Noida: New Mission & Vision of SSS
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Delhi 110096 Phone: +91 96674 83963
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Followed by the Nativity of Christ Jesus, a New Mission Community is born in the SSS Indian Province at Noida. This new community is the very youngest community in the province but the first community in the Northern region of India where lies the future of our Indian Province. To make the future better & brighter, the present generation of the province pitches SSS tent, expands our Eymardian Spirituality and SSS Charism in the mission station of Noida. Like Jesus sent his disciples for the Kingdom Mission, we (Bro. Raghumani, Dn. Sanal & Fr. Martin) were sent forth by our province to break God’s Word, to build up community in the context of the Eucharist and primarily to share the peace of Christ with the people of God during this Global Pandemic.
HISTORICAL BEGINNING OF SSS
The SSS Presence began in Noida officially on 2nd of January, 2021 with the blessing of our residence by our very Rev. Fr. Peter Jeyakanthan. We cannot thank enough our Provincial Superior for his accompaniment, guidance and support by being present in the mission station for nearly two weeks from the very beginning and sorting out the initial procedures meticulously. Most important of all, we are indebted to His Grace Albert D’souza, Bishop Emeritus of Archdiocese of Agra, the man behind this dream come true. We believe and expect the same co-operation from the new Archbishop Raphy Manjaly, the New Bishop of the Archdiocese of Agra whose installation we witnessed on 7th January, 2021 and made known to him our SSS presence in Noida. On 8th January, 2021 with the Holy Eucharist presided by His Excellency Bishop Albert D’souza we had the installation of the Presence of the Holy Eucharist in our community. We could inaugurate this new community after a progression of two long years persuaded by our Provincial Council. Many individuals are intertwined in triumphing the foundation of this mission.
HISTORY OF THE PARISH
St. Mary’s Church is the first Catholic parish in the city of Noida and is dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. It comes under the Archdiocese of Agra. This parish lies along the North-Western tip of the Diocese of Agra, bordering with the Diocese of Delhi on the West and the Diocese of Meerut on the north. Our Mission Community is given two centers, namely Sardarpur village – sector 45 and Chejarci village – sector 63, as New Mission Centers which are part of this parish.
HISTORY OF THE NEW MISSION CENTERS
Sadarpur village mission was inaugurated with the First Holy Eucharist at 7.30 pm by Fr. Jospeh Pindikanayil, Fr. Justin and the members of Vincent De Paul Society on 12th May 2013 at Agatha Niwas, Sadarpur colony, sec 45, Noida. Till date totally 72 masses have been offered. We have 38 families residing in Sadarpur and 25 families in Chejarci Village. The areas are densely populated residential sector comprising a mix of high-rise apartment buildings, builder floors and a village area named as Sadarpur. Like any other poorer area, our people too face challenges such as inadequate power and water-logging in the premises. Basically, people are migrants from Orissa, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam. Apart from their own local dialect like Sadri, Urav, munda and kadiya, everyone speaks the language of Hindi.
BEGINNING OF THE SSS NEW MISSION
We began our SSS New Mission on January 10, 2021 with the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord marks an extraordinary day as we offered the First Holy Eucharist in our Mission Center at 3.30 pm on the house-terrace of Mr. Lawrence and the First Eucharist after the perilous pandemic Covid-19 and local locked down. Nearly 45 people participated in the Eucharistic Celebration. Our people are so delighted to see the young, energetic and passionate SSS religious. Pope Francis called on the world’s priests to stay close to the vulnerable, the marginalized and to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.” To have the smell of the sheep, we continue our mission with Visiting Houses during weekdays. We too discovered and sympathized with Covid -19 survivors and their struggles to quarantine themselves within those small houses.
NEW SSS VISION
“Formed by the Sacrament of the New Covenant… We commit ourselves to build up the Body of Christ”, (ROL no. 3) Jesus came to resolve a fragmented world into one united in Him. Every Sunday the Mission Church gathers for the Eucharist, from Monday to Saturday the Mission Church scatters. The two-fold mission in Noida will be to live the SSS Charism which obviously is living the Eucharist. We encourage people to live what we celebrate and to celebrate what we live. Secondly, we bring the scattered people together, to build the Church of Christ as community of Body of Christ.
– Fr. Martin Peter Raja SSS