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History & Growth of the Parish

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HOW IT ALL STARTED

The Church of the Immaculate Conception established since 1930 as the Kanhai Parish, today includes more than 1000+ families, it includes the geographies of Gurgaon that include the South East of the National Highway * (i.e. New Gurgaon) except the sectors that have been allocated to the Holy Name Parish in Sector 55. They include Sectors 25, 27 to 41, 43 to 53, 57 and Sector 66 onwards. DLF I, II , IV and V(portion South of Golf Course Road), Kanhai Village & Chakkarpur.

This young Parish surprisingly has a rich history and today includes families that truly represents a diverse peoples united in Christ i.e. the nature of the Catholic Church. From members of the church that include the original inhabitants from the Kanhai Village, the brethren from Haryana , the working professionals from around India who now call Gurugram their home and also a healthy population of expats who are part of this young and vibrant city.

HISTORY

The Kanhai Mission was started in 1930 by an English Capuchin Friar who resided at St. Mary’s Church in Old Delhi and visited it for pastoral ministry. In course of time, a small chapel was built to serve the Catholic community. After a short span of pastoral service rendered by Fr. Stanely Mascrenhas and Fr. Theodore Menezes, Fr. Samuel William took charge of the mission in 1966, but stayed at St. Michael’s Church, New Colony, Gurgaon. With the help of Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) he initiated a number of social programs. He opened also a Primary school for the village children.

ABOUT THE PARISH

In 1969 Prabhudasi Sisters (PSA) were invited to Kanhei and “Nirmala Health and Maternity Center” was inaugurated to be administered by the Sisters while the Parish Priest looked after the “Bal Kalyan Kendra” for other social schemes.

In 1990 Fr. Freddie D’Souza replaced Fr. William. He focused on Women’s development and self-reliance. He was succeeded by Fr. Mobin Michael in 1993. It was during 1993-1996, that a few new Catholic families settled down in places like, Sushant Lok and Maruti Vihar. Fr. Anthony Francis took the reign of the parish in 1996 as the number of migrants kept growing.

In 1999, Fr. Lourdusamy took over and with the steady growth of the Catholic community, the construction of a new Church and rectory was taken up in 2001. The monumental Church dedicated ro the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady was inaugurated by His Grace Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi on 9th November, 2003. It is said Fr Lourduswamy would wait on the highway and follow any car with a rosary hanging on the dashboard to invide new families to join the Parish.

The Parish Priests who succeeded Fr. Lourdusamy were; Fr. Anthony Francis, Fr. Vincent Salvatore and Fr. Susai Sebastian followed by Fr. Arul Anthony under whom the Church was renovated as the backdrop in the sanctuary had to be replaced. A simple blessing was done on 19th March, 2016 by His Grace Anil J T Couto.

In the year 2011, the Church of Holy Name in Sector- 55 was bifurcated from the parish of Immaculate Conception.

PARISH COUNCIL:

The Parish Council is a representative body that aims at the unity of priest, religious and laity in the parish community, and at establishing a sense of “communion” between them. It involves itself in planning, coordinating and implementing parish programmes both liturgical and community based. It is a visible sign of Christian brotherhood/sisterhood in its composition and functioning. Its role includes fostering a sense of community in the parish, promote integration between cultural and linguistic groups, identify solutions to problems faced by the parish, coordinate with various associations, make the parish a missionary community and focus on spiritual renewal of parishioners through proper planning of liturgy , retreats , prayer, services, choir , novena’s and community worship.

COUNCIL MEMBERS 2017-18

Parish Priest: Fr Denny George / Contact: 9968555552

Assistant Parish Priest: Fr Amalraj , Contact Number: 9013889285

Vice President: Cassian D’silva / Contact:8860636823

Secretary: Maria Almeida / Contact:9811222887

Joint Secretary: Mary Roy / Contact:9717009265