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posted Dec 5, 2018, 8:48 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 8:49 AM ]

Apologetics Course in Mumbai

In order to help the laity to participate in the Apologetics Course, we are beginning this course in the Seminary every Sunday from January 13, 2019. This course will be conducted by a team of Bishops, Priests and Laity every Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. The registration fee is Rs 200/-. Kindly contact Fr Vincent Barboza (99209 84673) or Deacon Tony Francis (98673 95125) for registration. Last date for registration is December 31, 2018. Only limited participants will be allowed.

Advent Reflection

The Catholic Secretaries and Administrative Professionals Guild (CSAPG), a Guild nurtured by the OLCM (Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry), will be having a FREE SCREENING of the 90-minute film, 'Voices from the Ruins: Kandhamal in Search of Justice', on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at 4:30 pm at our Lady of Salvation Church, Parish Hall (Ground Floor), Dadar West.

It's open to all; join us in viewing the film and participate in the discussion thereafter. For registration, please contact : Lorraine – 99206 77654 or Maritta -90298 39436.

Cantata Choir carol concerts

The Cantata Choir, conducted by Olga Collaco, will present 'An evening of Christmas Carols' 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.

Transference of mortal remains of Msgr George Fernandes

We, the Poor Sisters of Our Lady, Mumbai, would like to bring to the notice of all in the Archdiocese, and elsewhere too, of the event of the Transference of the remains of Msgr George Fernandes, the founder of the Congregation of the Poor Sisters of our Lady, from the Cemetery at St Andrew's Church, Bandra to Holy Family Convent Garden, Andheri (East) on December 26, 2018 at 11 am. He expired on June 2, 1970 and was buried at St Andrew's Cemetery, Bandra.

Vocation Promoters' Training

A Vocation Promoters' Training Programme for all Vocation Promoters of various Religious Congregations who work in the Archdiocese of Bombay is being organised on Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm (inclusive of lunch), at Our Lady of Salvation Church Hall, Dadar. The theme: 'Young People, The Faith and Vocation Discernment'; Fr Robert Pen, SDB will be the main resource person.

There will be a registration charge of Rs 100/- per head. Register by SMS/e-mail/call on or before December 20, 2018 with Fr Godwin Fernandes, Br Melvyn Colaco or Br Aaron Sequeira at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927-1217/1554/1560/6891) or SMS 98201 29173 or e-mail : dvscbombay@gmail.com

QUEST programmes

A Quest SemEx programme is being organised from Dec. 16 (8 pm) to Dec. 17, 2018 for those seriously discerning a vocation to the priesthood. If you feel God is truly calling you, you can spend a night and a day at St Pius X Seminary, Goregaon, with a seminarian, as a seminarian.

Register at the earliest; call Fr Godwin Fernandes, Br Melvyn Colaco or Br Aaron Sequeira at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927-1217/1554/1560/6891) or SMS 98201 29173 or e-mail : dvscbombay@gmail.com

A Quest Recollection for all those discerning to join the Priesthood is being organised on Thu. Jan. 25 (overnight) - Fri. Jan. 26, 2019 at Muktisagar Prabodhan Kendra, Uttan. Theme: 'Discovering God's Will in my Life'.

There will be a registration charge of Rs 100/- per head. Register on or before Jan. 22, 2019 with Fr Godwin Fernandes, Br Melvyn Colaco or Br Aaron Sequeira at St Pius X College (Diocesan Seminary), Goregaon East (Ph: 2927-1217/1554/1560/6891) or SMS 98201 29173 or e-mail : dvscbombay@gmail.com

Christmas at St Pauls, Bandra

Choirs, Carols, Communities, Celebrations! Christmas is around the corner, and it is a good idea to enjoy the festive season outdoors with family, friends and the community.

Organised by St Pauls Institute of Communication Education and the Society of St Paul, Christmas at St Pauls has something for the entire community—movie screenings, carol singing groups, music, stalls selling Christmas-centric food and décor, lucky draws, Christmas Tree lights, and even Santa Claus will be there! Avail of festive discounts at the popular St Paul Book and Art Centre, Bandra.

Proceeds from this programme will be sent to the Fr Ferrero Foundation Trust. The Trust provides educational relief, medical aid and other social aids to the poor and marginalised to help them discover opportunities to better their living conditions. Donations made to the Trust are eligible for exemption under section 80-G of the Income Tax Act.

Entry Free. All are invited to join in our Christmas@St Pauls celebrations. Tel:+91- 022-2643 5709.

Where: St Pauls Media Complex, 24th Road, TPS III, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050

When: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 11 am - 9 pm.

Greening of the Archdiocese and Business

The Archdiocesan Office for Environment and Christian Business Forum, Mumbai held a seminar on Greening of the Archdiocese and Business at Sarvodaya auditorium, Goregaon East on December 1.

Environment lover, organiser Fr Joseph Gonsalves and Greenline NGO Director Fr Savio Silveira conducted the seminar as resource persons.

Christian Business Forum head, Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) Vice President Albert W D'Souza presented the keynote address. CCCI Executive President Antony Sequeira, former President Henry Lobo, CCCI Director, Advocate Pius Vas, Walter Bothello, Model Bank Vice President William Sequeira, Directors Lawrence D'Souza, Abraham Clement Lobo, Freddy Mendonca, social worker Rita D'Sa, Elina D'Souza, Lawrence D'Souza, Walter D'Souza, Reuben Bothello, Leo Fernandes, Reji Bothello and several other businessmen were present.

Mumbai Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias had informed on Sept. 1 of the starting of greening of the archdiocese and business programme. Maria Antao compered the programme and proposed a vote of thanks.

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Golden Jubilee and blessing of renovated Holy Trinity Church

The solemn blessing and opening of the renovated Most Holy Trinity Church at Powai, Mumbai was conducted on November 23, 2018 by his Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The ceremony was also attended by Bishop Allwyn D'Silva, Parish Priests and 12 priests who concelebrated at Mass.

A large congregation gathered outside the church to witness the opening. The East Indian band played and welcomed the Cardinal and others. The Cardinal unveiled the plaque and cut the ribbon. The main door of the church was opened, and the people entered through it, as the entrance hymn was sung.

It was a different experience for all present to see the different blessings that took place – blessing and sprinkling of water, blessing of the altar and the sanctuary walls of the church, incensing of the altar and church and the blessing of the tabernacle.

It took eight months to construct the church, and everyone was in awe at the beauty and the space it provided within. The stained glasses all around the church was pleasing to the eyes. Everything inside was new and delightful.

The people involved in bringing to light the new church were felicitated by the Parish Priest, Fr Clarence Fonseca. Being the dual occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the church and Blessing of the renovated church, a Souvenir was released by Cardinal Oswald Gracias.

Every moment was blissful; the Mass ended with a vote of thanks and light refreshments for all present. It was also gratifying to see our Cardinal and Bishop mix with the people and give their blessings.

Christ the King Feast at Wadala

On Sunday, November 25, at the end of the Church's liturgical year, St Dominic Savio parish, Wadala East celebrated the Feast of Christ the King with a celebratory Eucharist, solemn adoration, and a grand procession of about 1000 people.

Pope Pius XI instituted this feast in 1925 with the theme 'Pax Christi in regno Christi', the peace of Christ in the reign of Christ, which signifies that we live in the peace of Christ when we surrender our lives to Him every day, accept Him as our God, Saviour, and King and allow Him to rule our lives. This year's theme 'Christ the King of the Universe, King of our Families' centred on honouring Jesus, not just as the universal King, but also as the head of each of our homes and families.

The Holy Eucharist was meaningful as the priests explained the significance of the day. After the morning Holy Masses, adoration was organised in groups, beginning with the Sunday School children and continuing with the various parish communities. At 5 pm, the Blessed Sacrament left the church in a jeep bedecked with flowers, twinkling with fairy lights past a beautifully crafted rangoli.

The procession was led by a cross-bearer, followed by children of the Sunday School, women and men of the community, who held banners and flags proclaiming Christ the King. Finally, accompanying the jeep were the altar servers and a number of children dressed in white, looking like angels.

As the procession weaved its way towards the designated stops, the priests of the parish took turns in the jeep holding the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament.

At each of the beautifully decorated stops, scriptures were read in English, Konkani, Marathi and Tamil, hymns were sung by the various choirs, and our Lord venerated. The procession concluded with a benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St Anthony's Chapel.

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