It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for the parish of Immaculate Conception Church. Whether you are a new-comer to our area in search of a parish home, a member of the parish family or your life of faith has drawn you to seek this information. It is my conviction that God has a plan for you to become involved in the worship and ministries of the church.
Our parish has been in existence since 1541 and is located in the heart of Panjim has served and continues to embrace the diverse generations of Catholics.
In prayer, worship and service, we gather in His Name, relying on His promise to be in our midst. Founded firmly in the faith and truth of the Catholic Church, we are proud of the legacy of our ancestors and are hopeful for our future. Without the Lord’s grace there is no other purpose for our existence.
I invite you to review our website in its infancy and encourage you to contact us if you have questions about our parish or its ministries. If you are a parish member, there is a wealth of information for you to use and to offer your many talents in service to your parish.
May God be with you and those you love as you live your journey of faith!
From the Parish Priest's Desk
My Dear Parishioners,
In another two months, the year 2020 will come to an end. These months (November and December) generally used to evoke in us a sense of joy, fun and expectation for obvious reasons. The readers will guess them correctly. But, this time, due to COVID-19 which is haunting us, our experience may not be the same.
Anyway, we usher in November with optimism and hope that everything, with God’s grace and Mother Mary’s assistance, will go well and provide us with an opportunity to celebrate, though still being in our homes, the parish events that will lead us to our self-renewal and further strengthening our community ties. Very sadly, we missed out this year our traditional PARISH DINNER NITE.
Let us rejoice and celebrate ALL SAINTS’ DAY on 1st November as we believe in the “Holy Communion of Saints” and we too, the pilgrims, are part of this Holy Communion. They enjoy the beatific vision of God; we too, though now as if we see God in a mirror – as says St. Paul – at the end of our earthly pilgrimage, we shall see Him face to face.
Another celebration of great importance is ALL SOULS’ DAY on 2nd November, for the sake of all the faithful departed. They include our own family members and others who need, and are waiting for, our prayers so that their souls may attain purification and salvation at the earliest. A Plenary Indulgence/Partial Indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted by the Church subject to the fulfilment of the conditions laid down by the Church.
We will also celebrate the feast of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, UNIVERSAL KING on 22nd November, which is the last Sunday of the Ordinary Time that marks the end of the Liturgical Year.
Let us remember these dates and celebrate the events spiritually so that our faith is deepened, even though we will be confined to our homes. No doubt, our families will be further strengthened and abundantly blessed by God.
We cannot forget the forthcoming novena and feast of our patroness OUR LADY OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. This annual event is very much dear to us, and we just wait for it because it unites our entire parish into a big family. The fama is on 28th November, followed by a 9-days spiritual preparation (Novena). A detailed programme will be shared with you. We expect your whole-hearted cooperation.
May God the Almighty, through the intercession of Blessed Virgin Mary, pour on us His blessing of mercy and love.
– Fr. Walter de Sa
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