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 current issue of our newsletter, PAUNDDE/STEPS, covers the events and happenings that took place in the months of May and June 2020. It contains, besides the message of the Parish Priest, a few write-ups, reports, reflections, testimonies and images that will convey to our readers in a lucid manner the life in our Parish.
We are, indeed, sad that events were held without the presence of our parishioners, like Novena and Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, due to the ongoing lockdown. Yet, it is to be appreciated that our parishioners, being at home, joined us spiritually in praying the Rosary, in participating in the Novena and Feast Masses, which were live-streamed. I am glad to note that our parishioners joyfully participated through YouTube, Facebook and television, in the liturgical services.
Now we are in the Lockdown 5.0 that announced some more relaxations like opening the places of worship, with some restrictions. I am sure people will be happy on hearing this news. They might have heaved a sigh of relief realizing that they will get the opportunity to visit the Church and pray. However, one must note that the situation in Goa apparently is not conducive to declare open the Churches as COVID-19 cases in Goa are on the increase, and local/ community transmission of the virus is causing alarm. We are confident our ecclesiastical authority will take an appropriate decision on this matter, which we will abide by.
Notwithstanding the Corona virus crisis, our faith will grow stronger and our prayer life will find its expression in our day to day activities. Let us think of our brethren who are victims of COVID-19, and their family members, so that we can reach out to them to alleviate their suffering and mitigate their misery as we are motivated by the Pastoral Letter of our Archbishop entitled, “You are My Witnesses,” which was released on the Feast of Pentecost. May this Pastoral Letter inspire all our parishioners to be sensitive to the needs of others and thus give witnessing to the Master who came, “not to be served, but to serve.”
I conclude my message with the assurance of a prayerful support to all the parishioners.
– Fr. Walter de Sa
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