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posted Jun 20, 2018, 8:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 8:50 AM ]

Certificate in Women’s Leadership

The Archdiocesan Women’s Commission, in collaboration with the Sophia Centre for Women’s Studies, is organising the Women’s Leadership Training Programme (WLTP) at Kurla this year.

Dates: July 21 & 22; 28 & 29; August 4 & 5; 11 & 12; 18 & 19; 25 & 26; Sept 1 & 2, 2018. Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Holy Cross School, Kurla

Topics: Analysis of Gender and Women’s Perspective, Basic Counselling Skills, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Women’s Legal Rights, Women’s Empowerment & Leadership, Public Speaking.

Target Group: Members of Women’s Cells, Women’s Groups, Family Cells, PPC/SCC leaders, or other women leaders deputed by the parishes or associations.

Course Fee: Rs 750 (at the time of registration). Limited Seats! To register, contact: Rufiana Menezes 98208 20322, Bernadine D’Souza: 98205 04091, Lorraine Mathias 99206 77654.

Pilerne Association event

The Managing Committee of the Pilerne village association, Mumbai invites all Pilernecars to its 95th annual thanksgiving Mass in honour of their patron, St John the Baptist.

On Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 9:30 am at St Anne's Church, Mazagaon and thereafter to the social gathering at St Mary's Primary School Hall, Mazagaon. Pilernecars are requested to send their applications along with marksheets for various academic awards before June 2018 to Mrs Blanche D'Souza /Mr Edsel Lobo at blanched16@gmail.com / edselfelixlobo@gmail.com. Contact Edsel Felix Lobo (President) : 72083 07770, 98194 66067, 022-22002869.

WITNESS - St John's, Thane

The parish of St John the Baptist celebrates the feast day of its patron saint on June 24. Among other events, we showcase glimpses of the life and times of the community through a book titled 'WITNESS'. A richly illustrated book with maps, manuscripts, rare photographs and sketches, WITNESS traces the history of the recently restored 435-year-old Church of St John the Baptist at Thane, and the past and present of the community that gathers around it.

Set against the backdrop of Thane as a creek-side port, WITNESS journeys beyond the title, riding the tides of time, recalling events that shaped the city. The book walks the reader through "the mile of Faith" with temple, church, agiary, synagogue and mosque all in a craggy line, south to north.

The book tells a story that must be told—of a Christian community at Thane documented seven centuries ago, testifying to the multi-cultural population of the port-city. In 1321, the Christians of the port-city of 'Thana' played host to the four Franciscans who were later martyred for their faith. The Catholic Church in India now honours Thomas of Tolentino and his companions, and they remain witness to our area's first meeting with the Latin Church.

WITNESS traces the history of the only parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay that prays in the church, once a part of the Franciscan conventual complex. When the war clouds of 1737-39 had cleared, the histories of the Church of Santo Antônio and that of the parish of São João de Baptista coalesce and merge.

The book also chronicles the 2015 repair and restoration of the Church by Vikas Dilawari, aided by Earth craft and the Sequeira brothers of Vasai. It explains the architectural and art treasures within. Besides, it gives voice to some of the oldest families of the city of Thana and speaks of the service through education and health programmes that the parish provides to citizens of Thane.

The parish church walls hold within the whispered prayers, the hopes, dreams and heartaches of the thousands that kneel, heads bowed. The parish church stands witness to the lives of people and history of its villages. This book features the collective memories of many of the parishioners of St John's.

The book takes on a new dimension with quirky sketches and doodles from artists Arun Ferreira and Dylan Hendricks, photographs from Ian D'Almeida, Vikas Dilawari's collections besides contributions from parishioners. The editorial and research team of Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Fleur D'Souza, Francis Fernandes, Roshni D'Souza, Sanjay Dighe and Bernadette Mascarenhas worked to piece together historical evidence and oral testimonies. Above all, the book comes alive under the design execution of the brilliant Etienne Coutinho. The journey of discovery is far from over...

Eco-friendly drive, Bandra (E)

An eco-friendly drive was conducted with great fervour on June 9-10 during Environment week by the English Prayer Group and Civic & Political Cell of St Joseph the Worker parish, under the able guidance of Parish Priest, Rev.Fr Benedict Kerketta and CCR Chairman Br Dickson Mendes. Keeping in mind the message of the UN and Pope Francis to spread awareness on the theme of World Environment Day - Beat plastic pollution - the coordinators of Civic & Political Cell, Harold D’Silva and Manuel Baptista spoke to the people present in the Ambedkar Park on rejecting the usage of plastic.

Mrs Hazel D’Mello, CCR Prayer group leader, joined along with children holding posters with varied slogans: 'Say no to plastic', 'Go green', 'Save every drop of water', 'No water, no life', 'Plant more trees', etc. Cloth bags and paper bags were carried. The drive concluded in the church premises, by spreading the message to ensure that our future generations live in harmony with nature.

For Students...with Love

Eighty teachers from four Salesian schools in the Mumbai district attended a workshop-seminar, conducted by Fr Francis Gustilo and Joanna Marie Oliva, from the Philippines, on June 11-12 at the Don Bosco Matunga campus in Mumbai. The event, organised by the Mumbai province, aimed to echo what both speakers shared during the Salesian International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family held in Madrid in November 2017.

Fr Gustilo focused on the need to link Youth Ministry done in schools with the families of the students themselves. He stressed that, for students, schools must be an extension of their home. He stressed on the importance of healing relationships, because at the deepest core of life is relationship itself.

Oliva stressed on the Live-Pure Movement's basic principles, culled from St John Paul II's Theology of the Body. She said man and woman are the image and likeness of Love. This makes Love the most distinctive capacity of every human person. Oliva led the participants to know their 'particular love-language', and in what manner they can give and receive love leading to an experience of 'felt love'.


Shelter Don Bosco Annual day

Shelter Don Bosco celebrated its Annual Thanksgiving Day on May 31, to express heartfelt gratitude to those who have helped them grow and enabled Shelter to develop.

The premises were adorned with flowers, balloons and artwork made by the children. The Shelter boys prepared their home beautifully to welcome their guests —benefactors, volunteers, teachers, Cooperators, family members of the staff.

The function commenced with a welcome song in 'Bahubali' style followed by the invocation of the Almighty with the lighting of the lamp by dignitaries, staff and a melodious prayer song by the boys.

Fr Gregory D'Almeida expressed his gratitude to all those present for their constant support towards various Shelter projects. Shelter boys then presented their much rehearsed dance performances. Yuvraj Pandey, on behalf of all the Shelter boys, thanked all the Salesians of Don Bosco, Shelter staff, benefactors, volunteers, Cooperators and well-wishers for aiding them through the year.

The main feature of the programme was a musical skit 'Aashayein' by Jannat Media Production, who with the Shelter boys, presented their life stories. The skit aimed to show that although all Shelter boys are given equal opportunities, only those who dare to dream big, believe in themselves and persevere in their endeavour to achieve are successful at the end.

A video presentation of the Annual Report of Shelter Don Bosco showcased the history, vision, mission and events of 2017-2018. Fr D'Almeida, along with Fr Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial of Mumbai, Vijay Doiphode, CWC Chairperson and Nishant Sinha, MGL CSR Manager presented gifts to the boys, thereby encouraging them to grow in self confidence.

Grace John, the outreach staff, was given a special award for her extraordinary service of 19 years for street children. The cultural programme concluded with the recital of the anthem song 'Dream, Believe, Achieve' - three magical words of inspiration.



'Magical Music Media in Concept Learning' - Pauline Sisters & Mendoza Muzikals is conducting a Teacher Training Session to use innovative methodologies using Music Media in the teaching-learning process, thus making all subjects interesting. This programme is being made available on the following dates: July 7, 2018 (Saturday) & July 12, 2018 (Thursday). Choose the one that suits you best. Timings: 9 am – 1 pm. Venue: Pauline Sisters (Daughters of St Paul), 143 Waterfield Road, Allahabad Bank Building, Bandra West, Mumbai - 50. To register, contact Sr Annie 84520 36624 or Sr Joyce 75071 66725.

Catholic Bible Institute: Our Monsoon Bible Course will be held at 56 Hill Rd, Bandra, on July 20, 27 and Aug 3, from 6.30pm to 8pm. Topic: USING THE BIBLE FOR PERSONAL PRAYER. Seats are limited to 20; register early with Dr Renu Silvano OCV or Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ on 98196 01562 or 2642 7648.

Heart 2 Heart Retreat for Married Couples at Vinayalaya Retreat House, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, from July 20-22. For details & registration, contact Deacon Jaime da Fonseca (92232 73045) / Ligia da Fonseca (92222 17906) or e-mail jaime.ligia@gmail.com.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, July 13 (7:30 am) to Sunday, July 15 (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.

The Archdiocesan Basic Liturgy Ministry Course for the year 2018-19 will commence on July 15, 2018 at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra. For Registration, kindly contact Brenda (Diocesan Liturgy Centre) Tel: 2655 5500, 98203 40173.