Lectors are members of the parish who proclaim the Word in the first two scripture readings. They also assist the congregation to raise the petitions and intentions, both common and personal, by leading the Prayers of the Faithful.
Proclaiming the Sacred Scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do Lectors need to be effective communicators, they also need to imbibe, express and project the spirit of the Liturgy.
"(Lectors) exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and right expected of them by God's people. Consequently, they must all be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner... Christ is present in His word since it is He Himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the church." – Vatican II
To proclaim the scripture clearly and effectively in order to enable the congregation to relate to and reflect on what they have heard.
In our Parish
The lectors are a dedicated team of 32 members. The roster is posted on a weekly basis and lectors are expected to be present in the Sacristy at least 15 minutes before Mass.
Training and preparation are necessary for those who wish to join this ministry.
Apart from the annual meeting in the church parlour at 7:15 pm after the evening Mass, the lectors assemble for refresher training sessions as and when organised.
Meetings: As and when called. Annual Meeting at 7.15pm after the stipulated evening Mass.
Venue: Parish House Parlour
Priest in Charge: Fr. Michael Goveas Contact No. 2202 0121 Extn.:24
Lay Coordinator: Josephine Marquis Contact No.: 2216 4831
Altar Servers – usually male faithful deemed worthy of assisting the priest at the altar during the celebration of Holy Mass - have been a part of Church history since the earliest times. Previously, all boys who had received their First Holy Communion were expected to become altar boys. On Sundays, one would find the girls with their parents in the pews; the boys were always made to serve if they attended Mass. This is why Altar Servers were better known as ‘Altar Boys’ till 1994 because girls were not permitted to serve till then.
Altar Servers have a rich heritage, going back to the time of Jesus. In preparation for the Last Supper, Jesus sent two of his disciples to prepare the Passover for Himself and the Twelve. Over the centuries, as ceremonies became more complex and Latin became the language of the Church, specially trained assistants called Acolytes became common. Eventually, this evolved into today’s Altar Servers who love Jesus, love the Mass, and want to dedicate their time and talents to serve God and his Church.
– excerpted from www.ourladyofgoodhelp.org
To inculcate a genuine love and desire to serve God and Church, to foster active involvement in rites and rituals, and to ensure continuity in such service.
In our Parish
The Altar Servers Association at Holy Name provides training for minor ministers who actively participate and assist at all the sacred functions and ensure efficient and regular ministrations.
We have at present 25 boys and girls who are eligible to serve at Mass, the only requirement being that the server should have received his or her First Holy Communion.
Sundays usually find two to three boys and/or girls assisting at each of the Masses. On special days and feast days, the seasons of Easter, Christmas, the Parish Feast, the Chrism Mass, there is a grand turnout of all the Altar Servers who precede the Celebrant in procession, before and after the celebration. Their presence, in full strength, in their red cassocks and crisp white surplices lends a special solemnity and dignity to the occasion. As the Cathedral of the Holy Name is also the seat of the Archbishop, the Altar Servers are required to learn how to assist the Cardinal at the High Masses and formal services.
Meetings: Once in two months usually immediately prior to a solemn Mass or special service.
Venue: Conference Room, Holy Name School Hall
Priest in charge: Fr.Michael Goveas, Fr. Joaquim DaCosta Contact: 22020121 / 22045394
"May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Eucharistic Ministers are the link between Jesus, the church and the faithful. Being a Eucharistic Minister brings the person face to face with Jesus which, in turn, instills in him or her a deeper desire to help others recognize and realize God's plan and to keep faith strong - our God is with us; we are never alone.
To bring the Eucharist to the sick, disabled and the homebound. And also to carry the Gospel message of love, sharing and healing.
In our Parish:
The Eucharistic Ministry commenced in 1995 under the aegis of Fr. Roque Almeida, who was Rector at that time. The fledgling Eucharistic Ministers - men and women - were given a series of talks as part of their initiation and were presented with Certificates of Commendation. They were inducted at the service on Holy Thursday, April 13, 1995.
The Eucharistic Ministers of this Parish are referred to as “Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers.” Their work revolves around the Lord’s own blessed endeavors: He took the bread, blessed it, broke it and shared it with his disciples. The Eucharistic ministers of this Parish feel privileged and grateful that the Lord has chosen them to take the Eucharist to the sick and homebound. They strongly believe it is an evangelization of their relationship with the Lord.
They not only distribute the Eucharist but also spend time with the sick and homebound to motivate them and share the present happenings in the church so that they do not feel isolated and lonely. They read the gospel of the day to those they visit, and conduct prayer services.
Eucharistic Ministers also assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Masses and Services (Holy Week, Easter, Christmas).
“It is a joyful experience to be a Eucharistic minister. We religiously attend to the sick. By our frequent visits, we learn how to share their loneliness, pain, experience their little joys, celebrate and share what we live with them. We also try to strengthen their faith by repeating the line…Believe that the Lord is with you, you are not alone.” - Sybil D’sa
Holy Name has 15 Eucharistic Ministers: 11 English, 4 Konkani. The Ministers meet to discuss topics on the Eucharist, recollection, and the Blessed Sacrament.
Meetings: Meetings are arranged by mutual agreement (usually on a holiday or weekend) and in consultation with the Blessed Sacrament Fathers who conduct sessions with the Eucharistic Ministers.
Venue: Holy Name Parish Parlour or the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Other external venues depending on the topic and speaker.
Priest in charge: Fr. Michael Goveas.
Mrs. Sybil D’sa. Contact no.: 22833943
Bernice D’Souza Contact no. 22021409
The Legion of Mary is an Association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary, have formed themselves into a legion for service in the warfare waged by the Church against the evil powers of this world. The name “Legion of Mary” itself suggests that it stands in “battle array” at the service of the church.
The Legion of Mary was founded by Frank Duff. Its first meeting took place at Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7th September 1921 at 8.00pm on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady’s Nativity. The legion has completed its 90th anniversary this year. In Mumbai, the legion commenced its work in the year 1931, at Rosary Church, Dockyard.
The Legion of Mary's aim is for the self-sanctification of its members through a weekly meeting which includes the Rosary, a spiritual reading, a talk and a discussion on various topics.
In our Parish:
At present, the Legion consists of five members. This includes the office-bearers. They work for two hours during the week, and the work is done in pairs as allocated by the President. A prayer leaflet called the ‘Tessara’ has to be recited daily by active members. Individuals who cannot be active members are recruited from the parish to be our praying force; they are called ‘Auxiliary Members’.
• Circulation of the statue of Our Lady in the homes of parishioners.
• Visiting the sick and the old of the parish.
• Open Air Contact Work (contacting Non-Christians at the Gateway of India) during Lent, Easter and Christmas.
• Visiting homes of parishioners who have lost their loved ones.
• Promoting the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart in homes.
• Visiting the homes of the newly baptized Catholics to welcome them into the Catholic faith.
• General Home Visitation in order to meet the families and recruit active members and also auxiliaries.
• Recitation of the Holy Rosary on every First Saturday of the month and daily in the months of May/October.
• Some of the other works include, organizing a prayer session on Holy Saturday entitled “WATCH WITH MARY” on the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady; visiting children as well as adults in hospital and praying over them; carrying out extension trips to other parts of the country to start the Legion of Mary.
Meetings: Every Tuesday at 6.30 pm
Venue: Parish (Back) Parlour
Sister in charge: Sr. Norma
Lay Coordinator: Ms. Perpetua Lobo. Contact: 98207 53980
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is a worldwide lay organization founded in Paris, in 1833, by Frederic Ozanam, a 20 year old student at the Sorbonne University. He formed the first group, which was called the ‘Conferences of Charity’ and was later known as the St.Vincent de Paul Society. They visited people in their homes and offered spiritual and material support. This practice is followed to this day.
French Missionaries at Pondicherry first introduced the Society in India in the year 1852, but this was not registered. Officially, the Society started in India in 1863 with six Conferences in Bombay.
The main aim of this society is to reach out to the under-privileged and the deprived.
In our Parish:
The St. Vincent De Paul Society at Holy Name consists of 7 active members. They meet once a week in the Parish parlour, usually at 9:30 am. The Society has adopted 21 families whom they visit regularly. Material and medical needs are taken care of and help is given to find solutions to their problems. They are also provided aid in cash or kind or both.
Although visitation remains a fundamental activity, this Society also undertakes other work like distributing hampers for feasts/ festivals such as the feast of St. Vincent De Paul, Christmas and Easter, when they hand out goodies to the families.
The SVP at Holy Name also organizes sales of clothes and household items. The items are sourced from parishioners and donors, sorted, cleaned if need be and then sold at a very nominal sum so that the poorer families are able to purchase quality items at a discounted price. The funds generated are used for the families supported by the SVP.
Members of the SVP also visit the Homes for the Aged at Kalyan and Andheri.
Donation of clothes and useful household items (non perishable) are welcome.
Meetings: Every Sunday at 9.30am
Venue: Parish house parlour
Priest in charge: Fr. John Lopez Contact: 2202 0121
Lay Coordinator: Ms. Attila Pereira Contact: 2202 0453
“I think the world today is upside down. Everybody seems to be in such a terrible rush, anxious for greater development and greater riches and so on. There is much suffering because there is so very little love in homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other. In the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world.” - Mother Teresa
The Christian family and Christian values are at risk in today’s world. With the advent of globalization, the intrusiveness of the media, and the demands of education and the working world, it is becoming harder by the day for parents and children to live cohesively and communicate as a family. It was with this in mind that the idea of a Family Cell was mooted.
The aim is to focus on the needs of the families in the parish with regard to social, cultural and spiritual requirements in terms of the counsel offered by the late Pope John Paul II:
“The family, as the fundamental and essential educating community, is the privileged means for transmitting the religious and cultural values which help the person to acquire his or her own identity. Founded on love and open to the gift of life, the family contains in itself the very future of society; its most special task is to contribute effectively to a future of peace.”
In our Parish:
The Family Cell at the Holy Name Cathedral was established in 2005 as one of the new initiatives introduced to coincide with the centenary celebrations.
The Cell consists of 4 couples and 2 singles. Meetings are held once in two months after the evening Mass, in the Parish Parlour. The Cell organises welfare programs such as Value Education for Children, Anger Management, Management of Finances, and issues that relate to or impact the family as a unit. One of this Cell’s very successful seminars was: “You’re never too young to make your Will”, conducted by Mr. Denzil D’Mello, a practicing Lawyer.
The Family Cell extends a warm welcome to all the parishioners who wish to be a part of this extended Family.
Meetings: Meetings are called by mutual arrangement. In-between meetings, members network through telephone calls.
Venue: Parish House Parlour
Priest in charge: Fr. Michael Goveas Contact: 2202 0121
Lay Coordinator: Mrs. Greta Fernandes Contact: 2283 3456
Here is where one encounters in reality that hoary adage ‘life begins at sixty’. Every parish can boast of a good number of senior citizens and while there is plenty to do that involves the children and youth, this group tends to be relegated to a ‘retired’ life. On the other hand, those in the sixty and over age group are the ones who have the advantages of gathered knowledge, experience, time, and the eagerness to be included in a participating community. .
At Holy Name, the Senior Citizens group was set up in 1989 and is, at this time, the most active group in the parish. The only qualification required is that one should have completed 60 years of age.
To focus energy, talent and time so as to involve every member in purposeful endeavour for parish and community. To provide opportunities for interaction socially and to promote solidarity and support.
In our Parish:
The Senior Citizens group is 129 strong and growing! There is a core group, or managing committee, that meets once a month. Fund-raising is by way of membership fees, donations from members, well-wishers and sponsors. Activities include, apart from the monthly get-together, a quarterly lunch and an annual picnic, the annual celebration of Monthi Fest (Nativity of our Lady), celebration of Women’s Day and World Elder’s Day.
Social commitments cover financial assistance towards medical attention, education fees and deserving causes.
From time to time talks are arranged on matters of topical interest.
And then there is Vianney Sunday (and other parish functions, too) where the items put up by our Senior Citizens are eagerly anticipated.
The grapevine has it that the nudging-60s can’t wait to get in!
Meetings: First Sunday of every month after the 10 AM Mass
Venue: Holy Name School Hall
Priest in charge: Fr. Joaquim DaCosta Contact: 2202 0121 Extn. 28
Managing Committee: Mr. Alfred Fernandes , Ms. Cynthia D’Souza (Hon. Secy), Ms. Judith Nogueira (Jt. Hon. Secy), Mr. Valerian Crasto (Hon. Treasurer), Mr. Jacob Rangel, Ms. Gemma Martin, Mr. Pascal D’Sa.
Mr. Alfred Fernandes: 2283 3456
The concept of ‘caregiver’ is beautifully rendered in Jesus’ words: “For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Matt. 25:35,36
We are called to minister to those in need and we, at Holy Name, do so in several ways through our various associations. One of these is the Caregivers Support Group.
The aim of the Care Givers Support Group is: to provide a space for people to meet and gather strength from others who are on the same page, and to stir the parish community to move from private sympathy to proactive assistance.
In our Parish:
The idea of a Care Givers Support Group was presented at the orientation session held by the Parish Council, at Khandala, in July 2011. The Parish Council instantly approved the establishment of this group.
A pilot project of the HNC, the Care Givers Support Group was launched on the 2nd of October, celebrated worldwide as “World Elders Day”. A 7-minute video featuring a few “care- givers” and the people they care for, in the Holy Name parish, was screened at all Masses that weekend. The inspiring video depicted the hardships, joys and other indescribable emotions that one goes through while caring for dependant loved ones
Caregivers are dedicated individuals, most often family members who tenderly and fondly look after a helpless spouse, an aged parent/ relative or a special child. It is a 24/7 commitment. The Care Giver Support Group is a source of encouragement, strength and spiritual renewal. Knowing that one is not alone, praying together, sharing experiences, drawing stimulus from the Word of God, allows them to return to their roles and homes with the inspiration to carry on.
Arrangements are also made for motivational speakers to address the group and provide spiritual and practical guidance. Some of this is shared on the Holy Name Facebook page.
The Caregivers Support Group meets once a month.
Meetings: The second Monday of every month at 7 pm
Venue: Parish House Parlour
Priest in charge: Fr. Nigel Barret Contact: 2202 0121
Lay Coordinator: Ms. Bernice D’Souza Contact: 2202 1409
The Small Christian Community, the initiative of Bishop Bosco Penha, was introduced to implement effective interaction and outreach to the people through various means: socio-economic, socio-cultural, religious, civic & political. Of these, the civic & political aspect needed more effort and attention and hence, it emerged as a separate unit.
To create awareness of Civic and Political issues, at local (municipal), state and national levels and to increase the level of interaction between the citizen and civic authorities such as Ward Officers, MLAs and the Police. The common woman/man should feel empowered to act appropriately in given situations.
In our Parish
Earlier, Mrs. Antoinette D’Costa was vibrant and committed in carrying out the functions of the cell. Since the last two years, Mrs. Jennifer Shetty has taken over and works in collaboration with AGNI (Action for Good Governance and Networking in India). She also liaises with the BMC for routine civic issues.
One of the key areas in which the Civic & Political Cell has been active includes: assistance in obtaining Voter ID Cards, ensuring inclusion in the electoral rolls. Updates are provided in the Parish Bulletin on local civic matters as well as contact information. Topics such as self defence, emergency awareness in medical situations, segregation and disposal of garbage, have been covered from time to time.
Contact Person: Jennifer Shetty: 92234 15069
Note: Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon are non-denominational groups which are not affiliated to the Parish. The Holy Name parish is happy to be of help and offers them space in the parish premises to hold their meetings.
AL-ANON: “Alcoholism a family disease”
‘Only from the heart can you touch the sky.’
Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who believe that their lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. A self help recovery program based on the “Twelve-Steps” of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Al-anon is a non professional fellowship where members share their experiences strength and hope to solve their common problems and help others do the same. An Anonymous program where the identity of all Al-Anon and AA members are protected. This is a spiritual program and not a religious one.
It is a program with the single purpose of helping families and friends of alcoholics whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Al-Anon members are people just like you and me –people who have been affected by someone else's drinking. They are parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and co-workers of alcoholics.
Al-Anon is FREE OF CHARGE and self supporting through members’ contributions. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Meetings: Every Monday 7 to 8.30pm
Venue: Holy Name Parish House Parlour
A.A. is a program of total abstinence. Members simply stay away from one drink, one day at a time. Sobriety is maintained through sharing experience, at group meetings and through the suggested Twelve Steps for recovery from alcoholism.
A.A. is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other in order that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from Alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA Membership. The group is self supporting. The primary purpose is to stay sober and help other Alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Meetings: Monday & Thursday 7 to 8.30pm.
Venue: Holy Name School. Gr.Floor
Contact: Ms. Merrill Pye
Spiritual Director: Fr. Michael Goveas Parish Matters
Fr. Terence Murray Diocesan Pastoral Centre
Animator: Sabrina Vieira
Classes held: Every Wednesday from 6.30 to 8.00 pm in the conference room of the Holy Name High School.
RCIA – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a year-long journey of faith for those willing to embrace Christ. Coordinated with the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, the RCIA’s English centre for South Mumbai is at Holy Name. A period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation, guided by animators, sponsors and godparents, the Church welcomes those of other faiths through a process that finally culminates into an initiation at Easter. This year, we have four budding catechumens on this journey from our own parish.