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Slide: 1 – The Title

- Today we present the Pastoral Letter of Our Bishop entitled “Do this in
Memory of me”

- After the greetings the Bishop presents the title of this Pastoral letter and
Our Bishop gives his impression on deep faith among the faithful for the
Holy Eucharist in Gulf and the contrast in other areas..

SLIDE: 2: - Respect for the daily bread


SLIDE: 3: - Bread of life

- Then the Bishop speaks of his childhood family memory of his father and
how he taught him to have respect and gratitude for daily bread.

SLIDE: 4: - Multiplication of loaves

- He then recalls the institution of the Eucharist and Multiplication, Jesus’


attitude namely Gratitude to God, and not to waste food, something we can
consider in our daily life and to insist on our children..

SLIDE: 5 – Tradition of Blessing:


SLIDE: 6 – Bread of Life
SLIDE: 7 – John 6: Jesus – speaks of himself as “the living bread”
SLIDE: 8 – Bread that gives life
SLIDE: 9 – Eating the bread and remaining in his Love
SLIDE: 10 – Consequence of his teaching, Do you want to leave?
SLIDE: 11 - Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”

- Recalling the event of announcing “Himself” as bread of life Jesus


encounters opposition and grumbling from the listening crowd, so Jesus
asks the disciples “Do you wish to leave, and Peter answers: “Master, to
whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

SLIDE: 12 – Intrinsic connection: Word & Sacrament


SLIDE: 13 – Eucharist reveals Scripture
SLIDE: 14 – Real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
SLIDE: 15 – Quote from “Verbum Domini”

- Quoting the Letter of the Pope “Verbum Domini” No. 55 the Bishop
presents the intrinsic connection between the “Word of God” and the
Sacrament of the Eucharist.”

SLIDE: 16 – Jesus Celebrates Passover


SLIDE: 17 - Passover Experience in OT
SLIDE: 18 – Memorial of New Covenant
- The Bishop gives another point of reference: “the Passover meal and the
Institution of the Eucharist”- He speaks about the Liberation of the people
of Israel from the Slavery of Egypt in the O.T and in N.T a parallel.
SLIDE: 19 – Breaking of the Bread in First Christian Community
SLIDE: 20 – Eucharist heals the community division
- Here the Bishop goes to recall the experience of the early Christian
community at Corinth and calls the faithful to maintain brotherly
communion.

SLIDE: 21 – Experience of conflict in Corinthian community


SLIDE: 22 – Sacrament of Charity
- The Bishop quotes from the Apostolic exhortation of the Pope

SLIDE: 23 – John 13:1 Jesus loved his own..


SLIDE: 24 – Peter’s refusal to be washed – a doubt?
SLIDE: 25 - Are we capable of Love?

- In the last supper Jesus gives a tangible example of Love in action,


and a doubt whether we are capable of accepting love..

SLIDE: 26 – Eucharist continues in life..


- He then presents some practical ways to stay in His love

SLIDE: 27 – Effects of this Celebration..


SLIDE: 28 – Regularity in Celebrating the Lord’s Supper
- The Pastoral letter presents Christ as food of truth, quoting from the
Apostolic exhortation of the Pope and the invitation to regularity to be
united with Christ

SLIDE: 29 - Regular celebrations avoids spiritual starvation

SLIDE: 30 – Eucharist – The proclamation of Faith


- The Bishop reminds us that the Celebration of the Eucharist is the
“Proclamation of Faith”

SLIDE: 31 – On Spiritual Communion


- A word about Spiritual communion: The Bishop suggests a traditional
way for those unable to join the Celebration of the Eucharist

SLIDE: 32 – Praise the one…


- Our attitude should be that of Adoration and Gratitude
SLIDE: 33
- Now we have almost reached half of the Letter, and the Bishop
reminds of a very important attitude we should have towards the
Eucharist namely: Adoration and a gentle reminder “Never throw
away JESUS.”

SLIDE: 34
- To conclude we may take the recommendations of the Bishop.

Indian Christian People’s Party (ICPP)


- Christians in Tamil Nadu have launched a political party in the state,
where a legislative assembly poll is scheduled for April 13.
- Archbishop A.M. Chinnapa of Madras-Mylapore diocese formally
launched the Indian Christian People’s Party (ICPP) on March 20.
- He also unveiled the flag of the party, which has 150 members from all
over the state.
- “ICPP would be the political organ of the Indian Christian Church,” the
archbishop said.
- Founder member of the party F. A. Nathan said the founding team plans to
build its membership among Christians, specifically Catholics in Tamil
Nadu, before launching it in other states.
- The founding committee of the party asked the state government to protect
fishermen, provide job opportunities and contain inflation.

Schools deplore state choice of


teachers
- Managers of Christian-run or aided schools have expressed their dismay at
- a recent state regulation that puts the appointment of all teachers and
principals in the hands of the government.
- Under the new law, a Gujarat government “staff recruitment committee”
will make the appointments.
- According to the February regulation, the committee will comprise
government officials and educationists and will have no representative of
the school management.
- Previously, appointment of teachers and principals was done by the school
management.
- “We recruit teaching staff, keeping in view our own vision and mission
and this will not go well with us,” said Father Paul Raj of Rosary School at
Vadodara.
- “It amounts to interference in our institutions,” remarked Father Fernandes
Durrai, principal of the Ahmedabad-based St Xavier’s Loyola School.
- He said the minority institutions, including those belonging to Christians,
had the Constitutional right to run their educational institutions. “It may
not go well with our vision of education.”
- Ahmedabad-based Sanjay Vincent, a Catholic, running the Centre for
Education Development Research and Action NGO, said: “Christian and
other minority institutions will suffer badly if the new fiat is imposed.
There is a likelihood of recruitment of teachers with an anti-minority bent
of mind which could prove detrimental.”