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
“Of Mary, More and More.” This slogan, though succinct, is rich in content. It is comprehensive and full of meaning.
We are in the month of October. This month is also dedicated to Mary, and it is also called the ‘month of Rosary.’
13th October marks the last apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three little shepherd children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco (the last two already canonized). The Liturgical Calendar schedules the memorial Mass in honour of Our Lady of Fatima on 13th May when Mary first appeared to the children.
However, in Goa, there is a tradition to celebrate also on 13th October the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. It is needless to say in our own parish this feast is celebrated with great religious fervor. A solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Archbishop-Patriarch, is held open air, in the square of Archbishop’s Palace.
After the Mass, a penitential procession of the faithful, with lit lanterns in their hands, praying the Rosary and singing Marian hymns, walks down the Fr. Agnelo Road with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima mounted on a 4-wheeler, illuminated and decked with white lilies, wending its way up to the steps of the Panjim Church where the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary is placed on a pedestal, and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for public veneration and benediction. An Act of Consecration of the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is also recited.
This time, due to the prevailing pandemic of COVID-19, the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima will take place in a subdued manner with no physical presence and participation of the faithful in the liturgical acts. Such a situation will in no way deter us in honouring in a befitting manner our Mother Mary from our own homes from where the families, spiritually united, will participate in the solemn Mass which will be live streamed and celebrated by the Archbishop in his Chapel in the evening of 13th October.
During this deadly pandemic when the entire humanity is shaken up, everyone is taking recourse to Mary, imploring her intercession with filial trust as we also pray in Memorare that “never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.”
In this month of October, the faithful also will celebrate another feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7th October, instituted by Pope St. Pius V to mark the victory of the naval battle at Lepanto in 1571, which is attributed to the invocation of the prayer of Rosary by the Christians.
The prayer of Rosary is a popular devotional practice in our parishes. Rosary is prayed in our families. Besides, a group of neighbours meet at the cross and pray the Rosary in the evenings during the month of October. Also, the respective Somudai members gather together at an open place or at a family house and recite reverently the Rosary with reflection on the mysteries.
I welcome the initiative taken by the leaders of Somudai / Zones 8, 9 and 10 to pray the Rosary online. This way, the community bonding and fellowship will be stronger, motivating the members to imitate Mother Mary who is an extraordinary example of a Christian life. I feel other zones could also follow suit. Thus, we will grow spiritually and develop a concern for one another, more so, during the present Covid crisis.
In union of prayers for you, my dear parishioners, and seeking Mary’s maternal intercession, let us confidently pray, “We fly to you, O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions but in your mercy, hear and answer us.”
– Fr. Walter de Sa
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