Author: MHOC Naigaon

Gospel Band Event of 2024: The Power Outage That Couldn’t Dim Our Faith

Gathered under the roof of Mary Help of Christians Parish in Naigaon East, the faithful congregated for an evening of spiritual nourishment and communal celebration – the Gospel Band Event of 2024.

Organized by the vibrant youth group known as Y.M.H.C, this event served as a testament to the parish’s commitment to fostering faith, unity, and worship.

The evening commenced with an unforeseen challenge as the power outage threatened to derail the scheduled program. However, the dedicated youth group and the entire band team, exemplified remarkable composure and leadership. Together, they demonstrated unity and resolve, navigating through the challenging situation with patience and unwavering faith, while collectively encouraging everyone to persevere in praising the Lord.

With minimal instruments that could function without electricity, the congregation, undeterred by the darkness, joined forces with the singers, raising their voices in song and prayer, transforming the setback into an opportunity for collective worship. As they improvised with their phone flashlights, the atmosphere became charged with a sense of unity and devotion.

After approximately 40 minutes, the power was restored, prompting a collective sigh of relief from everyone present. With the venue once again illuminated, the Gospel Band took the stage, igniting the atmosphere with their inspiring melodies and heartfelt lyrics that resonated with the praises of the Lord.

A highlight of the evening was the deeply moving testimonies shared by Mrs. Veena Noronha, Bro Raymond, Mrs. Christaline Pinto, Dennis Borges (Youth), and Mr. Beni Menezes from the parish, who had all experienced God’s healing touch during challenging periods in their lives. Through their stories, we are reminded that even in the darkest moments, God is at work, orchestrating miracles and guiding us through the tunnels of struggle. Their journeys inspire us to hold onto faith, knowing that just as they emerged from their challenges into the light, so too shall we find our way through our own trials.

Towards the end of the event, Fr. Dominic Martis shared some heartfelt words with everyone, reminding us of the profound impact of faith and the strength found in unity. He emphasized how the transformative power of music and worship can bring us closer to God, leaving everyone feeling deeply touched by his message.

The Gospel Band, comprising talented singers including Roystern, Olinda, Pooja, Elaine, Rachel, Joslin, Serena, Russell, Lareina, Preeti, Denis, Cyneka, Clara, Jessica, Joshua, Michael, Beni, and Elijah, delivered a captivating performance that uplifted the souls of all in attendance. Their voices, accompanied by the skilled musicianship of Cassin Veigas, Dennis Matta, Bianca Hendricks, Elijah Baretto, and Roystern Dsouza, filled the venue with an atmosphere of reverence and joy.

Adding to the dynamic energy of the event, dancers Gail, Annya, Conception, Joyce, Valeni, and Shalen graced the stage for several songs, infusing the performance with their vibrant movements and spirit.

Behind the scenes, the success of the event was made possible by the tireless efforts of the sound team, led by Michael Pillai and Jonathan Kaikey. Additionally, the unwavering dedication of the core youth team – Kevin, Melroy, Shalen, Jessica, and Beni – played a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth execution of the event.

Special recognition is also extended to Dennis Borges, Amorio, Lourdinha, Viren, Aditya, Ivo, Bhavik, Tushar, Valen, Don and his entire team whose invaluable contributions were instrumental in creating a memorable evening. A heartfelt vote of thanks was delivered by Jaden, acknowledging the efforts of all involved in making the event a resounding success.

The Gospel Band Event was more than simply an evening of music and testimonies; it was a live example of overpowering the forces of darkness by continuing to glorify God in the face of hardship. As the power outage threatened to overshadow the event, people’s steadfast faith shone through, resulting in power restoration and the continuation of the program. It was truly an evening of spiritual sustenance, social celebration, and a reaffirmation of the parish’s dedication to developing faith, togetherness, and worship.

Written by Cyneka D’sa

Parish Football Tournament held at MHOC, Naigaon

The youth group of Mary Help of Christians Church, Naigaon(E) organized the Inter community Parish Football Tournament held at the Don Bosco School turf grounds on 12th November, 2023.  St. Francis De Sales won the tournament. Eleven teams participated from the various zones of the parish.

The tournament commenced with an energetic opening ceremony at 11:00 am led by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes.  In a symbolic gesture, he skilfully kicked the ball towards the goal, marking the official start of the day’s football tournament.  Spectators representing different communities filled the stands and added to the excitement by cheering passionately for their favourite teams.

The day witnessed intense competition, culminating in a thrilling final that saw St. Francis De Sales Community emerge as the champions, defeating the commendable Good Shepherd Community team in a closely contested match. 

Individual awards were presented to deserving players.  At the prize distribution ceremony Fr. Dominic Martis, Parish priest of MHOC, Nagioan presented the awards and congratulated the team members.  Valeron Pereira from Sacred Heart community was crowned the Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.   Brandon Picardo from St. Francis De Sales took was awarded the Best Player of the tournament.  The Best Female Player award was presented to Ms Bernadette Rodrigues and the best scorer award of the tournament was awarded to Aldric Picardo.

The inter-Parish Football Tournament not only highlighted the skill and talents of the participants but also emphasized the spirit of unity and community bonding fostered by the beautiful sports game of football. 

 The tournament was sponsored by Mr Melroy Moses, Laura Fernandes in loving memory of her late husband Mr Humphrey Fernandes, and Margaret’s Caterers.

By Ms. Cyneka D’sa for BIS Mumbai

Life in the fast lane

It is said that “one run can change your day; many runs can change your life”. This quote can be perfectly said about Mr. Eugene Quadros our very own parishioner of Naigon. Mr. Quadros started training himself in athletics from his childhood. 

His sport teacher encouraged him to take part in the running race in the school there and then he realized the talent within him. Mr. Quadros has won over 50 marathons across the states. Mr.Quadros created a Guinness book of world record in 2016 by climbing the Satara hill marathon which he completed in 44minutes. The very recent record he created in November 2020 by running from Nalasopara to Nariman point this 100km long marathon he completed in 10hrs. 26min. 31sec. beside these major titles he has won many prestigious marathons such as Tata Mumbai marathon, Standard charted marathon, Vasai- Virar Marathon etc. He has not kept himself limited only to Maharashtra but has also participated in Marathon organised in other states such as Gujarat and Goa.

He says that “nothing comes easy in life” he has dedicated his entire life to exercise and continues to inspire many in this field. At times he has to compromise his other commitments in order to complete the daily quota of his exercise, work becomes worship for him. Mr. Quadros is passionate about his exercise and believes in sharing God given talents with the people who are interested in learning. At present he is training couple of students who are aspiring to join the Indian army. His goal in life is to inspire and help others to achieve the great milestone.  


Beside his commitment to his exercise he has other hobbies such as listening to music, going for a long drive, collecting stones etc. He has travelled over 22 times from Mumbai to Goa on bike. He has the collection of mineral stones stored at his house. When asked about his advice to young people he says that exercise is as important as essential things in life such as food, drink and sleep. He also added that people realize the importance of exercise very late in their life.

The secret to his achievements is “practice makes a man perfect” that is what he has done in the past and wishes to do in the future. Winston Churchill once said “success is not final; failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts”. And I think Mr. Quadros lives by this principle. He wishes to keep the same commitment and dedication till his last breath. Even today at the age of 64 he runs like a youngster or may be better than them, this is the greatest compliment one can ever get. Today if you search his name on Google you get see the image of Mr. Eugene Quadros. Even Google has taken the note of his success. We wish him all the more success, good health and wait to see him reaching even greater heights in the near future.



All the best Mr. Eugene for your upcoming marathons!!!!!