Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Pune's City Church becomes 225-years old

5/12/12017
PUNE: The City Church near the Ornella’s High School in Nana Peth, Pune is completing 225 years on December 8 and the church has organized various programs like procession, blessings and discourses of priests, inauguration of the cornerstone, felicitation, religious rituals and distribution of offerings to mark the occasion.

Also, Peshwa Madhavrao had donated about 4 acre land of the City Church and the surrounding area. Nana Fadnavis, as the manager of Peshawas, provided financial help for the construction of the Church on behalf of the Peshwas. The foundation was laid for the the grand church on 8 December 1792 and a shade was erected and the building in stages.

As a mark of gratitude for this generosity shown by Shrimant Peshwa, the descendents of Peshwa will be felicitated at the occasion. Vinayakrao Peshwe and his nephew Mahendra Peshwe from the Peshwas family will receive the felicitation.

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao will be present as the chief guest at this grand ceremony which will be held at 6 pm in the City Church premise. Bishop Thomas Dabre of Pune Diocese, Bishop Valerian DeSouza, Father Andrew Fernandes (S.J.), Father Malcolm Sylvera, Vicar General of Pune, chief priest of City Church Salvador Pinto and descendents of Peshwa will be present on the stage at the ceremony.

A marble cornerstone depicting all bishops till today will be inaugurated in the church followed by grand procession. This procession will leave from City Church and pass through Quartergate Chowk, Dastoor Meher Marg, Camp and will return to City Church.

The procession will be lead by the famous St. Francis Band of Mumbai while chief priest of City Church Salvador Pinto and other priests and nuns as well as 2000 brethren and sisters from Christian community will participate in the procession with placards, flags and banners in hand, chanting prayers and songs. Sarvjanik Mandals along with people of various faith besides Christian community will decorate the squares at many places on this route and welcome it with the shower of flowers.

For further information, please contact on - 

Father Salvador Pinto
Chief priest of City Church

9822813633

Edwin Roberts
9422311444 / 9762243421

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