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posted May 16, 2019, 2:05 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 16, 2019, 2:05 AM ]

Fr Joshua D'Souza appointed to the CCBI

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has appointed Fr Joshua D'Souza of the Archdiocese of Bombay as Executive Secretary to the CCBI Commission for Ecology. The appointment was made at the 82nd Executive Committee meeting held on May 7, 2019 at Bangalore. Fr Joshua is currently the Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes School and Junior College, Kalyan. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Bombay on April 6, 2013. He holds a Master's degree in Commerce (M.Com.), a Bachelor's degree in Education (B.Ed.) and Law (LLB). He has served the Archdiocese of Bombay as Secretary to the Commission for Justice and Peace, and assistant Parish Priest at St John the Baptist Church, Thane and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kalyan.

Saving the Ecosystem

A South Asia Training Workshop for Catechists on Laudato Si' (Trainer's Guide) was held at St Pius X College Campus, Mumbai on April 24-25, 2019. This workshop was organised by FABC OHD (Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences' Office for Human Development), AOE (Archdiocesan Office for Environment) and the CCBI Commission for Ecology.

Key issues were highlighted about the prevailing ecosystem, and how we as Christians can involve ourselves in the process of repairing and reconstructing the damage we have done to our environment in the past 200 years, due to the so called Industrial Revolution, so that we can give our future generations a clean and healthy environment. The workshop was beautifully conducted by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay & Secretary – FABC Climate Change Desk and his team. 28 participants attended this workshop from across the country, from Jammu and Kashmir, Indore, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Thane, Vashi (Navi Mumbai), Goa and Mumbai. A minute of silence was kept to pay respects to the Sri Lanka bomb victims.

The team of CCD-AOE consists of Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Fr Joseph Gonsalves, Fr Vincent D'Cruz, Mr Luke Mendes, Ms Deepika Singh, Ms Pamela Fernandes and Ms Shawna Rebello. With the help of audio-visual sessions, they briefly explained to us what our Mother Earth is going through presently, and how our Holy Father is concerned about it, how he wants all Catholics to get involved in the process to save her. We spoke on topics like Earth, Air, Water, Food, Ecosystems, Livelihood, Social Economy, Carbon footprint, Family & Media and Reclaiming our roots. Every session involved an understanding of regional concerns and problems. The workshop ended with outlining steps to reverse the damage we have done to Mother Earth, in our parishes, dioceses and schools.

(As published in the May 2019 issue of Jaipur Darpan)

SSVP at the OLSC Fest 2019

The parish of Our Lady of the Sea, Madh Island, celebrated its annual feast on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The celebrations began with a procession through some areas of the village, followed by Holy Mass, flag hoisting and a fun fair. The SSVP, which has recently begun in the parish, put up a stall for the fest with a variety of home-made food items. They also put up a white elephant stall which drew a large number of people to buy various household products, as well as clothes, at reasonable rates. The proceeds of the same will be utilised for the under-privileged of the parish. The members dressed up in traditional attire on the feast day. The celebrations came to an end, as the parish gathered together to watch the finals between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on a large screen. And the triumph of Mumbai Indians was the icing on the cake!

Satyam Koli, President, SVP - Daryamata Conference

Mumbai Police training for church volunteers

At a meeting held at Archbishop's House on Saturday, April 27, 2019, between representatives of various Christian Churches and the Mumbai Police, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Sanjay Barve, highlighted the need for enhanced security measures, particularly in the wake of recent terrorist attacks on churches in Sri Lanka.

Subsequent to that meeting, Mumbai Police organised a training for volunteers from churches, on Sat. May 11, 2019 at the Azad Maidan Police Station. DCP Pradeep Sawant chaired the meeting. He welcomed the volunteers; and explained how the terrorists' agenda is to destroy the targets on his hit list, cause panic and fear, with loss of life and property on a large scale. Mumbai has been a soft target; it has been attacked three times over the period of the last few years.

He cautioned us on "strange persons" in our community, neighbourhood, or church gatherings. This person may be a potential threat, who may be a terrorist. We must be alert in such instances. Our eyes and ears must be able to take notice of such eventuality to avoid major tragedy.

His security team gave demonstration of various tools, gadgets, arms and ammunition. Security essentials are CCTV which helps to monitor required areas. They gave a demo on currently used detectors; Detector HHMD, DFMD, Baggage Scanner, CCTV Scanner Surveillance.

IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) are roadside bombs that can come in the form of radio, tiffin carriers, cycles, books, timers, and of late, Human suicide bombers.

In a PowerPoint presentation, we were told to follow certain Do's & Don'ts:

1. Primarily, most essential, is our UNITY. We must be united.
2. Do not give active support to Terrorists.
3. Do not give active support to your ideological ambition against the support of the nation.
4. Don't fall for your personal gains.
5. Inform Police immediately.
6. Evacuate the area.
7. Assist the Police and bomb squad.
8. In case you suspect that it is a bomb,

Do not switch on the radio

Do not direct flash light

Do not put it in water

Place sand bags

In case of unclaimed objects, please inform the Police immediately:

Maharashtra State Security Corporation

Contact No. 022-2215 1847 / 022-2215 1670

E-mail: info.mahasecurity@maharashtra.gov.in

Contact Shingte Mobile# 95941 17755.

Various authorised State government appointed authorities who are responsible for action against terrorists and terrorism, for administration and immediate control of eventuality of bomb blast are the Police/NSG/QRT.

The ways and means of ensuring the best possible safety measures were enumerated and explained, which also involved the use of the latest technology. Mumbai Police are confident that they are equipped with the latest guns and ammunition to counter terrorists. But most important is the trust, support and cooperation of citizens for successfully eliminating the anti-national terrorists.

All our community volunteers were thankful to the Police for organising this training programme. On behalf of Bombay Archdiocese, Willie Shirsat (Church in the City) thanked DCP Pradeep Sawant for organising this training event. The hall was packed to the capacity Almost all Parishes were represented.

DCP Sawant assured us that, depending on the potential intensity of threat, his security team will visit every parish in a short time.

The meeting ended with the National Anthem.

Willie Shirsat, President, Church in the City

Crafting A Future

The boys of Bosco Boys Home (BBH), Borivli attended a three-day session entitled 'Craftopia' organised by fashion stylist and lecturer, Eleesha D'Souza, from May 25 to 27. Craftopia is the brainchild of D'Souza and Larrisa D'Mello. The duo completed their Master's in Home Science, with D'Souza lecturing at the Synthetic and Art Silk Mills' Research Association (SASMIRA) and D'Mello teaching at an NGO that trains teachers.

The theme for the first day was vegetable printing on cloth bags. On the second day, the boys learned the art of making pop-up cards, and on the final day, they participated in the craft of clay moulding.

"Fabric printing is an extensive process, usually not for children. We have simplified the activity using cut vegetables and paint to accomplish this task," D'Souza said. "This activity focused on the sense of sight; engagement of sight with various colours, shapes and texture. Varied sizes of potatoes were used by the children with shapes cut out. The children found this activity very interesting and made good final products out of the art."

"Pop-up cards are a very creative way of greeting someone. Handmade cards give one the opportunity to express themselves and adds a unique flavour to that expression. This activity explores the sense of touch and sight. Clay moulding is a sense of touch activity. It helps children develop their fine sensory motor skills," she added.

Deacon Romero D'Souza, Prefect of Studies at BBH, said, "Craftopia's summer sensation is an elaborate series of activities planned for children to understand and hone all the five senses while learning a new craft each time. These activities are a good way for children to put their creativity to good use. I thank Eleesha for her kind gesture and spending these three days with the boys teaching them and helping them explore their creative talents to the full."



Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday 7th (7:30 am) to Sunday 9th (5 pm) June 2019 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.

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