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posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:34 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:34 AM ]

APC Meeting

The next APC Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. at Salvation Seva Kendra, S. K. Bole Road, Dadar, Mumbai 400 028. The Agenda has been sent to all members. Those who have not received it may contact 98195 85747. Members are requested to be on time.

Ministry of Word Programme

30 Ministers of the Word (Batch 23) were commissioned on Feb. 11 (Bible Sunday) by Bp Percival. The theme - 'Rooted in the world, we share the light of Christ' - was brought out in the homily, skits, dances, etc.

Admissions are open for the Ministry of the Word Programme (Archdiocese of Bombay). The programme aims at equipping lay people to personally experience the saving power of the Word of God in their lives, and out of that experience to communicate God's Word to others in the parish. The programme covers the study of all the books of the Old and the New Testament, the document of the Second Vatican Council on Divine Revelation, and the Pontifical Biblical Commission's document on the interpretation of the Bible in the Church. The courses are conducted by professors of the Archdiocesan Seminary and other competent Bible teachers. At the end of the study stage, the candidates enter the probation stage. On successfully completing this stage, the candidates are commissioned as Ministers of the Word in the Archdiocese.

Admissions are open for the new academic year, which will begin May 31, 2018. For more details, contact Fr Roland Fialho, Coordinator, Ministry of the Word, St Pius X College, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063. Tel: 2927 1217/2927 1554/2927 1560. Please send your name and parish to rolandfialho7@rediffmail.com

Quest Programme

The Diocesan Vocation Service Centre (DVSC) is organising a Quest programme for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St Pius X College, Archdiocesan Seminary, Aarey Road, Goregaon (E). This will be a unique experience for all participants, as they will also witness the ordination to the priesthood of three deacons for the Archdiocese of Bombay. Registrations start at 3:30 pm, followed by a session on the theme: 'The Joy of the Priesthood' by Fr John Pereira.

You may contact Fr Godwin Fernandes or Br Cliffton Mendonca at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927 1217/1554/1560/6891) or SMS 98201 29173 or email: dvscbombay@gmail.com. You can also join us on Facebook at 'Diocesan Vocation Service Centre' to receive regular updates.

Workers' Meeting

A meeting to discuss the Workers' Apostolate in the Archdiocese has been called on Sunday, March 4, 2018 from 4.30 pm to 7 pm at St Anthony's School Hall, Vakola. Kindly send names of three representatives from your parish to drtcjpc@gmail.com or call on 2927 0953/2927 0523. Bishop Allwyn D'Silva and Mr Adrian Rosario will address the meeting.

Sr Arina in Pontifical Commission for minors

Pope Francis has chosen Sr Arina Gonsalves, RJM, an Indian nun from the Archdiocese of Bombay to help the Catholic Church protect children and prevent violence against them.

"I am very honoured," she told AsiaNews. "It is a great privilege for me to serve and contribute to the universal Church from India."

When her appointment was announced on Feb. 17, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, said, "I am very happy with the choice of Sr Arina. This way we will have an Indian voice with great experience helping the universal Church. Thanks to her experience, she will be able to make a notable contribution to the Church."

The Archdiocese had set up a Committee for the Protection of Minors in 2016, with the aim of raising awareness about the Protection of Children from the Sexual Offences Act of 2012 (PoCSOA), and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013.

For Sr Arina, her mission "is to prevent [violence] and protect vulnerable children and adults by raising their awareness. The Catholic Church really wants to help children, and we must do everything possible to protect minors." Sadly, "In Indian newspapers, we read about child abuse in schools, and even in orphanages. We must do everything to protect them."

Sr Arina is among the nine new members of the 16-member Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cardinal Seán O'Malley OFM has been confirmed as its chair. The other new members are: Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Ethiopia), Hon. Neville Owen (Australia), Ms Sinalelea Fe'ao (Tonga), Prof. Myriam Wijlens (Netherlands), Prof. Ernesto Caffo (Italy), Sr Jane Bertelsen FMDM (UK), Ms Teresa Kettelkamp (US) and Mr Nelson Giovanelli Rosendo Dos Santos (Brazil).


Ash Wednesday at Taloja Jail

The members of the Prison Ministry of India in our Archdiocese often receive accolades for their work for the welfare of prisoners in various jails. From conducting health camps to organising workshops and providing medicines, they do it all with zeal and passion.

This time around, the Prison Ministry, along with His Lordship Bishop Barthol Barretto, kicked off the season of Lent by conducting an Ash Wednesday Mass at the Taloja Jail in the Navi Mumbai area. As a matter of fact, this was the very first time that a Mass was celebrated in a prison on Ash Wednesday, thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr Ravi Das, Mr Flavian Santarita and Mr Ignatius Joseph.

The Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Barthol and Fr Baptist Viegas of Sacred Heart Church, Vashi, with a choral ensemble from Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar. About 50 young accused prisoners—six of whom were Catholic—participated in this service. All the youth were captivated by the sermon delivered in Hindi. The Catholic youth were also marked with ashes, and asked to pray to the Lord for pardon and forgiveness. The service ended with Bishop Barthol and Fr Baptist greeting all the prisoners; this gesture left many of them teary-eyed.

Award for Jesuit

Jesuit Fr Irudya Jothi, director of Udayani, bagged the Social Activist Award at a function in Mumbai.

Dr R.L Bhatia, head of the World CSR Group who organised the event along with Economic Times Now and others said their full-time researchers came out with 1284 names after strenuous research among those innovatively contributing to the development of India. The jury then selected 184 individuals and companies for the final list of this award.

Fr Jothi got the award in his individual capacity as 'Social Activist Award.' He was the only one in this category who was awarded a trophy and a citation. He also received another award 'World CSR Congress Awards' on February 18—Certificate of Merit for Udayani. "We were selected I guess for our holistic approach in our intervention among villagers," he added.

The latest awards have made Udayani activists and women beneficiaries "extremely happy" and proud.


Recollections for professionals

Lenten Recollections for professionals are being organised under the aegis of OLCM (Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry). All Catholic professionals are urged to attend as per the schedule below (more details on olcmbom.org):

Thu 1 March - Social Workers - 4:30 pm to 7 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, Dadar (W)
Sat 10 March - Human Resource (HR) professionals - 9:30 am to 1 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra 1st floor, Dadar (W)
Sun 11 March - Accountants & Finance professionals - 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at OL Salvation parish Hall, Dadar (W)
Sat 24 March - Secretaries & Admin Professionals Guild 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra (1st floor)
Sat 24 March 2018 - School Teachers - 4:15 pm to 7:15 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, Dadar (W).

Send a note to contact@olcmbom.org for more details of registration etc.


Lenten Retreat: from Friday, March 9 (7:30 am) to Sunday, March 11 (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.

DBYS presents a Gospel concert Ashes to Grace on Sunday March 11 at Don Bosco School quadrangle, Matunga from 7 pm - 9:30 pm. The Gospel band 'Echoes of Zion' will be animating this concert with a special appearance by Dr Benny Prasad (world's fastest travelled musician). Other shows:
Sunday March 4 - OL Lourdes Church, Kalyan
Sunday March 18 - Our Lady of Mercy Church, Thane

Lenten Bible Course at the Catholic Bible Institute, Hill Road, Bandra on the theme of Luke 24:27 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm on Fridays of March - 2, 9 and 16. Contact 98196 01562 or 2642 7648.

Inner Healing Retreat, conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team - March 22 - 25. Please contact Anthony Lobo for further information on 98198 49997 or tinantony@gmail.com

Holy Week. . . in the silence and serenity of Vinayalaya Retreat House. The Jesuits at Vinayalaya are offering a Holy Week Retreat of prayer, silence and instruction to enrich your experience of these sacred days. From Wed. March 28 (8 pm) to Sat. March 31 (4 pm). For details and registration, contact 2687 2192/4, vinayrethouse@gmail.com, or SMS 9987413403

Sacred Triduum Retreat: At the Retreat House, Bandra, 28 March supper to 31st Mar 4pm, in partnership with the Catholic Bible Institute team. Come to be nourished and spiritually refreshed with Holy Week liturgies and a banquet of scripture! Contact 26427648 or 9819601562