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posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:20 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 10:20 AM ]


Karina Christabell Pinto ………… Petitioner
Joaquim Alex Crasto ….………. Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Mr Joaquim Alex Crasto, Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case, are not known, he 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, 21, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to give evidence in the above case, presently being heard before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Any one knowing of the whereabouts of Mr Joaquim Alex Crasto in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Mr Joaquim Alex Crasto is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr Joaquim was last known to have been residing at: C/o Mary Crasto, R/at – 7/1st Floor, Makbal House, Near St Lawrence School, Marol Maroshi Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 059.

Fr. Shavito Correia 

Ms. Pramila Menezes

Tribunal Office
Archbishop's House
September 28, 2017

Archdiocesan Directory 2017-18

The thirty-fifth edition of the Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Bombay is now available for sale (priced at Rs 150/- per copy) during office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the following centres till October 31, 2017:

1. The Parish Priest, St John the Baptist Church, Thane
2. Fr Godwin Fernandes, St Pius X College, Goregaon
3. Fr Sunder Albuquerque, Finance Office, Eucharistic Congress Building, Fort
4. Fr Vincent D'Cruz, Diocesan Catechetical Centre, Bandra.

From November 1, 2017, stocks permitting, the Directories will be available only at the Archdiocesan Finance Office, Fort.

Cardinal Gracias "anguished" by stampede

At least 22 people died in a stampede at a train station in Mumbai on Sept. 29, after a crowd surged on a narrow bridge. Thirty others were seriously injured in the incident. Heavy rains caused more people than usual to be on the bridge between Elphinstone and Parel stations, and was probably a contributing factor when a few people slipped, aggravating the crowd surge. The bridge connects platforms of two different railway lines, and four trains had arrived at the same time, increasing the number of passengers using the bridge. There were reports that a short circuit caused a loud bang, startling the crowd before the stampede.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias told Crux that the people of the Archdiocese of Bombay are mourning those lost in the accident. "I am anguished and deeply pained by this tragedy. So many lives snatched away in an instant," he said.

"Our prayers and condolences are with the families who have lost their loved ones in the tragedy," he said. "Our city is suffering due to this loss of life. May God grant them eternal rest."

India's national Railway Ministry is investigating the disaster, but Mumbai's creaky infrastructure has long been struggling to meet the needs of its growing population.

Greater Mumbai currently has over 20 million inhabitants, over twice the number it had 20 years ago. It is estimated that over 6 million people ride the train every day in the metropolitan area, and at rush hour, train carriages often carry triple the number of passengers for which they were designed. Over 3,000 people die in accidents on the Mumbai rail network each year.

The archdiocese said the Church was helping in providing medical assistance to many of the wounded - and would be offering other forms of assistance - and the city's Christian community would be offering its prayers.

Housing Conference

Hindustani Ekta Lok Prajatantra (HELP) Civic & Political Cell of IC parish, Borivli in association with Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association is organising a Housing Conference on MahaRERA, Conveyance and Deemed Conveyance Redevelopment on Oct. 15, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 pm.

The prime subject of the conference will be an Education and training programme u/s 24A of MCS Act 1960 & CHSL Elections etc. with speakers such as CA Prabhu (Chairman of MahaSewa), Adv. Arun Bhendkhale (Consultant MahaSewa), and CA Ashwin Raje (Consultant).

Venue: Pope Paul Hall, IC Church, Borivli. Contact: Willie Shirsat (Coordinator) 98202 13392, Arjun Bachute 97028 78956. The entry to this seminar is free. Those who attend this conference will be eligible for a Certificate issued by Sahakar Bharti Shakar Prashikshan Sahakari Sanstha Maryadit, Karad appointed by Govt of Maharashtra. Those Societies interested in obtaining the Training Certificate will have to pay Rs 4720 (inclusive of 18% GST) for one session for all members of the Society. All are invited to take this opportunity to educate themselves in management of Cooperative Housing Society.

Orientation on civic issues

It is a proud privilege for Church in the City to conduct an advanced orientation programme on the pressing issues that concern all of us on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Seva Kendra Hall, Salvation Church, Dadar.

The growing menace of garbage is causing alarm bells for our ecosystem. The solution is segregation and zero garbage. The speaker is Mr Raghunandan Shrotriya (B Tech Civil), 'ISR' authority on Recycling of Green Waste. The use of RTI will be explained by Mr Bhaskar Prabhu (Mahiti Adhikar Manch), besides success stories of our very own activists on advantages in participation in ALM etc.

Pauline Book & Media Centre reopens

The Daughters of St Paul are happy to announce the reopening of the Pauline Book & Media Centre at MangalKunj, Shop No. 24, Opp. Indraprasth Shopping Complex, S.V. Road, Borivli (W) after the renovation on October 9, 2017.

Contact us at 022- 2898 0744/ 2892 9683.

Workshop on Emotional Intelligence

Prafulta is conducting a one-day workshop on 'Enhance your Emotional Quotient' on Oct. 28, 2017. This workshop enables one to add colour and zest to life and enables transformation of relationships.

Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093. Contact: 2830 2323, 2837 3739, 90290 19715.

Prayer Support to 'Rally for Rivers' Campaign

The Justice and Peace Commission has pledged the support of the Catholic Community of Mumbai to the Rally For Rivers Campaign.

The rivers of our country are running dry at an alarming rate, and our tree population is diminishing. JPC requests all priests to include this prayer in the Prayer of the Faithful:

Let us pray today for the success of Rally For Rivers, an initiative aimed at reviving the rivers of India with a hope to arrest climate change and ensure that our future generations will have adequate water.

Fr Gilbert de Lima elected IDC VP

Rev Fr Gilbert de Lima, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad, was recently elected Vice-President of the International Diaconate Centre (IDC). The IDC conducts a Study Conference every four years. This year, the conference was held in Lourdes, France, from Sep. 7-10. The conference was attended by over 200 delegates from 30 countries. The election was held during the Study Conference.

Fr Gilbert de Lima has a long association with the diaconate ministry, being the Diaconate Director, Mumbai from its very inception till date. At the international level too, his role is appreciated by fellow delegates. It is a measure of his popularity that he secured the largest number of votes during the elections in Lourdes.

The International Diaconate Centre (IDC) is an association with over 1100 members from 50 countries. It provides networking for Diaconate directors worldwide. There are 46,500 permanent deacons worldwide. Interestingly, there are only a dozen-odd Permanent Deacons in our archdiocese, and even less across the country. In stark contrast, dioceses in the West have several hundred permanent deacons. The archdiocese of Chicago currently has over 750 permanent deacons, while the number in the archdiocese of Los Angeles is above 450.


Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, October 13 (7:30 am) to Sunday 15 (5 pm) 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) - 2430 3626 / 2421 0881, 99309 40705. Register early.

The Jeevan Vruksh Prarthana Sangh, Kalina is organising a three-day open retreat on October 18-20, at Mary Immaculate Girls School Hall, Kalina. The theme for this retreat is 'The Joy of the Gospel'. The preachers are Fr Amrut Fonseca and his team. The timings are from 8:30 am – 5 pm. All are welcome.