Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ASIA : BANGLADESH : LARGEST CATHOLIC VILLAGE - NEW PARISH

UCAN REPORTS: Doripara villagers celebrate after official announcement on feast day
Sumon Corraya, Doripara
Bangladesh
January 24, 2012
Catholic Church News Image of Largest Catholic village gets parish status
Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka prays inside Holy Family Church at Doripara
Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka has created a new parish which includes Doripara, the country’s largest Catholic village.
With its new status Holy Family Parish, with 2,842 Catholics, becomes the 19th parish in the only metropolitan archdiocese in the country.
It was created by taking territory from St John the Baptist Parish in Tumilia, about 2 kilometers away.
The announcement on January 20 came on the feast of the Holy Family, giving local Catholics an extra special reason to cheer.
Many villagers said they had been waiting for this announcement for a long time.
It was really important for local people because the church in Tumilia is a long way to go for administrative purposes,” said Atul Gomes.
The Holy Family Church buildings in Doripara were constructed and opened for Catholics in 2002.
“New parish brings new opportunities, new responsibilities. The faith in Christ you inherited from your ancestors will be revitalized, I hope,” Archbishop D’Rozario said during his homily.
http://www.ucanews.com/2012/01/24/largest-catholic-village-gets-parish-status/

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