22 Letters

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:32 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:32 AM ]

Personal Parish in UK for Latin Mass

Sir, The Bishop of Portsmouth in Great Britain has established a new 'personal parish' in the town of Reading for Catholics attached to the Traditional Latin Mass - the first of its kind in Great Britain. A personal parish does not have any defined geographic area, but rather consists of Catholics who follow a particular rite or style of worship, or speak a language different from the majority population. The new parish will be served by priests from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP), and will continue within the existing parish.

The Latin Mass existed before Vatican II (1962). Thereafter, Masses are being celebrated as we see them today. However, in Western countries, Latin Mass is held quite often in parishes on a Sunday or weekday to cater to the spiritual tastes of a small section of people. Hence the establishment of a personal parish in UK.


Widows' pilgrimage

Sir, September 25, 2018 was an important day for the widows belonging to the Hope and Life Movement, Bandra deanery. They congregated in large numbers at Mount Mary's Basilica for their annual pilgrimage in honour of their patroness, Mother Mary. The programme commenced with a recitation of the Rosary. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop John Rodrigues. Bishop John's mother, the late Corrine Rodrigues, was the founder President, and the driving force behind the Hope and Life Movement, which today encompasses around 60 parishes in Mumbai.


Support charitable organisations

Sir, With reference to Prof. Robert Castellino's letter titled 'SSVP is synonymous with charity' in THE EXAMINER dated Sept. 29, the SSVP and other charitable organisations can raise funds to support poor people by regularly holding sales of good and usable items donated by well wishers, etc. Other ways of raising funds are paper drives and holding film premieres and concerts.


Pope: Duty to Fight Racism

Sir, On September 20, 2018, Pope Francis addressed over 200 participants at an international conference – "Xenophobia, Racism and Populist Nationalism in the Context of Global Migration" promoted by the Vatican's Dicastery for Human Development, World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Some excerpts from his speech:

"We are living in times in which feelings that many thought had passed away, are taking new life and spreading. The modern world appears to be seeing an increase in feelings of suspicion, fear, contempt, and even hatred towards individuals and groups, who are judged for their ethnic, national or religious identity. They are considered not sufficiently worthy of being fully part of society's life. Such sentiments often inspire real acts of intolerance, discrimination and exclusion."