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posted Aug 10, 2017, 9:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 9:25 AM ]

Quest Programme 2017

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 Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at St Pius X College, Archdiocesan Seminary, Aarey Road, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400 064. This is an opportunity for all those who are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives, and for those who are trying to discern God's call. The programme will be from 10 am to 1 pm, followed by lunch. Registration begins from 9 am; the registration fee is Rs 50/- per person. The session will be conducted by Fr K. T. Emmanuel on the theme: "Called to be in the World, but not of it."

Those interested in attending may kindly contact Fr Godwin Fernandes or Br Cliffton Mendonca/Br Melwyn Colaco (Tel: 2927-1217/-1554/-1560/-6891) or SMS/WhatsApp:98201 29173 or e-mail: dvscbombay@gmail.com. You can also visit the Facebook page: 'Diocesan Vocation Service Centre' to receive regular updates.

The Jesus Prayer

The WCCM community in Mumbai invites all to a day of Prayer, Silence and Meditation on Friday, August 25, 2017 in the Parish Hall, Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The Programme is entitled: 'The Prayer of the Name' (also known as the Jesus Prayer). The Resource Person will be Fr Gerard Rodricks SJ. Registration begins at 9 am, and the cost per participant is Rs 250/-. Kindly confirm your participation by registering in advance on or before August 22, 2017. Contact: wccmindia@gmail.com or sms 99209 77625 or Maureen 93232 93331.

National Scholarship Scheme for meritorious girls

Students who have secured 55% and above in Std X get a scholarship of Rs 12,000/- in two installments of Rs 6,000/- each for Std XI and XII. The scheme starts in July and ends on September 30 each year.

Mr Anthony Cruz Chettiar, a parishioner of St Jude Church, Jerimeri, has put in a tremendous effort to get the scholarship for Std XI girl students in our diocese. This year, he conducted workshops in 34 parishes/colleges/centres, benefitting 294 students.

He has been doing this for the past six years. Till the year 2016-2017, around 1174 girls have received a scholarship amount of approximately Rs 1,35,00,000/- May our Lord give him the strength to help more students. Contact Mr Anthony Cruz Chettiar on 98204 75511.

Cardinal Ivan fondly remembered at Vasai

The faithful of Vasai assembled in a large number at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace, Papdy, and remembered their beloved Archbishop, the late Cardinal Ivan Dias, on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Archbishop Dr Felix Machado offered a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Cardinal at 6p.m. This was more of a Month's Mind, as all the priests of the diocese of Vasai had gone for their annual retreat during the previous weeks. They had earnestly prayed for Cardinal Dias during their retreat, and now they were in a large number at the Cathedral, joining their Archbishop. As the Mass coincided with the weekly novena service in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, the Cathedral was packed to capacity. The fisherfolk also made it a point to be there, before their boats left for fishing after their monsoon break.

In keeping with the readings of the day and explaining the parable of the hidden treasure and the unusual pearl, the Archbishop said that Cardinal Ivan was, truly speaking, a hidden treasure and a precious pearl. This pearl hailed from Bandra. The foresighted Valerian Cardinal Gracias caught hold of this 'precious pearl', and recognising his value, ordained him at an early age, obtaining special dispensation from the Vatican as Br. Ivan had not attained the required age-limit for the priestly ordination. This 'treasure' was hidden in the field of the Catholic Church all over the world, and particularly in the mission lands, as finally he occupied the seat of the Prefect for the Evangelisation of the Peoples, thereby richly deserving the title of the 'Red Pope'.

The late Cardinal was based in various countries, whereas Archbishop Felix was mostly stationed at the Vatican. Both of them were eager to meet each other. Before Archbishop Ivan Dias left Rome to take the seat of the Archbishop in Bombay, he made it a point to go and see Msgr Felix Machado at the church in the Diocese of Rome, where Msgr Felix was residing while working at the Vatican.

"Missionary at heart as he was", the Archbishop in his homily highlighted that the late prelate worked very hard to replant the Church in Albania, where the local church was almost uprooted by the Communist regime. Ivan Dias, the Papal Nuncio, had to discover the priests who had gone underground because of the political forces that had prevailed in that area, and encouraged them to rebuild the Church in that country. He fought ferociously for human rights, as well as worked hard for regaining the rights of the Church. As the Archbishop of Bombay, he left no stone unturned or left any Government threshold unvisited, when human rights were denied and the privileges of the minority schools were being hampered. He was not only known as a man of prayer, but also admired as a valiant warrior.

Remembering John Lobo, IPS, faithful son of India and the Catholic Church

John Lobo IPS, former Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, passed away on July 31, 2017.

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, celebrated the Eucharist at which he recalled John Lobo's contribution to the country and the Church in India. Among other things, the late Mr Lobo was of great assistance as the Chairman of the Organising Committee for Pope John Paul II's visit to India.

Mr Lobo was eulogised as a person of great faith, courage and integrity at his funeral Mass, by his friend and companion from the Police Force, who spoke eloquently of his contribution to the country, during an illustrious career.

We have, indeed, lost an officer and a gentleman - a conscientious citizen and faithful Catholic - who took pride in serving the country and its people. His name and memory will be synonymous with honesty, humility and selfless service.

Mr John Lobo was buried at St Andrew's Church, Bandra on August 2, 2017. He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

May his soul rest in peace

Pauline nuns teach respect

A team of Pauline nuns recently taught a group of juvenile delinquents to maintain personal and environmental cleanliness, respect elders, and foster unity and sharing among them.

"We conducted the programme to sow hope and happiness in these children," said Daughters of St Paul Sister Suman Tigga, who led the team comprising three nuns and five novices. They spent half a day on August 4, with 90 children between 4 to 13 years, residing at the Juvenile Home in Mankhurd near Chembur. The children had either committed some crimes or run away from their homes.

"We wanted to convince them that they too are God's children, and are capable of loving and living as the rest of humanity," Sr Suman said. Sr Tigga, a Provincial Councillor, was accompanied by Vice Provincial Sr Shalini Rose and novice mistress Sr Lilly Mathew. The nuns' team conducted classes and entertainment programmes.

The day started with a short prayer. Sr Tigga and the novices conducted an action song in Hindi that said they are little children, who respect every one and sing with happiness, while living together without fighting or divisions based on caste, class or creed.

"We may be Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or Christian, but whatever may be our religion, we are all one, and we sing together and be happy forever," the nuns taught the children to sing. "We do not know about social status, but we love all and our job is to love one another," they added.

The nuns also screened a video about a farmer and his three sons that stressed the message, "United we stand, divided we fall."

The programme included another video on 'How we need to take care of ourselves and of our health.'



Atma Darshan
Abundance of Life Retreat :
August 24 - 30 (Six-day preached retreat for religious and priests) For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 093. India. Tel: (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Upcoming meeting schedule for Guilds:
a) Secretaries Guild – August 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm (Conference Room # 1 at Salvation Seva Kendra, Dadar)
b) Catholic Accountants Guild – August 20, 2017 at 5 pm (Conference Room # 1 at Salvation Seva Kendra, Dadar)
c) HR Guild – Deanery-wise meetings in August/September
E-mail: contact@olcmbom.org

Prafulta Psychological Services, a Don Bosco enterprise, is conducting a one-day workshop on 'Enhance your Emotional Quotient', a workshop that enables you to add colour and zest in your life and relationships. Date: August 15, 2017.
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093. Contact :Tel 2830 2323, 2837 3739. 90290 19715

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Invites MARRIED COUPLES to experience a 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.
Date: August 19, 2017 (7:15 am) to August 20, 2017 (5:30 pm). Contact: Swayze/Natasha: 98198 53511, Lionel/Maria: 98195 00800, Oliver/Annie: 98211 92737/ 98201 92737 (oliann.me@gmail.com)