‘Praise Adonai’, the 13th Annual event organized at Don Bosco Secondary
School in Etobicoke by Sts. Peter and Paul Prayer Group of Mississauga, Canada on December 31st,
was a spiritually awe-inspiring success that stirred the spirituality of over 500 faithful of multi-cultural
background who attended despite the icy weather conditions from various parts of Canada. The main purpose of
this event was to spend the last few hours of 2015 in thanksgiving, to usher into the New Year 2016 in His
mighty presence and to CELEBRATE the exuberant joy and presence of God in their lives. Undoubtedly it was a life changing experience for all who were
With the theme
“And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all
fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19),the evening’s
program triggered off at 6:00 in the evening with the recitation of the Holy Rosary led by Brian &
Blanche D’Mello. This was followed by the melodious and angelic singing of the prayer-group choir. The
powerful Praise and Worship led by the servant leader Olympio Fernandes together with Ferdy D’Souza &
Greta Shu was truly soul-elevating and gave the packed audience a heavenly
Hazel D’Souza, the main speaker for the evening gave a powerful talk on ‘to be focused
on Jesus gazing on his love’. Hazel, a renowned preacher from Mumbai, India, flew-in to Canada especially for
the occasion. In her talk she gave a clarion call to everyone to turn away from their sins, not to be
deceived by worshiping modern gadgets, alcohol, pornography or other evil temptations rather to be focused on
Jesus gazing his love and to build-up a Holy relationship with
the Lord. Her spirit-filled talk led the congregation to repent
at the final hours of the year 2015.
Simultaneously there was a special program for the youth organized by the young
Seminarians of St.Augustine’s Seminary. They shared their
awesome experience of their unique calling for the Priesthood and their readiness to respond to His divine
call for the Holy Priesthood!
This was followed by delicious & sumptuous dinner catered by ‘Konkan Delite’,
Canada’s renowned Caterers.
Next was ‘4 days late... yet on time!’ Spiritual Skit based on Lazarus’ Resurrection
written and directed by renowned artiste Olympio Fernandes was presented by the prayer-group members.
Spectators were totally spell-bound on seeing their unmatched
Hazel during her second talk led the faithful for healing session that ended-up with
the Adoration of Blessed Sacrament!
Holy Mass was celebrated at
midnight by Fr.Edwin Gonsalves, Rector of St.Augustine’s Seminary of the Archdiocese of
Toronto and co-celebrated by Deacon Sarfaraz Pinto that was actively participated by
all who attended the event. Fr.Edwin delivered a meaningful homily
focused on family values and New Year resolulton! The superb Prayer
Group Choir truly helped the congregation to celebrate the first Holy Eucharist in the New Year-2016 with great
To add more fun there were quiz questions to the audience based on Holy Scriptures
& lots of door prizes.
The program concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Olympio Fernandes, the servant leader
of the prayer group.
There was great joy among the audience who spent their final hours of the year 2015
and the early hours of the New Year 2016 in the presence of the Lord.