Our Lady of the Rosary Church Goregaon

Catholic

Maharashtra, India

Contact

Mahatma Gandhi Road
Goregaon West
Mumbai Maharashtra, India

Services

Konkani Mass- 7.00 a.m.
Children’s Mass (English)- 8.00 a.m.
Tamil Mass- 9.00 a.m.
Parish Mass (English)- 10.30 a.m.
Malayalam Mass- 11.30 a.m.
Youth Mass (English)- 6.30 p.m.

During the last five decades as housing colonies had sprouted, Goregaon West (after Andheri) was registered the prolific growth in population as if overnight, on the western side of the Swami Vivekananda Road (the old Ghodbunder Road), large areas of marshy land having to be reclaimed in the process. And among the newcomers who settled in these colonies were Catholics as well.
Already from June 1960, the date where the Diocesan Seminary opened in Goregaon East, the Fathers of the Seminary began to be involved with the Catholics on the westside. During the Vicarship of Fr. Filomeno D’Cruz at St. Thomas’ Church, Goregaon East, Fr. Patrick Herne SJ started celebrating Mass at Motilal Nagar from October 1960. Mass was celebrated in the open air, except during the monsoons; attempts to secure alternate accommodation failed. Fr. Herne continued this practice from 1960 to 1963, and he was succeeded by Fr. John Plo SJ from 1965 to 1968.


On November 15, 1968, Fr Antonio D’Souza was appointed Priest-in-charge of Goregaon West, with a view to developing the future parish. He took up his residence in a small two-room flat; very soon afterwards, land was purchased nearby and the work of constructing a school building was commenced in March 1969. That very year the Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary was separated from the St. Thomas and canonically erected as such on October 7, with Fr. D’Souza as its first Parish Priest. Fr. Philip Lobo succeeded him as parish priest in June 1974. While the foundation stone of the Church has been blessed and laid by Archbishop Simon Pimenta on October 8, 1980 its actual construction had not yet begun; Mass continued to be celebrated in the makeshift school hall.



Since 1980, the thrust of the Archdiocese has been in the direction of forming small Christian communities in the various zones of a Parish. Church structure was fully formed on 2nd June 1984. The building was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and its altar consecrated by Archbishop Pimenta. A Parish Bulletin is one effective way of communication within the Parish. It was an eventful day when the first issue of the Parish Bulletin, entitled THE ROSARIAN, appeared on 25th December, 1985. With Bishop Bosco’s assistance and with encouragement of the Cardinal, the elections were held and the new PPC was installed on 8th December 1991, in the presence of Bishop Bosco Penha.When the parish was born, the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod settled in Bangur nagar, Goregaon west, to assist in the building up of the Parish community especially in the field of education. In June 1994, members of a another religious institute of women- the Franciscan Sisters of the Presentation of Mary – have entered the parish and have also taken up their residence in Goregaon (west)