Davorlim chapel gets church status

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 23-11-2022 | 04:42 am

Davorlim chapel gets church status

Panaji: The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman got its 174th parish as the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, Zorivaddo-Davorlim, was recently elevated to a church. The new parish, detached from the Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Navelim, has around 560 families comprising around 3,000 Catholics. The decree of erection was issued by Cardinal-Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, and it will be part of the deanery of Margao.The decree was passed after taking into consideration the views of the diocesan council of priests, the dean of the Margao deanery, and the parish priest, of Our Lady of the Rosary church, Navelim, as well as the parish priests of the adjacent parishes of Aquem, Holy Spirit, Margao, and Sao Jose de Areal.A cemetery was readied earlier this year. New parish priest Fr Domingos Noronha said everything continues to function as usual, with no major changes for the faithful.“We were already conducting all sacraments at our chapel — baptisms, first Holy Communion, and nuptials, but not confirmations. We have also been having catechism classes for children, we have an active youth group, legion of Mary, and couples for Christ. What we have now acquired is the title and our own registers,” he told TOI.The number of weekly Masses after its elevation has also remained the same, as no new population has been added to the parish. The same people who were affiliated with the chapel and its religious activities continue to participate.Parts of Margao, Aquem, and Dicarpale were all once part of the parish of Navelim, which held the distinction of the largest parish in Goa in terms of population. It continues to be among the largest parishes in the state.The decree was passed after taking into consideration the views of the diocesan council of priests, the dean of the Margao deanery, and the parish priest, of Our Lady of the Rosary church, Navelim, as well as the parish priests of the adjacent parishes of Aquem, Holy Spirit, Margao, and Sao Jose de Areal

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