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posted Mar 29, 2018, 8:41 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 8:41 AM ]

Word Ministry course in Marathi

35 lay faithful completed a Basic Word Ministry Course organised by Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan in March 2018. People from Mulund, Vikhroli, Malwani and a majority from Bhayandar deanery regularly attended the classes to study the major books of the Old Testament i.e. Pentateuch, Wisdom literature, Prophets and Psalms and New Testament books like Gospels, Pauline letters, Revelation, etc. The lecturers for were Fr Robert D'Souza, Fr Walter D'Souza, Fr Philip Vaz, Fr Prashant Padu, Fr Joe Gonsalves and other priests from the archdiocese.

Admissions are open for the second batch, which will begin from June 2018. Contact Fr Leslie Malya, Director of Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan, Bhayandar West. Tel. 2845 0121/ 2845 1199/ 99207 90319.

IMFE Graduation

The 19th IMFE Graduation Day was held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, Dadar. The Chief Guest was Bishop Barthol Barretto. The evening began with a riveting talk by Fr Francis Gonsalves on the 'Current situation of Christians in our country and the Church's response'. He highlighted the need to be alert to conflict areas – fuelled by fanaticism, intolerance, regionalism, etc. and to increase our Hope through building harmony and outreach. He reminded us of Pope Francis' message: "I am Mission" (Evangelii Gaudium), and asked all the people present to respond whenever and wherever they could. A brief Open House was followed by a glimpse of the preparation of the IMFE graduates through the year.

The hall was abuzz with excitement, as the 19 IMFE graduates entered with their respective Commission flag, and took their seats. Priya D'Souza gave the valedictory address, explaining their growth in leadership over the year. Fr Jervis D'Souza, OLCM Director, gave the graduates some advice for the future, as he wished them a fruitful ministry.

The group song emphasised the dreams of the IMFE graduates. Bp Barthol gave an inspiring message and challenged the IMFE graduates to be of service in their respective parishes. This was followed by the actual ceremony, involving the Commission Heads who presented a towel as a sign of service to each of the IMFE graduates, before they received their certificates. The OLCM Team presented Fr Jervis a token of appreciation, as he embarks on his new role – Dy Secretary-General of the CBCI, in Delhi.

Law College at Fr Agnel, Vashi

The Agnel Region of the Society of Pilar has proposed to start a new Law College from the academic year 2018-19 at Fr Agnel Technical Education Complex, Vashi. It will be the first Christian Law College in the Western Region (Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat) of our country. The Law College will have 5-year and 3-year courses. The Five years integrated B.A. + LL.B. course (Eligibility: HSC/XII) and Three years LL.B. course (Eligibility: Graduate). Admissions to this course will be through MH-CET. Visit DHE website: www.dhepune.gov.in or www.mahacet.org.

World Meeting of Families 2018 

The World Meeting of Families (WMF) will be held in Dublin, Ireland from Aug. 21-26, 2018. "Gospel of the Family – A Joy for the World" is the theme. Families have an opportunity to celebrate the event with Pope Francis. The Family Commission is planning a five-day trip to Dublin (Aug. 23-27) which includes the Papal Mass. An 11-day pilgrimage of families will include the WMF event in Dublin and travel to France (Paris & Lourdes), Spain (Avila) and Portugal (Fatima). Those interested in participating in the WMF 2018 can call Snehalaya Family Service Centre, Mahim Tel. 2444 8218 (10 am – 1 pm & 3 pm – 6 pm) and speak to Ms Philomena or e-mail snehalaya101@gmail.com for more information