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posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:39 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 10:46 AM ]

Junior Legion of Mary Fun Formation Day

A Fun Formation Day for the North Bombay Junior Legionaries was held on July 1, 2018 at St Teresa Church, Girgaum. Legionaries from Jacob Circle, Worli, Dadar East and West, Sewri, Wadala East and West and Mahim participated.

After the opening prayers, Rodney, an officer, introduced Fr Anthony J. Fernandes, a former legionary, who is currently Parish Priest of St Teresa's Church. In his opening talk, Fr Anthony narrated his story of being a legionary since Std VII, and went on to share how the Legion started after the First World War in 1921 at Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland. After studying the works of St Marie Louis de Montfort, Frank Duff gave us Montfort's words, "I am all yours, my Queen and my mother, and all that I have is yours" recited annually at the Acies, close to the feast of the Annunciation, when Mary said 'yes' to God. Fr Anthony shared how in his previous parish, there were 24 junior legionaries, who every three months would go to visit an institution. He summarised the life of the three legionaries who are in the process of becoming saints viz. Frank Duff, Edel Quinn and Alfie Lambe. Each loved God immensely, and as true devotees of Mary, they strived to do their best in doing God's will and furthering the Kingdom of God.

This was followed by group discussion; we saw how the Legion can play an important role in the life of today's teenagers to fight temptations, to be true followers of Christ and setting an example to other teens to come closer to God and not be pressurised to make wrong choices. Games and a Bible Quiz were followed by an action song and the concluding prayers. The juniors were then taken to Chowpatty beach.

Leading for the Future

The heavy rains on Sunday, July 8 would have convinced any one to stay indoors, but nothing could quench the fire burning in the hearts of the 250+ young people who gathered at the Holy Name High School Hall, Colaba. Youth Leadership Day is an annual event hosted by the Diocesan Youth Centre (DYC) – a meeting of Youth leaders from all the parishes to come and get charged to be Youthful and Faithful.

The event kickstarted at 4 p.m. with a short and meaningful prayer service by the seminarians of St Pius X College that calmed and centred all present. Fr Alban D'Souza and his team led the youth into lively action songs; the music had everyone present, including the priests and Bishop Barthol, dancing in their place.

The Resource Person, Fr K.T. Emmanuel, conducted a stirring session on Leadership. He powerfully fleshed out the inner dynamics of being a leader, exerting a positive influence on the world. His session put the 'leader' in Youth Leadership Day, offering us insights to stay motivated in life.

Deacon Ivan Fernandes drove this point home by calling the youth to help the DYC serve them. The fact that the doors of the DYC will always be open to help young people was reinforced in the minds of everyone present, even as we were given a glimpse of some events during the year. Bishop Barthol reminded us of the importance to encourage all youth to take ownership in the Church; he invited us to channelise our energies in our parishes and to tap the talents of the young.

The highlight of the evening was the Q&A session with His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias. His Eminence answered the questions with graceful ease and humour, enlightening us with his vast intellect.

This was followed by the awarding of Certificates to the CLAYM (Certification in Leadership Acumen in Youth Ministry) participants. CLAYM is a training programme offered by the DYC to potential youth who could take on a leadership role in their parishes, and later on in the corporate sector. The oath of office was administered by Cardinal Gracias to the new office bearers of ICYM-Bombay, and the newly inducted participants for CLAYM.

As the event concluded, the melody of the DYC anthem filled the night, as the youth danced to the song with spirit and gusto.


The Inter-Parish Football Tournament – FOOTCOM 2018 – organised by the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) was flagged off on June 9, 2018 at MSSA Grounds.

17 Parish Teams participated in this tournament which was played on a knockout basis, on successive Saturdays and Sundays. The semi-finals saw St Andrew, Bandra beat St Paul 1–0 and St Anthony, Vakola beat St John the Evangelist 2–0. The matches for the Finals and Third place (or Hardliners Cup) was held at Cooperage, Colaba on July 8. For the Hardliners Cup, St Paul, Dadar got a walkover. In the Finals, St Andrew, Bandra beat St Anthony, Vakola 4–2 vide penalty kicks; they were tied 1–1 till the end of the match. Jofa D'Souza (1) and Joseph Pires (2) scored for St Anthony, Vakola while Leander Dharmai (2), Ronak Killinger (1), Jonathan D'Souza (1), Roy Lewis (1) scored for St Andrew.

The goalkeeper of St Anthony, Vakola - Shawn Gomes - was awarded the GOLDEN GLOVE AWARD, and their striker Alviro Fernandes, the top scorer in the tournament, was awarded the GOLDEN BOOT AWARD.

An Exhibition match for girls was held between St Anthony, Malwani and Mount Carmel, Bandra. Mount Carmel beat St Anthony Malwani 1–0. We look forward to organising a parallel FOOTCOM for girls in the coming years.

The entire tournament went on very smoothly. We thank the participating teams for their sportsmanship and cooperation. We also thank our sponsors – Aldel Education, Lawrence & Mayo, CitizenCredit Bank, Mr Jude Fernandes for the total prize money and the anonymous sponsors for the footballs, trophies and medals, as well as the management of MSSA and Cooperage Ground for their support.

A lot of effort was put in by the Convenor, Mr Don Aguiar; he was appreciated for his hard work and commitment.

Dr Christopher, FRCS

Dr Christopher de Souza has been conferred an honorary FRCS degree by the Royal College of Surgeons, London, England. He is the only ENT surgeon in Mumbai and the second person in India to be so honoured.

Dr Christopher de Souza is a nationally and internationally respected and eminent doctor in the field of deafness, especially deafness in children.

Dr Christopher de Souza, ENT surgeon at Holy Family Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and Lilavati Hospital was honoured because of his incredible body of work during his years of service. He has authored 34 post-graduate ENT Textbooks; he is the Editor in chief of the International Journal of Head and Neck Surgery. He has published 40 papers detailing new surgical techniques, three of which are now international landmark articles.

He is the only Indian to live in India and publish post-graduate ENT Medical Textbooks in the USA and Germany under his name. He is one of seven people in the world to publish a 6-volume ENT Textbook in Germany. Dr Christopher has been on the faculty of the State University of New York, USA and the Louisiana State University, USA for the past 20 years where he continues to teach ENT Surgery.

Dr Christopher de Souza is the second person in the world and the first Indian to be awarded the prestigious Orbit International Silver medal from the Netherlands for his work on Surgery on the nose and sinuses. He is also the recipient of the Hamilton Bailey award from the UK.


Prafulta Psychological Services a Don Bosco enterprise is conducting a workshop on "Managing Conflict' A workshop that enables you to deal with Conflict and create a win-win situation
Date: 31st July 2018
Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093.
Contact :Tel 28302323, 28373739. 9820484546

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

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.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday 10th (7.30 am) to Sunday 12th (5.00 pm) AUGUST 2018 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) - 24303626 / 24210881, 9930940705. Register early.

"The next Inner Healing Retreat conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team will be held from August 30th to September 2nd, at Retreat House, Bandra. For WhatsApp details and registration please contact Ralph Fernandes 9833398895; Eugenie 22 65001423; Nazareen 9833384096; Christina 9619948199"