Feast of the Nativity of B.V.M and Girl Child Day was celebrated very meaningfully in all the parishes and centres of Gulbarga Diocese on 8th September 2019. Flower offering, Blessing of the new corn and Sharing and eating the family meals were commonly followed in every centre.
CHINCHOLI MISSION (2007)
St Theresa, little flower of Jesus Mission, Chincholi ( Estd 2007) :
Education ministry :in order to make the catholic presence more fruitful and relevant at Chandapur, Rev Fr Harry D’ Souza decided to start the Education ministry. Within a few months of his arrival he bought a piece of land in the year 2007.
Little Flower Primary School :In the year 2008 by the help of Pontifical Society of Propagation of Faith at Rome, Missionary of Childhood Association, St Antonius Parish Germany and others, Fr Harry put up a school building, started Kindergarten and First standard under the patronage of Little Flower. Further every year according to the need the school building was extended. Today we have 1 toVIII with a total strength of 516 ( in 2017-18) students.
Presbytery :For the residence of Priest a Presbytery was put up in the year 2009. Many donor helped in for the completion of this house. They are Kirrche-in-not (Germany), Pontifical society of propagation of faith at Rome and the Diocese of Mangalore.
St. Little Theresa, Little flower Jesus Church :There were only three Catholic families at Chincholi. On Sunday service some Catholic who Stay and work in the cement factory, school at the vicinity of Chincholi also started attending weekly mass. The new Church building was inaugurated on 22 October 2011. At present Catholics, some Hindus, Christians of other denomination too attend the Sunday service. Marian Grotto: In order promote devotion to Mother Mary, a Marian Grotto was built in the year 2012. Mr Oliver Mark D’ Souza from Mangalore in his loving memory of his parents donated the Grotto. The parish priests who served the mission at Chincholi are Rev Fr Harry D’ Souza (2007-2012) Rev Fr. StanyFernandies (2012-2013) Rev Fr David D’ Souza (2013 – 2017) Rev. Sunil Mankare ( 2017- 2019) Rev. George Lobo (2019-) PRATHYASHA – A Centre of Hope is the initiative of Franciscan Sisters of Mary at Chincholi Taluk, Gulberga District which was started in 2006. There was no catholic presence in Chincholi taluk. A few prayer groups and Protestants groups were existing in the surrounding areas. At the initial stage, Sr. Maria pinto and Sr. Smitha D’Souza rented a small room in a SC Colony and adopted to the life style of the people. All people, especially those poor Schedule Caste felt free to visit them. The sisters shared meals with them, and they too shared their meals with sisters. Keeping St. Francis as the model, they too stood in a line for collecting water, ration etc. They began their mission with door to door visit, being with the people, listening to their problems worries. As days passed, they were able to build a lot of confidence among the people of Chincholi. But the Upper Caste people kept them slaves aloof, since the sisters were living among the dalits. Sisters did not want to exclude anyone. They continued their efforts and started to mix with high caste people and began to experience a gradual change among them. Through familiar ways of meeting people, they were able to create the ground to take up the various programs. The main aim was to promote value based and dignified life for all specially to women, youth and children who are vulnerable/ marginalized/oppressed. Ever since its inception, Prathyasha has expanded its developmental and empowerment initiatives for the poor especially women, children and youth in the areas of Integrated Child Development Services, Health and Sanitation, differently abled persons, Self-help Groups, Skill Training for the Youth, Women Empowerment Programs, , Promotion of Ecology, Sr. Maria Pinto was the superior from 2006 – 2012 Sr. Anne Marie Britto superior from 2012 onwards
- Helen’s Kindergarten : Established 2010. At present there are 270 students.
- Prathyasha NGO ; Estd: 2006, At present there are 98 Self-help groups and one main federation called Chiguru Mahilaokkuta and a tailoring centre
- They are also working in improving the quality of life of People with Disabilities in Chincholi Taluk through Community Based Rehabilitation (CRB) Strategy in 30 villages and have identified 685 Persons with disability and formed 33 disable persons Groups. Sisters are collaborating in all the pastoral and educational activities. Considering the poor educational facilities of the place and to provide opportunities for the needy boys and girls the sisters are running at Helena High school and PU Collages since 2016. The works done by the sisters in the social and educational field at Chioncholi is indeed a great service to our society.
Institutions: Little Flower English Med. Primary School, Chincholi. Manager: Fr. Sunil Mankare 9844916205 H.M.: Sr. Mary Ann, FMM 9980220170
Convent: Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Prathyasha Convent (2006) Ashraya Colony, Chandapur Chincholi 585 305 Superior: Sr. Saleth Mary FMM 7848964626
Institutions: 1. Helen’s Kinder Garten School (2010) In- charge: Sr. Leela Mary FMM 8197294724 2. Prathyasha NGO (2006) Director: Sr. Nancy Lobo FMM 9731198706 3. Helen’s High school (2016) H.M: Sr. Leema Rosy FMM 9740907959 4. Helen’s PU College(2016) Principal: Sr. Saleth Mary FMM 7848964626
Gulbarga Diocesan Education Society organised Finale of the Pratibhasiri 2019 (Diocesan Level Inter-School Competition) on 10th August 2019 at The St. Mary School Ground, Kotnoor. 19 Schools selected for the finales for the Indoor and Outdoor Competition participated . Bishop inaugurated the competition along with other dignitaries lighting the torch and thereafter handing over to the […]
Bishop of Gulbarga announced and invited all the Youth, Parish Priests, and Religious to inaugurate the year of Youth on 9th June, on Pentecost Sunday. All over the diocese the Year of Youth was inaugurated very meaningfully displaying the Logo. Thanks to Fr. Clevan Gomes, The secretary for the commission of Youth.