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posted Jan 10, 2018, 11:53 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 11:54 PM ]

SUMMONS BY EDICT : Marriage Case

Aktar Patel – Petitioner
Zarina Shaikh–Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Ms Zarina Shaikh, 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, 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, on January 22, 2018, at 03:30 p.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 Ms Zarina Shaikh in the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Ms Zarina Shaikh is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Ms Zarina Shaikh was last known to have been residing at: Room No. 8, Flat No. 16, Baigan Wadi, Govandi, Mumbai 400 043.

Fr Emmanuel K.T. 

Ms Edna Menezes

Tribunal office, 
Archbishop’s House
January 08, 2018

Quest Recollection 2018

A Quest Recollection especially for all those discerning to join the Priesthood will be held from Thu. Jan. 25 to Fri. Jan 26, 2018 at Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan. Theme: Discovering God's Will in My Life. Registration: Rs 100/- per head (all inclusive)

Register by SMS/email/call Fr Godwin Fernandes or Br Cliffton Mendonca at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927-1217/-1554/-1560/-6891) or SMS 98201 29173 or email : dvscbombay@gmail.com on or before January 22.

Indian to head FABC Office of Laity & Family, Women’s Desk

Fr Cajetan Menezes, Director of the Bombay archdiocese’s Snehalaya Family Service Centre, has been appointed as the interim executive secretary, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) Office of Laity and Family, and Women’s Desk.

He succeeds Wendy M Louis who held the office for last eight years.

Fr Menezes is taking over the Office and Desk as an interim measure until the FABC joint meeting between the Central Committee and all the offices in February or March.

The FABC Office of Laity and Family was first set up in 1982 as a Committee on the Laity. After the 1986 FABC Plenary Assembly on the role and mission of the Laity, the Office was set up and given the mandate to work on raising awareness of the role of the laity and formation of the laity.

FABC is a voluntary association of episcopal conferences in South, Southeast, East and Central Asia, established with approval of the Holy See. Its purpose is to foster among its members solidarity and co-responsibility for the welfare of the Church and society in Asia, and to promote and defend whatever is for the greater good.


Don Bosco school in a hut

In the Kacherapalem slum of Vishakapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), about 800 people live in 150 tents and huts. The shanty town has existed for 20 years under a bridge near the railway. There are no toilets, no waste collection, no electricity in the houses; they use lamps or candles. Most adults recycle waste on the street, collecting plastic, glass, metal, cardboard, and sell small handicraft or fruit products. Children do not attend school, because parents cannot afford it and prefer to let their children work.

The Salesians of Vishakapatnam started educational activities in the slum in December 2016, initially under a small tent. In February 2017, Massimiliano Schiliro, an Italian traveller from Gavi (Alessandria province, a few km from Mornese) visited the slum, and left a small contribution with which a wooden school-hut was built. This new structure, although small, houses a greater number of children (about 60, aged between 4 and 14 years) and positively impacts the entire community. The objectives are many: to provide basic education (‘school-bridge’, allowing them to be integrated into the Indian school system), to offer one nutritious meal per day and medical assistance to the children; for young people, create an aggregation centre where they can play and have fun together.

Back in Italy, Massimiliano (known in his area as ‘Massi on the road’) started a fund-raising campaign for the project. Through the sale of his two travel books, and various public and school readings and presentations, he collected 4,000 euros for the school-hut, which was then sent to the director, Fr Ratna, via the Don Bosco nel Mondo Foundation.

The result: these past 10 months, about 60 boys and girls from the shantytown have had a small but clean and safe place to learn, play, eat and grow together. A number of initiatives have also been created for parents, who have become actively involved in the project.


31st session of Konkani Parishad

The two-day session of All India Konkani Parishad held at Bharat Scouts and Guides Hall at Shivaji Park, Dadar (West) concluded on Sunday, January 7.

Borivli Lok Sabha member, Gopal Shetty, who participated in the programme as Chief Guest, said that Konkani language has the power to bring everyone together. He felt that with the coming together of Konkani-speaking people from various parts of the country, integrated development of the knowledge can be achieved and a bond of being one sets in. He said in the modern era, educated people should put in specific efforts to use their mother tongue when communicating with others; otherwise, their language can face the risk of being relegated. Shetty also promised to make efforts to provide a site for a Konkani community hall or a separate building for the use of Konkani-speaking people in the city.

The valedictory session was presided by veteran Konkani writer, Payyannur Ramesh Pai. Diocesan priest of Mangaluru, Fr Walter D’Mello, NKGSB Bank deputy working president, Sunil Gaitonde, President of All India Konkani Parishad, Gokuldas Prabhu, and Konkani Bhasha Mandal Maharashtra Vice President, Albert W D’Souza, were on the dais.

John D’Silva, addressing the gathering, said that Konkani has succeeded in keeping its uniqueness intact even in modern time. He said that out of about a crore Konkani-speaking people of India, over 25 lakh reside in Maharashtra alone. He said that these people need state level Konkani Academy with its own office and hall. He said that Konkani people have been putting in efforts for the welfare of Maharashtra and hoped that the government will lend a helping hand to fulfil the above demands.

Albert felt that Konkani people have found unity in diversity and shown to the world that language can fuse people together in spite of caste and religious differences; he termed them as a role model for others to emulate. Gokuldas Prabhu paid tributes to departed Konkani stalwarts and termed Konkani people as a joint family of multi-faceted relations.

In his presidential address, Ramesh Pai appreciated the service rendered by Konkani Parishad, which was founded eight decades ago by far-sighted Madhava Manjunath Shanbhag, for the growth of the language. “Madhava Manjunath Shanbhag instilled a sense of love and affection for Konkani language among the people, spread this message to other states, and gave proof of his love of the language by using a separate script for the language. He said although Konkani is the regional language of Konkan, Konkani people who have settled in various states have strengthened the roots of the language and contributed to its growth. He added that Konkani will remain the invaluable property of the people.

Three symposia - one presided over by Tanaji Halarnkar, the other by N Shivadas and the third one by Deepak Gad - were held. A poets’ meet presided over by Prakash Padgaonkar was also organised.

OLCM session on Spiritual Leadership

The Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry is conducting a session on Spiritual Leadership for heads of Cells and Associations across the parishes of the archdiocese in January-February 2018. Contact the OLCM Office on 98195 85747 or the deanery contact persons to conduct the session in your parish.


Ignatian Silent Retreat
“Come apart with me for a while," says Our Lord (Mark 6:31) . . . or, we fear, you may come apart after a while! The Jesuits at Vinayalaya invite you to an Ignatian Silent Retreat from Thursday, Jan 25 (7:30 pm) to Sunday, Jan 28 (4 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E). The retreat will include input sessions, personal prayer time and individual spiritual guidance. For details and registration contact 26871910, 9920661770, or vinayrethouse@gmail.com

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday 9th (7.30am) to Sunday 11th (5.00pm) February, 2018 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.