THANA CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION
(taken from the Archives of the East Indian Association Silver Jubliee)
The “Rest” was also the first Club to organize and open Badminton Tournament in Bandra. These were also one of the earliest sportsmen in the field of Hockey and also entered the Aga Khan Hockey Tournament for some years. In cricket too they have a good team, Tennis and Badminton sections are well maintained.
The “Rest” socials which are generally held about twice a year are well patronized by their friends and well wishers.
About four years ago the “Rest” celebrated its Silver Jubilee with éclat and a large number of guests including the clergy and the elite of Bandra, were invited for the occasion. The spontaneous response of the guest by their large attendance demonstrated the high esteem in which the Club is held.
The “Rest” still continues its activities in all directions with full vigor and the Members who now number about 80 work together harmoniously in the welfare and progress of the Club. It is the only East Indian Club that has continued its existence for nearly 25 years and has now premises of its own.
For some years in its infancy they had not thought it necessary to elect a President, but with the growth and expansion of the club, Dr. P.A.Dias, now Mayor of Bandra was elected its first President in 1916. Out of the founders who still continue to be Members are Messrs. Edward Xavier, Manuel Fonseca, P.N. Fereira and P.P.A. Gonsalves.
The subsequent Presidents and Secretaries were as under:
Dr. J.H. Pereira
Mr. Paul T. Pereira
Mr. Peter D’Lima.
The existing premises was acquired in 1931 during the Presidentship of Mr.P.T.Pereira and through the untiring zeal of selfless efforts of Mr. Peter D’Lima the then General Secretary Mr. D’Lima was Secretary of the “Rest” for 18 years.
The present President and General Secretary are Messrs P.J.Fonseca and A.I.Dias.
This Association established in 1932 has its aims and objects to promote and safeguard the rights and interests and privileges of all the Catholics of Thana by all constitutional means.
The Association besides extending its activities to such problems as water supply, improvements to roads and bylanes, renaming of roads, stray dogs, street lighting and the settlement of disputes among the members of the community, maintains an X’mas Saving Fund and is now starting a Death Benefit Fund.
The Association provides a Hearse free of charge to all Catholics of the place which is a great boon particularly to the villages situated at a distance from the church.
Among the annual functions organized by the Association is a Grand X’mas tree and sports social gathering and the Railway Travelers Thanksgiving Mass.
Among the meetings convened under the auspices of the Association the most important of all was the Condolence Meeting of the Catholics of Thana on the death of the late King George V at which the Collector presided and among the Government officials present were the Sessions Judge, Add. Sessions Judge, Civil Surgeon, Asst. Collector and the President of the Municipality.
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