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New Church Dedicated to St Gonsalo Garcia Inaugurated in Vasai


News & Pics by Ancy Paladka
Daijiworld Media Network – Mumbai (SP)

Mumbai, Feb 10: A New church dedicated to the native saint Gonsalo Garcia was inaugurated by Fr Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Vasai on February 8 at 5pm. The church is located near the Bishop’s House in Vasai which is also known as New Barampur area. This new parish has a large number of Konkani-speaking people.

"The entire Vasai Diocese is for the people of all languages," declared the Bishop while inaugurating the church. "We have worked very hard, hand-in-hand to build this church and the land of agriculture has become the land of God today," he said.

Vasai, a suburb of Mumbai, is known for Catholics of different ethnicity and for the churches. Historically Vasai has a significant status. Christianity is flourishing here since the last 2000 years. It is said that St Bartholomew, one of the disciples of Jesus, had brought Christianity here.

When the son of the soil Gonsalo Garcia, a Franciscan Friar, who was crucified on February 5, 1597 in Nagasaki Hills, Japan and later canonized on June 8, 1862, the importance of the place grew. St Gonasalo Garcia, born to Portuguese father and a Canarese (resident of the Konkan coast) mother in Bassein (now Vasai), on February 5, 1557 is the first Indian saint and the only male Indian saint of today.

Though Vasai is a small place, it houses about a dozen churches. Because of the pleasant weather and the railway facilities, people keep migrating to this place in large numbers.

Before the inauguration, there was a procession from the Bishop’s House to the newly-built church, accompanied by a brass band. A beautiful dance was presented by the children while entering the gates of the church. The Bishop was then welcomed with the Aarthi and a Bindi. Then the parish priest handed over the model of the new church to the Bishop. It represented the handing over of the building to the Bishop, which he will consecrate as a church. The Bishop inaugurated the church by cutting the ribbon. All the doors of the church were declared open. After entering the church, the Bishop blessed the water and the holy water was sprinkled onto the altar, walls and corners of the church. After reading the word of God and singing litany of saints, the Bishop anointed the altar with the holy oil. Then it was blessed with the holy incense. Then the altar was decorated with the flowers. Candles were lighted.

Fr Tony Jurschik SJ, Fr Cedrick Rebello, Fr Diego Pereira, Fr Godfrey Remedius, Fr Rajesh Lopes, Fr Valentine Pawkar, Fr Andrew Rodrigues, Msgr Francis Correa, Fr Elias D’Cunha, Fr Barthalo Machado, Fr Francis Dabre along with the Bishop concelebrated the mass.

There was a felicitation programme after the mass. Along with the Bishop and the priests, the Navghar-Manickpur Muncipal Council president Narayan Mankar was also present at the dais. Bishop released the souvenir along with the editors Aveline Pinto and Ronald Lewis. He was felicitated by the parish priest Valentine Pawkar. Then the bishop felicitated the parish priest, assistant parish priest Fr Rajesh Lewis and resident priest Fr Francis Dabre, vicar general Fr Andrew Rodrigues, Monsgr Francis Correa, Fr Diago Pereira, Fr Cedric Rebello, Fr Tony Jurschik SJ, Fr Elias D’Cunha, Fr Godfrey Remedius, Fr Rajesh Lopes, Fr Joe Pithekar and Br Cedric Andrade.

Thereafter, the Bishop and the parish priest also felicitated some lay people who were involved with building the church. Nagar Parishad president Narayan Mankar, vice-president Prakash Rodrigues, corporators Apte Frank D’Souza, P V K Nambiar and Manohar Patil were also present on the occasion.


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  • greta, Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 6 2016

    Pl pray for the speedy recovery of Mr.Gladwin, the healing of my brother Barnabas Barretto spiritually and physically and the successful completion of our financial job.

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  • Felcia rodrigues, mangalore, canada

    Thu, Feb 19 2009

    first and foremost great church and a hearty congratulations to all the parishioners of St. Gonsalo Garcia Church, I visited your parish sometime back and am really not surprised to see this beautiful church when people like Amit Noronha and many others are around. Once again confratulations and God Bless all of you.

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  • Sr. Gretta Corda, Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 14 2009

    My eyes were filled with tears - tears of great joy and happiness to see the pictures of the inauguration of St. Gonsalo Garcia Church. This Church is indeed a dream come true for all the parishioners of Barampur. Though I missed this great event personally, seeing the pictures made me feel one among the people of Barampur. Congratulations to the parishoners of St. Gonsalo Garcia Church.

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  • rosynoronha, ChikMangalour/Kuwait

    Thu, Feb 12 2009

    Congratulations,Vasai Parishoners.  God Bless All.  Beautiful Church & pictures. Thanks to Daijiworld.

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  • Reginald Santhmayer, Renjala, Karkaka (Miyar Church) / Vasai(W)

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    Wonderfull & congratulations for all barampur area catholics and specialy konkani speaking parishoners & pray for arranging sunday konkani mass.

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  • Zeena Chavan, Vasai

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    Praise the Lord, finally we have our Church, after 10 long years of praying. I personally thank all the members of our parish and also our ex-parishioners who have struggled to build this beautiful House of God. Fr Elias D’Cunha, Fr Godfrey Remedius, Fr Rajesh Lopes and Fr Valentine Pawkar, thanks a ton for all your support and help and will always keep you all in our prayers. St. Gonsalo Garcia pray for us and bless all those who enter this House of God with peace, love, happiness, understanding and tithing. Thanks to daijiworld.com for highlighting us (we the people of Vasai).

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  • Alban D' Souza, Udyavara, Dubai

    Thu, Feb 12 2009

    There is good news of having one more beautiful parish in Vaisai. Great that this parish is dedicated to the son soil First Indian saint Gonsalo Garcia, This parish belongs to all the faiths beacuse I saw in Vasai during the Easter vigil many faiths come together to celebrate. What a lovely and quiet place for God loving and fearing people .

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  • Navin -Tallur, Tallur - Kundapur - Kwt.

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    GREAT NAME ST. GONSALO GARCIA - Congratulations & Thanks Vasai parishoners.

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  • J D S NAVUNDA/KUWAIT, padukone

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    Congratultions to all parishoners .

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  • john, Mumbai/ Kuwait

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    Feel Proud to be a christain and more proud when I hear one more House is inculded in our Family

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  • Joseph Vas, Mangalore / Indore

    Wed, Feb 11 2009

    When our people settle down in new places, they cherish their faith by becoming one with the local people. This is visibly shown by the building of a new church to our Indian saint Gonzalo Garcia.

    Not much is known of the early years of this first and only Indian Martyr of the Catholic Church except that he was a native of Bassein (now Vasai). He is known to have had his early education at the then Jesuit College in Bassein before proceeding to Japan at the young age of 15 or 16 in the company of a certain Jesuit priest named Sebastian Gonsalves in the year 1574.He repeatedly sought admission into the Society of Jesus, a request that was for some strange reason persistently turned down by the Jesuits. Weary of patiently waiting in vain, Gonzalo finally decided to join the Franciscan Friars.

    The ill-famed persecution that had unexpectedly broken out in Japan in 1587, brought martyrdom a decade later to Gonzalo and 5 other Franciscans, 3 Jesuits, and 17 Japanese laymen, most of whom were either catechists or interpreters. On 5 February 1597, on a hill near Nagasaki, These 26 exemplary Catholics were beatified on 14 September 1627 by Pope Urban VIII and solemnly canonized by Pope Pius IX on 8 June 1862.

     Let this church demonstrate our faith to the people of our country. I am sure the Catholics in Vasai will benefit by these people settled there to announce the values of the kingdom to all. I congratulate all and wish God’s blessing to all. Thank you Ancy for being so active and posting all the happenings there in Vasai. God bless you in the divine word, Fr Juze vas SVD

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  • Miss Carol Pinto, Niddodi/ Vasai

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Proudly I say I belong to this Church and we have worked hard to have our own house of God. Thanks Ancy for your nice coverage. God bless U. St. Gonsalo Garcia pray for us.

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  • Arnold pinto , Niddodi/ Vasai

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Thank u Daiji and Specially thanks to Ancy Paladka for covering the entire inaugral celebration of our Church dedicated to St. Gonsalo Garcia son of the soil. This is the day our dream came true after strugling more than ten years to collect the funds to build this Church. We will thank and always remember our past parish priest Fr. Godfrey Remedios who worked six years with us and is the mastermind of this church. Thanks to all who helped us to fulfill our dream

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  • Anthony Pereira, Gass, Bhatory

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    May God shower his chochest blessings upon the Bishop, priets and nuns of Vasai who have utilized their efforts to erect this huge Building of Church and also the people (resident and non resident who have selflessly contributed to fulfil the task of God.

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  • JOSEPH D'SOUZA, Dalantre/UAE

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Thank you daiji for nice coverage,God Bless all those involved to build this new Church in Vasai Mumbai.

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  • stany dsouza, Mumbai / Miyar

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Congratulations and God's abundant blessings to Vasai parishioners.

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  • Roshan D'costa, Moodbidri/Abudhabi

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Congratulations and lots of god's blessings to the parishoners of vasai.May the Jesus christ's love and peace be with you all!

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  • Michael Lobo, Banglore

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    We are all testifying Jesus in one way or the other. We are proud to be Christians. Amidst repeated persecutions and intolerant mob mocking at us, it is the Holy Spirit which guides us to stand for virtues and values. When majority pointing their fingers at us saying what we are doing is wrong, it is with deep commitment to goodness that we have to carry forward our fight and bring honor to the cross. Why are we behaving like timids when we are tested ? Can we stand up and say - I am proud to be a christian and I will testify God every time I meet with persecutions ? Why timidity ? The message of goodness has reached here many years back. It is because of thousands of individuals who got inspired by Jesus and his teachings, have sacrificed everything including their own countries and families, to come here and give that message to us. By laying down their lives in this soil they have shown us the way to live for a reason - that of doing good in whatever way we can. It will be shameful if we keep quiet when the enemy tries to denigrate our honor of living. We are faced with losing government jobs just because our names sounds Michael or Michelle. We have to pray for everyone especially our oppressors to make them good human beings. I congratulate parishioners and donors who made this beautiful church a reality. May everyone live in harmony and peace and St. Antony intercede in a very special way in bringing us closer to God. I wish a healthy spiritual growth and hence overall growth to all the parishioners.

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  • Santosh, Coonndapure/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Congratulation and god bless for vasai people's.

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  • Ashok Fernandes, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    The well designed Church looks really beautiful. May God bless the entire Vasai community and the parishoners of St. Gonsalo Garcia with his choisest blessings.

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  • Francis, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Nice to have a new Church named after India's first canonized Catholic Saint who has largely been forgotten. However, it is unfortunate to note the absence of a crucifix either on the wall or the altar even though this is required by the liturgical rubrics. The bishop should have known better. The use of a wooden movable altar too is lamentable. I hope the parishioners and the clergy will provide for the place more fittingly and take more care to see that sacredness and dignity in a place of worship such as this is not lacking.

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  • Irene, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Congratulations. Nice pictures. Very happy to see the poster 'Love, Peace & Joy. Hope & pray that it may prevail always.

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  • Wenzel, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    A beautiful church dedicated to the First Indian Saint. May God shower his blessings on all those who helped build this beautiful church. Congratulations to all Vasaikars.

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  • Lancelot N. Tauro, Manglore - Doha qatar

    Tue, Feb 10 2009

    Congratulation and showers showers of blessings on parishoners.

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