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Newsletter. Issue 2003-25. December. 13, 2003
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Thank You
Tim de Mello

The Friends of St. Francis Xavier celebrated the feast of St. Francis Xavier on November 29, 2003 at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in Mississauga.
Our Chaplain, Fr. Terence D’Souza celebrated the High Mass. A Goan Konkani Choir graced the celebration.

A special thank you goes to our Goan Konkani Choir. The Eucharistic celebration with Konkani hymns followed by the kissing of the Sacred Relic of St. Francis Xavier transported one to Goa.
A truly warm Goan celebration right here in freezing cold Canada!
Following the Mass, a Family Fair was held in the Church Hall. Various sponsors who not only sponsored their stalls but also donated prizes for the raffle and the Silent Auction generously supported the Fair.
The Fair was kept in high spirits by our main cheerleader, Walter Hayde. He not only brightened the Fair with his lively commentary as Master of Ceremonies but also ran his own Remax stall in parallel. Thank you Walter and the other sponsors.
At the Family Fair, the Goan Konkani Choir again assembled and entertained all present spontaneously with some excellent singing of popular Konkani folk music, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Thank you!
And finally, I would like to thank all who attended the celebration to make it the success it was.

East African Goans in the USA
I am seeking assistance by way of information or perspectives on East African Goans settled in the USA, for research purposes. If anyone on the Goanet readership, that is based in the USA and formerly from East Africa, i.e. Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, (include Mozambique and Angola) I would like the opportunity of speaking with you. I am trying to determine where in the USA are the largest EA Goan concentrations settled, information on personalities, achievements and reasons they moved to the USA, associations, informal groups etc.
Please reply back to me off list at: Please let me know a convenient time when we can speak by phone, of if you prefer email communication, please let me know.

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From Goa Sudharop, a non-profit with a tradition of helping other Goans
Buy your tickets now before it is too late for the Goa Sudharop New Year's Eve dance. We are
grateful and overwhelmed by the tremendous support and ticket sales for the gala New Year's Eve dinner/dance. Ticket sales have exceed our wildest expectations. Goans from San Francisco, Daly City, San Jose, Fremont, the East Bay, and other parts of the Bay Area are all attending along with Goans from North America. Enjoy yourselves with family and friends. A great hall, centrally located, with easy freeway access and parking, plus a live Goan band (RETROSPECT) and award winning dinner buffet, at the least expensive prices in the Bay Area. Best of all, 100% of net proceeds will benefit Goan charities, projects & causes. Get your tickets now. All invited. See details at http://www.goasudharop.org/newyear.ppt

From Herman Carneiro
The NEW ENGLAND GOANS COMMITTEE warmly invites you to their annual CHRISTMAS
DINNER DANCE on Saturday, December 13th, 2003, St. James Church Hall, 900 Worcester Road (Rte 9),Wellesley, Massachusetts. For ticket information email:

From Terence Rodrigues, Los Angeles
The deadline to buy tickets has been extended for the Los Angeles GOA Christmas dance to be held on December 20, 2003. All invited.
See details at http://www.goacom.com/goa-la/events/xmas%202003.htm

From Tony Barros
Tickets are still available for the grand December 20 Holiday dance at the Ukranian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. For ticket information email:


Message from Dr. Ribeiro’s Goan School Committee - Toronto
The 75th anniversary of the founding of Dr. Ribeiro’s Goan School, Nairobi, Kenya, was celebrated on September 13, 2003, in Toronto. There were 500 in attendance including former students and staff with spouses. Holding a class reunion is an achievement. Holding a school reunion is a monumental achievement considering the global attendance. This is a testament to the spirit that prevailed at Dr. Ribeiro’s School.
The next reunion will be held in 2006. The new President, Delphine da Costa, and her committee, are very optimistic that they will receive similar support from all former students.

The committee thanks each one of you for your support, attendance, good wishes and many compliments. We extend our best wishes for good health and wish all of you, and your families, a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
The Committee for 2003:
Roque Barreto, Arthur Braganza, Victor Cardozo, Xavier Carvalho, Norman da Costa, John J.D’Souza, Elsie Fernandes, Hilary Fernandes, Vivien Fernandes, Tony Fernandes, Danny Fernandes, Claude Gomes, Bel Remedios.
Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi - The Class of 64 December Newsletter The December Newsletter and it can be found at: http://class.of.64.home.att.net/news.html


5 Dec: London: ALDA BARROS (ex Mombasa): Wife of the late Mr Antonio Menino De Barros, Mother of the late Mrs Diana Vas, Roosevelt, Rommel, Eva & Noel; Grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. Funeral mass on 15 Dec at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, 235 Kensington High Street, London at 10.00 am. Condolences to

30 Nov: Wembley, Middlesex, UK: CLARENCE MASCARENHAS (Solicitor, born 1917, ex-Candolim, ex-President Goan Association UK), Husband of late Rita, Father of Sylvester, Jennifer, Mortimer, late Alexander and late Christopher. Funeral service at 9.30 am , 12 Dec. St Sebastian's Church, Hay Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9, followed by cremation at 10.45 at Golders Green crematorium. Condolences to

CYRIL FERNANDES – (Ex-Uganda/Kenya) suddenly passed away on July 10, 2003. Ruth, his beloved wife, the Fernandes & Nazareth families sincerely thank all relatives and friends for their support, kind expressions of sympathy, and mass cards during our time of bereavement. Both families would like to take this opportunity, through the ‘GoanVoice-UK" to extend our thanks and appreciation. Your gestures of kindness will always be remembered and appreciated.
The joy and pleasure that Cyril felt through his love for life and of music will live on forever, through those he has left behind. May his soul rest in peace.

Mendes We the family of the late FERNANDO (FERDY) MENDES would like to express our sincere appreciation to the many relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues for their expressions of sympathy. We have been overwhelmed by the many floral arrangement, cards, emails, phone calls, visits, food and memorial donations given in memory of Fernando. We will never forget all the thoughtfulness, love and support shown. Thank you, Ingrid, Eleanor and Ivan.

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