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posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:20 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 10:20 AM ]

The Shepherd’s Horn

The Pauline Sisters (Daughters of St Paul), Bandra are giving a clarion call to all Catechists/Faith formators to be an embodiment of the Father’s special Love.

Attend an exciting workshop on Saturday, July 21, 2018 (9 am – 1 pm), especially designed to train both Parochial and School Catechists to use Speech, Drama, Song effectively and to achieve global evangelization through theatre.

Register soon with Sr Annie 84520 36624 or Sr Joyce 75071 66725.

CCBI bishops reflect on the 'mission of the Church'

A meeting of 25 Catholic bishops from all over India took place from July 2 to 7, on the campus of the Archdiocesan Seminary in Mumbai. The event, titled ‘Bishops' Joint Reflection Programme’, was organised by the Latin Bishops' Conference [CCBI - one of the three rites of the Indian Bishops' Conference (CBCI) - ed.]

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of both ecclesiastical bodies, explained to AsiaNews the purpose of the programme: "To reflect on the mission of the Church and how we can touch the wounds of Jesus."

The sessions, explained the cardinal, fall "within the initiatives suggested by the 29th Plenary Assembly of the CCBI which took place in 2017 in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)."

On July 7, during the Mass that concluded the programme, Cardinal Gracias recited a special prayer of consecration, with which he entrusted the mission of the Church in India to the Virgin Mary. Earlier, on July 4, the bishops went on a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Mt Mary, Bandra. Then from the diocesan shrine, they reached the Church of St Michael in Mahim, where they participated in a novena recited in Hindi, and witnessed the Eucharistic blessing by the cardinal. Finally, around 6:30 pm, they concelebrated a Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Name, and prayed for the archdiocese and for the whole Indian Church.

Cardinal Gracias said, "St Thomas the Apostle, whose liturgical memorial was on July 3, wanted to touch the wounds of Jesus with his own hands. By touching the wounds of Jesus in the marginalised, in those who suffer or who are sick, we can find Jesus.”

In the same way, he added, "for us in India, as it was for St Thomas at the time, we can recognise Jesus through his wounds: they are the wounds of the abandoned and the needy, the elderly and the poor without a home. They are the wounds of those who live in distant places, the Dalits and tribals, the indigent farmers and those who are in prison, the orphans and widows, those who suffer from miserable poverty. The identity of Jesus is his wounds. This is the mission of the Church in India: to touch wounds with tenderness and compassion.”


Book on Fr Hugh Fonseca

A paperback book on Fr Hugh Fonseca, a priest in the Archdiocese of Bombay who passed away on June 16, 2011, aged 68 years, has been published by the Fonseca Family of Australia. Titled 'MEMOIRS OF HUGH ANTHONY FONSECA, PRIEST OF THE POOR', with a Foreword by His Lordship, Agnelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, the contents feature the many wonderful characteristics of the man with a legendary sense of humour. Fr Hugh excelled in all the parishes where he was the Parish Priest, and he has many friends and ex-parishioners across the globe who still remember him with great fondness, and continue to admire and praise his work.

Fr Hugh’s work in the Archdiocese spanned 43 years, during which time he acted as Assistant Parish Priest in three parishes, besides being Youth Chaplain in the Diocesan Youth Centre, Bandra for 8 years. He was appointed Parish Priest in five parishes from June 1984 - Holy Family Church, Pestom Sagar, followed by St Anthony Church, Saki Naka to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad, and then on to Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli. Following his final appointment as Parish Priest of St Michael Church, Mahim in July 2005, he retired in July 2009 due to ill health.

The book contains lots of interesting articles and photos contributed by ex-parishioners, friends and ex-students of Fr Hugh, who are based in India, Canada, United States and Australia, along with interesting information from Fr Hugh’s archives. THE BOOK IS NOT FOR SALE! However, for the sake of logistics, the family wants to have a feel of the numbers desirous of reading about this man of the masses and having a keepsake of his memory. Those interested in a copy of the book may kindly write to Mark Fonseca (fonseca@optusnet.com.au) with CC to ladisdsouza@gmail.com or call Ladislaus Louis D’Souza on 9869 66 3608.

Raising voices, raising funds

In mid-May this year, 46 members of The Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble flew across to the UK on a goodwill concert tour that included performances at churches in Battersea, London and Armagh, Clonard and Newcastle in Northern Ireland , besides participating in a musical, 'Forgiven', in Belfast with a professional production company, Toccata, which was based upon the life of Jesus as narrated by St Peter.

It was an exciting experience and made audiences in this part of the world sit up and take note of what an Indian choir is capable of. Specially designed Indian costumes, a bit of choreography and dance movements along with colourful props, and the fact that nearly forty pieces in different languages and styles were all sung without scores, had the audiences on their feet in standing ovations at the end of each concert, and asking for more.

A testimonial from Fr Gerard O'shaughnessy sdb of the Sacred Heart Church in Battersea sums it all up:

“Greetings from the Sacred Heart Parish in Battersea, South London. We were honoured to host the Stop-Gaps Choir on their trip to the UK. They came to join us for Pentecost Sunday liturgy, and led the congregational singing in our multi-cultural Parish. We have families from 49 nations contributing to the life and energy of the Parish. Everyone agreed that Stop-Gaps brought a beauty to our liturgy, and it was appropriate that singers from Mumbai should lead us in worship on this most holy of days; thank you!

Benedictus, London born and bred, but with roots in Ghana, organised a wonderful brunch for the choir and parishioners. Various dishes from across all continents were represented, and we had a good social gathering. We thank parishioners for their generosity, and everyone seemed to have enough - a real feeding of 5000!

At 3 pm, the church filled again for a charity concert, which was simply sublime, and took us all to another level for Pentecost. Parishioners, locals, visitors and friends of the Choir from across London joined us for an afternoon of wonderful choral singing in an amazing variety of choral styles. People are STILL talking about it as we move into our summer here. The quality of singing, movement and dance was something we very much loved. In the event, over £800 was raised for DON BOSCO BREADS, our adopted charity in Bangalore. Thank you, Stop-Gaps, for your care and concern for those less fortunate. Fr Andrew sdb, a teacher in our parish high school of St John Bosco, will be leading a party of volunteers later in the year to Bangalore.”


'Catholic Bible Institute: Our Monsoon Bible Course will be held at 56 Hill Rd, Bandra, on July 20, 27 and Aug 3, from 6.30 pm 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.

Guided Silent Retreat offered by the Jesuit priests at Vinayalaya from Thursday, July 26 (7:30 pm) to Sunday, July 29 (1 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E). The retreat will include group input sessions, personal prayer time and individual spiritual guidance. For details and registration contact 26871975, 9987413403, or vinayrethouse@gmail.com

HEART 2 HEART Retreat for Married Couples at Vinalaya Retreat House, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai, from 20-Jul-18 (pm) to 22-Jul-18 (pm). For details & registration contact Deacon Jaime da Fonseca (9223273045) / Ligia da Fonseca (9222217906) or email to jaime.ligia@gmail.com

The Retreat House, Bandra: Weekend Retreat, by Fr Fio SJ, on the theme: "The 10 most important and fundamental NT texts for a joyfilled and meaningful discipleship," from 20th July evening 8 pm supper, to 22nd 4 pm. Cost Rs 1500 self-contained room or Rs 1200 non-self-c.
Apply immediately to the Retreat House, Tel 26416653 or 26422095, or 9820924290.

Awareness Programme on 'Breast Cancer' at Holy Family Hospital on Wednesday,1st August, 2018 at 12.00 noon at The Classroom, Basement, Holy Family Hospital, St Andrews Road, Bandra.
Mammography at 20% discount. Registration charges Rs. 150 includes one consultation. Call 6267 0555 or 6267 0318.