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posted Aug 21, 2018, 11:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 11:21 AM ]

Awards for girls

With Girl Child Day coming up next month, the CBCI Council for Women, along with the CBCI Offices for Dalits and Tribal Affairs, is planning to felicitate the Dalit and Tribal Catholic girl toppers (under the category of BPL) in Secondary and Senior Secondary Exams held this year (2018) from each state. Kindly send the details to Bishop Allwyn D'Silva on ccdfabc@gmail.com

Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Mumbai

Social Work courses

The College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Extension Centre announces admission for the following short-term courses from August 2018:

a) Six months 'Certificate Course in Management of Non Profit Organisations'

Workshop 1: Governance and Legal Framework of NPOs (August '18)
Workshop 2: Project Planning and Proposal Writing (September '18)
Workshop 3: Monitoring and Evaluation (October '18)
Workshop 4: Human Resource Management and Communication in NPOs (November '18)
Workshop 5: Financial Management (December '18)
Workshop 6: Fund Raising (January '19)

b) 3 months 'Certificate in Social Work for Senior Citizens' at its Extension Centre, Goregaon from September 2018.

For more information, contact: College of Social Work, Extension Centre, St Pius X College Campus, Virwani Road, Gate No. 2, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400 063.
E-mail: nnvirtuallearning@gmail.com/nnextension.centre@gmail.com
Tel: 2927 0981/99309 91953.

Cardinal's Independence Day address

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias. Archbishop of Bombay, led the Independence Day celebrations at the Holy Name High School in Colaba. While addressing the gathering of students, teachers and parents, His Eminence emphasised how India has grown and transformed itself from a country that was underdeveloped and struggling with inequalities and injustice to today, when we are one of the fastest developing nations.

For this, we have to thank the great leaders of our nation who not only gave us our independence, but also gave us a vision that is enshrined in our Constitution. Over the years, all governments have contributed to the growth of the nation. Today, that responsibility of taking the nation forward rests on the shoulders of the younger generation. The vision they have for the country will shape the India of tomorrow. His Eminence emphasised to all present how important it is to be proud of our Indian identity, and contribute to making our nation great. This we need to do with values of love, understanding and respect.

Following the flag-hoisting ceremony, the Cardinal celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Name, during which he led people in prayer for the nation and its leaders.

Setting an example of the commitment of the Church towards the poor and marginalised, His Eminence inaugurated a Community Fridge in which he placed the initial packets of food for the poor and homeless. The Cardinal also addressed the community present, exhorting them to act on our collective responsibility to care for our brothers and sisters and to do our bit to make a difference in the world.


Drawing Close to Mother Mary

The youth group of Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala organised a Marian Quiz for the catechism students on August 12, to prepare the children for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The event began with each of the eight teams marching into the hall with their group flag, dancing to various Marian songs. It was a sight to behold, as teachers and students marched in, following the dance steps of their leader. They were then invited to take their places around the tables allotted to them. This was immediately followed by a short prayer and the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Parish Priest, Fr Vivian D'Souza, Fr Mylin Noronha, a Sunday school catechist and a student.

To set the tone for the competition, Abigail Texeira and Tania D'Souza led the enthusiastic competitors through the various rounds. The youth comperes maintained the discipline of the competitors, as group leaders rushed back and forth with sealed envelopes or completed activity sheets, having decoded Marian messages, sketched portraits of Mother Mary, solved jigsaw puzzles or guessed the tune of a long forgotten Marian hymn.

After some stiff competition, the team under the patronage of Our Lady of Vailankanni won the first place. More importantly, though, it was heartening to see that every group went home with some token of love from Mamma Mary in the form of gifts and prizes.


World Palliative Day

Palliative care is a holistic approach to medicine. 'Palliative' is derived from the Latin 'palliare' which means 'to cloak'. Just like a cloak protects the major portion of the wearer's body, palliative care encompasses many aspects of an illness. October 13, 2018 will be celebrated as World Palliative Day. Dame Cicely Saunders is said to have been the first person to propagate the humane concept of palliative care in the treatment of debilitating diseases.

Palliative care is stewardship in action where others assist in taking care of a patient and his family. Multiple care providers such as doctors, nurses, volunteers, counsellors, physiotherapists and dieticians play their part in ensuring that the patient gets a better quality of life. It is an essential service, given the fact that with the increase in life expectancy, there is a corresponding increase in people suffering from debilitating illnesses.

The palliative care approach is yet to be accepted in India. In order to increase awareness, palliative centres in Bandra are combining to hold a walk on October 13, from 5 pm onwards. It is proposed to inaugurate this walk from Shanti Avedna, Mount Mary after which participants will proceed past Mehboob Studio on to the seaface. The walk will continue until Bandstand. Tata Memorial Hospital employees would also be participating by staging street plays. All are invited to join the walk for a worthy cause.


Conformation Retreat: A Retreat for conformation students from Parishes as well as for individuals on the, 13th & 14th September 2018 in the Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, 2nd Floor, Gokhale Road [South], Dadar [W], Mumbai - 400 028. Registration Fee - Rs. 500/- with Snacks & Lunch. For registration please contact the CCR Office, Dadar - Tel Nos. 022 24303626, 022 24210881 at the earliest. An initiative of the CCR Mumbai.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday 7th (7.30am) to Sunday 9th (5.00pm) September 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.

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.

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.