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posted Mar 13, 2019, 10:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 10:02 AM ]

Walking Pilgrimage for Peace

The All Mumbai Walking Pilgrimage for Peace (31st Year) will be held on March 23, 2019, starting at 10:30 pm from Cross Maidan, Dhobi Talao, and terminating at Mount Mary Basilica, Bandra (with Mass) at 5:30 am. Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes will bless and flag off the Pilgrimage, and Bishop John Rodrigues will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at Mount Mary Basilica.

Prolife Day Rally

The Diocesan Human Life Committee of the Archdiocese of Bombay will be conducting its annual Prolife Day Rally on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at St Michael Church, Mahim. The Rally will commence with Mass at 8:30 a.m. in the church, followed by a panel discussion in the auditorium on the 'Relevance of Gender in the modern world and the Church's stand on homosexuality'. The Prolife Awards will be presented at the Rally. To register, please WhatsApp your name and parish on: 86552 39893 / 92205 49503 / 98210 15481. All are welcome. No registration charges.

Fr Joseph Gonsalves appointed to FABC

The Central Committee of the Office for Human Development (OHD) has appointed Fr Joseph Gonsalves as the New Executive Secretary of the Federation of the Asian Bishops Conference (FABC) - Office for Human Development (OHD) and Secretary of FABC - Climate Change Desk. Fr Gonsalves currently heads the Archdiocesan Office for Environment, the Mumbai Unit of Prison Ministry India and is a member of the Archdiocesan Commission for Justice and Peace. He is also a resident Professor at St Pius X College, Goregaon (E), Mumbai. We congratulate him on his new appointment.

Ministry of the Word

32 candidates were commissioned as Ministers of the Word on March 3, 2019 on the occasion of Bible Sunday. The 24th MoW Batch was commissioned at a solemn Eucharistic celebration at St Pius X College, Goregaon (E), presided over by Bishop Barthol Barretto. The theme 'Disciples of Christ, Living the Gospel' was brought out by him very beautifully, making it personal and interactive. The theme was reinforced in the cultural programme that followed the Eucharist through songs, skits and prayer dances.

Applications are open for the next academic year, which begins on Thursday, May 31, 2019, with a four-day live-in. Please send an e-mail to: rolandfialho7@rediffmail.com, mentioning your name and parish.

Kurla school granted prestigious MIEB affiliation

The Marathi-medium section of Holy Cross High School, Kurla has been granted affiliation by the Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB) to implement its international curriculum. The MIEB is an autonomous Board established by the Govt. of Maharashtra, State Education department that aims to run schools across Maharashtra providing high quality education, equivalent to international standards for children in aided as well as government schools. It will be the second Board in the state after the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. MIEB will prepare the syllabus for non-English medium schools, and will compete with existing boards such as CBSE and ICSE.

The Parish school at Kurla has a 118-year-old legacy. The first school that was started was a Marathi-medium school which still functions, along with its English-medium section. As part of the first stage, Nursery to Class 3 will run according to the new curriculum. Students will be able to pick from a list of subjects on offer.

Neither English nor Marathi will be made the first language. All languages will be given equal preference. The curriculum will focus on attitude, knowledge, application, skills and habits for the better future of the children. Fr Norbert D'Souza is currently the Principal of the school. We are proud that one of our Archdiocesan schools has been granted this recognition to implement International curriculum. (Accompanying picture: Fr Norbert D'Souza, Principal of Holy Cross High School, Kurla with Mr Sonam Wangchuk (of "3 Idiots" fame), who is one of the guiding members of the newly established MIEB)

CTC Graduates told "Don't Stop!"

"Don't Stop!" was the theme for the 27th Graduation Ceremony of the Catechists' Training Course (CTC) organised by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre (DCC) of the Archdiocese of Bombay on March 3, 2019 at the Apostolic Carmel Convent Hall in Bandra.

Over the past 27 years, the DCC has been training catechists from the various parishes and schools of our Archdiocese through a one-year in-service programme, aimed at forming the faith of the catechists, besides equipping them with the pedagogical tools to be effective and efficient catechists, modelling themselves on Jesus – the Master Catechist.

The ceremony began with the traditional lighting of the lamp, followed by a classical Indian welcome dance that set the tone for the evening. Fr Joshan Rodrigues' key-note address on 'Youth Catechesis' enlightened the 180-strong audience and the graduating candidates on the finer aspects and methodology of accompanying youth of the 'internet' generation or iGen. His erudite presentation was based on his own experiences as a youth minister and youth catechist; he had an enriching interaction with the audience.

A couple of graduating candidates shared testimonies of growth during CTC. The audience was entertained by a skit entitled 'Don't Stop'. The skit - written, directed and acted by the candidates of the graduating batch - was appreciated by one and all.

The evening was graced by the presence of Bp John Rodrigues, the bishop-in-charge of the Committee for Catechetics, who gave a fillip to the graduating candidates with his words of appreciation and encouragement to the students, their families as well as the Director and Team of Animators who untiringly give of their best to form the catechists.

The chief guest for the evening, Fr Duming Gonsalves, the Executive Secretary of the CCBI Commission for Catechetics, was invited to the dais to address the audience. In his brief address, Fr Duming shared his personal experiences of catechists who had made a difference in his life, and urged the catechists to work towards doing the same through their ministry, not just in class, but also through their whole life.

Then came the moment for which the 40 CTC candidates were eagerly waiting – the presentation of their Diploma Certificates! Fr. Vincent D'Cruz and Fr Duming did the honours of presenting the certificates. Fr D'Cruz presented a vote of thanks to all those involved in the CTC programme. The ceremony concluded with a meaningful prayer service led by the graduates, which included a prayer dance and concluded with the singing of the Catechists' Anthem. 

Uttan seminarian runs the Tata Mumbai Marathon

If you happen to visit St Pius X College in the evenings between 4 pm – 5:30 pm, you will be greeted by a young man running in the campus. As you make your way from the watchman's cabin to the seminary entrance, this young man will have lapped you a couple of times. This seminarian is not being punished for committing any fault. He is a man on a mission.

Meet Bro. Melborn Leo Poshapir, from Our Lady of the Sea Church, Uttan, studying in 2nd Year Philosophy. Melborn has a childhood love for running, and as he grew, he developed a passion for it. Ironically, it helps him relax and de-stress himself after a long day of classes and other activities. He is the hands down winner of the annual St Pius "marathon" where he laps every other competitor, save himself!

It is one thing to win the seminary event, but could he finish the real deal? Posing this challenge, the Seminary encouraged Melborn to participate in the annual Tata Mumbai Marathon. Determined to give his all, Melborn took up the challenge, and started preparing for it with even greater zeal. This meant sacrificing some precious hours of sleep and comfort, by rising early morning and practising in the chilly weather outside for an hour, and still making it for Morning Prayer at 6:25 am.

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Melborn successfully completed the Mumbai Marathon of nearly 42 km for the second year running. His timing was an impressive 4:00:38, bettering his personal best of last year. He was given two medals and a certificate of participation for his accomplishment. Even in the rigorous preparation involved to successfully complete this herculean task, Melborn is able to link this arduous exercise with his spirituality; "I must run and labour for Christ and proclaim His Good news," he says joyfully!

Br Cedric Rosario (www.stpiusxcollege.in)

New 'Rosary Garden' and 'Stations of The Cross' inaugurated at Amboli

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, His Lordship, Bishop John Rodrigues inaugurated and blessed 'The Rosary Garden' and the 'Stations of the Cross' at St Blaise Church, Amboli. The beautiful religious service was conducted by the Divine Mercy Ministry of the parish. These two new gifts to our parish were the culmination of the vision of our Parish Priest, Rev Fr Adrian Ferreira, who was ably supported by the parish Clergy Team.

Sr Matilda Fernandes, SHM was felicitated as 'Woman of the Year 2018-2019'. Ms Coretta D'Souza delivered the felicitation speech on behalf of the parish community. Bishop John Rodrigues presented the trophy to Sr Matilda. In her speech, Sr Matilda expressed her deep delight working in the parish. She was thankful to the parish fathers and her colleagues for the tremendous support, love and goodwill she receives on a daily basis. She went on to say that the parish of St Blaise had become a family for her.

Fr Osmand D'Souza proposed the Vote of Thanks, and expressed his gratitude to all the donors and sponsors, and especially the artist who had made the 'Rosary Garden' and 'Stations of the Cross' possible. The ceremony was followed by a solemn Eucharistic celebration, with Bishop John Rodrigues as the main celebrant.

Coretta D'Souza, St Blaise Church, Amboli

Green Bal Melava

The Archdiocese Office for Environment (AOE) in collaboration with Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra (MSPK), Uttan organised a 'Green Bal Melava' for the six parishes of the Dharavi Island on February 14, 2019 at Our Lady of Vailankanni Shrine, Bhate, Uttan. Inspired by the ‘Green Bal Melava' held last year, Fr Joseph Gonsalves - the Head of the AOE, and Fr Leslie Malya - the Director of MSPK, joined forces to prepare and execute this programme. The entire event was conducted in Marathi. 581 children from Class VII, VIII and IX attended this programme from the parishes of Chowk, Dongri, Gorai, Manori, Pali and Uttan. The workforce of about 69 volunteers included the National Social Service (NSS) team members from St Joseph College, Uttan, Confirmation students from the parishes of Uttan and Pali, Sisters, Sunday School catechists and the office staff of Muktisagar—all of whom were instrumental in the successful completion of the event.

The Green Bal Melava began with a meaningful prayer service conducted by Fr Leslie, that was based on the Creation story from the Bible, and highlighted the need to care for Creation. The ice-breakers were conducted by Br Sunil and Br Dylan. The resource person for the programme, Fr Joseph Gonsalves, made the children aware of the harm and destruction which humans are causing to Nature – both knowingly and unknowingly. He highlighted the causes of such destruction, and suggested steps and mechanisms for mitigation. His simple and friendly approach created a lot of awareness in the minds of the children, especially avoiding wastage of natural resources. The nurses-in-training from Hinduja College then presented a street play on the use of mobile phones and social media today, with a purpose to show how much time and resources are being wasted on the same. The Holy Eucharist was then celebrated by Fr Leslie.

The post-lunch session was highly interactive, as the children were engaged in action songs, clicking parish selfies and energisers in the form of wave yells. Children were then sent to their respective groups for case-study discussion, based on environment protection and preservation, and were asked to prepare appealing and creative taglines based on their cases through charts. Fr Joseph encouraged all those who presented their charts, creating a sense of joy in the hearts of many. Some of the taglines that were presented were really inspiring and creative. Fr Leslie then thanked all those who helped in organising this mega-event. Everyone proceeded to the grounds for outdoor games, followed by the distribution of gifts—a special take-away mug with a message in Marathi. The enthusiastic participation of the children in the various activities and sessions has certainly left an imprint on their minds to be future change agents in protecting and caring for Mother Earth.

Br Dylan D'Souza


The MOW Alumni are conducting their next study session titled 'Sufferings of Jeremiah' on Saturday March 23, 2019 at St Pius Seminary from 5 pm to 8 pm. For registration, please WhatsApp/SMS Candida 98202 32421 / Silveria 98671 69023 / Jesse 93246 36375 / Xavier 98201 33891 / Faye 98332 83792.

Prafulta Psychological Services, a Don Bosco enterprise, is conducting a one-day workshop - 'Enhance your Emotional Quotient' - that enables you to add colour and zest in your life and relationships.
Date: March 23, 2019
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093.
Contact: 2830 2323, 2837 3739, 98204 84546

Lenten Bible Course: The Catholic Bible Institute will hold its annual Lenten Course at its premises - 56, Hill Road, Bandra - every Friday evening from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, starting March 29. The topic: "Why did Jesus feel abandoned on the Cross" taught by Dr Renu Rita Silvano OCV & Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ. To register, call 2642 7648 or 98196 01562.

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

Lenten Retreat: from Friday, April 12 (7:30 am) to Sunday, April 14 (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.

Don Bosco Summer Camps 2019
1) Leadership Camp (Seniors) at Boscowadi, Uttan for Std X and Above (Boys and Girls) — April 3-6, 2019.
2) Leadership Camp (Juniors) at Boscowadi, Uttan for Std VIII to X (Boys Only) — April 10-13, 2019.
3) Youth Pasch at Lonavla for Std XII and Working Youth (Boys and Girls) — April 17-21, 2019.
4) Vocation Camp at Lonavla for Std VIII to XII and above (Boys Only) — May 2-12, 2019
Contact Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Matunga, Tel : 75060 42114 / 99205 88382 / 2410 0633. Email : dbysmatunga@gmail.com

The Recital of The Passion of Our Lord Jesus:
Presented by The Sahar Beacons on:
Sat. March 16, 2019: Holy Cross Church, Kurla after 7 pm Mass
Sun. March 24, 2019: Holy Family Church, Chakala after 6 pm Mass
Sat. March 30, 2019: St Andrew Church, Bandra after 7:15 pm Mass Sun. April 7, 2019: Pestom Sagar, Chembur after 6 pm Mass.
"WERE YOU THERE...?" A Retreat to deepen your experience of the Passion of Our Lord. Conducted by the Jesuits at Vinayalaya Retreat House, Andheri (E) from Friday, April 5 (8 am) to Sunday, April 7 (4 pm). For details and registration contact vinayrethouse@gmail.com or 2687 1975.