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Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Celebrating the Saint Francis Xavier Exposition in Toronto
Venue : At St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, (Mavis & Matheson),
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
The Friends of Saint Francis Xavier invites all to come and join in the celebration of the feast of St. Francis Xavier
The solemn procession will start at 10.00 a.m. with the relic of St. Francis Xavier and Choir. Joining in the celebrations will be the many Goan Groups covering Cultural, Social, Seniors, and Sports activities. The procession will be followed by solemn high mass.Celebrant : Monsignor Terence D'Souza
Thereafter the congregation is invited to a Family Fair in the Church Hall, with food stalls, gift tables, etc..
Everyone is invited (Admission is Free)

For further information on participation, contact
Lazarus Pereira (416) 292-1653 or fax: (416) 292-07 Francis Fernandes 905 629 0277

WORLD GOA DAY( AUGUST 20TH 2004): MESSAGE FROM ST. XAVIER'S SOCIETY,DAR-ES-SALAAM, TANZANIA
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At a time when there seems to be more of individualism and egocentric tendencies in today's world, the Goan community is being challenged from many angles and proud to observe it especially by our very own youth, to prove that we can indeed be united.

At the recently ended East African Goan Convention in Arusha, the "Goan Identity" was emphasized and improved communication through an East African website is planned. We had some very interesting contributions including from the youth, and it was clear that the younger generation is yearning for some substantial link to our roots. Focus, direction and common understanding were their prime pleading.The event was celebrated with competitions between East African cities(Dar-es-salaam, Tanga, Arusha, Zanzibar, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kampala) in sports, Goan cultural events including singing in Konkani, quiz and dancing.

In what may sadly seem to be a community made up of more-often-than-not rival cliques, the positive impact of gatherings like the national and regional conventions in East Africa which alternate and held biennially, and the virtual brotherhood through the Goan-Tanzanite e-groups, are reassuring stepping-stones to Goan Unity.

Of course one can never expect an ideal, conflict free community. Difference in opinions, attitudes and beliefs may reign, but if this is countered with respect towards, and love for one another, we will alleviate ourselves to a higher plane of mutual understanding and unity. No one can deny that these forums can and are doing wonders to linking Goans together.

As we celebrate the 5th annual World Goa Day, we wish all our fellow Goans a Happy Goa Day on 20th August, 2004 and urge each and every one to THINK POSITIVE once again for the sake of Goan Unity.

Can we not? Yes, we can!

Best wishes to the World Goa Day Celebrations

Deo Borem Korum.
Prof. Primo Carneiro, MD
Chairman ,
ST. XAVIER'S SOCIETY,
P.O.Box 65451,
Dar-es-Salaam.
Tanzania.


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