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Letter from Pastor
Basilica of Bom Jesu
Old Goa, Goa 403402, India

500th Birth Anniversary of St. Francis Xavier

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The foundation stone of this Jesuit Church was laid on 24th November, 1594. Pius XII raised this Jesuit Church to the rank of a minor Basilica on 20th March, 1948 and it was proclaimed as such on 3rd December, 1948. Read more...

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The Basilica houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, which is kept for veneration on the Florentine Mausoleum set up in 1698.

Novena & Feast of St Francis Xavier, Old Goa.

The Theme: Experience God's Word. Radiate Jesus in life.

Date: Saturday November 24th 2007 to Monday December 3rd 2007.

Mass Timings:
Morning: 6,7:15,8:15 (Novena Mass, parishes), 9:30, 10:30 (no mass on 26th November) 11:30 & 12.30 noon (on Sundays only)
Evening: 3:45 p.m. (Mass for Church bodies)
5:15 p.m. & 6:15 p.m. (in English)

Novena Masses at 8:15 a.m.
24th November
Corlim Parish
25th November
St. Estavan Parish
26th November
Agacaim Parish
27th November
Neura Parish
28th November
Taleigao Parish
29th November
Santa Cruz Parish
30th November
Grace (Margao) Parish
1st December
Sancoale Parish
2nd December
Maina (Curtorim) Parish

On the Feast Day Monday December 3rd 2007
Morning: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10:30 (Feast Mass) & 12 noon.
Evening: 4, 5 & 6 p.m. (English)

Schedule of masses in different languages:

Tamil Sunday,
November 25th
11:30 a.m.
Malayalam Sunday,
November 25th
12:30 p.m.
Portuguese Sunday,
December 2nd
11:30 a.m.
(Belgaum pilgrims)
December 2nd
12:30 p.m.
Hindi 24th, 26th, 27th,
28th & 29th November
11:30 a.m.
Hindi (migrants) Saturday,
December 1st
11:30 a.m.
Hindi Sunday,
December 2nd
2:00 p.m.

Special Masses:
Couples for Christ Saturday,
November 24th
9:30 a.m.
Bilical Apostolate Saturday,
November 24th
3:45 p.m.
Charismatic Sunday,
November 25th
10:30 a.m.
Eumenism Sunday,
November 25th
3:45 p.m.
Social Justice & Peace Monday,
November 26th
3:45 p.m.
Social Communication Tuesday,
November 27th
3:45 p.m.
Family Apostolate
(Day of the sick)
November 28th
3:45 p.m.
Catechetical Day Thursday,
November 29th
3.45 p.m.
Priests Day Friday,
November 30th
3:45 p.m.
Inter-religious prayer meet Saturday,
December 1st
10:30 a.m.
Caritas Goa Saturday,
December 1st
3:45 p.m.
Liturgy Day Sunday,
December 2nd
3:45 p.m.

All Masses unless mentioned are in Konkani
Confession will be heard daily from November 24, 2007 till December 2
2007 from 6 a.m. till 11 a.m. & again from 3:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. in the Bom Jesu Basilica Complex.

Click for an enlarged viewMoreno de Souza SJ

Fr Moreno de Souza SJ (1923-2007), one of Konkani's illustrious writers, passed away on October 14, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the JMJ Hospital, Alto-Porvorim, Goa. His mortal remains were interred on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. More


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Do you know that just a minute away from the Basilica of Bom Jesus, at Old Goa, you can view a very unique presentation in Sound, light and many arts?


It is housed in a Historical and beautiful site.

It tells

  • The story of a man who came to Goa from far away land and is venerated as a great Saint: St. Francis Xavier;
  • The story of another great man, Blessed Joseph Vaz, who went from Goa to another far away land, Sri Lanka;
  • And more importantly, the story of the person who spoke of love and peace and inspired them both: Jesus Christ.

You will walk with these three persons through the major events of their life. Many arts ( music, painting, architecture, sculpture, film) and many kinds of technology make this Gallery a feast for you and your family.

Here is your chance to hear & see a wonderful story that you will never forget.

Important Details:

When? Every day of the week except on Tuesdays.

What Time? From 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

In what Language? English, Konkani and Hindi.

What is the Duration? One hour.

How to get to see it? Join a group of 10 to 15 people.

What ís the Ticket? Just Rs. 10/- for Adults and Rs. 5/- for Children.

Retreats for the Youth

The retreats conducted at the Basilica help guide the youth of today to the right path and to make them responsible citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Read More

RECTOR - Fr. Savio Barreto , S.J.
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ASSISTANT - Fr. Anthony Ferreria , S.J.


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