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posted Nov 28, 2018, 5:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 5:49 AM ]

Priests' Council meeting

The Priests' Council will meet on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at Archbishop's House, Fort.

Christmas Carol Nite at The Catholic Gymkhana

The Catholic Gymkhana's Annual Christmas Carol Nite will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7 pm at the Gymkhana. The programme will feature Edward Mendes, Happy Home Choral Group conducted by Amanda Imasaka, the Victory Chorus Line conducted by Karen Vaswani, The Choral Riffs conducted by Shaun Sequeira, The Cathedral Choir conducted by Mario Nazareth and the Campion Chorus Line conducted by Sunny Rodrigues.

Festival of Festive Music 2018

Come Christmas, and nothing is as heart-warming and mood setting as The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy's Festival of Festive Music scheduled at the Tata Theatre, Nariman Point, Mumbai on December 8-9, 2018 that continues to delight audiences with its wide repertoire of Christmas music, performed by a host of choirs, amidst a beautiful stage setting and glamorous costumes, with peppy commentary by compere Karla Singh and many surprises.

The line-up for the two-day Festival as announced earlier will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 (7 pm) and Sunday, December 9, 2018 (7 pm).

Tickets at Rs 1300/-, Rs 1100/-, Rs 850/- and Rs 500/- (all inclusive of GST) are available with the Stop-Gaps (please call 98194 06400) and on www.bookmyshow.com; and at the NCPA Box Office, Nariman Point, Mumbai from November 28.

Cantata Choir carol concerts

The Cantata Choir, conducted by Olga Collaco, will present 'An evening of Christmas Carols' at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (West) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm and at St Joseph RC Church, Navy Nagar, Colaba on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm. The programme duration will be 45 minutes. Admission is free. All are welcome.

Catholic doctor honoured

Dr Hermie Drago of St Anthony's Parish, Vakola was re-elected to the Governing Council of the Homeopathic Education Society that constitute the Board of Governors of three prestigious institutions in Mumbai. He is the only Catholic on the Board of a non-Christian Medical College in Maharashtra. He is a Senior Consultant with the Holy Family Hospital and a Consultant on the Cath-Med Panel of Medical Consultants to the Cathedral and John Connon School.

Nominations for ICPA awards 2019

The Indian Catholic Press Association invites nominations for three annual awards to be conferred on selected journalists/writers/publications during the Association's National Convention to be held at Arnold Vikas Sanchar Sadan, Jharsuguda, Odisha on March 1, 2019.

The awards are in the following categories: 1) Fr Louis Careno Award for an outstanding Christian journalist/institution in India in English or any other recognised Indian language other than Hindi. 2) Swami Devanand Chakkungal Award for a Christian journalist/institution in India for outstanding contribution to journalism and literature in Hindi language. 3) Award for Best reportage on SC/ST for a journalist/publication for promoting/campaigning for the cause of the SC/ST. The last date for nominations is January 15, 2019. For details, contact the Secretary, Jose Vincent K.J. (+9197465 45115) e-mail: jvincent@rediffmail.com

Christmas Discount Sale

Daughters of St Paul (Pauline Sisters) will be organising a Christmas Discount Sale from November 27, 2018 to December 24 (1 pm) at the premises of Pauline Book & Media Centre, 143, Waterfield Road, Bandra (opp. ICICI Bank). Books, mp3s, DVDs, religious articles, cards etc will be available on discounts up to 50 percent. All are welcome.

Training for Parish Council Executive Team

154 Vice Presidents and Secretaries of the Parish Councils representing 94 parishes of the Archdiocese of Bombay (excluding Raigad deanery) attended an interactive and participatory training programme on November 18, at Salvation Church Hall, Dadar.

The session began with the "personal" perception oriented exercise about a Parish Council, and then clarifying the roles of the Council and the Councillor. Principles involved in making the Parish Council efficient and effective were discussed. Fr Felix D'Souza explained the guidelines for the Elections to be held in all the parishes, vis-à-vis the new term of the Parish Council.

Questions were asked about the transparency required at the Council and the procedure involved in holding meetings. Fr Felix D'Souza responded to all these queries based on the Parish Council Constitution. Information was given regarding the proper composition of a Parish Council. Queries on the term of office and the understanding of what constitutes "pastoral" were discussed and proposed for the next agenda.

Religious Lawyers Meet

Bishop Allwyn D'Silva met all religious men and women who are lawyers and practising in our Archdiocese at Salvation Kendra, Dadar on October 18, 2018, and gave a brief introduction about the Catholic Lawyers Guild. Topics on how we can contribute to ease the pain of the needy were discussed. A pledge was taken to render complete support, expertise and service to the archdiocese. On November 1, 2018, Fr Neil dos Santos conducted a session to understand marriage from the Church perspective. The Church upholds the unity and sanctity of marriage. Unlike civil law, the Church is concerned with strengthening marriage. Clarifications helped us to realise that Canon Law and Civil Law go hand in hand, yet we have to bear in mind that the Church law differs from the civil law, especially when it comes to separation of the couple.

Borivli Deanery Bible Rally

The Bible Committee of the Borivli Deanery, Archdiocese of Bombay (comprising 15 parishes, from Goregaon to Dahisar) organised a BIBLE RALLY on November 18, 2018 at St John Bosco Grounds, Borivli (West) from 6:30 pm onwards. The Bible Rally was entitled "Gospel in Action."

Bishop John Rodrigues, the Chairman of the Bible Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay, was the Chief Guest at the programme; 11 parishes put up skits, dances, pantomimes and Gospel music. The Word of God indeed came alive on stage and the audience experienced the power of God's Word.

Children's Day & World Day of the Poor

The Children's Day celebration organised by the Children's Parliament of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar was held on November 17, 2018. This year, the theme chosen was "Family". There was an opening prayer and a short opening talk on the importance of family life. Ted D'Costa and his family (Nisha, Rhea, Mayrah and Jairo) who recently attended "World Meeting of Families 2018" in Dublin, Ireland were invited to share their experiences. Rhea and Mayrah explained their interactions and sessions at the meet in Dublin with the help of a very creative PowerPoint presentation. This was followed by some fun games which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The dances put up by the Children's Parliament and our Parish Youth Council got all the kids dancing on the floor. The function ended with each child receiving a snack packet and a soft drink, sponsored by the Children's Parliament Core Team. The children were requested to make a love offering of chocolates and biscuits to be handed over to Asha Daan at Byculla on November 18, 2018 - World Day of The Poor - by the team members and child leaders. Thanks to Fr Joel Fernandes and core team for his guidance and support.

Workshop on Education for Managers and Principals

As part of its 55th Birth Anniversary celebration, the magazine The Teenager Today, in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) and Better Yourself Books (BYB), is organising a special workshop on 'Innovation in Education' conducted by the organisation Design for Change from Delhi. The workshop aims at facilitating ways to foster innovative and creative ideas among students in order to enable them to be modern day change-makers—resonating the very vision of the magazine's founding fathers. Design for Change is an organisation founded by Ms Kiran Bir Sethi (wife of Geet Sethi). It has been running a highly child-centric programme called "I CAN Challenge".

Details of the Workshop: Monday, December 10, 2018. Time: 9 am to 11 am. Venue: Alberione Hall, 3rd Floor, St Pauls Media Complex, 24th Road, Opposite Duruelo Convent School, Bandra (W). To register, please call or sms: Fr Joby Mathew (70453 40899) or Fr Alfonso (98338 07756) or e-mail: jobyssp@gmail.com

Pueri Cantores India

The 15th Festival of Sacred Choral Music is being held on December 16, 2018 at St Peter’s Church, Bandra. This festival includes a celebration of the Eucharist supported by 190 heavenly voices at 11:30 am. A Gala Concert at 7:15 pm will feature several young choirs and a joint chorus of all participants, accompanied by a live orchestral ensemble. The unique choice of music, both ethnic and Western, promises to give you a ‘taste of heaven’ and help prepare you for the birth of our Lord. Entry free.


Prafulta Psychological Services, a Don Bosco enterprise, is conducting a one-day workshop on 'Enhance your Emotional Quotient', a workshop that enables you to add colour and zest in your life and relationships.

Date: December 8, 2018

Venue: Prafulta Psychological Services, Dominic Savio School Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East, Mumbai 400 093.

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