Parishes

AMMEMBAL: 
(1931) ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE

Address : Ammembal, Chelur P.O.
Via Kurnad 574 153, Bantwal Taluk.
Phone : 08255–271244; 8277939305
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Catholics : 1035      Families : 230

P. P. : Rev. Lawrence Mascarenhas
(2017 onwards)
Phone : 9480486415
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Institution:
St Thomas Hr Pry School; Ph: 08255-271335

 

Former Parish Priests :

Rev. Valerian Frank (till 2017)

 


HISTORY:

Prior to 1931, Ammembal was a part of Mogarnad and Fajir parishes.  A chapel was built there  by Fr Francis S. D’Souza  in between 1911 and 1923.  Since 1919, a thatched house was used for the church services, and all the church services were conducted here.  The church site was donated by Mr J.F. Rego whose bungalow attached to the Chelur property had served  dual purposes – as a  residence of the priest and  as a temporary chapel.  Bishop Victor Fernandes by a decree which came into effect on January 1, 1932  erected the parish with Fr Gasper S. Lewis as the first parish priest, who constructed a presbytery.   Fr Joseph D’Souza built the new church in 1946 and the new presbytery.  Fr Placid Pereira built the new Altar, and Fr E. Ligoury Pinto the church portico in 1963.  Fr Joseph Machado constructed the new belfry.  It was inaugurated on January 28, 2001.

Prior to the construction of the school building by Fr Lewis, the school activities were being held in the bungalow of Mr J.F. Rego.  St Thomas Higher Primary School at Chelur was started in 1919.  The school attendance registers of that time are accessible, and well maintained even today.  Fr Mark Valder built the new school building, which was inaugurated on June 9, 1991.

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