St. Thomas Cathedral - The first Anglican Church in Mumbai
St. Thomas Cathedral - The first Anglican Church in Mumbai

One of the important landmarks in the heart of Mumbai - the Flora Fountain is the tower of one of the earliest Anglican churches in Mumbai, St. Thomas Cathedral near the Horniman Circle built in 1718. The St. Thomas Cathedral was erected to meet the spiritual needs and to improve the moral standards of the

The cat that returned home just to die.....!
The cat that returned home just to die.....!

She had been in the house for around six years. This beautiful cat that my mother had brought from her relative’s home while just a kitten had a mixture of black, white and brown colours and was quite beautiful to look at. My mother fondly called her Chimmi. She was all alone for

Moodubelle: Centenary of St. Lawrence Parish-Belle celebrated with devotion and solemnity
Moodubelle: Centenary of St. Lawrence Parish-Belle celebrated with devotion and solemnity

The day that the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church Belle have been eagerly awaiting for a year since the inauguration of the Centenary Year during the Annual parish Feast last year (January, 2010) dawned with morning chill and an air of

Confraternity Sunday Celebrated with Solemn Mass, Eucharistic Procession and Community Meal
Confraternity Sunday Celebrated with Solemn Mass, Eucharistic Procession and Community Meal

The Centenary celebrations of the foundation of St. Lawrence parish of Belle took off to a grand start on Sunday, 2nd January 2011 with the celebration of the Confraternity Sunday (Compricho Aitar) with a solemn Mass, grand Eucharistic procession and the community

Travelogue: Delhi where historical Monuments Coexist with Modern Architecture
Travelogue: Delhi where historical Monuments Coexist with Modern Architecture

Brief vacations and site seeing, that too visiting wonders of nature or historical monuments has been one of the desirable pastimes which provide an escape from one’s hectic routine life and career and enable in developing new contacts and

St. Lawrence Club: A home in Mumbai far away from their homes in Belle
St. Lawrence Club: A home in Mumbai far away from their homes in Belle

On the occasion of the Centenary celebration of the foundation of the parish of Belle dedicated to St. Lawrence, it would be the right time to place on record the institutions that have shaped the lives of many of the parishioners in and outside Belle. Among these institutions, St. Lawrence Club

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - VII [Towards a better future]
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - VII [Towards a better future]

A new era in St. Lawrence Parish of Belle had started with the building and inauguration of the beautiful and magnificent new church building in 2006. By this time there had been all-round progress in terms of education and material

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - VI [Beginning of a New Era]
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - VI [Beginning of a New Era]

A new era in the history of St. Lawrence Parish, Belle began to unfold with the arrival of Rev. Dr. Valerian D’Souza as the tenth parish priest on 14 May 2003. The fact that he had earlier served the Belle parish as an assistant parish priest 38 years ago

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - V
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - V

By this time Belle parish had made considerable progress especially in the field of education. First the high school and later the Junior College enabled the students to acquire education in Belle itself at least till the PUC. Those who wanted to continue higher college education could

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - IV
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - IV

Fr. Valerian G.F. Rego was the fifth parish priest of the Belle who took charge on 16 May 1969. Fr. Rego was the first parish priest who had to shoulder multiple responsibilities. He was not only the parish priest, but also the headmaster of St. Lawrence High School as well as

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - III
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - III

Following the transfer of Fr. Casmir Fernandes from Belle as the parish priest of Udyavar, Fr. Alphonse Maria Ligory D’Souza arrived as the second parish priest of Belle. Fr. Ligory D’Souza had the reputation of being a famous and effective preacher. His powerful sermons

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - II
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - II

As seen in the previous episode, there were two churches in Shirva, one dedicated to Our Lady of Health also known the Lower Church and the Upper Church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. While the Lower Church was under the jurisdiction of Padroado of Goa, the Upper Church

St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - I
St. Lawrence Parish of Belle Through the Century - I

The date 2 November 1910 is etched in golden letters in the history of Belle, ‘Boliye’ in Konkani language. It was on that day, 100 years ago that the parish dedicated to St. Lawrence at Belle was officially established by the decree issued by the then Bishop of Mangalore, Rt. Rev. Paul

Thanksgiving Mass and Parish Day marks the Centenary of the Foundation of St. Lawrence Parish, Belle
Thanksgiving Mass and Parish Day marks the Centenary of the Foundation of St. Lawrence Parish, Belle

The day that has been eagerly awaited by the parishioners of St. Lawrence Church, Belle dawned on 1 November 2010, the day on which the entire parish community as one family gathered in the church by

Message of the Parish Priest-Fr. Joswey Fernandes on the eve of the Parish Day
Message of the Parish Priest-Fr. Joswey Fernandes on the eve of the Parish Day

First of all on behalf of my priest colleagues and myself I extend warm g reetings on the occasion of the celebration of the Parish Day on 1 November 2010 to commemorate the Centenary of the foundation of the independent parish

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