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Pimpri’s Catholic church unifies

Pimpri’s Catholic church unifies
Reporters Name | CAMIL PARKHE | Sunday, 19 April 2015 AT 12:05 PM IST
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Our Lady ConsolerAfflicted ChurchPimpriPuneCatholic churchchurch’s parish priestFr Roland BendoamarKnow Your Church’ seriesSakal Times


Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted Church in Pimpri caters to a variety of devotees belonging to diverse linguistic and regional groups. All the members of this Catholic church enthusiastically participate in the various religious and other activities organised throughout the year, says the Catholic church’s parish priest, Fr Roland Bendoamar.

Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted Church, located on Pimpri Station Road, has spacious premises to host weekly masses and other religious activities. It also has a hall for holding meetings. The church was established in 1976, bifurcating from Chinchwad’s St Francis Xavier’s Church, and the present church building was built subsequently.

Since 1978, the church has been administered by the Capuchin Fathers of the Holy Trinity. Presently, parish priest Fr Bendoamar is assisted by Fr Issac D’Souza.

There is also a church sub-centre at Bhosari where mass is celebrated every Thursday.

Fr Roland Bendoamar,
Parish priest

Our parish has a vast jurisdiction area as compared to other parishes. The parishioners run various associations like Vincent de Paul, youth group to provide various services to church members.     

Minin Mascarenhas, 
IT professional and vice-president of Parish Council

Our Church has 50 pc Marathi-speaking devotees, the rest are Goans, Tamils, Malayalees and others. Besides religious activities, we have many social and cultural activities and all parishioners enthusiastically participate in them.

ST Reader Service: 

Our Lady Consoler of the Afflicted Church, Pimpri
-Location: Pimpri Station Road
-Sunday mass in English at 8 am, Marathi mass at 9.30 am. Anticipatory mass on Saturday at 6.30 pm
-Areas: Pimpri, Morwadi, Vallabhnagar, Kasarwadi, Bhosari, Moshi, Indrayaninagar, Thergaon, Kalewadi, Rahatani
-Parishioners: 900 families (Around 6,000 people)

Beginning this Sunday, Sakal Times is launching ‘Know Your Church’ series, featuring various prominent churches in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Each week, one church will be profiled, highlighting its history, jurisdiction areas, prayer timings and religious-social activities conducted by the congregation.

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