Udupi: Bishop Dr Gerald inaugurates rebuilt Sacred Heart Church at Yermal

Report: Inchara Udupi
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (EP)
Pics: Dony Shankarapura

Udupi, May 15: "Jesus strived for the well-being of mankind. Service of mankind was his aim. It is our duty and responsibility, to follow his teachings and walk in his footsteps," said Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, bishop of Udupi diocese.

The bishop was speaking after inaugurating the rebuilt Sacred Heart Church at Yermal, presiding over the meeting, and honouring the achievers in different fields on Thursday May 14.

Chief guest Vinay Kumar Sorake, district-in-charge minister, Udupi, said that the contribution of Christian missionaries and organizations in the development of the society is immense. "Christian educational institutes have worked hard to quench the hunger for knowledge in the society and drive away the darkness," he said.

Former MLA Lalaji R Mendon, speaking on the occasion, said that the disciplined life of Catholics is an example to all and if that is followed strictly, there can always be peace in the society.

Kolkata Balaipur diocese bishop Dr Salvadore Lobo and Bareily diocese bishop Dr Antony Fernandes were present at the programme.

Udupi diocese vicar general Monsignor Baptist Menezes, Udupi priest Fredrick Mascarenhas, Yermal Sacred Heart Church parish priest Fr Lawrence Rodrigues, Uchila Mahalaxmi Temple priest Vedamoorthi K V Raghavendra Upadhyaya, Uchila Sayyed Arabi mosque’s Abdul Hakim Musliyar, Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahajana Sangha Uchila chief secretary Fr Lawrence Rodrigues, priests who served the church in the past, special achiever priests in the village, donors, and contractors were felicitated on the occasion.

Shalet Furtado, vice-president of the church administrative committee, welcomed.

Secretary Vinay Quadros proposed the vote of thanks. Fr Denis D'Sa compered the programme.


Brief history


Till 1961 for all religious needs Shirva church was the main source for the locals of Yermal and Kaup areas. In the year 1939 Fr Hilary Gonsalaves, in the house of Gurkar Vivian Dsouza, started to offer masses thrice a year. After him Fr James Andrade and Fr Jacob Crasta carried forward this practice.

After the chapel stated, assistant parish priest from Shirva used to reach the chapel in Yermal by foot. Later, after Kalathur church started functioning, parish priest from Kalathur church started to serve the needs of these people. During this time Fr Charles Saldanha took the initiative to develop Yermal church, a task which was followed up by Fr Thomas Dsouza, Fr J B Crasta, Fr Alfred Pinto in later years, by offering their services to develop the church and the area.

In the year 1959 – 60, with the help of the seven families in the area a small chapel was constructed in 3.62 acres of land under the leadership of Fr Hilary Gonsalaves, who was the parish priest of Shirva church, with the help of Vivian Dsouza and the locals. After Vivian, his son Lawrence Dsouza was looking after this chapel.

In the year 1990 – 93 Fr Alfred Pinto submitted a request to the Bishop of Mangalore to to start a church in this area. Due to these efforts, Scared Heart of Jesus Church was started in 1993.

Fr Peter Nazareth was the first parish priest of the church. Since then Fr Henry Castelino as well as Fr Vishal Lobo served as the parish priests and presently Fr Lawrence Rodrigues is serving in that capacity.

At present, 250 parishioners from 65 families are served by this church.


Comment on this article

  • John Dsouza, Uchila

    Sat, May 16 2015

    Congratulations to all parishoners and donors. may the sacred heart of jesus of the new chruch shower the blessings to all.

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  • Henry George DSouza, Borivali/Mudarangadi

    Sat, May 16 2015

    It is hard to believe a beautiful Catholic Sacred Heart Church has come up in area like Yermal. It is heartening to note that few years back only seven families of that area dreamt to have a church and it is nice to hear that there are now 69 catholic families in Yermal parish. I congratulate them and wish all of them best in their life and almighty God bless them in all ways. May the Sacred Heart of Yermal turn into a vibrant parish.

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  • Thomas DMello, Piusnagar, Kundapura

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congrats to Fr. Lawrence Rodrigues. It is herculean task undertaken in a small parish and successful. It is God's blessings and people's goodwill.

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    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congratulations Rev.Fr. Lawrence for your hard work. The newly build Sacred Heart Church is beautiful. God bless you all.

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  • Ahamad Gulam Beay, Alkhobar

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congratulations......very nice to see all respected leaders in one stage.

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  • Fredrick Pinto, Shirva

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congratulations Rev.Fr. Lawrence for your hard work. Your efforts have been paid off by our Almighty God. The newly build Sacred Heart Church is beautiful. I wish Fr. Lawrence and all parishioners of Yermal. God bless you all.

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  • suleman Hamza, Uchila/Saudi Arabia

    Fri, May 15 2015

    It is very nice to see the church with facelift. This function is an example of "Unity with diversity" I congratulate personally Mrs. Veronica Mendonca on this occasion who is the reciepent of honor, without her effort this status would not have come to Yermal church. I also salute those who are locals in uplifting this prayer house in all these years.
    "Unity with Diversity" is an example set here with dignitaries from all faiths in one stage.
    Wishing all them best in future.

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  • ಭಾರತ ದೇಶಪ್ರೇಮಿ, ಮ೦ಗಳೂರು

    Fri, May 15 2015

    ಯೇಸುವಿನ ಈ ಹೊಸ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಹೃದಯದ ದೇವಾಲಯದ ಮೂಲಕ ನಮ್ಮ ಸು೦ದರ ಭಾರತ ದೇಶದ ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬನ ಹ್ರದಯದ ಕತ್ತಲೆಯೊಳಗಿಂದ ಬೆಳಕು ಹೊಳೆಯಲಿ..ಹೊಸ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಹೃದಯದ ದೇವಾಲಯ ಮೂಲಕ ತೋರುವ ದೇವಪ್ರಭಾವ ಜ್ಞಾನವೆಂಬ ಪ್ರಕಾಶವು ಎಲ್ಲರ ಹೃದಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಳೆಯಲಿ..ಮನುಷ್ಯನು ನಾಚಿಕೆಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಗುಪ್ತಕಾರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು, ವಂಚನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟು, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸತ್ಯ ವಾಕ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಲಿ...

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  • Naveen Dsouza, Bahrain

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congrts to all the praishoners. The church looks really very Beautiful. All credit goes to the hard work of Fr. Lawrence Rodrigues and the kind hearted donors. Let the sacred heart of Jesus shower his abundance blessings to all.

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  • James Andrade, Padubidri

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Thank you so much for the beautiful coverage of the inaugural function. Very nice pictures.

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  • Stephen Dsouza, udupi / Bangalore

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congratulations to the Parish Priest and all the praishoners of Yermal Chruch. The Chruch where i grew and the memories that treasure. May God shower his choicest blessings upon all those who have worked hard to built a beautiful chruch.

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  • Stany & Josehine Dsouza, Mumbai / Miyyar

    Fri, May 15 2015

    Congratulations & Pray Sacred Heart of Lord Jesus shower choicest blessings on all.

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