Jubilee Year Celebrations

Schedule of Activities

Event Date Event Name Venue
22 November 2013 Inauguration of the Jubilee Year click for details Church Compound
23 November 2013 Dinner Reception click for details Diplomat Radisson Hotel
17 December 2013 Carol Singing Contest Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium
17 January 2014 Football Tournament  
7 February 2014 Family Day Church Compound
17 - 20 February 2014 Healing Mission Sacred Heart Church
28 February 2014 Treasure Hunt  
25 April 2014 Cricket Tournament  
May 2014 Badminton Competition  
June 2014 Art Competition for Children (ages 5 to 15)  
July 2014 Open Chess Tournament (To be held on the 25th and may have it on another day depending on the number of entries.)  
August 2014 Salad competition for ladies (click here to download the registration form and contest rules) 29 August 2014 @ Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium
September 2014 Talent Show 22nd September (Preliminary) and 25th September (Finals) (click here to download the registration form and contest rules)  
October 2014 Tele-Games Tentative schedule is on the 24th
16 October 2014 You Got Talent  
20 November 2014 Praise & Worship Formation  
21 November 2014 Jubilee Closing  

* All schedules above may change depending on availability and other factors.

Jubilee Committees

Committee Coordinator Mobile Number Email Address
Inauguration and Closing Donald Mathias 33474043 kdonmath[at]gmail.com
Liturgy Florine Mathias 39134027 florinemath5[at]gmail.com
Formation Jover Nocom 39402139 jover.nocom[at]cfcbahrain.com
Sports & Cultural Chitalka Ambrose 36581132 info[at]daniele-bh.com
Solicitation & Supporters Gerard Fernandes 38412300 gmferns[at]gmail.com
Souvenir Program Chris Ebreo 39870978 chrisebreo[at]yahoo.com
PR, Reception & General Arrangements Julie Dizon 39422723 julie1656[at]gmail.com

75 Years of Existence

The Sacred Heart Church, the very first Catholic Church in the Gulf Region, celebrates is 75th anniversary.  This milestone is the Church’s history will be celebrated with  a year-long programme of activities which will promise to bring so much of spiritual upliftment, fun and enjoyment to the Parishioners. The Grand Diamond Jubilee Year commences on 22nd November 2013 and will culminate on 21st November 2014.

As we celebrate this great occasion, let us look back and reminisce the important events in the history of the church.

Through the Years

  • The foundation stone for the Mother Church was laid on 9th June.

    • The Church Complex had the best buildings in Manama and the new Parish of the Sacred Heart Church, the first of its kind in the Gulf, was established.
    • The Convent and the first proper school were built.
    • With the rapid growth of the Christian Community, the church was expanded and the belfry was added by Frs. Walter Connolly and Damian Ciacci in 1949.

    • Rev. Fr. Luigi Magliacani was appointed Vicar of Arabia.
    • Growth and further expansion in the Church was done.
    • Comboni sisters arrived in 1953 took charge of the school.
    • St Barth’s Hall was built in 1957 - 1958 providing facilities for social gatherings to promote fellowship and unity among the Catholic community. The building also provided residential accommodation for the priests.

    • Fr. Eusebius Daveri became Parish Priest from 1961 to 1965, succeeding Fr. Walter Connolly.
    • Fr. Eugene Mattioli became Parish Priest from May 1965 to 1979.
    • Further expansion was done when a plot of land adjacent to the church complex was purchased to enlarge the school and provide playground.
    • A spacious plot of land in Isa Town was donated by the late Amir HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa where a modern school was built to relocate the Manama main school.
    • Fr. Adrian Benini succeeded Fr Eugene from 1979 to 1987, only to be replaced by Fr Eugene until 1988. After Fr Eugene left, the parish was left without a parish priest for eight months.
    • Bishop Bernard Giovannie Gremoli was appointed Vicar of Arabia in 1988.
    • Fr. Felicion Dinis was appointed by Bishop Gremoli as the new parish priest in October 1989.
    • Church renovations were undertaken and a new main altar was made.
    • The Sacred Church celebrated its Golden Jubilee. The Golden Jubilee celebrations were attended by VIPs from the members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Papal Nuncio, leaders of the other congregations and Bishops and Priests from India, Kuwait, and Iraq.
    • Seven lay ministers were appointed to take on administrative and other responsibilities in the Church to give more time to the clergy for their spiritual work.
    • Due to the significant growth in number of parishioners, a proposal to build another structure, then called the Multi-Purpose Hall was put forward to and approved by Bishop Gremoli.
    • The foundation stone of the MPH was laid on 8th September 1990.

    • The old convent was demolished and a new one was built.  The foundation stone of the new convent was laid on 2 May 1992.It was completed within one year and was blessed by Bishop Gremoli on 6th January 1993.
    • Existing church facilities such as the Parish Hall and Parish offices were renovated and refurbished.  The audio-visual room was built. The Social Service Unit was also constructed next to the Church to provide service for the needy.
    • Existing Prayer Groups were strengthened and new ones were formed – Legion of Mary, Couples for Christ, POSA (Poor of St Anthony). Charismatic Prayer Groups. These groups not only provide parishioners platform for spiritual growth, promote fellowship and unity but also take part in charity work for the needy and the sick.
    • Several church ministries were introduced:  Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Altar Servers and Catechists.
    • Several Parish Missions were held in different languages. Language community masses were also started – Arabic, Konkani, Tamil, Malayalam and Tagalog.
    • The Family Bulletin was published with the maiden issue released during the Pastoral Visit  of Bishop Gremoli on 24th April 1992.
    • Family Get Together were held annual coinciding with the Christmas celebrations.
    • Ecumenical Prayer Service were hosted to show the Church commitment towards Christian Unity.
    • On 21st November 1999, the late Amir HH Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa made his first official visit to Rome where he met Pope John Paul II.
    • On 15 August 1995, the foundation stone for the Community Centre Building was laid. The Centre was inaugurated by Bishop Gremoli on 15 August 1996.
    • The foundation stone for the Third Millennium Building was laid on 31st May 1999. The inauguration of this building took place on 11th May 2000.
    • Sis Idangela celebrated her golden anniversary as Comboni  Sister.
    • The Sacred Heart Church celebrated its Golden Jubilee with great fanfare. His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was presented the Diamond Jubilee Souvenir by Fr Felicio along with Monsignor Giuseppe de Andrea and Bishop Bernard Gremoli during an audience in May 2000.
    • Bishop Bernard Gremoli was succeeded by Bishop Paul Hinder.
    • First women lay ministers were installed in November 2000.
    • Fr Felicio pursued further studies and was succeeded by Fr Thomas Quadros as parish priest from 2004 to 2009.
    • In 2006, Fr Thomas celebrated the 14th anniversary of the Parish Bulletin and released the issue with a new masthead and new look.  The bulletin was renamed Outreach.
    • Fr Eugene Mattioli, former Parish Priest celebrated his Golden Sacerdotal Jubilee and officiated the solemn concelebrated mass on 13 April 2007.
    • In 2009, Fr Dinesh Mendonca was appointed Parish Priest until 2010.
    • In May 2011, His Majesty King Hamad bin isa Al Khalifa gave an audience to two visiting Bishops – Bishop Camillo Ballin and Bishop Paul Hinder accompanied by Fr Dinesh Mendonca.  The Vicariate of Arabia was divided into two:  Northern Vicariate of Arabia of which Bishop Camillo Ballin was appointed as the Apostolic Vicar; and Southern Vicariate of Arabia and Bishop Paul Hinder was appointed as the Apostolic Vicar.
    • On 24 May 2011, Archbishop Petar Rajic, Holy See Apostolic Pro Nuncio or Vatican Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain presented his credentials to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
    • Fr Uldarico “Ding” Camus was appointed Parish Priest in June 2001, replacing Fr Dinesh who returned to India.
    • In 2012, the altar of the Sacred Heart Church was renovated and was blessed by Bishop Camillo in September 2012.
    • Various annual events like Family Day in February, Living Rosary in October Home Away from Home during Christmas and many others were held to foster unity, camaraderie and fellowship among the parishioners.
    • In 2013, a new Adoration Chapel was renovated.  The church stage was also renovated.
    • The 75th Anniversary Jubilee Celebrations will commence on 22 November 2013 with activities to be participated in by the various communities and will culminate in a Dinner Reception at the Diplomat Radisson Blue Hotel on 23 November 2013.