Over a century and a half ago, in Lourdes, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette. Fifty years later our Sherly Grotto was constructed by Rev J.I D’Silva and the St. Bernadette statue was donated by Mrs. Henriques at Sherly Square. This year marks 100 years for the Grotto situated in the heart of Sherly Village.

A complete makeover preceded the grand event, right from painting the statues of Our Lady and St. Bernadette, landscaping, lighting up the halo and so on. This was achieved with the help and contribution of a few Sherlyites. A committee was formed consisting of around 20 members, and the work distributed. Then finally D-day dawned. The interior of Sherly was filled with the aroma of freshly baked cake and croissants. Sherly Square was bedecked with the traditional flags, and towards noon seats were arranged, sound and lights were in place. At 7.30 p.m. on the 1st May, the celebrations commenced with the recitation of the Rosary. The Eucharist was then celebrated by our Fr. Roque and Fr. Jigsan of St. Pauls . The fellowship and unity the Grotto has brought about in the past 100 years was emphasized during the sermon. The choir made the Mass more vibrant. Altar servers were Dylan and Orion. Delicious snacks were served after the Mass.

An interesting skit based on the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes was enacted by the kids of Sherly namely Deborah, Malaika, Caitlyn, Carissa, Joshua and Denver; directed by Warren D’Silva, it received a warm round of applause. A medley of songs with Clare on the keyboard was much enjoyed by one and all. The Doc’s Oldies Band then sang a medley of songs and the congregation joined in. A game of Housie was conducted at the end and everyone was given a souvenir. Fond memories of this grand event will linger in the hearts of all.

Warren D’Silva