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posted Oct 24, 2018, 6:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 6:56 AM ]


Aloma Anna Gomes– Petitioner

Francisco Noronha– Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Mr Francisco Noronha, 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 Monday, November 12, 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 Mr Francisco Noronha in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, any one knowing the present address of Mr. Francisco Noronha is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr Francisco Noronha was last known to have been residing at: Joseph's Corner, 188 B, Perry Road, Bandra, Mumbai - 400 050.

Fr Shavito Correia 

Ms Merle Pereira

October 22, 2018 
Tribunal Office, 
Archbishop's House

PPC discussion paper

Parish Priests and PPC Executive members are requested to include a brief slot in the agenda for the November PPC meeting to discuss a paper sent to all parishes by the Priests' Council on the functioning of Parish Councils. If you have not received a copy, kindly contact 98195 85747 (Melwyn Sequeira), and it will be e-mailed to you.

Vice Presidents and Secretaries of all Parish Councils of the archdiocese will meet on November 18 at 4 pm at Salvation Seva Kendra Hall, Dadar West. A letter to this effect will be sent to the parishes.

Senior Citizens' Day at Marol

The 5th Annual Thankgiving Day of Ever Bright Senior Citizens' Association of St Vincent Pallotti Parish, Marol was held on Oct. 6, 2018. The function began with the Holy Eucharist at 10 am celebrated by the Spiritual Director, Fr Reginald Mascarenhas. The event began with the President's welcome speech, referring to Pope Francis' views on seniors. This was followed by a game, where everyone won a prize; stress balls were distributed to all, and a presentation on 'Stress Ball Exercises' was shown. Several spot prizes were given.

The Spiritual Director addressed the members and shared about the love and bonding of his parents. A review of the activities held during the year and the forthcoming activities were presented to the members. A Digital Housie was followed by a Vote of thanks and the grace before meals. The function was attended by 144 members.

Bible Commission events

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has appointed Dr Fio Mascarenhas SJ as Secretary of the newly constituted Commission for Bible of the Archdiocese of Bombay. The Commission is organising two special Advent events:

1. A Short Introductory Course on the Old Testament to be held on December 1 (Sat.) at The Retreat House, Bandra, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The resource persons will be Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ and Dr Renu Silvano OCV of the Catholic Bible Institute. Registration Cost: Rs 200 per person, including lunch and teas. Two more sessions are planned for Jan and Feb 2019. Last date to register: November 15. The purpose of this event is to teach a familiarity with the informational content of the books of the Old Testament.

2. A Symposium on New Testament Spirituality: "My words are spirit and life" (Jn 6:63) to be held on December 9 (Second Sunday of Advent), at St Joseph's Convent School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with eminent speakers: Fr Gilbert de Lima, Fr Michael D'Cunha, Fr Fio SJ and others, and inaugurated by Bishop John Rodrigues. Invitation passes are available at Rs 20 per person. The purpose of this event is to teach our people that the Bible is not just a "book of information" about our Christian heritage, but it is "daily bread," intended by God to "nourish" every Catholic spiritually, and to "transform them in spirit, mind and body" so that they become joyful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ in our modern world. Every Catholic must personally discover that the word of God is a fecund source of grace.

The office of the Commission for Bible is located at The Retreat House, Bandra. Contact Ms Niku Fernandes (mob. 99309 76167) to register.

Mumbai journalist attacked

A television journalist was injured when a group of unidentified people allegedly assaulted him near his house in south Mumbai early on Oct. 14, police said.

Herman Gomes, working with a private TV channel, was returning home along with a friend in a taxi. When he got out of the cab around 1:30 am on Sunday, he saw four to six persons waiting near his house in Gamdevi area, Deputy Commissioner of Police (zone-II) Dnyaneshwar Chavan told PTI. The persons started abusing Gomes and later allegedly assaulted him, Chavan said.

"I was attacked by four people out of nowhere. You can see my condition. I have got six stitches on my right eye. All I can say is, these people were waiting for me for a long time. It was not a last-minute provocation. They stood ready for the attack. They thrashed my friend as well, and took away his mobile phone," Gomes told ANI.

Based on the journalist's complaint, the Gamdevi police later registered a case under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 324 (voluntary causing hurt by dangerous weapons) and other relevant provisions. The motive behind the attack was not yet known, the police said, adding an investigation was underway into the case.

Journalists' associations in the city condemned the attack and alleged that police did not file the victim's complaint promptly. The Mumbai Press Club termed the attack on Gomes as a "dastardly act".

An association of crime reporters in the city, in a statement, demanded immediate arrest of the assailants. It urged Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to take action against the police officers who allegedly delayed registration of the First Information Report (FIR) in the matter.


Mumbai Salesians PC 2019

The Salesians of the Mumbai Province met on October 11, 2018, at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, for the first session of the Provincial Chapter 2019. The large gathering of the capitulars, including the ex-officio members, the moderator, the Rectors, the elected local delegates, the province delegates, and three representatives added up to a grand total of 69.

Commencing with the Holy Eucharist in the relic crypt of the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, the capitulars implored the grace and good counsel of the Holy Spirit. The principal celebrant Fr Godfrey D'Souza, Salesian Provincial Mumbai, was assisted by Fr Wyman Gonsalves, the Chapter Moderator, Fr Charles Anthony who celebrated his birth and Deacon Rudolf D'Souza.

The capitulars then gathered in the auditorium of the Don Bosco Provincial House, beginning the session aided by visual prayer 'You'll never walk alone,' animated by Fr Vinod Mascarenhas. The immediate formalities of the roll call and the presidential address by Fr D'Souza set the ball rolling.

Interspersing his address with pertinent quotes from St Pope John XXIII, the convocation letter of the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime and referring to the key topics to be discussed, Fr D'Souza invited the capitulars to reflect deeply on the theme, 'What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?' and prayed that the capitulars may be guided by the Spirit of God, before declaring the Provincial Chapter 2019 officially open.

The Chapter Moderator, Fr Wyman Gonsalves, presented the evaluation of the previous Provincial Chapter Lines of Action.

The Guest Speaker for the day, Fr Clive Telles, the Chapter Moderator for the PC 2019 of the Salesian Province of Panjim, made a reflective presentation inviting the capitulars to "not only work under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, rather to be filled with the Holy Spirit, giving up mixed feelings, becoming personally accountable."

Elaborating with youth feedback visuals gathered from around the Mumbai Province settings, Fr Telles dwelt on the element of understanding, the contrasts and the clarion call from the voices across the province. He beseeched the capitulars to "not just begin and work to prepare another document, but instead creatively engage with each other to produce a model of futuristic Salesian work in South Asia."

Thereafter, the capitulars met together in their respective commissions to draw up a timeline of the scheduled programme of work, reflection, and collation following the listening, interpretation and choice model. Finalising the way ahead, they vowed to listen, interpret and accompany the youth and laypeople who say 'Sir, give me this water', hoping and praying that this PC 2019 may be a revolutionary road to a better Salesian ethos in the western region of India.



The Retreat House, Bandra will begin a Scripture Series on Sunday Nov. 4, at 10 am on 'The Miracles of Jesus'. The Series will run for six consecutive Sunday mornings. Resource person: Fr Lancy Prabhu, SJ. Contact 2642 2096. Email: bandraretreathouse@gmail.com.

The Retreat House, Bandra will conduct its 8-day Diwali Vacation Retreat, from November 5 evening till November 13 evening. Contact: Tel. 2645 5296. E-mail: bandraretreathouse@gmail.com

Khandala Laity Retreat 2018
The 113th Annual Retreat of the Khandala Laity will be preached by Rev. Fr Terence Murray, PP of Christ the King Church, Borivli (E), Mumbai. Theme: Growing gracefully to be disciples of Jesus
Commencing: Thu. afternoon Nov. 15 - Sunday morning Nov. 18.
Contact Terrence on 2655 2776 / 98207 04931; Rosita on 99308 93636; Norma 98217 3209 ; Mathew 98700 82830; Lew 99203 64150.

The MOW Alumni are conducting their next study session titled 'One Truth, Many Distortions' - a study of Heresies in the Church, Then & Now, on Saturday Nov. 10, 2018 at St Pius X Seminary from 5 pm to 8 pm.
For registration, contact Candida 98202 32421, Silveria 98671 69023, Jesse 93246 36375 and Orion 93241 53468.

Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic is organising short term courses in FOOD CRAFT, STITCH CRAFT AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENT in November 2018. For further information, write on nnpoly@gmail.com or call 2207 6503.