Fr Joseph David

To be an Altar Server is a special honor and a great privilege in the Catholic Church. As an Altar Server, you can trace your roots to the order of acolyte, a ministry that once was reserved only for those who were going to be ordained priests! You can look upon your child being an Altar Server as a special and unique ministry by which they can begin their Christian vocation to spread the word and the love of Christ through actions and words. The main role of the Altar Server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass as well as other liturgies including Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Stations of the Cross, and Eucharistic Adoration. They perform specific actions and set an example to the assembly by their active participation in the liturgy. Pope Francis says to Altar servers, "The closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the word and the body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received”. You can become an Altar server after receiving First Holy Communion till you pass your 10th Std. Meetings are held every Saturday at 10am in the St. Paul VI Hall.

Cecila Pereira

9870089310

This comprises of trained Ministers of the Word. They conduct Bible Study classes in every sector/zone and organize activities such as Bible Skits, Bible Week, Sector Bible Quizzes, etc. There is an intercessory Group which meets 3 times a week to reflect on the Word and pray for various intentions.

Yvonne D’Souza

9820771539

They promote civic, social, economic, political, cultural, economic, educational and general welfare of the people. Activities include providing employment, involvement in social issues like campaign against service tax levied on societies, RTI camps, collection drive for cancer patients, and giving merit awards to students for academic excellence.

Succorina Silveira

9820170301

Through the Sunday School and Confirmation classes, catechists/animators and administration personnel help over1500 children to grow in faith, deal with real life situations through healthy competition, communication, relationships, etc. gain confidence by taking part in the liturgy, become sensitive to the poor and marginalized when they visit orphanages, aged homes, etc.

Peter Dsouza

9820254002

The Centre for Community Organisation (CCO) of our parish aims at organising all sections of the community, especially the marginalized, to become aware of their dignity and help them improve the quality of their life. The Centre initiates and organizes the efforts of the less fortunate and empowers them to become responsible for their future. Also known as Parivartan Kendra, the CCO has initiated the following programmes of empowerment and skill development.
Project Anmol aims at the holistic development of mother and child which includes individual and family counseling and capacity building;
Project Sui Daga runs embroidery and tailoring classes that aim at manufacturing and supplementing income;
Project Udaan conducts adult literacy classes which includes awareness on nutrition and hygiene;
Samajik Vikas is community organization and awareness programmes on health and related issues;
Project Guddi lays special emphasis on the Girl Child;
Health Care Clinics;
Veronica’s Volunteers give employment for nursing and health Care;
Legal Aid and Documentation and Library.

Ronita Pereira

9930271091

These groups are engaged in praise and worship and conduct intercessory prayer services every week. They also arrange for teachings on Bible themes and encourage members to read the Word of God. The members also visit the sick and pray for them and organize retreats and seminars.

Fanney D'Souza

9920496920

These groups are engaged in praise and worship and conduct intercessory prayer services every week. They also arrange for teachings on Bible themes and encourage members to read the Word of God. The members also visit the sick and pray for them and organize retreats and seminars.

Cynthia D'Cunha

9819820606

These groups are engaged in praise and worship and conduct intercessory prayer services every week. They also arrange for teachings on Bible themes and encourage members to read the Word of God. The members also visit the sick and pray for them and organize retreats and seminars.

Oliver Dias

9820849366

Charles D’Cunha

7506586720

Albert Patil

9819676347

Mathilda Lobo

9920462842

The members are trained to become committed Christians first to see God in themselves and others. Activities such as recollections, personal prayer, community prayer, etc. are organized so as to enable the members to experience God in a tangible manner.

Louella Martins

9820622240

The aim is to communicate “happenings” to the parishioners. One of the means is through the parish bulletin. The monthly bulletin communicates the happenings of the Parish and articles covering a wide range of topics like social issues, faith formation, quizzes, etc. to cater to people of all ages. It is also a forum for budding writers to present articles on various themes that deal with faith and life.

Serena Pais

9833100320

Through the Sunday School and Confirmation classes, catechists/animators and administration personnel help over 1500 children to grow in faith, deal with real life situations through healthy competition, communication, relationships, etc. gain confidence by taking part in the liturgy, become sensitive to the poor and marginalized when they visit orphanages, aged homes, etc.

Ignatius Anthony D’Silva

9322892620

It is a group consisting of East Indians, the original local inhabitants, who have been at the service of the Church for decades. They help out in various programmes of the parish – Marathi Liturgy, collection at Masses on Saturdays, Sundays, feast days and special occasions, Parish Feast and Holy Week Services.

Yvette Gracias

9867635773

These lay ministers perform a vital role of taking Holy Communion to people who are sick and homebound and who cannot make it for regular Sunday Mass. Most of them also render assistance in distributing Communion to the crowds that attend our Masses, as well as imposing ashes on Ash Wednesday and blessing throats on the Feast of St Blaise.

Mario Rodrigues / Flavia Almeida

9892518460

The Family Cell is dedicated to providing for the spiritual and emotional needs of families of the parish, strengthening them to make each family into a vibrant domestic church. The Family Cell networks with other parish organisations making families aware of their role and mission (educational role), development of healthy family life (preventive role) and reaching out to families in distress ( therapeutic role). Family cell organises various programs for couples, talks and seminars by eminent speakers touching upon various aspects of family life.

Thomas Theknath

9820051898

 

Elias Pinto

9892806548

The objective is to involve our community in civic and political issues. The members network with NGOs, BMC, LACC, help with registration of electoral roll and obtaining Election ID cards, create awareness of good governance, global warming, RTI Act, SEZ, conveyance to housing societies, organize Independence and Republic Day celebrations and inter-faith programmes. The members, of late have started taking up environmental and conservation issues for reflection and action.

Marlene Roberts

9833954335

It is a support group for widows to help them accept widowhood as a vocation, gain emotional stability and help them become prayerful, joyful and helpful. The members meet regularly to pray and spend time in fellowship. They organize retreats, recollections, visits to shrines, aged homes or orphanages, a Christmas party and an annual picnic.

Lavey D’Costa

9821730352

IC ACTS deals with measures to build and strengthen one’s faith. Monthly sessions are conducted on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and on matters of faith/Catholic doctrine (Apologetics). The one-hour CCC session is generally conducted on the third Mondays and the 11/2 hour monthly session on Apologetics on the fourth Sundays. These two programmes are open to all parishioners and each session is an independent unit by itself. The missionary mandate of Jesus Christ to spread the Good News is handled by participation in ‘Evangelisation’ programmes of the Church.

Irene Correa

9324658833

The ICC Community Care Fund is built up by regular contributions from parishioners and disbursed as follows: 60% for medical aid, education aid and ration assistance;14% for sector /community building activities; 1% for poorer sectors; 5% for pastoral activities; 20% as reserves for emergency/contingent use by the Church.

Parish Office

28931360/ 28921846

CENTRE for OPPORTUNITIES in PERSONAL ENRICHMENT - Trained Professional Counsellors, who are parishioners of our church, have come forward to give of their Service to those in need. You can contact the Parish office directly for appointments. Appointments are given on a first cum first served basis as the Counsellors meet limited patients on a single day. Cancellations should be avoided as it could affect the prospect of the other needy person.

Nita Torcato

9769681859

ICSY reaches out to less fortunate Catholic families in our parish, who supplement their income by selling home-made snacks in the canteen every Sunday morning, catering for functions. Rations to the old, scholarships to poor deserving students, loans for house repairs are some of the ways they help the beneficiaries. A get-together for the families is organized annually. Catholic families in need of help can meet the ICSY members on Sunday morning in the hall.

Janice Nazareth

9930869575

IRD is a new initiative that deals with conducting dialogues with people of other faith. This group visits the Holy places of other religions and interacts with them and learns about their religion. The IRD group invites people from other religion and works together - to teach people to respect each other’s religion, to grow in fellowship and live in harmony.

Regina Godinho

9769522070

The objective is self-sanctification of its members and those whom they come in contact with through prayer and active apostolic works. The members reach out to people of all faiths by family visits, encouraging prayer and participation in parish and SCC activities, directing people needing help, visiting institutions, casual conversations with people on the streets, etc. They also work with SCC units in organizing certain programmes like parent-youth interaction. The Legion of Mary has a Tamil, Junior and Senior English units.

Moneika Rao

7718090952

The Parish Liturgical Team (PLT) has representatives of all liturgical ministries on it. It is the apex body of all liturgical ministries. It meets bimonthly to plan and execute the liturgical activities of the parish. The PLT organizes and monitors the activities of all liturgical ministries. It organizes regular formation sessions for various liturgical ministries, for example, lectors, choirs and cantors. It sets up policies and guidelines for the smooth functioning of all liturgical ministries.

Janet Saldanha

9820274346

The Parish Liturgical Team (PLT) has representatives of all liturgical ministries on it. It is the apex body of all liturgical ministries. It meets bimonthly to plan and execute the liturgical activities of the parish. The PLT organizes and monitors the activities of all liturgical ministries. It organizes regular formation sessions for various liturgical ministries, for example, lectors, choirs and cantors. It sets up policies and guidelines for the smooth functioning of all liturgical ministries.

Peter Rodrigues

9892075476

The Parish Liturgical Team (PLT) has representatives of all liturgical ministries on it. It is the apex body of all liturgical ministries. It meets bimonthly to plan and execute the liturgical activities of the parish. The PLT organizes and monitors the activities of all liturgical ministries. It organizes regular formation sessions for various liturgical ministries, for example, lectors, choirs and cantors. It sets up policies and guidelines for the smooth functioning of all liturgical ministries.

Freddy Kostka

9833771788

MPC – P is a new initiative that has been introduced by the Archdiocesan Family Commission to help parents and in-laws understand their role and help the new couple in their journey. Research by the Commission has proved that parental interference has been one of the causes of many break-ups in marriage. Our Parish is one of the centres where this programme is being conducted. It is a half day program from 9am to 1pm on a Sunday and is conducted at Mary Immaculate Primary School Hall. Registrations are done at the Parish Office.

Fr Robin

The NYGs comprise of youth from the age of 16 years to 25 years (unmarried). These groups have a three fold purpose of fellowship, formation and service. The Parish Youth Council (PYC) co-ordinates all the activities of the NYGs along with the PYAT.
The PYAT comprises of representatives from every Sector who are above 25 years of age and are willing to serve in the Youth Ministry. They are the ones who are responsible in animating and mentoring the youth in the Neighbourhood Youth Groups (NYGs).

Rolin Furtado

9820901672

It is conducted for couples expecting a child in the immediate future to help prepare them for parenthood. It aims at giving them a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, insights into the development of the child from the pre-natal to the nurturing years and also on the spiritual, physical and psychological aspects of the family. Both the responsibility and the accountability to God of the parents and god-parents are stressed upon in the course.

Luz Maria Engineer

9819358295

The Adult Catechumenate is a programme for adults of other faiths who want to know more about Jesus. A systematic presentation of the person and teachings of Jesus enable them to know him better. The type of catechesis given is informal, interactive, community oriented and inculturated, spread over a period of at least one year. If they freely choose to follow Christ, they are baptized at Easter.

Peter Fernandez

9820238165

In 1980 the Priest Synod identified the first priority was to form Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Bombay for implementing the directions given by the Second Vatican Council of the “New Way of Being Church”. In our Parish thus the Small Christian Communities or SCC’s started to function. The Parish was divided into Sectors & Communities. Today we have 42 sectors and 162 communities. Each sector has a Parish Councillor, Community Co-ordinators and Animators and ALL Parishioners are part of the SCC’s. To co-ordinate and drive the Community activities the Parish Animation team (PAT) works in close interaction with the Sector Priest and the Steering Committee members.

Felix D’Lima

7977727609

It looks into all aspects of the life of seniors and seeks to create an environment to provide them comfort, convenience, security and care which would contribute to a happy, contented and productive life.

Judith Pinto

9819242058

A group of trained parishioners and some with a passion and love for the Special children have come together to conduct Faith formation classes for the Special children. A unique venture started in 2014, with a Mission to transmit love and accompany our Special Angels and their parents in experiencing God's vibrant love. This year we have renamed our venture as “Special Angels”. We meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm at St. Paul VI Hall. Our activities include Singing Hymns, Action Songs, Craft Activities based on Parables, Games, Picnic, etc. We also celebrate Birthdays, Parents' Day, Children's Day, Christmas Party, etc.

Renne Rego

9819213082

Their work is caring for the poor and marginalized irrespective of caste and creed, trying to make them self-reliant, visiting adopted families, hospitals, homes and orphanages, monthly ration aid, education and medical assistance, house repairs and providing job opportunities, organising get-togethers on the feast of St Vincent de Paul and Christmas. The Juniors look after the needs of poor children through Project Book Bank and organize interactive programmes for them.

Joanne Lobo

9833026859

Their work is caring for the poor and marginalized irrespective of caste and creed, trying to make them self-reliant, visiting adopted families, hospitals, homes and orphanages, monthly ration aid, education and medical assistance, house repairs and providing job opportunities, organising get-togethers on the feast of St Vincent de Paul and Christmas. The Juniors look after the needs of poor children through Project Book Bank and organize interactive programmes for them.

Jason Miranda

9619504109

A group of volunteers, who come forward on Sundays, Special Occasions, Holy Week, etc., and render help at the Liturgical Services. Hence, they contribute to the order and smooth flow of each Liturgical Service.

Nita Torcato

9769681859

The aim is to help the members to praise God for having created them as women and to organize programmes and activities that would enable them to liberate women in distress.