Welcome to the Discussion on St.Anthony’s Church,Dharavi Unresolved Problem Since Several Years History St.Anthony’s Church, Dharavi though One of the Oldest Settlements of the Tamilians also the biggest slum in Asia, was Originally established in the early 1900 and later taken over by the Archdiocese of Mumbai in the year 2000. Catholic Families In Dharavi Tamil Catholic Families - 1500 Marathi Catholic Families- 150 Others - 25 Catholic Families In Dharavi Marathi 9% Other 1% Tamil Marathi Other Tamil 90% The Current Unresolved Problem Since Last Several Years : Our Problems at St.Anthony Church Dharavi 1. On important Obligation days like All Souls day, Christmas, Easter, Maundy Thursday etc. We do not understand the Language of the Mass Conducted by the Priest Our Problems at St.Anthony Church Dharavi 2. Frequent Violence Activity of the Parish Youth Council, in the Church Premises where a list can be find in the Local Police Station, Disturbing the Young Girls and Women. Our Problems at St.Anthony Church Dharavi 3. Continuous Non-Biblical and Antiglobalisation talks during Mass / Sermon Our Problems at St.Anthony Church Dharavi 4. Few Young People who are involved in several Antisocial Activities, most often sits in the Church’s gate and Parish offices which the Priest acknowledges as the Youth Council and they are also recognized as Parish Council Member Our Problems at St.Anthony Church Dharavi 5. The Church activities are highly portrayed just only in documents and files or through Soveniour release, but nothing happens in Practice rather a Paper Church than a Gospel Church. ( Ref : Church Soveniour release 2005 and 2006 of St. Anthony Church ) The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi since last Several Years : The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi 1. We need a Tamil Parish Priest to Lead the Parish Council Meeting, as we don't understand any other languages. The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi 2. We the Parishnors of St.Anthony Church require Mass in Tamil on Special Obligation like Christmas, New Year, Holy Week Services, All Souls Day, Easter and Feast Celebration. The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi 3)We need Children Mass to be held in Tamil also The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi 4. Recognisation of Tamil Catholic Sabha in the Archdiocese of Mumbai and appointment of a Auxiliary Bishop or an Episcopal Vicar for the Tamil Catholics in Mumbai Since we are more than 1.5 Lac Tamil Catholics in Mumbai. The Needs of the Catholic People in Dharavi 5. Respective Masses needs to be held in all the Chapels in Dharavi Note : Welcome for any kind of Justification and Clarification for the Point mentioned in the Presentation with any of the Concerned Ministry/Priest.
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