Diocesan News

Mass Diary 2018

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM ]

Last few Mass Diaries for the year 2018 are available at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra, from Monday to Friday between 10 am to 4 pm at Rs 600/- each. Tel: 2655 5500 (Diocesan Liturgy Centre).

Seminary Annual Play

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM ]

St Pius X College (Archdiocesan Seminary) hosts an annual cultural event. This year, the students will present a play in Hindi entitled 'Nirnayon ka Jeevan'(A Life of Decisions), a dramatic representation of the life of a 20th century Catholic priest. The play portrays his struggles, transformation and his faith. The play will be staged on December 9 (Saturday) and 10 (Sunday) at 6 pm in the College auditorium. 

For more details, contact St Pius X College, Aarey Road, Goregaon East, Mumbai 63. Tel # 022 2927 1217.

Celebrating eco-friendly, green Christmas

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:21 PM ]

Gift the earth at Christmas-time, and continue the trend by working green! The Archdiocesan Office for Environment (AOE), Mumbai has released a compilation of eco-friendly ways to celebrate Christmas and to green offices. Aptly titled Shamar: Watch, Guard, Protect, the booklet offers practical suggestions to reduce our detrimental impact on the Creation we are called to be stewards of. 

Kindly contact the Archdiocesan Office for Environment, St Pius X College at 2927 0953/2927 0523 for copies; the Advent section is available for download on mumbaiaoe.webs.com

Festival of Festive Music 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:20 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:20 PM ]

Come Christmas, and nothing is as heart-warming and mood setting as The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy's Festival of Festive Music scheduled at the Tata Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai on December 16-17 this year. 

Now in its 33rd year, the Festival continues to delight audiences with its wide repertoire of Christmas music, performed by a host of choirs, amidst a beautiful stage setting and glamorous costumes with peppy commentary and many surprises. The line up for the two day Festival: 

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. 

Bai Avabai F. Petit Girls' High School Choir, Faith & Harmony, Happy Home and School For The Blind, St Thomas Marthoma Syrian Church Choir, The Peterine Women's Chorus, The Stop-Gaps Junior Choral Ensemble, The Stop-Gaps Senior Choral Ensemble. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. 

JonaDomi Choral Ensemble, The Choir of the Church at Powai, Singspirators, The Salvation Singers, The SantaCruz Ensemble, The Stop-Gaps Junior Choral Ensemble, The Stop-Gaps Senior Choral Ensemble. Compere: Karla Singh. 

Tickets at Rs 1200/-, Rs 900/- and Rs 600/- (all inclusive of GST) are available at the NCPA box office, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai and on www.bookmyshow.com. For inquiries, please call on 99201 93310.

Culture of Life symposium

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:18 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:19 PM ]

The Pro-life movement held a three-day seminar (30 November - December 2) in the diocese of Kalyan. The EVA-Global Symposium focused on promoting the culture of life. 

In the diocese of Kalyan, the Pro-life movement is led by Fr Paul Kunduparambil. In addition to members of the India-based Syro-Malabar Church, people from all over the world took part in the conference, including the United States, like Fr Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International and Brain Cowles, Human Life International's director. 

Fr Shenan Boquet said, "We must invest in human beings by promoting and defending their dignity. It is imperative to protect life and the family through education, closeness, awareness and service. It is a great joy to see so many people in India support and love life. All across India, I can see that you are living the Gospel of life." 

The local Church has centres "supporting life in all its forms," even in the smallest villages and remotest rural areas. Some help abandoned children, the sick and elderly people; others rescue unwed women from human trafficking. Others provide marriage counselling, family assistance, or focus on biomedical ethics. 

People of all ages are involved in "the service of life without discrimination of caste or creed, open to serve every person." In fact, "The Church in India is actively involved in defending life at all its stages, with love and acts of care, working for the cause of life. This is an example for everyone." 

There are however challenges. Resources are a big one, not to mention the lack of will by political leaders to back the cause. "Maldistribution of resources, [and] lack of clean water, sanitation, electricity [. . .] are all stifling the needs of families," Fr Boquet went on to say. 

"We [have to] look at the total spectrum of human life" to address "all aspects that support human life." Given the fact that some families live without medical care, water and hygiene, "a real culture of life must [be designed to] raise the standards of life." 

For him, "An aggression against the family is an assault on human life." Thus, when resources are not distributed properly, violence is done. What is more, "It is urgent to include various disciplines – medicine, sciences, public policy – to defend life and the dignity of the human person." 

"Truth transcends political situations. We have to inform and reform minds. The latter are like students, to be taught, guided and given the right knowledge. 

In conclusion, Msgr Mar Thomas Elavanal explained that the goal of the seminar was to "promote the culture of life" towards which every "person living in this world has a responsibility." 

AsiaNews

Solidarity & support against violence at Holy Cross hospital

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:17 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 10:18 PM ]

A Church in the City delegation visited the hospital on Dec. 1 to show solidarity and support with the management (Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross), doctors, staff and patients of Holy Cross Hospital, Murbad Road, Kalyan.

Church in the City condoles the untimely death of Rohit Bhoir, aged 22 years, on November 27, and offers heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family members. At the same time, Church in the City strongly condemns the unwarranted attack and senseless violence of the crowd of 300 persons in the afternoon and evening of the same day, on the personnel and patients.

Church in the city urges the government authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into this attack and arrest the perpetrators

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