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The history of St. Joseph Church in Mira Road can be traced back to 1985 when people residing in Charni Road, Warden Road,
Hill Road, Linking Road, Peddar Road, Napean Sea Road - all famous destinations and number one residential addresses - started asking the question

" Where is Mira Road ? " ,

in response to a huge building plan and advertising blitz.

The Carmelites are here

The Bishop was again approached – a priest was needed. Heads turned in the direction of the Carmelite Priest Fr. Richard Castelino, residing at St. Louis Church in Dahisar in 1987.Under the direction of the Bishop, he was in the process of identifying candidates to the priesthood from Mira Road. Soon, for various reasons, and to the eternal joy of our early Catholics, the Carmelites had to forgo the parish at Dahisar due to increasing problems with regard to land and language, and take up the fledgling set of activities at Mira Road. The year was 1988. Fr. Richard Castelino pitched in – "I will willingly come to Mira Road, even if there are just 10 people to support me there". The generosity of Fr. Richard prompted Rev. Fr. Provincial Joseph D’ Souza to take a bold step. Immediately, Carmelite priests landed in Mira Road.

        Here we need to remember Fr. Richard in a very special way, because he put a condition to Fr. Provincial, saying that if he did indeed succeed in building a Church, it should be dedicated to St. Joseph. A story is also told that, in his time of loneliness and abandonment, Fr. Richard had a dream on St. Joseph! (Later Fr. John Pinto, Priest-in-charge from 1995 to 2002, attributed the building of the Church to a miracle at the hands of St. Joseph).

Enter the dreamer(and the builder) !

In 1996, Fr. John Alex Pinto came as priest in-charge, to take over the reins from Fr. Michael. More and more people had flooded Mira Road and it had become imperative to celebrate more Masses and have more priests. In 1996 came Fr. Melwyn D’ Cunha came as assistant to Fr. John Alex Pinto, who got the necessary permissions from the higher authorities of the Archdiocese and the Provincialate of the Carmelites. The benevolent Fr. Pinto had arrived. With him, came big dreams!

        Soon these dreams were spelt out. The growing number of parishioners warranted a new and larger Church. By now (1995), the number of Catholics had shot up to 1500. A temporary solution was needed, until the Church was built. In came the generous Holy Cross Convent Sisters – Masses could be celebrated in the stilt area of the Convent School. Sr. Neeta Alva and Provincial of the Holy Cross Congregation gave us the permission for the same.

        Around this time, the long-cherished desire of the Carmelites, given their charism, started taking root in the form of planning a Parish and Spirituality Institute in Mumbai Archdiocese. It was Fr. Lawrence D’ Mello who saw that a clear agreement be signed between the Province and the Archdiocese of Mumbai regarding its apostolate in Mira Road with a view to beginning of the Institute of Spirituality after the construction of the Church.

 

Actual Feast Day: 19th March.

Celebrated:

On the First Sunday of December. In March due to annual examinations of children, summer heat and December date coinciding with the Inauguration week (year 2000) of the re-built St. Joseph Church, the PPC decided to celebrate the parish feast on this day.

Mode of Celebration:

A Nine day Novena celebration involving external preachers precedes the celebrations. A separate place of veneration to St. Joseph is prepared on our Church Campus, which is elaborately decorated and illuminated. The Feast Mass is generally celebrated at 9.30 am. The liturgy is specially prepared and the Parish Choir sings for the Feast Mass.

Intentions:

Parishioners and devotees can drop intentions in the box. These are collectively prayed over.

Infrastructure & Amenities:

Candles are made available during the entire Nine days Novena for devotees. On the Feast Day, sweets and soft drinks are served to those participating in the Feast Mass.

 

 

History : St. Joseph in the Bird’s Eye View
 
1988 March 1 : permission to celebrate Mass at Building No. B26-27 terrace in sector V.
 
1988 June 1 : Fr. Michael Morris arrives and resides in a rented flat Sheetal Dahra, and starts his Pastoral ministry for the first 100 catholic families.
 
1988 June 15 : Laying of the foundation stone for the new Church dedicated to St. Joseph.
 
1990 August 27 : St. Joseph Church is officially registered as a Trust.
 
1993 December : Fr. Anthony D’ Souza is appointed as the assistant parish priest.
 
1995 June : Fr. Alfred Menezes replaces Fr. Anthony as the assistant parish priest.
 
1996 February : Fr. John Alex Pinto comes as priest in charge. And Fr. Melwyn D Cunha becomes the 2nd assistant priest.
 
1998 November 23 : Laying the foundation stone for the present Church by Cardinal Pimenta. Fr. Alexander Braganza replaces Fr. Alfred Menezes.
 
1999 December 5 : Archbishop Ivan Dias inaugurates and blesses the new Church.
 
2000 June : Three Carmelite Brothers – Lawrence, Melwin and Ronald arrive at to pursue their Theology studies in Goregaon Archdiocesan Seminary.
 
2001 February : Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza replaces Fr. Melwyn D’ Cunha as assistant parish priest. June Fr. Praveen D’Souza replaces Fr. Alexander Braganza.
 
2002 June 5th : Fr. Rudolf becomes the parish priest in place of Fr. John Alex Pinto.
June 18th Fr. Anthony D’ Souza ones again as assistant parish priest.
 
September : St. Joseph Church receives full-fledged parish status effectively making Fr. Rudolf as the first Parish Priest.
 
2003 May 6 : Fr. Elias D’Souza becomes the third assistant  priest.  And May 25th Fr. Boniface comes in place of Fr. Praveen D Souza.
 
2003 July 20 : the Maharashtra Carmelite Charitable Society is formed for the purpose of setting up of Anubhav.
 
2004 July 5 : The new Cemetry is inaugurated by Fr. Rudolf in the presence of Mr. Muzaffer Hussian, MLC and Mrs. Myra Mendonca, Mayor of Mira-Bhyandar Municipal Corporation.
 
2005 July : Community Welfare Fund Office inaugurated and booklets detailing the scheme are published under the direction of the Archbishop.
 
2006 January 31st : Fr. Deepak Thomas arrives as the assistant priest.
 
2007 June : Fr. Peter Rebello is appointed as new assistant priest.  July 15th Mr. Gilbert Mendonsa lays the foundation stone for the Arch.
 
2007 July 29 : Bishop BoscoPenha inaugurates the Memorial for Aborted Children.
 
2007 September 8 : Inauguration of the Family Cell and the website of St. Joseph Church.
 
2007 November 23 : preparations for the Decennial Celebration of the SCC.
 
2007 December 2 : Parish Feast Day. Inauguration of the Arch.
 
2009 June 15th : Fr. Dominic replaces Fr. Rudolf as the Parish Priest. Frs. John and Ivan were appointed as Assistants.
 
2009 Sep 11th : Mira Road goes hi-tech: 2 LCD projectors were installed in the Church.
 
2010 June 5th : 5 more Theologians join the Carmelite fraternity at Mira Road. (Bros. Kaushik, Nitesh, Cannio, Daniel and John)
 
2010 Jan 17th : Inauguration of the shrine dedicated to Infant Jesus.
 
2010 Oct. 4th : Inauguration of new Secular Carmel Unit.
 
2010 Nov 5-7 : VIII National Hindi Charismatic Convention.

2011: June1st :Goodbye to Fr. Deepak Thomas, Fr. John Pinto, Fr. Ajay Nazareth. Now the vacuum is filled by new energetic priests. Fr. ArwinTauro, Fr. AgneloRebelo and two new Theology Bros. Sandeep and Pawan.

2012: Welcome to Fr. Ivo Dias to our parish community

2013: We say good bye to Fr. Arwin Tauro and  welcome to Fr. Roshan  Dsouza

We say good bye to 4 deacons (Nitesh, Cannio, kaushik, Daniel) as they go ahead for their diaconate ministry.

2014: We bid farewell to Fr. Dominic Vaz, Fr. Michael Shenoy, Fr. Ivo Dias and Fr. Agnelo Rebello.

Welcome to the new Parish Priest Fr. Nelson Pinto.

Fr. Diogo Proenca replaces Fr. Michael as the superior of the Community. Fr. Lancy and Fr. Daniel Christian will accompany the Parish team

 

 

 
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