It was hilarious.
The dance area was jam packed but Santa had to leave as he
had forgotten to bring his suspenders. Santa was none other
than our popular member “POMPEI”.
Dancing continued with our vocalist Jennifer and D.J.
Ritchie as we given an hours extension. Our sincere thanks
to Priscilla and Ben Pinto and to Yvonne and Felix Remedios
who each donated a BIBIQUE (Santa and Rudolph). These were
raffled off to defray some of the expenses.
Later, compliments of Francis D’Souza we were treated to a
warm glass of apple cider. What a great prelude to our
Christmas festivities! A Big Thank you to Our Social
Secretary, Vicki D’Souza, her sub-committee, the TEGSA
Executive and the many volunteers who help make our events
so much fun.
And finally, thanks to all those who donated non perishable
items which will be passed on to the Food Bank.
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