Bangalore, January 17, 2020: It was a historical moment for the three year old parish and a twenty five year old chapel as the blessing and laying the foundation stone took place on Friday evening at Kanakanagara. Most Rev Dr Peter Machado Archbishop of Bangalore along with Archbishop Emeritus Most Rev Bernard Moras and other con-celebrants participated in this special occassion, along with many faithful who participated in the Holy Eucharist and witnessed this memorable event.
The newly proposed Church is dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle and is expected to be built at a cost of 2 Crore Rupees. The project is believed to be completed in fifteen months. The newly designed edifice will cater to the spiritual needs of more than 225 families consisting of a population of 1000 Catholics. The Kanaka Nagar parish is situated around the parishes of St. James Church, Mariannapalya, St. Paul the hermit Church, V. Nagenahalli, St. Anthony’s Church, Kaval Byrasandra and St. Jude’s Church, RT Nagara.
In his homily, Most Rev Bernard Moras preached about St Thomas’ faith and his contributions towards the mission of Christ. “His efforts remind us about how we need to continue the mission of Christ to the new frontiers and to the new peripheries”, he said. Most Rev Dr Peter Machado, the archbishop of Bangalore addressed the faithful & spoke of the importance of community building. In order to realize this the local parish churches play a key role wherever they are established to build communities of persons who are rooted in the values of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God.
Fr. Devadass D., the parish priest of Kanakanagara Church said, “I am very glad as the foundation stone for the new Church is blessed and laid. The parishioners are very much eager to see the realization of this project and are specially offering daily prayers for the same. This will be the first Church construction project under Archbishop Peter Machado since he assumed the office of the archbishop of Bangalore, in the sense from the proposal stage or the planning stage as concerned”.
Fr. Cyril Victor Joseph
Archdiocesan Communication Center