As scheduled we had our official first Gujarati Mass on Sunday, 17th February 2012 @ 6.30 pm in St. David Church offered by Fr Justin Thiraviam.
Following Mass we had pot luck dinner & Garba.
On this occasion Fr Justin made some great & important announcement for Gujarati Catholic Community of Toronto.
Fr Justin is appointed officially as a Chaplin of Gujarati Catholic Community in Toronto by Rev Cardinal of Toronto. An official letter has been issued dated Jan 1st 2013 to all Paris in Toronto. Now Gujarati community will have all the rights in church as per law.
Further it is confirmed that St. David Church, 2601 Major Mackenzie Drive, Maple, Ontario, L6A 1C6 will be the centre parish for Gujarati community.
Fr Justin told us that one Gujarati Priest always will be available in this Paris to serve Gujarati community, to do this Parish priest of St David can request (when ever required) From Bishop of Diocese of Ahmadabad to send a Gujarati priest.
One great news is that Bishop of Diocese of Ahmadabad has announced to make a new Parish of Tarapur near Khambhat. Due to Fr. Justin’s effort, this new Paris is going to be sister Paris of St David Church. Being part of Paris of St David church, St David church is going to help to develop Tarapur Paris. For this, initial help of about Can $12,000 will be sent to Bishop Thomas by Paris of St David Church.
Parish of St David Church is number one Parish is serving about 12000 families mostly Italians.
For further information, you can contact Fr Justin on 905 832 5595 or email Fr. Justin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Report By: Shashikant Patelia, Toronto