Wednesday, December 1, 2010


St. Theresa’s parish and school conducted various activities in the month of November. The parish had been preparing to celebrate the Kuntpani feast for some time. They had been organising prayer services and Novena. On 8th November, schoolchildren staged a wondrous dance performance at Kuntpani. At their school, the children had various competitions in view of the children’s day celebrations. The completions began with Rangoli and ended with fancy-dress. The teachers and students staged various programmes on the children’s day. St. Theresa’s sub junior boys and girls took part in the MUNNA-MUNNI Football Tournament organised at St. Xavier’s, Chaibasa. The boy’s team won the trophy, while the girl’s teams had the privilege of first ever participating in the tournament.
The parishioners had motivational programmes to inform themselves about their rights and duties in participating in the forthcoming Panchayath Elections.
On 30th October, Sr. Hilda D’Souza, Principal of the Little Flower School, Telco, celebrated the Silver Jubilee of her religious profession. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ. was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Eucharist. Most Rev. Thomas D’Souza, Bishop of Bagdogra, preached on the occasion. The well-arranged liturgy, with the melodious singing of the Students of LFS created a heavenly atmosphere. The students and teaches of LFS staged a short cultural programme and screened a short sketch of the life history of Sr. Hilda. We congratulate Sr. Hilda and wish her God’s abundant blessings and happy and fruitful life ahead.
On the 31st October, St. Joseph Cathedral organised a Bible Quiz Competition for the Catholic students of different schools in the city. Students from nine different schools participated in it. The students from St. Mary’s Hindi School, Bistupur, bagged the fist price. The students from Loyola School, Sonary and Sacred Heart Convent School, respectively came in to the second and third positions. It was noted that the participation in the Bible Quiz Completion is poorer each passing year. A need is felt among some for the Parishes and Schools to take necessary steps to inculcate and develop the love for the Word of God among children and the faithful.
St. Joseph’s Community College, in order to bring out the hidden talents of its students, had conducted various competitions, like singing, speech and dance during the first week of November. The three-member bench of the jury, the best and well-known judges of the Diocese, Fr. Felix Raju, Bro. Jacob, DDS, and Sr. Miriam PDDM, gave verdict on the competitions. The winners received their prizes and certificates on the 20th of November at the hand of Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, who is the president of the Community College. The students and staff had also arranged a small Birthday celebration of their loving Bishop. They also staged some colourful cultural programmes on this occasion. On the National Seminar, which was organised by Indira Gandhi National Open University, Ms. Vanitha represented the Community College and made a presentation, which was well appreciated by all. Now Mr. Henry Sarkey has headed to Kolkata to attend a seminar and to make a presentation.
On 8th November, 2010, the Church in Chotta Nagpur celebrated the memory of the first baptism, which took place at Kuntpani in the year 1873. A large number of faithfull had gatherd for the Solemn Holy Eucharist. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was the main celebrant. Most Rev. John Barwa, SVD, Bishop of Rourkela, too was present for the feast and he preached an inspiring homily. The celebration began with the blessing of the memorial stone and by venerating the Kuntpani Mata by the Bishops and the priests who were present for the Mass.
On the 14th November, 2010, 35 children received Jesus in the form of bread to their life for the first time and 45 children were sealed with the indelible mark of the Holy Spirit as they received the Sacrament of Confirmation. The parishioners of St. Mary’s Parish, Bistupur, gathered in big number to witness and thank God on this occasion. The ceremony began with an entrance dance and traditional welcome of the celebrants. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, during his homily reminded the parents and the children about the need for growing in prayer and thus in grace.
The CRI unit of Jamshedpur deanery had its meeting at Little Flower School, Telco, on 7th November. The CRI Jamshedpur Unit reflected on the state of the youth and the need of giving importance to the Youth Ministry. Fr. Peter Martin, SJ, shared his thoughts on the subject and enlightened the members present.
St. Mary’s School, Noamundi celebrated its Annual Day “Spandan 2010” in the evening of Tuesday, 9th November, 2010, at Noamunid Club. Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu and Mr. D.B Sundararaman, the General Manager, Tata Steel, were the Chief guests while Mother Elsa SABS, Regional Superior of Divya Jyothi Region was the Guest of Honour. Fr. Prabhu addressing the gathering, congratulated the school and the SABS Sisters for their effort in imparting generous service to the people and said, “School education should not only form the minds of the children but also their hearts. Mere bookish knowledge will not suffice in today’s competitive world. They need to receive lessons in excelling themselves in their field.” Sr. Bridget SABS, the principal of the school presented the annual report while the children presented various cultural episodes to add the flavour to the day’s solemnity. Frs. Camil Hembrom, Junas Purty, Raju Felix Crasta and Sister Karuna, BS, were present on the occasion. Earlier, the Catholic representatives of Noamundi met the fathers in the chapel and expressed their concern over the church of Noamundi.
“I think Fr. Prabhu is falling in love with Bethany” exclaimed Sr. Naveen as she saw Fr. Prabhu and his team, Frs. Camil and Raju entering the Bethany Convent on 9th of November. They were on their way to Noamundi. The construction of new hostel building is in progress. Fr. Junas finds no stones unturned in ensuring a speedy finish. The campus looks beautiful with lots of vegetables and fruits. Goats, ducks and fish add life to the campus. Br. Birendra Tete says, “Fr. Purty is busy going to the villages and meeting and catechizing the people. He also teaches English to the hostel boys during their free time.”
Schoolchildren remembered their beloved ‘Chacha’, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of Independent India, on 14th November - the Children’s Day. St. Paul’s School, Maluka celebrated it in a unique way. The class teachers offered floral tribute to the portrait of Pandit Nehru, followed by a prayer. Then the teachers put up an impressive Cultural extravaganza in honour of the students. Sr. Karun, the Head Mistress, delivered a thought provoking speech in which she said, “Dear Children, I urge you to dream big. Work hard to achieve your dreams.” (Br. B. Tete)
The Setu Vidyalaya Children (bridge school) put up a mind blowing welcome dance on Khuntpani Feast on November 8th. Congratulations to Fr. Jondko and his team for the fine preparation. Presently the Christ the King Church wears a Bridal look. The words of the Psalmist, “How beautiful is your dwelling place O Lord, God the Almighty” is really true looking at the magnificent the roof and decoration of Christ the King Church. Thanks to the efforts of the priests, parishioners, donors and well-wishers.
Fr. Robert Toppo along with his Regent, Bro. Jijo is working hard for the spiritual upliftment of the people. It is noteworthy to mention here, that on October 28th, the BIT students arranged a seminar on the famous slogan, “ALL IS WELL,” basing on the Scripture. Mr. Alex Zam from Pakuda was the chief resource person. One of the participants said at the end of the programme, “It was very much enriching.” 25 students participated in this seminar. (Br. Jijo)
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou dost preserve my life; thou dost stretch out thy hand against the wrath, and thy right hand delivers me” (Ps 138:7). This is literally true! God delivers his people from every danger, specially the children. It was lunchtime for the hostel children at Jisu Marsal, Chandil. Children hardly had their first serve of meals under a tree on Saturday, 20th November. All of a sudden, a big branch of the tree broke and fell down and, tumbled off the vegetable dish. Fortunately, Fr. Pradeep Marandi had just moved off from the place where the branch had fallen. One of the children was found himself under the branch unharmed while the other escaped with slight bruises. Fr. Valerian had no words to thank God for His protection.
The much awaited Clergy Meeting was held on 10th November in the Curia Hall at the Bishop’s House. Fr. Prabhu chaired the whole meeting. Fr. Augustine Ezhakunnel, S.J, with the help of power point presentation explained the new Education Policy and its implications. Latter, discussions were held regarding the celebration of the Jubilee of the Diocese.
“We live our lives in two levels: physical and divine. Ordination is a divine incident. As Moses was called to be the leader of Yahweh’s people… In the New Testament we see that, Jesus offering once and for all the eternal sacrifice. An ordained priest offers himself, in union with the Eternal High Priest, as sacrificial lamb to God for the people… Jesus says: “Do this in memory of me…” These were the words of Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ., at the Ordination of Deacon Dileep Marandi at St. Antony’s Church, Dhanbad, on 13th November, 2010. The Concelebrated Eucharist began at with a solemn entrance dance. The Deacon walked in a basket in a Santhal traditional way along with his parents, brothers and sister. Over a thousand people, thirty priests and many religious sisters witnessed this grace filled event. Fr. Richard Miranda made all the arrangements very efficiently. A beautiful pedal, an artistic stage, a meaningful liturgy and the fine cultural programmes caught every one’s attention. The Church of Jamshedpur is grateful to Marandi Family, for giving two of their sons to the Diocese and One daughter as Religious Nun (SCN Congregation) to the Universal Church at large.
Br. Bipin Kishore Barla has applied for Diaconate ordination. He has finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Pastoral Theology from Morning Star Regional Seminary, Barrackpore. He will be doing his ministry in St. Mary’s Church, Omra till his Diaconate Ordination.
Br. Jilson T.L too has completed his BTh and Pastoral Theology from St. Peter’s Seminary, Bangalore and will be back to the diocese soon and will be assigned for the Guided Diaconate Ministry in the Diocese until his Ordination. At present, he has gone for a home visit cum vocation promotion to Kerala.
Month of November was one of the busiest months of Fr. Prabhu. He began the month by preaching a Retreat for the Diocesan Priests in Bhagalpur. As he returned, he made a brisk visit to Adra, Kumardhubi and Dhanbad. Then it was time for the Kuntpani Feast which he never missed in his life. From there on he went to Chakradharpur, Maluka and Noamundi with a handful of assignments. On 21st evening along with the Bishop Felix Toppo, Fr. Valerian Lobo and Fr. Camil Hembrom left for Patna to attend a three days programme on of Bijhan Diocesan Priests meet. His driver, Deepak, says, “I do not know, when father would tell me, ‘Deepak, Chalo!’ Therefore, I need to be ready at anytime.”
The solemnity of Christ the King was celebrated with great Joy and enthusiasm in all the deaneries of Jamshedpur Diocese on 21st of November. In Jamshedpur itself it was held in the Cathedral campus in the afternoon. Bishop Felix was the main Celebrant. The procession began from the school ground, along the main road till the Kawali Maidan where a short adoration was held followed by a homily preached by Fr. C.R Prabhu. In his homily, Fr. Prabhu urged the gathering to make Christ as the King of their hearts by following the Gospel values.
Dhanbad Deanery: Crusader’s Rally (Crus Veer) was organized in Tundi Parish for the deanery. As many as 200 children participated in it.
Jamshedpur Deanery: Jamshedpur deanery organized Crusader’s rally on 6th -7th November at St. Mary’s English School, Bistupur Campus. The theme of the Rally was “Family Prayer.” Fr. Raju Felix Crasta was the resource person who gave an inspiring talk to the children. Several programmes such as, Bible Quiz, Role Play competitions, Sing-Song and games were conducted and well appreciated. Except for a couple of schools, all the schools participated in it.
Bro. Prince Dibash, who is doing his regency at Teapasi, has got two Gold Medals for English Literature. He is the Gold medal holder in the RTM Nagpur University and he bagged the Fr. Victor ROCHA memorial Gold medal from SFS College Nagpur. He was also selected as the best student in the College, so has received an award for that too. Congratulations dear Bro Prince
Enjoying learning is every child’s right. What is important is that the knowledge gained by the child be applied to life outside the school. “Train up a child in the way he should grow, and even when he is old he shall not depart from it” (Proverb 22:6). To enable this, the school organised the school fest SCINTILLATION 2010 wherein the students found it not only enjoyable but also more interactive and enriching process.
November not only found the teachers busy with corrections, open house day but also packed with surprises for the students as they dressed themselves in school uniform to entertain the children on the “children’s day”
Three students from the primary section made it at the National level again in the General Knowledge Olympiad. Indeed another feather in the cap!!! (St. Xavier’s English School)
Enhancement of life and light is what we at St. Xavier’s English School proclaim through our motto “ Let your light shine”........We will keep it GLOWING.......We will keep it GOING!!!
A group of 25 diocesan priests from four different dioceses, who are engaged in their school cum parish ministry, came for the third renewal programme arranged by UPASANA this year. Keeping in mind the particular needs of the participants, the theme of the retreat was modified by Fr. Gautam and made relevant to their needs; and Fr. Amatus Kujur was requested to speak on ‘Pastoral Leadership’ and the need for ‘Effective Interpersonal Relationship’ which are needed in the life of a pastor. He obligingly treated the topics very effectively in two consecutive days and the outcome was an earnest response from the priests. UPASANA also received a group of Monfort Bothers on the evening of 7th November who came from Jharkhand and the neighbouring states. It was a mixed group of very senior as well as young Brothers from different schools with rich experiences. It was a real pleasure to guide them through the week-long retreat while the Spirit accompanied them with its powerful presence. They were led by Fr. Gautam through the “Integrated spirituality for the School Leaders”.
A retreat is scheduled from December 4 to 12, which is offered for men and women Religious and others who could not make their annual retreat. They are most welcome to this retreat, which will be guided by Fr. R Tonyraj. And Fr. Carl Dincher will be giving a Thirty-day’ retreat which will commence from December 15. Those interested are welcome to join. (Fr.C Gautam)
We congratulate Fr. Simplicius Khess, OP, the newly appointed superior of St. Dominic’s Prarthanalaya, Birsanagar. Wish you all the very best Fr. Simply… (The new telephone no of St. Dominic’s Prarthanalaya: 0657-2280137)
Fr. Gyanprakash Topno reached his parish in Canada, safely after a month-long tour of India. In Jamshedpur, during his stay, he had his teeth fixed according to the perfect dental formula. Just before leaving, he got admitted in the Mercy Hospital and had a thorough check-up, especially of his leg which was swollen due to a simple pimple.
Dr. Fr. Joy Paul writes from Canada, “I am fine here. I came to Labrador on 3rd November. I think I should be here for some time. It is a nice and beautiful city. We have Iron Ore Mines here. Most of the people are working in the mines. With much love and smiles…”
Fr. Alex Dodrai writes from USA, “…nice to know that all of you are keeping well… Thank God, your prayers were heard. On Thursday, 25th November, we have celebrated Thanksgiving Day. This celebration in the State is almost like Christmas. They do a great deal; they have a national Holiday… Rest everything is fine, except cold, though so far we didn’t have snow, it is started freezing. So take care and love to all in the Diocese…”
Fr. Cyril too is fine in USA, and he is planning to come to India for a month’s vacation. We wish all our priests abroad great success in their ministry.
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Birthdays (December)
Fr. Junas Bhengra
Fr. Ajay Tiru

Bishop’s  Engagements
December 2010

am – pm
CBCI-CRI Joint Commission Meeting
Back to JSR

CC/SJVK Gov. Body & Gen. Body Meeting
Parish Feast, Holy Eucharist
Gen. Body Meeting of C.C.M.C.C.S.
Diocesan Senate Meeting
Blessing of the Multi Purpose Hall,
Communion & Conformation
Golden Jubilee, Sr. Leona, OSU

Spiritual Exercises
Welcoming H.E. Cardinal Toppo
Jubilee Mass & Reception: Cardinal Toppo

Vigil Mass

Ordination of Jesuits at Loyola School

Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ,
along with the members residing at Bishop’s House,
wishes each one of you,
A Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New Year!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


On October 1st, St. Theresa’s Parish, Convent, School and Hostels celebrated the Feast of their Heavenly Patroness, with pomp and gaiety. Rev. Fr. John Sumbrui S.J. was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, which was in Ho language. Rev. Fr. Camil Hembrom in his homily spoke about the qualities of the saint that made her the patron of the missionaries. The holy Mass was followed by a cultural programme where everyone could experience the fusion of classic/tradition and modernity. After the function the local clergy and the religious gathered for a delicious lunch. Earlier the faithful were given tea and snacks which they enjoyed.
On October 2nd the Jamshedpur Deanery formaly concluded the Year of the Priests. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant of the concelebrated solemn Holy Eucharist. The Holy Mass was celebrated at the ground of St. Joseph’s School, on a specially prepared stage. Most of the Priests of the deanery were present for the function. During the Homily the Bishop urged the faithful to pray for the priests and for vocations. After the Holy Mass, different parishes and schools of the deanery staged entertainment segments. During this programme the Priests were felicitated with flowers, mementoes etc...
On 2nd October, at the concluding ceremony of “Year of the Priests,” held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri, Bishop Felix Toppo S.J officially proclaimed, the coming year - ‘August 11, 2010August 11, 2011’ - as the “Year of the Youth.” A cultural programme was arranged after the high Pontifical Mass on the occasion. Many children from various schools partook in it. People from all the parishes in hundreds witnessed this event. The energetic Youth Brigade wearing ICYM T-shirt and Cap were the volunteers of this function. Fr. Leo, the Director, promised to organize various capacity building programmes in all the deaneries.
On October 03rd the Capuchin Fathers along with parishioners of the St. Antony’s Parish celebrated the Feast of St. Francis Assisi. Rev. Fr. Amatus Kujur was the main celebrant of the concelebrated holy Eucharist. The parishioners staged a cultural programme. And in the evening the Priests and Religious of the Jamshedpur Deanery gathered together to share the festal joy.
The Parish celebrated the Feast of St. Theresa of Child Jesus and the Parish Day on the 03rd October. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant of the solemn Eucharist. The parishioners found it apt to keep the First Holy Communion and Conformation on the same day, which enhanced the spirit of celebration. After the Mass the people traditionally welcomed the Bishop and the Priests present. The parishioners and the guests shared the joy of the celebration by partaking in the fellowship meal.
On October 09th the Bethany Sisters celebrated the feast of their patron saint, St. Teresa of Child Jesus. Rev. Fr. Halan Bodra was the main celebrant at the concelebrated solemn Eucharist. The Holy Mass was very lively and enriching due to the vibrant participation of the hostelites. The Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Junas Purty, accorded a hearty welcome to the priests and religious who visited Maluka and thanked them. The hostel girls staged a small cultural programme for the guests.
On the 10th day of the 10th month of the year 2010 at 10. , the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Apparition began the ceremony of the Final Profession of 6 of their Sisters. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant at the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, in which their parents, relatives and well-wishers were present. The ceremony began with reading out a small life sketch of the Sisters. The well arranged liturgy and the melodious singing brought a heavenly atmosphere. We congratulate the Sisters who made their Final Profession.
M.C. Sisters named their newly built/inaugurated male and female wards, as Shanti Niwas. The blessing of the new building took place on 14th October at Most. Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J., along with Richard Miranda, the parish priest, blessed the wards and invoked God’s Blessings. The dignitaries among the civil body of the city broke coconut. The Deputy Mayor, S.D.O., Additional Collector and many other dignitaries, Priests, Regional superior of M.C. Sisters from Ranchi and other religious of the town were present on the occasion.
On the 18th October, the people of Koleda Village gathered together to receive Most. Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J., who had came to bless the village chapel. This was the fruit of the joint effort of the villagers with their Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Junas Bhengra. As the Bishop reached the village at , they received him with great honour and carried him in a specially prepared pallenquin. (It is said that the whole village didn’t have an appropriate wooden chair, so they had to borrow one from another village.) Thereafter the bishop was formally welcomed with the cultural and traditional rituals, in which made him to walk on leaves.
The villagers had dressed a memorial stone in memory of late Mr. Simon Bodra, who gave the piece of land for the construction of a chapel. It was a happy moment for Mrs. Simon Bodra, who witnessed the traditional rituals and blessing of the stone and the chapel by the Bishop. The Bishop was the main celebrant at the concelebrated Holy Mass, the first one at the newly built chapel. During the Mass the Bishop baptized 40 people.
The villagers put up an impressive cultural programme which lasted more than two hours. This was followed by a grand fellowship meal. The Koleda villagers had invited all the other 6 units (mandalies) of the Omra Parish to the function.
SJCC conducted its 2nd Symposium on 18th September 2010. Sr. Meera, principal of Gyandeep High School, and Sr. Monika, Vice Principal of Gyandeep Middle School, were the judges. The Symposium was an eye opener for many, besides giving opportunity to budding talents to open up. The students freely shared their life story, linking it with their experience in the college. On 20th September Teacher’s meeting was conducted at the SJWC Auditorium. The staff had very enriching interaction with the parents. At this meeting the students’ performance report was given. 10th October 2010 an awareness program on ‘Goal Setting’ was conducted by Mr. James David, Chief HR from TCIL. All the students of SJCC profitably participated in it. SJCC has planned to conduct many awareness programs and activities to benefit the dropouts.
The SCJM Sisters celebrated their foundation day and the 250th birth day of Fr. Peter Joseph Triest, the founder of the congregation, on 24th October, with the Priests and Religious of Jamshedpur Deanery. The actual foundation day is on 4th November.
“Progress is the activity of the day and the assurance of tomorrow.” Buzzing with activities the St. Xavier’s English school campus is geared to celebrate one of its kind: the school fest cum funfair SCINTILLATIONS 2010 - to be held on 19th, 20th and 21st November. This multifaceted project is aimed at gathering under one roof all the students irrespective of their media of instruction. The main objective of the fest is to make education enjoyable; over 33 schools participated in the competitions such as drawing, rangoli- making, fancy dress and fashion show. SCINTILLATIONS 2010 will also harbour book fair, career guidance, exhibition of art and culture, food and games stalls. The Principal Sr. Flora says, “Education is not much committed to memory, but much to motivation, to know and to grow”. The school has always scaled great heights and still many feathers are added to its cap. The students of class IX stood in the 1st position at the district level both in the science seminar and in the 18th national Children’s Science Congress, they hope to qualify later at the state level. September was celebrated as the environmental month, where in the school organized the “GREEN RALLY” making the local mass aware to save Mother Earth by reducing pollution and planting trees. Various activities on the environmental themes were organized for the students. Class I & II had the drawing competition, class III-VI had the slogan writing competition, class VII & VIII had collage making competition. The debate competition was conducted for class IX and class X had the essay writing competition. Other activities: The students are also encouraged to showcase their talents by participating in other activities such as dance, music and singing and in sports such as karate and yoga. Participation in the national and international exams in English, Hindi, Maths, Science, Computer and General Knowledge also form a part of the students’ activities.
During the month of October Upsana conducted three retreats for the Diocesan priests of four dioceses. The first two were preached by Fr. Daniel Jeyasingh, CssR, who came from a very rich pastoral experience and enriched the retreatants with the idea of Pastoral Leadership as well as the need for the same today in the Church of Jharkhand. He touched the very depth of some issues and problems of our pastoral life and offered valuable suggestions to overcome such issues and problems. Fr. Carl Dincher’s name was fixed for the third retreat but could not be present for the scheduled date. So Gautam had to step in to do justice to a full house of priests who came on the 26 October evening for their spiritual renewal. Altogether fifteen diocesan priests of Jamshedpur came for the retreats.
The month of September ended with a bang, i.e., the birthday celebration of the Principal, Fr. Edward Saldanha, on 21st September. Though the programme was very simple with a prayer and song, it was made grand with the presence of the former Principal Fr. Amartus Kujur. The rest of the month passed quite peacefully, since the Second Terminal Exam began on the 30th of September. The school closed for Puja Vacation on the 13th of October, ending the terminal exam.
Frs. Valerian and Pradeep are labouring very hard physically and mentally to give a new look to the campus. Now the campus looks beautiful with lots of vegetables, new hostel kitchen and other things. Fr. Marandi felt giddy and had to be hospitalized in Mercy Hospital for a couple of days. Bishop’s House community had the privilege of celebrating his Birthday on 24th of October in spite of his ill health. Mr. Roshan Masih introduced him to Sr. Thellopia, Mr. Magur and Brother Kachua of the Bishop’s house water pond. Get Well Soon, Father.
Sr. Theresa DSA of Charbandia was bubbling with joy on 16th October as Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. inaugurated the newly built Dispensary block at the convent premises. This was the extension to the previous dispensary. This was made possible because of the help SJVK extended towards its completion. Fr. Tobias Kujur, the Assistant Director of SJVK was present along with the Parish Priest and other priests on the occasion. At present, the dispensary has the capacity of 15 beds. Truly it is a minor Hospital for the local people. All the best, Sr. Theresa!
“God does everything well for us. He blesses us every time and at every moment. I congratulate you on this occasion of your Jubilee!” said Bishop Felix Toppo S. J on the day of the Platinum Jubilee of St. Joseph Church, Charbandia. This was the culmination of the year long celebration which marked with various Spiritual and social programmes. Over two thousand Catholics witnessed this Jubilee. The High Pontifical Mass began with a fantastic welcome dance, followed by the exposition of Papal Blessing and the Mass. During the Mass 183 children, including some elders, received the Sacrament of Confirmation. After the Mass was over, the Memorial stones erected near the grotto were blessed. On the stone were carved a description of the history of the parish, names of the Parish Priests who served the parish ever since its erection, the names of the nuns and priests from this parish. On the occasion of the Centenary celebration of the “Chotanagpur Catholic Co-operative Credit Society (CCCS)” a memorial stone was erected. CCCS (Catholic Co-operative Bank), whose Head Office is in Rachi, founded by Fr. Hoffmann in 1909, in order to cater to the economic well-being of the tribals, is celebrating its Centenary. The blessing of the memorial stones was done by the Bishop while the three village pahans (priests) representing Munda, Oraon and Kharia tribe, performed the customary ritual.
The quality of the Christian faith in a parish can be depicted by the number of vocations sprouted therein. Though the parish is only 75 years old, it can boast of having provided 36 professed religious, 16 priests and 1 perpetually professed brother to the church. There are also many seminarians and candidates to religious life. This speaks volumes about the quality of the Christian life in the parish. Some of them were present at the celebration. To supplement this, 18 Catechists and 3 retired catechists who are the back bones of spiritual life of the people in the remote villages, two former Parish Priests, Fr. Placidus Toppo and Fr. William Tirkey of Ranchi diocese were also present. They were honoured by Bishop Felix Toppo S.J., Fr. Raphael Monteiro and Mr. A.T.Topno (Vice President) respectively. Some “fatted calves” were cut to celebrate the rest of the day.
Chaibasa deanery conducted the Crus Vir Rally on 14-16th October at Carmel High School, Chakradharpur under the banner, “Christ is our Light.” Sr. Nirmala DSA, Sr. Michael Xess OSU and Fr. Cornelius were the commanders-in-Chief. The programme began with a prayer service. Various competitions like, Quiz, Skit Competition, Elocution, Singing, dance etc were held. Bishop Felix offered Eucharist for the Crusaders on the second day of the Rally. On the final day of the programme Rev. Fr. Bipin Pani, offered Holy Mass for the Crusaders, gave away prizes and lowering the Crus Vir Flag announced that the Crus Vir Rally, 2010 closed. 813 children along with 37 animators from 19 units gained from this. (Fr. Jondko)
Jamshedpur Churches Unity Forum Committee (JCUF) celebrated four days ‘Spiritual Peace Festival’ from 21st October to 24th October 2010 at Sitaramdera GEL Church campus. Rev. Dr. J.K Henry, Director, BB College, Damu, Madhya Pradesh was the main speaker. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J. Inaugurated the Festival on 21st evening. Frs. David, Amatus and Michael Raj along with some sisters were present on the occasion.
Dhanbad Deanery Mahila Sangh had their 6th annual General Body Meeting on 25th - 26th September at Kumardubhi parish. Fr. Richard Miranda, the dean unfurled the Monica Flag. Very Rev. Mike T. Raj S.J, the Provincial of Jamshedpur Jesuits was the Chief Guest. Speaking over the topic “Young Generation” stressed upon the need of mothers in the moral life of the youngsters. The whole programme was well arranged under the leadership of Fr. Paulus Bodra. 140 Mahilas benefited from this. (Mrs. Kiran Fidelis)
Jamshedpur Deanery Mahila Sangh had their annual General Body Meeting on 9th -10th October at Vikas Bharati, Sundernagar. The two days’ programme began with a prayer service. Addressing the Mahilas on the theme, “Gender Policy of the Catholic Church,” Fr. Raju Felix Crasta, provided the relevant data and explained the various issues involved. Later, Fr. Halan Bodra, Director of the CC/SJVK spoke about the ‘economic empowerment of women’ at the grass root level. 80 women were present on the occasion.
“If Jesus were to visit you today would he find faith in Shillong, in India, in the world?” Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio asked some 200,000 young Catholics, many from the northeastern region, who gathered in the Meghalaya capital for a youth convention 10-17 October. Stressing the need for prayer he challenged the youth to introspect, asking them, “How much time do we spend before television sets/ computers and how much time before the Lord in adoration? What is the proportion of time that you spend talking to friends and to Jesus?” A seven member youth delegate from every diocese of India participated in this eighth national convention of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement. Fr. Leo D’Souza, the Director, Mr. Richard Sarkey, Co-ordinator Miss Pratiksha and Mr. Anup - Dhanbad deanery, Miss Sukanti – Chaibasa Deanery and Mr. Rohan and Christina – Jamshedpur deanery represented our diocese. The theme chosen for the convention was, “Live the Word… Liberate the World.” ‘Cultural exchange and Family Experience’ was the hallmark of the event wherein the different groups were sent to different villages for a couple of days from where the participants bagged rich experience of North East. (Mr. R. Sarkey)
Fathers from different places where our regents are assigned for the ministry are feeding us with good reports about them. On October 9th -10th there was a recollection arranged for them in the Bishop’s House. Fr. John Mundu S.J, acting Director of the Divya Bharati, assisted them to reflect and to rejuvenate themselves. All the 14 regents were present.
Fr. James Quadros has succeeded in getting a small rented house near Manoharpur Block and therefore, his address ‘Platform No. 1’ remains cancelled. On 25th October, he has shifted from Bishop’s house to Charbandia on a temporary basis and soon will occupy his new house. On this occasion, Fr. Raju had accompanied him to Anandpur. All the best, Fr. Quadros.
We wholeheartedly welcome Frs. Simplicius Khess and Jottin Jose Kondodikari, who have joined the community of St. Dominic’s Prarthanalaya, Birsangar. We wish them all the very best! (Contact Numbers: Fr. Simplicius – 7654030059; Fr. Jottin Jose – 8797601809)
Sr. Heleena, the Principal of JJSN was overjoyed to inform that the institution achieved cent percentage results in the MIBE Board Examinations. Among the 17 third year students who appeared for the examinations, 4 students were among the first 9 ranks (1st, 3rd, 4th &9th) of MIBE Rank list; and the rest with first class. So too, some of the 1st & 2nd year students too found their place among the first 9 ranks of the MIBE Rank list.
Please note that Bible Diary in English & in Hindi(of St. Paul’s & Claretian Publications) and Hindi Ordo are available at PDDM Liturgical Centre at St. Mary’s Junior Block, Bistupur.

Birthdays (November)

Fr. Jondko Kandeyang
Fr. Valerian Lobo
Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J.

Bishop’s  Engagements

06.00 pm
SCJM Foundation Day Mass
05.00 pm
S.J.C.C. Gov. & Gen. Board Meeting
Krusveer Seminar, Concluding day Mass
Mass, Cardinal Telespore Toppo, 25 Years as Archbishop of Ranchi
Khuntpani Feast
09.30 am
03.00 pm
Clergy Meeting
Diocesan Consulters’ Meeting
Priestly Ordination of Dilip Marandi
First Holy Communion

XLRI Governing Board Meeting

Christ the King Procession

To Patna


RBC, CRI and BDPC Meetings
Gov. Board Meeting of NJN & R. Bharti
08.00 am

To Mumbai