Diocesan News

SUMMONS BY EDICT : MARRIAGE CASE

Thereza Koli ………… Petitioner

Dominic Koli …..….…. Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Dominic Koli, the 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, Fort, Mumbai 400 001, on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 9:00 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 Dominic Koli in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Dominic Koli is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Dominic Koli was last known to have been residing at: Pavalu House, House No. 20/B, S. K. Bhaye Marg, Near Fort, Worli Koliwada, Mumbai 400 030.

Fr Neil dos Santos Mrs Juliet D'Souza

Ecclesiastical Judge Notary

Tribunal Office, Archbishop's House November 21, 2019

SUMMONS BY EDICT : MARRIAGE CASE

Dexter Ralph Brave ………… Petitioner

Preeti Shanbag …..….…. Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Preeti Shanbag, 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 Thursday, December 6, 2019 at 9:00 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 Preeti Shanbag in the measure possible should duly apprise him of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Preeti Shanbag is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Preeti Shanbag was last known to have been residing at: B 303, Vrindavan Society, Opp. Wockhardt Hospital, Mulund Link Road, Mulund (West), Mumbai.

Fr. Neil dos Santos Mrs Juliet D'Souza

Ecclesiastical Judge Notary

Tribunal Office, Archbishop's House November 26, 2019


Christian Meditation Programme

The WCCM Mumbai Community invites you to a half-day programme entitled 'Christian Meditation - Understanding the Tradition and Practice' on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 9 am to 12:30 pm in the Parish Hall, O.L. of Salvation Church, Dadar. The resource person will be Christopher Mendonca. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Prior registration is necessary for us to arrange for the catering. Kindly register by e-mail: wccmindia@gmail.com or SMS/WhatsApp Maureen 93232 93331 on or before December 11, 2019 to confirm your participation. There is no charge, but a voluntary contribution will be accepted in order to meet the catering and other incidental expenses incurred.

Guiding SCCs to new frontiers

A training programme for all Religious Men and Women and Priests involved in the SCCs was organised by the Archdiocesan Resource Team (ART) on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Our Lady of Salvation Church Hall, Dadar (W).

Bishop Barthol Barretto led us into prayer. He said that the training programme is a small capsule to understand the Archdiocesan plan for SCCs, based on the vision of the SCCs.

Sr Manisha, rscj (with 23 years experience of SCCs in the archdiocese) said that we must have a passion with a common vision and mission. It is PRAYER which keeps us going at all times and we are PARTNERS with Jesus in His mission. When we go with HIM in our mission, HE is present with us to guide and direct us at all times. She quoted the first Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium (2013) - The Joy of the Gospel. She challenged us to be joyful witnesses of the Gospel.

Mr Adrian Rosario shared the highlights of the SCC Evaluation completed in the year 2018, and the follow-up – clusters, etc. Bp Barthol shared his dream of ensuring that 'NO ONE SHOULD BE IN WANT' in the Archdiocese of Bombay—the Vision and Mission of the SCCs.

Some of the focus areas we could look at: Education of poor children, feeding the hungry and medical assistance for those who cannot afford it. (A similar training programme was held at Thane and Borivli.)

Rena Rodricks, DHM

Joint FHC celebration at Uttan

Sunday, Nov. 17 witnessed First Holy Communions at Bhate Bunder, Uttan. In response to Fr Peter D'Cunha's appeal, 20 families agreed to a joint community celebration to cut down on steep costs and wastage. Mr Renold Bechri, with the assistance of 100 youth from the parish, arranged the entire programme which saw almost 5000 guests attending. A coloured photograph of each First Holy Communicant and his/her parents was displayed on the stage. Twenty cakes were cut simultaneously, with the local band playing congratulatory songs.

The food stalls arranged around the ground offered delicious food that was enjoyed by all. Frs Victor Dalmet and Ashley Bhanga rose to the occasion by singing meaningful songs in the East Indian language. Fr Peter announced that each of these 20 families had spent only 25 per cent of the amount that they would have incurred on an individual celebration. This initiative was greatly appreciated, especially at a time when the fishing community has been badly hit due to the unexpected weather patterns this year. From the amount collected, a cheque of Rs 10,000/- was given as donation to the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) as a meaningful gesture of solidarity, since November 17 was also celebrated as World Day of the Poor.

Fr Peter D'Cunha, Parish Priest, OL Sea Church, Uttan

Mount Mary's Basilica marks 65 years of dedication

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount in Bandra, Mumbai, marked 65 years of its dedication on November 7. The Basilica was dedicated on November 7, 1954 in the Marian Year, proclaimed by Pope Pius XII to commemorate the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary by Pope Pius IX.

The current structure was built in 1904, but the devotion to Our Lady in the chapel goes back over 400 years. Bishop John Rodrigues, Rector of the Basilica, presided over the Eucharist with Msgr Nereus Rodrigues. Bp John explained that the rite for the dedication of a church and an altar is considered among the most solemn liturgical services, which include anointing of the altar and the walls with oil, use of incense and light. Dedication signifies that the church is a place of worship, place of prayer, house of God.

Lighted candles on long brass stands were placed in the basilica at the locations where the walls were anointed. In his homily, the prelate reflected on the dialogue Jesus has with the Samaritan woman. "Jesus emphasises the inner attitudes of worship in spirit and in truth – seeking truth, being guided by the Spirit of God. God dwells in the community and in us. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. We must live worthy of God's presence and become a house where God dwells," the bishop said.

Reflecting that "so many people of different religions come to this basilica," the bishop prayed, "May this be a house where all people encounter God, as they seek Mary's intercession with great devotion and fervour. We thank God for His invitation to all people."

Nirmala Carvalho

Workshop on POCSO Act

The Archdiocesan Commission for Women organised a workshop on 'Awareness of Child Abuse and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012' to mark Violence-free Family Day. This day is part of the observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Nov. 25). Since violence inflicted on women directly impacts the family, the Commission's observance of the UN Day is extended to include the whole family.

The programme was held on November 17, 2019 at Canossa Convent High School, Mahim. The workshop was conducted by Advocate Sr Annie (SHM) of Daya Sadan, Dharavi. She brought out various shocking instances of child rape and molestation. She explained the forms of child abuse that occur in various situations, the action to be taken in such cases, and the relief and punitive measures provided by the Act. She also showed a short film, 'Komal', which focused on educating children about good and bad touch, and how to cope in such situations.

Some features of the Act:

• POCSO is a gender-neutral defined law

• The burden of proof is on the accused, not the accuser

• Punishment is more severe when the abusers are people of trust

• Confidentiality of the abused child to be maintained at all times by court, media and public

• Medical examination of victim to be conducted in hospital in the presence of a person who the child trusts

• Responsibility of the hospital and police to file FIR

• All proceedings for identification and court process must be conducted in camera

• Compensation to the child must be paid by the State, whatever the outcome of the trial.

After the talk, there was an animated Q&A; doubts were raised and clarified. Sunita Machado, Executive Secretary of the Commission, called for a follow-up plan from the audience to help address issues related to POCSO.

Flavia Nunes & Jean Saldanha

Kutumb Utsav at Goregaon

St Joseph Church, Goregaon East, celebrated its annual SCC Rally on November 17, bringing out the immense diversity, talent and unity in the communities. The SCC Rally is conducted every year, and over time, it has evolved into 'Kutumb Utsav', which brings out the 'One Parish, One Family' motto.

Fr Gilbert de Lima, Dean of Borivli and Professor of Systematic Theology at St Pius X Seminary was the Chief Guest for the evening. The Guests of Honour were Sr Barbara, Superior of Franciscan Hospitaller sisters of the Immaculate Conception (FHIC), Goregaon East and Deacon Sebastian Fernandes, Borivli Deanery SCC Coordinator.

With our quadrangle packed with a 600+ crowd even on a warm, sultry evening, we started on the dot as planned. The evening began with a colourful and vibrant parade by each SCC, followed by a Prayer Dance titled 'River of Love', by the aspirants of FHIC, invoking the Holy Spirit. In the same prayerful mood, the 'samai' was lit by the Chief Guest, Guests of Honour and our own Priest-in-charge Fr Denzil Correia and assistant priest, Fr Lonappan.

Our comperes for the evening, Mr Ashok Saldanha and Ms Milagrina Dias, kept the audience riveted with their humorous spot prizes and witty commentary, ensuring a smooth and seamless flow of events. The highlight of the evening was skits presented by the SCCs on various themes related to Youth — Addiction, Broken Families, Involvement in Church, Faith, Depression, Social Media, Materialism, Orthodox family culture, Environment and Social transformation.

In his concluding remarks, Fr Gilbert expressed his overall appreciation of the parish, its vibrancy and very high level of participation, especially by the youth. He commended the able leadership of Fr Denzil and reiterated the importance of SCCs where we are all connected as one family and reach out in service, so that 'No One is In Want'. Fr Denzil gave the vote of thanks and appreciated the support extended by the SCC Rally Team, Community Coordinators and Animators, the youth and all others to make the Rally a great success.

Eliza Mathew

Vocation – Nourished by faith to serve everyone

The Altar Servers Rally held at Our Lady of Nazareth Church Hall, Bhayandar on November 17 drew altar servers from all across the Bhayandar Deanery, filled with curiosity and eager to talk about vocations. A number of priests, sisters, deacons and seminarians were also present. "Vocation" being the central theme, Sr Romana Fernandes PSOL and Dn Clifton Mendonca (Archdiocese of Bombay) shared their own stories of the call to religious life.

Sr Romana spoke about the role God played in her life and how the spiritual life had become a catalyst for her to deal with life itself. Dn Clifton, on the other hand, shared about how his life had been comfortable and rosy, and yet he felt unhappiness and dissatisfaction from within. Both their stories helped those present understand the different ways God calls us to serve Him.

They then took questions pertaining to vocation from the participants. In an era when religion is considered irrelevant and outdated, this gathering was a great way to rediscover that God is with us, and He loves us abundantly. We have to acknowledge our dependence on Him and the gift of life that comes from our Creator.

Abigail Fernandes, Nazarene Youth – Bhayandar West