Diocesan News


Naveen Kalluveettil - Petitioner

Jene Ignatius - Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Jene Ignatius, 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, January 23, 2020 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 Jene Ignatius in the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Jene Ignatius is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Jene Ignatius was last known to have been residing at: Nadivilekuttu House, Vennala P. O., Sreekala by-lane, Cochin 682028, Kerala.

Fr Neil dos Santos Mrs Juliet D'Souza

Ecclesiastical Judge Notary

Tribunal Office,

Archbishop's House

January 18, 2020

Health Workshop for Adults

On the occasion of the World Day of the Sick, 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 their respective fields.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 (Public Holiday) from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Bosco Hall, St Andrew's Church Compound, Hill Road, Bandra West. Some simple remedial measures which we can adopt in our day-to-day life can help us manage our health in the right way. We invite you to register latest by February 10, 2020 at the office of Health Promotion Trust (Tel: 2444 0121. E-mail: healthpromotiontrust@gmail.com). Registration fee is Rs 150/- only (subsidized) payable at 9:00 am at the hall. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Those who attended the same workshop held on October 8, 2019, at Salvation Church Hall, Dadar need not attend.

Fr Rocky Banz

Meditation and Repentance - The Joy of Coming Home

The WCCM Mumbai Christian Meditation Community invites you to a half-day programme of discourses, prayer and silent meditation on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the Bosco Hall of St Andrew's Church, Bandra from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The resource person for the programme is Bishop John Rodrigues, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. There is no charge, but prior registration is necessary to facilitate the catering arrangements. A voluntary contribution will be welcomed to meet the incidental expenses incurred. Enquires and registration by e-mail to: wccmindia@gmail.com. Registration by SMS only: 98693 85360 / 98192 21560 / 99209 77625. Kindly confirm your participation on or before February 5, 2020.

Basic Counselling Skills (BCS)

The next batch (no. 13) of the BCS Course will be held at KCA Hall, Bandra. It consists of 22 sessions of two hours each. It will be held in the evening from 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; beginning February 3 and ending March 27, 2020. The aim of this course is to empower you with various skills required for daily living, learning counselling and becoming happy and positive in life. Forms can be downloaded from the website www.laitytrainingcentre.in. For details, contact Michael Rodrigues 98205 30374.

TOA Silver Jubilee Day

TOA – Training of SCC Animators, formerly known as TOT (Training of Trainers) – is just completing its 25th year. This one-year programme consisting of eight Sundays + two weekends has had a huge impact on the SCC movement in Mumbai. It is estimated that from the 800+ alumni, 40+ have worked as FILMC members, 300+ were elected as PPC members in their respective parishes, 50+ were chosen as VP of their PPCs and 100+ were chosen as SCC Project Coordinators and 80+ have become trainers. It is with great pride and joy that the TOT/TOA alumni will be coming together on February 2, 2020 at St John the Evangelist High School, Marol to celebrate their contribution towards the SCC movement in the diocese. Bp Bosco Penha will be the Chief Guest.

We shall begin with fellowship over high tea at 5 pm, followed by a Prayer Service. There will be games interspersed with talks and video presentations. We shall close the evening with a fellowship dinner. Calling all Alumni to be part of the celebrations, catch up and meet with your batchmates! For registration, please contact: Levnisia D'Souza (+9198215 12915) and Jasmine Nair (+9191670 06797).

EICA 2020

The East Indian Community Awards 2020 awards will be held at Hotel Avion on Sunday, February 9, 2020. To attend the Awards ceremony you may call on 98200 87771 for passes on a first-cum-first-serve basis. You may send in your nominations for the various Award categories by January 31, 2020 to mgpmobai@gmail.com with the Subject "EICA 2020 Nominations". For more details you may call 98200 87771/98205 45302.

Mumbai Priest at the Marathon

While media outlets were gushing over celebrities and CEOs running at the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020 (TMM), another band of people were quietly running for peace and the environment – priests and religious! Amongst them on January 19, 2020, was Fr Bonaventure Nunes of the Archdiocese of Bombay, for whom running, cycling and keeping fit has become a passion of sorts only second to the spiritual life and his pastoral ministry.

Fr Bonaventure, who serves at St Anthony Church, Dharavi, ran the Half Marathon which covers a distance of 21 kms. He underwent a surgery in June last year, due to which he had to pause his running for four months, but he bounced back and hit the streets once again three months ago. His preparation included speed walking about 6 kms every day and running a distance of about 20 kms in one week. On Sunday, he completed the 21 kms course in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Fr Nunes says that he ran to support Pope Francis' Care for Creation initiative as well as the ongoing Green Diocese initiative in Mumbai begun by Cardinal Oswald Gracias. He also ran for peace – the current atmosphere of violence and turmoil in the country troubles him. He says that the stories of many people who came out to run inspite of the struggles they face inspired him to run. Many elderly and physically challenged people also participated in the marathon. He hopes to encourage many more priests and religious, as well as young people to take part in the next edition. Being in the outdoors, challenging your body and mind, and interacting with a wide variety of people, is a great substitute to our smartphones and digital devices that we immerse ourselves in. He hopes that more young people will be inspired to take up this challenge.

Holy Family Hospital creates a first in India

Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West has acquired the latest operating microscope from Karl Zeiss, Germany and the latest and best endoscopic 4K, high definition systems from Karl Storz, also from Germany. Holy Family Hospital is the very first hospital in India to acquire these operating systems. With these brand new pieces of equipment, Holy Family Hospital stands tall. All this has been possible through the gracious and extremely generous funding made possible by His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias.

All these purchases of the much needed equipment was made under the supervision of Dr Christopher de Souza, Director of the Hearing Disability Programme. Dr Christopher de Souza is one of the most recognised and respected figures in the field of medicine, especially in ENT. He has initiated the hearing disability programme which is now recognised as a national and international Centre of Excellence, especially in the field of cochlear implants and also in that of thyroid surgery. Dr Christopher de Souza was the second ENT doctor from India to be awarded an honorary degree by the Royal College of Surgeons in an elaborate and colourful ceremony that was held in London, UK recently. In two surveys conducted by a US-based company, Dr de Souza was selected as Mumbai's top doctor. Dr Christopher de Souza has published 38 postgraduate ENT textbooks of which five are published in the USA under his name. These are used as standard references in the USA and Europe.

Eco-Ambassadors: A Vocation to be Rescuers of Creation

Participants of the Certificate Course for Eco-Ambassadors gathered for the valedictory ceremony at St Pius X College on January 11, 2020. Along with our guests and some participants from other programmes organised by the Archdiocesan Office for Environment (AOE), a total of 80 people took a solemn pledge to 'Pray for and with Creation, Live more simply and Advocate to protect our common home.' This marked the culmination of our enriching six-month training programme offered by the AOE, and we now step into a whole new endeavour as Eco-Ambassadors, or Eco-Warriors (Bishop Allwyn D'Silva's preferred term) in this battle against greed.

The ceremony began at 4:30 pm in the seminary hall, where refreshments were served in an environment-friendly manner — beverages in ceramic cups and snacks in trays — eliminating disposable cups and plates. We then invited the Lord in our midst with a prayer service led by Valerie Lobo and Aloysius Athaide. There was also a small song performance by Anuradha Lobo, Sr Filomena Goes, Julie Anthony, Maria D'Souza and Nadine Pereira, which was truly riveting as they captured the plight of the poor, in their rendition of 'Gaon chodab nahin' (We will not leave our village), highlighting issues of natural resources being exploited by corporates in the tribal regions of India and their disastrous effects.

Next, we had a keynote session by Mr Jayesh Harsora, founder of Vasundhara Green Club, who asked us to reflect on how everyday actions of lavishly using natural resources will affect future generations; our very own children and grandchildren are the ones who will bear the brunt of our ignorance and unwillingness to change, all of this when put on a timeline is just about 25 years away. Bishop Allwyn D'Silva enlightened us about the 'Green diocese initiative' that was launched in September 2018 by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, which aims to make Mumbai a greener diocese, the Certificate Course for Eco-Ambassadors being part of this overall objective. Green Diocese core group member and Course Director, Fr Luke Rodrigues, SJ, revisited the six main topics and explained how the course aimed to boost the ecological commitment in our everyday lives, serve the purpose of the Green Diocese initiative and thus be a part of the larger overall objective of 'caring for our common home' as highlighted in Laudato Si' by Pope Francis.

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, narrated his story of conversion, from being a Climate Change sceptic in 2013 to becoming a pioneer of the Green Movement in Mumbai. It was only when he witnessed the disastrous effects of climate change, and spoke to those who were forced to leave their homes because of such factors, that he was struck to the core. He urged us to shift to an 'Eco-Culture' where the importance of Nature is realised and we care for each other as a family, and grow to have a relationship like St Francis of Assisi who called the Sun his brother and Moon his sister. He invited us to reflect on how we violate the seventh commandment - 'Thou shall not steal' as we keep stealing resources from the future, from the less fortunate, by consuming more than we require, by wasting precious resources in our day to day lives.

Fr Joseph Gonsalves, Head of the AOE, guided us in drafting a personal pledge, inviting all of us present to take a few decisive steps, in doing our bit to protect Mother Earth. Two participants, namely Allan Rodrigues and Joan Lobo, shared their experiences and feedback. Certificates were presented by Cardinal Gracias to all who completed/participated in the course, and to those who attended the various programmes and sessions organised by the AOE.

Giselle Wilson

O Come, let us Sing to the Lord!

The Psalm Festival - an initiative by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre, was held on Saturday, January 11, 2020, on the St Blaise Church Quadrangle by the Andheri (West) Deanery. A total of 60 children from three parishes of Andheri West participated in this Festival.

The main objective of this Festival was to instil the significance of the Psalms in children, and this was brought forth beautifully as they learnt and practised for the same through song, drama and music. Ms Antoinette Pereira (Deanery Lay Coordinator) was the compere for the event.

Deacon Elwyn DeSouza was the Chief Guest for the evening. The event began with the lighting of the samai by Deacon Elwyn, Fr Neil Cerejo –Deanery Priest Coordinator, Fr Adrian Ferreira – Parish Priest of St Blaise Church, Amboli, and the two Sunday School Coordinators – Ms Joan D'Souza of Good Shepherd Church, Four Bungalows, and Ms Suzanna Nayak of Our Lady of Health Church, Versova. This was followed by the enthronement of the Bible. Deacon Elwyn read aloud Psalm 5 from the Bible, followed by a short reflection.

Children from the three parishes in turn recited different psalms in song and action. The recitals were interspersed with questions prepared by our seminarians – Brothers Robinson, Lloyd and Macwin – who kept the children motivated and attentive throughout the programme. The icing on the cake was when all the choirs got together on stage and sang Psalm 89, I Will Sing of the Mercies.

The Psalm Festival was much appreciated and welcomed as a novel and excellent initiative by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre. It was indeed a great way to begin the New Year 2020.

Antoinette Pereira