Monday, July 2, 2012

July, 2012

News Letter – July, 2012

A meeting of the Diocesan Golden Jubilee Core Team was held at Bishop’s House on 11th June, 2012. 22 member of the core team participated in it and evaluated the progress of the year long programmes and preparations for the concluding ceremony. Rev. Fr. Michael Tana Raj, SJ, Provincial of Jamshedpur Jesuit Province, chaired the meeting. Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu exhorted the members to work for the success of the Jubilee programmes wholeheartedly. Another meeting of the Scholarship Disbursement Committee was held on 29th June, 2012, at Bishop’s House to decide on various matters concerning scholarship disbursement. Earlier on 12th June, 2012, the committee had a preliminary meeting.

On the 16th June, the clergy and religious of the city gathered at Catholic Charities to celebrate and share the joy of Fr. Halan Bodra’s Birthday. The friends gathered, sang for him and wished him, many more years to come. The small gathering ended with delicious meal.

Rev. Fr. Jondko Kandeyang has been installed by Rev. Fr. Eugene Ekka, as the Parish Priest of St. Mark’s Church, Toklo, on 17th June, 2012. Villagers, in large numbers, had come to the Parish Church, to receive the new Parish Priest and to give a fitting farewell to Rev. Fr. James Surin, who has been transferred to DSWC, Dhanbad. The expression of love and affection of the people brought Fr. James to tears.

Five Novices; 1 for Jamshedpur, 1 for Ranchi and 3 for M.P. Jesuit Provinces, made their First and Perpetual Profession, on the 21st June, which is the feat day of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the youngest saint of the Jesuit Family. The ceremony began with the concelebrated Holy Eucharist, which was presided over by Rev. Fr. Michael Tanaraj, SJ, the Provincial of Jamshedpur Jesuit Province. To witness this happy and grace filled event, along with the Jesuit Priests and Brothers (including Rev. Fr. Boniface Panna, Provincial of M.P. Province and Fr. Bruno, delegate of Ranchi Province), many clergy and religious from different parts of the city, too were present. A short felicitation programme and a sumptuous dinner brought a joyful close to the event.

The Novena to St. Anthony was held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mercy chapel and Gyandeep from 1st June to 13th June. In spite of scorching heat, devotees gathered regularly to pray through the intercession of their beloved saint. A small shower and the cool breezes made the ambience suitable for the solemn celebration of the Feast on 13th.The solemn fest was celebrated at all three substations. At St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu presided over the solemn Mass and Fr. Camille Hembrom and Fr. Eugene Ekka joined him.

The Students of St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre organized a programme to welcome the new comers. Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu was the chief guest of the function. The students staged a colourful cultural progragam which was appreciated by everyone present. Rev.Fr. Henry Sequeira, the Director of SJWC, welcomed the new comers and wished them well. On this occasion Rev.Fr. C.R. Prabhu distributed prizes to the winners of the various competitions, which were conducted earlier.

The Parish joyfully welcomes the newly appointed Superior of St. Joseph’s Convent, Sr. Jessy, SSH and congratulates Srs. Marie Therese, SSH, Nidhi Barla, SSH and Sr. Amala, SSH who have taken up the posts as the administrator of St. Joseph’s School, as the acting Headmistress of St. Joseph’s High School and as the acting Headmistress of SJS Middle School, respectively. (Bro. Jacob DDS)

Father Joy Paul Kallikattukudy celebrated 25 years of his ordination to priesthood on Saturday June 2nd at St Mark's church in Aylmer. Current and former parishioners and their families were joined by five clergy including Bishop Felix Toppo,SJ, visiting from the Diocese of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, India. The church was packed for the Silver Jubilee celebration Mass which was followed by and international buffet enjoyed by all. Father Joy Paul was the Parish Priest at St. Mark’s from 2001 until 2007. He is now Associate Pastor at Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City, NL.

Father Joy Paul recounted how touched he was for the privilege of celebrating in the presence of friends, relatives and members of his parish community, "I am humbled by all of you honouring me on this Silver Jubilee... The Priesthood, like any other life is a journey with its ups and downs." With his characteristic self effacing humour, Fr Joy Paul recounted his journey to priesthood, "I never wanted to be a priest in fact, a friend brought me to the seminary...I was supposed to leave after my bachelor's friend left and I stayed." As parishioners laughed with him, Fr Joy Paul promised to keep the sermon short, "on the day of my ordination I recognized that my priesthood was not about me but for others. I am filled with gratitude and joy for all the people I have served and for the love, joy and blessings I have received."

As we sat down to share in the (incredibly) delicious buffet, it was evident that Fr Joy Paul had injected much love and compassion into our community and an atmosphere of gratitude emanated from all those present. Fr Joy Paul marked the occasion and cut a beautiful cake specially prepared for him by parishioners. (This is a report that came in one of the Newspaper. Curtsy: Ms. Rita Danis)

Our Lady of Nativity Church, Sini: The parishioners had given a grand welcome to the newly appointed Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Richard Tirkey, msfs, on his arrival on 3rd June, 2012. At present Fr. Richard is busy in building up a good rapport with the faithful and the people of Sini. We wish him all the very best for his ministry at Sini. Rev.Fr. Vincent Minj is back from his vacation and now busy with the school and planting paddy in the field.

ASMI Sisters, Sini: Sr. Jessy, the superior has returned with the faithful after the week long Retreat from Kerala. Sr. Gemma too is back from her Annual Retreat and holidays. Srs. Alice and Anima have joined the community as new members. Sr. Alice, who is well known for her skill in farming, has already swung into action to make the convent campus green. Sr. Anima joined as teacher in St. Xavier's Primary school, Sini. Dear Sisters Hearty Welcome!

St. Francis De Sales School, Seraikella: With the coming of new well-qualified staff to the school, the parents have given up their demand for the roll back of increased school fee. Due to the rain the construction of staff quarter has come to a stand-still. School children are excited about the introduction of smart class (Class Edge) of TIS. Rev. Fr. Shijumon, msfs, is appointed as the Superior of the Sini-Seraikella mission. Congratulation Dear Father!

DSFS Convent, Seraikella: Sr. Litty, the new superior, has initiated the community preparations for the Provincial Congress of the Daughters of St. Francis De Sales which is to be held in December, in Bangalore. Sr. Sushila Kullu has joined the community and has taken up conducting free tuitions for the weak students of the school. (Fr. Shijumon)

We had a three days training programme, from 19-21 June, 2012, for the Lay Leaders and Catechists, in which 22 persons attended. Besides input on Faith Formation and Prayer, the inputs of Fr. Tom Nelli, assisted by the budding lawyer, Sch. Benjamin Lakra, on Legal Awareness helped them to gain knowledge of their legal rights. Fr. Clement Kujur also helped them to know about their Rights- especially Right to Information, Food, MNREGA-and the know-how of how to assert their Rights from the various Government Schemes available. The participants wanted to have more of such inputs. The presence and inputs of Bene Kichingia energized us all, especially the younger ones! Sr. Sunita, F.C., helped out in conducting a Marriage Preparation Programme for a couple from Lupungutu during this period. I made a quick trip to Mosaboni to help out Fr. Alphonse and was happy to see new HO families wanting to be a part of the St. Barbara’s Family there. Hats off to Fr. Alphonse, for his sustained and enthusiastic efforts, to make Christ known in the neighborhood. Finally, on the 30th of June, we had a One Day Training Programme conducted by Sr. Michael Ekka, OSU, for Krus Veer Animators, who were mostly from Chaibasa Deanery. Hope our efforts will make the Catholic Children stronger in their Faith, Belief and Practice. (Fr. George Anthony, SJ)

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kallath, VC, the director of Divya Jyoti Renewal Centre, Sunder Nagar makes the following announcements:
1) Hindi Bibles will be available by August at concessional rate of Rs 50 per copy.
2) We are planning to print a Working Calendar-2013, we would like to include the details of the parish retreats in the calendar. If any parish is planning to have one, please do contact: Mob 08294923337 or

Greetings !…. The month began with a positive note. Brothers Jayaraj and Birendra Tete reached papal seminary in the first week of June and began their Theology with an orientation programme. 8th was the day of Entrance Test for JDV in which they came up with flying colours, even though they had a couple of sleepless nights. Now, they have got adjusted with the new system and environment. I reached JDV on 10th of June and the following day was the inauguration of the academic year with a solemn Eucharist. After the Holy Mass, there was an inaugural programme, which is rather important for all of us. Prof. Job Kozhamthadam, SJ, who served JDV as Rector for the past six years, was given a grand and fitting farewell and the new Rector Fr. George Pattery, SJ, was installed as the Acting President of JDV. In the same programme, two academic centers were announced: JDV center of Ethics and JDV center for Science and Religion. Latter, two books on Marian doctrine, compiled by Pauline sisters, titled, “Mary, A History of Doctrine and Devotion” Vol. I and Vol. II were released. On 21st the Jamshedpur Jesuits and Diocesans welcomed the new comers at the province gathering. Scholastic Mukti of Jamshedpur Province is elected as the new Student Council President of JDV and was installed on 22nd of this month. JDV had organized annual ‘De Smet – De Marneffe Memorial lecture’ for all the philosophers. Prof. Christopher Key Chapple of Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University was the resource person. On 24th, Most Rev. Lourdu Daniel, Bishop of Nashik Diocese, has inaugurated a study house for the Capuchins of Maharashtra Province. The life here in JDV thus goes on and on smoothly.

TOR Fathers will be coming to the Diocese to take care of the Noamundi Mission. The Fathers will come on 15th July, 2012. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, will bless the residence on 15th and will officially welcome the TOR Fathers to the Diocese. We wish them cordial best wishes for their future mission.

On 14th June, 2012, Fr. Benedict Minj, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Telco, was admitted in Tata Motors Hospital due to severe chest pain. He was then diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol. He has come back to the parish and is in complete diet.

Rev. Fr. Gualbert Furtado was admitted in the A.J. Hospital, Mangalore, and has undergone an Abdominoperineal Resection, in the second week of June, 2012. His biopsy report from Mumbai reveals that he has cancer (third stage) and the doctors have advised him to undergo chemotherapy. Please do keep him in your valuable prayers.

Rev. Fr. Walter Crasta was admitted in Father Mullers’ Hospital, Kankanady, Mangalore, due to a heatstroke. He was earlier admitted in St. Angela Hospital, Chakradharpur, due to the same reason. After being discharged from the St. Angela Hospital, he had gone to Mangalore to visit his ailing mother. However the members of the family had to take him to the hospital. He has not fully rested his health, even though has been discharged from the hospital.

Rev. Fr. Edwin Coilho has hurt his leg due to a bike accident. His leg is bandaged. However, the wounds on his legs are not been healed so far, due to his diabetes problem. The accident has confined him to the presbytery.

Rev. Fr. Richard Miranda is undergoing treatment in Jamshedpur. He is suffering from the urinary infection. It is said that the age is slowly catching up with him too.

Rev. Fr. Pankracius Toppo, SJ: the Angiogram showed that one of his arteries had a block. He was taken to Kolkata for an angioplasty. The operation was performed at Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Science on Monday where a stent was successfully implanted in the right capillary leading to his heart. After being discharged on Wednesday, Panka is resting at St. Xavier’s College and will be back in Jamshedpur by the 1 or 2 of July. Like with most heart patients, Panka has to be religiously faithful in sticking to the diet plan and more over in taking the prescribed medication.

Rev. Fr. Carl Dincher was taken to Calcutta to meet his surgeon who had virtually brought him back from death to life. Carl has shown remarkable progress, has put on 11 kilos since he came to Tome Residence but needs to take one day at a time since his heart is not that sturdy enough to cope with enhanced activity.

Sr. Sudha, SJT, has traveled down to south, and at present been admitted in one of the hospitals in Coimbatore to be treated for the cyst that has been found in her lungs.

Mr. Richard Fernandes, age 62, younger brother of Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu, has passed away on 14th June, 2012 in Goa. The funeral took place on 15th June. We express our heartfelt condolences to Rev. Fr. C.R. Prabhu and to the bereaved family members.

Mr. John Britto, brother of Fr. R. Anthonyraj, SJ, has passed away at the age of 65, on 21st June, 2012, at Bangalore. In his early years he was a fiery politician but towards the end he spent more time at Potta Retreat Centre. He remained a bachelor right along. The funeral took place on 23rd June. We express our heartfelt condolences to Rev. Fr. Anthony Raj, SJ, and to the bereaved family members.

Mr. Clement Kujur, brother of Fr. Jerome Kujur, SJ, has passed away on 22nd June, 2012, at Chanham. Frs. Anand Toppo, Michael Raj and Sijo had visited the family along with Fr. Jerry and prayed for Mr. Clement. The funeral took place on 23rd June. We express our heartfelt condolences to Rev. Fr. Jerome Kujur, SJ, and to the bereaved family members.

May They Rest In Peace!

We fondly remember and pay our homage and respect to our beloved
Emeritus Bishop Joseph Rodericks, SJ, on his second death anniversary on 14th July, 2012.

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