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posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:40 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

Bombay Archdiocesan Corpus Fund

Present Position

It was on March 1, 2006 that the Archdiocesan Corpus Fund idea materialised with a contribution of Rs 10,000 by a Bishop. Today, praise God, in a period of 12 years, the Fund has crossed the 13 Crore mark!

It is to be noted that all funds for this Project are collected only from the Catholic families in this Archdiocese, and the assistance from the interest accrued is available only to the needy Catholic families in this Archdiocese.

The total number of Appeals sent (as on Oct. 1, 2018): 48,000

Positive response (as on Oct. 1, 2018) from: 5,520

Number of Catholic families to whom assistance is given: 1,294

Maximum assistance given to a family (as on Oct. 1, 2018): Rs. 7,50,000/-

Management of the Project:

(1) Sending of appeals, receiving the cheques and sending letters of gratitude with the official receipt is done by one person voluntarily, involving no salary.
(2) Stationery: All stationery (letter heads, envelopes, declaration forms and receipts) gifted by a parishioner of I.C. Parish, Borivli (W)
(3) Accounts are maintained by the Archdiocesan Finance Office.
(4) Disbursement to deserving families is done by the Archdiocesan Finance Office, on receiving requests from the Parish Priests of the concerned families, along with the relevant Hospital Bills.
(5) Expenditure involved: only for postal stamps.

How to get assistance from this Fund by Catholic families in need of it

If a Catholic family is in need of assistance from this Fund, please approach the Parish Priest, and submit your Hospital Bills, requesting him for assistance from the Parish Community Fund AND from the Archdiocesan Corpus Fund. We place the responsibility to decide whether a family needs assistance from the Corpus Fund on your Parish Priest.

How to contribute to this Fund

Send your cheque drawn in favour of the Archdiocese of Bombay, with a covering letter indicating your Parish, and stating that the amount is meant to assist needy Catholic families to meet their Hospital Bills, and mail the same to Bp. Percival Fernandez, St Pius X College, Aarey Road, Goregaon East, Mumbai 400 063, and expect a letter of gratitude and official receipt without delay!

Faith reflection on Creation

A two-day workshop, organised by the Archdiocesan Office for Environment, Mumbai, together with the Office of Human Development – Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, was held for Parish Green Teams on September 22-23, at Sarvodaya in the St Pius X Campus at Goregaon. The 54 participants represented 21 parishes/organisations across the Archdiocese of Bombay.

On the first day, Bishop Allwyn D'Silva welcomed the participants, and explained that the workshop was being held in connection with the Green Diocese initiative launched on September 1, 2018 in the Archdiocese of Bombay, as well as to take the message of Laudato Si' – Pope Francis' encyclical on caring for our common home to the grassroots. The sessions were based on a training booklet that would demystify Laudato Si'. It would be first made available to participants and their respective parishes, along with presentations, video clips, etc. on a pen drive. In the first session, 'Earth and You', Luke Mendes focused on the interconnectedness that exists in Nature. In the session on 'Water', Fr Joseph Gonsalves highlighted the functions and problems related to water. Pamela Fernandes conducted the session on 'Food'; she spoke about abuses and malpractices in food production.

The sessions 'Air and Health' and 'Family and Social Media' were prepared by Fr Vincent D'Cruz and conducted by Luke, Fr Joseph and Shawna Nemesia Rebello. The pitfalls of the use of air conditioners and indoor air quality were emphasised in the Air session, while the control that media has over family and lifestyles and its subsequent effect on the environment were underscored in the latter session. The next session, presented by Deepika Singh, overviewed the challenges faced by Asian families and offered Social Economy as a possible solution. In the last session of the day, Pamela described how traditional livelihoods such as farming, fishing and forestry were made insecure and non-profitable due to factors such as climate change, influence of media, lack of ownership, over-harvesting, etc.

The second day began with Mass celebrated by Bishop Allwyn, who with Luke, later led participants through a discussion on environmental justice and advocacy. Bishop Allwyn then conducted a session on the types and value of Ecosystem Services. Fr Joseph and Shawna presented Carbon Footprint as a measure of humanity's impact on the planet. In the session on Sustainable Development, Deepika compared the exploitation of Earth's resources to a bank account from which only withdrawals are made and stressed the urgency of maintaining the world we live in. In the last session, Reclaiming Our Roots, Luke put forth aspects of the way forward – awareness, methods of repair and renewal, learning from others, law and governance, spiritual and cultural sensitivity, as well as inclusiveness. He also urged participants to share with each other their motivation for caring for the environment.

Bishop Allwyn and Fr Joseph presided over the concluding session. Suggestions from participants will be used to improve the training booklet and a follow-up programme was tentatively scheduled for January 5-6, 2019 in Nashik. Participants were encouraged to share their greening stories for the Green Diocese initiative by emailing these to Shawna at the Archdiocesan Office for Environment (AOE) – mumbaiaoe@gmail.com. The AOE extends its gratitude to Juliet Maben, Ramesh Kalukhe, and Sr Meenal and her team at Sarvodaya for logistics and their support in organising the workshop. The Google Drive link to the folder containing pictures of the workshop has been made available on the website mumbaiaoe.webs.com.

Journeying toward I AM

On September 8, 2018, 30 eager meditators gathered together for a Day of Prayer, Silent Meditation and Reflection conducted by Fr Gavin Lopes. Fresh from having secured a Licentiate in Theology from the Propaganda Fide College in Rome, he brought all his research and reflection over the last three years to bear on the subject, as he expounded with profound insight, the raison d'etre of Meditation in the Christian Tradition.

The twice daily practice of this discipline is 'apophatic'. It is a journey into the Unknown. This manner of "Journeying toward I AM is rooted in the Eastern Christian Tradition, and dates back to the undivided Church of the early centuries of Christianity. It is an 'ascesis' - a training and discipline that demands faithfulness. It also brings with it the discomfort we must endure as we journey along a road that is not linear. Spiral in nature, it only grows in depth, as we journey to the centre of our being allowing the mind to descend into the "heart" where we encounter the GOD WHO IS within us. This can only be achieved through a Kenosis, a self-emptying, sacramentally made present to us by the WORD made flesh.


The Parish Youth Council and the PYAT of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar organised Socceratia 2018, an inter-parish football tournament for all parishes in the North Bombay Deanery. Socceratia 2018 was held on Sept. 22-23; 19 teams represented 12 parishes.

The event was inaugurated on Sept. 22 in the presence of the Chief Guest, Fr Bonaventure Nunes, the Deanery Youth Director of North Bombay Deanery, and Fr Barthol Machado, the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Salvation Church. Fr Joel, the Parish Youth Director of Our Lady of Salvation and the Principal of Our Lady of Salvation School were also present. Other invitees were the BOM of Our Lady of Salvation Church, the donors and well-wishers.

Around 45 matches were played over the two days in a league format. There was a special exhibition match between the girls of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sion and Our Lady of Salvation, Dadar. After a series of nail-biting matches, Our Lady of Victories Church, Mahim emerged as the winners of Socceratia 2018 by defeating St Michael, Mahim in the final (1-0). Dion Menezes (Victories) was awarded the best player of the tournament, and Henderson Dias (Salvation) was the top scorer of the tournament. Yannick of Our Lady of Fatima, Sewri bagged the award for the best goalkeeper.

A special award was presented to Raynier Fernandes, of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar for being the first parishioner and first player from Dadar to play the Indian Super League where he represents Mumbai City FC. Kudos to the PYC and PYAT of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar for organising a dynamic event and bringing the youth together for the greater glory of God.

Law for Lay Persons

St Teresa's Parish, Girgaum, under the guidance of the Parish Priest, Fr Anthony Fernandes, organised a two-day 'Law for Lay Persons' course on Sept. 15-16; 71 participants attended, from St Teresa's Parish and from 26 parishes around Mumbai. The resource persons were Fr P. D. Mathew SJ from NyayaDarshan, Vadodara, a senior Supreme Court lawyer and author of many books on Law, assisted by Sr Annie Fernandes, shm.

The intensive programme was divided into two segments. Fr P. D. Mathew gave the participants an exposure to our Fundamental Rights under the Constitution of India, such as the Right to Equality, the Right to Freedom of Religion, the Right to Information, one's Rights if arrested etc., along with the enforcement of our Fundamental Rights. He touched upon the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), proclaimed by the United Nations in 1948, on which the Constitution of India of 1950 was based.

Sr Annie elaborated upon specific Acts such as The Rent Act, Laws protecting Women and Minorities, conditions for granting of Bail, the making of Wills and the legal formalities with respect to the deplorable acts of rape and molestation.

Participants listened with rapt attention; the Q & A sessions were an indicator of their interest and the legal issues they are grappling with. All the participants were full of praise for the course.


Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, Oct. 12 (7:30 am) to Sunday, Oct. 14 (5 pm) 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) - 2430 3626/2421 0881/99309 40705. Register early.

Workshop on Healthy Diet and Acupressure
Health Promotion Trust (Archdiocese of Bombay) is organising a one-day workshop for youth, adults and senior citizens on Healthy Dietary Practices and and Acupressure on Thursday, October 11, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Salvation Church Hall, ground floor, Salvation Church, S.K.Bole Road, Dadar West, Mumbai 400028.

"Come away with me for a while (Mk 6:31)." The Jesuits at Vinayalaya are offering a Silent Retreat from Friday, Oct 26 (8 am) to Sunday, Oct 28 (afternoon) 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