ABOUT

Parish Mission Statement : To Build a Service Oriented Community

It is well known that the history of the devotion to Our lady of Velankanni is traced back to a small town of Vailankanni located near Nagapattinam to the South of Chennai. It is believed that, Our Lady dispensed miracles to mankind through three significant appearances to ordinary people at different locations in and around Vailankanni. Her first appearance with baby Jesus was to a Hindu boy carrying milk. In the second event, Our Lady appeared and cured a crippled boy selling butter milk, after which people started calling Our Lady ‘Mother of Good Health’. In her third appearance, Our Lady rescued Portuguese sailors from a violent storm. On being taken to the thatched chapel at Vailankanni by the local fishermen, as a gesture of thanksgiving to Our Lady, the sailors set up a small permanent structure which today has grown into a huge sprawling township.

Irla, situated just off S.V. Road between Vile Parle and Andheri is a well known landmark, thanks to the Shrine of Our Lady of Health of Velankanni. It was in October 1967 that the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) touched base in Irla. At the midnight Mass on December 25, 1968, Rev. Fr. Bruno Venturin (PIME), announced that he would build a Chapel for the people of Irla and the Chapel (now named the Prayer Hall) was officially inaugurated on 14th April 1968 (Easter Sunday).


The opinion of the then Parishioners was divided on dedicating the Chapel either to Infant Jesus or to Our Lady of Velankanni. One of the late parishioners, moved by the devotion and miraculous powers of the Shrine in Vailankanni, prevailed on the others and Rev. Fr. Venturin hoisted the flag to mark the commencement of the first Novena Devotion in honour of Our Lady of Velankanni at Irla on August 30, 1968, which was followed by official declaration of the Shrine as a quasi Parish on September 8, 1968 i.e. the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. Foundation was laid for a new church building in January 1975 and the quasi Parish status was upgraded to a full-fledged Parish on September 10, 1978.

We conduct Novena in honour of Our Lady of Health of Velankanni (OLHV) on every Saturday in English, Marathi, Konkani and Tamil. Annual Novena from 30th August to 7th September, followed by the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady on 8th September, is a grand celebration of the faith of the devotees in OLHV. Devotees from in and around Mumbai as also from overseas including those of other faiths visit the Shrine throughout the year and thousands gather to attend the Annual Novena. Two major highlights of the devotion to OLVH at Irla are the ‘Healing and blessing of the sick’ and the ‘Solemn Procession’ that are held on Saturday and Sunday respectively during the Annual Novena.

Testimonies pour into the Shrine on the miraculous power of OLHV. Health related issues have found miraculous cure through the intercession of OLHV. The generosity of the devotees helps the Shrine to give medical aid to the sick and needy, subsidize education as well as finance missionary and welfare causes. Petitions of the devotees find a special place during the Novena prayers. May God bless and our Lady of Velankanni intercede for all those who seek her protection.


Fr Ravi Marneni


Priest 1 Name

Parish Priest

Fr. Vijaya Pratap


Priest 2 Name

Assistant Parish Priest

Fr.Edcarlos M.Celestino


Priest 3 Name

Resident Priest


Mass Timings

Mass and Novena

Weekday Masses
English 6:30 AM
English 7:00 PM

Saturday Novena Masses
English 6:30 AM Watch it Live here
Tamil 8:00 AM Watch it Live here
Marathi 2:30 PM Watch it Live here
Marathi 3:30 PM Watch it Live here
Konkani 4:30 PM Watch it Live here
English 6:30 PM Watch it Live here

Sunday Masses
English 7:00 AM Parish Mass in English
English 9:00 AM Children's Mass
English 6:30 PM Youth Mass

  • Special Devotions
    • Rosary Recitation : Everyday before 7 p.m. Mass
    • Half hour Adoration : First Friday of the month after 7 p.m. Mass
  • Sunday Catechism School : 7.45 a.m. to 9 a.m.

51st Annual Novena Aug 30 - Sep 7

Holy Mass and Novena Timings 30th August, 2018 to 7th September, 2018
MARATHI 6:00 AM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 7:15 AM Watch it Live here
TAMIL 8:30 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 9:45 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 1:45 PM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 3:00 PM Watch it Live here
KONKANI 4:15 PM Watch it Live here
KONKANI 5:30 PM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 6:45 PM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 8:00 PM Watch it Live here

Blessing of the sick & invalids : Saturday 1st September ,2018 at 11:00 am Conducted by Fr. Michael Dcunha

SOLEMN PROCESSION
Taking the Statue of Our Lady of Velankanni in Procession in its 51st year - Sunday, 02nd September, 2018 at 5:00 pm
Holy Mass and Novena Timings on Procession Day - 02nd September 2018
MARATHI 5:00 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 6:00 AM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 7:15 AM Watch it Live here
TAMIL 8:30 AM Watch it Live here
English 9:30 AM Watch it Live here
KONKANI 10:30 AM Watch it Live here
GUJARATI 11:30 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 1:45 PM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 3:30 PM Watch it Live here
English After Procession Watch it Live here

Feast of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary - Saturday 8th September
MARATHI 5:00 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 6:00 AM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 7:15 AM Watch it Live here
Tamil 8:30 AM
Main Celebrant Bishop Lawrence Pius - Bishop of Dharmapuri
Watch it Live here
MARATHI 10:30 AM
Main Celebrant Auxillary Bishop John Rodriques
Watch it Live here
MARATHI 2:45 PM Watch it Live here
KONKANI 4:00 PM
Main Celebrant - Bishop Agnelo Gracias
Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 5:30 PM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 7:15 PM Watch it Live here
Main Celebrant: Bishop Cesare Bonivento, PIME & Bishop Emeritus from Diocese of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea

Parish Feast Day, Sunday, 09th September 2018
MARATHI 6:00 AM
English 7:15 AM
SOLEMN High Mass in ENGLISH 9:00 AM
Main Celebrant: Fr. Donald Miranda SJ, Provinical of Patna Jesuit Province
Fr. Leon Mascarrenhas, Acting Parish Priest at Holy Family Church, Chembur
Fr. Roque Gonsalves - Retired Priest from the Archdiocese of Bombay
There will be no evening mass
Themes
August 30 MARY - MODEL FOR THE YOUTH

LK : 1:30 "Don't be Afraid Mary, for you have found favour with God"
Young People can find in Our Lady the perfect example of purity and chastity.

August 31 MARY - MODEL AND TEACHER OF FAITH

Our Mother is a model of faith. "By faith, Mary accepted the Angel's word and believed the message that she was to become the Mother of God in the obedience of her devotion ( cd Lk 1:38)

September 01 MARY – MODEL FOR CHASTITY AND MODESTY FOR YOUTH

Modesty protects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience and moderation in loving relationships; it requires that the conditions for the definitive giving and commitment of man ad woman to one another be fulfilled. Modesty is decency ( CCC 2522).

September 02 MARY – MODEL OF HUMILITY AND SERVICE

Mary was humble because she knew that God the Almighty wanted to do "great things" ( Liike 1:49) in her, not by her own power, but by the working of His power by her wisdom, but according to the wisdom of His plans and purposes

September 03 MARY – FAITHFUL DISCIPLE OF CHRIST OUR LORD

Luke 1:38
"And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
John 2:5,
"His mother said to the servants,"Do whatever He tells you."

September 04 MARY – PROTECTOR OF GIRL CHILD

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. ( Lk 2:7)

September 05 MARY PROTECTOR OF LIFE AND FAMILY

Mary also intercedes to protect the natural family. All families are called to imitate the virtues of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the "prototype and examle for all Christian families." (Familiaris consortio, #86) Parents are the primary educators of their children

September 06 MARY – THE MOTHER OF MOTHERS

As a role model to woman, Mary teaches the importance of trusting in the Lord As Pope Francis said in Naples, "If you don't love the Moother, the mother will not give you the Son."

September 07 MARY – MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

The Mother of the Church carries on in heaven her material role with regard to the members of Christ, cooperating in the birth and development of divine life in the souls of the redeemed. - Pope Paul VI's "Credo of the People of God"

September 08 MARY – THE FAITHFUL DAUGHTER OF HEAVENLY FATHER

Feast of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1:38 " And Mary saud, "Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your Word."

PETITIONS AND THANKSGIVINGS


Contact

Address
Church Of Our Lady Of Health Of Velankanni
Society Road, Irla
Vile Parle ( West )
Mumbai 400056

Phone: 022 2671 3719

Email: velankanni.churchirla@yahoo.co.in

Parish Office Timings
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. , 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday Closed.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Donation & Mass Offering:
At donation stall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Book Stall
11 a.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Friday Closed

Bus Routes To The Shrine stopping at
Irla/Cooper Hospital : 33,38,79,224,229,241, 255, 455,627,707
Irla/S.V.Road : 4, 84 ,202 , 201, 225, 253, 291, 324, 336, 422 & A1