After the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop was then welcomed to the church basement hall with music and flower girls in a procession. The ceremony in the basement hall began with national anthem of India, and Canada; welcoming all dignitaries with bouquet, brief introduction of Bishop by Jayesh Macwan, and addressing of the audience by Fr. Ernie, Fr. Mani, and by Rev. Bishop. Bishop saheb was impressed by the large number of members present inspite of the cold weather and Sunday evening .
Gaura Macwan provided with a brief information of GCPC, it’s role in welcoming/assisting new students, visitors, and priests from India and other countries and activities for the community members such as Gujarati mass and get together for Christmas and Easter, picnic, BBQ, Mother’s day and Father’s day celebrations throughout the year. Komal Gandhi and Sunil Vania were the MC s for the evening. After the cake cutting ceremony and refreshments, there were felicitations of the new comers to Canada with flowers , of outgoing committee members and of new committee members by Bishop saheb. All attending families and students were then provided with photo opportunity with Rev. Bishop.
There were entertainment events including children’s dance, older children’s dance, adult dance, piano recital, and song presentation by various community members. Bishop saheb went to each and every table meeting and greeting each and every community member present.
The event concluded by 9.00 pm with delicious Indian dinner and vote of thanks by Sunita Francis.