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posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:19 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 2:19 AM ]

Archdiocese of Bombay - Clergy Retreat

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017 (supper) – Friday, December 8, 2017 (lunch)
Venue: Sarvodaya, St Pius X College Campus, Goregaon (E)
Preacher: Fr Charles Rodrigues, SJ
Charges: Rs 2,950/-
Last date for Registration for this Retreat: November 25, 2017
To register for the Retreat, kindly e-mail on diocesebombay@gmail.com or contact Fr Pravin D'Souza, Secretary to the Archbishop on 98929 84689.

Meditation Programme: God with us; God within us

The Christian Meditation Community of Mumbai invites you to a day of Silent Meditation, Discourses, and a celebration of the Eucharist on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in the Parish Hall of O L of Salvation Church, Dadar from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The resource persons will be Fr Michael D'Cunha and Christopher Mendonca.

Cost per participant: Rs 250/-. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Kindly confirm your participation by registering in advance on or before November 23, 2017. Contact: wccmindia@gmail.com or Maureen - 93232 93331 or sms 99209 77625.

Mumbai church listed by UNESCO

With seven out of 16 awards, India bagged the highest number of awards among all the participant nations in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia Pacific Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation for 2017.

While the award for merit was given to three Indian historical sites, the other four sites were given honourable mentions in the UNESCO awards, announced on November 1. Four of the award winning structures are in Mumbai.

The award recognises work done by individuals and organisations to restore, adapt and conserve structures and buildings of heritage value. Recognising this, UNESCO seeks to encourage private sector involvement and public-private collaboration in conserving the region's cultural heritage for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Awards of Merit were given to Christ Church in Byculla (Mumbai), the Royal Bombay Opera House in Mumbai and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Tiruchirappalli.

Byculla's Christ Church opened to worship in 1833. This neo-classical church structure was restored in two phases. According to the UNESCO report, the church had suffered from earlier inappropriate repair works that disguised and diminished its cultural value. The panel appreciated the fact that artisan skills were revived during the renewal of the elegant interior with its gilded columns, memorial stained glass windows and lath and plaster ceiling.

Royal Bombay Opera House was restored from a near-derelict state. It opened in 1916 and was called the finest theatre in the East; the century-old building was shut down over two decades ago. The panel acknowledged the extensive restoration of its decorative features using expert knowledge and research, to ensure that India's only surviving opera house could make its mark again.

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple was revived through a major public-private initiative. It is said that the use of traditional methods in renovating temple structures and re-establishment of rainwater harvesting and historic drainage system to augment water and prevent flooding were the main reasons for the temple to achieve the award.

Honourable mentions were given to the Bomanjee Hormasjee Wadia Fountain and Clock Tower in Mumbai, the Wellington Fountain in Mumbai's Colaba, Gateways of Gohad Fort in Bhind and Haveli Dharampura in Delhi.

"The Jury was impressed by the heroic nature of the conservation projects, especially those that underscore the importance of protecting the heritage that is rooted in the least powerful segments of society," said Duong Bich Hanh, Chair of the Jury and Chief of UNESCO Bangkok's Culture Unit.

The 16 winners of the UNESCO award are from six countries: Australia, China, India, Iran, New Zealand and Singapore.

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The Jericho March

In a first of this kind, a prayerful procession to Crosses on the periphery of the St Michael Parish, Mahim was organised by the Parish Councillors. Parishioners congregated to pray in a different, yet effective, manner at five of several crosses venerated by thousands in this part of the island city.

A large swell of over 250 parishioners started with the Angelus and the first decade of the Rosary at the Gabriel Wadi Cross. They walked in procession with lit candles, singing hymns to Our Beloved Mother Mary, to the Cross at Nusserwanji Wadi where the second decade of the Rosary was recited. The procession moved to the Cross at Nirvana Housing Society for the third decade, and wound its way to the Cross at Mendes House on 1st MMC Cross Road for the fourth decade. Finally the procession reached the Cross on Mahim Station Road where the fifth decade was recited. At the beginning and end of each decade, a hymn to Mother Mary was sung. The 'Hail Mary' was said by the crowd and the 'Holy Mary' was recited by the Leader for various intentions – for the SCCs, families, the sick, the Youth, and general intentions. Parish Councillors led in prayer at every Cross as a sign of their commitment to the families of the communities. Kudos to all the parishioners who attended this prayerful procession!

5th National conference of RWAs

The 5th National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations, organised by the Confederation of Residents Welfare Association (CoRWA), will be held in Mumbai on November 18-19, 2017 at Bhatiawadi Hall, Ghatkopar.

The conference is being jointly hosted by AGNI and Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association (MahaSeWa), and supported by the Urban Development Ministry of the Government of India. The theme of the National Conference is Swacchh Bharat Abhiyan which is a National Mission.

The Church in the City is supporting this conference. Mr Willie Shirsat (the President) has been nominated as Executive Member of the Organising Committee.

"Come with us to Fatima"

To commemorate the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the Ladies Sodality of St Anne Parish, Pali, Bandra presented a unique half-hour Audio-Visual experience entitled 'Come With Us To Fatima' on Saturday October 14, in the church.

The experience began with the audience being taken on a fantasy flight from Mumbai to Lisbon in Portugal, and then on a quick tour of the Basilica, including the Basilica grounds, the main Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, the Little Chapel of the Apparitions and the solemn torchlight procession held every night with the statue of Our Lady.

Then followed the enactment of the six Apparitions that occurred between May and October 1917, enacted live, with Firuza D'Silva making a beautiful Our Lady, and Araiah Mendonca, Myron D'Sa and Rischel D'Souza as the three shepherd children - Lucia, Jacinto and Francisca. The inclusion of three little (human) lambs, who wandered all over the place, added reality to the experience. The final apparition was of Our Lady to Lucia in 1925, when she urged devotion to her Immaculate Heart through the practice of the Five First Saturdays devotion.

The experience concluded with a reflection on our present times - the sin, the violence, the crime and bloodshed in the world today and the many natural calamities threatening our planet, along with the frightening thought as to whether Our Blessed Mother could be saying to us today, 100 years later, " I am afraid that I can no longer restrain the hand of my Divine Son from striking the world with just punishment for its many crimes, for He is grievously offended by the sins of mankind."

The entire experience was accompanied by beautiful, well-chosen music arranged by Mr Melville Mendonca, striking audio-visuals, including a powerful video clip of the 'Miracle of the Sun' seen during the sixth apparition presented by Leslie Mendonca, and Brian Sound doing the light and sound. The commentaries were well read by the Sodalists, with the script written and directed by Dr Elaine Charles.