CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF BISHOP FELIX TOPPO, S.J.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
In preparation of Christmas we enter into Advent Season. Let Us remind ourselves that "When the Church celebrates the Liturgy of Advent each year: she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Saviour's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming" (CCC 524). "The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the 'First Covenant'. He announces this through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming" (CCC 522).
St. John the Apostles understood the infinite love of God in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. He says, "For this how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him many not perish, but may have eternal life" (In 3:16). Christmas should be seen, reflected upon, understood and meditated upon as an act of love of God's immense love and mercy in order to bring salvation to humankind.
During Advent the spiritual attitude we need to take assume and invoke is to say, "Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation" (Ps 85:8) and "Come and save us, Lord our God; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved" (Ps 80:4). But this attitude calls for true repentance of heart. "Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one's life, with hope in God's mercy and trust in the help of grace" (CCC 1431).
We wish to welcome and receive in our hearts the Second Person of Trinity during Christmas. For this we need to be purified and sanctified. We need to have deep faith in the mystery of God's love and mercy. Mother Mary who was immaculate, body and soul, was able to welcome and receive the Incarnate Word in her heart and womb. She was most sublime masterpiece of God the Father. She had an immaculate womb and heart to receive he unblemished Lamb of God. She became the virgin Mother of God and Co- Redemptress with the Redeemer. She had deep faith in the mystery of God's immense love and mystery of God's ways.
Like Mother Mary we need to have deep faith in God's Love and Mercy. Then "the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see the salvation of our God" (Is 40:5). Then we will be able to understand the angel's message, "I proclaim to you good news of great joy: today a Saviour is born for us, Christ the Lord" (Lk 2:11).
In the depth of our hearts, let us sing with the angels, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those whom his favor rests" (Lk 2:14).
Your Friend and Servant
+Felix Toppo, S.J.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION
3rd November, 2012
This Day belongs to the Lord!
Let’s rejoice and be glad.
The Lord is our God and He has given us Light! (Ps. 118)
Golden Jubilee of Mercy Hospital was celebrated on 3rd November, 2012 in Mercy Hospital Campus. Mr.H.M.Nerurkar, MD Tata Steel was the Chief guest who laid the foundation Stone for the MERCY SCHOOL OF NURSING. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., Jamshedpur Diocese our Guest of Honour, blessed the ground before laying the foundation stone. The function began with a meaningful prayer dance invoking the blessings of the Lord for the day followed by a Lamp lighting ceremony. Sr. Lilly Pallipurath, Provincial Superior gave the welcome address. Golden Jubilee Souvenir was released by Mr. H.M.Nerurkar MD Tata Steel along with Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., Sr. Lilly Pallipurath and Sr. Jessy Joseph. Mr. H.M.Nerurkar and Bishop Felix Toppo gave their messages to the audience on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee.
We had a beautiful and meaningful thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration on 4th November, 2012 at 7 a.m. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant for the Eucharistic celebration along with Fr. C.R.Prabhu, Vicar General , Rev. Fr.Michael T.Raj, S.J., Provincial, Jamshedpur Jesuit Society and Rev. Fr. Camil Hembrom, Parish Priest, Golmuri Jamshedpur with priests from the Diocese. The parishners felicitated the sisters after the Mass as a kind gesture of their love and concern towards the sisters. Our deep felt gratitude to our dear Parishners.
We would like to thank one and all who participated in our function and the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration .Thank you for your help, support and encouragement at all times.
In Joy and Gratitude we raise our hearts to the Lord our God for the abundant blessings and graces He showered upon us to see the successful completion of the occasion.( Sr. Jessy Joseph, Administrator)
KHUNTPANI: ANNUAL FEAST CELEBRATION
The annual feast of Khuntpani Shrine was celebrated on 8th November, 2012, with great joy and festivity. On that day the Church in Chotanagpur 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 parts of Jharkhand and Odisha had gathered for the Solemn Holy Eucharist. Rev. Fr. C.R.Prabhu, Vicar General was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Holy Eucharist. During the homily he 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 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. Congratulation to Fr. Edwin and his team!
BHILAIPAHARI: SILVER JUBILEE
On 27th October, 2012, Sr. Matilda Kujur, JMJ celebrated the Silver Jubilee of her religious profession at Bhilaipahari. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ. was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Eucharist. Her sister Margret Kujur, S.H. along with other family members and relatives were present for the occasion. A good number of priests and religious of the town joined this rare celebration. The staffs of the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Jeevan Jyoti Nursing School took great initiative in organizing the liturgy. The celebration came to its end with a delicious meal. We congratulate Sr. Matilda and wish her God’s abundant blessings and happy and fruitful life ahead.
BURIGORA: CHILDRENS’ DAY CELEBRATION
The village school at Ichakuti and Dharamsai celebrated the children’s Day on 14th and 15th of November, 2012. The day was filled with lot of fun as the children were given the opportunities to participate in various games conducted on the occasion. 25 youths from Jamshedpur and CKP joined the children to share their joy. They distributed some blankets, copy books, pen and pencils to the children. Thanks to the youths and congratulation to Fr. Sanjay Kujur and team for giving these privileges to the children!
“So I have decided to build a temple to honor the Lord my God, as the Lord instructed my father David…” (1 king 5:5).
The long awaited dream of the faithful of Jadugora was realized when the newly built chapel was inaugurated by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. on 18th November, 2012. It is dedicated to “Infant Jesus”. The faithful gave the bishop a traditional welcome by receiving him at the main road. Then the bishop was led to the newly built chapel by dancing women and the faithful. The inaugural ceremonies began at 10:30 am by cutting the ribbon by Fr. C.R. Prabhu and it was blessed by Bishop Felix in the presence of a big number of faithful and 13 priests. The liturgy was very devotional with beautiful singing.
A short entertainment programme after the inaugural Mass cheered all who came. It was also an occasion to honour the people of the place who kept their faith and concretized it. At the end of the programme all share the delicious meal prepared by the faithful of Jadugora.
CHAIBASA: ST. XAVIER’S CHURCH
One day “know your faith” programme for the parish youth was held on 28th October, 2012. It was conducted by Fr. Joseph Beck CsSr. 40 parish youth participated in it. The programme included a talk, group discussion, sharing the report and planning activities for the year of faith for the youth of the parish.
Christ the King Feast: On 25th November, 2012 the parish celebrated Christ the King feast with the solemn procession. It started from convent school and ended in the boys’ school campus. Every unit of the parish had its own banner. The units stayed and walked together singing and praying during the procession. The girls of St. Xavier’s School took in procession the Eucharistic Lord and priest with traditional dance from the school gate to the specially erected stage for the grace-filled occasion. Fr. Edwin Coelho preached the homily and highlighted the salient features of the year of faith. All the religious communities of the parish gave a helping hand to make this occasion a grace filled event for all.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION
The First Holy Communion was received by the children in different parishes.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral: Thirty Five children received the First Holy Communion on 11th November at the solemn Eucharistic celebration led by Fr. Bipin Pani and Fr. Camille Hembrom in the presence of devoted congregation.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Telco, prepared 16 girls and 12 boys to receive the First Holy communion on 18th November. On this occasion parents of the children too were given the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Fr. Oskar Beck, the Rector of Pratiksha was main celebrant of this important event who through his inspiring homily asked the children to be true and honest follower of Jesus.
St. Mary’s Church, Bistupur: On 18th November, 2012, 28 children received First Communion and 38 boys and girls received the Confirmation by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. A big crowd participated in the Mass to pray and to wish the children the very best in their faith journey. Congratulations to all of them!
CHRIST OF KING FEAST
The feast of Christ the King was celebrated in a very grand way on 25th November, 2012 in all the deaneries of the diocese. Jamshedpur deanery had it in St. Mary’s Church, Bistupur as the venue for the celebration. The celebration began in the afternoon at 1 o’clock. Large number of people was gathered for the celebrations. Bishop Felix Toppo was the main celebrant of the concelebrated holy Eucharist. Fr. Augustine Ezhkunnel was the preacher.
KUMARDUBI: LOYOLA SCHOOL, TALDANGA
In the recent past the achievements of the Loyolian athletes have made us proud. At the Zonal Meet Mou Gorai XI Sc won 1st prize in 100 mts Race, Jyoti Kumari X A – 2nd in Triple Jump & 3rd in High Jump, Nishi Agarwal IX A – 1st in Javelin Throw, Ashish Kumar IX A 1st in Long Jump & 2nd in 100 mts Race. At the Regional Athletic Meet, Jamshedpur Mou Gorai stood 3rd in the Relay, Jyoti Kumari 3rd in Triple Jump. The students have yet another occasion, The Inter – School Contest ‘Questergy’ is on 30th November and students of Class 11 are participating in Debate, Slogan Writing, Collage, Creative Writing, Elocution, Quiz, Choir & Folk Dance. It is being organized by Carmel School – Dhanbad.
Children’s Day was celebrated with a twist this year. It was holiday on the 14th as it was a day after the Diwali. The teachers performed for the children on the 17th. Among the colourful dances and songs what moved the children the most was the Prayer Service. The theme was to be aware of all the children of the world and particularly India who are under-privileged. The condition of such children was presented with perfect data & charts. In his message the Principal said that the children are in darkness and it is WE who must bring the change as we live the School Motto – Light Ever Shines.
The Puja Vacation this year did not take off on a happy note. It is because on the 11th October a Prayer Service was held for our dear Sakcham Singh of KG B, whom we lost on 20th Sept, due to blood cancer. His parents and family members attended the service. All present sat with a heavy heart. We pray that his soul rests in peace and his family has the strength to bear the loss.
We have another student, Palak Agarwal, who is suffering from cancer. We have put up a united effort to help her overcome this disease. Parents, students, local organizations, neighbouring school, Staff Members have made a contribution of Rs.2,57,051/- for her treatment at CMC–Vellore. At present she has been taken there. (Rita Sen)
There was a training programme for the Lay Catechists from the 5-7th of November in our Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Chaibasa. This Module was dedicated to “ADVENT PREPARATION” and “HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS”. This being the Year of Faith, this was an attempt to renew the faith of the people whom they serve and also to prepare worthily for the forthcoming Christmas. On Nov. 7th , we had 37 parishners from Chandil Parish and also 3 Diocesan priests from Balasore Diocese and a Catechist as guests in our place before they attended the programme of November 8th, Feast of our Lady of Khuntpani. Our Dean, Fr. Edwin Coelho and team, with their meticulous planning ensured that the programme went forward with a clockwork precision and the devotional liturgy followed by colourful cultural programme ended before 12 noon. As usual, we had a good sale of the HO Books (We also sold Hindi Bibles and Hindi Prayer Books this time and all were sold out!!).
On the 13th, I attended a Renewal cum Retreat programme in JDV PG Block, Pune (where Fr. Raju Crasta of Jamshedpur Diocese is doing his studies). Fr. Paul Fernandes directed the programme on PASTORAL LEADERSHIP helped by Fr. Vincent Crasta, SJ (KAR). From our Province, Frs. Gulshan Kujur, Cornelius Lakra, Cyril Tigga, Rajesh Dungdung and Amrit Kujur attended the Pastors’ Updating programme and also made their Retreat. It was also a good opportunity to meet our Jam Wallahs and old friends in the Campus. Frs. Alex G and Francis Ezha who made sure all the participants had comfortable and fruitful stay with no complaints! All the participants appreciated the inputs by Paul Fernandes, and found the entire programme fruitful for their Pastoral Ministry.
I also attended a CCBI Bible Commission Meeting in Mysore from the 26-30 November which was a good opportunity to interact with people and scholars involved in promoting the Word of God in various parts of India as well as the ways of promoting Bible Study and Praying. Bible in every Family is our aim. (George Anthony, S.J.)
St. Teresa’s Convent, Jhinkpani was inaugurated on 24th November, 2012 by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. in the presence of large number of people, priests and religious. While Bishop Felix Toppo was the main celebrant, Fr. C.R. Prabhu was the preacher. Melodious singing during liturgy was led by Fr. Jonny P.D. There were many dances during the liturgy and cultural programme. The Sisters were very happy with the convent building which is quite large. Priests, religious and invited guests were served sumptuous meal. Congratulations to Sisters of CMC and Fr. Walter Crasta!
CRI: A Brief Report of the Jamshedpur Deanery Level Meeting
The Jamshedpur Deanery Level CRI meeting was held on 11th November 2012 in the MDP Conference Hall, XLRI. The number of participants was 50 which included among other fathers, brothers and sisters, Fr. Mike T Raj, the Provincial, Fr. C.R.Prabhu, the Vicar General,C.L. Fr. George, the Superior, XLRI Jesuit Community. The meeting began with an inspiring Bhajan and prayer by Sister Kiran, JMJ. This was followed by the reading of the minutes of the meeting held on 5th August 2012 in Loyola School by Sr. Sharel, A.C. the CRI Secretary.Fr Hilary Lobo, S.J. the CRI President thereafter announced the theme” The Year of Faith” of the conference. FR. S.Tony, the Odisha Mission Superior and the resource person enlightened the gathering by an enriching power-point presentation on the faith received at our Baptism which should be appreciated, deepened and shared with others. Then Fr. Tony divided the gathering after the coffee break into six groups with specific questions. In the groups the religious shared freely their experience of faith with one another. The reporting from each group enriched all with various action plans to be implemented in every community. The meeting ended with a meaningful Eucharist presided over by Fr. S Tony in the conference hall, who shared his faith experience drawn from the gospel readings of the mass. Thereafter deep appreciation and praises were showered by Fr. Alex Mascarenhas upon XLRI Jesuit Community especilly Fr. Abraham, S.J. the Director, Fr. George the Superior and Fr.Tony Uvari,who made all arrangements for the meeting and an enjoyable and delicious lunch that gave all a true feeling of generosity and hospitality.
P.S. The next CRI meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on 9th & 10th February 2013 at Jan Vikas Kendra, Sundernagar, Jamshedpur. All are welcome. More the merrier! (Hilary Lobo,S.J.)
JEEVAN JYOTHI SCHOOL OF NURSING, TELCO
On 26th November 2012 Jeevan Jyothi School of Nursing braced itself to take 25th batch of students with a Lamp Lighting Ceremony. The theme chosen to vivify this auspicious occasion was “ Shine like a Candle never loose hope and every long journey needs first step.”
This solemn occasion was graced by the presence of Chief Guest Dr. M. L. Ali Head, Medical Service, Tata Motors Hospital and the Guest of honor Dr. Mrs. Rekha Chandra, Chief Consultant, Tata Motors Hospital.
The occasion began with prayer dance by the students which moved everyone into prayerful atmosphere. Then it was tagged to welcome the distinguished guest staff, parents and well wishers of students.
The Main lamp lighted by Dr. M. L. Ali, Dr. Mrs Rekha Chandra, Rev Fr. Fdwin Coelho, Dr. D. K. Singh and Sr. Heleena. Fr. Edwin kindly blessed the hands of newly commissioned and Dr. M. L. Ali addressed the gathering.
Cultural event followed after the ceremony and concluded with word of appreciation and refreshment.
BIRTH DAYS (DECEMBER)
The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead, we belong to the Lord. (Rom.14:7-9).
The untimely death of Fr. Michael Raj on 29th October, 2012 gave an unforgettable shock to the Diocese as well as to all his loved ones. He was one of the energetic and vibrant priests of the diocese who worked in different parishes and institution of the diocese in various capacities. His Ministries in the diocese were as follow:
1999: St. Joseph’s Church, Anandpur
2001: Asst. PP. St. Paul’s Church Maluka
2002: Asst. PP. St. Mary’s Church, Bistupur
2003: Asst. Director of DSWC, Dhanbad
2007: Asst. PP. St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Director of St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre, Golmuri,
2011: Director, St. Joseph’s Community College, Mango, till the date.
His Requiem Mass was on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri, Jamshedpur. May his soul Rest In Peace!
Fr. Abhay Tigga TOR: His father Mr. Elias Tigga died on 1st November, 2012 in Barbil parish at the age of 71 years. He was sick for a long time. We wish you Fr. Abhay, a hearty condolence.
The Diocese of Jamshedpur cordially invites all the Priests, Sisters and faithful to the Diaconate Ordination of
Bro. C. V. Alwin
Bro. Sameer Soreng
Bro. Nestor Soreng
Most. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J.
On December, 2012, 5:00 PM
At St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri, Jamshedpur.