THE PARISH


  1.    Name of the Head: Lucy D'Silva

2.      Profile: The Movement had its origin in France in 1942 when ten women who had lost their husbands during the Second World War met regularly under the guidance of Fr. Caffarel for reflection, sharing and prayers. Later in 1957 during the 'International Congress of Family Organisations' in Rome Pope Pius XII spoke on the 'Spirituality of Widowhood' and among the groups that were initiated 'The Spiritual Association of Widows' was formed which later became the 'Hope and Life Movement'. Fr. Bosco Penha then Rector of St Pius X Seminary, Goregoan organized Recollections for widows every three months in 1985 which led to the starting of this movement in India. Corrine Rodrigues was the first President. Dora Lobo took over in 1997 and she handed the baton over to Lorna D'Souza in 2007. Presently Fr. Vernon Aguiar is the Ecclesiastical Asst. of this organization.

        31st Jan. 2010 was a red letter day for this organization as they celebrated 25 years of this movement in the Archdiocese. The occasion was celebrated with a solemn Mass celebrated by its founder Bishop Bosco Penha followed by a Cultural Programme at St Joseph the Worker Church Ground, Bandra East.

3.    Contact Details: Maggie Soares: 9867123439

4.    Eligibility to Join:  All the Widows of the Parish are welcome to join.

5.    Aim of the Association: The Hope and Life Movement helps the widows to put the past behind, to look ahead with HOPE and to become women of faith and love and thus bring abundant LIFE to all around. The Movement helps widows to gain emotional stability after the death of their spouse, to be prayerful, joyful, and helpful and to accept the will of God and have faith and trust in Him.

6.    Work done by the Association:  - Visiting widows immediately after the death of their spouse.

       -  Celebrating their birthdays

       -  Celebrating Mother’s day

       -  Adopting two priests from Clergy Home

       -  At Christmas Season giving cake and sweets to recent widows

       -  Sweet packets for children once a year.

7.     Reach of the Association: All the widows of the Parish.

8.     Number of Members: 74 widows 

9.     Meeting Timings: Every second Thursday of the month – 5.30 pm to 6.45 pm.

10.   Upcoming Events Date-wise:      -     Mass in November for all the widows of the Parish.

-          Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine

-          Yearly Picnic