We will have the Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes celebrating Mass this weekend. He will be here for a Mission Appeal. Also Fr. John Alphonso will help celebrate the 8am and the 4:30 Masses. We will have a second collection to benefit their mission.
Gandhinagar town is the capital of GujaratState that was established in 1960. The town grew after 1964 which coincidentally saw the beginning of the missions of Kalol to the west of Gandhi agar and Bhiloda to the north-east of the state. Those were also years of drought. The Catholic Church was able to accompany many of the affected people through Food for Work programes organized in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services of USA. Besides the relief, the Church embarked in health and education, development and ecological projects. Unfortunately the region is dry and heavily dependent on the monsoon rains. The forests in the hilly tracts have disappeared. The Archdiocese in the northern five districts of Gujarat was established in December 2002 in the capital town of Gandhi agar. Today it has 15 centers in various stages of growth with 15,000 Catholics. The Centers run seven schools by the Archdiocese and six by Religious. These missions have parish residences and convents and dispensaries, six Churches constructed and 22 boarding houses for boys and girls. And all are involved in socio-development and human rights movements together with all people of goodwill. Vocations have begun to sprout from this young Catholic community but we receive missionaries mainly from south and central India. Our needs are the education of the 3000 children studying in our boarding houses, the salaries of the school teachers and village catechists, the formation of our thirty seminarians, and constructing of Chapels in ten more villages.