Diocesan News


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

Salome Hycinth Dias – Petitioner 
Vinamra Singh – Respondent 

Since the present whereabouts of Mr Vinamra Singh, 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 Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 10:00 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 Vinamra Singh in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons. 

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Mr Vinamra Singh is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr Vinamra was last known to have been residing at: 26/ 4, Riddhi Siddhi C.H.S., Mithagar Road, Mulund East, Mumbai 400 081. 

Fr Shavito Correia 

Ms Merle Pereira 

Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop’s House 
 June 12, 2018 

Examiner Staff passes away

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

We regret to announce that Constance Fernandes, an Office Assistant working in the Circulation department of The Examiner Newsweekly, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 after a massive heart attack that he suffered the previous day for which he was hospitalised. He diligently performed his duty of disseminating the copies of the Archdiocesan periodical to the distant corners of the city, particularly in the areas of Navi Mumbai. Every Friday and Saturday, before the sun rose, he would be at the Examiner Press building at Dalal Street, sorting out the weekly area-wise to be disbursed to the various sectors in that area. With unfailing regularity, he fulfilled his simple task of spreading the good news of this magazine for the last seventeen years always flashing his endearing typical smile. May he who fulfilled this ministry of spreading the good news cheerfully, receive his full and just reward, as he enters now into glorious communion with the Word Himself. 

-The Examiner staff 

Shroud Burial at Orlem parish

posted Jun 14, 2018, 6:17 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 6:17 PM ]

Orlem parish, Malad, witnessed its first shroud burial on June 8, 2018. The body of the deceased was brought to the church in a normal wooden coffin. The coffin is reusable and is available with the local undertaker. The last rites were performed in the church, and the body was then brought to the church cemetery in the coffin. After the graveside prayers and final goodbyes by family members, the body, draped in minimal loose cotton clothing, was then covered in a white cotton sheet (shroud), lifted out of the coffin and placed on the lowering machine. Thereafter, it was lowered mechanically into the grave to the accompaniment of funeral music and showering of petals. It was a very dignified burial - a fitting tribute to the departed soul. Such burials will be the norm for all future burials for both temporary and permanent grave owners, as all are equal in death. 

The change was necessitated, as Orlem parish has a very small cemetery, consisting of less than 400 temporary graves to cater to the needs of its large population. Hence, the parish Clergy Team, headed by Fr Gilbert de Lima decided to switch to shroud burials as such burials facilitate decomposition. Henceforth, the church will not permit traditional wooden coffin burial, which incidentally is of European origin. Jesus Christ himself was covered in a shroud and laid in the tomb. Those who wish to opt for wooden coffin burials will have to use the nearby Charkop Christian municipal cemetery. 

Shroud burials are less expensive than conventional coffin burials. But more than the cost benefits, it affirms our commitment to Pope Francis' exhortation of 'Care for Creation'. 

Weekly Novena at St Blaise

posted Jun 14, 2018, 6:17 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 6:17 PM ]

Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes inaugurated the weekly recitation of the St Blaise Novena on June 7, 2018 at the 7 pm Eucharistic celebration in the parish. Parishioners, who attended in large numbers, participated enthusiastically. 

In his homily, Bishop Savio spoke about the greatest commandments as shared by Jesus, given in Matthew 22:37-39 - "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind" and "Love your neighbour as yourself." 

He compared these commandments to the tremendous unparalleled love that St Blaise expressed for our Lord. St Blaise faced constant persecution, yet he refused to renounce his faith and love for God, and was ultimately tortured and beheaded. This was his ultimate sacrifice. 

Bishop Dominic Savio invited the congregation to continue to increase in faith and undying love for the Lord. It is only through our increased love for God that our love for our neighbours and brethren all around would increase manifold. 

Saint Blaise is popularly known as the healer of throat illnesses and the physician of souls. He is also known as a beast tamer and hence "saint of wild beasts." However, very few may know that St Blaise is the Patron Saint to very few churches and parishes worldwide. In fact, the church at Amboli, Andheri, is the only parish in India, and perhaps the only one in Asia, where St Blaise is the Patron Saint. Hence it is only befitting that he is honoured and venerated at our parish with the weekly recital of the novena. We invite one and all to come and venerate our dear beloved Saint Blaise every Thursday at all Masses in St Blaise Church, Amboli, Andheri West, Mumbai

World Environment Day

posted Jun 14, 2018, 6:16 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 6:17 PM ]

The cleaning drive on World Environment Day (June 5) saw Nature's Guardians group up early at 07:00 in the morning to organise at St Andrew Church; parishioners from Mount Carmel, St Peter's, St Theresa's, and groups like Red Cross, Greenpeace, Mission Green Mumbai, recyclekaro, RUR, Clean well, BMC, youth on the move, D-ert, ALM-33 assembled 

We began our drive by collecting dry waste from the streets of Bandra West like St Paul Road, Chimbai Road, Perry Cross Road, etc. and then all gathered once again at Carter Road opposite the ACP's Office. We started collecting plastic waste from the shore off Carter Road – plastic waste stuck between the rocks, floating on the mangroves and just lying around. All the key stakeholders of BMC (H-West Ward) Mr Tambe and Mr Mangesh, joined us with their teams, and helped us collect the waste. The energy and the positivity made the passersby join us and help collect more waste. 

After the waste collection, we had a skit by the R.U.R. recycling company on how to segregate the waste. We had messages shared from all groups on how they want to see Mumbai, and glad to proclaim they all want cleanliness. We are really proud that our efforts resulted in collecting around 1.5 tons of waste, and the BMC helped us dispose of the waste in the right manner and assured and appreciated every citizen and our group Nature's Guardians to organise this event, along with Mrs Maria D'Souza (Andrean Civic and Political Cell chairperson). We then distributed Golden Duranto saplings (which was provided by Mission Green Mumbai) to all who participated in this drive, in order to help our greenery grow.

Global Rosary Relay for priests

posted Jun 14, 2018, 6:16 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 6:16 PM ]

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra hosted the faithful in praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, bringing together nearly 200 religious and over 250 lay faithful on June 8, for a Rosary service in support of priests. 

It is the ninth year of the initiative, in which people gather at over 150 Marian shrines around the world to pray the Rosary in thanksgiving for the ministry of priests, and to ask Our Lady for their protection. India joined more than 50 other countries in praying for priests on June 8. 

"With the coming of midnight on June 8, 2018, the entire world, by then, will have been encircled in prayer for our priests on this Annual Rosary Relay Day," said Bishop John Rodrigues, the Rector of the Basilica. 

World Priest, the organization which promotes the event, said in a statement that each of the participating shrines prays a particular mystery of the Rosary at a particular half hour. The "prayer relay" takes place on the feast of the Sacred Heart. 

"It is an opportunity for us to raise our hearts to God for all priests in the exercise of their ministry," - the statement said - "that they will be blessed, through our prayers, with God's grace for their priesthood; that in this worldwide communion of prayer for them, they may experience our gratitude and support; and finally that they will persevere in unity with Christ and his Church and shepherd the Lord's flock to the safe pastures of his Kingdom." 

Bp John Rodrigues told Crux that the Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, welcomed the initiative and chose the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount to participate in the event. 

There was a Rosary relay inside the Basilica too, Bp Rodrigues led the service by praying the first decade of the sorrowful mysteries. He was followed by the 95-year-old former rector, Msgr. Nereus Rodrigues, who led the second and third mysteries. The current vice-rector, Father Michael Goveas, prayed the fourth and fifth mysteries. 


Laity Sunday 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:24 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

Laity Sunday is being celebrated on June 24, 2018. All parishes are requested to publicly commission all the Heads of Cells and Associations functioning in the parish, and contributing to its pastoral growth, during the main Mass on Laity Sunday. 

To help you to celebrate Laity Sunday meaningfully, the liturgy prepared by the Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry (OLCM) is being sent to all parishes. A list of the Cells and Associations of your parish, along with the names of their Heads and Asst. Heads is on the OLCM website (www.olcmbom.org). Kindly update the list of names, mobile numbers and e-mail addresses in order to facilitate communication. The OLCM representatives will contact your parish office to help you with this task. 

The Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry (OLCM) is also organising an Archdiocesan gathering of lay Heads on the same evening (Sunday, June 24) at 4:30 pm at Dr Antonio da Silva School Hall, Dadar (W). You are requested to contact your deanery OLCM animator or the OLCM Office, Marydell 1, Flat No. 19, 3rd floor, Soonawala Agiary Marg, Mahim (call on 98195 85747) for the required number of entry passes for the evening's function.

Catholic Lawyers Guild Mumbai (CLGM)

posted Jun 7, 2018, 2:23 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 7, 2018, 2:24 PM ]

Catholic Lawyers Guild Mumbai (CLGM) is celebrating its 6th Annual Feast of its Patron, Saint Thomas More, on Saturday June 23, 2018 at Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10:00 am by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva. The Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the Guild will be held at 11:00 am, followed by lunch and fellowship at 12:30 pm. 

For Catholic Lawyers /Advocates only. Registration compulsory. For Registration, kindly contact the President, Walter Paul Lewis, on mobile: 98333 96063 or e-mail: president@clgm.olcmbom.org on or before June 16, 2018. 

For further information, log on to our website http://clgm.olcmbom.org/ 

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