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posted Mar 14, 2018, 9:22 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 14, 2018, 9:22 AM ]


Philomena Pinto — Petitioner

Francis Melciades Rodrigues — Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Francis Melciades Rodrigues, the Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, he 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, Fort, Mumbai 400 001, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. to give evidence in the above case presently being heard before The Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Any one knowing of the whereabouts of Francis Melciades Rodrigues in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Francis Melciades Rodrigues is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Francis Melciades Rodrigues was last known to have been residing at: 11/23, B.I.T. Blocks, Belasis Road, Bombay Central, Mumbai 400 008.

Fr Neil dos Santos 
Ecclesiastical Judge

Mrs Juliet D'Souza

Tribunal Office, Archbishop's House March 10, 2018

India joins in Pope Francis' '24 Hours for the Lord'

The Pious Disciples of the Divine Master hosted a 24-hour Eucharistic adoration at their Prarthanalaya Chapel, Bandra in response to Pope Francis' call "to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration." The chapel was open for adoration from 7 a.m. on March 9 until 7 a.m. on March 10.

"The Blessed Sacrament was exposed after the 6:30 am Mass on that day, and people from all areas of the archdiocese came for adoration," said Sr Amita Mascarenhas. She told Crux her order sees themselves as "the modern version of the women of the Gospel. The centre of our discipleship is our Divine Master who engages our minds, wills, hearts, and energies. He is our Way, our Truth, and our Life, perennially present in the Holy Eucharist."

Pope Francis has sponsored the "24 Hours for the Lord" adoration project as an opportunity for people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent. The Pope has asked that a church in every diocese around the world be open for 24 consecutive hours as part of the initiative.

The objective, according to Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, is to offer to all—especially to those who feel uncomfortable entering a church—the opportunity to seek the merciful embrace of God.

Priests were available to hear confessions in the chapel of Disciples of the Divine Master. "The chapel will remain open to all; to any one who wants to worship the Eucharistic Lord and ask for His intercession for all humanity, especially for the needs of the Church," said Sr Amita.

From 9 am to 10 am, the candidates to be religious sisters prayed the Rosary. "The Our Father was prayed in common, and the Hail Marys prayed in seven regional languages, plus English and Italian—symbolising the diversity of the Catholic Church in India in communion with the Holy Father," said Sr Diana, the order's formation director.

Various times of prayer were scheduled during the day, including the Rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, and special periods set aside for young people. During the night, the sisters of the community prayed in front of the Eucharist.

Nirmala Carvalho, Crux contributor

38th Annual Walking Pilgrimage

In the spirit of prayer and penance, the 38th Annual Penitential Walking Pilgrimage was organised by the Legion of Mary of St Thomas parish, Goregaon East on Saturday, March 10. The penitential walk began from the church at 10 pm with an opening prayer by the Parish Priest, Fr Constancio Noronha. Around 1200 pilgrims from different parishes of Mumbai joined in singing hymns and praying the Rosary along the way. A decorative float of our Blessed Mother led the procession to Mount Mary Basilica, with halts at various churches to pray the Stations of the Cross.

We appreciate the support of the Parish Priests of the churches along the way (St Blaise-Amboli, O.L. of Velankanni-Irla, Sacred Heart-SantaCruz, St Theresa-Bandra and St Andrew-Bandra) for allowing us to have the Stations of the Cross in their respective churches. We concluded this peaceful and prayerful pilgrimage at Mount Mary Basilica with the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 am, celebrated by Bishop John Rodrigues and concelebrated by Fr Constancio Noronha. The Mass was specially offered for the intentions of all the pilgrims.

We thank the Rector, Bishop John Rodrigues for his wholehearted support. A team of dedicated and responsible volunteers from different parishes came together and worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of all the pilgrims and helped out with all the arrangements. We thank our sponsors, donors, well-wishers and all the pilgrims for their support towards the success of this Walking Pilgrimage.

13th Graduation - BIRD course

The Basics of Inter-Religious Dialogue (BIRD), conducted by the Bombay Archdiocesan Commission for IRD in its endeavour to form Catholics in engaging in dialogue with people of other faiths, held its 13th Graduation day on March 11, 2018, at the Goregaon Seminary, Mumbai, certifying students who attended the course since August 2017.

The graduation day saw 14 students being awarded Certificates, after they shared their testimonies about the impact of the course, and enacted 10-minute plays on Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism.

Mr Irfan Engineer, Director of the Centre for Study of Society & Secularism, the Chief Guest for the occasion, interacted with Mr Dolphy D'Souza on 'The Challenge for India to continue to be a SECULAR Republic'. In the course of the interactions, Mr Irfan Engineer stressed on the need of taking the initiative to build bridges and take corrective measures in daily affairs. "To do this," he said, "we need to first know ourselves better, make efforts to know others better, do a self-analysis and take steps to work towards this end." He strongly emphasised that the time has come to move out of our ghettos and put our good value system to work, saying that we need to build bridges and reach out to the other communities – dalits, adivasis, the poor and the marginalised. Mr Irfan Engineer also shared about the Peace Centres being successfully run by his team, which could be a model for others to follow.

The Vote of Thanks brought the programme to an end, thanking all involved in the success of the BIRD journey, especially Fr S. M. Michael SVD, Chairman of the Commission for IRD who, besides sharing with the students his vast knowledge on inter-religious dialogue, was helping members of Parish Inter-Religious Dialogue Cells to network with people of other faiths.

Congratulations, Fr (Dr) Anthony L. Fernandes

On February 16, 2018, Fr Anthony L. Fernandes, Professor of Moral Theology at St Pius X College, successfully defended his doctoral thesis in the theological faculty at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore on the topic 'Happiness Through Virtue In the Aristotelian, Thomistic and Hindu Traditions.'

He had Dr Paulachan Kochappilly CMI as guide and three jury faculty to examine him. In short, he claimed that happiness that everyone wants, comes at a price, and the price is Virtue. A heavy price to pay indeed, which the contemporary world needs to be inspired to pay, despite all sorts of hedonistic temptations.

The Archdiocese of Bombay congratulates Fr (Dr) Anthony Lawrence Fernandes!



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 Bishop Bosco Penha. For registration, contact: Dn Jaime da Fonseca – 92232 73045 / Dn Everest Mascarenhas – 98211 81857 / Dn Navin D'Silva – 92210 49059 / Dn Ivan Fernandes – 98199 30672.

Atma Darshan

1. NLP Practitioner Course : April 22 - 30
2. Intensive Course in Basic Counselling Skills : April 22 – May 07

For Registration & Inquiry, contact ATMA DARSHAN, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 093. Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419 Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Holy Week Retreat at Vinayalaya: 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 99874 13403.

Sacred Triduum Retreat: at the Retreat House, Bandra, from March 28 (supper) to March 31 (4 pm), 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 2642 7648 or 98196 01562.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, April 13 (7:30 am) to Sunday, April 15 (5 pm) 2018 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.