Goa Catholics to accommodate 2,000 delegates in their homes
Panaji: In an effort to strengthen small Christian communities (SCCs), over 2,000 delegates from across the country will share a roof with Goan Catholic families in a unique intercultural bonding.
The occasion is the first-ever SCCs national convention to be held in a pandal outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus fromNovember 19 to 21, with Goa's scenic ambience and cultural heritage as a backdrop.
The guests will start arriving on November 17 and 18 and head straight to their "homes" in various parts of the state.
"We hope they will enjoy our hospitality for which we are famous and carry back a good image of Goan people," says John Paul Noronha, a parishioner.
The Noronhas, like many other families in the state, will host a delegate in their Aldona home.
"Goa has 150-odd parishes, but not all will host them due to various reasons. Still, we are trying to ensure that as many families as possible can accommodate guests across the length and breadth of Goa so that many may benefit from the historic event," says Fr. Anthony Fernandes, executive secretary, diocesan pastoral secretariat.