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Mumbai Celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Sept. 6, 2016

Mumbai Celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Nineteen years after her passing away, thousands gathered at Vatican City on Sunday, 4th September 2016, to celebrate the sainthood of Mother Teresa. This was the woman who inspired them in some way or the other, to live better Christian lives. Meanwhile, in another city in another part of the world, Catholics in Parishes of the Archdiocese of Bombay celebrated in their own little (or in some cases, not so little) way, the life and works of the “Saint of Gutters”.

Special prayer services and campaigns (including a digital campaign run by the Archdiocese) were organised in the days leading up to the canonisation, as part of the preparation process.

On the big day, along with live telecasts of the ceremony and special videos of tribute, some churches went the extra mile to add a special touch to their celebrations.

The bells of many Parish churches pealed across the city, as Mother Teresa’s sainthood was confirmed in the simple ceremony at the Vatican. St. Andrew’s Bandra, West and St. Joseph’s, Juhu, released 50 white and blue helium balloons in tribute.

St. Jude’s, Malad (E), despite having a relatively small number of parishioners, arranged for the distribution of free meals to the needy as did other parishes like the Cathedral of the Holy Name, Colaba, Good Shepherd Church, Andheri, and St. Joseph’s, Juhu, which also gave away blankets and towels to 85 families around Juhu Station.

Our Lady of Mercy, Thane, after their special Mass, held a free dental check-up for a hundred girls from Ma-Niketan orphanage, Thane.

Sacred Heart Church, Andheri (E), organised a special inter-religious meet as their way of paying tribute.

Additionally, exhibitions were also set up in memory of the newly canonised Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Fr. Rocky Banz of St. Joseph’s, Vikhroli unveiled a photograph of Mother Teresa; Pascal Lopes, a numismatist from Vasai, put out for display Mother Teresa coins and stamps at St. Peter’s Church, Bandra.

All in all, the celebrations evidenced the wide influence St. Teresa of Calcutta had on people of different ages and generations. It was a fitting way, then, to celebrate the life of the Saint who devoted that life to serving others. As she herself put it, “A life not lived for others is not a life.

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