Sacred Heart Church, Goregaon (W)

Those migrant Syro-Malabar Catholics settled in Goregaon attended the spiritual needs at St. Thomas Latin Church at Goregaon East which was the only Catholic Church existed then at Goregaon. In 1958 the Archdiocese of Bombay appointed Capuchin Order to look after the spiritual needs of the Malayalee Catholics i.e. Syro-Malabar, Syro-Malankara and Latin Rites. Rev.Fr. Urban OFM (Cap), the first Malayalee Chaplain, came to Goregaon and conducted Malayalam Holy Qurbana at St. Thomas Church at Goregaon East on Sundays. It was the felt need of the time to have an Association for the Malayalee Catholics at Goregaon and by 1960. Rev. Fr. Urban entrusted the responsibility to organize the Sunday Mass and other religious activities to KCU. The St. Sebastian Feast was regularly celebrated since 1961 and the procession was taken out from St. Pius Seminary to St. Thomas Church.

In1969 St. Thomas Latin Parish Goregaon East was divided and Our Lady of Rosary Church Goregaon West was erected. Naturally the Malayalee Catholics residing at Goregaon West also became part of this new Parish. By 1976 some of the Chaplains who had taken special interest to cater the spiritual needs of the Syro-Malabar Catholics of Goregaon by name Rev. Fr. Sebestian Thuruthel MST, Rev. Fr. Primose Alapat CMI, Rev. Fr. Joseph Pulikken. Later Msgr. Paul Chittilapilly (who later became the first Bishop of Kalyan Dioceses), Rev. Fr. George Vadakethala and Rev. Fr. Jacob Porathur. Rev.Fr. Paul Kadichini CMI and Rev. Fr. Raphael Perinchery CMI were nourished the Syro-Malabar Communities of Goregaon.

After the erection of the Diocese of Kalyan on 30th April 1988, the enthusiasm of the faithful was doubled and the Syro-Malabar communities of Goregaon East and West were formed in 1990 and Fr. Raphael Perinchery CMI and Fr. Thomas Chirakal CMI enjoy the unique distinction of being the first Parish Priest of the Goregaon East and West respectively. During this period priests in charge were staying at Green Park Co-Op-Housing Society, Link Road, Malad (W) and serving the faithful at St Thomas Church, Goregaon (E) and Rosary Church Goregaon (W).

It was Rev. Fr. Johnson Challissery, parish priest of Goregaon East and West Communities, who actualized purchasing a plot in 1999 and developed it. Mar Thomas Elavanal blessed it on 25th November 2000 by name Sacred Heart Community Centre. With the blessing of the Community Centre, the Parish priest shifted his residence from Malad to this new Centre and eventually daily Mass was being conducted at the Centre, which helped the community to further consolidate the spiritual activities. However, Sunday Mass and Catechism Classes were being conducted at Our Lady of Rosary Church (Latin) Goregaon West.

In the year 2006 Rev. Fr. Benny Thanninilkumthadathil, then parish priest took initiative to bring a convent in the Daughters of St. Thomas Convent (DST) was inaugurated in the parish on 19th June 2006.
Even though the Community Centre was a focal point for East and West Parishes, both the Communities began to grow in separately. The long felt need for separate parish was made known to the Diocesan Authorities and both parishes were declared as Semi-Parishes under the title of Sacred Heart Parish as separate entities on 21/01/2007.

In 2010-12 periods the Faithful of East and West felt to have separate Centre for Goregaon East Parish. Efforts were initiated by the parish priest Rev. Fr. Siby Kochuveettil with the concurrence of the Bishop, towards this purpose. By the middle of 2012 both the Parishes came on terms and accordingly Goregaon East Parish separated from the Sacred Heart Community Centre, giving independent hold of the Centre to Goregaon West Parish.

Later, the priests served our parish are: Fr. Jesto Menacherry.
At present Fr. Ginson Valliarumpeth CMF is the parish priest.


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Forane: Andheri

Status: Quasi Parish

Parish Priest: Fr. Jesto Menachery

Establishment of Parish Community: 1990

Official Erection as a Parish: 21-01-2007 (Quasi Parish)

Date of the Consecration of the Church: 25-11-2000

Area of the Church Property: 1000 (in Sq. ft)

No. of Family’s: 115

No. of Family Units: 8

Address: B-48/189, Siddharth Nagar, Road No. 8, Goregaon (W), Mumbai 400104

Phone No.: 28790099

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QURBANA SCHEDULE

Holy Qurbana: Sun. 11.30 am at Rosary Church,Goregaon (W)

Weekdays Qurbana: 7.00 pm at Sacred Heart Church,Goregaon (W)

Name of the Religious Congregation & Province: DST, Pala Province

Type of the Institutions at parish territory: Sacred Heart Nursery  (run by DST)


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