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.

50th Annual Novena Aug 30 - Sep 7

Holy Mass and Novena Timings 30th August, 2017 to 7th September, 2017
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 2nd September ,2017 at 11:00 am Conducted by Fr. Michael Dcunha

SOLEMN PROCESSION Sunday, 03rd September,2017 at 5:00 pm
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 1:40 PM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 3:30 PM Watch it Live here
English After Procession Watch it Live here

Feast Day - Thursday 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 Watch it Live here
MARATHI 10:00 AM Watch it Live here
MARATHI 2:45 PM Watch it Live here
KONKANI 4:00 PM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 5:30 PM Watch it Live here
ENGLISH 7:15 PM Watch it Live here
Main Celebrant: Bishop Barthol Barretto

Parish Feast Day, Sunday, 11th September 2016
MARATHI 6:00 AM
English 7:00 AM
SOLEMN High Mass in ENGLISH 9:00 AM
Main Celebrant: Fr. NEIL DOS SANTOS - CHANCELLOR
There will be no evening mass
Themes
August 30 MARY THE GENESIS OF THE PROMISE

August 31 MARY – SHARER IN GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

September 01 MARY – WOMEN OF FAITH

September 02 MARY – WOMEN OF PRAYER

September 03 MARY – THE MODEL OF PURITY

September 04 MARY – MOTHER OF NEW PENTECOST
September 05 MARY MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES

September 06 MARY – MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

September 07 MARY – INTERCESSOR FOR WHOLE HUMANITY

September 08 MARY – FAITHFUL DISCIPLE OF CHRIST OUR LORD

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