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posted Feb 28, 2019, 10:12 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 10:13 AM ]

Cardinal Gracias highlights the challenges of sexual abuse in the Church

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has spoken about the incalculable damage that abuse inflicts upon minors and vulnerable adults. "The abuse perpetrated by clerics (bishops, priests, deacons) and others serving in the Church (e.g. teachers, catechists, coaches) results in incalculable damage that is both direct and indirect. This direct damage can be physical. Inevitably, it is psychological with all the long-term consequences of any serious emotional trauma related to a profound betrayal of trust," he said. Cardinal Gracias was speaking at the Summit on the Protection of Minors called by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Speaking about the factors that lead to abuse, he said that sexual abuse of minors "reveals a complex web of interconnected factors including: psychopathology, sinful moral decisions, social environments that enable abuse to happen, and often inadequate or plainly harmful institutional and pastoral responses, or a lack of response." He said that abuse also severely damages the victim's faith and spiritual journey, leading to a profound despair and sense of hopelessness.

"The indirect damage of abuse often results from a failed or inadequate institutional response to the sexual abuse. Included in that kind of indirect and damaging response might be: failure to listen to victims or to take their claims seriously, not extending care and support to victims and their families, giving priority to protecting institutional and financial concerns (for example, by "hiding" abuse and abusers) over and above the care of victims, failing to withdraw abusers from situations that would enable them to abuse other victims, and not offering programmes of formation and screening for those who work with children and vulnerable adults."

Holy See Press Office

Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra – Forthcoming Events

Green Diocese Initiative

Responding to Pope Francis' call in Laudato Si' and Cardinal Oswald Gracias' announcement of the 'Green Diocese Initiative', Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra (MSPK), the Marathi Pastoral Centre, in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Office of Environment, will be conducting the second programme on environment for youth and adults in Marathi, on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at MSPK, Uttan. Each parish can send 5-8 representatives, especially those who wish to work for the protection of the environment. Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Bishop-in-charge of Environment (Green Diocese initiative) will address the gathering. There are no registration charges. Kindly confirm your participation by informing us latest by Sunday, March 10, 2019.

A Basic Word Ministry Course In Marathi

MSPK, Uttan has been promoting a one-year Basic Word Ministry course in Marathi for our lay faithful. Bp John Rodrigues will present the certificates to 37 participants on March 24, 2019.

Admissions for the new batch are open for the next academic year 2019-20. The course begins in June 2019. For more details, kindly contact Fr Leslie Malya, Director of MSPK Uttan, or MSPK office, Uttan, Bhayandar West, P.O Uttan, Dt Thane 401106. Tel. 2845 0121/ 2845 1199/ 99207 90319.

Marathi Choirs' Annual Get-Together

Liturgical music plays an important role in the celebration of the Eucharist. The 23rd annual get-together of Marathi Choirs will be held at St Anthony Church, Malwani (Malad West) on Sunday March 31, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. organised by MSPK, in collaboration with the Marathi Gyan Vikas Sanghatana. Bp Allwyn D'Silva will be the Chief Guest. Choirs from the Marathi-speaking parishes and pockets of the Archdiocese are requested to attend in large numbers and participate in the competition. A recommendation letter from the Parish Priest will be appreciated. For further details and registration, please contact: Fr Leslie Malya, Director, MSPK, Uttan and Mr Charlie D'Silva – 98203 37025.

Website on Cancer Assistance

www.CancerAssist.in —a website created by Jerome Quadros from Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Orlem—has been launched to serve cancer patients and their families. Cancer diagnosis is a traumatic shock, and one needs to act fast. Across all major cities in India, NGOs and charitable organisations actively provide various forms of assistance such as financial aid, psychological and social support, counselling and rehabilitation help etc.

The website makes information available in one place and covers relevant topics such as accommodation for patients, free food and nutrition, monetary aid, affordable treatment, counselling and rehabilitation, second opinion on cancer, support groups, palliative care etc. Topics of interest to the general public are also covered such as cancer screening and detection, genetic testing, cancer insurance and hair donation. The website is mobile-friendly.

Lawyers' Lenten Recollection

Catholic Lawyers Guild Mumbai (CLGM) has organised a Lenten Recollection on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and this will be followed by lunch. All Catholic Lawyers are cordially invited. For registration, kindly contact Adv. Walter Lewis on mobile: 98333 96063 or e-mail: president@clgm.olcmbom.org on or before March 15, 2019. For further information, log on to http://clgm.olcmbom.org/. For Catholic Lawyers /Advocates only. Registration compulsory.

N. Bombay Deanery SCC Day

North Bombay Deanery celebrated 'SCC Day' on February 17, 2019, at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala. 73 animators (hailing from eight parishes) were present.

The programme began with a prayer service on the theme – 'Light of the World'. In his welcome address, Fr Savio Rodrigues emphasised that ' light has to shine forth through our ministries.' He encouraged us to remember our own baptism and follow Jesus' mission as baptised Christians.

Bishop Barthol's message on the 'New Way of being Church' was read out. It challenged us to imbibe the spirit of the early Christians, based on their characteristics of prayer, sharing of resources and fellowship as recorded in Acts 2:43, in a desire to imitate them and pattern the SCCs as a united and witnessing community.

PowerPoint presentations by the eight parishes brought out the good and hard work done by the animators. Challenges of attendance, irregular meetings, youth participation, pressures faced by animators, communities not functional due to redevelopment/relocating issues, and presence of more women and less men were mentioned. The evening was interspersed with games and song.

Animators felt encouraged and revived to work more seriously and effectively in their communities. They went home with renewed energy to have more animators and to work more vigorously for the SCCs—the new way of being Church.

Sheryl Fernandes,Our Lady of Fatima parish, Sewri

Growing in youthful wisdom

A session for college and working youth titled 'Growing in Wisdom & Stature and in Favour with all' was held on Sunday, February 17 at Nirmala Niketan, Churchgate, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. 38 youth from seven parishes attended the session, which began with high tea. The participants were divided into groups to know one another better. Sr Rena dhm led the participants in a lively round of dance to a catchy prayer song, which got everyone on their feet.

Fr KT Emmanuel, through his precise and relatable teaching, confirmed and re-affirmed Christian values. His interactive session described the 4Gs of HOLISTIC GROWTH – GOD, GENEROSITY, GRATITUDE and GROWTH. Each of these tenets was explained in detail, followed by participants sharing their experiences, raising questions, and seeking a deeper understanding of these tenets. It was emphasised that holistic growth begins when one has a personal relationship with Jesus. While growing strong in the Spirit is crucial, it is also required that we develop ourselves in other areas of life viz. physically, emotionally, socially, and mentally / intellectually. This intellectually and spiritually stimulating session was made even more effective through the use of videos of Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker.

The participants expressed their feedback and interest in attending sessions of a similar nature in future, and if possible, on a regular basis. This was followed by Holy Mass for the participants, and a delightful meal in the Nirmala Niketan canteen.

Savio Saldanha, IC parish, Borivli (W)


Watch and Pray: A Lenten Journey with Christ through the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Conducted by the Jesuits at Vinayalaya Retreat House, Andheri (E) from Friday, March 15 (8 am) to Sunday, March 17 (4 pm). For details and registration, contact vinayrethouse@gmail.com or 2687 1975.

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.

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.

Lenten Growth Retreat: The Permanent Deacons of the Bombay Archdiocese are conducting a residential Lenten Growth Retreat, 'Quo Vadis' (Where are you going?) at Atma Darshan, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Road, Andheri East, from March 19 to 21. Inaugural Mass by Bishop Barthol Barretto. For registrations, contact Dn Jaime 92232 73045; Dn Everest 98211 81857; Dn Sylvester 91679 74822.

St Stanislaus Villa ‘Family’ Holiday Camp

Camp 1: 5 Days - Wed 08 May to Sun 12 May
Camp 2: 5 Days - Wed 15 May to Sun 19 May
Camp 3: 5 Days - Wed 22 May to Sun 26 May
Camp 4: 6 Days - Tue 28 May to Sun 02 June

There is a bus available for those interested. For more information & registration, get in touch with The Parish Office, St Peter’s Church, Hill Rd, Bandra. Tel: 2645 9474; 2642 3098 (Or) WhatsApp ‘CAMP FORM’ to Fr Gerard C. Rodricks sj 92232 62524.