INDIA - HYDERABAD PROVINCE (INH)
SOCIETY OF THE DIVINE WORD
(SOCIETATIS VERBI DIVINI)
St. Alphonsa's Church, M.I.G, BHEL
Sunday, the 19th of December 2010 was a historical and memorable day for the St. John's parish community as MSGR. Rt. Rev. Swarna Bernard blessed and consecrated the newly built St. Alphonsa's Church as the station church of St. John's Church parish. It was a long cherished dream blooming in to reality for the parish community. The Provincial Superior of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD), Fr. A. Jesu, along with many priests, religious and a large gathering of laity, was present on this holy occasion.
In the year 2003, a piece of land measuring 850 sq. yd. was allotted to a Catholic society called SNEHA BANDHU Society by BHEL MIG Society to build a place of worship. Other religious groups were also allotted contiguous plots by the same Society for them to build a place of worship. The general body of the Sneha Bandhu Society, in its meeting held on 12-02-2006 at MIG 785, BHEL, ratified the decision taken by the executive meeting which was held on 08-02-2006 in the presence of the then parish priest Rev. Fr. Dominic Ekka that passed a resolution to hand over the said allotted land of MIG to the Archdiocese of Hyderabad Society. An Agreement of Understanding was made and executed to this effect on 20 May 2006 at Secunderabad. After this Agreement was signed, the parish priest of St. John's parish along with the parish council members raised the fund required for the construction of the church from various sources such as donor agencies, parishioners, friends and well-wishers, and SVD Society. There was overwhelming support from the parish community for this purpose.
The foundation stone was laid by (Late) Archbishop Most Rev. Marampudi Joji on Sunday, the 13th of January 2008 in the presence of the parish community. The construction work began on 21 May 2008. Today it has become a place of worship for many residing in and around the BHEL townships and stands as a symbol of inter-religious unity and ecumenism. Every day Holy Mass and other devotional prayers are celebrated in this church. This has the distinction of being the first church in Andhra Pradesh named after the first Indian woman-saint, St. Alphonsa of Bharananganam. Praise and honor be to God for ever. AMEN.