Monday, 31 October 2011

The 17th Century Chapel of Our Lady of TODO O BEM, Verem, Goa

Believe me or not,  every time I saw that sign board (on Betim-Verem Road), I said to myself ‘I must visit the Chapel soon’ but it took me about 5 years to actually visit the beautiful 17th Century Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Todo-o-Ben (All that is Good).

Although, it says built in late 1700s, it looks lot older than that as if built in1600s

The chapel has characteristics like that of a Church.

It has ‘Malloy’ (Choir upstairs), pulpit and sacristy too.

Main altar is of fully carved wood ( reminds me of the chapel at Maquinez Palace)  

The chapel facade niche holds two large statues of saints on both sides (One St. Francis de Assisi?–see pic)

The chapel is recently (1998) renovated/Restored with the help of the villagers and Fundação Oriente

Currently it is maintained with whatever received in the donation Box provided for the purpose.

Looks like it was once, located at the Mandovi river bank now there are houses/road infront.

There is also a large abandoned Portuguese house nearby.

The river view pics included in this 1.5 mins clip.

or  watch it big

How to get here:
After disembarking the Panjim-Betim Ferry, take road towards left to Verem/Candolim
Just before Verem junction, you will see a sign board ‘XVII Century Chapel’ (see pic /Clip) take inside road as directed and the Chapel is about 150mtrs from here (Main road)

The house in front (Gonsalves) holds the keys and he will show you around, make sure you put something in the donation box or else you will be reminded.

Also, understand there is a monthly Mass service on every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm.
The chapel worth visiting

Some pics

Wood Carved Altar
more inside pics, pl watch the clip
Video (Photos)

in Herald

in GT

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Tivim, Goa

Today (26/10/11),  we had gone for the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Tivim.
Tivim Church is famous for its Novenas every Wednesday.
Infact, a song in the ongoing tiatr Festival  made me to visit this place.It was about the ‘Perpet Succor’ Novenas at Tivim
The song clip is added to the feast video clip in the end. Sung by Francis Silveira

I may have passed by this village or road but never been to Tivim before. Its about 7 kms from Mapusa.

The Church is just after the Tivim gorund, on the main road
It has beautiful view with a river or stream in front.

The church ( Established 1623) is  dedicated to St. Christopher

Tivim has about  5000 Catholic population.

6 priets concelebrated Feast Mass with Fr. Diago as Main celebrant.
After the feast mass, cake was distributed to all

The feast attended by both  Hindus and Christians, including the feast procession

Tonight, there is a Tiatr ‘PUBLIC’ by Com. Agostinho at the Church square.

Happy Feast to you all.

Some pics

Tivim Church
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - Poster
With Church
Main Altar

 Feast procession

..end of the fest mass
With babies

The feast brass band
Grotto? With Parish Centre
St. Christopher
Pray for travellers
Concelebrated Feast Mass with Fr. Diogo as main celebrant
River / stream infront of the Church
other side of the road/bridge

A view of the Church from the main road

the feast video

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Feast of Our Lady of Piety - Monte Hill, Margao

Feast of Our Lady of Piety (Nossa Senhora da Piedade) celebrated today 16th Oct. 2011 at Monte Hill, Margao.
6 priests concelebrated feast feast mass with Grace Church Parish Priest Fr. Carmo Martins as the main celebrant.

This is the first time I have been to this Chapel (inside).
 Chapel of the Monte dedicated to Our Lady of Piety
It has 1+ 3 altars one is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima - watch photo slides, coming soon

Some pics

Our Lady of Piety

The Feast mass (6 priests concelebrated)
Main celebrant Fr. Carmo Martins of Grace Church, Margao

Feast Choir

Feri Khajem kaddio-boddio, Chonne, Reuddio or till