Loutolim: Sr. Isabel De Souza was elected as the President of the Pilar Sisters (PSA) commonly known as Pilar Sisters at the XXII General and Elective Assembly at their Headquarters in Loutolim held on October 28.
For the election 34 members of the PSA had gathered from October 23 – 30 for the General elective assembly held every two years.
Along with Sr. Isabel De Souza (Batim), the new team includes Sr. Nina Lopes (Chinchinim) and Sr. Estelina Dias (Batim) as the first and the second Councillor respectively.
Pilar: Nine candidates for priesthood were ordained as deacons by Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and DamanBishop Filipe NeriFerrao at the Pilar Seminary Chapel on October 26. From the nine deacons, eight belong to the Society of Pilar and one for the Diocese ofBethiah in Bihar.
Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Filipe Neri stated that the challenge is not only to believe the word of God but to live it out in our lives, surrendering ourselves totally and joyfully to do God's will whatever be the price whether people accept or betray you.
A deacon is a symbol par excellence of service of Jesus and the Church. The special duty of a deacon is service at the altar, service of the word and service of charity.
Blessed Joseph Vaz will be proclaimed Saint on January 14, 2015
2014-10-20 Vatican Radio
(Vatican) Pope Francis announced on Monday that Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka, will be declared saint on Jan. 14, 2015. It will take place during his visit to the island nation Jan. 13-15. He fixed the canonization date at the start of the consistory of cardinals in the Vatican convoked to update the prelates on the situation of the Christians of the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria, and the commitment of the Church for peace in the region. Another canonization date - that of Italian Sr. Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception - has not been decided.
ON-GOING FORMATION FOR PRIESTS
A- MONTHLY MEETING FOR PRIESTS
The next joint-monthly meeting for priests will be held on 13th November (Thursday), 2014 at the Pastoral Institute, Old Goa.
1. The theme for the Meeting will be: “Marital Issues faced by the spouses: a pastoral response from our priests”. The initial prayer will be at 10.00 a.m. at the Conference Hall of the Pastoral Institute, to be followed by the input talk and interaction.
2. It will be followed by the usual General Body Meeting of “Monte Pio de Clero” members. All diocesan priests are kindly requested and encouraged to attend the same.
Navelim, Salcete – Goa
The Department of BBA (Travel & Tourism) of Rosary College of Commerce and Arts, Navelim organized a One Day State Level Inter- Collegiate Event ENTRADA’14 on the theme, “Tourism & Community Development” on 30th September, 2014 from 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m at Margao Cricket Club Hall, Margao.
The function began with the lighting of the traditional lamp. The Principal, Rev. Dr. Simão R. Diniz welcomed the gathering; he stressed on the importance of involving the local community in the development and how unity among the community can bring about a change in the development of mankind. Course Coordinator of BBA(T&T), Asst. Prof. Maya Talwadker introduced the event to the audience.
REPORT OF THE SILVER JUBLIEE INAUGURAL-CUM-FELICITATION PROGRAMME OF ROSARY COLLEGE OF COMMERCE & ARTS, NAVELIM
“Education should mould students into perfect persons”, was the message the Chief Minister, Shri Monohar Parrikar gave at the Silver Jubilee Inaugural-cum-Felicitation function of Rosary College of Commerce & Arts, Navelim, held at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, on 22nd August, 2014. Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parikar was the Chief Guest. While, the Patron of the College, His Grace Archbishop Patriarch, Rt. Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão presided over the function, Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Dr. Satish Shetye was the Guest of Honour. Other dignitaries present included the Minister for Labour and Fishers, Shri Avertano Furtado and the first Principal of Rosary College and current Pro-Vice Chancellor of SHIATS, Allahabad, Prof. Newman Fernandes. Twenty five lamps symbolizing the twenty five years were lit to mark the occasion.
“N O T I C E”
It is hereby informed that the anticipated CHRISM MASS will be held on 10th April, 2014 (Thursday), in the ‘Sé Catedral’, Old-Goa, Goa, at 10:00 a.m.
This Mass, which the Bishop celebrates with his presbyterium and at which the oils are blessed, manifests the communion of the priests with their Bishop. It is, therefore, desirable that, to the extent possible, all the priests from different parts of the Archdiocese take part in it.
Mrs. Sandhya Fernandes, Aldona
Catechetical Day celebrations are moments to treasure and cherish. These are the times to ponder a while and look back at the glorious past. Nearly 400 catechists from different parts of Goa assembled at the St. Thomas Church, Aldona on 1st February for the concluding celebrations of the catechetical year 2013-2014.
The registrations were done and the delegates got to know their host families under the leadership of the President of Catechetical Association of the Aldona Church Mr. Marlow Lawrence were present on the stage for the inaugural ceremony. The catechists of Aldona Church kept the delegates in high spirits through lively action songs.
THEOLOGICAL AND PASTORAL FORMATION OF THE LAITY
IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GOA AND DAMAN
The Lay faithful, as we know, have an unique and indispensable role to play in seeking the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God. The documents of the Church speak of empowering the Lay faithful for this special mission. The recently concluded 31st Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) in its Final Statement has the following to say about formation of the Lay faithful: “We realize that formation of the lay faithful is the need of the hour. To this end, we commit ourselves, as a priority, to initiate programmes for lay formation to equip them to play their role in the Church and society”.Keeping this urgent need in mind (cf. Goa Diocesan Synod Documents 52-56),the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman will offer a two year Theological and Pastoral Formation Course at the Pastoral Institute, Old Goa, beginning from June 2014.We would kindly request the Parish Priests, Chaplains, Assistants and the Lay faithful to spread the message, at various levels, and to motivate people to join the Course.
-Camilo & Digna Mascarenhas, CFC Chinchinim
Diocesan Family Service Centre (DFSC), Goa, celebrated World Marriage Day at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, Assolna on 2nd of February 2014. It was organised by the three associations linked to the DFSC namely Marriage Encounter, Couples for Christ and Christian Family movement. World Marriage Day honours the husband and wife as head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily, married life.
HOLY WEEK, MOTETES from Goa
On February 19, 2014, a CD featuring Holy Week Motetes from Goa was relaunched at the Fundação Oriente Headquarters, Panjim, Goa by the Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music, Goa. It was compiled by Prof. Manuel Morais, Musicologist, Music Director, Professor Emeritus of the National Conservatory of Lisbon, Professor Emeritus and Researcher at the Music Department of the University of Evora. Released in Portugal in 2008 together with his study The Polyphonic Holy Week Motetes from Goa (19th and 20th centuries), the select compilation was recorded in 24 March, 1997 in the Church of Penha de França, Goa, featuring Goan Artists, under the musical direction of Fr. Bernardo Cota. Priced at Rs 150/- only, it showcases one of the richest musical traditions in Goa.
The annual Konkani seminar ‘Amchem Daiz-9’ (Our Heritage), was organised by LACARS (Literary and Cultural Activities of Rachol Seminary) in collaboration with the Goa Konkani Academy on the topic, “Padri Freddy J. Da. Costa: Her Nemalleanchea Vatavornnant ‘Gulab’-acho Pormoll” on February 6th 2013, at the Rachol Seminary auditorium. Rev. Fr. Francisco Caldeira, the editor of Renevocão, , was the chief guest and the President of Goa Konkani Academy, Pundalik Naik was the guest of honour.
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