Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kanajar is supported by various organizations that work in tandem to ensure spiritual and material development of the parish and beyond.
Parish Pastoral Council
Catholic pastors consult pastoral councils in order to be better leaders. Bishops and priests ask their councillors to investigate some aspect of the church, reflect on it, and recommend their conclusions. In brief, the work of the pastoral council is pastoral planning.
The Catholic Sabha chapter of Kanajar was established in the year 1989 with the motto “Service, Sacrifice & Unity”, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Albert Menezes and with the guidance of Mr. Cashmere Menezes and Mr. Walter Cyril Pinto. Since then Catholic Sabha has ventured into a lot of welfare programs.
Indian Catholic Youth Movement chapter at Kanajar was formed in the year 1981, with the motto:’Leadership through Service’. Inaugurated by central director Fr. John A Barboza and directed by then parish priest Fr. Jose M Menezes. Since then ICYM has organized a number of welfare programs.It has been conducting sports, literary and cultural programs. Provided aid for poor parishioners in building their houses.Provided financial aid while building the stage of the school. Been organizing various entertainment stalls during parish feast.
The Young Christian Students is a Movement that empowers high school students to take action based on what they believe, in their community.RUN ENTIRELY BY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS! YCS gives students the chance to be agents of change themselves.
Lourdes Convent Kanajar
The Sister’s of Lourdes Convent Kanajar established on 31st of May 1963, Currently lead by Rev. Sr. Sunitha D’souza and four more sisters, Belong’s to the Congregation of the Sisters of the Little Flower of Bethany.Mangalore, (India) founded by Msgr Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas on 16 July 1921, in St Sebastian parish of Bendur in response to the pastoral and educational needs, particularly to be in service of the girl children, women and rural masses of the Diocese of Mangalore and society at large.
Prominent women in the life of the church have included Old Testament figures, and the Virgin Mary and female disciples of Jesus of the Gospels. Known influential individuals range from theologians, nurses, hospital administrators, educationalists and religious sisters, many of whom have been canonized as Catholic saints. Motherhood is given an exalted status within the Catholic faith, with Mary the Mother of Jesus officially known as Queen of Heaven.
Altar servers have the following responsibilities during.Entrance: As bearers of lighted candles flanking another carrying the cross and as other participants in the entrance procession.Servers hold the liturgical books for the celebrant when he is not at the altar and is proclaiming the presidential prayers with outstretched hands. They bring and hold such things as books,, bowl and towel, patens, communion bowls, and microphones, Proclamation of the Gospel.
Lourdes ICSE School
The foundation stone laying ceremony for the new building of Lourdes International School (ICSE) was held at Lourdes Church Kanajar. Very Rev. Fr. Baptist Menezes (Vicar Var, Udupi Diocese) and Rev. Fr. Lawerence D’Souza (Secretary, SESU, Udupi Diocese) accompanied by parish priest Rev. Fr. Alexander Lewis invoked God’s blessings for the building construction.