Pastoral visit of Infant Mary Church by the Bishop of
It was indeed a joyous and memorable event for the entire
parish of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi to receive Bishop Most
Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha for the Pastoral visit on 16th
and 17th September 2021.
The Priests from Infant Mary Parish, Vice President Mr.
Prakash Saldanha, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto, Coordinator
Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, members of the Parish Council, Altar
Servers, Choir members, Sisters of OSS community,
representatives from different associations, St. Joseph’s
Monastery Friars and brothers, Parishioners along with the
54 Confirmation candidates gathered at OSS Convent at 3.15pm
on the 16th of September to receive Bishop Most Rev. Peter
Paul Saldanha and gave him a warm welcome. The gathering
then accompanied His Excellency to the new serene ambience
of the well decorated Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi and was
welcomed with Flowers by 12 First Holy Communicants dressed
in white at the entrance of the Church.
A meaningful prayer service was held in the church where the
Bishop gave teaching on Indulgence. Thereafter at 4.15 pm,
the Bishop conducted catechism on the sacrament of
confirmation for the 54 candidates of our parish who were to
receive the sacrament of confirmation. At 5.15pm Holy
Eucharist was celebrated by the Bishop along with Fr. Rohan
Lobo, Bishop Secretary, Fr. Charles Serrao, Superior, St.
Joseph’s Monastery, Frs. Lancy Lewis, Jocy Dsouza and
Rudolph Pinto. Fr. Ivan D'souza, Parish Priest, Frs. Patrick
Lobo and Rayan Pinto. During the mass, the Sacrament of
Confirmation was conferred by the Bishop to the 54
candidates of the parish. After the solemn Eucharist Bishop
prayed for the departed members of the parish.
Thereafter at 7.00 pm Bishop had a meeting of the Finance
committee and Parish Pastoral Council. Bishop interacted
with all the members and gave his inputs and suggestions on
On 17th September 2021, at 8.15am Bishop addressed the
entire parish community, conducted catechism for the
parishioners on church teachings and then celebrated the
Holy mass. Fr. Rohan Lobo, Fr. Ivan D'souza, Fr Patrick Lobo
and Fr. Rayan Pinto concelebrated at the Eucharist. After
the mass Bishop had a meeting with the parents of the
religious and the religious heads of the parish. At 10.45am,
the Bishop had a meeting with the various associations of
the parish - Altar servers, YCS, ICYM, SVP, Legion of Mary,
OCDS and Catechism teachers. The Bishop was then felicitated
for completing three years as the Bishop of Mangalore
At 3.00pm the Bishop visited the sick of the parish, offered
prayers and gave them communion. Later at 3.30 pm he visited
the OSS Sisters convent and interacted with them. Soon after
at 4pm he participated in the Small Christian Community (SCC)
meeting of St. Joseph ward at the church hall under the
leadership of Gurkar Mr. John Dsouza. Thereafter the Bishop
returned to the bishop’s house.
The Pastoral visit was an unique experience for the entire
parish, which enabled the people to express their faith and
belongingness to the Church. We hope and pray that this
visit will enable us to live a committed Christian life in
the years to come.