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Please come and join us for a Lenten Retreat 2017 led by Fr. Paresh Parmar during Holy Week 2017.


Lenten Retreat  Theme

  • What is the real purpose of Human Life…Why do we exist?
  • If God is a loving Father, why do we suffer?
  • What is Sin?
  • What is true Repentance?
  • What is Faith?
  • What is Salvation…what is eternal life?
  • How am I saved through JESUS?

Place: Holy Savior Academy Cafeteria (Basement)

Church of Sacred Heart

149 South Plainfield Avenue

South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Please find below the detailed schedule:

A free will donation are accepted at the venue. 


Please contact for more information:

Ketan Christian – 732-331-5192

Raj Macwan – 908-472-9448

Shantilal Parmar – 973-338-4186

Grand Celebrations of “2016 Christmas Garba/Dance night” by GCS of USA

“Gujarati Catholic Samaj of U.S.A” a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 had a grand and a highly successful celebration of “Christmas Garba / Dance Night “, thanks to Mr. H.R. Shah, Chairman of TV Asia.
GCS of USA’s vision is to bring our community together to unite, preserve and propagate and grow the rich cultural heritage of Gujarati Catholics from around the world. We organize various Programs, Events, Educational Fund Raising Activities, and Education Developmental Projects for the community, Social Events; Various yearly Celebrations, Entertainments, Various Seminars on Social Awareness, Religious Awareness in Regards of Gujarati Speaking Catholics Residing in Unites States of America. To stay connected to families, relatives and friends back home to Gujarat, India.
With this in mind this extraordinary Event was organized in the gorgeous “Sardar auditorium” of the very popular “TV Asia” in Edison, NJ on Friday, December 23, from 7:30PM into early AM hours. More than 250 people of various denominations from all over United States participated enthusiastically and enjoyed this first of its kind live Gujarati Christian Garba. This was a first time in North America that such an event of this scale was organized.
At 8 pm the evening many dressed in typical and colorful Indian costumes created a distinctive and homely environment that many Indians miss in USA.
A very popular and talented artist Mr. Prakash Parmar, lead the group of other musicians and brought the entire crowd on their feet with his singing. The well-known Mr. Dipak Gundani also joined the Mr. Jayesh Saraiya and Monty Lalani of the percussion team and made the crowd go wild with beats on Dhol. Mr. Renison Macwan who came all the way from Houston and shared his masterful skills on keyboard. Hensu Macwan a very young artist, supported with his skills with Guitar.
Mr. Ketan Christian made this event very interactive, connecting with the crow such an enthusiasm and created a family get-together environment. Mr. Raj & Amit Macwan handled the DJ system successfully.
We were privileged to have this selfless individual who has made extraordinary contributions for the cause of humanity and community at large, the well-known entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, Mr. H.R. Shah, the Chairman and CEO of TV Asia, to visit this event at 9:30. He was greeted and welcomed with a loud, joyful & Cheerful applause by the attendees. GCS of USA, President Mr. Shantilal Parmar and Chairman Mr. Jagadish Christian along with the other committee members lead Mr. Shah to the stage and greeted him flowers. Founder-President Mr. Joseph Parmar, presented a Plaque to Mr. H.R. Shah. Mr. Shah applauded and expressed his happiness to see this kind of community celebrations in USA. Mr. Shah pointed out his joy by saying “It is so good to see traditional Guajarati Garba in celebrations of Christmas. He welcomed the entire Christian Community and wished everyone “Merry Christmas”. He also assured his support and extended an invitation to GCS of USA for use of this fabulous venue in any upcoming events like this. The entire crowd was cheerful of this announcement and applauded in a gesture of a gratitude.
This event was made complete by the presence of Mrs. Sarojben Gundani, a well-known, very popular singer-composer of Gujarati Geet-Bhajans. She has made a special and loving place in Gujarati Christians’ hearts with her Christian psalms, songs and Bhajans. She was welcomed with flowers and was honored with presenting a Plaque for her services to Gujarati Christian community. She reminded everyone of her long and happy relations with Gujarati Christian Community. As a token of her love for this enthusiastic and cheery crowd, she lead the celebrations with her singing couple of her popular Gujarati Christian renditions, which was appreciated by all. Mr. Raj Macwan joined with her as well to sing.
This event was supported by many local non-Christians and well-wishers, notably Mr. Vijay Thakkar, a Doordarshan fame and Radio Personality and an established writer. A young and upcoming poet, composer and singer Mr. Rathin Mehta also made this event more meaningful by his presence. Both were greeted with flowers.
Mr. Raja Bhatty of TV Asia and Mr. Gunjesh Desai showed their support throughout this event by video recording and providing live feed on Facebook.
As Prakash Parmar, the Lead singer and all the musicians were making sure that the atmosphere stayed energetic and everyone was enjoying, Mrs. Sapna Gandhi and Miss. Rinni Hamilton, as a designated judge were busy observing carefully to choose a male and a female winners for best traditional costumes and a best Garba players. Sharon Macwan and Eric Christian were declared as winners for best costume and Irena Leo and Joy Christian were declared the winners for best garaba. Winners were presented with $50.00 gift certificates.
As the end was approaching, the energy level was at the pick and “Sanedo” style was being enjoyed by everyone there. There were few who sat on the side watched this amazing display of celebrations.
Finally, this festival was ended by a closing prayer by pastor Kanubhai. Everyone left with joyful hearts and suggesting to continue this type of celebrations!
Report: Joseph Parmar/Ketan Christian, Photo/Video: Gunjesh Desai/Ketan Christian/Neeraj Gamadia


Please watch Community roundup on TV Asia for the coverage of GCSofUSA 2016 Christmas Garba/Dance night celebration.

Please watch the brief highlight of the 2016 Christmas celebration organized by “Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA” on TV Asia, Please tune in to TV Asia the only Indian TV channel at 7:30PM ET for Community roundup program.
The 2016 Christmas Garba/Dance night was held at the TV Asia Auditorium on Friday, December 23, 2016.
TV Asia is the first Information and entertainment channel for the South- Asian community in North America. The network was founded in April-1993, by legendary Indian movie star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. In 1997 as part of a restructuring the network, a well-known entrepreneur and community leader Mr. H.R. Shah, took TV Asia and grew it to what it is today, A channel that focuses on the Indian community within the US and a medium that reaches out to the masses and brings them under the umbrella of culture, tradition and family. Mr. HR Shah’s backing, resources and the fact that he is based in the U.S., gave TV Asia a huge boost, making it the premier South- Asian network in North America.
We are thankful to Mr. H.R. Shah, Ms. Gayathri Mr. Bhupnedra Raja Bhatty (for recording the video) and Mr. Gunjesh Desai.
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3) Unite Serve & Celebrate – Sevathon – Silicon sage – SFO
4) 25th Anniversary celebration – American Telugu Association (ATA) – Chicago ATA Chicago
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6) Vraj Hindu Temple Organizes Rath Yatra – Pennsylvania. Vraj Vaishnav Kendra South Eastern PA
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GCSofUSA invites to join 2016 Christmas Carol singing tour.

It’s the ‘Season to be Joyous’ and the busiest time of the year. As the world gears up to celebrate the birth of the lord Jesus Christ, carol singing is a guaranteed way to swing everyone into a festive mood.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA is organizing Christmas Caroling for the last several years. We visit homes of the members to share the message of Christ’s birth. It creates an uncommon sight when four generations of the family are welcomed for carol singing. Our oldest member is 82 (Mr. Joseph Parmar) while the youngest member is a six-year-old Braxton, son of Purvi and Amit Macwan.

So the tradition and festivity continues this year too. Our Christmas Carol singing tour is scheduled for Saturday, December 17, 2016. Please note as always we would like to visit each and every member’s home provided their availability. Please join us form the beginning point or join us at any point of the route as per your convenient. Please find below a complete route with respective address.

Starting point: Clera & Jagadish Christian – 144 Strawberry Hill Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 @ 9:30AM

Lunch courtesy of Mrs. Kokila Russell – 1639 West 4th Street, Piscataway, NJ 08854 @ around 4:30PM

Ending point: Roma & Rakesh Macwan – 81 Jefferson Avenue, Apt#2 Jersey City, 07306 @ around 8:30PM

We starts at 9:30 in the morning and it last till midnight travelling

ચા-પાણી અને નાસ્તામાં ઘણો સમય થતો હોય છે. તો આપ સૌને આગ્રહભરી વિનંતી છે કે મહેરબાની ચા-પાણી-નાસ્તાની આપણી સહજ અને પ્રેમાળ પ્રણાલીને ટાળો તો ઘણું સારું. આ પ્રવાસમાં જોડાયેલા સૌના સમયની કિંમત સમજીને આ આગ્રહ જતો કરો તો ઘણો આભાર. અને છતાં પણ તમારી ઇચ્છાને ના રોકી શકતા હો તો અગાઉથી તૈયારી રાખી ઝડપથી આટોપવાનો પ્રયત્ન કરશો એવી વિનંતી.

GCSofUSA invites for Christmas Garba/Dance night 2016


Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA in conjunction with TV ASIA, presents for the First time ever in North America, a long-awaited CHRISTMAS GARBA/DANCE night.


If you have missed those garaba nights during Christmas week, then come and join us for a ramazat of raas/garaba, sanedo with live professional musicians and singers.


Come and get that feeling of home away from home as we celebrate our Lord’s Birthday in similar way as we did back in our beloved homeland India.


As an extra fun, join us in your favorite ethnic attire to win a best dressed man and woman prize and also win the best performer of the night prize.


Don’t let this opportunity sleep away! Come and bring your family and friends and enjoy it like you never did before!


For further information please contact:
Shantilal Parmar-973-338-4186
Raj Macwan-908-472-9448
Joseph Parmar-732-855-0596