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St. John Bosco Shrine inaugurated at Gojapara

By Fr. Bivan R. Mukhim
(Above) Arch. John Moolachira of Guwahati and the priests taking a photo after the blessing and dedication of the Shrine of St. John Bosco. (Below) The Catholic Faithful taking part during the Holy Mass.
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Guwahati, Jun. 2. 31st May 2015, the newly constructed Church dedicated to Don Bosco at Gojapara, Goalpara District of Assam was blessed by Archbishop John Moolachira, the Archbishop of Guwahati. The Archbishop declared the Church the Shrine of Don Bosco. Father VM Thomas, the Provincial inaugurated the Church and the auditorium. Fr. Januarius Sangma, the Vice Provincial read the Decree declaring the Don Bosco Church a shrine, in the presence of some fifty priests, religious nuns, thousands of parishioners and young people of the Parish.
Though the Parish of Gojapara was opened in March 1997, it was only recently that the construction of a beautiful Church was completed for the indigenous Rabha Catholic population of Gojapara village and 4200 Garo Catholics of the Parish spread out in the thirty nine villages of the Parish.
In a full packed church, Arch. John Moolachira said that he was happy to declare the newly constructed Church a shrine dedicated to Don Bosco as it is significant with the Bicentenary year of his birth of Don Bosco and requested people to visit the shrine often to pray. ''You have the most beautiful Church in the Archdiocese of Guwahati. I wish that you spend time in prayer with your family and receive the grace from God,'' the Archbishop said.  
Father VM Thomas, the provincial said that it is a dream come true after 18 years for the parishioners of Gojapara. ''Since the starting of the mission in 1977, the Parish has been wanting to build a Church, today the dream has been fulfilled,'' said Father Thomas.  He also mentioned that there were many people who supported the construction of the shrine. He expressed his deepest sentiments of thanks to all who helped in the building.

During the felicitation programme the parishioners expressed their happiness at having a place of worship. The parish of Gojapara has a full-fledged School from Nursery to Class X with nearly 1200 students at the centre and a Primary School at Hatigopa 10 km away with 200 children and a primary School up to class II at Lemakona 4 km away.
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