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posted Mar 27, 2019, 9:59 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:00 PM ]

SUMMONS BY EDICT : Marriage Case

Seby Agnelo Braganza – Petitioner

Jennifer Rego – Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Ms Jennifer Rego, 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 April 12, 2019, at 10:00 a.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 Jennifer Rego in the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Ms Jennifer Rego is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Ms Jennifer Rego was last known to have been residing at: Swapna Deep, 203-B, Swapna Nagri, Balrajeshwar Road, Mulund West, Mumbai 400 080.

Fr Emmanuel K.T.              Ms Edna Menezes

Judge                                 Notary

March 25, 2019 

Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop's House

Ordinations to the Priesthood

On April 6, 2019, four deacons will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Bombay by His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The Ordination Rite Mass will take place at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East at 6 p.m. The four deacons being ordained are Dn Omar Fernandes (Bandra), Dn Ashwin Castellino (Bandra), Dn Renold D'Souza (Ambernath) and Dn Leon Viegas (Mulund). The faithful of the Archdiocese are invited to witness and participate in this joyous occasion.

Recollections for the EMHC

The Archdiocesan Core Group of the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) organised Recollections at 17 different venues in our Archdiocese on Saturday, March 9 and Saturday, March 23.

The programme at all the venues began with an Opening Prayer Service, followed by an Input by a priest or a permanent deacon on "The Call to Holiness" based on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate. The Ministers were challenged to grow in holiness through small gestures of love, forgiveness, compassion and reaching out to others in our daily lives, especially the weaker sections of society. Many participants found the Recollection beneficial, and expressed a desire for similar programmes.

A round of Questions and Answers was followed by a period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Solemn Benediction. The attendance at all the venues was very encouraging; some venues had over 100 participants. Bp Barthol Barretto, Bishop in-charge of EMHC, commended the Parish Priests and their Clergy Teams, and the Core Groups of the 17 host parishes for being very accommodating. It is interesting to note that 'Guidelines for the EMHC' have been printed and distributed to each parish in our Archdiocese.

APC Meeting & PPC elections

The next Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) Meeting will be held on April 14, 2019 (and not as mentioned earlier) at Salvation Seva Kendra, 2nd Floor, S. K. Bole Road, Dadar West, at 4:15 p.m. The agenda has been sent to all the members. The copies of the Constitution of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and the Guidelines for the election and effective functioning of the PPC are available (by prior appointment) at the Office of Parish Pastoral Councils, Mary Dell 1, 3rd floor, Flat No. 19, Soonawalla Agiary Marg, opp. Parsi fire temple, Mahim Mumbai 400016; copies of which have been sent to all Parish Priests. Kindly contact 98195 85747 during office hours.

With Mary on the Way to Calvary

This year, the Daughters of St Paul are offering a dramatised version of the Way of the Cross, titled 'With Mary on the Way to Calvary', at different parishes in the Archdiocese. It was held at Our Lady of Visitation parish, Nerul on March 17, and at St Joseph Church, Mira Road on March 24. In the coming days, it will be staged at St John the Baptist Church, Thane (March 29), Infant Jesus Church, Jogeshwari (E) (March 30), Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayander (March 31), and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem (April 5). All are welcome to participate in this 35-minute active reflection on the Passion of Our Lord.

BIRD Course Graduation

Nineteen students, who began their BIRD (Basics of Inter Religious Dialogue) Course in July 2018, came to a cheerful Graduation Day on March 10, 2019, in the auditorium of St Pius X College, Goregaon at 4 pm. They had attended monthly sessions on the Philosophy and Theology of various Religions in India, as well as on the Christian Theology of Religion. The Course is conducted by the Bombay Archdiocesan Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue (BAC-IRD).

The programme was hosted by Mrs Melissa Nair, member of the BAC-IRD. The function began with an Opening Prayer Dance by Mrs Lakshmi and her team of students, and a welcome address by Ms Noella Colaco, member of the BAC-IRD. This was followed by the presentation of stories from the scriptures of different religions, well enacted by the course participants. Ms Venetha Sequeira, a graduating student, narrated her testimony on the various dimensions of the BIRD Course, and how it had helped to broaden her view of the religious experience in other traditions, and to deepen her own faith.

The next item on the programme was a panel discussion on the topic 'Pope's Visit to the UAE: Looking Ahead', anchored by Mr Stanley Fernandez, also a member of BAC-IRD. The panelists were Dr Zeenat Shaukat Ali – Professor of Islamic Studies, Swami Nanda Dulal Das of ISKCON, and Fr Vinay Kamath of St Anthony Church, Malwani. Dr Zeenat Shaukat Ali commented that the event was indeed a historic one, with the aim of creating inter-religious dialogue between the two major religions of the world – Islam and Christianity. It has great lessons for people all over the world, including India. Swami Nanda Dulal Das commented that the Prince of the UAE had taken an excellent initiative of inviting the Pope, and had declared 2019 as the year of 'Tolerance'; the event can lead us indeed to a bright future. Fr Vinay commented that this event was breaking new ground in reciprocal understanding between various religious traditions, facilitating working together on various social issues, like the environment.

Thereafter, Fr S. M. Michael, Director of the BAC-IRD as well as the BIRD Course, addressed the audience, encouraging everyone to learn how to be engaged in activities of inter-religious dialogue.

Mr Masood Hasham Dada, Trustee of the Haji Ali Dargah - Mumbai's famous landmark and Chief Guest for the occasion, then spoke briefly, expressing his joy at seeing so much inter-religious activity associated with the BIRD Course. His wife, Ms Sayeeda Dada, then presented the Certificates, signed by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, to the Graduates. Mr John Misquitta, a member of the BAC-IRD, then proposed the vote of thanks. The programme concluded with a closing aarti, led by Mrs Lakshmi and her team.

Faye Tarachandani & Thelma Cardoz

20th IMFE Graduation Day

Christ commissioned the Apostles to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up… (Ephesians 4:11-12). For that is what we are called — "to carry forth Christ's mission in the world" … to express and share the faith which is conferred on each of us at Baptism. Continuing this process, the Institute for Ministry of Faith Enrichment (IMFE) prepared and groomed 15 candidates who serve in leadership roles in different ministries across the archdiocese. On March 17, 2019, these received their "Graduation" Certificate and a mission to "take Christ's Healing to the Nations and stretch His Hand throughout Creation with the Message of His Love".

The IMFE candidates, along with their families, friends and parishioners walked into the Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, Dadar, beaming with pride over their achievements, after much hard work and challenges that came their way. Prakash Nazareth and Monica Rodrigues compered the programme, and had those gathered in splits with their humour.

The Chief Guest, Bishop Barthol Barretto, was escorted by the OLCM Director, Fr Felix D'Souza. The speaker for the evening was Mr Royston Braganza – CEO, Grameen Capital India, who serves on many boards and advisory bodies, besides being connected with NGOs and Church ministries. He enlightened the audience with his powerful insights on the 'Current World Scenario with its implications for Mumbai'. He presented a new acronym of IMFE—Inclusive Growth, Mobile & Technology, Future Ready and Eternity Proof. He made the audience aware of the concerns about most of our youngsters who were getting lost in their own homes, as they were being enslaved or trapped in the 'dark web'. He called all present to Make a Change, to Take Charge and Reach Out, to Mentor our Young Adults, and save them and ourselves from the danger of being addicted to Technology, even while making us aware that all technology is not bad. We need to discern and use it for our good. He invited those present to take off their 'eyes of flesh' (see the problem) and put on the 'Eyes of Faith' (see God's providence). His powerful and inspiring talk was followed by a Q&A session, moderated by Mr Adrian Rosario.

The IMFE graduates-to-be then positioned themselves, holding the respective Commission flags. Bishop Barthol, Fr Felix and the Commission Heads lit the lamps on the Prayer Table, as the Invocation to the Trinity was sung by all. This was followed by a short video on the 20th IMFE batch's journey. The Valedictory Address was delivered by Stanley Fernandez, who regaled everyone with his humour.

Fr Felix D'Souza, in his Director's Address, confirmed to the Bishop that the candidates were indeed prepared well, and were ready to "come down from the mountains and go into the fields" of their respective ministries, and rise to the challenges that the IMFE has equipped them to handle. The IMFE graduates-to-be sang a group song about their IMFE journey. Bishop Barthol complimented the IMFE course, acknowledging the persistent efforts of Fr Aniceto Pereira, Fr Felix D'Souza, the Commission Heads – Fr Nelson Saldanha (Konkani Catholic Charismatic Renewal), Fr Cleophas Fernandes (Family Commission), Fr S M Michael (Inter-Religious Dialogue Commission), Janet Mendonca (Bombay Senatus, Legion of Mary), Fr Joseph Gonsalves (Small Christian Communities), Fr Fio Mascarenhas (Bible Commission), Fr Wilfred D'Souza (Liturgical Committee), Fr Vincent D'Cruz (Pre-Baptism Catechesis) and Fr Aniceto Pereira (Senior Citizens Association) and the Core Team. He called the IMFE Graduates to "be the Church", wherever they go. He urged them to utilise the skills they had picked up and sharpened, and assured them that he, along with the clergy of our archdiocese, will always be there to support them.

Fr Felix then led Bishop Barthol to the dais, as the IMFE graduates came forward to state their vision about their respective ministries. This was followed by the Commission Heads placing a towel (signifying servant leadership) on the left hand of the graduates, while Bp Barthol presented the certificate to the IMFE graduates, their faces beaming with pride.

The Prayer Service led the gathering through solemn moments of praise and thanksgiving, during which the graduates symbolically received their light from their respective Commission Heads, in readiness to go forth and be the Light of the World and Salt of the Earth.

Mr Johnson Saldanha proposed the Vote of Thanks, acknowledging all those who had contributed to the success of the event. This was followed by the customary group snaps and selfies with the new IMFE graduates, their families and friends.

Monica Rodrigues

'Caring For Creation' at Uttan

The Archdiocesan Office for Environment (AOE), in collaboration with Muktisagar Prabhodan Kendra and St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP) – Dharavi Bet Area Council, organised a one-day training programme in the premises of the Church of Our Lady of the Sea in Uttan on March 17, 2019. About 140 SVP office-bearers and members from different parishes of Bhayandar deanery participated in this training programme — themed 'Caring for Creation' and 'Greening of the Archdiocese'. Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and Fr Peter D'Cunha, Dean of Bhayandar deanery, were also in attendance. All the sessions were held in Marathi.

Fr Joseph Gonsalves, the Head of the AOE, set the ball rolling by making the participants aware about the ecological crisis and its serious consequences. Ms Pamela Fernandes helped the participants understand our interconnectedness with Nature, and how the abuse of Creation can cause serious existential concerns for human beings and all living creatures. In an interactive style and using colloquial terms, Mr Luke Mendes charmed the participants, as he explained in simple terms the meaning of climate change and its impact on livelihoods – especially on the fishing and the farming communities. In his address in Marathi and English, Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, the bishop in-charge of the Green Diocese Initiative, appealed to all the participants to take the issue of climate change seriously, and to spread awareness among other lay faithful. He reiterated that responding to the ecological crisis is the mission of the Church, and hence all Christians must become environmentally conscious and adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.

In the post-lunch session, Fr Joseph Gonsalves presented practical and concrete ways to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle. He briefly explained the Green Diocese Initiative and its five response components. The office-bearers of the SVP Dharavi Bet Area Council have decided to collaborate with the AOE for future activities and programmes.

Archdiocesan Office for Environment


Career Guidance and Counselling
Xavier Institute of Counselling Psychology (XICP) is organising a Career Guidance and Counselling programme for students of Standard 10, 12 and University level on April 1, 2, 8 & 9 at St Xavier's College, near CSMT. Prior registration is required. Contact 98206 87576/ 93721 27308 between 10 am and 5 pm.

Recital of The Passion of Our Lord: WERE YOU THERE? Presented by The Sahar Beacons on Sun. April 7, 2019 at Holy Family Parish, 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. 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,