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posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:15 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:15 PM ]

SUMMONS BY EDICT : Marriage Case

Venessa Alvares : Petitioner
Alexander Rodrigues : Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of ALEXANDER RODRIGUES, Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, he 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, Mumbai 400 001, on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 10 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 ALEXANDER RODRIGUES, to the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of ALEXANDER RODRIGUES is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. ALEXANDER RODRIGUES is last known to have been residing at Flat Nos 2 and 3, Excel Residency CHS, Sector 7, Airoli, Navi Mumbai 400708.

Fr Lester Vaz 

Doris Cardoz

August 6, 2018 
 Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop's House

Calling Lawyers

The Social Apostolate Group in the Archdiocese of Bombay would like to invite Religious and Youth Lawyers for a get-together. Parish Priests are requested to send the names of lawyers from their parish. We would also request you to inform us if you have a Legal Aid Cell in your parish. Call Fr Glasten Gonsalves on 99674 50026 or write to: glasteng@gmail.com

Vacation Bible Joy (VBJ)

In keeping with the Pope's Catechesis on The Sacraments, the VBJ Team of the 'Ministry of the Word' has prepared a new VBJ Module entitled 'Meeting Jesus in The Sacraments'. The training programme for the same is on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the Goregaon Seminary from 4 pm to 7 pm. Please bring a 4GB Pendrive.

All those who have conducted a VBJ Programme in their parish or wish to do so, for the coming Diwali Holidays or later, are welcome (at the most, three people per parish). Please contact Fr Roland Fialho on 2927 1217/1554/1560/6891.

Calling working youth

All working youth are invited to a programme on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, at Ashankur Hall, Holy Family Church Campus, Chakala, Andheri (E). Topic: Socio-Economic Trends & their impact on working persons.

Speaker: Mr Royston Braganza, CEO – Grameen Capital India.

Registration free. Open to all. WhatsApp/sms Alroy on 88790 03220 (by August 17 latest) to confirm your participation. This is a Workers' Apostolate initiative; similar workshops will be conducted in the coming months across the archdiocese.

JPC-ICOR programme

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), along with the Institute for Community Organisation Research (ICOR), organised a programme on July 19, 2018 for staff of the Community Centres that are part of the Federation of Centres for Community Organisation (FCCO). The programme, attended by 40 people from 17 community centres, aimed to combat the growing intolerance and indifference in our societies by giving participants inputs on respect and active citizenship.

The theme of the first session was 'I Respect You'. Fr Lancy Pinto of the JPC brought out different aspects of respect and disrespect that people face in life. He then asked the participants to share their experience of respect-disrespect through short role plays. Scenarios role-played by participants included those encountered during road and train travel, eve teasing, apathy, domestic workers, domestic violence. Facilitators enacted scenes related to gender attitudes, religious intolerance, and disrespect of self and family. Fr Lancy then spoke about four facets of respect – Respect for Humanity, Respect for the Environment, Respect for Self and Respect for God. He explained how the disregard of cultural values can cause friction among communities. Being respectful of our differences, and simultaneously mindful of our commonality as human beings, could serve to counter this friction.

In the second session, Ms Sapna Karim from the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, enlightened participants on how they could be active citizens, and thereby improve governance by engaging civic bodies to be more accountable. Issues such as flooding, potholes, improper sanitation, housing, water supply, etc. can be effectively addressed by connecting citizens and the government through mobile and web applications. Janaagraha has developed an app called 'ichangemycity' and Ms Sapna invited participants to use the app, and also network with Janaagraha, so that an effective platform for active citizenship could be established in Mumbai.

Post-lunch, Fr John Almeida of ICOR asked participants to reflect on how they would incorporate 'I Respect You' and 'I Change My City' in their lives and work. After group discussions, participants stressed the prerequisite of first transforming their own mindset to effect change, and about the importance of dignity across all segments of society. They would use 'I Respect You' to target gender attitudes and domestic violence. Fr John explained that the key for 'I Respect You' is our interconnectedness as humans. Since there are various issues plaguing the city, participants decided that there was a need for good planning, use of local resources, awareness, people's participation, platforms for resolution, improvement in governance and education to improve urban areas. They would strive to increase people's participation in civic issues. Fr John emphasised that the key for altering the city lay in taking up ownership and responsibility for it. He asked participants to reach out to JPC and ICOR for any resources required for their action plans.

Fr Lancy thanked everyone for their participation, and the programme concluded with the recitation of the National Pledge - underscoring the significance India places on respecting and treating everyone with dignity.

Grandparents' Day

On Sunday, July 29, the Golden Hearts (Senior Citizens Group) of Good Shepherd Parish, Andheri West, celebrated the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus, as 'GRANDPARENTS' DAY'. There was quite a turnout, at least 125 persons; grandparents brought their own endearing brand of joie de vivre.

The programme started with the President of the Golden Hearts – Xavier Almeida – welcoming the grandparents. Fr Jerome (The Parish Priest) encouraged the grandparents to remain active and involved. This was followed by a grand march-past; grandparents with balloons in their hands stepped up their pace to keep up with the beat. The programme flowed smoothly, with games, spot prizes and a sing-song of oldies in English and Konkani songs. The final item was housie; Fr Savio said the Grace before dinner and blessed the food.


Atma Darshan
1. Family And Couples Retreat : August 17 - 19
2. Encounter With God's Word Retreat : August 24 - 26
3. Emotional Intelligence : August 31 - Sept 02.
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

Ignatian Silent Retreat offered by Jesuit priests at Vinayalaya from Thursday, August 23 (7:30 pm) to Sunday, August 26 (1 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E). Retreat will include input sessions, personal prayer time and individual spiritual guidance. For details and registration contact 26871975, 9987413403, or vinayrethouse@gmail.com