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posted May 8, 2019, 8:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 8, 2019, 8:13 AM ]

Help for Marriages

Retrouvaille is an International Community of couples committed to the continued healing of their marriages and helping other marriages. Good Marriages means good families. This invitation goes out to every couple facing small or big challenges in their marriage. If you want to make your marriage a covenant of love and experience forgiveness and healing, then you are called to enrol yourself at the forthcoming Retrouvaille weekend to be held in Mumbai from Friday June 7 evening to Sunday June 9, 2019 at Sarvodaya Centre, St Pius X College Complex, Goregaon (East), Mumbai.

Register at Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Victoria School Campus, Mahim Tel. 2446 8218 (10 am – 1 pm; 4 pm – 6 pm) or +91 86522 35551 (after office hours) or online www.helpourmarriage.com

Course for Eco Ambassadors

As part of the wider Green Diocese Initiative, the Archdiocesan Office for Environment has organised a six-session Certificate Course for Eco Ambassadors from June to December 2019. This course will cover spiritual, technical and outreach aspects of the ecological challenge faced by the world. The overall objective is to create ambassadors of transformative change who will take forward the ecological mission of the Church in the Archdiocese of Bombay. The sessions will be held on the following Sundays: June 23, July 21, August 18, September 22, October 13, and November 17, 2019 at the Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS) AV Hall, Matunga from 9 am to 12:15 pm; all sessions will be followed by Mass. The course fees are ₹1500/- per person and the last date for registration is June 15, 2019. Please visit our website: www.mumbaiaoe.webs.com for details, course brochure and the registration link. Course-related queries may be directed to: ecoacourse@gmail.com.

Holy Trinity Church Feast

The Parish Community of Holy Trinity Church, Powai will celebrate its Annual Feast on May 26, 2019. Being among the earliest of churches to be built, way back in 1557, the feast draws faithful from all over Mumbai, Thane, and even Vasai. The old practice of people coming for the feast, riding on a horse-driven carriage is still prevalent today. The parishioners are even more happy to welcome other faithful, on account of a recently renovated edifice. There will be a Triduum in preparation for the Parish Feast from May 23-25, at 7 pm in the church. The Feast Mass timings on May 26 are as follows: 7 am - Konkani, 8 am - Marathi, 9 am - Malayalam, 10:30 am - English Mass which will be presided over by Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes. All are welcome.

Encouraging Entrepreneurship for Christian youth

The Catenian Association is a global network of Catholic friends, united by their shared values and faith. The Association was founded in Great Britain in 1908, at the instigation of Bishop Charles Louis Casartelli, and has the support of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

It is through friendship that Catenians strengthen their faith and family life. The Catenians Bandra Brothers (Circle 371) was inaugurated by Bishop Percival J Fernandez on November 17, 2015 at Mt Carmel Church, Bandra. The motto is 'Strengthening Family Life, Faith & Fraternity'. Currently, we have Circles in Goa, Mumbai, Mangalore, Hubli and Puttur. In Mumbai, we have three Circles and a Group, and are expanding. We are mentored by Bishop Barthol Barretto, assisted by Fr Michael Goveas.

The Association supports Catholic youth through its projects. One such project envisaged by the Bandra Brothers is Encouraging Entrepreneurship for Christian youth. This is the second successive year it was conducted.

The programme was held at Mt Carmel Church Hall, Bandra, on Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 10:45 am onwards. On the panel were Mr Evencio Quadros, CMD—Quadros Motors, Mr Agnelo Rajesh Athiade, Chairman—St Angelo's VNCT Ventures, Ms Christina Kinny, Proprietor—Cozinha and Mr Martin Kollabathula, Proprietor—ERTIN.org, all stalwarts in their respective fields; they offered their expertise to enterprising Christians across Mumbai, as well as other doyens in industry who are on board with us in our enterprise.

Under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Bombay, the key participants in Encouraging Entrepreneurship 2019 were the Christian Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dimensions and the Young Christian Workers Movement, along with the Bombay Catholic Sabha, as well as Model Cooperative Bank Ltd and CitizenCredit Cooperative Bank Ltd, all pooling in resources to make this venture of the Catenians Bandra Brothers a worthy effort for which we are immensely grateful.

New book sheds light on Kurla Church history

The 439-year-old Holy Cross Church in Kurla celebrated its annual feast on Sunday, May 5, with a community kitchen, brass band and a horse carriage parade of floats. The Church also witnessed the release of a new book 'Holy Cross, Kurla' written by Fr Milton Gonsalves. The book traces the long history of the growth of the Christian community around Kurla down the years. Fr Milton presents a fascinating picture of the clergy, the community and the culture that shaped the parish community over the centuries, drawing from government records and from various sources.

Summer Camps focus on Spiritual & Social growth

Over 100 youth participated in prayer-filled Leadership Camps that were organised by Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga at Boscowadi, Uttan. The first Leadership Camp for the seniors was held from April 3 to 6, with 55 participants in attendance. The second Leadership Camp for the juniors was held from April 10 to 13, with 58 boys in attendance at Uttan.

The Camps enabled youngsters to discover their leadership potential and to learn teamwork. This was done through sessions, workshops, group presentations, competitions and animated games. Time was reserved daily for spiritual growth. Well animated Holy Eucharists, Rosaries and morning meditations offered a taste of Salesian Youth Spirituality to the youngsters.

To enkindle their faith and find meaning in the events of the Paschal Mystery, 29 post-secondary and working youth gathered together at Don Bosco, Lonavla for a Salesian Youth Pasch from April 17 to 21. There were various sessions, moments of prayer, and intense discussions on topics like suffering, death, and the new life, which made them reflect on their lives, and how they need to grow in their love for Jesus. On interviewing a few, the Exodus journey and the labyrinth prayer garden were two defining moments that helped the youth to get in touch with their inner selves, and enabled them to look at life differently. The Camps are meant to offer holistic formation to the participants.

Frs McEnroe Lopes, Leon Rodrigues, Brothers Akhil and Gaurav were the Salesian animators, along with outgoing Std 12 aspirants of Don Bosco, Lonavla, who volunteered to ensure that the Camps go on smoothly.


Fr Roland Fialho passes away

Fr Roland Fialho passed away on May 6, 2019 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Andheri while undergoing treatment for cancer, when he succumbed to the fatal disease. The Funeral Mass of Fr Roland Fialho was held on Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm at St Anne Church, Mazagaon, followed by burial at Haines Road Cemetery.

A simple man, he had a very delicate tummy and couldn't stand the slightest amount of spice; but this never dimmed his radiant smile nor the warmth that radiated from him. He was a member of the Diocesan Seminary teaching Staff at St Pius X College, Goregaon. He was Coordinator of Spiritual Programmes, Professor of Spirituality & Homiletics, and Pastoral Work. He was steeped in God's Word, and a spiritual director to several seminarians and laypersons. He was the Director of the Ministry of the Word Scripture study programme.

He was also part of the Healing and Deliverance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Bombay, and until last year, was also the Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of Bombay.

A saintly priest, full of pastoral zeal and faithful servant of the Lord, he worked tirelessly in the Lord's vineyard. Cancer couldn't get the better of this faithful priest; even in his discomfort and agony, his smile was ever radiant, his humour was intact, his faith unwavering, his pastoral outreach undiminished. As his body succumbed to Cancer, his never dying spirit queried with a smile, "Where, O death, is your victory? Death, where is your sting?" (1 Cor 15:55)

Fr Michael D'Cunha, Spiritual Director, CCR (Courtesy: AOB)


The next Inner Healing Retreat conducted by the Inner Healing Team, is specially designated for our Youth. Dates are June 13 - 16. All youth can be encouraged to attend to help bring healing and wholeness in their lives. For details, contact Anthony Lobo at 98198 49997 (WhatsApp) or on email at tinantony@gmail.com

Ignatian Retreat for Women Religious. Conducted by the Jesuits at Vinayalaya from May 15 (7 pm) to May 22 (4 pm) at Vinayalaya Retreat House, Andheri (E). For details and registration, contact vinayrethouse@gmail.com or 2687 1975.