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posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:37 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 10:01 AM ]

SUMMONS BY EDICT : Marriage Case

Fiona Barrie – Petitioner
Brian Vanderhide–Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Mr Brian Vanderhide, 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, 21 Nathalal Parekh Marg, Mumbai 400 001, on September 19, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. to give evidence in the above case, presently being heard before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Any one knowing of the whereabouts of Brian Vanderhide in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, any one knowing the present address of Mr Brian Vanderhide is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr Brian Vanderhide was last known to have been residing at: 101, B Wing, 1st Floor, Mercury Building, Poonam Sagar Complex, Mira Road East, Thane 401 107.

Fr Emmanuel K.T. 

Ms Edna Menezes

Sept. 3, 2018 

Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop's House

Calling Parish Green Teams

The Office for Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and the Archdiocesan Office for Environment (AOE), Mumbai cordially invite Parish Green Teams to participate in a two-day workshop at Sarvodaya, St Pius X College campus, Goregaon from 9 am on September 22 to 4 pm on September 23, 2018.

Inspired by Laudato Si', Pope Francis' encyclical on Caring for Our Common Home, this workshop will serve as a 'Training of Trainers' and equip participants to direct greening initiatives in their respective parishes. A nominal fee of Rs 200/- is being charged per parish. Accommodation will be provided; however, attendees are requested to carry along their own water bottle, plate and cutlery, towel and personal care products, so as to make the workshop a low-environmental impact event. Please contact the AOE on 2927 0523 or look up mumbaiaoe.webs.com for more details.

Kindly register for the event by e-mailing the name of the parish, along with the name and number of participants to mumbaiaoe@gmail.com OR bombaydioceseenvironmentoffice@gmail.com by September 15, 2018.

AICU Elections & Awards

The 99-year-old AICU is one of the biggest Lay Catholic organisations in the world held its Annual General Body Meeting, Biennial Elections and Awards in Velankanion August 18 and 19, 2018.

In biennial elections held at the annual general body meeting on Aug. 19, Mangalore's Lancy da Cunha was unanimously elected National President for a second term till 2020. The current national vice president, Elias Vaz of Goa was also re-elected for a second term.

For the State of Maharashtra Don Aguiar was unanimously elected President. (Attachment Photo 2 with the Maharashtra team & 3 together with the National President Lancy da Cunha VP Elias Vas and the Maharashtra team)

Mr. Don Aguiar also received the RashmiMenezes Award from the Bishop of Kumbakonam for Articles to VJ (the AICU in house magazine) as well as to other magazines, publications and to AICU website.

(Attachment photo 1- Newly elected Maharashtra State President Don Aguiar receiving his award)

The Bombay Catholic Sabha(BCS) also received the Michael Francis Biswas Award 2016-2018 from the Bishop of Kumbakonam for God &Ceaser. (Attachment photo 4 – BCS team with President Rita D'Sa receiving the award)

Hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Mr Don Aguiar and the BCS.

Cardinal Gracias: Church in Asia supports Pope 100%

"The Church in Asia firmly supports the Holy Father. As President of the FABC [Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences], I reiterate that the Church in Asia is 100% on the side of Pope Francis," stated Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

The Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Indian bishops' Conference, as well as the FABC, was commenting on the scandal that has rocked the Universal Church, and especially Pope Francis. Last week, returning from the World Meeting of Families held in Dublin, the Pontiff was accused of having been aware of the allegations of sexual abuse within the US Church, and having been silent.

The accusation is contained in an 11-page letter written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. According to the Archbishop, Pope Francis covered up the sexual abuses committed by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick against young seminarians. "I know Msgr Viganò; he is an effective and highly respected member of the Curia [of Rome] and of Washington. I am very surprised at his decision to make the issue public."

The publication of the letter rekindled the diatribe between "conservatives" and "reformists" in the Catholic Church. "I'm really disappointed. This is not the way; it is not the approach [to deal with such delicate issues]. And it does not help ."

Cardinal Gracias, who is currently in Seoul to attend a forum for peace, added: "There are many gaps in testimonies, and there has been a clever use of words. Words are used with ambiguity. The testimonies are a coordinated effort to adulterate reality."

In conclusion, he affirmed: "I hope that his Excellency understands the damage he has done to the Church. I am sure that the Holy Father has drawn his conclusions on this dossier, and we are grateful that the Vicar of Christ chose not to respond."


Spiritual Directors Conference

It was a beautiful and blessed morning on August 16, 2018 at Salvation Church, Dadar, where the Spiritual Directors Conference for the Archdiocese of Bombay and Vasai Diocese was held by the Legion of Mary, Star of the Sea, Senatus Mumbai. Fr Alvaro gave a warm welcome to Bishop Barthol, 28 Spiritual Directors/Directresses, eight Senatus Officers and seven Council officers from various Councils across the Archdiocese of Bombay.

Bishop Barthol presided over the meeting. He announced that Rev. Fr Alvaro Nazareth has been relieved of his responsibility as the Spiritual Director of the Mumbai Senatus, and His Lordship Bishop Agnelo Gracias has been appointed as the new Spiritual Director of the Mumbai Senatus for the next two years. Bishop Barthol thanked Fr Alvaro for guiding and supporting the legionaries. He also thanked all the Spiritual Directors present, especially the newly appointed ones.

In his keynote address, Bishop Barthol, began with the encouraging words from the Gospel of John: "I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me." He went on to explain the role and basic duties of the Spiritual Directors:

• Can you say you know your sheep, and they know you?

• To attend the weekly meeting of the Legion of Mary. To give the Allocutio and blessing.

• To inspire the members with spiritual qualities to do their spiritual works of Charity and Mercy. To help them have an intense love of Mary and a strong relationship with Mary, who leads us to her Son Jesus.

• A true Spiritual Director will keep the Cross in front to ensure that Prayer and Work both go hand in hand.

• It is the prime duty of the Spiritual Directors to see that the rules of the Handbook are kept. To read the book. Most importantly, to remember that he is an officer himself, but he does not replace the President.

• To ensure that the Legion works are carried out weekly.

• To give glory to God, and not to an individual. "My soul magnifies the Lord." To be God-centred and not self-centred.

• To be extremely cautious about money matters. To ensure that secret bag money is counted, and signatures taken whenever required, and audits are done periodically.

Sr Janet, the President of the Senatus, then shared how she has learnt and grown much through the advice and guidance of her Spiritual Director, and how they add 'VALUE' to the group and the Legionary:

V: Virtues – how the Spiritual Directors can help bring out the best virtues in us.

A: Achievement – helping us grow on the path of Holiness - SAINTHOOD

L: Learning from our experiences, and thus reach the path of closeness to GOD

U – Understanding our own vocation in the Church and its people—how the Legionary can influence others to holiness.

E – Energy to keep the Legion Spirit alive, filling us with energy to work for the people of God.

She shared incidents in her journey and how Spiritual Directors were always there at times when critical decision making was necessary.

Br Carlton, the Vice President of the Senatus, then explained the configuration of the Legion of Mary, Senatus of Mumbai; which covers 75% of India and Nepal, with Kolkata just handed over to the Senatus. The Legion exists in 115 out of 127 parishes and in 24 Dioceses in North and Central India including Goa, which has a large presence.

The Spiritual Directors of the Legion of Mary had an enriching and enlightening day, learning about the working of the Legion.

Bishop Barthol blessed and thanked each one of the Spiritual Directors who made it to the meeting and for their valuable feedback and suggestions.


Confirmation Retreat: A Retreat for confirmation students from parishes as well as for individuals on September 13-14 in the Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, 2nd Floor, Dadar [W], Mumbai 400 028. Registration Fee - Rs 500/- with snacks & lunch. For registration, please contact the CCR Office, Dadar - 2430 3626/2421 0881 at the earliest. An initiative of the CCR Mumbai.

"Come away with me for a while. (Mk 6:31)" The Jesuits at Vinayalaya are offering a Silent Retreat from Friday, Sept. 21 (8 am) to Sunday, Sept. 23 (4 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E). The Retreat will include input sessions, personal prayer time and individual spiritual guidance. For details and registration contact 26871975 or vinayrethouse@gmail.com

Atma Darshan

1. Stress Management : Sept. 28 - 30
2. Empowerment Retreat for Widows : Oct. 5 - 7

For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai - 400 093.

Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422