Cross Feast Novena – April 2016


The Holy Cross Oratory is a Religious Landmark in the heart of Matharpacady Heritage Village in Mazagaon, Mumbai.  A kind lady, late Mrs. Buthello, donated the land.  Our ancestors donated generously to construct the Oratory, Their families gathered at the Oratory to pray and worship together.  When Mumbai was ravaged by the scourge of the Great Plague in the 1896, our forefathers and their families assembled at the Holy Cross Oratory and prayed.  They  beseeched Jesus and Mother Mary to save them from this deadly pestilence that had led to the deaths of scores of people all over the city.  Our forefathers most gratefully recorded that not a single life was lost to plague in Matharpacady Village as their fervent prayers to the Lord, His Blessed Mother and St. Roque – patron saint for pestilence,  had protected and saved the lives of all  resident families.

Generations of families in Matharpacady Village, down the decades of time,  have sustained and continued the traditions of praying and worshipping at the Cross Oratory. Traditionally, every year, the Managing Committee of the Holy Cross Oratory organizes the nine days Novena Services which are held in the late evening from 22nd April to 30th April.  The Cross Feast Mass  is celebrated at 7.00 P.M. on 1st May, followed by Veneration and  Kissing of the Relic of the True Cross at the Oratory. The helpful volunteers then serve boiled gram and light refreshments to the large gathering of around 350 people.

An entertainment program follows with skits, and songs.

We shall celebrate the 141st Novena Services and Feast Day this year.  The Novena Services will start at 7.30 P.M.  on Friday, 22nd April 2016 to Saturday, 30th April 2016. The Feast Mass will be on Friday, 1st May 2016 at 7.00 P.M.  Catholic resident families, their relatives settled in other parts of Mumbai, India and abroad,  and well wishers are invited to  attend the Feast Mass and festive celebrations.  The Managing Committee will organize kissing of the Relic of the True Cross after Holy Mass, refreshments and an entertainment program.

Your monetary donation may be sent in cash or cheque in the name of our Treasurer,  Mr. Stanislaus Baptista or our President – Mrs. Carole Viegas,  towards the 141st Anniversary Celebrations.   We cordially invite all of you to visit Matharpacady Village and participate in our 141st Anniversary Feast Day Celebrations.  Your generosity and participative prayers in sustaining the Catholic faith and devotion at the Holy Cross Oratory will surely be rewarded by showers of divine blessings from God.



Author: Stanislaus Baptista

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