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posted Feb 14, 2019, 10:00 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 14, 2019, 10:01 AM ]

International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day, the Archdiocesan Commission for Women has organised a function on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Canossa Secondary School Hall, Mahim, from 9 am to 1:30 pm. The programme will include the celebration of the Eucharist. The theme is: "Balance for better". We invite women and men to join us to celebrate, connect and collaborate.

Registration: Rs 50/- per head; Rs 80/- for 1 gent+1 lady (inclusive of breakfast and lunch) Entry: 8:30 am to 9:15 am. To register, call: Diana 98208 25295; Jennifer: 98203 38462, Lorraine 99206 77654, Veera 98202 87807. Last date for registration is February 25, 2019.

Jesuit Superior General Fr Arturo Sosa to visit Mumbai

The Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa, will be visiting the Bombay Province for the first time on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He had earlier visited India in February 2017, visiting his Jesuit confreres and companions in Delhi, Jabalpur, Ambikapur and Raipur. That was his first official trip after being elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus on October 14, 2016. His choice of India underlined the demographic shift within the universal Society. The Jesuit Conference of South Asia accounts for close to 25 per cent of the whole Society, and the majority of the 4,027 Jesuits are from India.

Fr Arturo Sosa will meet with the Provincial and his team at Vinayalaya, Andheri. He will celebrate Holy Eucharist for the whole Bombay Province and interact with all Province Jesuits. From March 3 to 5, he will visit Manickpur, Vasai, St Stanislaus, Bandra, Talasari Mission, Vinayalaya, Andheri and St Xavier's College, Mumbai. He will also have a meeting with Archbishop Felix Machado in Vasai, and Cardinal Oswald Gracias in Mumbai.

Training for SCC Animators

A training programme for the Parish SCC Animators of the North Mumbai deanery was held at Our Lady of Dolours hall, Wadala on January 27, 2019. More than 40 members from seven parishes participated in this first deanery training programme.

The resource person was Mr Sam Joseph, a master trainer with corporates, who routinely trains parish groups and conducts Bible study classes for various parishes. He began the session with the premise that SCCs are a necessity in building up the neighbourhood community, as also the parish community. Through a PowerPoint presentation, he explained the importance of being a Leader. He sought to make the participants examine the functioning of the SCCs, and how we can streamline this functioning to bring it to its optimal level.

Mr Sam stressed on the importance of the Leader not depending on external factors alone, but on his convictions, prayer life, being in constant touch with the Holy Spirit for guidance and assistance, taking the community along and looking for the good of the community and the neighbourhood. He ended the session enumerating the qualities needed to be a good Animator of SCCs.

The participants went back home armed with the knowledge, understanding and the desire to build up the Church through the SCC movement.

National Seminar on the Kristapurana

A National Seminar was held on January 8-9 at Mumbai University, Kalina, Mumbai, on the theme of 'The Kristapurana and Sant Sahitya,' in honour of the fourth death centenary of Fr Thomas Stephens sj (1549-1619). It was organised by the Gurudev Tagore Chair of Comparative Literature, University of Mumbai, inspired by the 23-year work of Dr Fr Nelson Falcao sdb on the Kristapurana. The Head of the Department, Dr Anil Sapkal, worked with Dr Falcao for a year to plan the seminar, to invite various eminent speakers and academicians from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and to present their well-researched papers.

The seminar began with the unveiling of a portrait of Fr Thomas Stephens sj, by the Chief Guest, Professor Dr Sadanand More, the recently appointed Adhyaksha of Maharashtra Rajya Sahitya Sanskruti Mandal. Fr Dr Nelson Falcao was the main speaker, and he presented the main and important ideas in his Bija-bhashan or the root-talk on the theme of 'Kristapurana, Sant Sahitya, Puranas and Influences'. Dr Falcao sdb, professor of Philosophy and Theology, speaking of his 23-year long journey with the Kristapurana, said, "Kristapurana is born out of the whole great Indian tradition of Puranas. Thus, there are many similarities and differences between the Kristapurana and the Sant Sahitya."

"The Kristapurana could be called a Mahakavya because it fulfils all the necessary conditions. The two critical editions of Dr Falcao, both in Marathi and English, and his forthcoming translations will help the research at college and university levels," said Dr Kalyan Kale, ex-head of Marathi department, Pune University. "The Kristapurana is teaching us that all religions should come together through inter-religious dialogue and cooperation, and work out Sarva dharma samabhav, peace, harmony and non-violence," said Fr Francis de Britto, ex-Editor of Suvarta Magazine.

Community Radio station for Taloja prisoners

This year, Prison Ministry Mumbai tried to reach out to our brothers in prison at Taloja in a different way by offering them a 'Community Radio Station' of their own. The Superintendent of Taloja Prison, Navi Mumbai, expressed his desire to initiate a new project in the prison for recreation and entertainment of the prisoners. The volunteers of Navi Mumbai unit immediately began the spade work to set up this facility inside the prison by providing a laptop, sound system, audio mixer and other accessories required for the Community Radio Station. A professional Radio Jockey trained two inmates for interacting with their fellow prisoners, and also to operate the radio system. Now, the inmates can listen to their choice of songs on request, and also songs based on different themes. In an atmosphere that is filled with drudgery and negativity, this community Radio Station is indeed a source of blessing to many inmates who can feel relaxed, motivated and reflect on the messages aired by their fellow prisoners. This Community Radio station has truly become a stress buster for many brothers in prison. The programme is aired twice a day for one hour each. In the future, they will also present religious messages based on the Bible and play Hindi bhajans. This first of its kind project in Mumbai metropolitan area was inaugurated in the presence of prison officials, Director of Prison Ministry, Mumbai and the volunteers of Navi Mumbai unit on January 28, 2019.

Seeing with the Eye of the Heart

In September 2018, the Christian Meditation Community began "Journeying Toward I AM". It was a journey undertaken under the guidance of Fr Gavin Lopes, now completing his studies for a Doctorate in Theology in Rome. On January 12 this year, back with us for a short visit to Mumbai, in a sequel to that programme entitled " Seeing with Eye of the Heart", a group of 50+ meditators were blessed in abundance, as he shared his insights and provided practical ways for us to open our "inner eye". Put within the context of our daily practice of meditation, he pointed out how "To see is to Know", "To see is to Love" and "To see is to Leave Familiar Shores". Knowledge is more than information; it is union. Love is fulfilled in Union, and only when we leave the familiar shores of our "self" can we be open to being enfolded in the Love of God in which we live and move and have our being.

The participants in the programme held in the Parish Hall at Salvation Church, Dadar went home enriched, as was evident from the quality of the silence they had begun to savour during the day. The Litany and Rosary chants, together with a contemplative Eucharist, aptly served to deepen our experience of being enveloped by God's love, nurtured by His providence and care, and gently transformed by the indwelling presence of the Spirit of the Risen Lord.


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Pegging a Memory Technique
Prafulta Psychological Services is conducting a workshop for children 8 years and above on "Pegging - a memory technique" that uses creative visualization and engages both sides of the brain.It is an excellent tool that aids children in their learning.
Date: February 24, 2019. Timings: 9:30 am - 12 noon
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093. Contact: 2830 2323, 2837 3739, 98204 84546.

Atma Darshan
1. Psycho-Spiritual Inner Healing Retreat: March 08 - 10
2. Lenten Inner Healing Service: March 23
For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Atma Darshan, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 093. India. Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Inner Healing Retreat conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team, March 28 - 31. Fees Rs 2000/- per head. For details kindly WhatsApp email id to 98198 49997 or contact Audrey – 98207 61532, Odette – 98201 42085, Nazareen – 98333 84096, Eugenie 98202 94413, Christina 96199 48199, Ralph 98333 98895.

Surrender to Silence
The 96th Earth-Centered Healing Retreat will be held at St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Retreat Centre, Old Goa from May 9 to 12, 2019. The Retreat will be conducted by Fr Paul Vaz SJ (Mumbai). The Retreat commences at 4 pm on Thursday May 9, and ends at 2 pm on Sunday, May 12. Participants are requested to bring mats and loose fitting trousers/salwars for the exercises. Registration charges: Rs. 1600/- (includes handouts, 3-day Boarding and lodging on twin sharing basis) Last date of payment for registration: April 10, 2019. Call/WhatsApp for registrations: (Mumbai) Michelle 93231 09461; Charmaine 97693 61256; Dean 98190 43905.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday March 8 (7:30 am) to Sunday March 10 (5 pm) 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.