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Boat blessing at Uttan

Oct. 12, 2016

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Every year, in the month of October, Our Lady visits each and every house at Uttan! People of other faiths, too, ask for the statue in Bhate-Bunder village. During this month, one day is kept aside for the area Mass and one day for the blessing of boats. This year, the Eucharist was celebrated on the boats on the 11th of October.

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The entire village gathered together at the lighthouse and from there, a procession was taken to the seashore accompanied by a festive band. The boats were tied together, in a row, and colourfully decorated. The Fishing Community do not fish on this day and the entire community attends the Mass which is celebrated on one of the boats, following which the boats are blessed. This year, the Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Thomas Alphonso from Our Lady of the Sea Church, Uttan.

During the month of October, the Rosary is recited every day in the evening. After the Rosary, the youth organise some cultural program for the people.

(As reported by Fr. Steven Kika)

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