History of the church

In response to a request of the Holy Family Welfare Association, a voluntary body of Catholics, Rev. Fr. Apollinaris D’Silva was appointed Priest-in-charge in January 1971 thus originated the Parish Unit of the Holy Family. Soon after his  arrival, a plot of land was acquired at Pestom Sagar where under his inspiration and guidance there have developed in the  course of the years a High School, a Parish House and a Prayer Hall  Besides two big Co-operative Housing Societies have come up  at Pestom Sagar and Chedda Nagar under his  sponsorship.


With the transfer of Fr. Apollinaris on 31.5.1982 came Fr Joseph Vincent and the parish unit was raised to a parish. The church building was completed and inaugurated in the short term of Fr. Hugh Fonseca. On 8th March 1986 the church was blessed by Archbishop Simon Pimenta. On 21.7.86 the tall Fr. John Lobo took over the reigns and was succeeded by the quiet Fr. Edward  C. D’Souza. On 1.6.1988 the baton was passed on to the stern looking yet humorous Fr. Donald Rodrigues who was succeeded by Fr. Denis Pereira the author of many books and  articles in various magazines. On his retirement came in the present incumbent Fr.(Dr.) Francis Carvalho. In June 2016 Fr. Ashlyn Fonseca took the reigns from Fr. (Dr.) Francis Carvolho and is the current Parish Priest of Holy Family Church. 

Fr. Ashlyn Fonseca's untimely death on 25th August, 2017, saw Fr. Leon Mascarenhas taking the reigns as the acting Parish Priest and later on officially inducted as the Parish Priest on 6th July 2019.