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
Baptized and Sent
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has proclaimed the current month of October as the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 in order to mark the hundredth year of the Apostolic Letter of his predecessor of venerable memory, Pope Benedict XV, Maximum Illud (that momentous and holy charge), published on 30th November, 1919. In consonance with the mandate given by the risen Lord, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt. 28:19. Mk. 16:15), Pope’s letter hundred years ago, reiterated emphatically, the missionary apostolate of the Church to make known Christ across the world to all the peoples.
In keeping with the missionary nature of the Church instituted by the risen Lord, Pope Francis thought it befitting to mark the centenary of Maximum Illud to re-ascertain the obligation and the need of proclaiming Christ in our times, involving in this task every member of the Church, namely, priests, religious and laity too, to be engaged wholeheartedly in carrying out the work of evangelization.
The theme for this month runs thus: “Baptized and Sent – The Church of Christ on Mission in the World.”
Its logo is very expressive and, at the same time, all encompassing. The Cross is depicted in five colours that represent five continents, namely, red for America, green for Africa, white for Europe, yellow for Asia and blue for Oceania, as seen on the globe. The Cross is the unifying factor that holds and unites the entire humanity for whose sake Jesus died on the Cross.
Jesus Christ is the first missionary of God the Father. His own mother is also a great missionary, being a model for our times. Since we are members of the body of Christ through baptism, we have also inherited the call to become missionaries in our own way.
This special month is God-given opportunity to exercise our role as missionaries by proclaiming the Good News to all those we come in contact with.
It is worth recalling that the patron of our own Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, St. Joseph Vaz, son of the soil, was an extraordinary missionary, particularly in Sri Lanka.
We have also St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, whom St. Pope John Paul II described as “one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century… a missionary with the most universal language: that of charity without limits, or exclusions, or preferences, with the exception of the most abandoned… of this simple woman… the Lord made a chosen instrument to proclaim the Gospel to the whole world, not with preaching, but with daily acts of love to the poorest.”
Therefore, let us rekindle in us the missionary zeal and undertake missionary apostolate through which we not only communicate the Gospel of Christ, but empower every member of our community to live it and thus draw people closer to Him who is the Way, the Life and the Truth.
As we embark upon the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019, we seek the intercession and protection of Mother Mary who also was a missionary par excellence, so that all our parishioners willingly and joyfully proclaim Christ in our families, neighbourhood, place of work, in Somudai, thus making our parish into a Missionary Parish.
– Fr. Walter de Sa
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