The 71st birthday celebration of Fr. Joe commenced with a thanksgiving mass offered by him at Mount Mary's Basilica, Bandra Mumbai India at 7.45 am. This mass was attended by his family members namely nun sister Teresa, sister in law Mrs. Heather Pereira along with Mrs. Joy Pereira and many of his well wishers from religious orders and priest, along with Kripa staff, Friends of Kripa and many members from the Alcoholic Anonymous fellowship.
Fr. Seraphinus Ekka from Jharkhand and Fr. Cyprian Pinto from Asanol con-celebrated the mass with Fr. Joe. This was a scheduled mass at the on going Novena in honor of Our lady of the Mount which has a large devotion.
The mass was solemnized with the well conducted choir by Mr. Francis Fernandes, secretary of Fr. Joe at his Mount Mary's helpline office.
Fr, Joe's homily was well acknowledged by all who attended the service. a stream of well wishers awaited patiently for Fr. Joe to come out of the church to great him on his birthday and seek hi blessings.
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