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St.Thérèse Parish, Salmiya – Kuwait

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Welcome to St. Thérèse Parish, Salmiya
Parishioners of St. Thérèse Church are those who reside in these areas:

Messila, Ras Salmiya, Salwa, Rumaithiya,
Maidan Hawally, Sabah Al Salem, Mishref and Bayan

 ”For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” — Matthew 18 : 20

The Church of St. Thérèse is situated in the very heart of the Indian community of Salmiya. Its convenient location, besides the prayerful fervour of the community, is what draws hundreds of Catholic faithful from the neighbourhood to this tiny and humble spiritual abode for Holy Mass, parish ministry meetings, catechism classes and social activities of the Church.holy_redeemer_chapel1 

The Church which was inaugurated as a Chapel in 1974, was born of a need that arose when residents from India began to converge on Salmiya and its neighbouring localities. The availability of Indian schools in the area was one of the reasons why a number of families settled here. Vast distances from Kuwait City (wherein is situated the Holy Family Cathedral), as well as in-sufficient transport facilities to and from the city might have contributed to a growing need for a place of worship so that the Catholic faithful could perform their weekly religious obligation.

On 3rd August 2008, H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait entrusted St. Thérèse Parish to the pastoral care of the Salesians, appointing Rev. Fr. Tony D`Souza as the first Salesian Parish Priest. This Parish was previously under the spiritual guidance and care of the Discalced Carmelites in Kuwait.

…Today, the Church serves a community of more than a thousand families. From a humble beginning of a weekly service, the Church now has Holy Mass every day of the week. The Intercessory Prayer Service is held on Mondays, Malayalam Prayer Meeting & Mass on Wednesdays, English Prayer Meeting on Thursdays, Legion of Mary (Senior and Junior) on Friday, and on Sunday and Tuesday, choir practices are held. Catechism is taught to around 875 school-going children in two sessions on Friday mornings. The Salmiya Catholic community is ever expanding and we pray that along with it, the Church, too, will get to be more spacious where all its faithful can come and be with the Lord …

St. Thérèse Parish: Historical Timeline

… The Church which was inaugurated as Holy Redeemer Chapel in 1974 was born of a need that arose when residents from India began to converge on Salmiya and its neighbouring localities. The availability of Indian schools in the area was one of the reasons why a number of families settled here. Vast distances from Kuwait City (wherein is situated the Holy Family Cathedral), as well as in-sufficient transport facilities to and from the city might have contributed to a growing need for a place of worship so that the Catholic faithful could perform their weekly religious obligation.

From a humble congregation of 40 faithful in 1959, the congregation now exceeds a thousand families!

Historical Timeline

Significant Events in the History of St. Thérèse Church 

3 Nov 1959
The first weekly Holy Mass was celebrated at Salmiya on Tuesday, 3 November, 1959 by Msgr. Stella at the suggestion of Mr. Archie Menezes, a parishioner, at whose residence the Mass was celebrated. The strength of the faithful at that time was around 40, but it gradually increased to almost 80, especially in the summer months when the Service was held on the terrace.

1967 New premises (in Salmiya itself) were secured for use as a Chapel by Mr. Menezes, and these premises were used until 1970.
 
1970 The Chapel shifts location again! Mr. Menezes managed to acquire a villa with a garage and a courtyard which was later converted into a big hall sufficient to accommodate over 100 parishioners.
1974 Owing to complaints from the neighbours, the landlord requested that the Chapel be shifted to another location and he offered new premises but this was not convenient for the faithful.
 
1974 The present premises (where the Church stands today) were secured in January 1974.

5 Feb 1974 Msgr. Victor San Miguel agreed to bear the expense of renovating this new place. On Wednesday, February 5, 1974, at 6.30 p.m. he performed the opening ceremony of the new Chapel and dedicated the Chapel to the Holy Redeemer.

1990 Even during the invasion, the weekly Services were never interrupted for a single week. They were held whenever possible. 
 
2000 The Chapel premises were closed (the first time since its inception in 1974)  for almost six months for renovation and extension.

8 Jun 2001 The “new” extended chapel with annexe was inaugurated and blessed by H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef on Friday, 8th June, 2001. Among those present at the ceremony, were Vatican Chargé D’Affaires – Monsignor Giuseppe De Andrea, the clergy and members of the Catholic community in Kuwait.

28 July 2006 Following a Decree by His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCI, the name of the Holy Redeemer Chapel has been changed to “Church of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus”, at the same time formally erecting it into a Parish. Rev. Fr. Berchmans Aruldoss, OCD was installed as first Parish Priest. A residence for the Parish Priest has also been secured in the neighbouring building.

2 Oct 2006 St. Thérèse Parish, Salmiya, celebrated its FIRST Parish Feast on 2nd October, 2006. The event was made more memorable as Monsignor Arnaldo Catalan (Apostolic Nunciature in Kuwait) handed over to the Parish Priest, a relic of St. Thérèse and a relic of the True Cross, which had been in his custody for a long time. The small relic of St. Thérèse is a first class relic since it contains ashes of the saint. The inscription “S.Theres J.Inf.” identifies this relic. The relic of the True Cross is the first class relic of the True Cross and is identified by the inscription “S.S.Crucis D.N.J.C”.

3 Aug 2008 His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCI, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait entrusted St. Thérèse Parish to the pastoral care of the Salesians, appointing Rev. Fr. Tony D`Souza as the first Salesian Parish Priest. This Parish was previously under the spiritual guidance and care of the Discalced Carmelites in Kuwait.

3 Nov 2009 St. Thérèse Parish, Salmiya, celebrated the Golden Jubilee of its inception. The festive concelebrated Mass on the Golden Jubilee day was presided by His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, mccj. Present at the Eucharistic celebration were Fr. Michael Fernandes – Salesian Provincial, the priests of the Vicariate of Kuwait and Mr. Archie Menezes, the pioneer of the Salmiya Catholic community.

 St. Thérèse Church: A description

St. Thérèse Church is situated in the very heart of the Indian community of Salmiya. Its convenient location (opposite The Indian (Junior) Community School), besides the prayerful fervour of the community, is what draws hundreds of Catholic faithful from the neighbourhood to this tiny and humble spiritual abode for Holy Mass, parish ministry meetings, catechism classes and social activities of the Church.

 The Church which was inaugurated a Chapel IN 1974, was born of a need that arose when residents from India began to converge on Salmiya and its neighbouring localities. The availability of Indian schools in the area was one of the reasons why a number of families settled here. Vast distances from Kuwait City (wherein is situated the Holy Family Cathedral), as well as in-sufficient transport facilities to and from the city might have contributed to a growing need for a place of worship so that the Catholic faithful could perform their weekly religious obligation

 The first Services
The first weekly Holy Mass was celebrated in Salmiya on Tuesday, 3rd November 1959 by Bishop Teofano Ubaldo Stella OCD, at the suggestion of Mr. Archie Menezes, a parishioner, at whose residence the Mass was celebrated. The strength of the faithful at that time was around 40 but it gradually increased to almost 80 especially in the summer months when the service was held on the terrace.

In 1967, new premises were secured and it was used until 1970 when Mr. Menezes managed to acquire a villa with a garage and a courtyard which was later converted into a big hall sufficient to accommodate over 100 parishioners.

Chapel

Chapel

A Chapel is “Born”
In 1974, owing to complaints from the neighbours, the landlord requested that the Chapel be shifted to another location and he offered new premises but this was not convenient for the faithful. However, by the grace of God, the present premises were secured in January 1974, and H.L. Bishop Victor San Miguel OCD, agreed to bear the expense of renovating this new place. On Wednesday, 5th February 1974, he performed the opening ceremony of the new (present day) Chapel and dedicated it to the Holy Redeemer.

All through these years, the contribution and participation of the parishioners have been generous and tremendous. Despite the difficulties faced by the Chapel and the parishioners since 1959 until the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, the weekly services were never interrupted for a single week. Even during the invasion, services were held whenever possible.

Renovation and Extension of the Chapel
With deep gratitude to God and to all who assisted in the restoration, the community was once again able to worship in the Chapel, following the closure of the Chapel premises for almost six months for renovation and extension in 2001.

The “new” extended Chapel with annexe was inaugurated and blessed by H.L. Bishop Francis Micallef on Friday, 8th June, 2001. Since its inception in 1974, the Chapel has undergone major renovation. The remodeling of the existing structure is the culmination of more than twelve months of planning and anticipation, although actual construction had been underway for less than three months. The outstanding features of the Chapel are the remodeled and larger sanctuary and extended main body of the Chapel, made possible through the demolition of the smaller rooms on the right side and redesign of the altar (moved a few feet back), after taking in the new space acquired from the tenants who vacated the premises. The arrangement of the pews ensures that the altar is visible from every side.

Fresco

Fresco

Dedication and Canonical Erection of St. Thérèse Parish
On 28th July, 2006, following a Decree by His Lordship Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCI, Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait, the name of the Holy Redeemer Chapel was changed to “Church of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus”, at the same time formally erecting it into a Parish.

  Parish Activities
Today, the Church serves a community of more than a thousand families. From a humble beginning of a weekly service, the Church now has Holy Mass every day of the week. The Intercessory Prayer Service is held on Mondays, Malayalam Prayer Meeting & Mass on Wednesdays, English Prayer Meeting on Thursdays, Legion of Mary (Senior and Junior) on Friday, and on Sunday and Tuesday, choir practices are held. Catechism is taught to around 875 school-going children in two sessions on Friday mornings. The Salmiya Catholic community is ever expanding and we pray that along with it, the Church, too, will get to be more spacious where all its faithful can come and be with the Lord.

MASS TIMINGS: ST. THÉRÈSE PARISH, SALMIYA
 SUNDAY  : 6.15 a.m.    English
                    6.00 p.m.     English
                    7.15 p.m.      English

MON / TUE &
THURSDAY    : 6.15 a.m.  English
                          6.30 p.m.   English

WEDNESDAY  : 6.15 a.m.   English
                            6.30 p.m.   English(Hall)
                             6.30 p.m.   Malayalam (Church)
 
FRIDAY            :  7.15 a.m.      English
=Sunday=             8.30 a.m.      English
=Liturgy=            10.00 a.m.      English
                              1.00 p.m.     Tagalog
                              5.00 p.m.      Konkani
                              6.30 p.m.       English
                               7.45 p.m.       Malayalam

FRIDAY – 11.15 a.m. – Mass in English, animated by the community of Catholics hailing mainly from Europe and the USA (will commence from October 9, 2009).

SATURDAY  :            6.15 a.m.         English
                                    6.30 p.m.        English (Sun. Lit & Novena)
                                     7.45 p.m.       Tamil (Sunday Liturgy)

Novena to Mother of Perpetual Succour

Feast Day: 27 June

O MOTHER of Perpetual Succour, behold me a miserable sinner at thy feet. I have recourse to thee and put my trust in thee.

O Mother of Mercy, have pity upon me, I hear thee called by all, the refuge and the hope of sinners, be then my refuge and my hope. Succour me for the love of Jesus Christ; stretch forth thy hand to me, a poor sinner, who recommend and dedicate myself to thee, as thy perpetual servant.

I bless and thank God, for, having in His Mercy given me this confidence in Thee, the pledge, as I believe, of my eternal salvation.

Alas, too often in past times have I miserably fallen, because I had not recourse to thee, I know that with thy help I shall conquer. I know that thou will help me, if I recommend myself to thee, but I fear lest in the occasion of falling, I should cease to call upon thee, and, so should lose my soul.

This, then, is the grace I seek from thee, and I beg of thee, as far as I know how and can, to obtain it for me, namely, in the assaults of hell, always to have recourse to thee and to say to thee :

O Mary, help me, Mother of Perpetual Succour, suffer me not to lose my God. Amen.

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