Fr. Philip EttamparampilFounder/Manager – St.Vincent Pallotti School
A BRIEF SKETCH OF ST.VINCENT PALLOTTI PARISH
Responding to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Catholics in the vast residential areas in and around Banaswadi, the Pallotine Fathers and Brothers of the Community of Pallotti Nilaya, Chelikere, volunteered to organise and develop this area into a parish and construct a church as the spiritual centre of the ever growing Catholic community. The initial efforts for the realization of this goal were begun with the consent and encouragement of the administration of the Prabhu Prakash Province of the Pallottines in India and with the permission of His Grace, MoSt.Rev. Alphonsus Mathias, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.
The task of organizing the Catholic community and of constructing the church was entrusted to Fr. Philip Ettamparapil who showed enthusiastic interest and initiative in the project. Fr. Philip was warmly encouraged and ably supported by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis Werner Hunold in this endeavour. The preliminary steps towards the realization of the project were started in 1990 inspite of the financial uncertainties.
Prior to the organization of the Catholic parish community here by the Pallottines, the Catholics of the present parish belonged to different parishes in the neighbourhood. Hence St.Vincent Pallotti Parish was carved out of the existing neighbourhood parishes with clearly marked boundaries.
At the beginning, liturgical services were conducted in the Mariam Nilaya School hall and were attended by a significant number of people. As the number increased and the school hall became insufficient to accommodate all, the basement of the church under construction was envisaged for the purpose. It was inaugurated on April 21, 1996, the closing day of the Bicentenary Celebration of the Birth of St.Vincent Pallotti, the Patron of the emerging parish, whose feast day falls on January 22nd.
On January 26th, 1997, at the celebration of the Feast of St.Vincent Pallotti, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jabamalai, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bangalore, during the Eucharistic Celebration, formally announced the erection of St.Vincent Pallotti Church, Banaswadi, as a parish. With it began renewed efforts to make this a model parish.
We strive to bring people closer to God and try to find God in every person.
Vinpal family of God is moving towards a society where love and concern within the family and the neighbourhood is a way of life.
God is an integral part of every human being. Like St. Vincent Pallotti, we need to have a reverence for the dignity of each person. That is why the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the church are significant:a love for God and a love for people. The core of Christianity is the cross which signifies the vertical and horizontal dimension of relationships. Both are necessary. It demands both love of God and love of our fellowmen. It demands worship and action, liturgy and fellowship. Therefore, we strive to bring the Gospel values in our day-to-day lives and encourage others to do the same.
One of the key aspects of the Pallotine Charism is to build collaboration among all – priests, sisters and laity – in the mission and work of the Church. This is an ongoing effort, nevertheless, significant. Through the Parish leadership -the Clergy and the Parish Pastoral Council – we look forward to greater strides in this direction.
Our Clergy Team
Fr. Soundar M.
ASSt.PARISH PRIEST & PRINCIPAL,
St.VINCENT PALLOTTI SCHOOL
Fr. Paul D’souza