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Memorial mass for Rev Dr. Ambrose Pinto SJ
On the 12th of February, 2018, St. Aloysius Degree College held a memorial mass in remembrance of Rev Dr. Ambrose Pinto - an educationist, a person of integrity, a social activist, a committed leader, a principal, guide and mentor. It was also the fortieth day after his demise.

The 40th day is very symbolic and important in Christian and Jewish theology. Major changes and transformations took place after 40 days:

•The Great Flood’s rains lasted for 40 days.
•Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE)
•It took the spies 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit
•The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land.
•Goliath came for forty days before being killed by David
•Noah waited 40 days after it rained before he opened a window in the Ark.
•Elijah strengthened by one angelic meal went forty days to Mount Horeb where the Lord passed by and he heard the voice of God
•Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city
•JESUS fasted for 40 days in the wilderness

For the Aloysian family forty days after the final departure of Fr. Ambrose was a day to remember him specially, pay our respect to him, and pray for his soul.

The memorial mass was held in the college chapel at 9:30 a.m. His Grace the Archbishop of Bangalore Rev Dr. Bernard Moras was the main celebrant. The co celebrants were Fr. Vinoo Fabian, Fr Anthony Swamy, Fr Naveen Gladson, Fr Francis D’souza SJ and Fr Paneerselvam. The Eucharistic celebration began with the words “In Christ, we do not die. There is no separation. So just as Christ is alive, we too live.” This reminded the gathering that we were united to celebrate the life of Rev Dr. Ambrose Pinto.

His Grace spoke about the life that our beloved Fr Ambrose Pinto had led. It was the perfect example of a life in Christ. We prayed for his soul and we reaffirmed that Fr. Ambrose too will pray for us.

Apart from the principal, staff and students of St. Aloysius Degree College, Fr. Patrick Pinto, sisters from the neighbouring convents and well wishers who regularly attend mass in the chapel were also present. The college choir was well prepared for a harmonious rendition. It was indeed a solemn moment for everyone. It made us realize how much we will miss our dear Father. May his soul rest in peace.


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