CANA–2013: 1ST Christian Joint Marriage Celebration in Mumbai

Mrs. Flora D’souza, Jerimeri
Rons Bantwal

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Mumbai April18: Archdiocese of Mumbai & Bombay Catholic Sabha organized The first Mass wedding for 30 Catholic couples on Sunday, 14th April, 2013 at St.  Xavier’s School Ground, Vile Parle (W) in the presence of many Jesuit Priests, Nuns, religious brothers and sisters and a huge crowd of approx. 5000 people. Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai Agnelo Gracias concelebrated this Mass along with Parish Priest     Fr. Theodore Fernandes & Fr. Bernard, S.V.D. (Parish Priest of St. Theresa Bandra).

Procession started with live musical Band and Woman of tribal villages welcomed all the couples by performing their  cultural Dance.

Bishop in his homily highlighted that “Marriage” is one of the important Sacraments among 7 Sacraments and  hosting weddings has become expensive these days and it is more difficult for one  who is economically challenged so much to say families take loan to get their children marry.  We wanted to reach out to such families and help them by arranging a group wedding making it memorable for them.  He also urged the congregation to offer their special prayers & love to these couples.  It was said that Archdiocese is also open to inter-religion marriages.  Among the catholic couples, there were also two candidates belonging to other faiths.  Out of 30 couples, 7 couples from Mumbai and others were from different parts of India like Ranchi, Kolkata etc.

The preparation for the wedding started on 11th October, 2012 and the Archdiocese informed all the parishes to make an announcement about this in their own parishes. Couple interested to take part in this wedding,  had to first submit their documents, which were scrutinized thoroughly and then had to undergo a marriage preparation course.   The 30 couples who exchanged vows were either from the economically weaker sections of the society or those who did not want to spend on a lavish wedding.  The couples were between 21 to 45 years of age and some of them being love marriages too.  The couples were given a wedding kit consisting of basic things like utensils etc. amounting to Rs.25,000/- each. 

One of the couples said, we participated in this joint marriage because it was a community event.  We wanted the whole congregation to be part of our important day and shower their blessings along with blessings of Bishop Swami.

Many Catholic families sponsored this event by way of wedding gowns, Sarees, snacks & dinner.  Mass celebration was in Hindi supported by melodious voices of Hindi Choir.

Bombay Catholic Sabha President Mr. Gordhan D’souza, Fr.Donal Rodrigues, Social Workers Mrs. Goretti & Mr. Vijay gave vote of thanks to all who gave their helping hand to make this event a grand success.  Snacks, soft drinks and dinner were served to all.

At the end special entertainment performance was there from beautiful women (young & Sr. Citizens) they danced to the famous tunes of Hindi, Konkani & English like  “zubi zubi”, “Ye Ye Katrina” etc.

The back-drop of the Stage was decorated with the newly wedded couples:

Keneddy & Monica                                        Sabunus & Sunita                             Shyam & Jenebhiv

Prem & Rashmi                                              Mukti & Radha                                 Rakesh & Anima

Anuranjan & Nil Saroj Basanti                      Kastu & Jaya                                     Sushil & Pratima

Rakesh & Phirmila                                         Sanjay & Kusum                               Ronnie & Sushila

Prasan & Prabha                                            Sumit & Sonali                                  Nitesh & Shiny

Mithun & Santi Pushpa                                 Anand & Serophina                         Welchboy & Urvi

David & Sarita                                                Anil & Saloni                                     Gregory & Christine

Samuel & Geeta                                             Jerome & Arti                                  Ronny & Gloria

Ranjit & Vinay Prabha                                   Walter & Rashmi                              Aloysius & Premila

Pratap & Swati                                               Morish & Shibani                              Sanjay & Sonali


The main sponsors  of the Event were :

Mr. Christopher John of M/s. Earnest John Group of Companies

Mr. Thomas W. Pinto of M/s. Seven Islands Shipping Ltd.

Parish Priest of St. Teresa’s Church, Bandra

Ms. Evelyn Wilfred Almeida of M/s. Inspirations

Mr. Walter Buthello of M/s. Bharat Coach Builders Pvt. Ltd,

Mr. Sylvester da Cunha of M/s. DaCunha Communications

Mr. Daniel Fernandes of M/s. Daniel & Sons

Mr. C.A. Anto of M/s. Terminal Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Geeta Rubin of M/s. Transcon Freight System Pvt Ltd.,

M/s. William Albert Noronha & Family

Mr. Avian Misquitta of Hotel Avion

Mr. Albert W. D’souza, Chairman, Model Co-op. Bank Ltd,

Mr. Oommen C. Chacko of M/s. Professional Courier

Mr. Sylvester D’souza of St. Lawrence High School, Thane

Mr. M.R. Varghese of M/s. Emmar Enterprises

Mr. Henry Lobo of M/s. Haniel Pack

Mr. Vincent Mathias of M/s. Velvin Industries

Mr. John D’silva

Mr. Annuuz Assawa

Mr. Pankaj C. Bhole

M/s. Loretta Gonsalves of M/s. Queen’s Beauty Parlour, Vile Parle

Parish Priest of St. Francis Xavier’s Church and his team


Comments on this Article
Rajesh, Malpe Thu, April-18-2013, 12:45
Congratulations to all the weded couple, good job from all who are responsibel for this event.God bless you all
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