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posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:22 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:23 PM ]

Other activities of Prison Ministry


• Recreational games like volleyball, football, cricket, kabaddi, chess and carrom are organised at Adharwadi jail.
• Skill development training like sewing, paperwork etc is given to women at Adharwadi and Byculla prisons.
• Drawing and essay writing competitions are held in most of the prisons.
• Our volunteers attend the hearing in the sessions court for the prisoners, as and when required.
• A recollection for all the Prison Ministry Mumbai volunteers was held at St John the Baptist Church, Thane. The resource person was Fr Sebastian Vadakkumpadan, the National Coordinator of Prison Ministry India. The newly appointed Bishop in charge of Prison Ministry India, Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, was also felicitated on this occasion.

Children's Observation Home (Remand Home):

• Computer classes are conducted daily at Umerkhadi and Mankhurd Observation Homes.
• Counselling children is an important task undertaken by our volunteers, guiding them to be good human beings and good citizens.
• Rehabilitation of boys and girls in different homes run by NGOs is supervised by our volunteers.
• Tuition classes are conducted and the importance of studies is regularly emphasised.


Pope Francis greets altar servers


Everyone is called to pursue sainthood through living the Works of Mercy, though it is not for the weak of heart, Pope Francis told more than 60,000 young altar servers in St Peter's Square. "It is true it is not easy, but remember – I will say it again – the way of holiness is not for the lazy," the Pope said July 31.

"Do you all know the Works of Mercy? It's important!" he said. "To learn the Works of Mercy, it is not necessary to go to university or to receive a degree; all can learn."

Pope Francis advised the pilgrims to "know and love the Lord Jesus more and more," encountering him in prayer, at Mass, through reading Scripture, in the poor. "Even now, as young people, you can be apostles, capable of drawing others to Jesus. This will happen if you are full of enthusiasm for Him, if you have encountered Him, if you have come to know Him personally, and been yourselves 'won over' by Him," he said.

The Pope also encouraged them to be friends with everyone; "no strings attached," in order to be a "ray of Jesus' light," because, he said, everyone needs friends who give a good example and who give without expecting anything in return.

"There is no need for lots of words; more important are your actions, your closeness, your desire to serve, gazing before the Most Blessed Sacrament," he said. "In this way, you will also help others to see how beautiful the community of believers is, because the Lord dwells in its midst."

Pope Francis met with the more than 60,000 youth, ages 13-23, during the 12th international pilgrimage of altar boys and girls, run by the International Union of Altar Servers. Hailing from 19 countries, with over 80 per cent from Germany, this year's pilgrimage was the first to include a group of altar servers from the United States. A group of 90 altar boys and girls from a Vietnamese parish in the US joined the week-long event.


Pope remembers Paul VI


Pope Francis commemorated the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI, invoking "a round of applause" for "this great pope of modernity" who died August 6, 1978. Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square for the recital of the Angelus, before the final greetings, he added: "We remember him with such veneration and gratitude, awaiting his canonisation on October 14. From heaven may he intercede for the Church that he loved so much and for peace in the world."

Pope Francis paused to comment on the Sunday gospel (John 6:24-35), which tells how people sought Jesus after the multiplication of the loaves. "But to Jesus, it is not enough for people to look for Him; he wants people to know Him; He wants this search for Him and encounter with Him to go beyond the immediate satisfaction of material needs. Jesus came to bring us something more, to open our existence to a broader horizon than the daily worries of feeding ourselves, dressing ourselves, our jobs, and so on. Therefore, turning to the crowd, he exclaims: "You seek me, not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten of those loaves and have satiated." (v.26) So he urges people to take a step forward, to wonder about the meaning of the miracle, and not just to take advantage of it."