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1. HOW TO REACH THE SHRINE
Coming by S.T. Bus: Alight at the Nashik Bus stand (MAHAMARG at Mumbai Naka) or CBS (Central Bus Station, Nashik City). Take a Rickshaw and ask for the "Shrine of the Infant Jesus" / "St. Xavier's School" / Bal Yeshu Prathana Mandir / Nehru Nagar, Nashik Road (Rs. 80) Agree with the Rickshaw man before-hand about the fare. Coming by train: Alight at Nashik Road Station. Take a Rickshaw. Ask for the same address (Rs. 50-60) Agree with the Rickshaw-man before-hand. Shared Rickshaws are available (Rs. 10/- per head), also Local Buses *(Rs.7) (Get down at Nehru Nagar Stop (before Shrine) or Upanagar Stop (after passing Shrine).
2. PILGRIMS' REST HOUSE
Lodging is available in the Pilgrim Rest House - for a maximum of two days (48 hours), only for "Pilgrim Families" to the Shrine.
Good and Wholesome Food at reasonable rates is supplied by the Shrine Caterer, Mr. Andrew D'Souza. Please contact him on arrival and specify your needs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. His Mobile No: 9420228243. His Assistant, Mrs. Pushpa Waghmare, is always available in the Shrine Kitchen (8.00 am till 5.00 pm) - to take your orders for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner - Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian - according to your taste.
Preference is given to families on pilgrimage to the Shrine. Single persons (man or woman) cannot be provided rooms.
No bookings in advance, please. Rooms are allotted on First come, First served basis. Preference is given to those traveling by public conveyance. Rooms are allotted between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. when the Caretaker is on duty. Pilgrims taking Rooms in the Rest House are invited to make a nominal offering of Rs. 100/- per person per day (24 hours). The Caretaker will request you to write your names and addresses in the Rest House Register. PLEASE KEEP READY SOME PHOTO IDENTITY OF THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD - TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF. This has become a common practice in many places offering services to the public. You are requested to sign against your name for the amount you have offered for your Stay.
However, it is not possible to provide Room accomodation for pilgrims coming late in the evening or early in the morning. Pilgrims arriving late are welcome to spend the night in the Common Hall of the Rest House, free of cost. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF. The Security on duty will guide them. Wash Room facilities are always available to everyone, free of cost.
Good accomodation is also available in small Private Guest Houses - in the vicinity of the Shrine at all hours of the day or night. The Security on duty at the Shrine will guide you.
The Shrine of the Infant Jesus has plans to construct good self-contained Family Pilgrim Rooms in the near future. Your prayers for the successful completion of the project are requested.
The Rest House remains closed:
1) From 24th December to 26th December inclusive - a Christmas break for the Shrine Workers.
2) From Wednesday of Holy Week to Easter Sunday, both days inclusive.
3) From Wednesday 5th February 2014 till Tuesday 11th February 2014 inclusive during the Annual Feast in honour of the Infant Jesus scheduled for Saturday-Sunday, 8th = 9th February 2014. ROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM WEDNESDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY 2014. During this time the entire Rest House is used to accomodate the numerous Volunteers who assist the Shrine in the smooth conduct of the Annual Feast.
Note: Pilgrims may also find suitable accommodation at reasonable rates in Hotels - next to the Nashik Railway Station - and at Bytco Point. In the vicinity of the Shrine are Hotels: Shalom Guest House - Durga International Hotel - Hotel The Landmark. Please Note: The Shrine of the Infant Jesus takes NO responsibility for the service provided by these Hotels.
Daily at : 6:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 6:00 p.m.
On Second Thursday of the month the 6:00 p.m. Mass is in Marathi
Sunday : 6:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
4. WEEKLY INTERCESSORY PRAYER & NOVENA MASS
Every Thursday of the year at 5:30 p.m. there will be an intercessory prayer service with Benediction followed by Novena Mass.
Everyday throughout the year, for the convenience of pilgrims desiring to return home on the same day, we have a Novena Mass at 12:00 noon. This Mass is offered for the intentions of all our pilgrims, Devotees, Friends and Benefactors.
6. ANNUAL SOLEMN CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF THE INFANT JESUS IN FEBRUARY EACH YEAR.
- The next Feast is scheduled for SATURDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY 2014.
The Annual Solemn Feast Celebration: Masses are held on the grounds every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. inclusive.
During the nine days (30th January till 7th February 2014) preceding the Annual Feast, Solemn Novena Masses are conducted:
In English at 6:30 a.m. 12:00 noon and 6.00 p.m. and in Marathi at 11:00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
For details of the Novena Themes and Readings of the Novena and Feast in February 2014 - please see the Article entitled: NOVENA
7. MASS OFFERINGS
Check at the Mass-offering Counter inside the Shrine. Kindly, follow the instruction printed on the envelopes kept on the counter. Drop the envelopes "Personally" in the box.
8. PETITIONS AND REQUEST TO THE INFANT JESUS
Check at the Petition Counter in the Shrine. Fill the petition slips kept on the counter and drop them in the box. All Petititions are placed on the Altar during the Novena Masses on Thursdays - 6.30 a.m. - 12.00 noon - 6.00 p.m.
9. "LOVE OFFERINGS" TO THE INFANT JESUS
a) You may do them by the Cheque / D.D. / M.O.
Those residing in India: or sending the amount in Indian Currency on an Indian Bank: in please send in favour of "SHRINE OF THE INFANT JESUS", payable at Nashik.
Those residing outside India: and sending the amount in Foreign Currency: please send in favour of "THE BOMBAY XAVERIAN CORPORATION", payable at Mumbai. Post them to the Shrine's address in Nashik.
Indian citizens residing outside India: and sending the amount in Indian currency on an Indian Bank: please send in favour of "SHRINE OF THE INFANT JESUS", payable at Nashik. Post them to the Shrine's address in Nashik.
b) LOVE OFFERINGS may be made in Cash : at the Offering counter inside the Shrine, next to the image of the Infant Jesus. You may use envelopes that are kept on the counter. Drop the envelopes "Personally" in the box.
10. DONATIONS OF ARTICLES
Donation in Kind - Offering of Articles - is NOT recommended. PLEASE DO NOT OFFER ANY KIND OF ARTICLE AT the Shrine of the Infant Jesus, Nashik Road.
11. FOR PERSONAL MATTERS: CONFESSIONS AND GUIDANCE
Meet the Chaplain Fr. Aubrey Mascarenhas, S.J. or the Assistant Chaplains in their offices, if they are not in the office, call for them. Fr. Cedric Rebello, S.J. is always available for Spiritual Guidance, Confessions, Counselling. Inform the Security on duty to call Fr. Aubrey or Fr. Cedric.
WELCOME TO THE SHRINE OF THE INFANT JESUS.
The Shrine Remains Open Daily From 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
MAY THE INFANT JESUS BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
Fr. Rudy Fernandez, S.J.
Fr. Cedric Rebello, S.J.
Bro. Vincent D'Souza, S.J.
Fr. Valerian Vaz, S.J.