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posted Aug 14, 2018, 8:51 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 14, 2018, 8:51 AM ]

Archdiocesan Directory 2018-19

The thirty-sixth edition of the Catholic Directory of the Archdiocese of Bombay will be available for sale (priced at Rs 150/- per copy) from August 22, 2018 during office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the following centres till October 31, 2018:

1. The Parish Priest, St John the Baptist Church, Thane
2. Fr Godwin Fernandes, St Pius X College, Goregaon
3. Fr Sunder Albuquerque, Finance Office, Eucharistic Congress Building, Fort
4. Fr Vincent D'Cruz, Diocesan Catechetical Centre, Bandra

From November 1, 2018, stocks permitting, the Directories will be available only at the Archdiocesan Finance Office, Fort.

Permanent deacons' feast day

It was a historic moment for the Archdiocese of Bombay in June 2005, when the first batch of candidates began their formation for the Permanent Diaconate at the Seminary. While two of them were ordained in January 2006 (the first permanent deacons in India), the remaining candidates were ordained in April 2009. Subsequently, many more deacons have been ordained. Today, the permanent deacons are actively involved in different parishes and ministries of the Archdiocese.

So, while the deacons celebrated Vianney Sunday along with the diocesan priests in their respective parishes on August 5, they also decided to meet together to celebrate the feast of St Lawrence, the patron of deacons on August 10. It was indeed a red letter day for many of the deacons who are in the tenth year of service to the Church. There could not have been a more appropriate venue than the Church of St Lawrence, Thane!

Practically all the permanent deacons of the Archdiocese assisted at the Eucharist, presided by Fr Gilbert De Lima and concelebrated by Fr Clarence Sequeira. Fr Gilbert explained the history of the diaconate, while stressing that the model for the deacon is Jesus Himself, who came not to be served, but to serve. He reminded the congregation that everyone, by his/her very calling as a Christian, is called to serve. Deacon Roque preached a very meaningful homily at the Novena mass.

Cochlear implants restore hearing

Cochlear Implants are truly miracles of modern medicine. Cochlear Implants help restore hearing in persons who are totally deaf. Children who are born deaf can now have their hearing restored completely. This allows them to lead normal lives. They can then join schools for children with normal hearing. The only major problem is the cost; each Cochlear Implant costs Rs 5.30 lakh. The Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West has a thriving Cochlear Implant programme, under the leadership of Dr Christopher de Souza. Over 100 children have received cochlear implants, and most are now schooling in schools for children with normal hearing.

Since the cost of the Cochlear Implants is so high, the Holy Family Hospital has started a Corpus Fund to collect funds for cochlear implants. All funds will be deposited in a corpus, where the interest will be used towards funding cochlear implants for very poor, downtrodden and marginalised children. The principal amount of the corpus will remain untouched.

To contribute towards this extremely worthy cause, donors can submit their donations, preferably by cheque to the Holy Family Hospital, Bandra. They should include a note stating that their donations are towards the Cochlear Implant Corpus fund. Donors should include their addresses and their PAN numbers. All donors will be given an 80G receipt. Those donors who wish to receive regular updates on the activities of the Cochlear Implant Corpus Fund should include their email addresses. Contact Mrs Sneha on 98201 66426 or e-mail cochlearimplantholyhospital@gmail.com

Training for Slum Women

The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Mumbai organised a one-day training workshop on production of domestic cleaning products for nearly 30 women from Nanabhaiwadi slum in Wadala, on August 3. The training programme is supported by Auxilium India (Seregno-Italy) in memory of Carlo Tagliabue. Francesco and other members from Auxilium India were the guests of honour for the occasion.

Fr Rolvin D'Mello, Executive Director – DBDS, welcomed the guests and shared the special relationship between DBDS and Auxilium India (Seregno-Italy). He thanked Auxilium India for their constant support towards the activities in Mumbai.

Fr George D'Abreo and Babasaheb Khrat were the resource persons for the workshop. During the training, the participants learnt to make eight different kinds of domestic cleaning products. These products included phenyl, detergent, hi-tech powder, hand wash, dish wash, floor cleaner, toilet cleaner and dress shampoo.

Apart from teaching the production process, the resource persons also taught marketing, costing, budgeting, pricing and branding of products. The participants dedicatedly learnt the skills and had discussions on starting a small scale business.


Goan Institute Scholarships

The following scholarships, subject to the conditions indicated below, will be awarded to students of Goan parentage who are successful at the Examinations held in the academic year 2017 – 2018:

Francisco Luis Gomes Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to two students who get the highest and second highest percentage of marks at the SSC Examination (Bombay Board), provided that he/she continues his/ her studies in any recognised college.

Servito De Menezes Mesquita Scholarship: One Scholarship for securing the highest percentage of marks in Hindi. Second scholarship for securing the highest percentage of marks in English at the SSC Examination (Bombay/Pune/Goa Boards).

The following scholarship, subject to the conditions indicated below, will be awarded to students of Goan parentage who are successful at the HSC Examination held in the academic year 2017 – 2018.

Luis Jose D'Souza Scholarship: for pursuing Graduate/Post-Graduate course will be awarded for the next three years.

Applications accompanied by the Marksheet showing the marks obtained, and countersigned by the Principal of the school/college from which he/she appeared for the SSC/HSC examination should reach the Hon. General Secretary, The Goan Institute, St Francis Xavier Street, J.S.S. Road, Mumbai 2, by Tuesday, August 28, 2018 the latest.

ESAL to be in Chinese Education System

India has always occupied a special place on the global map for its traditions, vibrant culture, economic prowess and warmth. As we progress towards globalization, we see new trends evolving in the education sector and India playing a key role. Parisar Asha, a not for profit organization, has played a significant role in being the change agent for the past 36 years in the education sector and taking our country to new heights. Its internationally acclaimed pedagogy Environmental Studies Approach Towards Learning (ESAL) has been working towards providing quality education where environment is used as the medium for learning.

Recently, its victories were multiplied, when Chinese citizens Mr Soong and Mr Wenli Wang visited Parisar Asha with a concern similar to one which we have been battling for years. They approached Parisar Asha with the problem of rote-learning and looking for a concrete and sustainable solution to tackle this problem. In an opportune moment, they had come across an interview of Ms Aarati Savur, CEO of Parisar Asha, on a popular Chinese platform. They were extremely moved by Parisar Asha's teaching and learning methodology which brought them to India to explore the possibilities of replicating the same model in the Chinese education system. Parisar Asha had chosen Kenia & Anchor High School to showcase the learning system which has been successfully rolling out Parisar Asha's learning system for decades. The Chinese delegates were completely taken aback by the high learning standards of the students, and the diversity which the teachers displayed in their teaching methodologies. They were so intrigued by the experiential learning system, that they visited each and every class, and recorded their observations. The Chinese visitors specially mentioned that they were pleased to find that every student is a happy student at this school, and they appreciated the robust implementation plans of Ms Gala, along with her team, with the regular support from Parisar Asha. The Chinese delegates were awestruck by the pedagogy implementation which not only imparted numeracy and literacy skills, but also 21st century life skills and soft skills.

We have a firm conviction that this is the beginning of a new journey towards educational convergence across international borders.


Awareness Programme on 'Oral Cancer' at Holy Family Hospital on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12 noon at The Classroom, Basement, Holy Family Hospital, St Andrew’s Road, Bandra. CT Scan (neck with oral cavity) at 20% discount. Registration charges: Rs 150 includes one consultation. Call 6267 0555 or 6267 0366.

Atma Darshan
1. Encounter With God's Word Retreat: August 24 - 26
2. 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 / 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 registration, contact 2687 1975, 99874 13403, or vinayrethouse@gmail.com

Weekend Residential Retreat: The Shrine of the Infant Jesus, Nashik invites you to a weekend residential retreat: Sept. 29 – 30 (Sat-Sun). Theme: 'Jesus, my life and light'. Preacher – Fr Errol Fernandes SJ, Vice Principal, St Xavier's College, Mumbai. Call Wason to confirm: 73503 74138.

The next Inner Healing Retreat conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team will be held from August 30 - Sept. 2, at Retreat House, Bandra. For registration, contact Ralph Fernandes 98333 98895; Eugenie 6500 1423; Nazareen 98333 84096; Christina 96199 48199.