Saturday, December 2, 2017

St. Francis Xavier Church, Saint's bone relic, Bhatpal Canacona

 St. Francis Xavier Church,  Saint's bone relic, Bhatpal Canacona, South Goa

Today (2.12.17) I am taking you to Bhatpal. 
 The Church there has a finger bone relic of the Saint - Goencho Saib (SFX)
After the mass, yellow comfrad came in with candle procession and the children dressed as angels singing salves.
Ends with SFX hymn and the veneration of the Saint's relic
Bhatpal too celebrate Goencho Saib Fest on 3rd December every year (This year being 4th Dec).
From Panaji to Bhatpal, the distance I think is about 75 kms.
By public transport direct to Canacona  via Margao, Cuncolim (e.g. KSRTC) it will take about 110 minutes, fare being Rs.50.
From Canacona, there are local buses Rs.8 or take Motor-cycle Pilot Rs.60 or Rickshaw about  Rs. 100 - 120.
Bhatpal Church is on the main road NH17, and its about 5-6 Kms from Canacona Bus Stand

The Church

Video: 1
After Mass, salves, blessing etc

Video 2: (The Church etc)


Inside of the Church

SFX Statue, crucifix
Holy water tank

Mass, Priests, altar boys, girls etc
Angels, Salves


The Bone relic
Finger bone of St Francis Xavier


Yellow comfrad, op mus irmao

Our Lady of Fatima, SFX

NH17 Road infront

St Francis Xavier’s relic at Bhatpal attracts a multitude of devotees
Times of India, Nov. 25, 2017
The feast of St Francis Xavier is special to devotees from the Canacona taluka, as a piece of the saint's bone lies preserved in a small glass casket at the Bhatpal church in Canacona.

The St Francis Xavier Church, which was elevated from a chapel and dedicated to the saint in 1968, is all decked up for the novena, which commences on Saturday, and the feast on December 4.

The faithful from Canacona and Karwar in Karnataka will venerate the Spanish saint's relic from November 25 till 6pm on the feast day.

  "A piece of the bone of the saint's index finger was dispatched to Canacona by the then Bishop of Goa, Rev Francisco Xavier de Piedade Rebello," parish priest Fr Francisco Avito Almeida told TOI.

For a few months, the relic remained at St Theresa of Jesus church, Chaudi, Canacona, but when the chapel was elevated to a church, following a decree issued by Bishop Rebello in 1968, the relic was gifted to this church by Chauri parish priest, say the village elders.  

Prior to 1968, the chapel feast was celebrated in May, but later it was decided to celebrate the feast on December 3.  

On Friday, the blessing of the 'maddi' (banner) was followed by the Eucharist. The novena masses will be held daily at 8am and 4.45pm, Almeida said, while adding that the homilies at the novena masses will be delivered by various priests from the Canacona taluka churches.

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