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posted May 18, 2017, 7:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 18, 2017, 7:49 AM ]

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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)

Golden Jubilee of NBCLC

The NBCLC (National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre) of the CBCI celebrated its Golden Jubilee on May 2. The NBCLC, Bangalore was established in 1967 by the Bishops' Conference, immediately after the Second Vatican Council, to bring to India (and also Asia) the spirit and teachings of the Council.

50 years of glorious work called for a solemn and meaningful celebration that brought together Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious and laity from all over the country. The celebrations that began a year ago were brought to a fitting conclusion on May 2, on the grounds of Maria Niketan School, adjoining the compound of NBCLC.

The celebrations began with a thanksgiving Eucharist presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio, the Most Rev. Giambattista Diquattro, and concelebrated by the four Cardinals of India of the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Churches. Besides the Cardinals, several Archbishops and Bishops and priests concelebrated at the Eucharist, which had some colourful elements of inculturation.

After the Eucharist, there was a felicitation programme followed by a meaningful cultural presentation that highlighted the main services of the Centre and its history.

The NBCLC stands as a premier institution of the country that brings together all the three Sui Juris Churches on one platform that serves the renewal of the entire Church in India.

Sanjeevani Foundation receives Fr Salvador Memorial Award

Sr Dhanam, Coordinator of Sanjeevani Foundation, Lourdes Community Centre, Kalyan, was presented the third Fr. Salvador Rodrigues Memorial Award on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the hands of the Bombay Catholic Sabha President, Ms Rita D'Sa, at St Michael Church Auditorium, Mahim to commemorate the 4th Death Anniversary of Fr Salvador. The Citation was read out by Vice-President, Mr Ronald Tressler. This Community Centre was selected from among six applicants and merited the award for its many uplifting activities for Women Empowerment, Family Counselling, Legal Aid, Prison Ministry, NIOS, Anti Human-Trafficking, Midday Meal schemes and work with the Kathkari tribals.

Prior to the award presentation, Fr Nigel Barrett of the Catholic Communication Centre of the Archdiocese, delivered the third Fr Salvador Rodrigues Memorial Lecture on "Using Social Media for the Glory of God". He presented the many distortions in news stories and reports in print, electronic and social media today, and through examples, illustrated how this leads to misinformation and confusion, and evokes negative feelings and actions. He urged us to "redefine the narrative" and tell the correct story after ascertaining our facts and to use social media to spread the Good News of all the wonderful things that the Church associations and groups are doing in our city through its various outreaches in education, health, social development, youth empowerment, women empowerment, family enrichment, reaching out to the marginalised, etc. so that the Lord may be glorified. Mr Lawrence Fernandes, Vice-President, moderated an interactive session thereafter.

In her welcome address, Ms Rita D'Sa shared fond memories of the relationship the Sabha had with "Fr Salu", as he was affectionately called. She read a poem written by Ms Odil Medeira as a tribute to the endearing shepherd he was. A PowerPoint presentation on Fr Salu and a video presentation on Sanjeevani Foundation were screened. The entire programme was well compered by Mr Anthony Dias, Joint Secretary of the BCS; the Vote of Thanks was given by Vice-President, Mr Robert D'Souza.

Navjeet Club 1000

The Navjeet Community Health Centre, an outreach of the Holy Family Hospital, has served poor slum communities since 1978. Thousands of lives have been transformed through Navjeet projects in integrated healthcare, education, community development and empowerment of women.

Navjeet's "CLUB 1000" consists of persons who contribute an amount of Rs 1000/- or more every year to support ongoing projects. We are truly grateful to our members and look forward to their continuing support.

In order to introduce "CLUB 1000" to new members and also to give present members an evening of entertainment, Navjeet is presenting a musical evening on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7 pm at the Morello Hall, Holy Family Hospital Bandra.

Members of the CLUB 1000, and persons desiring to become members, may collect free entry passes from Navjeet Community Centre at Holy Family Hospital Bandra. Tel: 2641 9956/3061 0338.

Church ruins spring to life for annual Mass

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Catholics from across the city gathered for the annual Mass which takes place once a year in the 438-year-old St John the Baptist church, a dilapidated church located inside the premises of Santacruz Electronic Export Processing Zone (SEEPZ) complex.

Catholics (especially East Indians who reside in the nearby area) have kept the tradition alive to visit the church on the second Sunday in the month of May every year.

Dolphy D'Souza said, "The church was taken over by SEEPZ years ago. Since then, access to it has been prohibited. More than ten years ago, we fought a battle to gain access to it, after which we get to visit it only once a year. Despite being a heritage structure, it is not maintained at all."

Till 1973, Mass was celebrated annually, but the practice was discontinued, when the MIDC acquired the area around the church, and declared it a security zone. Later, in July 2004, the Catholic community raised the issue of access to the church with the government representatives.

"SEEPZ authorities were directed to erect a separate compound wall around the boundaries of the church with independent access. Access to the church is allowed only once a year," said D'Souza.


Help for Marriages

Retrouvaille is an International Community of couples committed to the continued healing of their marriages and helping other marriages. Good Marriages mean good families.

This invitation goes out to every couple facing small or big challenges in their marriage. If you want to make your marriage a covenant of love and experience forgiveness and healing, then you are called to enrol at the forthcoming Retrouvaille weekend to be held in Mumbai.

Weekend: Friday, June 9 evening to Sunday, June 11, 2017. Venue: Sarvodaya Centre, St Pius X College Complex, Goregaon (East). Register at Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Victoria School Campus, Mahim or online www.helpourmarriage.com Contact: Snehalaya Tel. 2444 8218 & 2446 8218 (10 am – 1 pm & 4 pm – 7 pm) or +91 86522 35551 (after office hours).

TOA Certification event

This year's certification programme was unique as it covered the commissioning of the first batch of TOA-Thane, in synergy with TOA-Marol Batch 17.

34 TOA graduates from Marol and 17 from Thane were commissioned. The event was held at the Laity Centre convention hall at St John the Evangelist Church, Marol.

The fusion of two batch graduates along with their loved ones made for an enriching evening of prayer, learning and engagement.

The event was graced by His Lordship Bp. Allwyn D'Silva, who commissioned and handed over the certificates to the graduating participants, along with Fr Patrick D'Mello, the Programme Coordinator. Bishop Allwyn exhorted the gathering to focus on updating one's knowledge and skills to guard against redundancy and loss of credibility. We must strive to be like St John the Baptist who worked always for the greater glory of God. He stressed on the importance of leadership, especially servant leadership, inspired by the example of Jesus, as each participant is sent out as a visionary to fulfil the mission of Christ anointed by the Holy Spirit.

The event was coordinated by the TOA core team members, Michael Rodrigues and Levnisia D'Souza, supported by Thomas Lobo and Alan Collaco, led by Fr Patrick. The next batch at Marol will begin in July. A new centre will be started at Vashi, instead of Thane, for the convenience of the Navi Mumbai animators.

Please contact Fr Patrick/Michael (98205 30374) at the Laity Training Centre for details about next year's enrolments.


Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat from Friday, June 9 (7:30 am) to Sunday June 11 (5 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E), behind Holy Family Church, Chakala. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai. OPEN TO ALL. Registrations at the CCR Office, Dadar (W) - 2430 3626 / 2421 0881, 98205 43622, 99309 40705. Register early.

Prafulta invites all teenagers (12-16 years) to participate in 'The Fully Alive Experience' - a fun-filled workshop on personal development on June 6-7, 2017.