15 St Blaise Cemetery Extension - Coretta D'Souza

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:31 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:31 PM ]
The long lost shabby and deserted 'Blaise Cemetery' will now be called 'St Blaise Cemetery Extension.' As one flips through the pages of the Book of Records, one's attention is immediately drawn to the last entries of burials in the then 'Blaise Cemetery', dating back to 1904, almost six generations ago, when unfortunately, a few of our very own family members and parishioners of St Blaise Church, fell prey to one of the most historically dangerous rat-borne diseases called 'Plague', and were buried in this very cemetery ground. From that year till date, this 'Blaise Cemetery' has been encroached upon, beyond measure, by timber mart merchants, plywood dealers, monsoon shed sealers and film set material suppliers, who not only carried out their ancestral business over these long years, but also used this 'Blaise Cemetery' ground and its boundaries to house their domestic animals like goats, hens, chickens etc. Noticing that this cemetery ground would one day slip through our hands, it soon became an issue of urgent, important and serious concern to all the parish priests who had their posting here at St Blaise Church, Amboli. Each one of them did take up this issue with the higher authorities, with limited success.