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HOW MANY ARE WE?

 

5,457, spread out over all the streets and lanes, over an area of about
6 Sq Km.   While in some localities the tree is already fully grown, in others the leaven has only just begun to ferment.

The number of males, 2.749, fits in pretty well, with that of females, 2.708.  Not a great difference, since many men move towards the City, searching for work.

 

          The Catholics are not made in a series, according to the same pattern.  The three regional groups that form the Catholic population of Bombay make up also the bulk of our faithful here.

          Among the 1,041 Catholic families there are:
430 Goans.
271 Mangalorians.
  161 East Indians.
47 (Keralites) Malayalees.
    34 Tamilians.
16 Anglo Indians.
11 Maharashtrians.

          The remaining are a mosaic from every nook and corner of India. In 46 families there is a mixture of two Catholic communities. Marriages between Catholics and non-Catholics are rare; there are only 3 such families. In all of them, the mother is the Catholic partner.

          Bombay is a cosmopolitan city; it is natural that our Catholics also present a real variety of types and origin.  On an average the size of the Catholic family is 5'25.

AND IT IS STILL GROWING.....

          Andheri is expanding and our Parish too grows in the same way. Births increase; but the real cause why the numbers swell is immigration.

          366 families have lived here for more than 10 years.

          675 laid roots here at a later date.


 

 

 

 

 

 40.22%
Age:     1-15

 28.8%
16-30

 28.7%
61-80

 2.1%
61-80

 0.18%
Above 80

MUCH YOUTH

          We look at the future; tomorrow belongs to the young people. But a not so comforting fact is hidden in these numbers. The span of life in India scarcely goes beyond 30 years, and we are children of the soil.


AN INTERESTING NOTE

Here we have several sets of twins. The current year has brought us three.

 

 

 

 Boys: 4 sets

Girls: 4 sets 

Boy ard girl: 8 sets 

A REAL BABEL

Bombay presents all the features of India.  This variety can be seen in the languages spoken by our
Christians.
languages spoken are-

Konkani 479 families
English 423
Marathi 74
Malayalam 31
Tamil 30
Hindi 3
Gujarati 1

The majority can speak two and even three languages. Hindi is the most widely used; not in vain is it the national language. Often parents speak the vernacular while their children speak English.