News from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

Pastoral Letter for the Year 2016 - 2017

 New Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop Released

At the beginning of yet another Pastoral Year (2016-2017), the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, has released his new Pastoral Letter at a simple ceremony held at Archbishop’s House, Panjim, this morning.

A Pastoral Letter is an open letter addressed by a Bishop to the priests, the laity and  all people of good will in his diocese. It generally contains  orientations for the life in a diocese. Archbishop Ferrao has regularly issued a Pastoral Letter at the beginning of every Pastoral Year (June to May). 

The theme of the new Pastoral Year as well as of the Letter is, Inspired By Venerable Fr. Agnelo, Let Us Witness To The Mercy of God. While keeping the general theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis, the Letter focuses on the life of saintly Fr. Agnelo de Souza (1869-1927), a Priest of the Society of Pilar on the road to sainthood and venerated worldwide by thousands of Goans and non-Goans of various faiths.

The Pastoral Letter was printed by the the Pilar Printing Press and was handed over to the Archbishop for the release by the Vice-Postulator of the Cause of Fr. Agnelo, Rev. Fr. Hilario Fernandes, in the presence of the Superior General of the Society of  Pilar, V. Rev.  Fr. Francis Carvalho, his Counsellors Fr. Dominic Alvares and Fr. Fredrick Rodrigues, the Episcopal Vicar (Central Zone), Fr. Leonardo Sousa and the Secretary of the Archbishop, Fr. J. Loiola Pereira.


The Team appointed by Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão has come out with a PLAN OF ACTION for the Year of Mercy and in particular for the season of Lent in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman.


1. Clarification regarding the DOOR of Mercy:

In the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, the Archbishop has officially opened only one Door and that is the Door of the Cathedral Church, Old Goa. All the priviledges that can be obtained by entering the Door of Mercy are reserved to the Door of the Cathedral Church. This priviledged Door is the side Door on the left side, if one faces the Cathedral Church. 

The Archbishop, has also designated four other Churches in the Archdiocese inorder to obtain the indulgences, to go on pilgrimages and to recite prayers.  (See Gonvllik Chitt No. 15). These are St. Jerome’s Church, Mapusa; Holy Spirit Church, Margão; Mother of the Poor Church, Tilamola and Holy Name Church, Praça, Daman.  In all these four Churches, the priviledge of entering through a special Door is not conceded, but one may enter through any Door to avail oneself of all the priviledges without procuring to enter through any special Door. 


On the 26th of February 2011, St. John the Baptist Church, Benaulim, had its first ever grand celebration of the FAMILY DAY! Everybody, from the tiny tots to the oldies..... all were a part of this celebration. The only motive behind this celebration was to take a break from our fast paced lives and spend a little moment from our busy lives, just for our family members. The purpose was met, when everybody participated in the family oriented games. The best one out of them was the family quiz, this gave an oppurtunity to every family member to contribute towards this quiz.

Santos Passos and Veronica Singing at Benaulim

The reliving of the Passion of Jesus is always a major concern for the traditional Goan catholic. This is very much seen specially during the Lent of every year. At St. John the Baptist parish there is a  hillock in the church propeprty. Over the top there is sizeable chapel which hosts the passion of Jesus. Like every year this time also on 13th March 2011,  the long procession from the church proceeded to the chapel with the image of Jesus carrying the Cross.

Cavelossim cathecatical news

Being called by our God the Father and the Son Lord Jesus christ to give the good news to the children, this year with the help of Holy spirit we gave Jesus to the little ones, they were really filled with joy for they came to know that God is love and through Jesus that they can always be the light. At the end of Feb 2011 we had our Cathecatical annual day which was a success. iThere wer programmes and  every item brought out a moral and all the parishsioners have appreciated.

Golden Verse

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Mhonnttôch aplê ankvar hoklê lagim logn zata to borem korta; ani logn zaina to odik borem korta.
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