Monday, July 13, 2009

THIS BLOG HAS MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION

Dear parishioners, friends and well-wishers of Don Bosco Parish - Nashik,

This blog which was used to communicate the Church notices and other news to you has moved to a new location on the blogosphere.

Here is the new address...Don Bosco Parish, Nashik. (just click on the link and you will be taken there)

It is up and running under the able guidance of Fr. Ivo, the new rector and Fr. Nelson, the new parish priest...

So, keep in touch with what is happening by popping in regularly to see the many happenings in the parish...and if like me you live hundreds of kilometres from the parish it will be a wonderful way to keep in touch and to share the faith...

Yours,

Fr. Matthew Coutinho sdb
Shillong

Sunday, May 24, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 24 MAY 2009

  • Today is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord. The Feast of Mary Help of Christians will be celebrated on Monday 25 May.
  • At 8 am this Sunday 24th May, 8 novices of Sacred Heart Training Centre will be making their First Religious Commitment as Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. On the same day at 6:30 pm during our feast day Eucharist 13 novices from Salesian Training Institute will make their First Religious Commitment as Salesians of Don Bosco. We thank them for their active contribution to our parish in catechesis, mass animation and other services during their years of novitiate and pray that they will grow in fidelity to the Lord who has called them. Hence, please note that there will be no morning mass this Sunday 24th May. All of you are invited to the Sunday evening Eucharist at 6:30 pm here in our church.
  • May is a month of special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. This year we are reciting the rosary at our grotto every evening at 6:45 pm. For those who cannot attend the grotto rosary it will be nice to recite the rosary in our families.
  • Please assist the collection of monthly Church support done through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.
  • We are happy to announce that our collection for Orissa has arrived at Rs. 22,500/. We will be forwarding this amount for the rehabilitation of those affected by the communal violence via the Bishop’s House here in Nashik. Let us continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Orissa and for the victims of violence and persecution the world over.

Monday, May 18, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 17 MAY 2009

Today is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. We are in the novena in preparation for the Feast of Mary Help of Christians which will be celebrated next Monday 25 May.

May is a month of special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. This year we are reciting the rosary at our grotto every evening at 6:45 pm. We can show our love for Mary by joining this devotion in greater numbers and also attending daily evening mass during the holiday season. For those who cannot attend the grotto rosary it will be nice to recite the rosary in our families.

On Sunday 24 May there will be the First Religious Commitment at 8 am of 8 novices of the “Daughters of Mary Help of Christians” from SHTC and at 6:30 pm of 13 novices of the “Salesians of Don Bosco” from STI. We thank them for their active contribution to our parish in catechesis, mass animation and other services during their years of novitiate and pray that they will grow in fidelity to the Lord who has called them. Hence, please note that there will be no morning mass on Sunday 24th May. All of you are invited to the Sunday evening Eucharist at 6:30 pm here in our church.

Please assist the collection of monthly Church support done through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.

We are happy to announce that thanks to the generosity of many parishioners the grotto deficit has been erased. The balance amount collected of Rs. 18,478/- will now be forwarded to the Church account and used for the maintenance and beautification of the grotto. Please see the notice-board for details.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 10 MAY 2009

  • Today is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. On Wednesday 13 May we keep the Feast of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello – the co-foundress of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. We assure the Salesian sisters of Maria Vihar and Sacred Heart Training Center of our prayers for their congregation and its mission to the young in the world. On 15 May we begin the novena in preparation for the Feast of Mary Help of Christians.
  • May is a month of special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. This year we will recite the rosary at our grotto every evening at 6:45 pm. We can show our love for Mary by joining this devotion in greater numbers and also attending daily evening mass during the holiday season. For those who cannot attend the grotto rosary it will be nice to recite the rosary in our families.
  • The Easter blessing of homes in the parish has been concluded in all the zones of the parish. Those who were not at home on the scheduled days can set up a day for the blessing with Fr. Matthew.
  • On Tuesday 12 May we celebrate the birthday of Fr. Diego Nunes, our assistant parish priest and Principal of Don Bosco School. We implore God’s choicest blessings on him and his mission as an educator. We ask the Lord to grant him good health and serenity. We thank him for the pastoral services he renders in our parish.
  • On Sunday 24 May there will be the First Religious Commitment of 8 novices of the “Daughters of Mary Help of Christians” from SHTC and 13 novices of the “Salesians of Don Boscofrom STI. Hence, please note that there will be no morning mass on Sunday 24th May. All of you are invited to the Sunday evening Eucharist at 6:30 pm here in our church.
  • Please assist the collection of monthly Church support done through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DAY - 19 APRIL 2009

Here a bit late but still very important are a couple of pictures from the First Holy Communion day in our parish - 19 April 2009...

We ask Jesus to continue to be close to Jessica, Joel, Neha, Ronit and Sheznay as they receive Him in every Eucharist they participate in...


The second picture is a tribute to the catechists who prepared the children for their "big encounter" with Jesus - Sr. Marian and Br. Avison (who are on either side of Ronit)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 3 MAY 2009

  • Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. On Wednesday 6 May we keep the Feast of St. Dominic Savio – a young pupil of Don Bosco who lived a holy and happy life.
  • May is a month of special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. This year we will recite the rosary at our grotto every evening at 6:45 pm. We can show our love for Mary by joining this devotion in greater numbers and also attending daily evening mass during the holiday season. For those who cannot attend the grotto rosary it will be nice to recite the rosary in our families.
  • The Easter blessing of homes in the parish will continue this week. The schedule has been fixed in consultation with the zonal leaders. On Wednesday 6 May the remaining houses of Zone B will be blessed. The blessings will be done from 6 to 9 pm.
  • On Sunday 3 May, 2 novices from St. Joseph’s Novitiate will make their First Religious Commitment as “Franciscan Hospitalers of the Immaculate Conception”. We thank them for their active contribution to our parish in mass animation and other services during their years of novitiate and pray that they will grow in fidelity to the Lord who has called them.
  • On Sunday 10 May we celebrate the birthday of Fr. Wyman Gonsalves of Divyadaan. We thank him for his dedicated service. We appreciate his friendly and kind ways. We accompany him with our prayers and wishes.
  • Please assist the collection of monthly Church support done through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 26 APRIL 2009

  • Today is the Third Sunday of Easter. On Wednesday 29 April we keep the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena – Doctor of the Church.
  • May 1 is the First Friday of the month. In the evening at 6:30 pm we will have Eucharistic adoration and it will be followed by mass at 7 pm.
  • The Easter blessing of homes in the parish will continue this week. The schedule has been fixed in consultation with the zonal leaders. On Tuesday 28 April and Thursday 30 April in Zone A. The remaining homes in Zone B will be blessed next week. The blessings will be done from 6 to 9 pm.
  • Fr. Ashley Miranda from STI celebrates his birthday on the 1 May. We accompany him with our prayers and thank him for his constant availability and animating presence in our parish.
  • May is a month of special devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. This year we will recite the rosary at our grotto every evening at 6:45 pm. We can show our love for Mary by joining this devotion in greater numbers and also attending daily evening mass during the holiday season. For those who cannot attend the grotto rosary it will be nice to recite the rosary in our families.
  • On Tuesday 28 April, 8 novices from Tanmaya will make their First Religious Commitment as “Ursulines of Mary Immaculate”. We thank them for their active contribution to our parish in catechesis, mass animation and other services during their years of novitiate and pray that they will grow in fidelity to the Lord who has called them.
  • Please assist the collection of monthly Church support done through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 19 APRIL 2009

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. On Saturday 25 April we keep the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.

Children from our parish will be receiving their First Holy Communion both here in Don Bosco and also at Dominic Savio chapel, Satpur. The Solemn Eucharistic celebration here will be at 9 am. Please continue to pray for these children that they may grow in their closeness to Jesus. Please note there will be no mass at 7 am this Sunday 19 April, the evening mass will be as usual at 6:30 pm.

The Easter blessing of homes in the parish will begin this week. The schedule has been fixed in consultation with the zonal leaders. On Monday 20 April and Friday 24 April in Zone C; on Thursday 23 April in Zone B. The blessings will be done from 6 to 9 pm.

The collection for the Easter Triduum – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday amounted to Rs. 22,988/-. Thank you for your generosity. As is customary part of this collection will be sent to the Bishop’s House from where one part is allotted for the Christians in the Holy Land and the rest for other diocesan needs.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

FR. VINCENT VAZ RETURNS TO GOD

With deep sorrow our parish mourns the passing of Fr. Vincent Vaz - Professor at Divyadaan - who has been helping us in our parish in Nashik for the last 10 years. Here are two little pieces about this stalwart who died 'with his boots on' - serving till the very end with pastoral zeal. May his soul rest in peace.

Update (22 April)
Read something more about this wonderful man - VV as he was popularly called on the blog of Chris Valentino. Thanks Chris - you have said so well what so many of us thought...Truly one more star in the sky!!!

Update 2 (26 April)

And here are some pics of the mass celebrated in the Divyadaan chapel with the body of Fr. VV.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - EASTER SUNDAY, 12 APRIL 2009

Today is Easter Sunday – the day we commemorate the Lord’s Resurrection. It is a celebration that will last 50 days ending with the Solemnity of Pentecost. We wish all of you the abundant blessings of the Risen Lord. The Easter Sunday morning mass will be at 8 am. There will be no evening mass.

Next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and 5 children from our parish will be receiving their First Holy Communion.

The Eucharistic celebration will be at 9 am. They will be having an intensive week of preparation beginning from 14 April. On 17 April they will approach the sacrament of reconciliation. Please accompany these children with your prayers as they prepare to receive Jesus.

Please note there will be no mass at 7 am next Sunday 19 April, the evening mass will be as usual at 6:30 pm.

Monday, April 13, 2009

THANKS…

  • To Archbishop Felix Machado our main celebrant this evening for helping us enter into the Easter mysteries and for his inspiring words…
  • To our brother priests who came to administer the sacrament of reconciliation…and who celebrated and concelebrated in the services at Satpur, in Nirmala Home for the Aged and here…
  • To the different zones who helped in the animation and liturgical preparation on the days of the Paschal Triduum – Zone B and Kilbil cmty on Maundy Thursday, Zone C and Nirmala convent cmty on Good Friday and Zone A and the Maria Vihar community for this evening’s Easter Vigil service…
  • To Fr. Vinod and all the musicians and singers of the choir for bringing melody and harmony to our Eucharist this evening and during the Good Friday service; to the brothers of Divyadaan for doing the same during the Maundy Thursday eucharist…
  • To Mr. John Borde our sacristan for his quiet efficiency in ensuring our liturgies run smoothly with order and decorum…
  • To Mr. Russell Murdeshwar, Mr. Claud Noronha and Mr. Raul Goveia for decorating the Church during these days with simple motifs that led us to understand the symbolism of the Easter Triduum...
  • To Br. Johnson, Ms. Sushma Shrivastwa and the altar servers who did their ministry with due solemnity…
  • To all the readers, commentators of our Paschal Triduum
  • To the different zones and religious communities who animated the Adoration at the Altar of Repose, the Way of the Cross and the other liturgical moments in these sacred days…
  • To all those who helped prepare the hall, arrange chairs and to the ushers who ensured the smooth and decorous celebrations we have had…
  • To all those who should have been thanked individually and have been forgotten …
  • To all of you present here who in one way or other, assist us spiritually and materially, making our celebrations (on solemnities and on ‘ordinary days’) encounters with the Lord…
We have celebrated the Easter Triduum together with due solemnity and fervor…recalling God’s gift of love in the Eucharist, His Passion, Death and Resurrection…

Frs. Nelson, Diego and Matthew would like to extend their Easter greetings to all of you. May the Risen Lord help us experience newness and hope in the season when we contemplate his rising to new life !

Don Bosco Parish Nashik,
12th April 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 5 APRIL 2009

  • Today is Palm Sunday. The blessing of palms and procession will take place at both the morning and evening mass.
  • We are entering Holy Week - a week in which we prayerfully recall the events of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. This is the most solemn of all weeks in the Church year. It is therefore fitting that we participate in all the liturgical services of the Easter Triduum – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday – with attention and a prayerful spirit. With the exams of our children coming to an end many more of us should be able to attend.
  • On Holy Thursday the Evening mass of the Lords’ supper will be celebrated at 6:30 pm. During the mass we will make a special collection of food grains for the poor. We will then take the Blessed Sacrament in procession to our Altar of Repose at the STI chapel. There we will spend time in adoration: from 8:30 pm SHTC and Zone C; from 9:15 pm Tanmaya and Zone B; from 10 pm STI and Zone A. It would be nice if each of us spends this time in personal prayer even beyond the time slots allotted to our zones.
  • Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. We will begin our Way of the Cross at 8 am from the STI grotto. The different zones and religious communities will help us reflect on the suffering of Christ. The evening Liturgical Service of the Lord’s Passion will begin at 6:30 pm.
  • Our Easter Vigil service will begin at the entrance of the parish on Saturday at 10:30 pm. The main celebrant for the Easter Vigil will be our Archbishop Felix Machado. Please bring candles for the service. The Easter Sunday morning mass will be at 8 am. There will be no evening mass. Please see the notice board for other details. All those involved in the various liturgical services are requested to make the required arrangements and attend the scheduled practices.
  • Our Lenten season was very meaningfully celebrated by many of the parishioners who attended the mission that was held on the Fridays in Lent and ended with our Reconciliation service last evening. Our special thanks to all those who animated, collaborated and participated in the various prayer moments. The deepening of our faith will be God’s reward for our generosity in giving time to the faith dimension of our life.
  • Those who have not done so already are requested to hand in your animations for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday as soon as possible to Fr. Matthew.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2009

  • Today is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. On Thursday 2 April – the Chrism Mass at which the bishop blesses the holy oils will take place at St. Ann’s Cathedral – Nashik Road at 5 pm. All are invited to take part in this mass. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. The blessing of palms and procession will take place at both the morning and evening mass. For other details regarding the Holy Week services please see the notice board.
  • Lent is a time for prayer and reflection. Our parish Lenten mission will soon conclude with two more prayer moments. Next Friday 3 April there will be the Way of the Cross animated by the Youth at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by mass. On Saturday 4 April we will have a Lenten Reflection and Reconciliation service at 5:30 pm. It will last for 2 hours. It is open to all those who are in the 9th Std and above. Kindly avoid bringing children. Please come to experience God’s healing and forgiveness. Kindly note there will be no evening mass next Saturday.
  • Please assist the volunteers who collect Church support outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.
  • We thank our Blessed Mother for her graces that we receive at our grotto - a place of prayer and blessing. We have posted the final accounts for the expenses of our grotto on the notice-board. The deficit is now about Rs. 20,000/. If any parishioners would like to contribute and help us erase this deficit, please get in touch with the Parish Priest.
  • Please finalize and hand in your animations for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday by 1 April to Fr. Matthew. All those involved in the various liturgical services are requested to make the required arrangements and attend the scheduled practices.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

WAY OF THE CROSS ON GOOD FRIDAY

Here is the itinerary of our Way of the Cross on Friday 10 April 2009

1st Station – JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DIE
At the STI GROTTO – animated by Nirmala Home

2nd Station – JESUS CARRIES HIS CROSS
At the STI CHAPEL – animated by STI

3rd Station – JESUS FALLS THE FIRST TIME
At the STI ENTRANCE GATE – animated by St. Joseph’s Novitiate

4th Station – JESUS MEETS HIS MOTHER
At the DB SCHOOL MAIN ENTRANCE – animated by Sunday School children

5th Station – SIMON HELPS JESUS CARRY HIS CROSS
At the steps of DB FOOTBALL GROUND – animated by Tanmaya

6th Station – VERONICA WIPES THE FACE OF JESUS
At the DB GROTTO – animated by Youth/DBB

7th Station – JESUS FALLS THE SECOND TIME
At the KILBIL SCHOOL MAIN ENTRANCE – animated by Kilbil community

8th Station – JESUS MEETS THE WOMEN OF JERUSALEM
At the GATE OF KILBIL RESIDENCE – animated by Zone B

9th Station – JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME
At the SHTC HALL – animated by Maria Vihar

10th station – JESUS IS STRIPPED
At the trees between SHTC & MARIA VIHAR – animated by Zone C

11th Station – JESUS IS NAILED TO THE CROSS
In the MARIA VIHAR HALL – animated by SHTC

12th Station – JESUS DIES ON THE CROSS
At the DIVYADAAN BASKET BALL GROUND – animated by DD

13th Station – JESUS IS TAKEN DOWN FROM THE CROSS
At the DIVYADAAN ACADEMIC BLOCK – animated by Nirmala Convent

14th Station – JESUS IS LAID IN THE TOMB
At the DIVYADAAN MAIN ENTRANCE – animated by Zone A

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 22 MARCH 2009

  • Today is the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Wednesday 25 March is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It is also Pro-Life Day.
  • Lent is a time for prayer and reflection. Our parish Lenten mission has begun. It is being held on 13-20-27 March - 3 Fridays in Lent. Next Friday 27 March there will be the Way of the Cross animated by Zone C at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by a prayer-reflection on the theme “In the footsteps of the Master”. The reflection will be followed by mass. The entire evening program (Way of the Cross-Prayer-reflection and Mass) will begin at 6:30 pm and end by 8 pm. All parishioners are invited to attend these reflections to deepen our faith in this season of grace that the Church gives us.
  • Our Lenten and Holy Week program is out on the notice-board. Please note the timings of the services and also collaborate with your zone leaders on the days allotted for animation.
  • Please assist the volunteers who collect Church support outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass.
  • We thank our Blessed Mother for her graces that we receive at our grotto - a place of prayer and blessing. We have posted the final accounts for the expenses of our grotto on the notice-board. The deficit is about Rs. 37,728/. If any parishioners would like to contribute and help us erase this deficit, please get in touch with the Parish Priest.
  • Holy Cross Parish is organizing a Lenten Retreat and Healing Service from 26 to 29 March. Please see the notice-board for further details.

Monday, March 16, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 15 MARCH 2009

  • Today is the Third Sunday in Lent. Thursday 19 March is the Feast of St. Joseph husband of Mary.
  • This Sunday – 15 March – will be the last day of Sunday catechism for this academic year. We ask God’s blessings on all the children and the catechists who animated them so competently and selflessly during this year.
  • Lent is a time for prayer and reflection. Our parish Lenten mission has begun. It is being held on 13-20-27 March - 3 Fridays in Lent. Next Friday 20 March there will be the Way of the Cross animated by Sunday school children at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by a prayer-reflection on the theme of “Communication in the Family”. The reflection will be followed by mass. The entire evening program (Way of the Cross-Prayer-reflection and Mass) will begin at 6:30 pm and end by 8 pm. All parishioners are invited to attend these reflections to deepen our faith in this season of grace that the Church gives us.
  • Our Lenten and Holy Week program is out on the notice-board. Please note the timings of the services and also collaborate with your zone leaders on the days allotted for animation.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please assist us in making this collection.
  • We thank our Blessed Mother for her graces that we receive at our grotto - a place of prayer and blessing. We have posted the final accounts for the expenses of our grotto on the noticeboard. The deficit is about Rs. 37,728/. If any parishioners would like to contribute and help us erase this deficit, please get in touch with the Parish Priest.
  • Holy Cross Parish is organizing a Lenten Retreat and Healing Service from 26 to 29 March. Please see the notice-board for further details.

Friday, March 13, 2009

PROGRAM FOR LENT AND HOLY WEEK: MARCH-APRIL 2009

LENTEN MISSION – 13, 20 AND 27 MARCH 2009
6:30 – 8 pm: Friday 13 March, 20 March and 27 March
- Way of the Cross followed by Prayer-Reflection and then Mass

RECONCILIATION SERVICE – 4 APRIL 2009
5:30 pm: To prepare for Easter there will be a reflection-reconciliation service for the parishioners. It will last for 2 hours.
- There will be no evening mass on Saturday 4 April.

PALM SUNDAY – 5 APRIL 2009
7 am and 6:30 pm: Masses with blessing of palms and procession.
- The evening mass will be animated by the Youth Group.

MAUNDY THURSDAY – 9 APRIL 2009
6:30 pm: Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- Animation will be done by Zone B and Kilbil community.
- The venue for the Altar of Repose is the STI Chapel.
- The adoration timings are as follows:
08:30 – 09:15 pm – SHTC and Zone C
09:15 – 10:00 pm – Tanmaya and Zone B
10:00 – 10:45 pm – STI and Zone A
10:45 – 11:00 pm – Common adoration

GOOD FRIDAY – 10 APRIL 2009
8 am
: Way of the Cross [animated by zones and communities] will begin at the STI grotto.
6:30 pm: Liturgical Service of the Lord’s Passion
- It will be animated by Zone C and Nirmala Convent.

EASTER VIGIL – 11 APRIL 2009
10:30 pm: Easter Vigil Service at the entrance of Don Bosco Bhavan
- It will be animated by Zone A and Maria Vihar.
- Please bring candles for the Easter Vigil service.

EASTER SUNDAY – 12 APRIL 2009
8 am: Easter Sunday Mass
- There will be no evening mass

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY – 19 APRIL 2009
9 am: First Holy Communion Mass

Sunday, March 8, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 8 MARCH 2009

  • Today is the Second Sunday in Lent. Today is the First Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of our bishop - Felix Machado. We pray that God our Heavenly Father will continue to guide him in his delicate task of shepherding our diocese.
  • Catechism classes are held at 5 pm every Sunday evening. Next Sunday – 15 March – will be the last class for this academic year.
  • Lent is a time for prayer and reflection. In the last parish council meeting it was suggested to dedicate some of the Friday evenings in Lent to have a Lenten mission. Next Friday 13 March there will be the Way of the Cross animated by Zone B at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by a half-hour prayer-reflection on the theme of Forgiveness. The reflection will be followed by mass. The entire evening program (Way of the Cross-Prayer-reflection and Mass) will begin at 6:30 pm and end by 8 pm. All parishioners are invited to attend these reflections to deepen our faith in this season of grace that the Church gives us.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please assist us in making this collection.
  • Holy Cross Parish is organizing a Lenten Retreat and Healing Service from 26 to 29 March. Please see the notice-board for further details.
  • We thank our Blessed Mother for her graces that we receive at our grotto - a place of prayer and blessing. We have posted the final accounts for the expenses of our grotto on the noticeboard. The deficit is about Rs. 37,728/. If any parishioners would like to contribute and help us erase this deficit, please get in touch with the Parish Priest.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

COMMON PRACTICE OF PENANCE

“All Christ’s faithful are obliged by divine law, each in his own way, to do penance. However, so that all may be joined together in a certain common practice of penance, days of penance are prescribed. On these days, the faithful are in a special manner to devote themselves to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity and to deny themselves by fulfilling their obligations more faithfully and specially by observing fast and abstinence” (Can. 1249).

  • The days of common practice of penance are Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and every other Friday in the year.
  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence.
  • Abstinence: The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The new Code of Canon Law has left it to the Episcopal Conference to determine, in place of abstinence, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety. In virtue of this, the CBCI at its meeting at Nagpur in February 1984, had decreed that the obligations of abstinence can be fulfilled by choosing certain other forms of prayer or penance or works of charity, besides the traditional one of abstinence from meat.
  • In the Diocese of Nashik, the faithful may observe the days of common practice of penance by choosing from any one of the following:
    1. Making the Way of the Cross or a Visit to the Blessed Sacrament or a Meditation on the Lord’s Passion. 2. Prayerfully reading the Scriptures or Praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
    3. Preparing for Liturgical Services by reflecting on the readings as a family.
    4. Giving 10 per cent of one’s daily wage in charity.
    5. Donating Blood.
    6. Offering voluntary service to a Social / Charitable Institution through some parish associations.
    7. Offering a meal to a poor family.
    8. Abstaining from meat preparations, if meat is part of one’s regular diet.
    9. Missing any one meal: breakfast, lunch or supper.
    10. Taking strictly vegetarian meals, without even fish and eggs.
    11. Abstaining from alcohol and/or smoking, for those who use these.
    12. Avoiding all beverages like tea or coffee or sweet drinks between meals.
    13. Avoiding films, television and other forms of recreation.
  • Fasting:
    (a) The law of fasting binds those who have completed their 18th year till the beginning of the 60th year.(b) The law of fasting prescribes that only one full meal be taken per day. A light breakfast may be taken in the morning and a light supper in the evening. It is always permissible to reverse the order of the meals; e.g. take the full meal in the evening.
    (c) Those who cannot keep the law of fasting without considerable difficulty of health, work, etc., are excused from the observance of the law. Our faithful are however urged not to excuse themselves too easily from this obligation, as it is but fitting that on the two prescribed days of fasting, we unite ourselves in a special manner with the Passion and Death of Our Lord by a more intense form of penance.
  • Dispensations:
    In case of difficulty regarding the fulfilment of the obligation of common penance and fasting, or a doubt regarding the existence of factors excusing from these obligations, a dispensation may be obtained from the Parish Priest or Confessor.
    A dispensation from the law of common penance and fasting is hereby granted to members of the Armed Forces in the Archdiocese and to travellers by land, sea or air.
  • Easter Duties:
    Easter Duties would require that the Christian faithful who have been admitted to the Blessed Eucharist, receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Paschal time, unless for a good reason the precept is fulfilled at another time during the year (Can.920). The faithful are reminded that those who have reached the age of discretion are bound to confess their grave sins at least once a year (Can.989).
  • This year the Easter Duties can be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009 and Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009.

Monday, March 2, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 1 MARCH 2009

  • Today is the First Sunday in Lent.
  • 6 March is the First Friday of the month. In the evening there will be the Way of the Cross animated by Zone A at 6:30 pm followed by mass.
  • The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Saturday 7 March at 5:30 pm. All parish councilors are requested to attend.
  • Catechism classes are held at 5 pm every Sunday evening. We will close for the year on March 15. Children please attend the last three Sundays for a special surprise.
  • All those interested in joining the choir for Easter are requested to give their names to Fr. Vinod as soon as possible. The practices will begin from 1 March.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please assist us by collecting your cards after the mass.

Monday, February 23, 2009

LENTEN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

By Father Erik Pohlmeier


(Father Erik Pohlmeier is the theological consultant for Arkansas Catholic and pastor at St. John and St. Mary churches in Hot Springs.)


Published in Arkansas Catholic


Q. Is Ash Wednesday a holy day of obligation?

A. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. The days of obligation all celebrate an event in the life of Jesus or Mary or a person (or persons as in the case of All Saints Day). Ash Wednesday does not, but it marks the beginning of a season. The day is chosen based on the fact that it's 40 days before Good Friday.


Q. Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

A. The prayer that is said as ashes are given explains it very well. The words are a reminder of our origins, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." The ashes and the whole season of Lent are a time to refocus on our relationship with God and that relationship starts with a dependence on God for our very existence. To recall that only with the breath of God can we have life is motivation to reorder whatever part of life needs it. As God breathed life into the dust at the beginning he can breathe new life into those who have fallen into sin. The ashes are a sign of mortality and a sign of renewal in Christ.


Q. What are the rules about fasting and abstinence?

A. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The law of fasting allows one full meal and two smaller ones. The law of abstinence prohibits the eating of meat. Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States. The obligation of abstinence begins at age 14. The law of fasting obliges all between the ages of 18-59. Pastors and parents are to see to it that minors, though not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in the authentic sense of penance and encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age. All members of the Christian faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity beyond what is prescribed by the law.


Q. Why should we perform acts of penance?

A. The primary reason is that we take Christ as our model and he himself undertook acts of penance in preparation for his ministry and before his passion. Acts of penance are theological in following the example of the Master. They are also practical in helping to accomplish goals of certain days and seasons. In particular Lent is a season to reorder priorities and penance helps to be sure that created things are subordinate to divine realities in our lives. As it says in the Church's documents "Penance is a religious, personal act which has as its aim love and surrender to God." ("Paenitemini," chapter 1) Of course Scripture is clear as well that the rending of our hearts is the sacrifice the Lord desires. The various acts of penance put into physical reality what should be happening in our hearts.


Q. Why can't we eat meat on Fridays?

A. This practice is one of the disciplines of Lent that has the goal of love and surrender to God. It requires a break in the normal routine of our day and serves as a reminder that the basic needs of life should point us to the goodness of God. Scripture has a long record of abstaining from certain foods as part of religious practice. In our day that practice continues, not because eating meat is bad, but as a discipline to turn the mind to God.


Q. Are Sundays part of Lent?

A. Sundays most definitely are a part of Lent as they are listed the first through fifth Sundays of Lent, and not of something else. The Sundays do, however, take on a different character than other days because Sunday is always a celebration of the resurrection. There is no rule on whether Lenten practices continue on Sundays since such practices are voluntary anyway. Without a doubt we should maintain our preparation for the Triduum on Sundays, whether or not that includes acts of penance.


Q. Why can't we say "alleluia" at Mass during Lent?

A. The point of the season is a kind of exile. While the event of the resurrection has occurred in history, the days of Lent serve as a reminder that we do not yet experience the kingdom in its fullness. We live in the hope of the resurrection, but the weakness of human existence is all too evident in this life. The omission of the alleluia is one symbolic way to enter into the spirit of the season of Lent. The days of Lent are days of penance and recollection of human weakness but also days of anticipation and so we long for the day when the kingdom is fully realized. To be deprived of certain things during the days of Lent is designed to create a longing for the realization of all that the life of Jesus promises.


Q. What determines the date of Easter or when Lent begins?

A. The Council of Nicaea (A.D. 325) set the date of Easter as the Sunday following the 14th day of the paschal full moon, which is the full moon whose 14th day falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox. The reason was because that was the date of Passover in the Jewish calendar, and the Last Supper (Holy Thursday) occurred on the Passover. Therefore, Easter was the Sunday after Passover.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 22 FEBRUARY 2009

  • Today is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • Catechism classes are held at 5 pm every Sunday. Parents please ensure that your children attend. This Sunday 22 February at 10 am there will be a meeting of parents whose children are due to receive their First Holy Communion in April this year.
  • On 25 February we begin our Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. Masses in the parish will be at 7 am and 7 pm. The blessing and imposition of ashes will be done at both masses. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.
  • On Friday 27 February there will be the Way of the Cross at 6:30 pm followed by mass.
  • All those interested in joining the choir for Easter are requested to give their names to Fr. Vinod or Fr. Matthew as soon as possible. The practices will begin from 1 March.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please collect your cards after the mass

Sunday, February 15, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 15 FEBRUARY 2009

  • Today is the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • It was very heartening to see so many parishioners come to the special celebrations at our grotto on 11 February - the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. We express our deep gratitude to all those who organized the celebration.
  • Catechism classes held at 5 pm every Sunday have resumed. Parents please ensure that your children attend. There will be a meeting of parents whose children are due to receive their First Holy Communion in April this year. It will be held next Sunday 22 February at 10 am.
  • The annual novena for the Feast of Infant Jesus is in progress at the Shrine in Nashik Road. The Feast is celebrated on Saturday 21 February. Hence, next Saturday there will be no evening mass here in the parish. Other details on the novena and feast are posted on the notice-board.
  • In the week ahead the evening masses from Wednesday 18 February to Friday 20 February will be held in the STI chapel.
  • All those interested in joining the choir for Easter are requested to give their names to Fr. Vinod or Fr. Matthew as soon as possible. The practices will begin from 1 March 2009.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please collect your cards after the mass.
  • The statement of account on the parish family get-together has been posted on the notice-board.

Friday, February 13, 2009

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES - 11 FEBRUARY 2009

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes was solemnized in the parish - coming as it did a few days after the inauguration of our parish grotto. Coinciding as it does with World Day of the Sick, the parish decided to have a special mass with prayers for the sick. Preparations of the place began early in the evening and so all was in place for the 6:30 pm appointment.

The rosary was recited by the 100 odd faithful gathered and then the mass commenced. The main celebrant was Fr. Nelson Falcao, and he was joined by Frs. Diego Nunes and Matthew Coutinho.

It was truly a prayerful experience for all who came, with well proclaimed readings, well sung hymns and bright lighting. Soon after the Eucharist we had the blessing of the sick. After the mass many remained to enjoy the boiled grams that were generously sponsored by some of the parishioners.
We continue to pray for the sick and suffering the world over who need our prayers and support.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

SOME MORE PICTURES OF THE FAMILY GET-TOGETHER

Well folks here are a few more pictures of the happy times we spent in each others company... Of the games and the prizes that the winners took home!!!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

PARISH FAMILY GET-TOGETHER - 7 FEBRUARY 2009

On 7 February we had our annual family get-together at the parish. It comes on the Saturday following the feast. This year about 200 parishioners gathered to celebrate fellowship and togetherness. There were some interesting games for people of all ages from the tiny tots to the seniors.
Here are a couple of pictures:

The evening came to an end with a tasty dinner - some lip-smacking chicken biriyani. Sorry no pictures of that we do not want to make you feel too sad about what you missed!!!

Congratulations to the organizers and their collaborators. May we have more occasions to come together and celebrate.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2009

  • Today is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • On Wednesday 11 February we keep the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is also the World Day of the Sick. We will have the recitation of the rosary at our new grotto at 6:30 pm. The rosary will be followed by mass at the grotto. During the mass we will have a special blessing for the sick. All of you are invited to join the rosary and mass.
  • We express our heartfelt thanks to the many parishioners who organized and participated in the parish family get-together held yesterday evening.
  • Catechism classes held at 5 pm every Sunday have resumed. Parents please ensure that your children attend.
  • Regular scripture classes will resume on Monday 9 February after the 7 pm evening mass.
  • The annual novena for the Feast of Infant Jesus begins from Thursday 12 February at the Shrine in Nashik Road. Details are posted on the notice-board.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please collect your cards after the mass.

Friday, February 6, 2009

GROTTO PICTURES - 4 FEBRUARY 2009

Here are some more pictures of the grotto. The common consensus is that it looks really beautiful. We praise God for this gift.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 1 FEBRUARY 2009

  • Today is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • On Monday 2 February we keep the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and it is also the Day of Consecrated Life. Our parish is blessed to count among its members so many consecrated persons and those preparing for a life of religious consecration. We thank all the religious in our parish for the witness they bear and ask God to grant them a dynamic fidelity to their call.
  • The next parish council meeting will be held on Sunday 1 February at 10 am. All parish council members are requested to attend. Also on Sunday 1 February - STI is staging a three-act comedy “Paradise Villa” at 6:30 pm in the Divyadaan auditorium. All of you are invited. Hence, the evening mass next Sunday will be at 5 pm.
  • 6 February is the First Friday of the month. There will be a mass at 7:30 am for the students of Don Bosco School. Parishioners who wish to join the mass are most welcome. In the evening at 6:30 pm we will have Eucharistic adoration and it will be followed by mass at 7 pm.
  • On Saturday 7 February we will have a parish family get-together after the evening mass with games and dinner. The charges will be Rs. 70/- for adults, and, Rs. 35/- for children 12 years and below. Please hurry and collect your passes from your zone leaders.
  • We have just concluded the celebration of our parish novena and feast and it is time to say a big thank you to all those who collaborated in making this a time of prayer, reflection and collaboration. May God our Heavenly Father through the intercession of our patron St. John Bosco continue to bless all of us in the parish – our families, our friends and relatives abundantly.
  • Our retired bishop Thomas Bhalerao celebrates his birthday on 1 February. We raise a prayer for his good health and continued fulfillment in ministry.
  • Regular scripture classes will resume on Monday 9th February.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Please collect your cards after the mass.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

BLESSING OUR GROTTO - 31 JANUARY 2009


Yes folks here it is - the good news is that our grotto was blessed on Don Bosco's Feast 2009. Since our bishop could not make it - the task fell to the parish priest Fr. Matthew to do the honours. After a small prayer of blessing, the sprinkling of the grotto, the lighting of 7 candles and the blessing of Mary Help of Christians, we had time to celebrate and savour this moment...A picture is surely worth a thousand words...

We raise a prayer of praise and thanks to God; to our benefactors - parishioners and other donors, some of other faiths; the architect; the construction crew, and the grotto committee - Messrs. Robin Susainathan, Wilson Pereira, Norbert DeSouza and Claude Noronha who coordinated the planning and building of the grotto. They gave of their time and talents, looking at plans, considering the aesthetics and the various elements that have gone into making our grotto a place where we can raise our hearts and minds to God through the intercession of Mary our blessed Mother.

31 JANUARY 2009

We have just celebrated a lovely day - the Eucharist was well-animated and we had about 18 concelebrants. We had set up about 400 chairs and all of them were filled. The main celebrant was Rev. Fr. Peter D'Souza - Procurator of our Diocese. Our bishop Felix Machado could not make it as he was attending the mass of suffrage for his recently departed dad. Here are a couple of pictures from the mass.

And soon after the mass came the moment many of us were looking forward to for some years now...Well check out the next post to find that out...

Saturday, January 31, 2009

CELEBRATING DON BOSCO - 30 JANUARY 2009

We had a great feast of our father and founder, Don Bosco after a novena of reflection and prayer. The attendance was good at the novena and the animation by the different zones and communities were prayerful. On 30 January we had the traditional academy and once again it was a touching moment to pay homage to the Father of Youth. This year special note must be made of our Sunday School children who enacted scenes from the life of Don Bosco.

The smallest among them provided the chorus to link the various scenes enacted. Here is a photograph of that...


And another of the older children enacting the dream at the age of nine...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

GROTTO - 29 JANUARY 2009

The blessing of the grotto is scheduled for our parish feast - 31 January - on the day our Archbishop is in our midst and celebrates the mass. We are nearly there. Here are some final pictures of the grotto. The next we post will be of the blessing on the Feast Day.

Monday, January 26, 2009

GROTTO - 24 JANUARY 2009



We are arriving at the finish....this should be done a few days from now. Thank you Mother Mary...







Sunday, January 25, 2009

PARISH NOTICES - SUNDAY, 25 JANUARY 2009

  • Today is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.
  • We are in the novena of Don Bosco and it is so nice to see many parishioners making this a moment to reflect on “St. John Bosco and Christian life today” helped by the different preachers and animating groups. Let us continue to attend and grow in our faith. Details regarding the theme, the preachers, and the animating groups are available on the notice-board. Please collaborate with your zonal leaders when they approach you for your assistance.
  • The novena mass will be at 7 pm every evening except on Sunday 25 January and Friday 30 January when the mass will be at 6:30 pm.
  • Please note that there will be no morning mass this Sunday 25 January.
  • After the novena mass on 30 January we will have an Academy in honour of St. John Bosco. All of you are invited to be present. If any of you would like to stage items please get in touch with Fr. Vinod as soon as possible.
  • The feast day mass next Saturday 31 January is at 6 pm.
  • The next parish council meeting will be held on Sunday 1 February at 10 am. All parish council members are requested to attend.
  • Also next Sunday 1 February STI is staging a three-act comedyParadise Villa” at 6:30 pm in the Divyadaan auditorium. All of you are invited. Hence, the evening mass next Sunday will be at 5 pm.
  • On Saturday 7 February we will have a parish family get-together after the evening mass with games and dinner. The charges will be Rs. 70/- for adults, and, Rs. 35/- for children 12 years and below. Please collect your passes from your zone leaders. It will be a great sign of belonging if as many as possible get involved and participate in the celebration of the novena and the feast.
  • Regular scripture classes will resume on Monday 9 February.
  • We have begun collecting Church support through volunteers who sit outside the parish office after the Saturday evening mass and the Sunday evening mass. Thank you for your support of the various Church projects through the amounts you give in Church support.

Friday, January 23, 2009

OUR PARISH NOVENA BEGINS


Dear friends,
We begin our parish novena on Thursday 22 January. Here is a glimpse of the themes and other details:

NOVENA IN HONOR OF ST. JOHN BOSCO 2009
"ST. JOHN BOSCO AND CHRISTIAN LIVING TODAY"

ANIMATING GROUPS, THEMES, PREACHERS


22 JANUARY, THURSDAY - SACRED HEART TRAINING CENTRE - EUCHARIST AND UNION WITH GOD - Fr. Ashley Miranda
23 JANUARY, FRIDAY - SALESIAN TRAINING INSTITUTE - PRAYER AND RENEWAL - Fr. Matthew Coutinho

24 JANUARY, SATURDAY - ZONE B + KILBIL - OPTIMISM AND JOY - Fr. Savio D’Souza

25 JANUARY, SUNDAY - SUNDAY SCHOOL - PROMOTION OF VOCATIONS - Fr. Ivo Coelho

26 JANUARY, MONDAY - ZONE C + NIRMALA CONVENT - INVOLVEMENT OF THE LAITY - Fr. Diego Nunes
27 JANUARY, TUESDAY - TANMAY - WORK AND TEMPERANCE - Fr. Wyman Gonsalves

28 JANUARY, WEDNESDAY - YOUTH + DON BOSCO BHAVAN - SOLIDARITY WITH THE MARGINALIZED - Fr. Nelson Falcao
29 JANUARY, THURSDAY - ST. JOSEPH NOVITIATE - ROLE OF MARY AND THE SAINTS - Fr. Solomon Rapol
30 JANUARY, FRIDAY - DIVYADAAN - SPIRIT OF INITIATIVE AND COMMUNION - Fr. Valerian Pereira



31 JANUARY, SATURDAY - FEAST OF ST. JOHN BOSCO - ZONE A + MARIA VIHAR - Archbishop Felix Machado DD

  • The daily mass with the novena prayers will begin at 7 pm (except on Sunday 25 January and Friday 30 January when the mass will be at 6:30 pm).
  • On Sunday 25 January there will be no morning mass.
  • On 30 January there will be an Academy in honor of St. John Bosco after the mass.
  • The Feast Day mass will begin at 6 pm.
  • The rosary will be recited everyday 20 mts before the mass. Confessors will be available every day half an hour before the mass.