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posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:03 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:03 PM ]

Priests' Council Meeting

The next meet of the Bombay Archdiocesan Priests' Council will be held on Tuesday, March 2018 at Archbishop's House, Colaba at 4 pm. The agenda and minutes have been sent by e-mail to the members.

Fr Warner D'Souza, Secretary

International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day (March 8), the Daughters of St Paul, in collaboration with Smt. Dr Anjum Ara M. K. Ahmad (Dept of Mathematics & Statistics) and Smt. Swati Vora (HOD, Dept of Commerce) of Rizvi College of Arts, Science & Commerce, are organising a Symposium titled: 'Legal Rights of Women: Facts and Myths - Interfaith Perspectives' on Sat. March 10, 2018, from 4 pm to 6:15 pm. Venue: Daughters of St Paul Multi-Purpose Hall, 143, Waterfield Road, Bandra West (Opp. ICICI Bank).

Guest of Honour: Dr A. C. Vanjani, Principal, Smt. M.M.K College of Commerce & Economics. Speakers: Adv. Jamila Damani, Adv. Hema Metha, Adv. Aileen Marques, Adv. M.V. Kini, Moderator: Smt. Dr Anjum Ara Ahmad.

To confirm your participation, please contact: 022-2640 2547/88985 51344/84510 46220.

Courses in the Seminary

St Pius X College, the Archdiocesan Seminary of Bombay, invites applications from the Laity and Religious for Certificate Courses in Philosophy (1 year/2 years) and Theology (1/2/3 years). Classes are held Monday to Saturday from 9 am – 1 pm. For further details, contact the Dean of Studies (Fr Andrew Aranha) by March 24, 2018 on spxcgoregaon.admissions@gmail.com or 82918 95823.

St Thomas Church's 38th Lenten walking pilgrimage

In a spirit of prayer and penance during this Season of Lent, you are invited to participate in the 38th Annual Walking Pilgrimage beginning from St Thomas Church, Goregaon East on Saturday, March 10 at 10 pm, and ending with the Eucharistic Celebration by Bishop John Rodrigues at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30 a.m.

Organised by THE LEGION OF MARY, St Thomas Church, Goregaon East. For details, contact 77188 35006.

6th Annual Walking Pilgrimage

St Joseph Church, Mira Road and Our Lady of Bethlehem Church, Dongri along with the other parishes of Bhayander Deanery invite you to our 6th Annual Walking Pilgrimage on Saturday March 10. The Pilgrimage will start at 9:30 pm from St Joseph Church, Mira Road (E) and will conclude at Our Lady of Vailankanni Church, Bhate Bunder (Uttan), followed by Eucharistic Celebration at 6:30 am on Sunday, March 11. The main celebrant for Mass will be Bishop Barthol Barretto.

There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament before the walking pilgrimage at 9 pm at St Joseph Church, Mira Road. For further details, kindly contact:

Fr Ajit Tellis – 99677 72300/Harold Borges – 98200 12303 from Our Lady of Bethlehem Church; Fr Melvin D'Cunha – 76780 87122/Johnson Saldanha – 98206 21121 from St Joseph Church, Mira Road.

CEC Bandra Diamond Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) at Bandra, Mumbai on Feb. 11, 2018 began after the opening prayer by CEC President Royce D'Souza. There was a rendition of devotional songs by guitarist Allen and team. Emeritus Bishop Agnelo Gracias celebrated the Diamond Jubilee Mass, together with ACECI President, Fr Varghese Paul. A pioneer in CEC ministry, Sr C. L. Clare, CEC Managing Committee Members, Co-Members and well wishers, about 100 in all, participated in the Jubilee Mass and the celebrations.

As Bishop Agnelo Gracias said in his homily, it is remarkable that for the past 60 years, CEC Bandra "has been able to sustain the interest of the collaborators, patrons and well wishers. Over the years, a committed band of collaborators have continued with grit and determination the work of sharing the Good News with the seekers of the Truth."

A Bible quiz, songs and joyful dances were part of the Jubilee celebrations in which all participated enthusiastically. Fr Varghese Paul congratulated the CEC members, and recalled some salient features of CEC Bandra like zeal of the members in the CEC ministry, their team spirit and mutual collaboration, loyalty and commitment to the ministry, generosity, collaboration with priests and bishops, as well as their responsibility and accountability in their works. "These are models and examples which they have set and practised for the last 60 years for all of us to follow," Fr Paul said.

On the occasion, CEC Bandra brought out a Diamond Jubilee Souvenir with a beautiful picture of smiling Jesus with a caption: 'Come to me… (Mt 11:28). Inside the souvenir, there are a total of 13 messages, including ones from Cardinal Oswald Gracias, two Bishops, ACECI Patron Fr Theodore Bowling, and the Director, Mr Royce D'Souza. A list of the names of the Managing Committee and of Co-Members (totally 57) were also included. The write-ups on late Hermon Murzello (a veteran in CEC Ministry) by his daughter Karen Murzello, and Founder, Mr Dick Pereira, by his son Mr Vivian Pereira were undoubtedly the most interesting features of the souvenir.


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

QUO VADIS (Where are you going?) A Lenten Retreat organised by the Permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese of Bombay - at Atma Darshan, Mahakali Road, Andheri from March 19 (7 am) to March 21. Inaugural Eucharist will be celebrated by Bp Bosco Penha. Contact: Dn Jaime da Fonseca - 92232 73045/Dn Everest Mascarenhas - 98211 81857/Dn Navin D'Silva - 92210 49059/Dn Ivan Fernandes - 98199 30672.