‘Praise Adonai’, the 14th Annual spiritual 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 awesome success that stirred the spirituality of over 500 faithful of
multi-cultural background who attended despite the cold conditions from various parts of Canada. The main
purpose of this event was to spend the last few hours of 2016 in thanksgiving, to usher into the New Year
2017 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
With the theme:
"Now to Him who by the Power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than
all we can ask or imagine".” (Ephesians 3:20),the evening’s program
triggered off at 6:00 in the evening with the recitation of the Holy Rosary led by Ron & Myra. 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 Desiree D’Cunha was truly soul-elevating and gave the
packed audience a heavenly experience.
Hazel D’Souza, the main speaker for the evening gave a powerful talk on ‘the
Miraculous Power & Faithfulness of God’. Hazel, a renowned preacher from Mumbai, India, flew-in to Canada
especially for the occasion. In her talk she highlighted the importance of Prayer. “Prayer-less Christian is
a weak Christian” she said and gave a clarion call not to give vacation to our prayer life. “God answers our
prayer and prayer can change the face of Canada” she said. Her
spirit-filled talk led the congregation to repent at the final hours of the year 2016.
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 ‘The Trap…’ Spiritual Skit based on Jesus’ forgiveness to the Adulterous
Women written and directed by the renowned artiste Olympio Fernandes was presented by the prayer-group
members. Spectators were totally spell-bound on seeing their
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, Fr.Joseph Ugochukwu Alozie, CCE, Fr. Ravi and assisted by Deacon Sarfaraz
Pinto that was actively participated by all who attended the event.
Fr.Edwin delivered a meaningful homily focused God’s love, Mother Mary and New Year resolulton! The superb Prayer Group Choir truly helped the congregation to celebrate the
first Holy Eucharist in the New Year-2017 with great devotion.
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 Gerry D’Mello, one of the Core-Team
members of the prayer group.
There was great joy among the audience who spent their final hours of the year 2016
and the early hours of the New Year 2017 in the presence of the Lord.