Church of Our Lady of Miracles in Goa

The Church of Our Lady of Miracles at Sanguem is dedicated to Our Lady of Miracles. It was originally a military chapel built by the Portuguese Government and under the jurisdiction of the Zambaulim church.

The Zambaulim church was built in 1758 and it collapsed in 1855. The very same year the Chapel of Sanguem was given a parochial status but baptisms and marriages were registered in Tilamol Church. The Sanguem Chapel was under Tilamol Danery upto the year 1951.

In 1951, Sanguem taluka was declared as Mission and was handed over to the Pilar Fathers. The Sanguem Parish had many sub stations. The first Parish Priest was Fr. Thomas Mascarenhas.

In 1858, the Portuguese government helped to build the Church. In 1977, the old church was demolished and a new church was built. Many Pilar Fathers worked hard to collect funds to build the church and some of them include Fr Assis Dias, Fr Francis Sequeira, Fr Xavier Pinto and Fr Joao Santan Sequeira.

The Pilar Society managed to get a sum of Rs.47,400 from Rome. Locals and well wishers also contributed their mite towards the construction of the church wholeheartedly.

The foundation stone for the construction of the church was laid in 1976 at the hands of Vassudev and it was inaugrated and blessed by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Raul Gonsalves.

Presently Sanguem has two residential chapels namely Uguem and Malkarnem and three non residential chapels Valkinim, Chinchant and Kadiabhag.

Originally the Parish feast was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of May. Since 2008 it has been preponed to the second saturday of the month of May as the fourth Sunday falls on one of the solemnity and no feast of 'Our Lady' can be celebrated on the solemnity.

People of Sanguem are loving and God fearing. They have a great devotion to Our Lady. Every Friday, praise and worship is conducted in the church. The church is always packed and many Hindu brothers and sisters also partake in the worship. In this place several people receive miracles of healing and peace.

The Parish witnesses a lot of harmony between other religions. Inter religious meets and dialogues are often held. In Sanguem Christians, Hindus and Muslims have strong devotion to Our Lady of Miracles. On the feast day they flock to venerate the statue of our Lady with garlands and candles.

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