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
The month of February covers many important dates. I will just highlight two of them.
Firstly, 2nd February when the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple and placed him in the hands of the Prophet Simeon who proclaimed Him as the “Light of the Gentiles.” Jesus is, indeed, the light as He Himself said: “I am the Light of the World.” His light shines on all the peoples, irrespective of creed and religion. His salvific light dispels the darkness in which we live, due to our human frailty. The liturgy of the day incorporates the rite of blessing the candles which again symbolizes the light of Christ being shared with the faithful. Let us welcome the light of Christ in our lives, and spread the rays of this light by serving our needy brethren.
This special day is also dedicated to religious men and women, as well as the consecrated laity. This day is known as Day of Consecrated Life. In our parish, we have religious men and women working in the vineyard of the Lord in accordance with the charism of their congregations, rendering their services in the field of education, social work, health care and media apostolate. The parish acknowledges and appreciates their efforts of evangelization in our midst that make our parish community more lively and vibrant.
Secondly, towards the end of February, the universal Church begins the season of Lent on 26th February with the observance of Ash Wednesday. The season of Lent invites us to recall our sinfulness on one side, and on the other side, the infinite mercy of God, whose son Jesus Christ brings to the humanity, the gift of redemption through His passion, death and resurrection. As such, the season of Lent is a preparation for the celebration of Easter. The Church provides us with various means and ways to undertake a worthy preparation for Easter. Therefore, the faithful are requested to pray, to fast and to serve the needy. These three traditional ways, if practiced with proper spirit, we can achieve the conversion of our hearts and minds and attain our salvation.
Keeping in mind the spirit of Lent season, we will be organizing various activities with the sole purpose of seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness so that we, in turn, share with others, God’s compassion, mercy and love. We invite all our parishioners to render their cooperation to make these activities beneficial to our community.
May God bless our efforts and our intentions.
– Fr. Walter de Sa
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
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