Diocesan News


Adozin Fernandes– Petitioner

Iris George Paul Raj– Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Mr. Iris George Paul Raj, 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 Saturday, December 07, 2020 at 10.00 a.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 Mr. Iris George Paul Raj in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Mr. Iris George Paul Rajis kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Mr. Iris George Paul Rajwas last known to have been residing at: 14/ 16, Deonar Municipal Colony, Govandi West, Mumbai – 400 043.

Fr. Shavito Correia


Ms. Juliet D'Souza


Tribunal Office,Archbishop's House

November 23, 2020

Building a Family Crib through Advent

This season of Advent, Snehalaya encourages families to build their own family crib in four stages, during the four weeks of Advent. This plan is not based on the liturgy of the four Sundays, but on the persons usually depicted in cribs. On the first Sunday, the family focuses on the shepherds, the first ones to hear the good news about the birth of Jesus. We add the shepherds to the crib. On the second Sunday, the focus is on Joseph, who is installed in the crib. On the third week, we dwell on Mary, who is added to the crib, and finally, in the last week of Advent, we turn our attention to the baby Jesus who is set in the crib.

To help you in this process, watch the introductory video posted on our website on November 26, 2020; each week, we will post a Family Activity Participative Prayer Service. Visit our website www.snehalayafamily.com.

Fr Cleophas Fernandes, Snehalaya

XYM takes the Josh online under lockdown

While all places of worship were forced to shut their doors or restrict access to devotees in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic that began to spread rapidly in India since March 2020, the Catholic Church adapted to spiritual practices online.

Amidst a nation-wide lockdown, the Xavieran Youth Movement (XYM) of St Francis Xavier Church, Dabul swiftly acclimatised to the virtual world. Several events, sessions, fellowship meets and so on were organised through online platforms like Zoom and Google Meet. The Rosary was recited in the evenings using WhatsApp, and the Way of the Cross took place on their WhatsApp group on Fridays during the season of Lent. This year, Palm Sunday was celebrated differently at home with palms made by youth and children. An egg painting competition was held on Easter Sunday which brought out the artistic talent and creativity of every member of the Youth Group. The feast of Pentecost was celebrated by decorating the altar with gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. Bible quizzes on the books of Samuel, Genesis, Exodus and Acts helped learn more about the Catholic faith in a fun way. 'Book-a-bees'—a book club was formed; the book 'Screwtape Letters' by C. S. Lewis was critically analysed by having weekly discussions online. It was very intriguing and unique, and gave an uncommon insight into the Christian faith. The youth also participated in a "technology fast", where they collectively sacrificed the use of digital media for 528 hours during the nine-day novena in preparation for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady in September.

Apart from spiritual and prayerful activities, a number of entertaining challenges, namely the TikTok challenge, Back to the Future challenge (recreating childhood pictures), Pillow Challenge, Rulers of Dabul (game), Crazy Hair competition, grow a plant at home, Fellowship Nites and Housie kept the youth group vibrant. A YouTube channel for the parish was created which not only streamed Mass every Sunday, but proved to be a platform to showcase the abundant talents of parishioners through various events, such as Parents' Day and Teachers' Day. The Novenas to Our Blessed Mother in September were done innovatively; each SCC had to prepare a spiritual video for a particular day of the novena, filled with spiritual songs, reflections and the novena prayer based on the theme of the day. This enabled many parishioners to get involved whole-heartedly in the novena; one day of the novena was assigned to the XYM.

A Youth Mass was also organised online once a month, with members of the Xavieran Youth Movement animating the liturgy, including the choir. A number of formative sessions were also conducted online during the lockdown. With the speedy evolution of technology, especially in the current scenario, a basic understanding of social media or digital marketing is the need of the hour to network with people, promote yourself and your business and to find job opportunities. Keeping this in mind, a training session on Social Media Marketing was conducted on November 7. The workshop was a real eye-opener for many of us, and brought home the importance of skillful use of digital tools in a post-pandemic world. Earlier in the lockdown, Fr Joshan, our Spiritual Director, also introduced us to the treasure of the 'Theology of the Body' given to us by Saint Pope John Paul II. This session opened our eyes to the sacredness of the human body.

Having always counted our blessings, our less fortunate brothers and sisters were never far from our thoughts. The XYM conducted two outreach events, reaching out to the homeless and street dwellers during the lockdown, helping them with essential supplies and dry rations. We also reached out to street kids on Children's Day, as well as to the children at Ashadaan at Byculla (run by the Missionaries of Charity), preparing a bag of delightful treats and goodies for each child. Diwali was certainly much brighter this year. The money for these outreaches was raised by the youth themselves. We also had an informative talk conducted by members of Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust, an NGO that works for the recovery and rehabilitation of substance abuse patients. We generously donated to their cause as well.

These spiritual and entertainment activities kept the XYM members lively and active together as one family during the lockdown. It swept away boredom and occupied their minds with different enjoyable tasks. It helped them stay connected throughout the lockdown and expand their Biblical knowledge, as well as enhance their skills, ensuring recreation, relaxation and a productive fun-filled summer vacation!

Rochelle D'Mello, XYM, Dabul

Virtual Children's Day Celebration

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward." (Psalm 127:3) God calls children a true gift and a blessing, and they are. Children are filled with joy, love, innocence and laughter — all things that adults can lose sight of as they grow older. But it's also our job to make sure we cherish these gifts in our kids and nurture them as they become adults themselves. This is God's will.

The Parish Pastoral Council of St Francis Xavier Parish, Dabul under the guidance of Fr Leonard Noronha and Fr Joshan Rodrigues didn't allow the lockdown to be a spoiler in the Children's Day celebrations. An online party organised on Zoom saw 60 children of the parish come together to have an awesome celebration on Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Sunday School Catechists put up brilliant performances of a song, skit and dance which had our children entertained. The efforts put in by the catechists were appreciated by all. There were Spot Prizes, a 'scavenger hunt' team game and an 'out of the box' team quiz conducted which kept both kids and their parents on their toes, participating wholeheartedly. A warm welcome speech, explaining the importance of the day, along with the acknowledgement of a child being God's gift, and a dedication video crafted with images of our parish children with biblical quotes on children was heart-warming, and made the day even more special for our angels.

The evening was entertaining, enjoyable and memorable for both young and old alike, who attended. Each child received a goodie bag of takeaways and prizes sponsored by generous parishioners.

Snehlata Alphonso

Give Hope + Share Love = Better World

On November 14, 2020, the Inter-Religious Dialogue Cell of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem met for two remarkable events. The first event was an Inter-Community celebration of Children's Day. The children had a wonderful time, as they were reminded how close they are to God, and being the light in the darkness, they should go into the world and shine. Diwali sweets were served, and each child went home with a gift and a smile on their face. Before Diwali, our members identified some poor families of other faiths who were hit hard by the pandemic and also those who were unable to celebrate Diwali due to some kind of job/financial loss. Gift hampers were offered to them to brighten their festive season.

The second event was an Inter-faith celebration of Diwali. The room was decorated with lovely lanterns and diyas. Each person lit a lamp to signify the light of goodness, kindness and love spreading around the world. Shlokas and hymns were sung; prayers for peace and good health were offered. Each one shared the spiritual significance of Diwali. It was a moving and a heart-warming experience to see people from different communities raising their voice to God. Through this event, the essence of Diwali, which is the victory of good over evil, was shared with all. We drew strength and inspiration from those who shared how they responded to the COVID crisis with faith and compassion. The prayer service focused on the fact that evil will not have the final say and that there is hope of transformation in the face of adversity. The event united us as one human family driven by the same 'Love of God' who is always merciful. We believe that it is through the strengthening of such inter-religious relationships that peace and justice is possible in our communities.

The event closed on the note that although there is uncertainty around, there is light and hope ahead!

Alexio Fernandes IRD Cell, OLLC-Orlem