Barkur Church to celebrate Post Centenary Golden Jubilee on Monday, 16th December

Richard D’Souza
Kemmannu News Network, 14-12-2013 05:52:31

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Barkur, Dec 14, 2013 : The Post Centenary Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the St. Peter’s Church here will be held on Monday, 16th December, 2013.

Bishop of Udupi, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo and Bishop of Bellary, Dr Henry D’Souza will take part in the Thanksgiving mass on December 16 evening at 5 pm as President and Chief Guest respectively.

Barkur Parish was separated from the parent parish of Milagres Kallianpur in the year 1863. From 1854 to 1861 it was a filial chapel of Milagres Church Kallianpur. From 1861 to 1870 it was served by Fr Cosmas Damian Rebello, who was the First Parish Priest. It was erected into an independent parish in August 1863. From then on 27 Parish priests, 20 Assistant Parish Priests and 5 Deacons have rendered their services.

The parish has a total strength of 300 families with a population of 1120. A 32 strong Parish Pastoral Parishad works hand in hand with the priests for the growth and development of the people. At present Fr Valerian Mendonca, Chancellor of the Udupi Diocese is the Parish Priest, Eugine Quadros is the Vice President and Irene Pais is the Secretary of the Barkur Parish.

Barkur, the former capital of Tulu Nadu, has 365 temples, 3 Mosques and 1 Church. This historically important hamlet is exemplar of communal harmony and concern for each other. The Church of St Peter in Barkur has rendered spiritual service to the community for the past 150 years.

The parish has given great importance to the education of the children and youth of this place. The Maryknoll Higher Primary School was started in 1940 and Maryknoll High School in 1966. They are catering to the needs of all sections of the people without distinction of caste, creed or religion. The past students have been holding positions of importance in the society.

The parish pays much attention to the upliftment of the poor, the needy and the marginalized, helping them out in every way possible. The various Associations like the Catholic Sabha, S.V.P., ICYM, YCS, Sree Sanghatan, S. F. O. and Sodality of Christian Mothers do their best to develop the economic and social conditions of the people.

Barkur Church has been the birth place of artists, musicians, dramatists, educationists, social workers, sports persons, business people and politicians. The parish bulletin ‘Pedurchi Chavi’ published periodically keeps contact with the people in and outside the parish. This has brought about a sense of belongingness to one another as one community living their faith to the best of their ability.

Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi will preside over the Post centenary Golden jubilee celebrations. Dr Henry D’Souza, former Assistant Parish Priest of Barkur and the present Bishop of Bellary, will be the Chief Guest. Msgr Baptist Menezes, Vicar General of the Diocese and Fr Stany B Lobo, Rector of the Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur, will be the Guests of Honour.At present Eugene Quadros as Vice President and Irene Pais as Secretary are serving for the Parish Patoral Parished.

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Patrick L. Lewis, Thonse-Kallianpur/Dubai Sun, December-15-2013, 2:17
Dear Fr. Valerian Mendonca Best wishes for you and all Parishners on this occasion Patrick
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