Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Orlem, Malad West, Mumbai 400 064

Parish Office Timings: 

Monday to Friday  :  09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. &  04.30 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.

Saturday : 09.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. & 04.30 p.m. to 06.30 p.m.

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SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR : Fr. Michael Pinto
LAY CO-ORDINATOR : Michelle Pinto

SCCs are Small Christian Communities which have been around for 25 years in our Archdiocese and our parish. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Bishop Bosco Penha, and his team of priests and lay faithful.
The purpose of the SCCs is to provide all the lay faithful an opportunity to live their faith in the neighborhood - i.e.,  reflecting on the Bible, praying together, building a bond of caring and sharing, and reaching out in loving service to all, especially the needy.

The Structure of SCCs in our Parish
Our parish is divided into 8 Zones. Each zone further breaks up into Sectors (we call it communities). Some are smaller communities with 50 families and some are as large as with 180 families. For more effective involvement, the communities break-up into clusters for 10 – 12 families. Around 250 enthusiastic team of animators serve in 51 communities of our parish. The animators along with their parish councillors plan and executive programs for the different sections of our communities. 
The SCCs implement programs of various types: religious, socio-cultural, outreach, civic, etc. Many beautiful acts of love and mutual helpfulness take place all around the parish because of these SCCs.
Each Community submits a Quarterly Report of meetings and activities to the Parish Priest and the Archdiocesan Director of SCCs. The Reports are studied and each Parish receives feedback and response with evaluation, appreciation and suggestions, every Quarter. This ensures a clear two-way channel of communication.
Our parish is divided into 8 Zones. Each zone further breaks up into Sectors (we call it communities). Some are smaller communities with 50 families and some are as large as with 180 families. For more effective involvement, the communities break-up into clusters for 10 – 12 families.
Around 250 enthusiastic team of animators serve in 51 communities of our parish. The animators along with their parish councillors plan and executive programs for the different sections of our communities. 
The SCCs implement programs of various types: religious, socio-cultural, outreach, civic, etc. Many beautiful acts of love and mutual helpfulness take place all around the parish because of these SCCs.
Each Community submits a Quarterly Report of meetings and activities to the Parish Priest and the Archdiocesan Director of SCCs. The Reports are studied and each Parish receives feedback and response with evaluation, appreciation and suggestions, every Quarter. This ensures a clear two-way channel of communication.

SCCs have become a priority and have emerged as the main operating structure in all our Parish. People have come to open themselves to others. Liturgical services and socio-cultural activities in parishes have become vibrant and lively.

Community 1 : Baudi

Community 2 : Somwar Bazaar

Community 3 : J.B.C

Community 4 : Tank Colony

Community 5 : Lourdes Colony

Community 6 : Mithchowki

Community 7 : Evershine Nagar

Community 8 : Tamil

Community 1 : Baudi

COMMUNITY PREIST: Fr. Michael Martires

Community 1 popularly is known as Baudi because there used to be a well on the road between the Baudi bus stop and Cross Lane but which is now filled. Our Community is spread from Marve Road and S. V. Road Junction till the cross road near Dominic Colony, Cross Lane, Dias Lane and D'monte Lane till Kanch Pada & Kuria Pada. Our community comprises 7 sectors which also includes the Tamil Sector.

There are around 720 families with the headcount being 2393 members.

We have in all 89 dedicated animators whose goal throughout the year is to get the families to actively participate in the activities organized at the parish, community or sector level. We are happy and proud to say that because there are activities for the children, youth, elders and senior citizens / fellowship, get-togethers and picnics for the entire family / women's day out / animator's day out and even get-togethers for the domestic workers throughout the year, our community is always buzzing with activities because of the active participation of all the families.

Sector 1- St. Cecelia's Community
  • Parish Councillor: Alisha Masurkar

Sector 2- St. Annes Community
  • Parish Councillor: Ann Rana

Sector 3 - St. Dominic Savio Community
  • Parish Councillor: Eugene D'silva

Sector 4 - Holy Cross Community
  • Parish Councillor: Nancy D'souza

Sector 5 - Divine Mercy Community
  • Parish Councillor: Gwynette Johnson

Sector 6 - Holy Family Community
  • Parish Councillor: Blanche Miranda


Community 2 : Somwar Bazaar and Liberty Garden

COMMUNITY PREIST: Deacon Kelvin Santis

The 120 families of the community are dispersed over a large area. The animators have been instrumental in reaching out to the members of the community. The myriad community activities have helped our families get to know each other well. Our families are supportive and encourage the animators in the plans and activities for the community. They contribute to making our community active and vibrant. Through hard work, we can sail through tough times and unite our community keeping in mind the values of Christ.

Sector 1 - St. Thomas the Apostle
  • Parish Councillor: Richard D'silva (Community Co-ordinator)

Sector 2 - St. Martha's Community
  • Parish Councillor: Francis Soares

Community 3 : J. B. C.

COMMUNITY PREIST: Fr. Francis Jeri
Sector 1 - All Saints Community
  • Parish Councillor: Lovely Miranda 

Sector 2 - St. Joseph Community
  • Parish Councillor: Manfred Mascarenhas

Sector 3 - St. Joan of Ark Community
  • Parish Councillor: Janet Fernandes

Sector 4 - Fr. Agnel's Community
  • Parish Councillor: Sheldon Pereira

Community 4 : Dominic / Tank Colony

COMMUNITY PREIST: Fr. Clifton Lobo

Each Sector is headed by a Parish Pastoral Councillor alongwith a Sector Co-ordinator, Secretary and Animators, which is called the Core Group. The core group meets every month after the Parish Pastoral Council meeting and plans programmes for the month.

Each sector works independently and has different fellowship and religious programmes throughout the year especially during Lent & Christmas.Each sector celebrates the feast of their Patron by having Novenas prior to the feast followed by a fellowship programme. The Christ the King feast is celebrated on a Community level in one of the Society's compound.This year there was a Community Easter Mass followed with fellowship. The Sectors conduct programmes for Children, Youth & Senior Citizens.

The sectors also go for an annual picnic to nearby resorts.Most of the Sectors have their cluster meetings on regular basis.Many Sectors have formed Youth Groups also.

Sector 1 - Community of St. Anthony
  • Parish Councillor: Desiree Donald

Sector 2 - Community of Our Lady of Assumption
  • Parish Councillor: Alice Lobo

Sector 3 - Community of The Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Parish Councillor: Veera Davies

Sector 4 - Community of Mother Theresa
  • Parish Councillor: Yvonne Miranda

Sector 5 - Community of Our Lady of Immaculate conception
  • Parish Councillor: Sabina D'souza

Sector 6 - Community of St. Leo
  • Parish Councillor: June Monteiro

Sector 7 - Community of St. Francis D'Assisi
  • Parish Councillor: Eugene Remedios

Sector 8 - Nivedita Community
  • Parish Councillor: Vanessa Mattos

Community 5 : Lourdes Colony

COMMUNITY PREIST: Fr. Steven Kika

Community 5 (Commonly referred as Lourdes Colony) actually comprises of families living in buildings starting from the lane opposite the Church right up to the Mithchowki-Link road signal. Community 5 is divided in to 6 sectors Compared to other Communities, this area is comparatively quite and peaceful. In fact you will find only residences and not many commercial establishments here, which makes this place the envy of people surrounded by the hustle and bustle of restaurants, offices and supermarkets.

All the sectors organise their activities separately. The entire Community comes together to organise the Feast of Christ the King and the Easter Community Mass. The most talked about activity carried out in Lourdes Colony, was when the residents came out to physically help with the cleaning of the entire colony. This was done in coordination with the Parish Councillors and the ALM.

The Community endeavours to take this further by creating cleanliness awareness drives periodically, in keeping with the theme of CARING FOR GOD’S CREATION.

Sector 1 - Community of Santa Monica
  • Parish Councillor: Tanya Pereira

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Sector 2 - Community of St. Mark

  • Parish Councillor: Annie Vierra

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Sector 3 - Community of St. Luke

  • Parish Councillor: Wayne Ferrao

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Sector 4 - Community of St. Bernadette

  • Parish Councillor: Lumina Miranda

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Sector 5 - Community of the Holy Spirit

  • Parish Councillor: Danny D’Souza

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Sector 6 - Community of St. Joseph the Worker

  • Parish Councillor: Linette D’Souza

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Community 6 : Mitchowki

COMMUNITY PREIST:  Deacon.Kelvin Santis

Mithchwoki stretches from Madonna Building to Vishal Nagar and Kaveri on Link Road. The Community is divided into 5 sectors, each with their unique individuality. It is a mix of the noisy buildings facing link road to the quaint and peaceful atmosphere of New life, Cardinal gracious, and Vishal Nagar. Our Community is blessed with talented and vibrant youth and children who are always willing to help during rosaries, sector and Community masses. The animators are always ready to help build the community whether it be churning out delicious treats at the parish feast to organising the Community and sector masses. They are always finding new ways to bring the people together. Our community aims at growing in our faith through service and love.

Sector 1 - St. Augustine's Community

  • Parish Councillor: Pravin D'souza

 

Sector 2 - Infant Jesus Community

  • Parish Councillor: Gretta Mendonca

Sector 3 - Our Lady of the Rosary Community

  • Parish Councillor: Michelle Pinto

Sector 4 - St. Jude's Community

  • Parish Councillor: Daisy Coutinho

Sector 4 - Community of Mary Help of Christians

  • Parish Councillor: Ladislaus D'souza

Community 7 : Evershine

COMMUNITY PREIST:  Fr. Michael Pinto

COMMUNITY 7 - popularly known as Evershine Nagar Community is by far the largest Community in the parish. It is home to over 600 families as it covers the area from Entrance of Evershine Nagar to all the way up to Mind Space near Toyota Showroom.

What marks Community 7 as unique is the fact that this community has the best of everything: Malls, Cinema Halls, some fabulous restaurants, Discs, Gymnasiums, International Schools, Ice cream parlours, Car showrooms, Supermarkets, cake shops, etc - you name it and it's here !!

It's always been a very vibrant community with the youth also being participative in organizing most community activities. A few of the sectors though have a large population of Senior Citizens who have as usual been enthusiastic to come forward to celebrate feasts and Community events.

Sector 1 - The Community of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

  • Parish Councillor:  Elsa D'sa

     

Sector 2 - St. Francis Xavier Community

  • Parish Councillor: Sabrina Dsouza

Sector 3 - Rosa Mystica Community

  • Parish Councillor: Merlyn Concessio

 

Sector 4 - Don Bosco Community

  • Parish Councillor: Claudine Fernandes

Sector 5 - St. John of God Community

  • Parish Councillor: Irene Quadros

 

Sector 6 - Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Community

  • Parish Councillor: Shranima Fernandes 

Sector 7 - Community of St. Andrew

  • Parish Councillor: Stephen Noronha (Community Co-ordinator)

Community 8 : Tamil Community

COMMUNITY PREIST:  Fr. Stephen Maria
  • Sector 1: P. Kasparraj

  • Sector 2: Dasan Fernandes

  • Sector 3: Stellamary Chetty

  • Sector 4: John Britto

  • Sector 5: Violet Selvi

  • Sector 6: Arockiyamary M. Shetty

  • Sector 7: Pauline Peter

  • Sector 8: Arockiaswamy

  • Sector 9: Sudha Chetty

  • Sector 10: Francis

  • Sector 11: Lucy Shetty  

  • Sector 12: Sengole Mary

  • Sector 13: Selvaraj