Barkur Gears Up for Inauguration of 'Servant of God Fr. Alfred Roche' Memorial

-P.Archibald Furtado

Barkur, May 23, 2024: The quaint village of Moodahadu in Barkur is abuzz with excitement as the ward members and parishioners prepare to inaugurate a memorial dedicated to their illustrious son, 'Servant of God Fr. Alfred Roche,' OFM Cap., who is on the path to sainthood. The memorial, an epitome of reverence and devotion, will serve as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.

Born on April 3, 1924, as the fifth and youngest child of the devout Isaac Roche and Carmine Monthiro, Fr. Alfred Roche's journey began in Moodahadu Kudru. His birthplace, once a humble abode, is now set to become a sacred site, where visitors can pay homage, pray, and seek spiritual solace.

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, the community of Barkur will come together in a grand celebration to commemorate the life and legacy of this beloved priest. The momentous occasion will commence with a Holy Mass at 10:30 AM in the St. Peter's Church, Barkur, where Fr. Alfred was baptized by the then parish priest, Msgr. Denis Jerome D'Souza. The High Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Ronald Miranda, the Vicar of Barkur Church, accompanied by concelebrants and Capuchin priests.

Following the solemn Mass, the community is cordially invited to gather at Kudru Village at 12:00 noon to witness the inauguration ceremony and blessing of the memorial. The event promises to be a heartwarming affair, where the faithful will come together to honor the life and works of Fr. Alfred Roche, whose selfless service and unwavering devotion have left an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.

According to sources, Fr. Roche's hometown and birthsite have been visited by numerous beneficiaries over the years, each seeking solace and inspiration from the life of this extraordinary man. The memorial, soon to be developed into a chapel, will offer liturgical services and deservedly become a pilgrimage destination in the historic town of Barkur.

The inauguration of the 'Servant of God Fr. Alfred Roche' Memorial is not merely a celebration of an individual's life but a testament to the enduring spirit of faith, compassion, and service. It stands as a beacon of hope, reminding us that even the most humble of beginnings can pave the way for greatness and inspire generations to come.

As Barkur prepares to embrace this monumental occasion, the community eagerly awaits the opportunity to pay their respects and honor the memory of their beloved son, whose life and teachings continue to guide and uplift souls across the globe.

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