Church

The Church of St. Joseph the Worker is located on a plot parallel to the Western Express Highway, Siddharth Nagar, Bandra East.

The Church is the epicenter of all activities that take place within the realms of Christian spirit in Bandra East, embracing not only the Catholics but also the society in general. The contribution of the Norbertine Community to inculcate better values of spiritual and social life in the area has been outstanding. The role of the parishioners too has been extraordinary throughout.

Today the Parish infrastructure is strong and is prepared to take on any challenges in the betterment of human life.

The pastoral administration presently has four Zones with the imaginary boundary of Pipeline in the north, Mahim Causeway in the South, University Campus & Bharat Nagar (inclusive of Drive in Cinema) in the East and Bandra Khar railway line on the West.

The area is vast, most of it still to be developed. Catholic population is small as compared to other faiths, and families are widely scattered which makes communication and bonding difficult.

In the 1990s there were 1300 Catholic families, the highest. The number has now reduced to 750. Due to high cost of housing few new families come to Bandra East. The older ones are moving to suburbs on account of changing family circumstances. Catholics in government service have to vacate residential quarters on transfers and retirement.

Although Catholic families in the parish have reduced the burden of pastoral duties has not changed much. This is because there is a steady growth of slum population and a lot of attention needs to be paid to their spiritual and socio-economic needs.

The BMC had allotted a section of land for Parish Cemetery within the cremation grounds, adjacent to the Pipe Line, next to Teachers Colony. The cemetery is fully functional with all modern burial facilities for Catholics. A spacious chapel has been constructed with facilities for funeral and associated services. Previously, St. Andrews Church had been allowing use of their cemetery to bury the dead from Bandra East and we are thankful for their courtesy.

Cardinal Gracias High School and the BECC complement the good work that goes on under the guidance of the Norbertine Community.

The Church is the epicenter of all activities that take place within the realms of Christian spirit in Bandra East, embracing not only the Catholics but also the society in general. The contribution of the Norbertine Community to inculcate better values of spiritual and social life in the area has been outstanding. The role of the parishioners too has been extraordinary throughout.

Today the Parish infrastructure is strong and is prepared to take on any challenges in the betterment of human life.

The pastoral administration presently has four Zones with the imaginary boundary of Pipeline in the north, Mahim Causeway in the South, University Campus & Bharat Nagar (inclusive of Drive in Cinema) in the East and Bandra Khar railway line on the West.

The area is vast, most of it still to be developed. Catholic population is small as compared to other faiths, and families are widely scattered which makes communication and bonding difficult.

In the 1990s there were 1300 Catholic families, the highest. The number has now reduced to 750. Due to high cost of housing few new families come to Bandra East. The older ones are moving to suburbs on account of changing family circumstances. Catholics in government service have to vacate residential quarters on transfers and retirement.

Although Catholic families in the parish have reduced the burden of pastoral duties has not changed much. This is because there is a steady growth of slum population and a lot of attention needs to be paid to their spiritual and socio-economic needs.

The BMC has allotted a section of land for Parish Cemetery within the cremation grounds, adjacent to the Pipe Line, next to Teachers Colony. St. Andrews Church has been allowing use of their cemetery to bury the dead from Bandra East and the courtesy still continues.

Cardinal Gracias High School and the BECC complement the good work that goes on under the guidance of the Norbertine Community.