Church Let’s Celebrate

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					  Let’s
Celebrate!
The Gloria Church Building is a Heritage
            Structure that…
Historical&Cultural



                      •…Started as a small
                      chapel and eventually
                      became the headquarters
                      (Mother Church-Igreza
                      Martiz) of the Portuguese
                      missions of the North, the
   Nuggets            Pro-Cathedral of the
                      Diocese of Damaun
An Architectural Gem of the Byculla Skyline…

                    •Rising to a height of 160 feet,
                    designed along the lines of the
                    Canterbury Cathedral in
                    England



•Built in the Gothic
Style, shaped in the
form of a Latin Cross
with lofty towers
•Towers are
one of the
highest
among the
churches of
Mumbai


              •External walls are
              ‘windowed’ from pier
              to pier, rendering a
              translucent beauty to
              the interior
                     •Casement-like windows are
                     adorned with Gothic stone
                     tracery, and supported by
                     lofty pillars that meet in
                     pointed arches




•The glazed lancet
windows consist of
an array of
coloured/stained
glass
Let’s Open our
 Minds to the
    Reality!
 For 100 years, the Twin Forces of Time and Weather,
Have taken their toll on the beautiful Church building…

1910s

 1920s

    1930s
        1940s

            1950s

              1960s

                1970s

                      1980s
                         1990s

                              2000s
According to a Conservation
Report by K Unwalla Architects,
Mumbai….
                The good news is…

•There are no widespread fundamental
structural problems in the Church
building.

•Because of robust solid brick and stone
wall construction, and having aged into
a settling environment, to date the
building stands majestically upright.
However, according to the report…

The building is seriously affected by…

•The descending damp from the roof and
other faulty roof intersections, along with
the rising damp from the saturated
surrounds

•Increasing penetration of damp during
each monsoon which accelerates the
structural imbalance of the building
beyond repair
The vaulted ceiling
is too unsafe to bear
human load.



               The spiral stairwell
               leading to the Choir area
               is not used and is in a
               state of neglect.
 The report proposes….

Structural and architectural repair to…


   Roofs

              The Ridge of the South
              Transept seems to be
              sagging…
  Ceilings
  … Are the most precarious element of the entire
  building.




Descending damp from ceilings and
walls…
Exterior and Interior Walls




Rising damp along   Structural distress
internal walls…     in the walls…


Damaged stone
elements…
  Doors and Windows




                Terrace
                Entrances Need
Timber Decay    Repair
      Rain Water Management




Raised open areas around the building
paved with impervious materials cause
rising damp…
              Restoration and Repair
               Budgetary Estimate

Priority 1      Total Cost- Rs. 112 lakhs



•Pitched roof restoration works – water tightening,
structural works and drainage
•Flat roof works – water proofing and drainage
•Vaulted ceiling works – structural and architectural
 Priority 2 Total Cost- Rs. 87 lakhs

•Exterior wall works – water tightening, stone
cleaning and restoration
•Miscellaneous works – rain water management and
site drainage-related works


Priority 2     Total Cost- Rs. 77 lakhs

•Interior wall works – plastering, paint removal,
structural and related restoration works
•Door, window works – paint removal, servicing,
repairs, restoration and finishing.
Priority 2   Total Cost- Rs. 48 lakhs




                      •Stained glass restoration
 Past and Present
   Parishioners
              Well-Wishers
Friends


Let’s Act Now!
Let our Place of Worship reflect…

                              the
                           Grandeur
                              and
                           Majesty of
                              the
                           Almighty
                            God we
                             Serve!
   Are You Willing to Offer Your
   Gifts and Talents in the Service
            of the Lord?

Undoubtedly, the Costs are Phenomenal &
   the Path Ahead seems Daunting…

    …But with God Empowering us,
   We will Discover a Path through the
    Financial and Other Challenges.
"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a
mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move
from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be
impossible for you." Mathew 17:20
                  Are You Willing
                          to
                  Participate in the
                    Restoration
                       Process?

   I Cannot Do it Alone.
I Humbly Ask for your Help.
Website:       www.gloriachurchbyculla.org

Please email: parishpriest@gloriachurchbyculla.org

Contact Person:   Fr. Rocky Banz (Parish Priest) and his team

Address: Gloria Church Byculla, Sant Savta Marg. Mumbai 400 027

 Any feedback, questions, suggestions are always welcomed.

				
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