Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December, 2011

News Letter – December, 2011

Seminar on RTE
A special Workshop on “RTE and Educational Problems/Issues” was organised at Vikas Bharati, Sundernagar from 30th October to 01st November. Fr. K.M. Joseph and his team from Patna, were the resource persons. A good number of principals, Vice Principals and Secretaries of Schools were present for the seminar.

Jubilee Celebration
On 30th October, 2011, Sr. Gracy Mlakuzhyil SCN, Superior of Nazareth Convent and Principal of Gyan Deep Vidyalaya, Birsanagar, celebrated the Silver Jubilee of her religious profession. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ. was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Eucharist. Her brother Fr. George M. SJ, along with other brothers and sisters were present for the occasion. The teachers and other staffs of the School took great initiative in organising the liturgy. The celebration came to its end with a delicious meal. On previous day, the students of Gyan Deep Vidyalaya had staged a short cultural programme and joined in her happiness. We congratulate Sr. Gracy and wish her God’s abundant blessings and happy and fruitful life ahead.

Foundation Day Celebrations
On 3rd November, 2011, SCJM Sisters, Baridih, celebrated the foundation day of the Congregation. Most Rev. Bishop Toppo, SJ was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. During the inspiring Homily, Bishop exhorted the members gathered to be aware of the problems and difficulties the church facing today and to commit ourselves completely to the Lord.

Year of the Youth
On 4th and 5th  November representatives of youth from all the parishes of the Diocese gathered at St. Joseph's Welfare Centre, to officially call off the Year of Youth 2010-2011. About 150 youth along with animators were present for the two day function. The programme began with a Taize Prayer, which was conducted by Sr. Christy along with other sisters and some of the Youth. There were input sections and time for competitions. Rev. Fr. Kristudas was the resource person. The meet came to its end with the Holy Eucharist, in which Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, officially declared that the year of the Youth 2010-2011 has concluded.

Annual Day:
Parsudih: On 12th November, 2011, St. Robert School, Parsudih, celebrated as the Annual Day of the School. The programme began at 5 pm. Dr. Ajay Kumar (M.P. Jamshedpur) was the chief guest and Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu was the guest of honour.

Mosaboni: St. Joseph’s School, Mosaboni, celebrated School’s Annual Day on 13th November, 2011. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was the chief guest of the event.

Khuntpani Feast
The annual feast of Khuntpani Shrine was celebrated on 8th November, 2011, with great joy and festivity. On that day the Church in Chotta Nagpur remembered the divine intervention of God in the community through the first Baptism, which took place at Khuntpani in the year 1873, and thanked God for the same. A large number of faithful from different part of Jharkhand and Orissa had gathered for the Solemn Holy Eucharist. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Holy Eucharist. During the homily he also spoke about the different ways in which God intervenes in our life basing on the life of Blessed Mother Mary. The celebration began with the blessing of the memorial stone, lighting of the lamps and by venerating Khuntpani Mata by the Bishop and the Priests who were present for the Holy Eucharist. After the Holy Eucharist, in order to accelerate the festive mood, children from various schools presented cultural items.

Seminar on Liturgy
As the Church has introduced some changes in the English Roman Missal, a seminar on Liturgy was organised on 16th November, 2011 at Bishop’s House, Golmuri. Rev. Fr. Jos DeCuyper SJ was the facilitator of the Seminar. With a number of 105 persons participating, it was one of well participated seminar.

Feast of Christ the King
The Feast of the Christ the King was celebrated in the traditional way in all the deaneries of the Diocese. Jamshedpur deanery chose Our lady of Guadalupe Church, Telco, as the venue for the celebration. The celebration began in the afternoon. Large number of people was gathered for the celebrations. Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu was the main celebrant of the concelebrated holy Eucharist. Rev. Fr. Pancratius Toppo, SJ broke the Word of God on the occasion.

Faithful of Dhanbad Deanery gathered at St. Anthony's Church, Dhanbad for the celebrations. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ was the main celebrant. Large number of faithful, religious and priests were there to proclaim their faith in public.

Adra witnessed the faith of the people in Jesus as Purulia Deanery organised Christ the King Feast at Sacred heart Church, Adra. It was more of an ecumenical event as non-catholic Christians too took part in it.

In Chaibasa Deanery, people had gathered in various palaces to celebrate, as celebrations were conducted in different centers. The faithful took this opportunity to express their faith and allegiance to Jesus.

Meetings at Patna
The Annual joint meeting of the BIJHAN Bishop’s Council, BIJHAN Religious Major Superiors and BIJHAN Diocesan Priests’ Council was held at Navjyoti Niketan from 21st to 25th November, 2011. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, Fr. C.R. Prabhu, Fr. Camille Hembrom and Fr. Amatus Kujur had participated in it.

For your Kind Attention:
Ø The Core Committee for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese will hold its meeting on Thursday, 8th December at 11.00 am, at the Bishop’s House, Golmuri. The members are requested to attend this meeting
Ø The Diocesan Clergy Meeting: the Diocesan Priests of Jamshedpur will hold their last meeting of the year on December 15th, 2011 at Bishop’s House, Golmuri, at 09.30 am. All the Diocesan Priests whether they are working in Parishes or Schools or Social-Centres, are urged to participate actively in this meeting.
Ø Protest Rally: the Christians of Jamshedpur are organising a big Protest Rally against the brutal killing of Sr. Valsa John, on Sunday 04th December on Loyola Ground. All are requested to show solidarity with these efforts and to join this Rally. It beings at 01.30 pm and will conclude by 03.30 pm. Efforts are being made to seek the participation of non-Christian communities.
Ø Vocation Promotion and Formation of our Seminarians: Bishop has called for a meeting of the Vocation Promotion Committee on Tuesday 06th December, 2011, at 10.00 am, at Bishop’s House, Golmuri. All the issues connected with vocation promotion, selection and formation of our seminarians will be discussed and will try to make a relevant policy for the same.
Fr. C. R. Prabhu
Vicar General

St. Joseph’s Community College
The first batch of students of the Conversational English course has successfully completed their elementary course on 17th November, 2011. The second batch has begun their classes on 14th November. Regular classes are going on as usual… fourteen Candidates from Amar Jyoti Convent too had joined SJCC for Spoken English Course and have completed it on 24th November, 2011. Now the present batch of students of the College, are busy with intensive preparation for their mid-term examinations.

St. Mary’s English School, Bistupur
Under the initiative of our Principal, Fr. David Vincent, a seminar was conducted on 19th  November, 2011. It was aimed at the upliftment of the thinking abilities and the promotion of multiple intelligence, which would in turn help the students in facing the competitive world. The seminar proved to be beneficial and productive, with respect to the career oriented queries as well as the wide ranging options that promises a bright future. The resource persons for the seminar were Rev. Fr. Tony P. Raj, SJ and Ms. Monica Uppal.  On the whole, it was an eye opening interaction, which is expected of the school administration in future also.
On the occasion of children's day the Junior Block organized a Mela. The collection for the same would go for the poor and the needy children. In the senior block a D.J. Night was organized. It was an opportunity to find out various talents of the students (Mohammad Dilshad-XII-A)

Loyola School, Kumardhubi
Loyola campus was bubbling with enthusiasm on 13th November. The teachers had planned to celebrate Children's Day a little differently and so organized a fete. It was titled FUN FEST. And it was 100% true to its title; it had really turned out to be full of fun and festivity. Parents and students came in large numbers as it was a Sunday. The attractions were the yummy food stalls. But the games stalls were no less in drawing the crowd. Our neighboring school, St. Mary's School too was invited for this. (Rita Sen)

From JDV Pune, Fr. Raju Felix Crasta writes:
Greetings…. In this month we were lucky to be enriched by the presence and insights of many national and international professors. A week long International Seminar of Theologians (COCTI) was held in the first week of November in JDV, at the PG block. There were about 140 participating in it. This was followed by an Inter-Religious Dialogue arranged by the Pontifical Commission from Vatican. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, was on a visit to India, to follow up after Pope Benedict XVI’s inter-faith meeting in Assisi last month. The Cardinal along with Council Secretary, Archbishop Pierluigi Celata, had meetings with representatives of Hinduism and had lead a Catholic representative team at a Hindu-Christian meeting on the theme: ‘Enhancing Hindu-Christian Relations and Collaboration for Justice, Peace and Harmony’ at the four-day meet, from November 6-9, which was held at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth. Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona, was the chairman of the local organizing committee. 
Amidst all these, I began my second semester with the lectures of Prof. Johnson Puthenpurackal ofm.Cap, on Heidegger’s Philosophy. It was tough but managed to finish with a positive note. We remembered our departed professors and friends with a solemn Eucharist at the Cemetery on 2nd November (All Soul’s Day). Dr. Nishant was the Chief Celebrant on the occasion. As the Christmas season is approaching, we will be having ten days of holidays towards the end of December. And I take this opportunity to wish you all happy blessed Christmas. May the savior Jesus keep us in Christmas spirit.

Sad Demise
Sr. Fidelis Manjali, JMJ, who was one of the pioneering community members at Jeevan Jyothi Convent and Nursing School, Telco, has passed away on 10th  November, 2011 in Hyderabad. She was suffering from lung cancer for the past one year. Sr. Fidelis worked in the Diocese of Jamshedpur from 1985 to 2009. 
On 15th November, 2011 a memorial Mass was celebrated at Jeevan Jyothi Convent, Telco. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. A good number of Clergy Religious and people who knew her were present for the Holy Eucharist.
We express our heartfelt sympathy to the members of the congregation and to the dear near ones and continue to pray for the departed soul.

Monday, October 31, 2011

November, 2011

News Letter – November, 2011

On Sunday, 02nd October, 2011, parishioners of St. Teresa's Church, Jhinkpani, celebrated the Parish Feast and Nawakhani… Rev. Fr. Gregory D'Silva, SJ, was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. He preached a beautiful sermon in Ho Frs. David, Sijo and Bro. Jijo too joined for the celebration. After the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. David blessed the newly built Classrooms of the School. Soon after all the religious ceremonies there was a sports competition for the parishioners. After the games and competitions the festal meal was served. All enjoyed the fellowship meal.

On Sunday, 02nd October, 2011, St. Joseph's Parish, Anadpur, honoured the senior citizens of the Parish and celebrated the day as Senior Citizens' Day. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist. The youth of the Parish welcomed and brought them in to the Church with dance. After the Holy Mass there was a sharing session. Men and women of age and wisdom shared their experiences and vision. Rev. Fr. Raphael Monteiro, who guided the session, exhorted the senior citizen to live gracefully their old age and also gave some tips to face the challenges of the old age.
Conscience Building Seminar: Rev. Fr. John Crasta conducted a conscience building seminar for the Parishioners. The purpose of the seminar was to form a correct and just moral conscience in the everyday life of the people. The participants of the seminar were youth and married couples. The response from the people was good and encouraging.

On Sunday, October 02nd the Capuchin Fathers along with parishioners of the St. Anthony's Parish celebrated the Feast of St. Francis Assisi. Rev. Fr. Jottin Jose, OP, was the main celebrant of the concelebrated holy Eucharist. The parishioners staged a cultural programme. After the cultural programme all gathered together for a common meal and shared the festal joy.

Krus Vir Rally
Chibasa: The Krus Vir Rally was held from 01st to 03rd October, 2011, at St. Xavier's Parish Chaibasa. Children from far out village Parishes arrived before noon. Fr. Edwin Coelho welcomed them at their arrival. The registration began at 2pm, followed by inauguration of the Rally. Fr. Edwin Coelho inaugurated the Rally by unfurling the Krus Vir Flag and gave a short message on the Rally theme: “Jesus Our Good Shepherd”. Along with Deanery & local Coordinators of Krus Vir, Rev. Fr. Leo D'Souza, the Diocesan Director of Krus Vir too was present for the Inauguration. After the inauguration, all gathered for Rosary and Adoration of Blessed Sacrament. After the supper different units staged various cultural programmes. On the second and third day the children were busy in participating various competitions like Speech Competition, Bible Quiz, One Act Play, Singing Competition (both solo and group) and spiritual input sections. This time the participation was good. There were 901 Krus Virs, 44 Animators, 7 Sisters, 5 Priests and 4 Brothers who took part in the Rally and made the Rally a successful one. Finally, a word of thanks to the main organisers of the Rally, Sr. Nirmala DSA and Sr. Michael, OSU. (Fr. Edwin Coelho)

Jamshedpur: The Jamshedpur Denery Krus Vir Rally was held at Loyola School, Sonari, on 01st and 02nd October, 2011. There were a total of 252 children who took part in the Rally. Keeping in mind the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese and the special thrust of the Jubilee year, the Rally too kept the theme “Towards the Fullness of Life”. Based on the theme various competitions and input sessions were organised. The Rally was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Augustine Eazhakunnel, SJ, the Rector of Loyola School. He hoisted the Krus Vir Flag and gave the inaugural address. Rev. Fr. Simplicius Khess, OP, welcomed the participants to the programme. Rev. Fr. Oscar Beck, Director of Pratheksha Propaedeutic Seminary, took up the input session, explaining to the Krus Virs, what should be the life style of a Krus Vir in the light of the theme. The rally came to end by lunch. Some members of the Youth too helped out in the whole programme.

On the first week of October, the youth of Dhanbad Deanery came together at Dhanbad Parish to officially call off the Year of Youth at the Deanery level. Youth from all the Parishes of the Deanery were present for the programme and showed much enthusiasm. Thus the two day programme became very encouraging. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, which marked the conclusion of the Year of Youth at Dhanbad Deanery.

With a two day seminar for the Youth of the Parish, Prabhu Marsal Parish, Goilkera, concluded the Year of the Youth at the Parish. Rev. Frs. Sanjay Kujur, CSsR, Bipin Barla, Sr. Marta Kandulna along with Rev. Fr. Michael Jojo, the Parish Priest, conducted the Seminar. Input sessions and discussions were conducted on themes related to different aspects of life. Some of the topics were: Who am I? How can I become a source of inspiration for others? The importance of Team Work and Cooperation etc… On the second day of the Seminar Rev. Fr. Vernon D'Souza too joined the team. Rev. Fr. Vernon was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist, which was specially arranged to mark the conclusion of the Year of Youth at the Parish and to thank God for the manifold graces which they have received during the past year. Various cultural programmes and sports events, including a football match (for different units of the parish) were conducted on this occasion. In spite of these tight programmes the youth found time to elect a new team of office bearers, who would guide them in the year ahead. We congratulate the Youth, Parish Priest and Youth Coordinator of the Parish for their initiatives and commitment.

On Sunday, 09th October, 2011, 4 Sisters who belong to the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph's of Apparition made their Final Profession, and committed their life completely to Christ and for His mission. 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 introducing the Sisters by reading out their biodata. The well arranged liturgy and the melodious singing brought a heavenly atmosphere. After the Holy Eucharist there was a short felicitation programme and thereafter all gathered to enjoy the delicious meal which was prepared to share the joy. We congratulate the Sisters who made their Final Profession.

On 11th October, 2011, Holy family Church, Rahargora, substation of St. Robert's Church, Parsudih, honoured the senior citizens of the substation and celebrated the day as Senior Citizens' Day. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist. The elders were welcomed in the traditional way and were led to the Church with great joy. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Kerketa, the Parish Priest of St. Robert's Church, was the main celebrant. This was the first official visit of the Parish Priest to the substation. Rev. Fr. Nicholas showed his love and affection towards the elders by presenting them with Rosaries.

On the evening of Wednesday, 12th  October, 2011, a special Eucharistic Celebration was arranged at Bishop’s House Community Chapel, in honour of Rev. Fr. David Vincent, who was the Diocesan Treasurer. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Farewell Mass. Bishop and other Fathers who were present, thanked God for the gift of Rev. David Vincent, and him for selflessly working for the Diocese. And they also wished him cordial best wishes and Lord’s abundant blessing in the new area of work. On 13th Morning, Fr. David moved out from Bishop’s House to St. Mary’s Bistupur.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri
On Sunday, 16th October, 2011, St. Joseph’s Cathedral celebrated the NAWAKHANI festival. The whole parish gathered together for this feast. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist, at 07.30 am. The parishioners welcomed the main celebrant, Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, and other concelebrants with traditional dance and other customs. Rev. Fr. Joseph Surin, SJ, broke the Word of God and spoke about the significance of the festival. After the Holy Eucharist all joined for the breakfast and thereafter for the cultural programme. Various cultural items peculiar to different tribes were presented. After the cultural programme, with a common meal and common dance the celebrations came to an end.

Foundation stone for the new School Auditorium was laid on 28th October, 2011. The day started with a Holy Eucharist for the Students. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ,  was the main celebrant. Later at 11.00 am the students and teachers along with managing committee members and representatives of Parish Council gathered for a prayer service, which was lead by Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ. After the prayer Bishop blessed the proposed land for the Auditorium and completed the land breaking ceremony by breaking a coconut and by digging the plot. The teachers had beautified the place with special rengoli. The students of the school too were present for the same.
Earlier on 26th October, 2011,the parishioners along with the students of the school celebrated the festival of light, DIWALI. The celebration began with the Hoy Eucharist, in which Rev. Fr. Sahay Thasan was the main celebrant. After the Holy Mass there was a short gathering and the sweets were distributed, which was sponsored by Ms. Jacky Lobo. The whole celebration was organised by the Parish Youth. 
Back Home for Holidays
In the month of October, there of our Priests came to Bishop's House to spend their holidays. The Fist one to arrive was Fr. Gyan Prakash Topno. As in the previous year this year too he had to be admitted in the hospital. This year he underwent a Laparoscopic Surgery. Fr. Raju Felix Crasta reached Bishop's House on 18th October from Pune. He came to relax a bit and to refresh himself. He left for Pune on 26th to further deal with various Philosophers. Fr. Joy Paul too has reached Bishop's House as part of his holiday programme. We are happy to see you all and wish you cordial best wishes and God's abundant blessings.

Diwali Celebrations
The youth of Jamshedpur Deanery came together to celebrate Diwali in a different way. A good number of Youth, almost from all the parishes of the deanery, gathered at. St. Mary's School, Bistupur on 27th October, 2011. The gathering began at 02.00 pm. Rev. Fr. Camille Hembrom, the Dean of Jamshedpur Deanery, was the chief guest. The gathering began with a prayer service. Various competitions were conducted on the themes based on Bible. The special prayers with lighted candles in the evening brought much meaning and awareness.

Loyola School, Kumardhubi
The long awaited Elocution / Speech Contest was held on 24th September, for classes from III to XII. Group Recitation of Poem for classes III & IV was introduced for the first time. Debate competition for the Plus II students was a must watch programme. For the SPEECH contest, Classes IX & X put up a neck to neck fight. Judges came from Adra, Mugma &Maithon.
School remained closed for Puja Vacation from 1st Oct to 9th Oct.  Soon after the holidays the 2nd Terminal Examinations have started.
Our Principal, Rev. Fr. Edward Saldanha, was showered with good wishes on his birthday, which was on 21st Sept. (Rita Sen)

From JDV Pune, Fr. Raju Felix Crasta writes:
Greetings…. As usual, month of October was filled with various academic activities. The month began with a Seminar by Prof. Luise David who came from the University of Manila, on the topic Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt. This was followed by 'JDV-Sathyanilayam Inter-faculty Paper Presentation' on 3rd of October. Altogether nine scholarly papers on various philosophical issues were presented by the staff of both the faculties. Fr. Valerian Mendonca, SJ, of Jamshedpur province, presently the staff of Sathyanilayam, presented a paper on the current issues of Kandamal, a paper well appreciated by all. This was followed by my on class presentation on the courses we had previously. With this the first semester came to an end. We had fifteen days of break to begin the new session. I made a quick trip to Tata-Ranchi to fresh up my old memories. Some students had spiritual journeys, retreats and pilgrimages to Goa, Varanasi etc. Our second semester will begin on 28th of October.

Divya Bharati, Chaibasa
As part of the Diocesan Golden Jubilee Celebration, focusing on the Faith Renewal, a Training Programme for the Laity of Chaibasa Deanery was organized at Divya Bharati, from 26th to 28th October, 2011. This was done under the interest and leadership of Fr. Edwin Coelho, Dean of Chaibasa Deanery. Eighteen participants took part and benefited from it. The workshops dealt with topics such as: Faith Renewal, Methods of Prayer, the Role and Responsibility of Family and Laity in the Catholic Church, in the light of Post Vatican II. Frs Edwin Coelho, John Mundu and Bro. Bene Kichingia were the resource persons. (Fr. George Anthony)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October, 2011


St. Xavier’s School, Balarampur celebrated its First Annual Day on Saturday 3rd September. Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu, the Vicar General of the Diocese, was the Chief Guest. A large number of parents and well-wishers attended this two hours colourful programme which was presented by the Primary School Children. We congratulate Fr. Cyprian Lobo, Sr. Jovita, the Headmistress of the School, and all others who worked tirelessly to stage this event. Congratulations!

Nativity Feast

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady was celebrated solemnly in different parishes of the Diocese. At St. Mary’s Parish, Bistupur, which is well known for this Feast, Rev. Fr. Raphael Montero was the main celebrant for the solemn concelebrated Holy Eucharist. He had come from Anandpur Parish with his catechists (19 in numbers) to participate in this Feast. In spite of the rain faithful had gathered in great numbers. After the Holy Mass there was candlelight procession and thereafter all joined for the common.

Rev. Fr. Camille Hembrom, the Cathedral Parish Priest, was the main celebrant of the Festal Celebrations at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The celebration began with the procession. After the holy Eucharist there was a fellowship meal too. Faithful had gathered in large numbers. There were celebrations at Mercy Chapel and at Gyandeep. Good number of faithful had gathered in these places too.

Sacred Heart Church, Adra, too had a wonderful celebration of the Feast. The procession started at 3 pm, from Bayabi to the Church. Rev. Fr. Vijay Bhatt was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. Most of the parishioners were present for the celebrations.

The feast of the Nativity of Our Lady was celebrated with traditional ghetto at St. Barbara Church, Mosaboni, with nine days of Novena and Mass. Different priests from Jamshedpur Diocese satisfied the spiritual quest of the people.

Other Parishes of the Diocese too celebrated the feast in its traditional ghetto. The novena and the celebration of the nativity feast were a time of spiritual renewal.

St. Mary’s English School, Bistupur
On the occasion of the Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the School, St. Mary’s School, Bistupur, arranged a gathering of friends and well-wishers of the school on Sunday 11th September, 2011. A large number of Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Teachers and well wishes joined the celebration. And on 16th evening a Eucharistic Celebration was organised for the Christian students and parents of the School. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Mass. A large number of parents and students were present for the Holy Eucharist.

Please Note
Ø The meeting of the Jubilee Finance Committee will be held on Saturday, 08th October at 06.00 pm, at Bishop’s House, Golmuri.

Ø A special Workshop on “RTE and Educational Problems/Issues” is being organised at Vikas Bharati, Sundernagar from 30th October to 2nd November. Fr. K.M. Joseph and his team from Patna, will be the resource persons. All principals, Vice Principals and Secretaries of Schools are requested to attend this workshop necessarily.

St. Xavier’s Boys School was the venue for the Singhbhum Basket Ball Tournament. The final matches were played on 4th Spetember, 2011.The Girls’ Team of Loyola School, Chaira, took away the trophy leaving the St. Xavier’s Girls of Chaibasa as runners up. The Little Flower School, Telco, boys defeated the St. Xavier’s Boys, Chaibasa by a mere 1 point. The District Education Officer, Mr. Arvind Bilung, the Principal of Mahila College, Mrs. Sudalen and Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu, the Vicar General, gave away the prizes.

St. Monica Day: The Feast of St. Monica was celebrated as “Mothers’ Day” in St. Xavier’s Parish, Chaibasa. The youth greeted and received the mothers at the entrance of the Church; the children brought them in to the Church with dance. The well arranged liturgy helped every one to pray well. After the Holy Mass there was an input session. The theme was “Mother’s role in the development of the child at teen-age”. The session was concluded with a group discussion. Rev. Fr. Anselem Dungdung, SJ, was the animator of the session. With an agape meal the Mothers’ Day celebration came to its close.

Krus Vir Day: The Feast of the Holy Cross was celebrated as “Krus Vir Day” in the Parish. The liturgy of the day was planned accordingly to maximise the participation of the children. During the liturgy many children were inducted into the Krus Vir with a well arranged ceremony. After the mass the children put up a small cultural programme for their parents.
Parish Youth Day: on 18th September, 2011, St. Xavier’s Parish celebrated the “Parish Youth Day”. The members of the Mahila Sangh accompanied the youth from the gate to the Church. Rev. Fr. Ranjit Kindo, SJ, the parish youth coordinator was the main celebrant of the Eucharistic celebration. After the Holy Mass, Rev. Fr. Anselem Dungdung, SJ, led an input session on the theme “How to Develop the Hidden Talents in You”. After the input session the youth elected the new office holders.
The Girl Child's Day: St. Xavier’s Parish on 8th September, 2011, organized a liturgical programme to celebrate the Girl Child Day. The parents accompanied their daughters in to the church. St. Anne’s Sisters took lead in arranging the liturgy along with Mahila Sangh. After the Holy Mass, members of the Mahila Sangh arranged light refreshments for the girls and for their brothers too.

A two day seminar for the mothers of St. Paul’s Parish, Maluka, was organised on 17th & 18th September, 2011. The theme of the seminar was “Towards the Fullness of Life: The Contribution of Women in the Family and in the Church”. The theme was very much in connection with Jubilee Theme of the Diocese. Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Horo, Mr. Paulus Bodara and Mrs. Salomi Bodra were the resource persons. The response to the seminar was great, women from far away villages too were present for the seminar. After the seminar, on 18th, the children from the hostel staged a short cultural programme to convey their love and respect towards the mothers. The mothers dispersed to their homes after having the lunch. Fr. Junas Purty and Sr. Naveen, BS deserves much appreciation for their heard work, which made the programme a successful one.

On 11th September, the Mahila Sangh of Purilia Deanery came together for a meeting at Adra. They spend the day at St. Vincent’s Ashram. The input sessions were dealt by Frs. John Otto and Sahay. All the participants enjoyed the sessions and were happy to interact with inmates of St. Vincent’s Ashram.
On 25th St. Vincent De Paul Society Unit, Adra, celebrated their Feast. The celebration began with Mass. The members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society came to St. Vincent’s Ashram, and conducted some programmes for the inmates. They also shared the festal meal with the inmates.

Golden Jubilee
On 18th September, 2011, Sr. Thomasina, SCJM, celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession. The celebration began with the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, in which Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu was the main celebrant. Fr. Prabhu during his homily remembered how he met Sr. Thomasina in Bangalore and of having coffee in a park. He then continued to explain how Sister helped him at Catholic Charities. For a long period of time Sr. Thomasina worked for Catholic Charities and after a gap she has come back to Catholic Charities to render her service. Her brother from Kerala and sister from Delhi too were present for the function. The celebration came to an end with a delicious meal. Congratulations Dear Sr. Thomasina !

Spiritual Renewal
Diocesan  Recollection
In his Encyclical, ‘Evangelica Testificatio’ Pope Paul VI regarding the spiritual renewal writes: “How could you fail to desire to know better Him whom you love and whom you wish to make manifest to men? It is prayer that unites you to Him. If you have lost the taste for prayer, you will regain the desire for it by returning humbly to its practice. Do not forget, moreover, the witness of history: faithfulness to prayer or its abandonment are the test of the vitality or decadence of the religious life.” Following the urge to be united with the Master, many of our priests are spending enough time in retreats in various places. Frs. James Quadros, Benedict Minj, Leo D’Souza, Eugene Ekka and Vernon D’Souza are just back from Navasadana, Varanasi, after attending a retreat. Many of the fathers have already registered their names for the forthcoming retreats. Earlier on 13th & 14th September more than 40 Priests, including some of the religious priests, came together for a recollection at Upasana, Mango, which was directed by Rev. Fr. Michael T. Raj. All those who participated benefited from it and appreciated the session.

St. Joseph’s Community College - Mango
The 3rd batch of Community College has shifted from Welfare Centre - Golmuri to Mango since the 1st September. Regular classes are being conducted as usual; the place is beautiful, quiet and conducive for the students in their studies. We also started the Conversational English course on the same day, there are 23 students and the classes are from 5.30p.m. - 7 p.m.

There was a meeting of all the Directors and Principals of Community Colleges from the states of Jharkhand, Orissa, MP, Bihar, UP, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Uttrakhand, on 17th & 18th of September, at Ranchi. Along with Director and Principal of St. Joseph’s Community College, one of the staffs and 8 students too had gone for the same. Fr. Michael Raj who was the President of All Jharkhand Community Colleges Forum has been elected as the President of North Central India Community Colleges Consortium. Congratulations to him! The Ranchi University Pro Vice Chancellor who was present for the meeting has promised to take up the interests of the Community Colleges and help us get affiliated to Ranchi University. Good luck for Community Colleges!

DSWC Dhanbad
A one day workshop on the theme “Revisiting the Vision and Mission of DSWC” was organized at Nirmala Hospital, Govindpur, on 23rd August, 2011. Fr. Chrsto Das, the Director of Regional Forum of Social Work in Jharkhand and Ms. Rajshree, the Regional (Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal) Director of CRS guided the workshop. The session was an eye opener for many as they came to know about DSWC. Along with present Director, Assistant Director, Sisters and Staff of DSWC, Rev. Fr. Vijay Bhatt, the formar Director too participated in the workshop.

Nirmala Middle School Girls baged first prizes in various programmes which were organised by the Nagarik Samity, Govindpur, on the occasion of the Independence Day Celebration, on 15th August. Earlier, on 11th the School bagged the second prize for the quiz competition, which was organised by the Vikas Forum.
Dr. Ruma Prasad, Gynaecologist, started to offer her service at Nirmala Hospital, from the first week of September. This would be a great benefit for many. (Fr. Ajay Tiru)

St. Xavier’s School, Taldanga
The month of September was full of excitement, hard-work and of responsibility. The students’ zeal was at its peak on Teachers’ Day. This year the Teachers’ Day was celebrated on 3rd September for the junior school and on the 5th September for the senior school. Apart from songs and dances they put up a few skits with good messages. The reading on Mother Teresa’s life & work was very moving.
Earlier, on 27th August, 90 Loyolians had gone to St. Xavier’s, Purulia, to participate in the inter school contest on Patriotic Song and Dance. The performance of the Loyolians was good. They bagged two first prizes, three second prizes and one third prize in different competitions.
Shahnawaz Ansari of class XII, Science, brought much honour by winning the 2nd prize in High Jump & 3rd Prize in Tripple Jump, in the 15th ASISC Jharkhand & Bihar Regional Athletic Meet 2011which was held at CMRI, Dhanbad, on 16th & 17th September.

Bro. Michael Deogam from St. Albert’s College, Ranchi, writes:
Greetings! We are all keeping well. … Now, I would like to share with you the news from St. Albert's Seminary. August 31, was a day of great joy for the Albertine Family as we celebrated ‘Seminary Day’. The day began with the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Xavier Soreng, SJ, Provincial of Ranchi Jesuit Province. Fr. Joseph Prasad Pinto, the Rector of St. Albert's College in his introduction acknowledged the important role played by the Jesuits in Chotanagpur. In the afternoon we enjoyed the ‘Traditional Football Match’ between the Philosophers V/s the Theologians. The philosophers won by 4-3. In the evening, religious men and women of Ranchi were invited for a short but beautiful cultural programme.  The skit, "Changes in Jharkhand", by the 1st year Theologians and 'Fusion Dance' by the Philosophers were impressive.

"God is love and he loves you and me.  Let us love others as he loves us", Mother Teresa had said. On September 5, the Brothers form West Bengal region celebrated the memory of Blessed Mother Teresa.

"O Karam, it is in your guise that Dharmes saved the Kurukh ancestors, and so our ancestors kept the Karma festival in order to honour you and kept honouring you to this day.   So also we, too, have come to take you to our courtyard."  Recalling this prayer, we, along with the Cathedral parishioners, celebrated the Karam festival on September 8.

In  hounour of our guests from Church-in-Need, Germany, we had a short felicitation programme on September 12. They visited many places of Jharkhand and went back carrying sweet memories along with them…Please convey our greetings to all...

From JDV Pune, Fr. Raju Felix Crasta writes:
Greetings! … September Month began with a positive note, with a scholarly philosophical staff-student seminar by Professor Chad Bouman, Ph.D., from Buttler University, on the topic, “Theorizing Religion and Culture with Clifford Geertz and Andrew Walls: Organic Indigenization and the Satnami Christians of Chattisgarh”. It was mind blowing in true sense. Another important aspect I could notice in this month is the upholding of diversity of cultures in JDV. It all began with the Onam celebrations in all the houses in various capacities. We, the PG students celebrated it on 10th of September. JDV Konkani association celebrated the Nativity of Our Lady, “Monthi Fest” on 9th of September where I was the Main celebrant at the Concelebrated Eucharist. The JDV day was celebrated on 23rd of September with a solemn Syro-Malabar Eucharist in the morning and fabulous Cultural extravaganza in the evening. The theme chosen this year was, “Sounds Synchronized to Symphony.” The Jamshedpur Scholastics too were on the stage… From the part of PG students, I was involved in the ‘Chorus’ which we sang in four different languages including Malaysian and Hebrew apart from Malayalam and Hindi. … Towards the end of the month, Fr. Donald D’Silva, SJ, of Jamshedpur Province was here for a couple of weeks to impart his communicative skills to the MPh Students.

News From Divya Bharati, Chaibasa
A Training Programme on “Power Evangelization and Prayer” was organized from 5th to 8th September at Divya Bharati, in which 29 people participated. And on the 24th and 25th of September, we had 70 Women from different Parishes of Kolhan-Porahat for a 2 day Residential Seminar on “Spirit-filled Leadership”, conducted by Fr. Edwin Coelho, Dean of Chaibasa Deanery and Dr. Mukti, OSU, Mahila Sangh Coordinator for the Chaibasa Deanery. Fr. Edwin Coelho, in his inaugural address, put the Seminar in perspective in line with our Jamshedpur Diocese Golden Jubilee Preparation. Six Pastoral sisters also attended the Programme and showed their support with the Catholic Mothers. Sr. Basanti Besra, SCN, enlightened the Catholic Mothers on the need for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Inequality in the Patriarchal Society and the need for Liberation from all kind of Oppression.

At the invitation of Fr. Richard Miranda, Parish Priest, Christ the King Church, Chakradharpur, I conducted a Three Day Small Christian Community Training Programme for Laity in which around 50 participants from the urban side of the Parish attended. It was well supported by the large number of Ursuline Sisters who attended from both the convents. I wish many more women religious will continue to support our Parish Priests in their pastoral venture with the Laity in our Diocese. In case, anybody requires our help for SCC and Laity Training Programme, our Pastoral Centre Team will be most happy to help out with advance arrangements. (Fr. George Anthony, SJ)

Friday, September 2, 2011

September, 2011


St. Joseph’s Church, Anandpur, is on a mission to educate its members about the Christian life and the importance of Sacraments. For the past one month or more input sections are arranged on Sundays. Different Priests from the Diocese have been called in to give sound and correct teaching of the Catholic Church on various sacraments. The resource persons shared their experience as one of the best and receptive group to teach and impart the knowledge. We congratulate Rev. Fr. Raphael Monteiro and his team for arranging this wonderful programme and wish them best wishes for the forthcoming programmes on the occasion of the Jubilee.
Football Tournament: the Parish Conducted Bishop Joseph Rodericks Memorial Football Tournament at Charbandia on 13, 14 and 15th August, 2011. About 20 teams participated in the tournament. Livestock were given as price to the winners.
Mothers’ Day Celebration: On the occasion of the Feast of St. Monica, the Parish celebrated Sunday, 28th August, as the Mahila / Mothers’ Day. Rev. Fr. Leo John D’Souza was the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist and the resource person for the seminar. More than 140 mothers took part in this seminar.

Final Vows of Fr. R. Anthony Raj and Fr. Cyril Tigga: On 31st July, a twin celebration had taken place in Loyola School, Sonari. The Final Profession of Frs. R. Tony & Cyril Tigga and the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The celebration began with solemn concelebrated Holy Eucharist, in which Rev. Fr. Michael Thanaraj took the presidential seat. A good number of Clergy and Religious were present for the function along with the family members of Frs. Tony & Cyril. The laity of the Infant Jesus Church, Sonary too had joined for the Eucharistic celebration to witness the final profession of their beloved Parish Priest.
Partly Right: On 20th August, 2011, the students of Loyola School screened the grand premier of their home production “Partly Right” at Tata Auditorium, XLRI, Jamshedpur. The Principle of the School, Rev. Fr. Victor Misquith, said that the complete credit goes to the students of the School for this wonderful project. Mr. Pravaal Raman noted Bollywood Film Maker and Writer, who is also an Alumni of Loyola School, was the Chief Guest. The focus of the film was the growing tendency of suicide among students/teenagers.

On 02nd August, 2011, the diocesan Priests of the Jamshedpur Deanery came together for a day of recollection. Rev. Fr. Oscar Beck, the Director of Pratiksha (BIJHAN Regional Propaedutic Seminary), guided the spiritual section. The section had talk, common sharing, personal prayer, confession and Holy Eucharist. We congratulate and thank Rev. Fr. Camille Hembrom, the Dean of Jamshedpur Deanery, for organizing the recollection.
On 20th August a recollection was arranged for the Regents. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, guided the regents in this spiritual exercise. They spend the day in attending talks, sharing pastoral and mission experiences and in personal prayer. The recollection came to an end by the Holy Euchrist.

On 04th August, Diocese celebrated the Feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the Patron of Priests. On that day Clergy and Religious of the Jamshedpur Deanery gathered for Benediction at St. Joseph Cathedral and thereafter for a fellowship meal at St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre. Other parishes of the Diocese too had various celebrations, which were locally organized.

Holy Family Church, Kumardhubi celebrated the feast of two great saints, St. John Mary Vianney and St. Ignatius of Loyola on 07th August, 2011. The celebration began with the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, which was presided over by Rev. Fr. Amatus Kujur, the Dean of Dhanbad Deanery. The SCJM Sisters takes the credit for beautifully organizing the liturgy. The parishioners were served with snacks and the priest and religious were provided with a sumptuous meal. This was a rare occasion which brought the Clergy and Religious of Purulia and Dhanbad Deanery, together for a celebration.

On 7th August, 2011, the Clergy & Religious of Jamshedpur Deanery, Friends and well-wishers of Rev. Fr. Hilary Lobo had gathered at Loyola College of Education, to share the joy of Fr. Hilary Lobo who celebrated his Golden Jubilee as a Jesuit. The celebrations began with the Holy Eucharist. Later the B.Ed. students staged a short cultural programme. Fr. Lobo shared his experiences in the Society and thanked everyone who contributed towards his successful and fruitful religious life. The gathering ended with a delicious meal. Congratulations to you Fr. Hilary Lobo!

Friars of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as Dominicans, celebrated the feast of their founder St. Dominic, on 8th August. Fr. Camille Hembrom, Dean and Parish Priest, was the Main Celebrant at the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. Through his Homily he invited the faithful to follow Christ more closely and to be the carriers of Truth, which is Christ Himself. The Holy Mass was followed with a common meal. Later on 14th August, they hosted a fellowship meal for the Clergy and Religious of the town. They also made use of the occasion to familiarize themselves and the Order to the guest with a power point presentation.

There was a meeting of the Pastoral Clergy on 12th August, 2011, at Bishop’s House, Golmuri. More than 35 priests took part in this meeting. The meeting began with a short prayer. During the meeting various issues of pastoral importance, especially in connection with the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese, were discussed. The meeting ended with lunch.

On 18th August, 2011, at 4 pm, Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, blessed the newly built liturgical center at Golmuri. Rev. Sr. Nirmala, the formal provincial of PDDM Sisters, inaugurated the centre by cutting the ribbon. Representatives of the Clergy & Religious, well-wishers & friends and the students of the St. Joseph’s Community College were present for the short ceremony, other than Sr. Laetitia, the Vice-Provincial and other sisters from the congregation.

A meeting of the heads of the Educational institutions was held at Bishop’s House, Golmuri on 20th August, 2011. The meeting began with a short prayer. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, addressed the gathering. Thereafter Fr. Gerald Martin D’Souza shared his reflections on RTE Act. There were also detail discussions on various matters which are pertinent to the field of Education. The meeting came to its close, little after 12.30, with a meal.

On 21st August, M.C. Sisters celebrated their Society’s Titular Feast, the Queenship of Mary. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant and at Baihatu and on 22nd at Bradwari. He spoke about the divine plan and the divine intervention in Mother’s life. A good number of priests, religious, lay M.C.s and well-wishers were present for the celebrations.

On 29th August, by hoisting the Flag, many parishes of our Diocese have begun the preparations for the celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady. The special devotion and the Novena to Vailankanni Matha is the dominant part of the celebration. The novena began on 30th August. Most of the priests are busy in studying, preparing and preaching the Word of God, as many are invited to different Parishes.

One of the greatest celebrations for the Loyolians is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The preparations were started soon after the first term examination. This time along with the Prayer Service and Cultural programme, an Inter House Quiz too was organized. Participants were from classes III to XII. In each group, the teams put in their best and the contest added much excitement.
For all the sport lovers a Football tournament (boys) and Throw-ball tournament (girls) was organized. This competition was also held in House-wise.
On a serious note, the 1st term answer sheets were shown to parents on the 6th of August and the Report Cards were given on the 13th.
Our Principal came up with a fabulous idea to encourage the feel of patriotism. A contest was held to sing the National Anthem. The clarity, diction, punctuation, melody and timings were the parameters for judgment. The winners got the privilege to sing on 15th August. What added flavour to the show was the witty question asked by Fr. Edward to the contesting groups and to the audience. Many learnt a lot about the nation that day.
The Independence Day celebration was full of colour and music. There were tableaus, dances, speeches, songs both by the English and the Hindi medium. The final event was the prize distribution for the above mentioned contests. (Rita Sen)

Greetings and love from JDV Jamwallas…The sudden death of Br. Rana Pratam Minj, MFSF, a first year Theology student on 30th of July saddened the whole campus of JDV. He hailed from Hazaribagh Diocese (near Bokaro). He had a slight fracture on the right shoulder for which he was taken to the hospital. The doctors advised for a minor surgery. Unfortunately his body reacted to the anesthetic drug given and he died of massive heart attack. The funeral Mass was held in Papal seminary Chapel on 31st July, and then the body was taken to Nagpur since he belonged to Nagpur Fransalian Province. His sister and the younger brother attended the funeral services at Papal Seminary. This event affected our celebration of the feast of Ignatius Loyola. The feast of St. John Mary Vianney reminded me that I am a diocesan Priest. I joined with Papal Seminary for the celebrations though we had separate celebration. The following two weeks were busy for all the students of JDV as it was the time for mid-semester evaluation. I had two oral exams, three papers and two presentations. The work is still going on. Finally wish you all a very Happy Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady.

In the month of August Divya Bharati had many programmes. On 09th, under the leadership Fr. Edwin Coelho, Dean of Chaibasa Deanery, the Clergy and Religious of Chaibasa Deanery (49 in number) came together for a Recollection. Fr. Tom Nelli, despite his busy schedule in the Civil Court, gave an inspiring talk on Blessed Mother. This was followed by Adoration and Confession. The whole programme ended with Tea.
From 16th to 19th August we had a “Catechists and Lay Leaders’ Training Programme” which was attended by 16 People including two Pastoral sisters. The highlight of this programme was Fr. Clement Kujur, Director, TRTC, briefing up the participants on the various Rights based Programmes of the Government and also creating awareness on the problem of “Displacement” caused by various “Development Projects”.
The Ho Hymn Workshop group met on 13th July, under the leadership of Fr. Manu Horo, as part of the ongoing preparation of the new Ho Hymns. This time, despite many constraints, they set the beats of the drums to the new composition. John Sumbrui, who has been a leading figure in the group, missed the Workshop due to Provincial’s Visitation in Rengra.
On 20th August, we had a “Training of Trainers (ToT)” programme for the Krus Veer Animators, in which 20 people participated and benefited. Most of the participants were from Chaibasa Deanery and are new to the movement as trainers. Fr. George and Sr. Nirmala, DSA, were the resource persons and dealt with the Methodology of Faith Formation among the present generation. Various useful materials procured from Prabhat Prakashan, Patna, were also made available to the participants. The group also planned out about the forthcoming Chaibasa Deanery Krus Vir Rally, which is scheduled from 1st-3rd October, 2011. (George Anthony)

Rev. Fr. P.K. Jose, SDB, brother of Sr. Florence, SJC, Telco, has gone to the Heavenly abode on the 04th August, 2011.
Mrs. Cecilia Bodra, Mother of Rev. Fr. Halan Bodra, has gone for her eternal reward on 17th August, 2011.
Mrs. Theresia Jacob, mother of Sr. Mary E.J., JMJ, Bhilai Pahari, has completed her race on earth on 23rd August, 2011.
We express our heartfelt sympathy and pray for the departed souls. 

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Sl. No.
Name of the Unit
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Telco
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri
St. Anthony’s Church, Dhanbad
St. Anthony’s Church, mango
Infant Jesus’ Church, Sonari
Sacred Heart Church, Adra
St. Joseph’s Church, Gua-Kiriburu
St. Robert’s Church, Parsudih
Holy Family Church, Kumardhubi
St. Barbara’s Church, Mosaboni
Prabhu Marsal Church, Goilkera
St. Mary’s Church, Digwadih
St. Joseph’s Church, Anandpur
Holy Family Church, Rahargora
Nirmala Chapel, Govindpur
Sacred Heart Convent, Bistupur
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bhilai Pahari
Prem Niketan Society, C/o Carmel Convent, Sonari
Our Lady of Nativity Church, Sini
St. John Mary Vianney Church, Dhowatand
St. Mark’s Church, Toklo
St. Paul’s Church, Maluka
Queen of Peace Church, Basahatu
St. Theresa’s Church, Jhinkpani
Bl. Mother Theresa’s Church, Siadih
JMJ Convent, Bhilai Pahari
Holy Child Convent, Purulia
Jyoti Sadan Trust, C/o Carmel Convent, Sonari

Total  (as on 30th July, 2011)

The Diocesan Treasurer requests to all those who have not yet submitted the Lenten Campaign Collection to submit it, as early as possible at the Office of the Diocesan Treasurer.