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posted Apr 20, 2017, 8:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

All married couples are invited to experience an ME weekend. Make the time to listen, to dream, to share, to enjoy your couple-power and become aware of your Sacramental calling by Jesus everyday.

Venue: Sarvodaya, near Goregaon Seminary, Mumbai. Dates: June 3, 2017 (7:15 am) to June 4, 2017 (5:30 pm). Contact: Swayze/Natasha: 98198 53511, Lionel/Maria : 98195 00800, Oliver/Annie : 98211 92737/ 98201 92737 (oliann.me@gmail.com)

Basic Word Ministry in Marathi

1. A basic Word Ministry course in Marathi will begin from June 2017 at Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan. Duration: one year (approximately two Sundays every month)

2. The Centre will introduce a Basic Liturgy Course in Marathi starting from June 2017.

For more details, kindly contact : Fr Leslie Malya, Director, Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan, Bhayandar (West), Dist. Thane 401106. Office hours : 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact: 2845 0121 / 2845 1199. Mobile: 99207 90319. E-mail: muktisagar2001@gmail.com

Holy Family SCCs revive tradition

This year on Palm Sunday, Holy Family Church, Chakala revived its tradition of the Passion Play after almost 15 years. Initiated by the Parish Priest and executed by the parishioners led by Conan Pereira, the Passion Play was a grand success, with close to 1800 parishioners thronging the church grounds to witness what was, for most people, a very moving experience. What distinguished this dramatisation from the past was that it involved the Small Christian Communities from the parish. Fifteen communities and a cast of 160 (all parishioners), rehearsed in their communities, and then together for a few days to put together what was easily the biggest intra-parish collaboration ever. The result was an amazingly spiritual experience, coupled with great teamwork, fellowship and bonding between all the communities. It was a very beautiful way to step into Holy Week.

Conversational Konkani

The Mumbai wing of the Mapusa Association (established in 1923 as Mapuca Union) is organising a course in Conversational Konkani, conducted by Sean D’Souza, at a time convenient to all participants, at a school at Mahim or Dadar; the course will be free of charge. The course will be open to the public, of any age group. A special course for school children will be held in May; they can also register now.

Those interested can enquire and register with the Hon. Secretary, Hedley Braganza, on 99204 62425 or e-mail: mapusaassociation1923@gmail.com

New Governing Team of Daughters of St Paul

The Daughters of St Paul, Indian province situated at 143 Waterfield Road Bandra, Mumbai has a new governing team. It consists of Sr Arul Mary (Provincial Superior) and Srs Jessy Jacob, Shalini Rose, Metilda Rose and Suman Tigga (Councillors). Daughters of St Paul is an International Congregation engaged in proclaiming the Gospel through the Mass Media of Social communication. In India, their activities include Printing and Publishing Books and production of Audio Visual materials.

Through the distribution outlets, schools and parish mission, they reach out to the people with Good News.

Slipper placed on statue of Jesus desecrates Cross

Unknown criminals desecrated a cross in Santa Cruz West, an affluent suburb of Mumbai. The desecration of the cross in the local church took place. A woman of 42 entered the place of worship around 7 am to pray. She went to the altar and noted that the cross had been "decorated" with a garland of slippers. Speaking to AsiaNews, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), condemned yet another act of intimidation against Christians in a week, Holy Week, already marked by numerous incidents of violence and abuse against the minority and its sacred places.

A case was registered against unknown assailants at the local police station, in accordance with sections 295 (damage or injuries to a place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) and 427 (act of vandalism causing damage amounting to Rs 50) of the Indian Penal Code.

Sajan K George said, "GCIC decries the desecration of the Holy Cross, which deeply wounds our religious sentiments especially during Holy Week. This is most shameful that a garland of slippers was put on the Sacred Body of Jesus Christ. In Indian traditions, flower garlands are used to venerate and honour, and here the Sacred Body of Jesus was garlanded with slippers; this is a clear indication of rousing communal disharmony and wounding religious sentiments, and a move to incite the Christian people with this shameful act.”

The president of the GCIC noted that it is the "second episode of desecration in the space of two months in Mumbai, after the decapitated statue of the Virgin in Kurla." This is even more sad, he concluded, because "Mumbai is the financial and cosmopolitan capital, tolerant of all religions. Here it is really common to see people of all castes and faiths who flock to Marian shrines and bring offerings to the Virgin Mary like coconuts, flowers, candles, and more. So adorning the sacred body of Jesus with a garland of slippers is a malicious act intentionally done."


The Living Stations

Sacred Heart Church, Worli, for the third year in succession, staged successfully a sound and light presentation – The Living Stations of the Cross – on the evening of Palm Sunday, 2017. This costume drama, which involved the English, Marathi and Konkani speaking youth and adults of the parish, brought in crowds of parishioners, from even neighbouring parishes. Enacted in four languages (English, Konkani, Marathi and East Indian Marathi), it made many think about the relevance of the Stations… after the season of Lent is over.

While earlier years saw the traditional Stations being enacted, this year saw a major change. Director Sachin Kinny realised that the Stations which enter our liturgical practices only during Lent are relevant to the issues we encounter. He conceptualised and staged the Living Stations of the Cross, with a difference. It was the Passion of the Christ of yesterday juxtaposed with our private passions of today! Christ alive and suffering in all of us, now. Thus making the Passion of yesterday, alive and throbbing, for us today.

For instance in an accident that occurs, a police man draws from the crowd a person to help the victim - a Simon of today. A lady ministering to an aged lonely couple, wiping their tears and ministering to them - Veronica seen in the Mother Teresa of today!

Against the background of each traditional station, a contemporary problem was mirrored, helping us to face it in the light of the religious message that the station taught. Dying, but with the knowledge that our Resurrection is just around the corner!

Clergy urges restoration of faith and fortitude at Easter mass

The 40-day austerities of Lent dissolved in the joyous announcement of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter mass.

The festival of Easter, the most important feast on the Christian calendar, was celebrated Sunday April 16.

The Christian community has undergone multiple trials in the past few days and months, so every member of the clergy, from Cardinal Gracias to the newly ordained bishops, as well as parish priests, urged the flock to keep the faith and persevere.

Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias led mass at the Holy Name school grounds in Colaba. He said, “Easter is the feast of the triumph of good over evil, of justice over injustice, of God over Satan. In the world of today, we see such senseless hatred and violence. The Resurrection is the core event of our faith. We are an Easter people. We can never lose hope. I greet you at Easter. The Lord has risen.”



'The MoW Alumni is conducting the next study session on 'Amoris Laetitia' on Saturday 29th April, 2017 at St. Pius Seminary, Goregaon, from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. All MoW's are invited. Kindly register in advance with Candida - 9820232421 or Rita - 9819409261'.

All are invited to a multi-media extravaganza Music is Life. (That’s why hearts have beats.) The programme featuring children will take place on Friday 28th April, at the St John the Baptist School Quadrangle. Bishop Allwyn D’Silva will preside over the event in aid of Aasara – the home for street children that completes 25 years this year. Collect your FREE Entry passes from the church office.

Hobby Course (Technical) for SSC/HSC/Collegians
Joseph Cardijn Technical School offers a month-long technical trade training, especially for those who have appeared for their SSC/HSC exams, and for college-going students who are on vacation. The basics of welding/fabrication, electrical, car repair and carpentry will always be useful for life. This course is open to students of all faiths. Fees: Rs 2000/- per candidate.
May 2 - 26 (Mon – Fri from 1 pm to 4 pm)
Registration/payment at the reception at JCTS, Khashaba Jadhav Marg, (Near St Paul Church, Dadar East, opp. St Xavier's Grounds, Parel). Tel: 2411 1035 / 2416 6244 / 2417 2898

The Retreat House, Bandra
A. May 2–10, 2017 - 8-day Summer Vacation Retreat - Fr Simon D’Souza SJ.
B. May 12–22, 2017 - Awareness Retreat - Fr Tony D’Souza SJ.
Contact: 2641 6653/2642 2095/2645 5296. E-mail: bandraretreathouse@gmail.com

Open Youth Retreat - May 13th & 14th 2017 at the Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, 2nd Floor, Salvation Church, Dadar [W], Mumbai 400028. 9 am to 5 pm each day. Registrations open to youth 18+ please call - 022 24303626, 022 24210881. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai.

Career Guidance for students of Class X to know which stream, careers & colleges are suitable for them.
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, c/o Dominic Savio School, Opp. Tolani College, off Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East. Call: 2830 2323, 2820 0248, 2837 3739/ 97692 98539.

Canossa Academy of Skills is starting a Govt-recognised Pre-school Teacher Training course at Canossa Convent, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E).
Duration: One year (from June 2017)
Eligibility: Class XII
Contact: 2832 3291/916 73 37309 E-mail: canosacademy@gmail.com