Churches to visit this Christmas across the city

This Christmas, we have come up with the best churches to visit in Bandra, South Bombay, and across the city.

  • St. Michael’s Church, Mahim

St. Michael’s Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Mumbai, originally built by the Portuguese in 1534. Since then it was rebuilt a number of times, the present structure dating to 1973. This church is very famous for its Novenas held every Wednesday, wherein Not only Christians, but also adherents of other faiths congregate to pay their respects to the Virgin Mary and attend mass every Wednesday. Devotees believe that visiting the Church on nine consecutive Wednesdays (Novena) will grant their wishes.

Christmas special: The Christmas Eve midnight mass of St. Michael’s Church is very popular, and carol singing starts at 11 PM. The church is beautifully lit up, and a market occupying the pavement out the front has a marvellous display of starry lanterns, scented candles, Jesus and Mother Mary statues.     

Address: Lady Jamshedji Road, Mahim West, Mahim, Mumbai

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Contact Number: 022 2445 4483/022 2446 8721

Website: stmichaelsmahim.com

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  • Gloria Church, Byculla

This beautiful tall Gothic-style church was inspired by the Canterbury Cathedral of England. It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Mumbai. The origin of the Gloria church can be traced to a private chapel which was built around 1548. As Byculla rose in importance and population, and as the number of Catholics increased, the private chapel naturally proved inadequate to the needs of the times. Therefore, to accommodate more people for mass prayers, church was built by Portuguese Franciscans in 1632. The modern Gloria church was built in English Gothic style in 1911 at Byculla & shaped in the form of a Latin Cross with lofty Towers – 4 Turrets which rise to a height of 160 ft. In 2013, the Church was recently renovated for the centenary year.

Christmas special: Christmas Eve at Gloria Church is absolutely magical! With its tall church towers (one of the tallest in the city), it makes for a splendid setting to ring in the Christmas festivities. This year, Christmas midnight service will begin with Carol Singing at 11.30 pm followed by midnight mass. On Christmas Day, i.e. 25th December, masses will be at 7 am, 8.15 am and 9.30 am (all in English).

Address: Sant Savata Mali Marg, Byculla East, Mazgaon, Mumbai

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Contact Number: 022 2372 6630

Website: https://gloriabyculla.wordpress.com/

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  • Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, Borivali

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Borivali has been a Roman Catholic Parish from 1547 to 1739 and again from 1912 onwards. The Church structure traces its origin back to the fifteenth century, a monument with an archetypal history and national significance. Adjoining the present Church building are the Mandapeshwar caves which date back to circa 750-850AD. In the 1980s and 1990s, as people from the main city and southern suburbs started moving to Borivali for its peaceful surroundings, the parish started expanding – gradually in the beginning and then with increasing speed. On the feast day at Mount Poinsur, 8 December, hundreds of thousands of people from all over Mumbai come and pay homage following a centuries’ old tradition which considers the Church of Our Lady of the Conception a centre for pilgrimage.

Christmas special: This church is decorated with holly wreaths, garlands and twinkling lights during Christmas. The mass is held on the huge church grounds. The attendance of their popular midnight mass service has increased to 12,000 people in recent years. This year, carol singing will begin at 9:30 PM, followed by the Christmas Eve mass from 10 PM.

Address: Shree Aurobindo Marg, I C Colony, Mount Poinsur, Borivali West, Mumbai

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Contact Number: 022 2893 1360

Website: icchurchborivali.org

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