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Parish Ministry


The Most Rev. Ivan Dias, the then Archbishop of Bombay, entrusted to the Pallottines the pastoral care of Christ the King Mass-Centre, as they called it, at Rasayani, Panvel in 1998. Formerly, theJesuits had ministered to the faithful here. On November 22, 1996, the feast of Christ the King, the Mass-Centre was declared an independent parish. Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC, was appointed the first Parish Priest. A year later, on November 21, 1999, on the feast of the parish, the foundation stone for a new Church was laid by the Most Rev. Oswald Gracias, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC began the construction of the church which was completed by Fr. Gnanaprakasam, SAC, the second Parish Priest of Rasayani. He worked hard in collecting funds for the Church Project. The people of the parish stood by their pastor in this task. The long awaited blessing and inauguration took place on November 19, 2006 at 10.30am. Most Rev. Ferdinand Fonseca, the former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, blessed the Church Very Rev. Fr. Vensus George, SAC, the Provincial of the Assumption Province, Bangalore, inaugurated it. Though the Church construction is completed there is much to be done, such as the construction of Parochial House. Fr.Thomas D'Souza, SAC was the third priest in charge. Rev Fr. Anto Vijayan is the present priest in charge.

In the year 2004 a new Quasi-Parish was entrusted to the Pallottines after it was bifurcated form Sacred Heart Parish, Vashi. Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC was appointed as the Priest-incharge. Today the Quasi-Parish has 248 families with a total Catholic population of 800 people. The area belongs to the Parish is the Sanpada Node consisting of 30 Sectors. The Parish has five SCC. Usually the services are held in English. On every Sunday evening there is a Hindi Mass specially celebrated for the Uraon speaking Adhivaasis, who are part of the Quasi-Parish. We are in the process of acquiring land for the Church and community hall. Fr. Valentine Alphonso, SAC, succeeded Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC. Fr. Jerome Mariadhasan, SAC succeeded Fr. Valentine Alphonso, SAC, Then the Priest-Incharge was Fr. Ranjith Kumar Alphonse. The Present Priest-Incharge is Fr. Jesudas A. SAC.

In the year 1980 Fr. Toni M. Kolb, SAC, the Delegate Superior contacted Rt. Rev. Ferdinand J. Fonseca, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, and conveyed to him his desire to have a place in the Archdiocese for the Pallottines. The Archdiocesan Administration responded positively to the request. Most Rev. Simon Pimenta, the Archbishop ofBombay, bifurcated the Parish of St. John the Evangelist, Marol, and entrusted the new Parish to the Pallottines. From September 1980 Fr. Xavier D'Souza, SAC, stayed at St. John the Evangelist Church, Marol, to minister to the area proposed for the new parish. By the beginning of 1981 Fr. Anton Nenzl, SAC, joined him. The parish was canonically erected on August15, 1981 and dedicated to St. Vincent Pallotti. Fr. Anthon Nenzl was appointed its first Parish Priest and Fr. Xavier D'Souza, as his assistant. The Fathers took up residence in a flat, purchased by the Pallottines, in the Vijay Towers nearby. Land for the Church, Parochial House and a Pastoral Centre was purchased. On January 23, 1983 the Archbishop Simon Pimenta of Bombay laid the foundation stone for the proposed Church. Despite many difficulties and roadblocks the untiring efforts of the Priests and people the construction began on April 22, 1997. Fr. Anthony Correia, SAC, the then Parish Priest, saw that the construction of the Parish Church, the Parochial House and the Church Hall were completed on record time. On April 09, 1998 his Eminence Cardinal Simon Pimenta blessed them, while Very Rev. Fr. Christudhas, SAC, the Provincial Superior inaugurated them. The Parish Church is situated four Kilometres from Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Over the years this Parish developed as an exemplary parish under the care of the Pallottines. The vibrant youth groups, children's groups, pious associations, and an active parish council give the parish an exceptional vitality. The Parish has about 1300 families and a Catholic population of 5500 Catholics. The Pallottines who served in this Parish as Pastors are Frs. Xavier D'Souza, SAC, Paul Chandrankunnel, SAC, Paul Coutinho, SAC, Anthony Correia, SAC, Patrick Furtardo, SAC, Fr. Thomas D'Souza, SAC, and Fr. Claudy Vas, SAC. Fr. Valerian Charles Fernandes is the present Parish Priest. The web-site of the Parish is