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posted Apr 5, 2018, 9:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

DHLC programme on NFP

The Diocesan Human Life Committee (DHLC) is organising an NFP (Natural Family Planning) programme conducted by Vally and Anna Coelho on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St Joseph Secondary School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra. All Pro-life Groups, Pre-Baptismal Groups, Youth, Catechists, Family Cell Members are welcome.

Christian Meditation Programme

The WCCM Mumbai community invites you to a half-day programme aimed at deepening our understanding and practice of contemplative prayer. The discourses followed by silent meditation will focus on the 'Teaching on Prayer in the Christian Tradition' by Origen and John Cassian, as presented by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. It will be held in the Meeting Room, next to the Church Office, St Andrew Church, Bandra, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

There is no charge, but a voluntary contribution to meet the incidental expenses incurred will be gratefully accepted.

Easter Joy enters Taloja Jail and Arthur Road Jail

Bishop Barthol Barretto visited the Taloja Jail, along with a group of men and women (young and old) on the solemn occasion of Maundy Thursday (March 29).

A Prayer Service, specially translated into Hindi, was prepared by the Team. Around 80 young inmates participated in the Prayer Service conducted by Bp Barthol and Fr Baptist Viegas. A choral ensemble from Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar led the gathering in song and music. 12 young inmates volunteered to be the representatives for the Washing of the Feet. Their feet were washed by Bishop Barthol, symbolising Jesus' washing the feet of his beloved Apostles at the Last Supper. The team also conducted a few action songs in Hindi. The service ended with a meaningful closing prayer by Bishop Barthol and Fr Baptist. The entire service was coordinated by Mr Flaviano Santarita and Mr Ignatius Joseph.

The Prison Ministry, Mumbai continues to "wow" us with its zeal and empathy for prisoners.

On Easter Sunday morning (April 1), a small group of visitors accompanied Bishop Barthol Barretto to Arthur Road Jail. The Coordinators brought musical instruments along.

After the usual security check at the entrance, the group met the inmates gathered in the hall. The Praise and Worship in Hindi was led by three youth (one each from Sacred Heart Church, Andheri East, St Joseph Church, Juhu and Holy Family Church, Andheri East), much to the delight of the jail inmates. The inmates seemed comfortable singing the hymns, as they lifted their arms heavenward.

After an hour-long session, they reluctantly wound up with a solemn blessing from Bp Barthol. Some of them came forward, shook hands with the Team members, and wished them a 'Happy Easter'. It was truly an edifying experience.

Green Vikhroli

St Joseph Church and High School, Vikhroli have gone green! On March 18, 2018, Bishop Barthol Barretto inaugurated the newly installed solar power systems in the church and school. "This is a small step we have taken to tackle the problem of climate change. It is our contribution to the government's solar initiatives, and will help better our community and the environment," said Fr Rocky Banz, Parish Priest, School Trustee and Manager.

All the lights, fans, air-conditioning, water pumps and computers in both the church and school are solar powered, reducing dependence on electricity, and relying instead on a free and non-polluting source of renewable energy. "We hope the management of other schools will visit our institution, and learn from our experience, so they also may initiate similar measures to save energy," said the Principal, Fr Sachin Lopes. The parishioners, school administration and students are proud of this memorable milestone which is a positive contribution towards reducing the 'greenhouse effect' – a process that traps heat and raises temperatures, leading to rising sea levels, melting ice fields, and climate change.

Music and dance in India

A fine arts centre in India run by Catholic nuns recently held a ceremony to mark its dedication to the riches of India's culture and diversity.

Divya Kala Kendra is run by Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, and the institution's second convocation was held on March 28 at Prarthanalaya, Bandra. The order, which has houses in more than 30 countries, is part of the Pauline family established by Blessed James Alberione, who dedicated himself to communications in the Church.

The centre teaches both Hindustani and Western liturgical music, and the convocation allowed the students and staff to highlight their talents.

"The beauty of art is portrayed well when it emerges from one's heart, because it is an expression of love, joy, and compassion conveyed naturally through your body and voice to affirm that life is beautiful and precious," read Sr Rosemary Muttasseril's message; she is the superior of the Indian province. "This day will stay as a proud moment in our minds forever, as the students of DKK leave the campus with flying colours of success. All your achievements, both big and small, are the fruit of hard work, patience and commitment of each of you and the faculty," she said.

"I wish you can keep the fire of faith in your mind alive and lead a disciplined life, as it will give you the perfect rhythm in your body and soul to express through dance and music," Muttasseril continued.

Among those attending were the General Councillors of the order who were visiting India from Rome. Sr Lidia Awoki, the vicar general of the order and one of the Councillors, addressed the participants.

"It is a gift to learn more about this living reality through the varied colours of language, customs and traditions. An honor because through art, dance and music, we share part of our charism. A joy which anticipates the coming of God's Kingdom. Thanks to all the people who have worked for the success of this convocation," Sr Awoki said.

"Thanks to the PDDM sisters who dedicate their lives to projects of solidarity, in view of growth and human development. We need to build a society of equality, founded on human values, Christian, ethnic, social and political. Therefore, all of you, peacemakers and hope, thank you for the good works for the children of this community, to achieve the desire of Jesus Master: 'That all may have life and have it abundantly'," she continued.

Sr Awoki said the leadership of the order was pleased with the "significant contribution" DKK was making to society, "in keeping alive the rich cultural heritage of India."

"The charism of PDDM is not social work, but wherever we are, our presence is a witness, and we contribute to society, as in the Fine Arts Centre. At DKK, we are integrating persons of society through our life, art and music," Sr Awoki said. A great admirer of Pope Francis, she said that every community is called to express their charism within the culture of the nation in which they reside. "For example, in Brazil, we have two communities in the periphery of peripheries in the Amazon, and among these people, the PDDM sisters are living out their charisms. The PDDM sisters visit every community, celebrate the Liturgy of the Word and prepare them for the celebration of the Eucharist in the Deepest of the Amazon," she said.

Nirmala Carvalho, CRUX Contributor

Cancer Detection Camp

As part of the Lenten activities organised at St Dominic Savio Church, Wadala, a Cancer Detection Medical Camp was conducted on March 24. Registrations for the Camp were open to parishioners and non-parishioners. Fr Diego Nunes was at the helm of the venture, with the help of the members of the Legion of Mary and the Parish Council. Florencio D'Souza, a corporator from Kurla, along with some members of the Cancer Awareness Association, was also instrumental in conducting the Camp.

This team was spearheaded by Anita Peters of the Cancer Survivors Network, accompanied by a group of doctors. The medical team consisted of an oncologist, a gynaecologist, an ENT specialist and an eye specialist. A total number of 143 people had registered, of whom 130 people (50 men and 80 women) attended the Camp.

The Camp began at 9:30 am with a speech by the Parish Priest, Fr Savio D'Souza. Dr Joshi spoke about various types of cancer and the precautions to be taken. People went home after a successful diagnosis and a complimentary eye test.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Diocesan Human Life Committee (DHLC) is celebrating Pro-life Day on April 15, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St Joseph Secondary School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra. For registrations, contact Ninette: 98709 51118, Michelle: 93231 09461 or Maria: 98210 15481.

Don Bosco Summer Camps 2018

Camp III: April 14 - 17 Leadership CAMP at Boscowadi, Uttan for Std. VIII – X (Boys only)
Camp IV: April 21- 24 Leadership Camp at Boscowadi,Uttan for above Std. X (Boys and Girls)
Camp V: May 2- 12 Vocation camp at Lonavla for Std. VIII - XII and above Std. XII (Boys only)
Contact Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Matunga Tel: 75060 42114/ 6529 1129 / 99205 88382 Email: dbysmatunga@gmail.com

St Stanislaus Villa ‘Family’ Holiday Camps at the Jesuit Villa at Lonavla. This May, there will be 4 camps of 4 & 6 days duration. Bus available for those interested. Register at the Reception counter, St Peter Church, Bandra. Tel: 2642 3098. Details in The Examiner (Mar 24 - pg 28), or WhatsApp ‘CAMP FORM’ to 92232 62524 or contact Fr Gerard C. Rodricks sj.

Atma Darshan

1. NLP Practitioner Course: April 22 - 30
2. Intensive Course in Basic Counselling Skills: April 22 – May 07
3. Affective Maturity : May 7 - 9

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.