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posted Apr 19, 2018, 9:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 19, 2018, 9:10 AM ]


Martin Joseph – Petitioner
Maria NessomJeya Ambrose–Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Ms Maria NessomJeya Ambrose, Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, she 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, 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, on April 30, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. to give evidence in the above case, presently being heard before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Ms Maria NessomJeya Ambrose in the measure possibleshould duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Ms Maria NessomJeya Ambrose is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Ms Maria NessomJeya Ambrose was last known to have been residing at: 23/735 Tagore Nagar, Vikhroli East, Mumbai 400 083.

Fr Emmanuel K.T. 

Ms Edna Menezes

Tribunal Office, Archbishop's House
April 17, 2018

Catholic Church rises in support of Kathua, Unnao victims

The Catholic Church has come out in strong support of the rape victims of Kathua and Unnao. Various parishes have launched protests demanding swift and stern action against the criminals.

The Archdiocese of Bombay issued a statement on April 14, summarising the anger and disappointment of the Church at the state of affairs in the country.

Spokesman Fr Nigel Barrett urged the laity to speak up. "Evil exists and perpetuates, because good people are silent," he said. "We hope to awake the collective conscience of the community and the nation, and say this is not the India we love. We don't want well-crafted advertising statements or campaigns, but action on the ground that provides for a safe India."

In Thane, Bishop Allwyn D'Silva is organising a rally and a signature campaign at St John the Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 18. He said, "We are inviting an advocate to explain the legal position, and other speakers to communicate the gender aspect. Not just Catholics, people of all faiths are urged to come and raise their voice against the growing culture of intolerance and violence against women. The culprits must be brought to book, and victims must receive speedy justice and compensation." Bishop Allwyn said parishes could organise similar rallies in a show of solidarity.

Fr Warner D'Souza, the Parish Priest of St Jude Church in Malad East, has urged parishioners to wear black outfits to weekend mass. "This is the least we can do. In another country, the Kathua incident would be treated like a war crime. The situation in our country has reached breaking point," he said. Fr Warner has invited parishioners to speak on gender discrimination.

Fr Felix D'Souza who helms one of the largest parishes in the city, St Anthony's Church in Vakola, will lead parishioners in observing a minute of silence at all masses Saturday and Sunday "to symbolise the solidarity of a nation in mourning". "We will raise three slogans -- we protest, we demand justice and may God protect our country," he said.

Fr Nigel said the Church has always stood in solidarity with victims of injustice. "Too often, we are silent to the pain and suffering around us. Many people tend to think that if it does not affect me, then it's not my problem. Even though these incidents have happened far away from Mumbai, they do matter. This is not a protest, it's not political, but our collective mourning as a community," he said.


Switch Back at St Blaise, Amboli

Switch Back – the story of Job and his incessant faith in the Heavenly Father, was presented by St Blaise Church in a captivating musical form on March 17-18, 2018 at the school grounds. It was an experience of reflection that led to the understanding of the importance of switching from our worldly ways, back to our Heavenly Father.

In the opening scene against the backdrop of a cross covered by the blood-stained cloth, the repentant thief descends from Paradise to counter the bad thief's curses. This set the mood for the audience, and prepares them for a 'switch back'. Job is seen teaching his youngest daughter to pray; the narrative progresses, depicting the reaction of Job's wife and children to his deeply prayerful life. The prevailing prayer life of Job's family indicated that theirs was a happy family. Satan attacks Job, afflicting him with sores and driving his wife to part ways, but his faith in God does not waver even a bit, and indeed, the Almighty God cures him completely, unites him with his wife and answers all his prayers!

This excellent production owes its success to the musical score well executed by a team of accomplished actors that held the audience in rapt attention and the icing on the cake goes to 32 little angelic children. The presence of a choir added more charm to the melodious evening. All the dance steps were brilliantly choreographed by some of the very talented young boys and girls of the parish. The presence of the Chief Guests, Mr Navil Noronha, CEO of D-Mart and his wife, and Rev. Fr Felix D'Souza, Parish Priest of St Anthony Church, Vakola was highly valued and appreciated.

Rev. Fr Adrian Ferreira made "Switch Back – The Musical" not only a possibility, but also a grand success! This spirited programme truly facilitated unity and fellowship and brought in more vibrancy, joy and happiness to the parish of Amboli.

Training of Animators Course

Sunday, April 8 was a special day for 39 candidates of TOA (Training of SCC Animators) and 17 candidates of TOT (Training of Trainers). They were awarded certificates by Bishop Barthol Barretto on successfully completing their respective courses.

The TOT and TOA courses are organised by the Laity Training Centre (LTC) at Marol. It is headed by Fr Patrick D'Mello, who has a loyal team of dedicated resource persons. Sessions were participatory and interactive. PowerPoints, video clips, role plays, group discussions and sharing made the inputs interesting, and learning became an enjoyable experience.

The TOA course covered the following topics effectively – public speaking and communication, creativity, planning and development of SCCs, effective meetings, gospel sharing, strokes, anger, stress and time management, self-esteem, assertiveness, team building, leadership, animation skills, listening, empathy, personal growth and problem solving.

The TOT course showed us that training is not lecturing, but an art that creates the opportunity for learning. Spirituality of a trainer, participative methodologies, designing a training programme, framing its objectives, understanding the learning styles of individuals, assessing training needs, pedagogy, training evaluation, marketing of programmes and practice sessions made the course insightful, giving us the necessary skills needed to become a good trainer.

The certification ceremony began with a prayer service, which included a commissioning rite and special blessings for the candidates. Bishop Barthol and Fr Patrick laid hands on the candidates, sending them out on mission.

Assignments, field work, book reviews, presentations and an individual project made the courses challenging but fulfilling. A few candidates shared their personal experiences of growth and learning. The skills helped enrich their personalities and contributed to their professional growth. They were able to use the newly discovered skills in their families, workplace, community and Church.

With a sense of pride and honour, the candidates received their certificates from the Bishop, who congratulated the candidates and the LTC team for their arduous efforts and dedication to formation and training. He stressed the need of building vibrant parishes and SCCs, and urged the candidates to implement all that they had learned.

The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks. Applications are welcome for 2018-19; contact the LTC – Mr Michael Rodrigues on 98205 30374.


Don Bosco Summer Camps 2018
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. 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. Couples and Family Therapy : May 08 - 12
2. Guided Retreat : May 12 - 18
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.

Prafulta invites all teenagers (12-16 years) to participate in 'The Fully Alive Experience' - a fun-filled workshop on personal development on May 2-3, 2018.
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, c/o Dominic Savio School, Opp Tolani College, off Mahakali Caves Road. Andheri East. To register, call: 2830 2323, 2820 0248, 98204 84546