Diocesan News

SUMMONS BY EDICT : Marriage Case

posted Oct 18, 2018, 6:14 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 6:14 PM ]

Franzeena Merlyn Lobo – Petitioner 

Kenneth Nilesh Bhalekar – Respondent 

Since the present whereabouts of Mr Kenneth Nilesh Bhalekar, Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, he is, hereby, summoned by this Edict to appear in person before the undersigned Judge in the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Archbishop's House, 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, on October 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. to give evidence in the above case, presently being heard before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Mr Kenneth Nilesh Bhalekar in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons. 

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Mr Kenneth Nilesh Bhalekar is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr Kenneth Nilesh Bhalekar was last known to have been residing at: House No. 2, Behind St Andrew Church, B.J. Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400 050. 

Fr Emmanuel K.T. 
Judge

Ms Edna Menezes 
Notary 

October 15, 2018 

Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop's House 

Making Mumbai Safe

posted Oct 18, 2018, 6:13 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 6:13 PM ]

The news item on the front page of Sunday Mumbai Mirror dated Oct. 07, 2018, was most welcome! A 25-year-old woman, Mantasha Shaikh, was going home from her relative's place, by BEST route# 395 Ltd, which she boarded at Saki Naka. With her husband out of the city, she knew she had to make her journey alone at midnight! She lived at Royal Palms in Aarey, and the driver and conductor of the said bus dropped her nearby in Aarey at 1:30 am at a totally deserted part of Aarey Colony. Knowing that she could be in difficulty, Mr Mayekar, the driver, and Mr Dinkar, the conductor, stopped their bus for ten minutes to make sure that Mantasha boarded a rickshaw, and the rickshaw moved in the right direction! Mayekar, 45 years old, is in BEST service for the past 12 years; conductor Dinkar, 34 years old, is in BEST service for the past 10 years. We salute these two men of character; but not all men are the same! The same Sunday Mumbai Mirror reported that a month earlier, an advertising professional registered a complaint against an Uber driver who allegedly left her stranded in the middle of Aarey forest at night. While walking in the dark, she tripped and fell into a pothole, injuring herself. She approached the police on Twitter, who immediately got in touch with her and registered a non-cognisable offence against the driver! 

Several months ago, I noticed this incident in front of the St Pius X College gate. The Aarey-Station Road was jammed with traffic! It was 7:30 pm; an elderly man with no feet was waiting near St Pius X College gate to cross the road, which was practically impossible for him due to the heavy traffic. Then an elderly gentleman, who was walking on the foot path, bravely went and stood in the centre of the road, at danger to himself, and stopped all traffic from both sides, until the disabled person slowly dragged himself across the road! Another Good Samaritan! 

It is people like these who make the financial capital of India safe for its residents! Three Cheers to such persons! Let us pray that we have more such people in Mumbai so that it becomes safer for all who live in it and for those who visit this city with a heart! 

Bishop Percival Fernandez 

Inter-Faith prayer service

posted Oct 18, 2018, 6:13 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 6:13 PM ]

'Living in Peace and Harmony' was the theme of the inter-faith prayer service organised by Sacred Heart Church, Vashi on October 2, 2018 - the 149th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an apostle of peace. 

Faith followers of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity were present in large numbers at the prayer service, which began with the introduction of the religious leaders - Guruji Atul Mahashabde from the Shiv-Vishnu Mandir, Vashi, Mr Sayed Salim from the Noor Masjid, Vashi, Granthi Simranjit Singh from the Singh Sabha Gurudwara, Vashi and Bishop Allwyn D'Silva from the Archdiocese of Bombay. After the dignitaries had participated in the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, young children marched, with measured steps, down the central aisle of the hall. The first child carried a placard with an image of a white dove—the international symbol of peace. The other children carried placards with symbols of each religion – “AUM" for the Hindu faith, star inside a crescent moon for the Islamic faith, Khanda for the Sikh faith and a cross for the Christian faith. The melodious strains of Jyoti Tumhari Satat Jalegi played softly in the background. 

The readings and recitals from the Bhagwad Gita, Holy Koran, Jina Sutras, Guru Granth Sahib and Holy Bible spread the unequivocal message that living in peace and harmony is an integral belief of every religion. A specially meaningful feature of the programme was the involvement of school children in performing the recitals, in keeping with the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said, “If you want real peace in the world, start with children." Select quotations of the Mahatma were displayed on the screen during the programme. 

The intercessory prayers for peace and harmony were unified by one common thread; that, more than ever, in a world shrinking into the global village, in which individuals and communities are drifting apart, there is need to pray for peace and harmonious living. 

Bishop Allwyn D'silva said that too often we see the other as a threat, and this mindset has the potential to lead to violence. He advocated that we should always see God in everyone. This would lead to a feeling of respect for the other. The prayer service drew to a close with the singing of the hymn, 'Make me a channel of your peace.' 

In his vote of thanks, Fr Henry D'Souza, Parish Priest, remarked on an old saying that “God has two dwelling places – one in heaven, and the other in a peaceful heart." 

Celebrate Age...

posted Oct 18, 2018, 6:12 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 6:13 PM ]

You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream. Age does not bracket one into the Elderly community. Age exudes respect. Even at 60, one is ready to earn, learn and compete with any challenge. This was proved by more than 200 Seniors of 58 parishes of the Archdiocese who congregated at Salvation Church, Dadar on Oct. 2, to celebrate World Elders Day. 

The day commenced with Mass celebrated at 9:30 am by Bishop Barthol Barretto, assisted by Fr Aniceto Pereira, the Spiritual Director of BASCA, along with Fr Francis of Wadala. With BASCA Vice President Thaddeus in the lead, the seniors led the choir and conducted the liturgy reverently. The BASCA President, Maxima Serrao, invited everyone to the hall for refreshments. 

The guests were treated to a vibrant presentation by Dr Nidhi Gupta on how negative stereotyping often deviates from positive viewing of the elderly. It is important to protect and promote the rights of older people. 

Gaston D'Souza entertained the guests with an interactive game of twists and turns, making us feel young again. There were loads of Spot Prizes, with each one vying for a prize at any cost. While he left us all in splits with his brand of humour, he also infused a healthy appetite for the sumptuous lunch that Melwyn Sequeira had selected for the occasion, complete with ice cream to cool us off. 

After the traditional Vote of Thanks, we bid adieu to the Young-at-Heart Seniors of BASCA ... till we meet again in October 2019. 

ACI - 50 years serving young disabled people

posted Oct 18, 2018, 6:12 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 6:12 PM ]

The Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (ACI), a female congregation created in Spain in 1877, arrived in India in 1968. For the past 50 years, they have educated young people, served the sick and disabled, and trained nurses. 

A ceremony with song and dance was held in the nuns' honour in Mumbai on Oct. 13, in the presence of about 700 people and 17 concelebrants. Bp John Rodrigues led the Eucharistic service. 

“We are grateful for the work done by the sisters who have been witnesses to God, the Church and society for 50 years," the prelate said. 

Bishop Rodrigues mentioned the Congregation's foundress, St Rafaela Porras y Ayllón, and her sister, Mother Pilar, who “wanted to create a family with universality of spirit and a specific charism for the Church in order to repair the heart of Jesus." 

With this aim in mind, Mother Luisa Landecho, the superior general, decided to send the first four sisters to India in 1968 with a specific goal: to serve the special children of God, those with mental disabilities. 

On October 6 of that year, Sisters Celia, Maria Dolores Tena, Josephine and Catherine arrived in India. “In the beginning, they worked as assistants at the Jai Vakeel Foundation, then the Lord responded to their prayers through the intercession of Saint Joseph, and in 1971, they offered a course for children with disability in the Dilkhush bungalow in the parish of St Joseph the Worker in Juhu." 

Out of that first classroom came a full-fledged school – the Dilkhush Special School – which now has 11 classes and 100 students, and is next to the Dilkhush Teacher Training Centre. 

The nuns later set up a workshop for adults with intellectual disabilities, the Premadhar Creche for housewives and the St Raphaela Mary Nursery School. The sisters also continue to help the parish. 

asianews.it 

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