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posted Jul 14, 2017, 12:06 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 12:06 AM ]


Avalon Harold Savio Mcleod - Petitioner
Rekha Keswani - Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Rekha Keswani, the Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, she 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, Fort, Mumbai 400 001, on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:30 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 Rekha Keswani in the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Rekha Keswani is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Rekha Keswani was last known to have been residing at: 602 Sea Crest, Seven Bungalows, Opp Delhi Darbar, Andheri, Mumbai 400 061.

Fr Neil dos Santos 

Ecclesiastical Judge

Mrs Juliet D’Souza

Tribunal Office, Archbishop’s House July 11, 2017

Certificate Course in Healthcare Ethics

FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre, Goregaon, Mumbai, offers a Certificate Course in Healthcare Ethics. The course is open to everyone from all walks of life, and in particular catechists, nurses, teachers, lecturers, religious men and women, social workers, healthcare workers, counsellors, youth and those working with NGOs.

The aim is to enlighten the participants on important moral issues affecting our lives, from birth till death. Some of the topics dealt with are: abortion, test-tube babies, organ donation, HIV/AIDS, mental health, palliative care, stress management, end of life care. At the end of the course, each participant will be confident enough to understand ethical problems, and also help other people confronted with moral dilemmas to make the right decisions. The entire programme is in eight capsules, spread over a period of nine months from July 2017 to March 2018. Each capsule involves only one Sunday per month, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The faculty consists of 35 reputed medical consultants, legal professionals and ethicists who provide interactive sessions with PowerPoint presentations and teach in a simple way.

The inauguration of the course is open to the general public. So, even if one may not wish to attend the course, all are welcome for the inauguration on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm, at the FIAMC Bio-Medical Ethics Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.

For details and registration, contact FIAMC Bio­Medical Ethics Centre, St Pius X College Complex, Aarey Road, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400063. Tel: 2927 0933 (Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm) Alternatively, e-mail: fiamcmumbai@hotmail.com or call: 98336 06980 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Church in the City Elections

On Saturday, June 17, a meeting was held at St Anthony Church, Vakola for the elections of the office bearers. The Presiding Officer was the Ecclesiastical Advisor, Fr Felix D’Souza.

The following members were declared elected unanimously for a period of three years from 2017 to 2019.

Hon. President : Mr Willie Shirsat
Hon. Vice President: Ms Bulu Saldanha
Hon. Secretary: Ms Glenda Almedia
Hon. Jt Secretary: Ms Celine Patil
PRO: Mr Nelson D’Souza
PRO : Mr Savio Joseph
Committee Member: Mr Rubien Dias
Committee Member: Mr Theo D’Souza

Special drive for electors

The Election Commission of India has decided to launch a special drive from June 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017 to enrol new voters. Citizens may submit Form 6 at ERO Office (check online for the nearest centre); Online submission of Form 6 at National Voters' Service Portal (NVSP) OR at Common Service Centre (CSCS).

GST seminar

Model Co-op. Bank Ltd., in association with Christian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dimensions, organised a Seminar on GST (Goods & Service Tax) at Xavier Institute of Engineering, Mahim on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 5.30 p.m. on GST (Goods & Service Tax). The aim of the seminar was to educate people about GST, the changes that it brings to the present taxation structure and its impact on us. The seminar was well attended by about 300 entrepreneurs.

The seminar was chaired by Mr Albert W. D’Souza (Chairman of Model Co-op. Bank Ltd.), Mr Anthony Sequeira (Chairman of Christian Chamber of Commerce & Industry) and Rev. Fr Francis De Melo (Director of Xavier Institute of Engineering, Mahim)

The welcome address by Albert W. D’Souza was followed by Rev. Fr Francis De Melo who spoke on why such events are required to educate people.

Mr G. V. Bilolikar (Jt. Comm. of Sales Tax, Mumbai) introduced the subject of the Goods & Services Tax (GST). He gave a broad overview on the subject viz. its benefits and impact on various sectors and the common man.

Dr David Alvares (Dy. Comm. of Sales Tax, Mumbai) covered GST in detail with a very informative PowerPoint presentation. He discussed the topics of GST as a game changer, Invoicing under GST, Returns filing and timelines for the same, Compliance rating on web portal, Reverse charge mechanism, GST tax rates, Composite tax, etc.

The presentations were followed by a round of question and answers. A special thanks to Model Co-op. Bank Ltd., Christian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Dimensions for coming together to organise the seminar on a very current and relevant topic.

Education with a Heart

Saint John Bosco believed in a holistic education, which helped in the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual growth of a child. Keeping his principles in mind, the Education Commission of the Salesian congregation - under the leadership of Fr James Tuscano - organised a seminar on ‘Salesian Identity’ for supervisors and coordinators of Salesians institutions at Don Bosco, Matunga from June 28 to 30.

Fr Tuscano stressed on the importance of imparting education in line with Don Bosco’s Preventive System of Education, which involved incorporating principles of reason, religion and loving kindness into the education process.

Salesians, experts in the field of education and youth ministry, helped participants understand the Salesian education system through a series of sessions that dealt with Don Bosco as a role model, understanding the Salesian identity, playground and holistic spirituality. They used case studies, group activities, films, songs and audience interaction to put forth their point.

Fr Godfrey D’Souza, Bombay Provincial of the Salesians, highlighted the importance of understanding Don Bosco’s vision for education and evaluating one’s approach. He quoted the Constitution book that contains guidelines for educators from the Salesian perspective.

Fr Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial, in the session ‘Relooking at Don Bosco’, raised the standard for educators by asking them to look up to Don Bosco as a benchmark to shape their lives. Through a simple exercise of analysing his life events, participants were able to draw up a remarkable character sketch of the beloved saint and list his notable qualities, which included being methodical, pragmatic, compassionate, enterprising, caring, hard working and selfless.

Frs Brian Moras, Leon Rodrigues, Glen Lowe, Ajoy Fernandes, Joaquim Fernandes and Crispino D’Souza also conducted sessions that were meaningful, inspiring and mentally challenging. As participants unravelled the inspiring character of Don Bosco and his works, they examined their own personal and professional lives as teachers. Each session urged them gently to open their hearts and minds to the guiding principles of Reason, Religion, Loving Kindness and Presence.

The seminar imparted a clear message - one which stressed, firstly, that knowledge without morals leads to ruin; secondly, that learners needed the educators’ time, love, care and presence, and, finally, that ‘Education starts with the heart!’


The Goan Institute Scholarships

The following scholarships, subject to the conditions indicated here, will be awarded to students of Goan parentage who are successful at the S.S.C. Examination held in the academic year 2016-2017.

Francisco Luis Gomes Scholarship: - This scholarship is offered to two students who obtain the highest and second highest percentage of marks at the S.S.C. Examination (Mumbai Board), provided that he/she continues his/her studies in any recognised college.

Servito De Menezes Mesquita Scholarship: - One Scholarship for securing the highest percentage of marks in Hindi. Second scholarship for securing the highest percentage of marks in English at the S.S.C. Examination (Mumbai / Pune / Goa Boards).

Applications accompanied by the Marksheet showing the marks obtained and countersigned by the Principal of the school from which he/she appeared for the S.S.C. examination should reach the Hon. General Secretary, The Goan Institute, St Francis Xavier Street, J.S.S. Road, Mumbai 400 002, by August 26, 2017 the latest.


COME to the QUIET Week-end Retreat (July: 21 Fri (pm) to 23 Sun (noon) at the Shrine of Infant Jesus, Nashik. Experience JESUS, “The Way, They Truth and The Life”. Adv. Booking confirm (20 persons) contact : Wasan 91-7350374138 more info. e-mail : owencaston@gmail.com

Monsoon Bible Course
The Catholic Bible Institute, Bandra will conduct a Bible Course at its premises (56, Hill Road, Bandra) on the theme: 'Growing to Full Maturity in Christ' (Eph 4:13), every Friday from 6:30 pm - 8 pm, starting July 21, and ending August 11. Only 30 persons can be seated, so please register early on 2642 7648/98196 01562.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday 11th (7.30am) to Sunday 13th (5.00pm) AUGUST 2017 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) - 24303626 / 24210881, 9930940705. Register early.