Diocesan News

Workshop on Health for Senior Citizens

The Health Promotion Trust (Archdiocese of Bombay) is organising a one-day workshop for adults and senior citizens on three important health topics—Diet and Nutrition, Deep Breathing and simple yoga exercises, and on Acidity – understanding the causes of Acid Reflux and Remedies. Inputs will be given by experts in the respective field.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 (Public Holiday) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Salvation Church, Ground floor Hall, S.K. Bole Road, Dadar West.

Some simple remedial measures which we can adopt in our day-to-day life can help us to manage our health in the right way. Register at the earliest at the office of Health Promotion Trust – Tel: 2444 0121 or e-mail: healthpromotiontrust@gmail.com by September 30, 2019. Registration fee is Rs 100/- (subsidised), payable at 9 a.m. at the hall. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Children initiate Community Fridge Project at Kurla

The concept of the community fridge has become popular in recent years, because of the tragedy of excess food and hungry people in the same vicinity. Food is found in plenty in homes, restaurants and malls, which is often wasted when not consumed. The community fridge tries to provide this food to the homeless.

A children's initiative called 'We the Children' (also known as Children's Parliament) wherein children take up issues close to their heart, saw the children taking the initiative, with the help of parents, to tackle the problem of hunger in their area. The Rotary Club was kind enough to sponsor the fridge, and a team of parents comprising of nurses, food specialists and lawyers came together to drive this project. The fridge was blessed and installed on September 5, the feast day of Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata.

The fridge is meant for sharing food, and is open to any adult who wishes to place food during specific times. The food donation will be monitored by volunteers at the counter. The project aims at creating awareness among children of the problem of food wastage.

Fr Norbert D'Souza

Principal, Holy Cross High School, Kurla

Mini Job Fair at Dadar (W)

After reviewing the job situation in the country, especially in Mumbai, where companies are either closing down or laying off workers, it was decided by the Employment Bureau of Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar to organise a Mini Job Fair on September 7, 2019 in the Parish Hall from 9 am to 12 noon, free and open to all.

Ten recruiters were available from the Healthcare, Finance, IT, HR, Insurance, Work from Home and General categories.

The Job Fair started on time at 9 a.m. and went on till 2 p.m. About 700 candidates lined up to submit their CVs and to be interviewed. Of these, 200 candidates did not get a chance to meet the recruiters personally, and submitted their CVs to us, for forwarding to the concerned recruiters.

Enquiries came from far and wide—Dubai, Qatar, Delhi, Solapur, Bangalore, Hubli and Goa; some even travelled all the way from Karwar to Mumbai to submit their CVs and meet the recruiters. The success of this Job Fair would not have been possible, had it not been for our Parish Priest and his team who supported us whole-heartedly, Alfred Nogueira and his team of volunteers who managed the crowd efficiently, and the Parish Office staff and workers. A few of the volunteers were confirmands, who got a firsthand experience of time and crowd management.

The success of this Job Fair made us realise that more job fairs are needed in the city of Mumbai. The Employment Bureau functions every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Salvation Church, Dadar.

Thomas Pinto

Employment Bureau, OLSC, Dadar

Media Studio at St Pius X Seminary

Pope Francis has regularly highlighted the importance of New Media at the service of Evangelisation—to foster a communication that builds and unites, rather than one that destroys and divides. Media is a great boon to the Church, and the need of the hour to effectively communicate the Church's message – the Good News of Christ.

With this end in mind, the Diocesan Seminary - St Pius X College, Goregaon - inaugurated a new media studio on July 26, 2019 for the use of, and training of, seminarians. St Pius has become one of the few seminaries in India to have a media studio.

"We realised that this seminary has a bunch of talented tech-savvy brothers interested in media production. Therefore, with a lot of effort and generous contributions from our benefactors, we are indeed happy to inaugurate this new media studio. Media is an effective tool to spread the message of God in this new age," said Fr Aniceto Pereira, Rector of the Seminary.

Br Kanika Dass, who heads the Media Department in the Seminary, said that the entire community was happy with this initiative. "This was a dream project since last year, and now our dreams have come true." The Chief Guest, Fr Nigel Barrett, said, "We need to be effective in our ministry, and perhaps today, media is the right platform to communicate with youth. Therefore, let us rope in the young seminarians through this studio."

The Seminary is grateful for the continued support to the media department from Fr Nigel Barrett and the Catholic Communication Centre of the Archdiocese in various ways.

Br Kanika Dass, St Pius X College

Self-Defence Workshop for Girls

St Francis Xavier Church, Dabul celebrated the Day of the Girl Child on September 8, with a special workshop on self-defence and safety in public spaces for women and girls. Shamfred Braganza, a kick-boxing champion at the Asian and National level, conducted the workshop with aplomb, regaling the audience with a skilful display of how girls could protect and defend themselves in various trying situations. He helped them understand their strengths, and identify the weaknesses of the attacker, no matter how strong and powerful. A number of audience members were then invited to come up and try out these techniques for themselves. Before concluding, he also gave us a glimpse into the world of kick-boxing, demonstrating some signature punches and kicks.

Earlier in the morning, the Feast Mass began with a special Rosary conducted by the children of the Sunday School. The children formed a human rosary in front of the sanctuary, and recited the Rosary, with 'Mary' going to each child with the microphone. The feast day brought the spiritually uplifting nine days novena to an end, with the focus being on Messages of the Holy Father for various international days, and their corresponding example in the life of Mary.

Unique Nativity Celebrations

The Novena preceding the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady witnessed children from Our Lady of Victories parish, Mahim, offering various items for the poor and needy, like rice, dal, sugar, cooking oil, tea (leaves), etc. The Novena on each day was preceded by a short skit enacted by the Sunday School children.

There was a unique presentation on the Feast Day. In tune with the theme of the day - the Day of the Girl Child - nine young girls walked up to the sanctuary steps and faced the congregation. As the anchor did the narration, the 'Electronic Visual Screens' came alive, featuring famous female faces in varied fields such as Mary Kom, PV Sindhu, Jemimah Rodrigues, and astronaut Kalpana Chawla who sacrificed her life in a space mission. These are role models for girls, and one by one, each girl stood up and enacted one of the famous faces on screen.

The big names also included Malala Yusufzai who fearlessly fought for girls' right to education in Pakistan, and was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; Kiran Bedi, India's super-cop, as also movie star Priyanka Chopra, ex-Miss World. The narrative briefly touched upon each of these personalities. The message was really motivating and inspiring for all the girls present. The Feast Mass was celebrated by Fr Denzil Fernandes. We thank Ms Babita, one of the Confirmation catechists, for this novel idea and presentation.

Cliff J. D'Souza