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
Dear Community members,
With heart-filled joy and gratitude to God, I would like to inform you that we have been granted the official permission by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins to have Gujarati Masses in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Indeed, it took a while to put our heads together to come to this final desired stage as it required a few official meetings with four bishops and agreeing upon some of the standing and chief policies of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
It is a moment of joy for all of us to know that ‘Gujarati Language’ has become the 38th official language approved for our Liturgical service in the archdiocese of Toronto. Therefore, we can lawfully and visibly come together to celebrate Gujarati Mass.
I consider this as one of the best opportunities given to us to come together not only to participate in the Holy Eucharist but also just to share our togetherness, our friendship, our love and unity as one family with a variety of exciting programmes filled with laughter and fun.
Let us come together as often as possible. I would be always ready and willing to be at your service. Let us build up our community and cherish our unity and togetherness. I thought the best and appropriate time would be on 17th of February 2013 (Family Day – Long Weekend) to come together at 6.30 p.m. to celebrate the Holy Eucharist followed by potluck dinner and some fun.
I would highly appreciate your suggestions, full cooperation and active participation.
Be assured of my prayers and requesting your valuable prayers for me. God bless you all in abundance.
United in the Love of Christ,
Fr. Justin Thiraviam
2601 Major Mackenzie Drive
Maple, Ontario – L6A 1C6