Diocesan News


Sunny Fernandes ………… Petitioner

Priyanka Bachhav …..….…. Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Priyanka Bachhav, the Respondent, in the above-mentioned marriage case are not known, she 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, Fort, Mumbai 400 001, on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. to give evidence in the above case presently being heard before The Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Priyanka Bachhav in the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Priyanka Bachhav is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Priyanka Bachhav was last known to have been residing at: B-3/304, Punyoday Park, Near Don Bosco School, Adharwadi, Kalyan West – 421 301.

Fr Neil dos Santos Mrs Juliet D'Souza

Ecclesiastical Judge Notary

Tribunal Office, Archbishop's House

February 11, 2020

Holistic Healing Retreat

22 young and not so young had the opportunity to attend the Holistic Healing Retreat III organised by Fr Allwyn Misquitta, sdb at the Carmel Oasis, Karjat. The venue is the ideal place to address participants on taking a Holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live balanced lifestyles. All aspects of an individual's life i.e. physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and most importantly, spiritual beliefs and values were addressed.

Fr Allwyn, a powerhouse of spiritual and enthusiastic energy, led participants into prayer and meditation sessions, recitation of Intercessory rosaries, and thus ensured that all were focused on the spiritual aspects of the Retreat.

Dr Priya A. Dias enriched us on diet and guidelines on healthy living which would help to detox oneself of stress and illness. Her presentation on healthy eating habits, what to eat and what to avoid, and most importantly, natural remedies for various ailments not just enriched the participants, but led to fruitful and meaningful discussions.

Daily Praise and worship supported by Digital presentations prepared and joyfully led by Mr Harry Menezes ensured that the HHR III was wholistic.

The Retreat was all about celebrating life, a Retreat with a difference, which refreshed and rejuvenated the participants in an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately living better lives, being healthier and striving for wholeness.

International Women's Day

To mark International Women's Day, the Archdiocesan Commission for Women has organised a programme on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Canossa Secondary School Hall, Mahim, from 9:15 am to 1:30 pm. The theme is: 'Each for Equal'. The programme will include the celebration of the Eucharist. We invite women and men to join us to celebrate, connect and collaborate.

Registration: Rs 50/- per head (inclusive of breakfast and lunch) with: Lorraine 99206 77654, Rufiana 98208 20322, Agnes 98215 19926; Bernadine 98205 04091; Diana 98208 25295; Jenniffer: 98203 38462, Merlyn 99203 04134; Veera 98202 87807. Last date for registration is February 25. Entry: 8:30 am to 9:15 am.

Widows' Day Celebration 2020

The Hope and Life Association celebrated its Annual Day programme on International Widows Day (Feb. 2, 2020) at Holy Magi Church, Gorai. The ladies, 1000 of them, representing groups of all ages, hailed from different parishes of Mumbai, Vasai, Manori, Uttan, and even Korlai.

Archbishop Felix Machado was the Chief Guest, and he was welcomed in traditional style at the church. He was the main celebrant at the Eucharistic celebration; the concelebrants were Fr Edward Jacinto, Parish Priest, Fr Vernon Aguiar, the Spiritual Director of the Hope and Life Association, and Fr Maurice. Archbishop Machado's homily focused on a theological explanation of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord. The liturgy was conducted in English, Marathi and Konkani, while the youth choir enhanced the worship.

A programme of festivity followed, coordinated by Irene Henriques, Corinne Noronha, Sr Valencia and their team. Lorna D'Souza and Surekha did an excellent job, compering the show in English and Marathi. Fr Edward warmly welcomed the gathering and thanked the many sponsors who responded to support the event. The President, Dr Jeanette Pinto, reminded the ladies that God has a special place for widows in His heart, and Fr Vernon Aguiar wished the ladies joy and happiness.

Mrs Daisy Rebello, the Guest of Honour, an octogenarian was felicitated for her involvement in parish activities. Anisha Gonsalves (SSC) and Michelle Serrao (XII) received scholarship awards each as achievers and three parishes - St Joseph, Goregaon, St Andrew's, Bandra, and OLPS Chembur units received the ROTO (Reach Out To Others) awards. The entertainment consisted of the Opening Chorus, East Indian, Konkani mando and a folk dance. The Vice-President, Greta Saldanha, gave the vote of thanks, and the programme ended with the resounding notes of the Widows' Anthem.

A musical Holy Hour

The parish of St Vincent de Paul, Khar West had a Musical Holy Hour of Adoration on the first Friday of February 2020 (Feb. 7). The Parish Priest, Fr Austin Norris, and his team did an outstanding job in conducting the Holy Hour with ACTS - Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication. The meaningful hymns and reflections and intercessions – for youth, sick and aged, victims of coronavirus, youth in trouble, our nation in turmoil – enhanced the prayerful atmosphere.

A great sense of peace and comfort enveloped us in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Deft use of light effects helped heighten a complete focus on the Eucharistic Presence.

The Joy of Coming Home

About 40 participants gathered together in the Bosco Hall at St Andrew's Church, Bandra on February 8, 2020 to hear Bishop John Rodrigues address them on the theme of Meditation and Repentance. The key characteristic was Joy. A recorded discourse by Elizabeth Watson of the International WCCM highlighted the Joy we experience when we are "at home" with our self. It is the joy we experience when we are able to accept ourselves only because we have first been loved and accepted by God.

Bishop John shared his insights and understanding of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. The younger son had "sinned" by his action walking away from his father's house; the older son, however, had also sinned by his "attitude" of self-righteousness, thinking that he "deserved" the father's love. There is a real danger of the latter seeping into our religious practices. Later, in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Bishop John explained how it teaches us to be open to the fact that there are a few "good" even among those we often tend to despise.The face reveals; the veil hides. Jesus is the face of the Father. Our daily practice of meditation unveils it for us at the centre of our being.

In his second talk, the recurring theme of Joy that highlights the writings and teachings of Pope Francis was put before us. The Good News must be proclaimed with Joy for it to be attractive. It was heartening to note that the first and last of the five characteristics of a holy person listed by the Holy Father are consonant with the practice of Meditation. Persistence and perseverance is at the heart of our daily practice. Being continuously open to the transcendent, praying constantly – is what our daily practice of meditation enables us to do.

Aspects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation were then put forth. Our attention was drawn to its communitarian aspect, its rich symbolism, the role of the priest, its social dimension, the sins of commission and of omission. At the heart of it all was the Joy of being forgiven by the Father who is rich in mercy. This session prepared us for the approaching Season of Lent, and all went away deeply grateful for the experience.

Special Needs children receive the Sacraments

January 11 and January 18, 2020 were indeed days of joy for children and youth with special needs at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Orlem, Malad (W). Four children received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Jan. 11. These children, along with their parents and catechists, were full of joy and excitement to receive Jesus for the first time. On January 18, Bishop John Rodrigues administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the five youth. The confirmandi were joyous as they were filled with the Holy Spirit and confirmed in their faith.

Their journey of formation began at the Special Sunday School of the parish that started in 2012. A collaborative effort by the catechists, parents and children during their formation helped them come closer to God and learn about Him. The Special Sunday School, under the umbrella of the Sunday School, currently has 20 children (including the youth) with special needs who attend class every Sunday for the love of Christ and His teachings. The children and youth are grouped based on their mental age, as well as the Sacraments received. A planned curriculum for each group is taught using presentations, videos, games and art-n-craft. The lessons are interactive and fun. 12 catechists volunteer their time to teach every Sunday, and have created a bond with these children. Youth with special needs who have already received Confirmation during their formation in the Special Sunday School still continue to attend class regularly.

We encourage all parishes to start their very own Special Sunday School. We will be happy to provide suggestions or share lesson plans with those interested. All it takes is the willingness to make a change and a little effort..