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Vol.XXI: No.1: January 2011
Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial January 2011 Children’s Village, Badshahpur (Gurgaon)
Apostolic Nuncio, His Excellency Most Rev. Archbishop ‘Urbi et Orbi’ – To the City (of Rome) and to the world: Pope Benedict XVI delivers the annual Christmas message from Vatican. Salvatore Pennacchio being welcomed at the Cathedral (pg.32)
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Shiela Dikshit called on the Archbishop and visited the Cathedral to convey Christmas greetings.
37th Anniversary celebrations of DCC Library (pg.36)
Diocesan Altar Servers Conference at St. Mark’s Church, Punjabi Bagh (pg.22)
Annual Parents Day celebrations at SFS, Jhajjar, Haryana (pg.26)
Sports Day at St. Michael’s Primary School, Badshahpur (pg.25)
Annual Sports Day celebrations at St. Michael’s Sr. Sec. School, Gurgaon (pg.25)
January 2011 (Gurgaon). Interview with Fr. James Peter Raj, Director is on page 13. 4 Badshahpur
4 April 2010 Front cover: Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial Children’s Village,
S N A P S H O T S
Feast of Christ the King by South East Deanery parishes at the Shrine of our Lady of Health, Okhla (pg.19)
Youth Retreat at Our Lady of Fatima, Syro Malabar Parish, Okhla Vihar (Pg.18)
Crystal Jubilee celebrations at St. Mary’s School, Mayur Vihar-III (pg.30)
Members of the newly formed Catholic Association of the Church of the Transﬁguration, East of Kailash with Fr. Paul Roy, Parish Priest.
GOOD NEWS FOR
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T H E O F F I C I A L N E W S M A G A Z I N E O F D E L H I C AT H O L I C A R C H D I O C E S E
he cancellation of the annual diocesan celebration of the feast of Christ the King on St. Columba’s School grounds, Gole Dak Khana, New Delhi in November just last year due to unavoidable circumstances afforded an opportunity to the faithful to celebrate the feast at the deanery and parish level all over the archdiocese. The east Delhi parishes, both territorial and oriental were gathered at Mayur Vihar, Phase III in a combined effort and celebrated the kingship of Christ with a solemn High Mass and procession with great diversity of languages and rites. The celebration presided over by our Archbishop, His Grace Most Rev. Vincent M. Concessao was attended by about 4000 faithful. Elsewhere, at the Shrine of our Lady of Health, Okhla, the South East Deanery parishes celebrated the feast with great devotion and participation. Similarly, there were enthusiastic celebrations at other deaneries and parishes. The total number of faithful who thus participated in the feast including in the public display of our faith by Eucharistic procession far exceeded those in the case when the feast is celebrated at just one place. It is not at all the intention of this magazine to suggest or judge whether the feast of Christ the King be celebrated at the cathedral or not; that is for our Shepherd to decide. But the point is, that celebrations at deanery and parish levels (on many other occasions as well) can ensure wider participation of the people including senior citizens and children.
Vol.XXI: No.1: January 2011
Deanery Level Celebrations
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The Shepherd’s Voice The Shepherd’s Voice Priests’ Anniversaries Priests’ Anniversaries From the Past, Pope Clement XIII From the Past 4 4 6 6 7 7
First Australian Saint, St. Mary MacKillop 8 Golden Jubilarian, Fr. Valentine D’Silva 8 Feast of Epiphany
Layperson, Mrs. Dorothy Pereira SCCs
Mission Campaign in Germany Interview with Fr. James Peter Raj Parish Round-up
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Archdiocesan News Soulmates
t is customary for all American Presidents since George Washington in 1790 to address the joint session of both Houses of the US Congress in January every year to report on the state of their nation. The address known as the ‘State of the Union Message’, is replete with patriotic overtones and great national pride, and is always concluded by the President with the declaration, ‘the state of our union is good’ amidst standing ovation and thunderous applause. As we, the people of India, celebrate the 61st anniversary of our Republic, let us ask our leaders, what is the state of the Indian Union? The year 2010 was, perhaps, the most disastrous for our country because of widespread corruption that has engulfed every sphere of our government machinery, the CWG and 2G Spectrum scams being just two of the biggest and the most recent ones, and which are only the tip of the iceberg. Today, 125 crores of Indians stand as hapless and helpless victims of corruption by the officialdom. Besides, the most visible symbol of our Republic, the Parliament lay paralysed due to pandemonium as happened in the last winter session. India is a great country, with a great people and bountiful natural resources. Our Constitution is one of the best in the world. Our freedom fighters and founding fathers who suffered persecution, imprisonment and even martyrdom during the independence struggle, had a great vision for our nation. But alas! corruption in government has totally crippled and obliterated that vision. The - state - of – our - union - is - the ‘WORST’.
The State of the Union
Jose Abraham Editor
Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial January 2011 Children’s Village, Badshahpur (Gurgaon)
My brothers and sisters,
The Shepherd’s Voice
jay and Vijay were classmates and good friends. One day because of some misunderstanding caused by another classmate of theirs they began to accuse one another. Initially, it was a verbal conflict. But soon it turned violent and they began to wrestle with and beat one another. Just at that time the Angelus bell rang. Fuming at each other they stopped their fight, made a sign of the cross, recited the Angelus, made another sign of the cross and started fighting again. The story sounds unbelievable. Doesn’t it? But if we look at ourselves, do we find ourselves much different from Ajay and Vijay? Perhaps we don’t. Often people ask how is it that those who are regular for Mass, the sacraments and devotions don’t seem to change and become better. If they are in the habit of lying, they keep on lying. If they are in the habit of cheating or fighting, they carry on doing the same without much of a change in their behaviour. On the other hand, we also run into people who have been transformed. Scoundrels have became saints and dedicated their lives totally to the service of the Church and the poor, some overnight as it were, some slowly but steadily over a period of time, and all of a sudden notice the difference that has taken place in them. Perhaps you have come across examples of both these types and have been inspired by them. To which of the categories do we belong by and large? Repentance is a precious gift of God. He takes the initiative; he makes us turn around. We only respond humbly and gratefully to his initiative. Very often what brings about this transformation is the word of God. It strikes us as never before and suddenly our eyes are opened and we are convinced about a truth which we had heard again and again but had made little impact on us. Certainly the Bible is the privileged communication of God. But God also speaks to us through one another and through the events that take place in our lives like an accident, for example, or a failure or sudden death of a loved one or a miraculous cure. One is suddenly overwhelmed by the love of God and his forgiveness and begins to look at everything from a different perspective. Everything seems to have changed on the one hand and everything seems to have remained the same on the other. Do we take God’s word seriously? If we do, we can’t remain the same. God’s word is like salt and I am afraid that often we have turned it into sugar. Instead of looking at ourselves and our actions in the light of God’s word, we tend to interpret God’s word in terms of our life and behavour. The first is challenging, at times frightening because it exposes us in our concrete reality of sin and reveals God in his goodness and mercy; it involves carrying the cross daily, in small ways and big. But there is joy in doing it no matter how heavy the cross is because the Lord is with us and the same word of God tells us that there is nothing impossible to God as time and again he has shown it in salvation history and also in our own time. Let us take a couple of examples: Jesus taught us: “Love your neighbour as you love yourself (Mt. 22: 39). Further, he said to his disciples, “Love one another as I have loved you (Jn.15: 12). This is a tall order. Can we do it? Never, unless he empowers us as the history of the Church demonstrates to us time and again and in our own days too. Nothing is impossible to him who said to his disciples that they would do greater things than he had done. Does loving our neighbour imply that we love those who have let us down, lied to us and cheated us. Yes it does. Why? Because that is the way God loves us. This love originates from God, not from any other source. Jesus’ teaching is very clear. “For if you love those who love you, what rights have you to claim any credit? Even the tax collectors do as much, do they not? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Even the pagans do as much, do they not? You must,
therefore, be perfect just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5: 46-48). In other words, we must love as God loves.
This is what qualifies us to be children of God. Does it mean that we should love our enemies too? Yes. For Jesus says, “… I say to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; in this way you will be sons of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on bad men as well as good, and his rain to fall on honest and dishonest men alike” (Mt. 5:44-45). This is Christianity. We must hate sin but love the sinner. Nay, the Lord goes after the one sheep that is lost leaving the ninety-nine behind and when he finds it he rejoices and carries it home on his shoulders and celebrates its return. There is one temptation that we must resist all the time. Sometimes when some stray from the ways of Jesus and succeed in drawing the attention of people to an issue or get their legitimate demands met by violence we too feel tempted to follow their ways. And it is also likely that we find people to go along with us. This cannot go along with Jesus’ discipleship. It is not Christian. Let us not forget that there is nobody like Jesus and there is no better way of life than the one he has taught us. Should we not correct those who go wrong and perhaps do not know it? Of course, we should. That is genuine love. Mutual correction is part of our care and concern for others. But we must do it in a Christian way. That is with love, respect, faith and trust and leave the rest to God. Truth sometimes does hurt but it heals and liberates when we accept it. We have a clear case of discrimination against Christians of dalit origin on the basis of religion in our country. We have protested against this for decades. Our people have been extremely patient. We hope that justice will be done and that “He will make all things beautiful in his time”. We have not thrown shoes against the perpetrators of injustice for whom their political interests were more important than justice to the poor and the oppressed. We have not burnt buses or destroyed public property. We will keep challenging injustice and discrimination even as Jesus did when he was struck on his cheek. We will keep to his ways and they will bear fruit. I would like to strongly recommend that we take the word of God more seriously in the year 2011. We will listen to it. We will reflect on it. We will put it into practice. As a result, we will find everyday a new day, full of challenges and plenty of crosses to bear too but also days of joy which comes from the Lord. We began the New Year with the celebration of the Motherhood of Mary on the 1st of January. She is a wonderful example of how we need to live our lives on the solid foundation of the word of God. She was a great listener, ponderer and doer of God’s word and throughout her life surrendered herself totally to him. May she inspire us to follow her. May the word of God shape our lives and ensure that the joy and peace of Christmas continue in our lives throughout the New Year and pass on to the people we interact with. With warm regards and God bless, Yours sincerely in Christ,
+ Vincent M. Concessao Archbishop of Delhi
April 2010 January 2011
Date Name 2 Fr. Francis Swaminathan (1962) 3 Fr. Denny George (1977) 6 Fr. Alphonse D’Cruz (1963) 11 Fr. Jose T.J. (1975) 21 Fr. Susai Sebastian (1945) 22 Fr. Joseph Kudilil (1940) 23 Fr. Thomas Champakatt (1959) 23 Fr. Maxim Pinto (1972) 26 Fr. Francis Prasad (1980) 27 Fr. Jardis Nazareth (1979) Date Name 4 Fr. Johannes Ravi Kota (2006)
Anniversaries of Pastoral Clergy in January :Birthdays:
:Fondly Remembered: Archbishop Angelo Innocent Fernandes
of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese who had left us on Jan 30, 2000
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+May His Soul Rest In Peace+ Profile
28 July 1913 Born in Karachi 29 Aug 1937 Ordained Priest of Bombay 04 Jun 1959 Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Delhi 04 Jun 1959 Appointed Titular Archbishop of Novae Patrae 01 Nov 1959 Ordained Bishop 16 Sep 1967 Succeeded as Archbishop of Delhi 19 Nov 1990 Retired as Archbishop of Delhi 30 Jan 2000 Died as Archbishop Emeritus of Delhi
“When I am dying, how glad I shall be, that the lamp of my life, has been burned out for thee, my cherished Rabboni, how glad I shall be to die with the hope of a welcome from thee” - Archbishop Angelo Fernandes
“Delhi Catholic Archdiocese”
We fondly remember the following Clergy of our Archdiocese who left for heavenly abode: 1. Fr. Theodore Menezes - 22.01.2004 2. Abp. Angelo Innocent Fernandes - 30.01.2000
:May their souls rest in piece:
April 2010 January 2011
Holy Father’s Intentions
From the Past
General Intention: That the riches of creation be preserved, valued and made (Papacy: 1758-1769) available to all, as precious Pope Clement XIII was born in Venice (Italy) as gifts from God to mankind. Carlo della Torre di Rezzonico on March 7, 1693 Missionary Intention: That Christians may achieve full unity, bearing witness of the universal fatherhood of God to the entire human race.
(A series on 18th century Popes)
Pope Clement XIII
Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything and who shows me the way to reach my ideals, you who give me the Divine gift to forgive and forget all that is done to me, and you who are in all the instances of my life with me, I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and affirm once more that I never want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desires may be. I want to be with you and my loved ones in their perpetual glory. To that end and submitting to God’s holy will, I ask from you. . . . etc. (your request) (This prayer should be said for 3 consecutive days. Publish it on granting of the petition OR Circulate copies of it to as many people as possible. The idea is to spread the wonder of the Holy Spirit).
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
and was Pope from 16 July 1758 to 2 February 1769. He was educated by the Jesuits at Bologna, took his degrees in law at Padua, and in 1716 was appointed at Rome Referendary of the two departments known as the “Signatura Justitiæ” and the “Signatura Gratiæ”. He was made Governor of Rieti in 1716, of Fano in 1721, and Auditor of the Rota for Venice in 1725. In 1737 he was made Cardinal-Deacon, and in 1743 Bishop of Padua. In 1747 he became Cardinal-Priest and on 6 July, 1758, he was elected Pope to succeed Benedict XIV. It was with tears that he submitted to the will of the electors, for he gauged well the force and direction of the storm which was gathering on the political horizon. Regalism and Jansenism were the traditional enemies of the Holy See in its government of the Church, but a still more formidable foe was rising into power and using the other two as its instruments. This was the party of Voltaire and the Encyclopedists, the “Philosophers” as they liked to call themselves. They were men of talent and highly educated, and by means of these gifts had drawn over to themselves many admirers and adherents from among the ruling classes, with the result that by the time of Clement XIII, they had their representatives in power in the Portugese and in all the five Bourbon Courts. Their enmity was radically against the Christian religion itself, as putting a restraint on their licence of thought and action. In their private correspondence they called it the Infâme (the infamous one), and looked forward to its speedy extinction through the success of their policy; but they felt that in their relations with the public, and especially with the sovereigns, it was necessary to feign some kind of Catholic belief. In planning this war against the Church, they were agreed that the first step must be the destruction of the Jesuits. “When we have destroyed the Jesuits”, wrote Voltaire to Helvétius in 1761, “we shall have easy work with the Infâme.” And their method was to persuade the sovereigns that the Jesuits were the chief obstacle to their Regalist pretensions, and thereby a danger to the peace of their realms; Such was the political situation with which Clement XIII saw himself confronted when he began his pontificate. His attention was called in the first instance to Portugal, where the attack on the Society had already commenced. Joseph I, a weak and voluptuous prince, was a mere puppet in the hands of his minister, Sebastião Carvalho, afterwards Marquis de Pombal, a secret adherent of the Voltairian opinions, and bent upon the destruction of the Society. It was to be expected that the Society’s many enemies in France would be stimulated to follow in the footsteps of Pombal against the Jesuits. The statesmen in Spain who had the ear of Charles III were in regular correspondence with the French Encyclopedists, and had for some years previously been projecting a proscription of the Society on the same lines as in Portugal and France. But this was not known to the public, or to the Jesuits, who believed themselves to have a warm friend in their sovereign. It came then as a surprise to all when, on the night of 2-3 April, 1767, all the Jesuit houses were suddenly surrounded, the inmates arrested and transferred to vehicles, ordered to take them to the coast, thence to be shipped off for some unknown destination and forbidden to take anything with them beyond the clothes which they wore. Finally, on 18, 20, 22 January, 1769, the ambassadors of France, Spain, and Naples presented to the Pope identical notes demanding the total and entire suppression of the Society of Jesus throughout the world. It was this that killed him. Pope Clement III expired under the shock on the night of 2-3 February 1769. He was succeeded by Pope Clement IV. (Courtesy: New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia)
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything, and show me the way of reaching my ideals, you who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget all the wrong done to me and are in all instances of my life with me, in this short dialogue I want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I do not want to be separated from you, no matter how great the material desire be. I wish to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. (This prayer must be said thrice a day for three consecutive days without mentioning one’s wish. After the third day, your request will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be. Promise to publish or circulate this prayer.) Thank you Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything, and show me the way of reaching my ideals, you who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget all the wrong done to me and are in all instances of my life with me, I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I do not want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire be. I wish to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen.
THANKSGIVING PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Seline Joseph & Family
Holy Spirit, you who make me see everything, and show me the way of reaching my ideals, you who give me the divine gift to forgive and forget all the wrong done to me and are in all instances of my life with me, I, in this short dialogue want to thank you for everything and confirm once more that I do not want to be separated from you no matter how great the material desire be. I wish to be with you and my loved ones in your perpetual glory. Amen. (This prayer must be said thrice a day for three consecutive days without mentioning one’s wish. After the third day your request will be granted, no matter how difficult it may be.) Thank you, Holy Spirit.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
Merlene Anne Joseph
April 2010 January 2011
St. Mary MacKillop
ary Helen MacKillop was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17, 2010 during a public ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican, making her the first Australian Saint. An estimated 8,000 Australians were present in the Vatican City to witness the ceremony. She is also known as Saint Mary of the Cross. Mary Helen was born in 1842 in Melbourne, Australia, to Alexander MacKillop and Flora MacDonald, whose ancestors had held fast to the Catholic faith in Scotland through centuries of persecution. From her earliest years, Mary had a delicate sense of God’s presence, and felt called to live a life of poverty consecrated to the service of His poor. Some years passed before she went to teach as a governess in a little town in South Australia called Penola. There she found the Parish Priest, Fr.. Julian Tenison Woods, was concerned that children had no education, religious or secular. In time Fr. Woods’ problem and the young woman’s vocation found a single solution in the great religious and educational venture known as the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. In 1873 Sr. Mary was sent to Rome to obtain the approval of the Holy See for the institute. She had several audiences with Pope Pius IX, who gave her great encouragement. She returned to Australia with a modified Rule, being assured by the officials of the Congregation de Propaganda Fide that after some years’ trial, it would be given final approval. In 1875 Mary was elected Mother General. After many difficulties, she had the joy of seeing the institute approved by Pope Leo XIII in 1888by which time the mother-house was in Sydney. She was Mary of the Cross, and her cross took many forms-ill health, frequent long journeys in primitive conveyances on land and sea in oppressive weather, the writing of thousands of letters, struggles to obtain the necessities of life and the hardships of real poverty. But her most distressing crosses came from people, sometimes in high places. What she suffered is sometimes astonishing to read (as when she was falsely excommunicated), but more astonishing is the story of her charity and forbearance towards those who were unjust to her. She judged nobody, she blamed nobody, and she was never heard to utter a word of criticism or bitterness, and her reverence for the sacred character of Priests and Bishops was never diminished. Her public achievement is a historical fact in Australia and New Zealand, but for those who knew her personally the most striking thing about her was her kindness. In everything she said or did, she showed respect and love for those around her, making no distinction between the rich, the high-born, and the influential on the one hand, and the lowly and the outcasts of society on the other. Her love did not depend on performance. Once a condemned murderer (a wild animal, people called him) poured abuse and blasphemy on anyone who tried to talk to him, until Mother Mary came into his cell, calmed him down, and helped him to die at peace with God and man. Love was the soul of her virtues, always ready to make allowances and to endure whatever comes (1 Cor 13:7). Her faith enabled her to look beyond what she could see, hear and smell, and to respect all as children of God redeemed by the blood of Christ, one whom she had not seen but whom she loved (1 Pt 1:8). Her union with God was constant, fed by long hours of prayer and great devotion to the Eucharistic Sacrifice and to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. From childhood she had looked on the Blessed Mother of God as her mother. She loved poverty with the quiet St. Joseph, the patron of her institute, and honored him as a model and helper at all times. On August 8, 1909 when God finally called her from this world, she had borne her cross with incredible patience and with the joyful love of the dear will of God which had marked her whole life. That love of God had filled her heart and overflowed to all that around her, but it was especially tender towards anybody in trouble. She had kept the great commandment, “Love God” and the second, “Love your neighbor” (Mt 23:37). Her place of rest in the chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, North Sydney, is a place of pilgrimage and devotion. (Condensed from www.allvoices.com/.../7050031-firstaustralian-saint-sister-mary-mackillop.)
:The First Australian Saint:
Dr. Subash Masters
April 2010 January 2011
Feast of Epiphany
Fr. George Kureethra
ou all know that St. Paul whose writings constitute one third of the New Testament was a very orthodox and staunch Jew. He converted to Christianity when he was met by the Risen Jesus on his way to Damascus in order to persecute the Christians who were living there. After that encounter with Jesus, Paul became an ardent Christian and tried his best to convert other Jews to Christianity. But he met with not only failure but also opposition from the Jews. Later, St. Paul lamented that his own people, the Jews whom God had chosen to be his own rejected Jesus whom God had sent to be the Saviour of the world. The sad fact is that the Jews were expecting a victorious military messiah who would deliver them from foreigners and would restore their past glory when David and Solomon were kings. In fact, the Old Testament contains numerous prophesies about a suffering messiah, about a spiritual messiah, but people in general ignored such prophecies. The feast of Epiphany reminds us of this sad fact. St. Mathew tells us that the wise men from the east came, led by a star, to worship Jesus. When they reached Jerusalem, they went to the palace of King Herod to enquire where the newborn king of the Jews would be born. King Herod was greatly disturbed. He said to himself, ‘I am the king! How can a new king of the Jews be born without my permission?’ King Herod was also afraid. So he called all the high ranking priests and those learned in the law to ask them where the messiah was to be born. They searched the scriptures and found a prophecy in the Book of Micah that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The wise men straightaway proceeded to Bethlehem to worship the newborn king of the Jews.
There is much to learn from the gospel passage. We glory in the name ‘Christian’. We think that we have reserved berths in heaven because we are Christians. But that is an illusion. We may be cast out while the doors of the heavens are opened to others. Being a Christian is more of a responsibility than a privilege. A Christian is always to be a missionary, who spreads the fragrance of his faith by the way he lives it. We may, like the Jews, be found rejecting the gospel. Secondly, we must understand that God’s Spirit is at work all over the world. The wise men were seekers. As soon as they were given the message that a new king of Jews is born whom they should go and worship, they immediately undertook the hazardous journey. They were not dejected by the treatment they got in Jerusalem. Finally, they found Jesus and worshipped him, giving him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. There are many in our country who are really seekers. They sincerely seek God and God reveals himself to them. This is quite evident from several prayers that are addressed to God by our fellow countrymen. I recite the Gayatri Mantra every day. The Gayatri Mantra was coined by the rishis of ancient past. It is a very beautiful prayer. Who has not heard the Vedic invocation, ‘from the unreal lead me to the real, from darkness lead me to light, from death lead to immortality’. The sage Thukharam composed the following prayer: “A beggar at thy door, pleading I stand; give me an alms, Lord, from your loving hands.” The Sufis are well known for their mysticism and spirituality. God’s Spirit is working throughout the world, and we must acknowledge it.
April 2010 January 2011
Then what happened? The learned men, after finding out that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem, did not accompany the wise men, but went to sleep. They were not interested in the new king. But King Herod was interested, not to go and worship the new King, but to kill him. In other words, the Jewish people rejected Jesus. They were not interested in him, except to do him harm. This is what happened later to Jesus. His own people demanded that Jesus be crucified. Jesus was put to death. Though the Jews rejected Jesus, God called wise men from the east, from a faraway place, to come and worship Jesus. This was the experience of St. Paul. When he presented Jesus to the Jews, they rejected him, but the pagans, that is, non-Jews, gladly welcomed Jesus and became Christians.
The day’s gospel passage tells us that God in his goodness had called wise men from the east to come and worship Jesus whom the Jews rejected. We are also told that it was through a star that God sent them the message that a new king had been born for the Jews. These wise men were astronomers who used to study the stars, and it was through their occupation that God sent them a message. In the gospels we read that it was after a big catch of fish that the first apostles who were fishermen were called to the service of the gospel. It is through our profession that we have to become saints and evangelizers. Every profession has certain nobility, and that nobility is the star that should guide us in life. Teachers, nurses, technicians and other professionals should have a vision, and that vision becomes the star that leads them forward, and beckons them to climb heights. In Italy the traffic police are honoured on the day of Epiphany. People, even those who have been challaned for traffic offences give them gifts. It is considered the feast day of traffic police because as the wise men were guided by a star to reach Jerusalem, the traffic police guide people to avoid accidents and reach
their destination safely. There is something to learn from this. We too, like traffic police or the star, lead others especially the children to walk safely and reach their destination without accidents. It is also an occasion for us to thank those who have been the guiding stars in our life, our parents, teachers, especially those who encouraged us, and gave us a lift in life We also notice that St. Mathew often says, ‘thus were the scriptures fulfilled’. What he means is that the Old Testament should be read in the light of the New Testament. The New Testament fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament; the New Testament sheds light on many obscure passages in the Old Testament. We should not interpret the Old Testament instructions without reference to the New Testament. For example, in the Old Testament there was an injunction against making any images or statues. But the New Testament tells us that Jesus himself is the image of God. The early Christians understood this, and we can see in the catacombs images of Jesus as the good shepherd. Jesus is also depicted as fish because the letters of the Greek word for fish, ichtus, stood for Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World.
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Mission Campaign in Germany
Sr. Inigo ssa (Sisters of St. Anne, Chennai), New Delhi
n the month of October every year ‘Missio - Germany’ celebrates the World Mission Sunday Campaign and for every campaign Missio invites guests and cultural groups of a particular country connected with the theme and the projects. The year 2010 campaign took up the 100th birth anniversary of Bl. Mother Teresa and using the example of India, Missio wanted to present the manifold of the socio-pastoral commitment of the Sisters. Like Mother Theresa, today many Sisters in India are committing themselves to people who are suffering discrimination in India because of caste, religion and race.
I was invited as a guest speaker along with four Bishops including our Archbishop, His Grace Vincent M. Concessao and sixteen Sisters for the World Mission Campaign 2010 to share my challenges and my personal experiences of Tihar prison, New Delhi where I have been working as a member of the Prison Ministry-India, Northern Region and also the challenges India is facing with regard to religious fundamentalism, women’s issues, caste discrimination, literacy rate in villages, religious life in India, etc. The timeframe of our campaign was from October 1, 2010 until the World Mission Sunday on October, 24, 2010. The opening ceremony was celebrated on October 3, 2010 in the diocese of Essen. Then, we, the Indian guests were assigned different German dioceses sharing our experiences with various parish communities, schools and journalists. The closing ceremony took place in the diocese of Regensburg on October 24, 2010. An outline of the situation: The Catholic Church in Germany has about 25 million members among 82 million German population. About the same number of Christians belong to the Evangelical church, almost 3 million are Muslims and the number of members of the Jewish communities is just over 100,000. The number of people converting to Buddhism is growing. Especially youngsters from the upper middle class feel attracted to the teachings of Buddhism. In some areas the Dalai Lama is more popular than the Pope. One can easily experience the loss of sense of God or the existence of God in many young people particularly in Eastern Germany. The search of many
people for meaning and spirituality often leads to a very individual construct of personal meaning composed of what is offered by the various suppliers. In my interactions with the youth I felt a kind of lack of trust in the Institutional Catholic Church. Vocations to priesthood and religious life are dwindling and most of the Priests and Nuns are above the age of 65. Pastoral work is losing its closeness to the life histories of the people. We find very few people attending Mass in the churches and a majority of them are aged. A new form of Church which does justice to both the people and the clergy has not yet been found. Missio is trying to introduce the experiences made in Africa and Asia with and in small Christian communities into the pastoral search movements here. This is having a positive effect through the so-called AsIPA project (Asian Integral Pastoral Approach).
According to Scientific surveys, two big issues will concern people in Germany in the coming decades: (a) The question of justice in the midst of freedom (b) The question of spirituality in the midst of secularity. I was assigned the diocese of Magdeburg in East Germany from October 6 until October 12, and then Regensburg from 15 to 24 October 2010. In the diocese of Magdeburg Catholics live in a diaspora situation. Yet, there is a big difference to our country. They are the third largest German diocese by territory, but the second smallest by number of Catholics. Only 4% of the population is Catholics, only 20% of the population are believers in general. The majority is quite distant to any religion due to 40 years of socialist
regime. The socialists tried their very best to finish off any kind of religion. And - unfortunately- they were quite “successful”. But there are many processes of rapprochement going on. As many people in this diocese are non-believers, the contacts with guests like me are often the only contacts with the universal church. That’s why I was very happy to share my experiences of socio-political, cultural and religious situation of India along with my special ministry. I was given a co-ordinator by the name Bernadette Albrecht who was well versed in both German and English. During the week we were travelling through the diocese visiting different parishes, schools and other institutions. Due to their diaspora situation, the target groups varied from priests and elder believers in the parishes to youth groups and pupils and teachers without any religious background, but they expressed high interest in those issues like my work in the Tihar prison, general information on India and the church in India, daily life in parishes and politics, economy, poverty, role of the Church, inter-religious aspects etc. Pupils in schools were prepared in advance for the encounter with the guest by researching things of our country. I was very much impressed by the seriousness and maturity of the students and the way they ask questions freely and openly. During those days, I got the opportunity to visit one of the prisons in Germany and the interaction with the prisoners was quite enriching and enlightening. But in no way could their prison conditions be compared with ours in India. I was surprised to see the way each inmate was given a self contained single room with central heating and attached toilet facilities. In the midst of many challenges, I was very much impressed by the compassion of the German people towards the poor in India and their readiness to sacrifice and their eagerness to contribute generously towards the cause of the poor. I should appreciate the tremendous interest of the students and young women in learning more about India and its present day challenges regarding women, child labour, illiteracy, poverty, caste discrimination and also the faith and spirituality of Indians amidst various challenges. I feel it is a God-given opportunity provided to me to spend three weeks in Germany and to contri-bute my mite to increase the awareness of German Catholics to understand the other side of the world especially India and also to learn the situation of the Catholic Church in Germany.
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“For continuing Christ’s mission”
Parish Priest of St. James’ Church, Badshahpur (Gurgaon) & Director of ‘Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial Children’s Village’
(in conversation with Grace David, Member, VOD Editorial Board) Fr. James, in November 2009 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our Archdiocese. What are your thoughts about that great event? The Golden Jubilee of the Archdiocese will be fondly remembered by the present generation for a long time to come. It will be talked about by both the young and old alike. The celebrations brought the people to the fore-front in a big way. The hard work put in by various committees made the celebrations a grand success. Describe your parish, St. James’ Church, Badshahpur. St. James’ parish was established in 1997. Fr. Arthur Samuel was the first Priest in-charge of this small Christian community in Maruti Kunj-Badshahpur. Now this parish consists of four Catholic families and the inmates of ‘Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial Children’s Village’. Please tell us about yourself. I was born in Tamil Nadu as the eldest son of Mr. Kasbar Savari Raj and Mrs. Alphonse Mary. I have two sisters and one brother, the elder sister is settled. I was inspired to become a Priest by seeing the life of a Priest, Fr. Arul, who dedicated himself to the people. My ordination was on 13 May 2005 at the Sacred Heart Church, V.K. Puram, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. My motto as a priest is “To Continue Christ’s Mission”. After the ordination, I completed my M.Th. from St. Albert’s College, Ranchi. I was with late Fr. Lurdusamy for seven months in Okhla. From 2006 onwards, I am an Assistant Parish Priest in Kanhei (Gurgaon). In 2008 I was also appointed Director of Children’s Village, Badshahpur and the Parish Priest of St. James’ Church, Badshahpur. At present, I am taking care of the children in Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial Children’s Village. My greatest wish is that the children in the Children’s Vil-
Rev. Fr. James Peter Raj,
lage should become matured and responsible citizens of our country. My hobbies are reading books, playing basket ball and table tennis with the children. I know English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.
The Children’s Village
Describe the Children’s Village in detail It was the dream of Archbishop Alan de Lastic, (the late Archbishop of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese), that every child in this world should have a mother and a family as well as brothers and sisters, a house and a community. That dream turned into reality in January 2005 with the birth of the Children’s Village, rightly named after him as ‘Archbishop Alan de Lastic Memorial Children’s Village’, situated in the compound of St. James’ parish, Bhondsi Village, Badshahpur, Gurgaon District. This Children’s Village is managed as a non-profit, non-government, voluntary organization committed to the care of children in need. We are assisted in our mission by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. They came to Gurgaon in 2004. The selfless service rendered to the children by the Sisters is commendable. I am grateful to the Sisters and to Bro. Suresh, a Regent of Delhi Archdiocese. One big difficulty that we face is to get dedicated and trained mothers for our children. A special thanks to Bishop Franco Mulakkal for his encouragement and support. We, the staff and students are grateful to him for his selfless service and for the special interest in raising funds for Badshahpur. Recently, he was in Italy to raise funds for the Children’s Village and from whatever marriages he blesses, the donation goes to the Children’s Village. He takes great interest in visiting the children as well as enquiring about them. Thank you, your Lordship for the wonderful support to us.
orphaned children, including children of sex workers and drug addicts.
To channelise the motherly sentiments of women who have decided to remain single due to one reason or other or divorced women without any family obligation towards the cause of bringing up these abandoned children. To bring these two groups together, the former looking for mother’s love and the latter desiring to express their motherly love and to establish family units of mutual care and love. To communicate to the children values that are in keeping with the culture of our country, an ethical framework and a strong character; to give them access to good education, training and skill development, and prepare them for a life of self-reliance, financial independence and social integration.
Our Vision: Our vision is to provide hope where there is not much to hope for and even less to dream about, by: Our Strategy: Typically about eight to ten children are grouped into a house-unit with a caring and loving mother in charge. Children lead a family life in the Children’s Village as close as possible to a regular family. They go to school, do their home work, and play together as brothers and sisters. They grow and learn together, sharing responsibilities, and the joys and sorrows of daily life. They are given all possible good academic education and after that, higher education or any other vocational training according to their talent and choice. Some may continue their academic studies to higher levels and some may turn to other vocational careers of their choice and settle down in life. Our Future Plans: Currently, we have two building, one of which we use to accommodate the children in groups, and
bringing a mother’s love to the children who are deprived of a normal home, ensuring that such children have a secure future, equipped with education and skills. helping them develop the character they need to lead an empowered and socially responsible life.
Our Mission: Millions of children are orphaned, losing their parents to communal riots, natural calamities or disease including AIDS. Millions of others are forced to live without their biological families due to parental separation, domestic violence and neglect. The Children’s Village provides such children with a permanent new family, headed by a woman who willingly and lovingly plays a mother’s role in the wholesome development of abandoned children. Children’s Village is not an orphanage in the conventional sense, but a home, based on family values. Such children need to be supported and protected from emotional trauma, social and psychological isolation, abuse, exploitation and deprivation of basic human rights. Our Objectives:
To provide a long term family based care to the parentless, homeless, abandoned, destitute and
April 2010 January 2011
Becoming honorary teachers and volunteers to work in the centers. Visiting the Children’s Village and interacting with the children on a friendly basis, encouraging them, as well as the good Sisters who act as their mothers. Making contributions in cash or kind - blankets, curtains, clothes, toys, a festive meal - anything to show your love and concern.
the other we use as the school. Since some of the children are growing up into teenagers, we now need to use both the buildings for accommodation. This way we will also be able to expand the number of children we can take in. But we need to build a few classrooms, develop the playground, and also repair an old structure to use it as a store and a visitor’s parlour. Our Achievements: The Children’s Village was started in January 2005 as already mentioned. At present, there are 40 children between the age group of 4-14. All these children are originally from Mother Teresa’s ‘Shishu Bhawan’. Since the Children’s Village has already, in a sense, ‘adopted’ the children, and they become part of a family, they are not given for further adoption, but continue to grow up in their family units along with their adopted brothers and sisters. Children of the age 4 and above are admitted in St. Michael’s School situated in the same compound and the bigger children are sent to St. Michael’s Sr. Secondary School, Gurgaon for further studies. A mini bus is available for the children’s transportation. As with all children, the children at the Children’s Village too are vulnerable to sicknesses. A weekly medical visit by a doctor is arranged. When a child is sick, the doctor visits more frequently. In cases of emergencies, the children are taken to the Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi. What you can do to help: The Children’s Village operates with the belief that the future of our children, especially the orphaned, abandoned and destitute ones, is the responsibility of each one of us. We need your help to provide the less fortunate children with a mother, brothers and sisters, as well as a family home. With your support we can give these children love, security, and an opportunity to shape their own future. Children cannot wait until tomorrow; they need our help today. You can offer these less fortunate children effective help through several ways, including:
Offering long-term help through a sponsorship and financial support.
You can send a cheque in favour of ‘Archbishop Alan De Lastic Children’s Village’ at the following addresses:
Fr. James Peter Raj, Archbishop Alan De Lastic Memorial Children’s Vilage, Bhondsi, Badshahpur, District Gurgaon, Haryana. (Contact Nos. 9818841034, 0124-2265162), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
:First Death Anniversary: Raphael Anthony
31-12-1928 to 16-01-2010
My soul finds rest in God alone, My salvation comes from Him.- Psalms 62:1
We love you and deeply miss you. You are always with us in our heart and prayers.
Anthony & D’Souza family
Alaknanda Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Moben Michael Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jesuraj
Jasmine Kurian, President KCYA
Newspaper drive by Alaknanda Youth
ive the GIFT OF HOPE this Christmas…!!!. One of our greatest gifts from God is the Gift of Hope, for, with it all things are possible. On 17 October & 7 November 2010, the youth of the Holy Spirit Church, Alaknanda organized a newspaper drive, the aim of which was to bring hope to the under-privileged children through an outreach, reflecting our compassion for the people in need. The youth through house visits within the parish community collected old newspapers, magazines, books and other such articles with the purpose of generating funds for the outreach. At this special time of the year, KCYA (Kalkaji Catholic Youth Association), with this small endeavour hopes to bring joy and happiness in the lives of those in need.
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Deepak Soreng
Pratima Treza Lakra
St. John the Baptist
Children’s Day celebration
ovember 14, 2010 marked a special day for the children all over India, so too for the Aya Nagar parish. The Eucharistic celebration began with applying ‘tilak’ on our Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Deepak Soreng. The fresh faces with nervous hearts read their very first liturgical reading. Amongst all this, a vibrant choir filled the atmosphere with heavenly music by the young ones. Instead of homily, the children enacted a skit from the Gospel of St. Luke 18:16- “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to them”. Fr Deepak wished the children and encouraged them to participate actively in the church and thanked them for their wonderful performance. The day was truly captivating for the young ones along with the parents and rest of the parishioners. May such moments enrich the talents of the young ones.
April 2010 January 2011
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Aires Furtado Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Mathias Tigga
SCC Training Programme
Mrs. Ramona Gomes (SCC Core Team Member)
SCC Training programme on the promotion of Small Christian Communities was organized for the parishioners of St. Mathew’s Church, Laxminagar on December 5, 2010 by the Commission for Small Christian Communities. Fr. Peter Emmanuel, the Diocesan Coordinator offered the Holy Mass. During the homily he spoke about the need for having SCCs in the neighbourhood as well for building our community and family through it. After the Mass, all the SCC animators along with Fr. Mathias Tigga, the Assistant Parish Priest had a meeting with Fr. Peter Emmanuel to review the present situation of SCC in the parish. There were 4 animators who said that in their regular interaction with the people, some expressed that the people of the neighbourhood need motivation to come together. As a whole, the meeting was very fruitful and the members decided to have a training programme for all the animators in the month of February 2011. There were 20 participants at the programme. Mayur Vihar-III Parish Priest: Rev.Fr Wilfred D’Souza Mother of Perpetual Succour
Congratulations to Winners of ‘Milan 2010’
Steev Sebastian, Youth President
ur Parish Youth, “YUJUS” participated in the MILAN Youth Festival organised by Yuvodaya on 5 December, 2010 at the Convent of Jesus & Mary, Gole Dak Khana, New Delhi. We won the First Prize in Poster Making, both First & Second Prize in Collage Making, Second Prize in Creative Writing & Third Prize in Group effort in Ad-Mad. YUJUS successfully managed to win the Overall Rolling Trophy in Group ‘B’. It is a matter of great pride for us and our parish. We were all congratulated and honoured by our Parish Priest in the presence of the parish community.
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of Graces, Sardana
he faithful of the Mother of Perpetual Succour Church, Mayur Vihar Phase-III went to Sardana on Sunday, the 7th of November, 2010. Two buses carrying the pilgrims who were reciting Rosary on the way reached Sardana at 10.30 a.m. Fr. Wilfred D’Souza, our Parish Priest celebrated the Holy Mass at the Shrine at 11.30 a.m. After the Mass, the parishioners shared the fellowship meal prepared by them. After spending some time shopping etc. at 3.00 p.m. the pilgrims went around the Shrine saying Rosary and concluded the devotion with a prayer. We departed for Delhi at 4.30 p.m. The pilgrimage brought togetherness among the faithful and helped to build a communion of communities in the Parish.
Mohammadpur (R.K. Puram)
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Vakkachan Kumpail
St. Peter’s, Syro Malabar
First Holy Communion and Confirmation
he Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Confirmation for the year 2010 at the Syro Malabar Catholic Parish of St. Peter’s R.K. Puram was held on 14 Nov. 2010. There were 2 children for First Holy Communion with Confirmation and 2 candidates for Confirmation. The Sacraments were conferred upon by the Parish Priest, Fr. Vakkachan Kumpail during the Holy Eucharist concelebrated with Fr. Pious Malayankandath (Prof. Jawahar Lal Nehru University). The Parish Priest thanked Bro. Raju S.J. and others for his services in preparing the candidates for the Holy Sacraments. In the Syro Malabar Catholic Rite, the Sacrament of Confirmation can be conferred upon by the Priests themselves, unlike in the Latin Rite where Confirmation can be conferred upon only by the Bishop, except in unavoidable circumstances, when the Bishop can give a dispensation to any priest to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation. St. John Mary Vianney
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Vincent Crasta
Mrs. Ramona Gomes
Small Christian Community Training Programme
Training Programme on the promotion of Small Christian Communities was organized for the parishioners St. John Mary Vianney Church, Narela on November 28, 2010 by the Commission for Small Christian Communities. Fr. Peter Emmanuel, the Diocesan Coordinator offered the Holy Mass. During the homily he spoke about the missionary aspect of community building and the need to come together in neighbourhood. After the Mass, animators and those who wanted to join the training session remained. The sessions were conducted by the SCC team and they used multi media to make the session more effective and interactive. Animators expressed that catechism teachers use the medium of SCC for faith formation and it has positive impact on the life of children. There were 20 participants at the programme. Rev. Fr. Vincent Crasta and the Regent were also present. They decided to have one more training session with more members. Okhla Vihar Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Kuruvilla Marottickal Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Denny Kattayil
Our Lady of Fatima, Syro Malabar
Youth Retreat at Okhla Syro Malabar Parish
ith a view to create renewal among the youth in the midst of the busy city life of Delhi, to find recourse to the various trials, tribulations and anxieties of everyday life, to give a new spiritual direction to youngsters, and to spend a day with our Lord Jesus Christ, a Youth Retreat was organised by the Delhi Syro Malabar Youth Movement at Okhla Vihar Syro Malabar Parish on Nov. 14, 2010 from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. The retreat preacher was Fr. Joby Kachappilly from the Divine Retreat Centre, Faridabad. A large number of youth participated in the retreat and obtained enlightenment and guidance in their lives.
April 2010 January 2011
Okhla-Masihgarh Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Ayres Fernandes Shrine of our Lady of Health Asst. Parish Priests: Rev. Julian Kullu, Rev. Fr. Shyju Xavier Koloth
South East Deanery parishes celebrate the feast of Christ the King at Okhla
“We too should imitate ‘CHRIST OUR KING’ in our lives. Love, peace and forgiveness are the power and strength by which we are to found our lives on” - Fr. Lancy Paul
he South East Deanery parishes of the Church of the Transfiguration, East of Kailash, Our Lady of Fatima Syro Malabar, Okhla Vihar and Kristu Jyoti Church, Badarpur were gathered at Don Bosco Technical Institute grounds, Okhla to celebrate the solemnity of ‘Christ the King’ on November 21, 2010. The altar was well-decorated with flowers and to add to its look was a lovely banner proclaiming ‘Christ the King, Have Mercy on Us’! Fr. (Dr.) Ayres Fernandes, the Dean and the Parish Priest of the Shrine of Our Lady of Health, Okhla along with a number of concelebrants, presided over the solemn Eucharist. The readings were proclaimed beautifully by the trained lectors of the Okhla parish. The Word invited us to reflect on the kind of King, Christ is, and what it means to us to truly say that we belong to his kingdom. Fr. Lancy Paul, the Parish Priest of Badarpur preached a meaningful homily on the occasion and reminded us that we too should imitate ‘Christ our King’ in our lives. The homily recalled to mind that love, peace and forgiveness are the power and strength by which we are to found our lives on. Appropriate hymns were sung by the Don Bosco choir led by Br. Kuldeep. Nearly every hymn selected had depth and reference to the Kingship of Christ, and since the tunes were simple and easy, there was greater participation from the over three thousand crowd that had assembled. Towards the end of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was solemnly exposed on the altar before being carried in a procession by Rev. Fr. Kuruvila Marottickal, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Syro Malabar Church, Okhla Vihar. All the faithful walked prayerfully singing hymns of praise, reciting the rosary and carrying banners through the streets of Sukhdev Vihar, giving the message that Christ the King is a merciful and forgiving God. Flower girls adored the Blessed Sacrament along the way sprinkling colourful petals. The procession terminated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Health with a prayer of consecration to Christ the King and Benediction. Before the final dismissal, the Dean expressed his joy and gratitude to all the parishioners of the parishes in the deanery for their varied support and co-operation in preparing and carrying out the celebration with devotion and faith at a very short notice. He thanked the members of the Catholic Association and the Parish Council for their zeal and efforts in making this celebration a wonderful experience. Having experienced a more participatory meaningful celebration of togetherness and faith, many Priests, Religious and people suggested that it would enhance the deanery strength if the feast of Christ the King could be celebrated at least every alternate year at the deanery level.
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Claude D’Souza Asst Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Joseph Elamthuruthy
Pilgrimage to Sardhana
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“Leave out sinful life, repent and lead a true meaningful Christian life” – Fr. Ayres Fernandes
Holy Mass in the Sardana Church
Fellowship meal on the lawns of the Church
bout 60 faithful of the Paharganj parish proceeded on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Graces, Sardana on Sunday, 5 December 2010. The faithful most of whom were members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Mahila Sangh recited rosary and hymns, keeping a prayerful atmosphere. On reaching Sardana, we participated in the Holy Mass concelebrated by Fr. Ayres Fernandes along with Fr. Joseph Elamthuruthy and Fr. Shaiju Xavier. Fr. Aires in his homily exhorted the faithful to leave out sinful life, and repent and lead a true meaningful Christian life. After the Mass and prayers at the Shrine, we had fellowship meal on the lawns. We departed Sardana in the evening after shopping for religious articles. The pilgrimage gave us a feeling of togetherness and brought out solidarity and fellowship among the parishioners. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr . Philip Parmar Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. S. Jayaseelan St John’s
Seminar for Sunday School Teachers of South West Deanery
seminar for Sunday School Teachers of the South West Deanery was conducted at St. John’s Church, Palam on Nov. 27, 2010. It commenced at 10 am with a melodious and inspirational hymn led by Sr. Rita. Rev. Fr. Paul Roy, the Director of Catechetical Commission, was given a warm welcome by Fr. S. Jeyaseelan. In the first session, Fr. Paul Roy taught them about the important role of the Sunday School Teachers in the faith formation of children. In the second session, he dealt with important theological terms that are frequently used in the catechetic classes and in the liturgy. And in the third session, he told them not to be too judgmental in their approach towards children. All the participants were very happy that the sessions were extremely informative and useful. There were about 15 Sunday School Teachers from Palam, Kapashera and Dwarka taking part in the seminar. Miss Sheetal thanked Rev. Fr. Paul Roy, the Director of Catechetical Commission, Rev. Fr. Philip Parmar, the Parish Priest and all the participants. The seminar came to an end at 2 pm with delicious lunch organized by the Palam parish, which hosted the seminar.
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Advent Recollection at Pitampura
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Santosh Vazhappally
ecollection and confessions ending up with Holy Mass and agape was the order of the day for the Divine Mercy Church at Pitampura on Dec. 12, 2010. The preacher, Fr. George Stephen S.J. from Andhra Pradesh urged the faithful to straighten their hearts and take out all egotism from there. When Fr. Santosh, our Parish Priest likened him to John the Baptist, he humbly accepted the compliment and said “please don’t behead me now”. The preacher complimented the parishioners of Pitampura for their rapt attention during the talk and for no one leaving the church before the final hymn after Mass was over. ‘This is one of the best parishes I have seen’, said Fr. George Stephen.
Advent Recollection and Reconciliation at Pitampura
(another report) “Our one hand is for us and the other hand is for others” – Fr. George Stephen S.J.
day of recollection and reconciliation was organized by the parish council under the charismatic leadership of Fr. Santosh, our Parish Priest on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Rev. Fr. George Stephen S.J, Registrar, Vidya Jyoti (Jesuit Theologate) who is also a Maths Professor and author as well as a reputed retreat preacher, conducted the recollection from 9 am to 11 am followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Confessions were heard in Hindi, English, Tamil and Malayalam. The faithful were empowered by realization of several dimensions of the purpose of Christian life and living namely: “self-centered spirituality should grow and transform into others-centered spirituality; Christians have to be fruitful to others; Christians have to give life in abundance to others as Jesus came to give life in abundance to all people; our one hand is for us and the other hand is for others; the mission of Christian life and living is to go about doing good for others as Jesus went about doing good; the Christian has to realize that what evil one has failed to avoid is a sin of commission and what good one has failed to do is a sin of omission; As Christians we have to live the trinitarian spirituality engulfed by God, self and other people”. The day of Recollection and Reconciliation concluded with a modest lunch of delicious basmati rice pulao, nutritious rajma curry, tongue tickling raita and pickles organized by the Parish Council.
Parish Catholic Association takes the oath
unday, November 28, 2010 was a special day for the members of the Catholic Association of the parish. Immediately before the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist, after the Holy Communion, Fr. Santosh invited the members of the newly elected Executive Committee of the Parish Catholic Association to take the oath and make the promise of service to the church and the society. All the 15 members of the Executive Committee including 5 office bearers solemnly promised before God and in the presence of the celebrant of the Holy Eucharist that they would carry out with the greatest care and fidelity the duties incumbent on them towards both the Universal Church and the particular church in which according to the provisions of the Code of Canon Law and the approved statutes of the Catholic Association, they have been called upon to render their service in the parish as responsible members of the parish community in the Archdiocese of Delhi. The newly elected Executive Committee, after the conclusion of the Holy Mass, had their first meeting and finalized some action programs in the service of the Prison Ministry of the Archdiocese and to promote inter-faith fellowship at parish level to spread love, peace and communal harmony and to disseminate basic human values preached by different faiths to the youth community in general and to the student community in particular.
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Santosh Vazhapally
Church of Divine Mercy
Catholic Association Committee Members take oath
n a simple, but solemn way, the newly elected committee members of the Catholic Association of Pitampura parish took the oath of commitment at the altar led by their President, Prof. Santiago. It was a varied group of young and old, men and women who came forward to serve the church as members of the Catholic Association. While it is an association unknown to many parishes in Delhi, Fr. Santosh, the Parish Priest praised the laudable work done by the association in his parish. It may be noted that the same committee was again elected for another term. St. Mark’s
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Julius Caesar Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. P.J. Mathew
Archit William (an Altar Server)
Archdiocesan Altar Servers Conference at Punjabi Bagh
ltar servers are the helpers of the Lord at the altar. The altar servers discharge a very important function during the Eucharistic celebration as they help the celebrants and the congregation. They are privileged to be at the altar. The Patron Saint of Altar Servers is St. John Berchmans, eldest son of a shoemaker. John was born at Deist, Belgium in 1599. He wanted to be a priest, and at the age of thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John Froymont. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies, and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13, 1621 at the age of 22. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death. Berchmans was canonized in 1888. He is the patron of altar servers. His feast day is November 26. This year his feast was celebrated with great joy in our parish. A conference of Altar Servers from various parishes of the Archdiocese was held on 28 Nov. 2010 in our parish. The meet was concluded with a concelebrated Holy Mass presided over by His Grace Most Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi along with several Priests. It was indeed an unforgettable sight to see a multitude of Altar Servers in their red and white dress.
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Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Julius Caesar Asst. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. P.J. Mathew
Bethlehem Bells at Punjabi Bagh
s Christmas was right around the corner, St. Mark’s Youth Association organized an Intra-Parish Carol Singing Competition which is a regular annual custom in our parish for a long time. It was held on the 11 December 2010. After the Holy Mass in the evening, we all settled down for the competition. The host of the event was Nikita. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp. The judges of the event were Br. Praveen IMS, Br. Charles from Chennai Archdiocese, Sr. Leeba and Sr. Jeena. Groups from the different wards of the parish participated in the competition and all of them sang melodiously. Eva, our tiny super singer, Br. Praveen and the parish youth group also sang a few carols to keep the event lively. The first prize was won by Yuvati Seva Sadan, the second prize by Tagore Garden Group and the third prize by English Catechism children.
Punjabi Bagh Youth in ‘Milan – 2010’
Dolly Manish Mathews
ilan’ is the most awaited event of the year for every youth member of St. Mark’s Youth Association (SMYA), Punjabi Bagh. This time the theme was ‘Go Green, God’s Way’. The event was held in the school auditorium of the Convent of Jesus& Mary on Dec. 5, 2010. Parishes from different parts of the Delhi Archdiocese took part in the competition. It began with ice- breaking sessions which helped us to meet new people and make new friends. There were six competitions:– Group Singing, Ad Mad, Choreography, Creative writing, Collage & Poster making. We participated in all the events. We had been preparing for almost two and half months and it resulted in our winning the First prize in Ad-Mad (directed by Manish Mathews), First prize in Choreography (choreographed by Jui Gomes), First prize in Creative writing (Joycelin Jose) & Third prize in Poster making (Tanya Rachel Pinto). We got a lot of support from our parishioners especially from Mrs. Shiela Gomes (Jui’s Mom) who treated us with tasty lunch and dinner for almost two and a half months. We thank Jui Gomes who without bothering about her slip disc choreographed the whole sequence and made us win it again. We also thank our Parish Fathers and parishioners who definitely prayed for us. Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. George Palackaparambil SAC Mary Queen of Apostles Asst. Parish Priest :Rev. Fr. Rajesh Cherian Ummikuzhiyil
Pastoral visit of Bishop Franco Mulakkal
unday, November 21, 2010 was a day of great joy and blessing for all the parishioners at Sangam Vihar. His Excellency Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, our Auxiliary Bishop made his pastoral visit to the parish on that day. Bishop Franco was welcomed with traditional adivasi dance. During the Eucharistic celebration His Excellency enlightened the people with the thoughts of Jesus Christ as the King of the Universe. The Holy Mass was followed by Eucharistic procession which was also led by the Bishop. It was followed by praying over the sick during which the people really felt the healing touch of God Almighty. The common meeting that followed saw presentation of the reports of the parish and its different associations. The Bishop was very kind to make a visit to one of the SCC units of the parish. The visit to the SCC unit too was a real experience of the Shepherd visiting the flock in the place where they live. The people of the unit really experienced the Lord and were touched by his visit. We, the parishioners thank Bishop Franco Mulakkal from our hearts for spending the whole day with us and for his inspiration and guidance.
Fr. George Palackaparambil SAC
Tagore Garden (Punjabi Bagh)
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Benny Kulangara V C
Nirmal Hriday, Syro Malabar
Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Bl. Virgin Mary
he feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was celebrated in the Syro Malabar Catholic parish of Nirmal Hriday, Tagore Garden from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, 2010. On all days of the feast, the faithful participated in the Holy Eucharist celebrated by different priests. On the final feast day of Dec. 5, 2010, the celebrations were flagged off with flag hoisting by Rev. Fr. Joseph Kavalakkatt, Director of Prison Ministry, followed by Holy Mass. The main celebrant was Rev. Fr. Sabu Adimakkiyil V. C. The festal message was delivered by Rev. Fr. Jose Akkattukudilil MST. There was ladeeng, procession, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and fellowship meal. (Photo: courtesy - Mr. Johnny Joseph) Vasant Kunj Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Arul Anthony Asst Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jardis Nazareth St. Alphonsa’s
Vasant Kunj Parish Newsreel
n Sunday, 14 November 2010, Childrens’ Day was celebrated at St. Alphonsa’s Church, Vasant Kunj with a special Holy Mass. The celebration was made even more interesting with the full involvement of the children of the Parish. A procession of the younger children, all dressed in white, some wearing wings like angels led the Priest to the altar followed by the young Altar Servers. The fifteen-piece choir and the organist, all children from the parish accompanied the Service, singing well chosen hymns in melodious and delightful harmony. The celebration concluded with hot coffee and snacks served after the Mass. On 28 November 2010, 40 Altar Servers of the parish, all between the ages of 8 and 14, attended the Diocesan Altar Servers Gathering at Punjabi Bagh. Vasant Kunj Parish had the biggest representation of Altar Servers at the gathering. On 5 December 2010, the Parish Youth Group held a meeting to chalk out plans for the future activities for the Church. On 6 December 2010, St. Vincent de Paul (SVD) Conference of St. Alphonsa’s established a Study Centre for school students in Chattarpur. This centre, initially providing service to the children belonging to the adivasi community staying in Chattarpur village, has been setup as a co-operative venture between the St. Vincent de Paul Conference and the parents of the children attending the study centre. The parents have made arrangements with a local landlord to make use of a portion of his premises, while the SVD has pitched in with expenses for the teacher and other infrastructure facilities. Addressing the community at Chattarpur at the inauguration, Fr. Arul Anthony, the Parish Priest and the prime mover behind this initiative advised the students to make use of the facility, and emphasized that without the parents’ active participation, the venture would not be successful.
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News From Schools
Principal: Rev. Sr. Reena
St. Michael’s Primary
Sports Day celebrated by St. Michael’s, Badshahpur
e celebrated our school’s Annual Sports Day on 26th of November 2010. The Chief Guest on the occasion was His Excellency Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi. Bishop Franco unfurled the flag and declared the sports meet open. The function began with the march past of all the participating students in their smart white dresses. The Chief Guest, as well as Fr. James (our Manager) and Sr. Reena, (our Principa)l school took the salute. It was a grand sight to see the athletes march with measured footsteps and the swinging of the arms. Then the race began. We had plenty of events on that day. Principal: Rev. Fr. Alphonse Arokiam
Ms. Poonam Sharma
St. Michael’s Sr. Sec. School
Annual Sports Day celebrated
“Sports are an integral part of the academic curriculum, which, amongst other things, greatly contribute to the holistic development of the children, who shall be our future representatives” – Bishop Franco Mulakkal
t. Michael’s Sr. Sec. School, Gurgaon celebrated its Annual Sports Day on 27 November, 2010. Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Auxiliary Bishop and Chairman of Schools of the Delhi Archdiocese graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Mr. Ram Kumar Phalswal, Deputy District Education Officer presided over the function as the Guest of Honour. The contingents of different houses marched forward displaying the rhythm and coordination inherent in sports. The display by the band group was so enchanting that it left everyone spell-bound. The meet was then declared open and doves released to symbolize the peaceful yet free spirit of sports. There was an amalgamation of athletic events with cultural programme. The theme “Choose Life” was showcased through a series of scintillating performances by the students. The Guest of Honour, Mr. Ram Kumar Phalswal, too, was so enamoured by the flawless presentation of the theme “Choose Life” that he invited the school to participate in the district level functions.
Principal: Rev. Fr. Melroy Almeida
St. Francis De Sales
First Residential Retreat at St. Francis De Sales Sr. Sec. School, Janakpuri
Jeena Susan Jose (Teacher)
“You shall know the truth; and the truth shall set you free.” John 8:32
t. Francis De Sales Sr. Sec. School organized a residential retreat for all their Christian students of classes 8-12 from November 3-5, 2010. About 180 students participated in it. The retreat began with a short inauguration ceremony at which the Principal, Rev. Fr. Melroy Almeida expressed his joy as he welcomed all the students of the school gathered together for something special; to experience the significant presence of the Lord in their lives. This was followed by a spirit-filled praise & worship session making the youngsters dance and sing unto the Lord. Mr. Mathew Antony from the Commission of Evangelization of the Delhi Archdiocese inspired the children by sharing about God’s love and led them into an anointed time of adoration. The 2nd day started with a lively praise & worship session. A session on sin and repentance was taken by Ms. Bernadette Morris. Kenneth D’Cruz of class XII shared his experience of confession. A session on how to handle relationships with the complementary sex in a healthy manner and to respect one’s sexuality as God’s gift was given by Mr. C.A George and Mrs. Rose George from the Family Apostolate of the Delhi Archdiocese. Some of the teachers of the school, Ms. Sneha Thompson, Mr. Lijo John and Ms. Jeena Susan Jose shared the testimony of their own life transforming encounters with Jesus which were appreciated by the participants. The last day saw many students more enthusiastic and dancing for the Lord while raising their voices to declare praises by singing gospel songs. Jhajjar (Haryana) Principal: Fr. Jacob Karamakuzhiyil St Francis de Sales
Annual Parents Day celebration 2010 of SFS School, Jhajjar
“Inculcate the quality of honesty in the students so that all forms of corruption can be eradicated from society for the betterment of our country” – Very Rev. Fr. Victor D’Souza, Vicar General. t. Francis de Sales School, Jhajjar celebrated its first Annual Parents Day on Dec. 5, 2010 at 5.15 pm. Very Rev. Fr. Victor D’Souza, the Honorable Vicar General of Delhi Catholic Archdiocese was the chief guest and Mrs. M. D. Yadav, Director of Elementary Education, Jhajjar District the guest of honor. The cultural extravaganza that followed highlighted the glimpses of life’s celebrations in different parts of India through the indigenous bhangra dance which symbolized the flourishing harvest festival of Punjab, the full throated music and rhythmic dance of Rajasthan, the Haryanvi dance depicting the life of the people from the land of lush green landscape which got a thunderous applause from the audience, and a dance and music representing thirteen Indian States which reminded everyone of the variety of languages, folklore, music and dance and food habits of our great country. The climax was the finale, the amalgamation, the admixture, the federation and the coalition of color and beauty performed by 250 students invoking patriotic feelings with the National Flag fluttering all over highlighting the back drop banner ‘We love our country, we love our parents’. Rev Fr. Victor D’Souza in his speech said that it is unbelievable, considering the quality and presentation of this program that this school is only six months old. He recalled his previous visit to the site and said “ Look at what happened to this wheat field in a short span of time.” Referring to the school, he said “JUNGLE ME MANGAL”.
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Principal: Rev. Fr. Sabu Joseph
Rosary Sr. Sec. School
Christmas Mass at Rosary
“The birth of Christ was the greatest event in the history of mankind as it divided history into two ages, AD and BC.” – Fr. Santosh Vazhapally r. Santosh Vazhapally, the Parish Priest of Pitampura was invited to say Holy Mass for the Catholic children of Rosary School a week before Christmas. The church was full with students and teachers and the school choir was in attendance. Flanked by the Principal, Fr. Sabu Joseph and the Parish Priest of Rosary Church, Fr. Eugene Kujur, Fr. Santosh began the Mass with a brief introduction. In his homily he proclaimed that the birth of Christ was the greatest event in the history of mankind as it divided history into two ages, AD and BC. Fr. Sabu who was born in the week of Christmas, on 20th of Dec. was also felicitated by Fr. Santosh. Expounding the alphabets of his name, ‘Sabu’ he said that S stands for star, A for abundance as one can see the improvements in the school after he took over, B for benevolence as the Principal is also a Father to all in the school and U for understanding, very desirable in every principal.
Rosary School stages successful IXth Archbishop Joseph Fernandes Memorial Basket Ball Tournament - and the Winner is St. Michael’s, Pusa Road !-
he ‘IX th Archbishop Joseph Fernandes Memorial Tournament’ was held at Rosary Sr. Sec. School between Nov. 15 and 19, 2010. Sub-junior boys teams of 12 leading schools of Delhi took part. It was inaugurated amidst loud cheers by Dr. Mrs. Sudarshan Pathak, Director of Sports, Delhi University. The programme was organized by the concerted efforts of the Physical Education Teachers of the school under the leadership of Mrs. Sunita Chopra. The final match was played on November, 19, 2010 between the enthusiastic teams of St. Michael’s Pusa Road and Montfort School, Ashok Vihar. Both the teams were serious competitors on the courts. The team of St. Michael’s School won the tournament. The entire school witnessed the finals. Abhishek Kumar, Captain of St. Michael’s School was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1500 for scoring maximum baskets. The Team from Sanskriti School was adjudged the most disciplined team of the tournament. The Chief Guest on the occasion was the young and vibrant Mr. Vikrant Gupta, Sports Editor, T.V. Today Network (Aajtak). The Guest of Honour was Mr. Shailender Sharma, Video Editor TV Today Network Limited. The Chief Guest in his very short and apt message motivated the children to give equal importance to sports in their lives in order to get the feel of loss and gain. Rev. Fr. Sabu Joseph, the Principal in his address congratulated the players, coaches and the Principals of all the participating schools. The teachers on duty along with Rev. Fr. Denny, Headmistresses, Sr.Virginia, Sr Sudha, the Cabinet members and the co-workers were also recognized for their contribution towards the success of the event.
Recognition Day at Rosary School
Principal: Rev. Fr. Sabu Joseph
Rosary Sr. Sec.
“The four pillars on which one can build the platform to reach the zenith of success are Dedication, Devotion, Discipline and Determination”- Dr. Ashish Srivastava erald C. Eakedale wisely said ‘Recognition is the greatest motivation’. To recognize the talents and abilities of the young Rosarians, the school organized ` Recognition Day’ on Nov. 20, 2010. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Dr. Ashish Srivastava, a noted Neurosurgeon and the President of ROSA (Rosary Old Student Association). The Prizes and Scholarship Committe under the leadership of Ms. Prakash Manuja, the Academic Coordinators, Mr. Raju John & Mrs. Meenakshi Mehra and the School Cabinet worked hand-inhand to stage the event successfully. The auditorium was jam packed as more than 300 parents witnessed the felicitation of their wards in sports, scholastic and co-scholastic activities. The day was very special for all the young achievers - the allrounders, toppers of all the classes including XII th and X th board exam, sports persons and best speakers as they all received recognition from the school in the form of mementoes, certificates and cash prizes. The highlight of the day was the presence of the retired teachers, Mrs. P.F Mathews, Mrs. Reehal, Mrs. Laj Khurana and Mr. Lalit Suryavanshi who had expressed their generosity by instituting various scholarships for promoting academic excellence in the school. The Principal, Fr. Sabu Joseph was congratulated for having been conferred upon the ‘Best Principal Award’ on Teachers Day in 2010. Fr. Sabu Joseph congratulated all the young achievers and their parents. He suggested to the students not to worry if they were not recognized, but they must strive to be worthy of recognition. He advised them to be active, energetic, enthusiastic and faithful to accomplish their objectives. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. In the end he thanked the retired teachers for their initiative to start the scholarships. He thanked each one associated with the programme. Mayur Vihar Phase-III Principal: Rev. Sr. M. Joseline CJ St. Mary’s Sr. Sec
Blessing of Grotto
Mrs. Mini Massey
t. Mary’s School filled its vacuum by erecting a simple grotto of Mother Mary under whose mantle her children grow up. Now the beautiful statue of Mother Mary welcomes everyone who enters the school with her warmth of grace. She stands at the centre of the garden turned into a lawn under a blue umbrella. October 20, 2010 was that auspicious day on which the Chairman of DCA schools and the Auxiliary Bishop His Excellency Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal blessed the grotto in the presence of the Staff and Managing Committee members. Our Lady was decked up for the occasion by our art teacher, Mrs. Sarita Singh with her artistic touch. Today, we receive her blessings as we come to the school, and we experience her motherly intercession at every moment.
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Mayur Vihar Phase-III
Principal: Rev. Sr. M. Joseline CJ
Vandana Singh & Aradhana Chaudhary
St. Mary’s Sr. Sec.
St. Marians celebrate Parents Day
t. Mary’s Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar Phase III, organized the annual ‘Parents Day’ celebrations on November 16, 2010 presented by Class II and III. The Manager of the School, Rev. Fr. Francis Swaminathan along with Rev. Fr. Nelson D’Silva graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. It was indeed a captivating journey to a fairy land. The programme commenced with the lighting of the lamp followed by a prayer dance and welcome song. The children mesmerized the audience by taking them into their dream world through the fairy tale “The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. The message of environmental awareness was aptly demonstrated through a play “Paryavaran Ki Aur” followed by a dance performance, “Happy Boys and Happy Girls”. The Head Mistress Rev. Sr. Seema, the guiding beacon behind various events, played a pivotal role in the remarkable success of the function. The Guest of Honour, Rev. Fr. Nelson D’Silva appreciated the enthralling performance of young children and exhorted the teachers and parents on the importance of value based society in which students shape themselves to be responsible citizens. One of the parents expressed the delight and satisfaction of all the parents in the progress and development of their wards. The performance was well appreciated by the Principal, Rev. Sr. Joseline, who emphasized the need for holistic development of the students and thanked both the teachers and parents for their whole-hearted support. The day was truly ‘a fabulous fairy tale’ of story, song, colour and dance delighting and mesmerising the audience.
‘SONSHINE’ Retreat at St. Mary’s, Mayur Vihar
Annette & Stefy
t. Mary’s School, Mayur Vihar, Phase-III organized a retreat for the senior Catholic students from October 4 - 6, 2010. There were 153 participants in all to experience Jesus as their Lord and Master. This spiritual exercise was conducted by members of the ‘Jesus Youth’- “SONSHINE”. The retreat culminated with Holy Mass offered by His Excellency Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi.
Mayur Vihar Phase-III
Principal: Rev. Sr. M. Joseline CJ
Mrs. Sumedha Ailawadi
St. Mary’s Sr. Sec.
Crystal Jubilee celebrations
“We should have faith in God, as it is He who directs us and helps us to be of service to our own brothers and sisters”- Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao
t. Mary’s School, Mayur Vihar-III, celebrated its Crystal Jubilee on 8 December 2010 with great enthusiasm. The Archbishop of Delhi, His Grace Most Rev. Vincent M Concenssao graced the occasion by his presence. The other guests of honour included the Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Provincial Superior, Sr. Mariella CJ, former Managers of the school, Fathers, Sisters and the Principals of neighbouring schools. The guests were welcomed and felicitated by the Principal, Rev. Sr. Joseline C.J. She thanked everyone for the role they played in raising the school to such great heights. Speaking on the occasion, His Grace, Most Rev. Vincent M Concenssao congratulated the school for celebrating its crystal jubilee. The Archbishop also said that we should have faith in God as it is He who directs us and helps us to be of service to our own brothers and sisters. A beautiful power point presentation was put up. It displayed the long journey that our school has made in these 15 years, the people who were behind it and the landmarks it has achieved. The school today stands as an institution known for the good education it imparts to its students and also for the values it teaches them to prepare for life. The beautiful infrastructure of the school is replete with a Science Park, the Smart Classes etc. Earlier in the day, a prayer assembly was conducted by the young Marians on the life of Mother Mary, the patroness of our school. The students were given the message to tread the path of righteousness and faith. The school management also brought much joy to the Marians by announcing two scholarships for the students.
Inauguration of Science Park at St. Mary’s, Mayur Vihar
Santhosh Sebastian - (Science Dept.)
ctober 19, 2010 was truly an eventful day with the inauguration of the newly built Science Park at the school by Rev. Fr. Francis Swaminathan, the Manager of the school. The park is put up to foster scientific temper in the students. What we hear may be forgotten, what we see may last for a while but what we do will remain for a long time. So, here we are with a Science Park, and with our hand on experiments. We dedicated a week to science, where various activities and competitions related to science took place. The students proved themselves efficient in handling present day technologies through a power point presentation in symposium, quiz etc. The Science Week was concluded with the planting of a sapling .
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Principal: Rev. Fr. Vincent D’Souza
Annual Day & Children’s Day at St. Michael’s School, Pusa Road
t. Michael’s Sr. Sec. School, Pusa Road celebrated its Annual Day as well as Children’s Day on Nov. 14, 2010. The day marked 30 years of commitment and service by St. Michael’s School. The chief guest was Mr. Vineet Joshi, the chairman of CBSE. The guests of honour were His Grace Most Rev. Vincent M.Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi, and the Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal. Other special invitees included Sisters from different schools of the capital. The school presented ‘Michaelites High School Musical’ in which nearly 400 Michaelites came together to give a fabulous performance. The musical was directed by Mr. George Pulinkala and was choreographed by Mr. Chittranjan Nayak. The theme of the show was ‘Being Yourself and Living Your Dreams’. The Principal, Rev. Fr. Vincent D’ Souza addressed the audience and thanked all the participants and all the members who were directly or indirectly involved in organization of the celebrations.
Michaelites visit Shanti Ashram, Burari
Jestin Kuriakos (Class XII)
n Nov. 24, 2010 a few students of “Kripa” the Social Action Club of St. Michael’s Senior Secondary School, Pusa Road made a visit to Shanti Ashram, Burari. Shanti Ashram is a home for dying destitute run by the Archdiocese of Delhi with the purpose of giving a quality life to destitute women at least in the late years of their life. When we reached the ashram, we were welcomed by the smiling faces of the Sisters and inmates. The inmates were all very neatly dressed and the house also looked spick and span. They shared their experiences with us. We were moved to listen to the experience of a destitute woman who lived on the streets with dogs for company for 32 years. But soon the gloom was followed by fun time when we sang and danced with them. Benny Sir who accompanied us played guitar for them. One lady sang old Raj Kapoor movie songs; another one the old Elvis Presley songs with nostalgia. My heart was filled with joy when I saw them smiling. We were able to provide them with a whole lot of necessary items we collected in the school during Diwali time. We left the Ashram with a heavy heart, but with the wisdom of experience on seeing the work of the Christian nuns there. I realised that only an unselfish person can get long lasting happiness in life.
Compiled by Fr. George Abraham and Grace David
Delhi Catholic Archdiocese welcomes His Excellency Most Rev. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Papal Nuncio to India
(Press release by Rev. Fr. Dominic Emmanuel)
“The Catholic Church in Delhi is called to witness Christ’s love by its presence in the national capital region” – Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio
t was a great privilege and a matter of immense pleasure for the Delhi Cath olic Archdiocese to welcome and felicitate the Apostolic Nuncio to India, His Excellency, Most Rev. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, (the representative of Holy See) in the presence of the Catholic community on Nov. 28, 2010 at New Delhi. His Grace Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao, Auxiliary Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Vicar General, Fr. Victor D’Souza, Priests, Nuns and hundreds of faithful participated in the welcome Mass officiated by the Apostolic Nuncio.
During, the holy Eucharistic celebration, the Nuncio stated that the Catholic Church in Delhi is called to witness Christ’s love by its presence in the national capital region. Responding to the statement, Mr. A. C. Michael, Secretary, Diocesan Pastoral Council, said, “the Archdiocese of Delhi has always shouldered the responsibility of speaking and acting not only for the Catholic community in Delhi, but for the whole Christian community in India especially, during challenging times. Under the able leadership of Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao who is also a member of the National Integration Council, the governments at the centre as well in the states have recognized our service to the society at large. For the Catholics in India the Apostolic Nuncio is the representative of the Holy Father. We look forward to receiving His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI with warmer arms as and when the Holy Father would decide to visit India as had late Pope John Paul II done twice in the Sacred Heart Cathedral”. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio was born in Marano (Naples), Italy on 7 September 1952. He was ordained a priest on 18 September, 1976. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1979. He served in the Apostolic Nunciatures of Panama, Ethiopia, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, Yugoslavia and Ireland. On 28 November, 1998, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda. He was ordained Archbishop on January 6, 1999. On 20 November, 2003, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand, Singapore and Cambodia, and Apostolic Delegate in Myanmar, Laos, Malaysia and Brunei. On 8 May, 2010, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to India.
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9th Malankara Catholic Youth Convention in New Delhi
Sijin Mathew (President – MCYM Delhi Sub Region)
alankara Catholic Youth Movement – Extra Territorial Regions in India (MCYM-ETRI) along-with MCYMDelhi Sub Region organized the 9th Malankara Youth Convention 2010 from November 4-7, 2010 at St. Mary’s Public School, Neb Sarai, New Delhi. More than 550 youth members from all over India along with Rev. Fathers, Rev. Sisters, Animators and Laity Members were gathered for the convention. The convention was flagged off in typical Kerala tradition with ‘chendamelam’, ‘thalappoli’ and ‘fireworks’. The inauguration ceremony was blessed by H. E. Most. Rev. Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal who gave the inaugural message. The guest of honuor was Ms. Agatha Sangma, Minister of State for Rural Development, Govt. of India. Followed by the inauguration ceremony, the first session-”Quest for Eternal Life” was conducted by Rev. Dr. Valsan Thambu, Principal, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi. There were several other programmes during the convention. The 9th Malankara Youth Convention 2010 came to an end with the final valedictory session. The closing ceremony was blessed by H.G Most Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi.
Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio and Union Minister, Ms Agatha Sangma
Bishop Jacob Barnabas, Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao and Fr. Daniel Kuzhithadathil
Mr. Cyril John re-elected Chairman Of ICCRS Sub-Committee For Asia-Oceania (ISAO)
ixteen newly elected members of the ICCRS Sub-Committee for Asia-Oceania (ISAO) representing 15 countries came together for the meeting of ISAO in Singapore on Dec. 4 & 5, 2010. During the meeting Mr Cyril John from India was unanimously re-elected Chairman of the ISAO for a second term. Mr. Cyril had initially been chosen Chairman of ISAO in 2006. Other office bearers of ISAO are Mr. Felix Ali Chendra (Indonesia) elected Vice-Chairman; Mr. Gerard Francisco (Singapore) Secretary and Mr. Brendan Woodnutt (New Zealand) Treasurer. The discernment process was led by Mrs. Michelle Moran from UK, who is the President of the ICCRS Council. The term of the Sub-Committee is three years. Other representatives duly chosen by the National Service Teams to serve on the Sub-Committee are from Australia, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the UAE. Mrs. Michelle Moran will also be a Member on the Sub-Committee. ISAO serves the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Asia and Oceania Region as a centre of unity, communication and cooperation in order to fulfill Christ’s desire, that “they may all be one” (Jn 17:21) and to keep Christ’s body without divisions (1 Cor 12: 4-31). The headquarters of ISAO is presently situated in Singapore.
:Sowing the Seed of SCC: Awareness Programme at Delhi Regional Level
Fr. Peter Emmanuel, SCC (Regional Secretary)
week day awareness pro gramme for the Delhi region, which is comprised of the Archdiocese of Delhi, Simila–Chandigrah, Jalandhar and Jammu– Srinagar Dioceses was orgnised by the Commission for Small Christian Communities at the regional level from 15 Nov. to 20 Nov. 2010. Fr. Joe Dias, a member of the National Service Team along with Fr. Peter Emmanuel, the Regional Secretary for SCC conducted the programme. For the Simila-Chandigrah diocese, it was conducted from 15 to 16 Nov. 2010. There were 35 participants, which included His Excellency Bishop Ignatius Mascharenhas, Priests, Religious and the laity of the diocese. On 17 and 18 Nov 2010, the commission conducted the programme for the diocese of Jalandhar and there were 40 participants. On 19 Nov 2010, the programme was for Jammu-Srinagar diocese. It was organized for the catechists of the diocese and there were 35 participants. All the diocesan directors joined the team of their respective dioceses to animate the session.
Family Intercession Retreat
he Family Intercession Retreat organised by the Delhi Charismatic Renewal Services (DCRS) at Yusuf Sadan from 3-5th December 2010 saw a hall full of attendance. It was a phone call organised retreat with no announcement made in parishes. The preachers, Mr. Thankachan, a one time Hindu who became a Catholic after the miraculous cure of his sick child and Mr. Antony were so full of anointment that the listeners were taken into a heavenly experience. At the end of three days, Ms. Jancy an engineer from Vikaspuri witnessed that in her 25 years of life in Delhi, she had not experienced anything like it. Many were the healings witnessed. Even I got courage to drive again after two months of convalescence because it was the retreat that I was going for. Many thanks to the organising team for giving the few of us who attended the retreat such a wonderful spiritual experience. Since the team was so good, I took them even to Ish Bhavana where the Cloisterd Sisters live since they cannot come out to attend such wonderful spiritual experiences. Even there, two healings and anointment of the Spirit were experienced.
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Working Committee Meeting of All India Catholic Union at Kolkata
A. Chinnappan, President, FCAAD & M. S. Stanislaus, Secretary General, FCAAD
he Working Committee meeting of All India Catholic Union was held in Kolkata on Dec. 11, and 12, 2010 under the leadership of Prof. Remy Denis, National President of AICU. Mr. A. Chinnappan, President, FCAAD, Mr. M. S .Stanislaus, Secretary General, FCAAD, Adv. Abraham Pattiyani, and Mrs. Chinnamma Jacob, National President, CCWI attended the meeting from Delhi. The newly appointed National Secretaries of AICU listed out their areas of work such as issues like reservation for the Dalit Christians, resource generation, leadership, youth and women related training. Mr. A. Chinnappan, President, FCAAD kept the Working Committee members informed on the two issues relating to Delhi which were membership of Catholics in Peace Committees operating under SHOs and formation of Deanery-wise committees to initiate the process of formation of CAs in parishes where there is no CA. Adv. Abraham Pattiyani, who is the Chairman of the Constitution Amendment Review Committee of AICU was also appointed Spokesperson of All India Catholic Union. Giving priority to women empowerment, the Committee created a department and appointed Mrs. Chinnamma as Jacob Director and Mrs. Clara Fernandes as Joint Director. Affiliation of CAs of Belgaum, Shimoga and Arunachal Pradesh with AICU were approved. State Presidents and State Secretaries of all the states of India attended the meeting and participated in the deliberations aimed at safeguarding the interests of Catholics in India.
Executive Committee Meeting of the Federation of Catholic Associations
A.Chinnappan, President, FCAAD & M.S.Stanislaus, Secretary General, FCAAD
he Executive Committee meeting of the Federation of Catholic Associations of the Archdiocese of Delhi was held on Friday, 19 November 2010 at the Archbishop’s House. The Committee appreciated the efforts of the Okhla Catholic Association in the formation of CA in East of Kailash parish. It also welcomed the re-elected office bearers of Pitampura parish. The committee charted out a programme to enable formation of Catholic Associations in parishes of Laxmi Nagar, I. P. Extension, R.K.Puram, etc. The deliberations included ways and means to enhance the circulation of The Voice of Delhi and Dilli Vaani and a proposal to conduct a Leadership Programme for the office bearers of CAs in January 2011. The Committee was apprised of its interaction with the All India Catholic Union for the leadership programme. The need to build up the Corpus Fund of FCAAD was emphasised and donations for the fund were received from the office bearers of Pitampura parish. After transacting its routine business and reporting by individual CAs on their activities, the meeting concluded with a closing prayer.
Library Day celebrated on Children’s Day
Vincent Van Ross
“Reading books is not the whole thing. You must also read the realities of life...that is… what is happening around you.” – Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao “The New Testament is replete with epistles which are basically letters”- Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy t may be just a coincidence but the celebration of the 37th anniversary of the Diocesan Community Centre Library fell on November 14, 2010 which was also the Children’s Day. But, this coincidence was more than welcome as most of the participants were children. The lighting of the lamp was performed by the Chief Guest, His Grace Archbishop Vincent M Concessao, the Guest of Honour, Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy, Secretary and DG Posts, Government of India and other guests. This was followed by a prayer dance set to the tune of “Mujko Tera Darshan Mila, Tera Vardhan Mila.”. In his brief address to the participants, Archbishop Vincent recounted the spirit and verve of the founder of the DCC Library, Archbishop Angelo Fernandes who was a voracious reader. Archbishop Vincent’s speech was peppered with quotes of Archbishop Angelo. Archbishop Angelo used to say that ‘if you do not read, you do not love God.’ One of the prime reasons for establishing this library was to ensure a repository of books which would help the laity understand the doctrines of the Second Vatican Council. A scintillating dance performance by Ms. Geeta, who featured in the Commonwealth Games Cultural Programme, kept the spectators spellbound. In her message, the guest of honour Ms. Radhika Doraiswamy, explained that the New Testament is replete with epistles which are basically letters. She said that postal department played a key role during the freedom struggle as most of the communication took place through letters.
Domestic workers’ protest rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
omestic Workers’ Forum- an organisation of women working as domestic helps in the households of Delhi and other NCR cities, organized a protest rally on 25 November 2010 at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi by more than 1000 domestic workers with the demand to include domestic workers in the proposed legislation, “Protection of Women Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill 2010”. Recently the Union Cabinet approved the bill for the protection of workers against sexual harassment at workplace, but the serious issue is that domestic workers have been conveniently excluded from the preview of the Bill. They also demanded inclusion of domestic workers in the schedule of Minimum Wages Act, 1948, constitution of State Social Security Board for domestic workers and their registration under the Unorganized Social Security Act, 2008 as well as legislation for domestic workers in the NCT of Delhi. Representatives from the National Domestic Workers Movement from Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, Karnataka, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and North-Eastern states along with several organizations participated in the protest rally. After in the rally, the representatives proceeded to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Law, Ministry of Labour and Empowerment and the Advocacy Committee.
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Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (SMMI) celebrate the Feast of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Remain calm and serene like Virgin Mary in the midst of opposition, provocation and destructive criticism”- Bishop Franco Mulakkal he SMMI Sisters of Vinaya Bhawan Community, Madangir celebrated their congregational Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 2010 at St. Theresa’s Church Pushpa Vihar, New Delhi. His Excellency, Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi concelebrated the Holy Mass along with both Parish Priests, Rev. Fr. Elias Dung Dung of St. Theresa’s Church and, Rev. Fr. Anthony Muthedam of the Holy Family Syro Malabar Church, Pusha Vihar, as well as Rev. Fr. Aniyan Joseph, Fr. Thomas Sherin M and Priests from neighbouring parishes. Bishop Franco in his homily enlightened the assembly to remain calm and serene like the Virgin Mary in the midst of opposition, provocation and destructive criticism. He also appreciated the missionary activities of the Congregation and the unassuming way of their performance. During the Holy Mass three of the Junior Sisters, Justine, Manjula and Premanjali renewed their vows. After that all the Sisters of the community along with Madam Coffrant who is a member of the Association of St.Francis De Sales under the Pontifical Council of Laity, renewed their consecration.
Kerala Christian Association Carol Competition, ‘Shalom 2010’
halom 2010’, a Carol Singing Competition was held by Kerala Christian Association at Fr. Agnel School, Gautam Nagar on Dec. 5, 2010. Inaugurating the programme, the Chief Justice of Patna High Court, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Benjamin Koshi said that the message of Christmas is to strengthen love and fellowship among people. He urged everyone to share the message and meaning of Christmas amidst celebrations of the feast. The function was presided over by KCA President, Dr. George Varghese. Adv. Manoj V. George, Mr. Shaji Paul, Mr. Babu Kuriakose, Mr. Shijo Devasya and Chevaliar Mr. V.P. Thomas spoke on the occasion. In the competition, the Carol Group from Emmanuel Marthoma Church, Noida bagged the First Prize consisting of the Michael Job Memorial Trophy and a cash award of Rs.5,000/-, the second prize comprising Jim Thomas Memorial Trophy and Rs.3,000/- was bagged by St. Thomas Marthoma Church, Karol Bagh. The third prize consisting of O.C. Alexander Memorial Trophy and Rs. 2,000/- was bagged by Gautam Nagar Syro Malabar Catholic Mass Center. The panel of judges included the famous Christian music director, Fr. Justin Panackal who presented the song ‘Paril Pirannu Devan’ which he composed 25 years ago.
“The message of Christmas is to strengthen love and fellowship among people” – The Hon’ble Mr. Justice Benjamin Koshi, Chief Justice of Patna High Court.
Mission Sunday celebrations at Rosary Parish
Nelson Kujur, Burari
“One cannot be a Christian and not be a Missionary”
ne of the important objectives of Santvana is to inflame missionary zeal in every Christian believer. The members of Santvana Community organized the Mission Sunday celebrations of Rosary Church, Kingsway Camp on 24 October 2010. The celebrations motivated the parishioners to contribute generously to the Mission Sunday collections, which would be sent to Rome for the support of the needs of the missions throughout the world. The community put up a breakfast stall in front of the Church. A majority of the parish members including Rev. Sisters enjoyed the hot and crispy breakfast of puri and chole. Home made pickles were also made available at the stall. Meanwhile, the music ministry of the Santvana team entertained the entire congregation with vibrant gospel songs. The total collection was Rs.4,500/- which was handed over to the Parish Priest.
One day ‘Santvana Satsang’
Mrs. Retna Nathupura
he Santvana Community conducted a one day ‘Satsang’ for the Nathupura Village people at its Prayer House at Salempur, Burari, Delhi on 4 November 2010. Rev. Fr. Dheeraj Sabu IMS, Mr. Naveen Lobo and Sr. Reena Kujur proclaimed the Word of God. The retreat began at 9.30 am and ended at 4.pm. About 50 people from the village participated in the prayer service. The participants experienced God’s love and the healing power through the healing prayer session.
Retreat for Jubilarian Sisters at Santvana Training Center, Burari
ev. Fr. Dheeraj Sabu IMS and team conducted a retreat for a batch of 7 Jubilarian Sisters of FCC Congregation from Koderma, Jharkhand. The participants were motivated to live their post jubilee life with greater focus on personal intimacy with the Lord through prayer, His new commandment, and the mission of sharing the Gospel with others. The retreat was held from 11-21 November 2010 at Santvana Training Center in Burari, Delhi.
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Compiled by Mr. Anand Mathew, Chairman, Delhi Charismatic Renewal Services
News from DCRS
16th Annual Christeen Seniors Retreat 2010
elhi Christen Ministry organized the 16 th Annual Retreat for students of classes 9 to 12 at Jeevan Jyoti Ashram, Burari, Delhi from October 5-8, 2010. Two hundred and one children from Delhi’s various schools and parishes came to experience the Lord’s presence. This year the retreat was preached by international preacher and Director of Christeen Ministry, Kottayam (Kerala), Ms. P. V. Marykutty along with Rev. Fr. Rijo, Fr. Siya, and Fr. Stephen. The retreat began with celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by Rev. Fr Joseph Vadakumcherry, Director, Jeevan Jyoti Ashram followed by the lighting of the lamp. During the retreat the students were refreshed with spirit-filled praise and worship sessions followed by inspiring and heart-rendering talks on topics such as ‘God’s love’, ‘Jesus the Savior’, ‘holiness’, ‘forgiveness’, ‘inner healing’ and so on which inspired and enlightened the children.
16th Annual Christeen Juniors Retreat 2010
elhi Christeen Ministry organized the 16th Annual Juniors Retreat for students of classes 6 to 8 at St. Michael’s School, Delhi from 11 to 14 October 2010. The retreat was led by Ms. P.V. Marykutty (International preacher and Director of Christeen Ministry, Kottayam, Kerala) along with Rev. Fr. Rijo, Fr. Siya, and Fr. Stephen. About 125 students participated. On the first day of the retreat, the students were refreshed with a Spirit-filled praise and worship session followed by a talk on God’s love and salvation which helped the children know the purpose of Christ’s coming to this world. Daily after dinner the participants were led to the devotion of Mary through the recitation of Rosary. Each day began with a refreshing time of praise and worship led by the music team. The team led the participants into a deep experience of the Lord through their anointed talks and workshops. During the daily Holy Mass, rosary, confession, counselling and particularly adoration, many children were healed and felt the anointing power of God. Christeen volunteers performed skits and choreography which helped the children to come closer to the Lord. The retreat ended with laying of hands upon the children, during which the grace and blessings of the Holy Spirit were poured on each one of them.
Deliverance and Healing Convention
CRS organised a three day Deliverance and Healing Convention in Hindi from 12 to 14 Nov. 2010 at Jeevan Jyoti Ashram, Burari. The convention began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by Rev. Fr. Joseph Vadakumcherry, Director, Jeevan Jyoti Ashram. The convention was lead by the renowned preachers, Rev. Fr. Pankaj Sukhlan (Raipur) and Bro. Vincent David (Jabalpur). The sessions were amazing and the preachers led the community to prayerful experience through their talks and adoration. During the deliverance prayer, a large number of participants experienced the healing touch of Jesus which transformed their lives and they had a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit. The convention was attended by about 700 participants and it was a wonderful experience for all the participants.
On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist.
It has been brought to my notice through the Voice of Delhi, the official news magazine of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese in Vol. XX, No. 12, December, 2010, certain liturgical errors even after the Encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucharistia” followed by the Instruction “ Redemptionis Sacramentum ” prepared by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments by the mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul II in collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and approved by the same Pontiff on 19 March 2004. He ordered it to be published and to be observed immediately by all concerned. A year or so ago, a lay person gave a homily in Gurgaon and a Priest reminded us through this very magazine that we should follow the teaching of the Church. Being involved in Liturgy, I find the same errors being repeated in some of our parishes. On page 14 of the December issue, under the title Aya Nagar, it is mentioned “During the homily, a Sister read out about the origin of the Congregation, its mission and vision.” On page 23 of the same volume under the title Pitampura, it says a Brother gave the homily. I would like to remind our readers of the official Teaching of the Church so that we may all celebrate the Sacred Mysteries universally with due reverence. The purpose of the homily at Mass is that the Spoken Word of God and the Liturgy of the Eucharist may together become “a proclamation of God’s wonderful works in the history of Salvation, the mystery of Christ.” Through the readings and homily, Christ’s Paschal Mystery is proclaimed, through the sacrifice of the Mass it becomes present. It should be developed based on the readings of the day or from the text of the Mass of the day, or as an explanation of Sacred Scripture, or an explanation of the Mass, or as mystagogy (explanation of the mysteries). The homily is necessary for fostering Christian life. (General Instructions to the Roman Missal 65, henceforward GIRM). with Canon 766. “It may not be transformed from an exceptional measure into an ordinary practice, nor may it be understood as an authentic form of the advancement of the Laity”. ( RS 161) On page 21 of the same December issue under the title Paharganj, it is mentioned “a Brother carried the Holy Eucharist in the procession accompanied by a Priest”. It should have been vice versa. The Priest should have been the one carrying the Blessed Sacrament. RS nos. 154-159 clearly specifies the role of an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion as well as that of an Acolyte. They are only ministers of Holy Communion even outside Mass. They are not extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. The ritual, Eucharistic Worship outside Mass clearly states in no. 105, “the priest who carries the Blessed Sacrament may wear the vestments used for the celebration of the Mass if the procession takes place immediately afterward, or he may vest in a white cope.” The ritual does not mention even a deacon. If the priest celebrant is indisposed, another priest is to carry the Blessed Sacrament.
Letter to the Editor
Sign of the Cross before or after the homily
Since the homily is not an appendage to, but an integral part of the liturgy, the practice of beginning and ending the homily with the sign of the Cross is not recommended. This not only appears to destroy the link between the readings and the homily but also duplicates the sign of the Cross made at the beginning.
The Altar and its furnishings
If one looks at the altar on the cover of the December issue, nothing is visible. The GIRM clearly states in no.305 that “moderation should be observed when decorating altars. Floral decorations should always be modest and placed around the altar rather than on top of it. GIRM 306 states “on top of the altar table only those things required for the celebration of the Mass should be placed i.e from the beginning of the celebration until the proclamation of the Gospel, the Book of the Gospels or nothing else; from the presentation of the gifts until the cleansing of the vessels, the chalice with the paten, a ciborium if necessary and finally the Missal. In addition microphones that may be needed to amplify the priest’s voice should be arranged discreetly. Candles are required at every liturgical service as a sign of reverence and of the festiveness of the celebration (GIRM 117). Everything is to be well balanced and must not interfere with the faithful’s clear view of what takes place at the altar or is placed on it (GIRM 307). As the late Pope John Paul II in the Instruction exhorts all concerned, I presume, all ordained ministers, to observe the Encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia and the Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, I hope that this reminder will help all my brother priests to celebrate the mysteries entrusted to our care with zeal, faith and fervour.
Who can preach during the Eucharistic Celebration?
At a concelebration, the Celebrant or one of the concelebrants or according to circumstances, also at times a deacon but never a non-ordained Religious, Scholastic or Seminarian. (Interdicasterial Instruction on certain questions regarding the collaboration of non-ordained faithful in the sacred ministry of priests, Ecclesia de Mysterio, August 15, 1997, article 3; Instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum ( henceforward RS) Nos. 64, 66, GIRM 66, Canon 6 para. 1& 2, Canon 767 para 1). The non-ordained can preach if necessity demands it in particular circumstances, or if usefulness suggests in special cases, lay members or Christ’s faithful may be allowed to preach in a Church or Oratory outside Mass in accordance
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Fr. Ayres Fernandes
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1 Saturday 3 to 5 5 Wednesday 06.30 p.m. 6 -12 14 Friday 06.00 p.m. 16 to 22 24 Monday 04.00 p.m. 25 Tuesday 09-12 p.m. 27 Thursday 28 Friday 29 Saturday 30 Sunday 31 Monday
Engagements:- 01 January - 31 January 2011 ARCHBISHOP VINCENT M. CONCESSAO Date Time Details of Engagement
CALENDAR OF FEASTS & EVENTS January 2011
01 (Sat) Mary Mother of God (Sol)* 02 (Sun Epiphany of the Lord (Sol)*. Ss. Basil & Gregory Nazianzan Bishops 03 (Mon) Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara 04 (Tue) St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton 05 (Wed) St. John Newmann 06 (Th) Bl. Andre bessette 07 (Fri) St. Raymond 08 (Sat) St. Severin 09 (Sun) Baptism of the Lord (Fst)*, St. Julian 10 (Mon) St. Agatho Thaumaturgus, Pope Confessor 11 (Tue) SSt. Theodosius Confessor 12 (Wed) St. Modestus 13 (Th) St. Hilary of Poitiers, Bishop Confessor 14 (Fri) St. Malachy 15 (Sat) St. Remegius 16 (Sun) Bl Joseph Vaz, Martyr 17 (Mon) St. Antony, Abbot, Anniv. Elect. Bp. Franco Mulakkal 18 (Tu) St. Prisca, Beginning of Christian Unity Week 19 (Wed) St. Mario 20 (Th) St.Sebastian 21 (Fri) St. Agnes, Virgin & Martyr 22 (Sat) St. Vincent, Doctor & Martyr 23 (Sun) St. Emerentiana, Virgin & Martyr 24 (Mon) St. Francis de Sales, Bishop & Doctor 25 (Tue) Conversion of St. Paul (Fst), End of Christian Unity Week 26 (Wed) Ss. Timothy & Titus Bishops, Republic Day of India 27 (Th) St. Angela Merci, Virgin 28 (Fri) St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor 29 (Sat) St. Constance, Bishop 30 (Sun) St. Martina, Mahatma Gandhi’s Death Anniversary and Death Anniversary of His Grace Most Reverend Angelo Innocent Fernandes, former Archbishop of Delhi, World Day of Peace 31 (Mon) St. John Bosco, Priest *Sol = Solemnity: A Solemnity of the Roman Catholic Church is a principal holy day in the liturgical calendar, usually commemorating an event in the life of Jesus, Mother Mary or other important saints. The observance generally begins with the vigil on the evening before the actual date of the feast. The word is taken from the Latin sollemnitas, a term of uncertain origin but possibly derived from sollus (whole) and annus (year), indicating a celebration occurring at yearly intervals. The Church always celebrates each solemnity every year. * Fst = Feast
Mass, Mangalore Meeting of CBCI Commission for Social Communications, Chennai CCBI Executive Committee Meeting, Chennai XXIII Plenary Assembly of CCBI, Chennai Mass, Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore Meeting of Theologians and Bishops, NBCLC, Bangalore AICRP Meeting Available for priests Ecumenical Prayer Service 09.30 a.m. Curia Meeting 04-08 p.m Available for all those who want to meet 09.30 a.m. NUCF Faith Sharing 10.00 a.m. Governing Board Meeting, Holy Family Hospital 08.30 a.m. Pastoral Visit, St. Joseph’s Church, Faridabad 01.00 p.m. Silver Jubilee Celebration, St. Mary’s Malankara Church, Faridabad 04.00 p.m. Blessing of new CFMSS Convent, Palwal
Engagements:- 01 January - 31 January 2011 BISHOP FRANCO MULAKKAL Date Time Details of Engagement
4 Tuesday 7-12 13 Thursday 09.30 a.m. 14 Friday 07.00 p.m. 16 Sunday 09.00 a.m. 17 Monday 10.00 a.m. 03.30 p.m. 18 Tuesday 03.30 p.m. 19 Wednesday 03.30 p.m. 20 Thursday 09.30 a.m. 03.30 p.m. 23 Sunday 23-28 29 Saturday 10.00 a.m. 30 Sunday 03.00 p.m. 31 Monday 09.00 a.m. 03.30 p.m. Ordinations at Trissur, Kerala CCBI Plenary Assembly, Chennai Curia Meeting Kripa Satsang at Sacred Heart Cathedral Pastoral Visit, Mother of Perpetual Succour Church, Mayur Vihar-III Mass & Talk, Holy Family Convent, Gurgaon FC/MC Meeting, St. Michael’s School, Gurgaon FC/MC Meeting, St. Anthony’s Boys’ School, Paharganj FC/MC Meeting, St. Mary’s School, Mayur Vihar Curia Meeting FC/MC Meeting, Rosay School, Kingsway Camp Pastoral Visit, St. Xavier’s Church, Shahbad Classes at Jhalandhar Seminary Governing Board Meeting, Holy Family Hospital SCC Day Leadership Training for CA Members Mass, Feast of St. Don Bosco, Alakananda FC/MC Meeting, Sahoday School, Hauz Khas
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