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posted Mar 15, 2017, 9:36 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 15, 2017, 9:36 AM ]

All Mumbai Walking Prilgrimage

The All Mumbai Walking Pilgrimage will be held on March 25, 2017, starting at 10:30 pm from Cross Maidan, Dhobi Talao and terminating at Mount Mary's Basilica, Bandra with Mass. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, will bless and flag off the pilgrimage; Bishop Bosco Penha will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Mount Mary.

Quest Programme

The Diocesan Vocation Service Centre (DVSC) is organising a Quest programme for Confirmation students, youth or those discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St Pius X College, Archdiocesan Seminary, Aarey Road, Goregaon (E). This will be a unique experience for all participants, as they will also witness the ordination of five deacons to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Bombay. Registration starts at 3:30 pm, followed by a session on the theme: ‘Realities of the Priesthood & Religious Life’ by Fr John Barretto. Altar Servers are also encouraged to witness the Ordination Service.

Those interested in attending may contact Fr Godwin Fernandes or Br Ashwin Castellino/ Br Cliffton Mendonca at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927 1217/1554/1560/6891) or SMS/Whatsapp 98201 29173 or email : dvscbombay@gmail.com. You can also visit us on Facebook at Diocesan Vocation Service Centre to receive regular updates.

Christian Meditation Programme

The WCCM Mumbai Community invites you to a Day of Silence to be held in the Parish Hall (Ground floor) of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a public holiday. The topic for the day is 'The Spirituality of Imperfection'. The resource person is Bro. Milton Lawrence of the Congregation of the Christian Brothers. The minimum cost per head is Rs 200/-. This will meet the catering costs. Your generosity will help cover other incidental costs. Your contribution can be made on the day itself. Please confirm your participation on or before March 25, 2017 by contacting/sms Maureen - 93232 93331 or Christopher - 99209 77625. You can also e-mail wccmindia@gmail.com

Catholic Accountants Guild

A meeting of the Catholic Accountants Guild will be held on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 5 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra, First Floor, Dadar. There will be a presentation on "Budget & You" which will highlight the implications of the Union Budget for the coming financial year. Please confirm your attendance to Ms Maxima Serrao - 98211 33061.

Holy Triduum Biblical Retreat

The Catholic Bible Institute, in collaboration with The Retreat House, Bandra, invites you to participate more prayerfully and scripturally in the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. We start Wed. April 12 at 7 pm, and end Holy Saturday April 15, at 4 pm. Cost: Rs 1600/-. Seats are limited. Contact 2642 7648/98196 01562.


The 10th Inter-Parish Football Tournament BCS FOOTCOM 2017 will commence from Sunday, June 18, 2017. We invite parishes to register their Men's team as well as Women's team before April 20, 2017. Kindly contact the BCS Office - 2444 6632/2446 3853 or visit the website www.bcsabha.org for details and entry form.

Patient Education Programme at Holy Family Hospital

'How to Prevent Heart Disease and control BP/Cholesterol' - a Patient Education Programme will be held at Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11 am. Discounts for ECG/2D Echo/Glycosylated Haemoglobin/Lipid Profile. For info and registration contact 3061 0366 or 3061 0555.

BMC Catholic Corporators 2017

There are three Catholics who were successful in the recent Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections. The Corporators are Stephie Kini from Ward No 32 (Malad West); Winni D'Souza from Ward No. 83 (Bandra West) and Tulip Miranda from Ward No. 90 (Vakola). All three winners are women and from the Congress.

Were You There?

The parishioners of Holy Family Church, Chakala were privileged to be spiritually awakened by the presentation of the Recital of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus - 'Were you there?' by the Sahar Beacons.

The choir made a triumphant and dramatic entry into the church waving palms, much to the surprise of traditional choir styles. A simultaneous audiovisual presentation (with scenes from the movie 'Passion of Christ' by Mel Gibson) to match the different hymns was admirably synchronised. The voices of the youthful and dynamic choir blended mellifluously to produce great music. The Lenten spirits of the listeners were truly revived.

The narrator, Mary Anne, wonderfully explained the meaning of their own compositions and hymnal songs. Mr Aloysius Machado, the conductor, with his phenomenal tenor voice, sang some moving solos, which echoed deeply, adding melody to stir the soul. It is a rare opportunity when one gets to hear the conductor singing, besides doing a masterful job of conducting his choir. Young Sam on the keyboard played harmonious music to the delight of the fully packed congregation.

It was a very spiritually enriching experience to listen to the Sahar Beacons, and they need to be applauded for their tremendous efforts in putting up a magnificent performance. God bless them all. 

PDDM organises 1st Convocation in Music and Dance

With much zest, Divya Kala Kendra hosted its first ever convocation for 100 students, ranging from 7 years to 76 years on February 26. The vision to start this event three years ago was of Sr Amita Mascarenhes, Superior of PDDM (Pious Disciples of the Divine Master), Prathnalaya and Director of Divya Kala Kendra and Sr Sushma to express the talent of not only the young, but also the elderly who wished to bring out their musical talents through the medium of art.

The event started with a liturgical bhajan performed by one of the oldest students at DKK - Mrs Kokila - who played the tabla and was joined on the keyboard by Mr Francis and Ms Zenia on the manjira. Sr Amita added her soulful vocals to the soothing piece. This was followed by a graceful dance performance by the dance students, offering a floral tribute to our Creator through their dance Pushpanjali.

However, the evening really belonged to the students of music and dance, who either individually or in a group, performed music pieces on the piano, ranging from songs like Ode to Joy, My Bonnie, Home on the Range, to the romantic Romance De Amore, to the classic La Cucaracha. A few students also performed songs like Ash Grove, El Condor Pasa. Other beautiful melodies performed were Oh Suzanna ending with the divine How Great Thou Art. A spellbinding performance was by Brandan Annes who sang the Indian raga Rag Bhupali, while he played the harmonium.

The Chief Guest, Fr Gregory Arockia, SVD from Atma Darshan, Andheri and the Guest of Honour, Sr Blanche Rodrigues fc, Principal of St Joseph High School, Bandra, were left speechless with this showcase of talent.


Short Term Courses - Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic
Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic offers the following short term courses:
(i) 4-week DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - commencing April 1, 2017 (Tues-Thurs-Sat from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm)
(ii) One month Foundation Courses in BASIC ART, FASHION DESIGNING, INTERIOR DESIGNING (commencing May 2017)

For further details, contact at 022 -2207 6503. Email at : nnpoly@gmail.com

Konkani Retreat: at Atma Darshan, Andheri (E) will be held on April 1 & 2 (Sat & Sun) from 9 am to 6 pm. Preachers: Fr Abu D'Souza SVD and Fr Francis Fernandes, SVD. Please register with Atma Darshan (022-2836 3120) / Fr Nazareth Sequeira (98221 58763).

XICP Career Counselling
Xavier Institute of Counselling Psychology (XICP) is organising a Career Guidance and Counselling programme for students of Standard 10, 12 and University level in the month of April 2017, starting April 3, 2017 at St Xavier's College, Dhobi Talao. Prior registration is required. Kindly contact 98206 87576/56999 58422 between 10 am and 5 pm.

Don Bosco Summer Camps 2017

Camp I - April 3 - 8 - MISSION CAMP, Ahmednagar, for post-Class X and above (Boys & Girls)
Camp II - April 12 - 16 - YOUTH PASCH, Lonavla, for post-class XII and Working Youth (Boys & Girls)
Camp III - April 19 - 22 - LEADERSHIP CAMP, Boscowadi, for Std VIII – X (Boys Only)
Camp IV - April 25 - 28 - LEADERSHIP CAMP, Boscowadi, for post-Class X and above (Boys & Girls)
Camp V - May 2 - 8 - VOCATION CAMP, Lonavla, for post-Class VIII and above (Boys only)

Contact Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Matunga. Tel : 75060 42114/6529 1129/99205 88382. E-mail : dbysmatunga@gmail.com

Lenten Ignatian Retreats
The Jesuits at Vinayalaya are offering two Lenten Retreats at Vinayalaya Retreat House, Andheri (E).

1) For Young Adults (18-35 years) from Friday, March 24 (7 pm) to Sunday, March 26 (5 pm).
2) Open to all from Friday, March 31 (8 am) to Sunday, April 2 (4 pm).

The retreats will include inputs, silence, and individual spiritual guidance to enrich your Lenten journey. For details and registration, call 2687 2194/2687 2192; SMS 98214 99588, or contact vinayrethouse@gmail.com

Lenten Retreat: From Friday, April 7 (7:30 am) to Sunday 9 (5 pm) , 2017 at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E), behind Holy Family Church, Chakala. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai. Registrations at the CCR Office, Dadar (W) - 2430 3626/2421 0881/98205 43622/99309 40705. Register early.

WERE YOU THERE? presented by The Sahar Beacons at:
a) Atma Darshan: Saturday, April 1, 2017. Vigil Service from 10 pm
b) St Blaise parish, Amboli, on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7 pm