Thursday, March 28, 2013

APRIL, 2013

Vatican City, 13 March 2013 - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., was elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Francis. The Cardinal proto-deacon Jean-Louis Tauran made the solemn announcement to the people at 8:12 p.m. from the external Loggia of the Hall of Blessings of the Vatican Basilica following the white “smoke” which occurred at 7:06pm. Following are the words pronounced by Cardinal Tauran: I announce to you with great joy; We have a Pope; The most eminent and most reverend Lord, Lord Mario Cardinal of Holy Roman Church Bergoglio Who has taken the name Francis.

Conclave Notes: The conclave that led to the election of Pope Francis began on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 in the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, with the "Extra omnes" (all others out) pronounced at 5:33pm by Msgr. Guido Marini, master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, following the taking of the oath by the 115 cardinal electors.

The first black “fumata” (smoke)  took place at 7:42 pm the same day.
On Wednesday, 13 March, there was black smoke at 11:40am.
On Wednesday, 13 March, there was white smoke at 7:06pm.

First “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) Blessing of the New Holy Father Francis.

Before the new Pope appeared at the balcony, an honour guard of Swiss Guards in full military regalia and bearing the pontifical standard marched into the square and took their places under the Loggia followed by a representation of the various Italian armed forces that, since 1929, have paid homage to the Pope on important occasions as a sign of the reconciliation between the Holy See and the Italian State. The Holy See marching band accompanied the wait. As soon as they heard the name of the new pontiff, the crowd began to chant together: “Francesco, Francesco”.

At 8:24pm, the Holy Father Francis, preceded by the Cross, appeared at the Loggia of the brightly lit Vatican Basilica. Before imparting the “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and the world) apostolic blessing he greeted the enormous crowd that had been gathering all afternoon in cold and rainy St. Peter's Square saying: “Dear brothers and sisters, Good evening. You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give Rome a bishop. It seems that my brother cardinals picked him from almost the ends of the earth. But here we are! I thank you for the warm welcome. The diocesan community of Rome has its bishop. Thank you! First and foremost I would like to say a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord bless him and the Virgin keep him.”

After leading the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Gloria, Pope Francis again addressed the crowd saying: “And now let us begin this journey, bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which is the one that leads all the churches in charity. A journey of fraternity, of trust between us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the world so that this might be a great brotherhood. I hope that this journey of the Church that we begin today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar here present will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this beautiful city”.

“Now I would like to impart the blessing, but first, first I ask a favor of you. Before the bishop blesses the people, I ask that you pray to the Lord that He bless me: the prayer of the people asking a blessing for their bishop. Let us pray in silence, this your prayer for me.”

“Now I will impart the blessing to you and all the world, to all men and women of good will.”
After imparting the apostolic blessing Pope Francis added: “Brothers and sisters, I take my leave. Thank you for your warm welcome. Tomorrow I'm going to pray to the Virgin, that she will safeguard all of Rome. Good night and rest well.”

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires. He studied as and holds a degree as a chemical technician, but then chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus where he finished studies in the humanities in Chile. In 1963, on returning to Buenos Aires, he obtained a degree in philosophy at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel.

Between 1964 and 1965 he taught literature and psychology at the Immacolata College in Santa Fe and then in 1966 he taught the same subjects at the University of El Salvador, in Buenos Aires.

From 1967 to 1970 he studied theology at the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel where he obtained a degree. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest. From 1970 to 1971 he completed the third probation at Alcala de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973, pronounced his perpetual vows.

He was novice master at Villa Varilari in San Miguel from 1972 to 1973, where he also taught theology. On 31 July 1973 he was elected as Provincial for Argentina, a role he served as for six years.

From 1980 to 1986 he was rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel as well as pastor of the Patriarca San Jose parish in the Diocese of San Miguel. In March of 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis. The superiors then sent him to the University of El Salvador and then to Cordoba where he served as a confessor and spiritual director.
On 20 May 1992, John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires, He received Episcopal consecration in the Cathedral of Buenos Aires from Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Apostolic Nunzio Ubaldo Calabresi, and Bishop Emilio Ognenovich. of Mercedes-Lujan on 27 June of that year.

On 3 June 1997 he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires and succeeded Cardinal Antonio Quarracino on 28 February 1998.

He was Adjunct Relator General of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 2001.

He served as President of the Bishops' Conference of Argentina from 8 November 2005 until 8 November 2011.

He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by Blessed John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 2001, of the Title of S. Roberto Bellarmino (St. Robert Bellarmine).

He was a member of The Congregations for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments; for the Clergy; and for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; the Pontifical Council for the Family; and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.


To give better accommodation to the village children studying in Vidya Jyoti School, Siadih Deepanjali convent has succeeded to build a girls’ hostel in the campus. It was inaugurated and blessed on 28th of February, 2013 by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. in the presence of Rev. Srs. Sarita, F.C and Rosalia Kullu, FC the provincial’s counselors and Hostel children. The joy of this achievement was celebrated with a short entertainment programme which was enjoyed by all. Congratulation to FC sisters at Deepanjali Convent, Siadih!

In view of the joyful celebration of Easter, spiritual renewal retreats for the people were conducted by Fr. Sebastian, VC and team in different parishes during the Lenten season.
St. Joseph’s, Charbandia                     : February 22-24
St. Xavier’s, Chaibasa                         : March 3
St. Barbara Church, Mosaboni             : March, 04-06
Jisu Marsal, Chandil                            : March 06-07
Kerala Catholic Association                 :  March 09-10
St. John De Britto Church, Tepasai      :  March 11-13
Christ the King Church, CKP              : March 15-17
Holy Family Church, Kumardhubi       : March 21-23
A large number of people in every parish participated in the retreat and profited spiritually. Thanks to all the parish priests, Fr. Sebastian, VC and team who conducted this spiritual renewal programme! 

Diocesan Clergy Golmuri: Diocesan Clergy Meeting was held on 1st March, 2013. Thirty five priests in spite of their busy schedule attended the Diocesan Clergy Meeting and discussed on various issues concerned. All the participants with great enthusiasm participated and drew up some suggestions, especially in connection with celebration of the Year of Faith.

Junior Priests Gathering: On the 20th March, 2013, the junior priests of the diocese came together for a day of prayer and reflection together at Bishop’s House, Golmuri. Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ and Fr. C.R. Prabhu, listened to the junior priests and guided them with their valuable suggestions. The meeting concluded with the Eucharistic celebration. At the end of the day all the junior priest had a basketball match and enjoyed the day together. The participants benefited from the one day programme.

Chrism Mass: The strength of Presbyterium in the diocese was strongly felt on 21st March, 2013 as a large number of priests both diocesan and religious came together to spend a day of sharing and recollection. Rev. Fr. Michael Thanaraj, S.J. the Jamshedpur Jesuit Provincial guided the priests and religious in meditation and prepared them for the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. The solemn Chrism mass was celebrated at 05:30pm at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri.

It was also an occasion to thank the Lord for our Jubilarians Fr. Leo John D’Souza, Fr. Augustine Kullu, Fr. Gyan Prakash Topno, Fr. Cyril Fernandes, Fr. Oskar Horo, S.J., Fr. Gilbert Menezes, S.J., Raphael Lakra, S.J. At the end of the Mass the whole congregation thanked them for their dedicated services and felicitated them with bouquets, shawls and mementos.

The session 2012 – 2013 came to a fantastic end with the distribution of report cards on 28th Feb. More than 95% parents came to collect their wards’ results.
The new session began with the Orientation  for Teachers on the 6th of March. Brother Tony was invited to address the teachers. He spoke on realization of oneself to understand others.
All the Christian students of the junior section who had passed in all subjects in their annual exam were given a dictionary & Rs. 500/- and the seniors received a dictionary & Rs.1000/-. as motivation  towards excelling in their academics.
The 15th & 16th of March have been very enriching for Loyola Teachers. Mrs. Salony Priya Counseling Psychologist from Kolkata was invited to conduct a two – day seminar. The Seminar topic was RECHARGE & REVIVE. Adolescence Issues, Learning Centric education, Positive Attitude, Discipline by design, Positive Classroom management, Teaching to make students successful, were a few topics discussed. So we all thank our Principal Fr. Edward Saldanha for such a foresight and allowing the teachers to connect with Umeed. (Rita Sen)

Results for the Annual Exams, 2013-14, were distributed on 7th of March. Overall result of the whole school was quite good as maximum students had scored better percentages and a marked improvement was seen in every class.

New session 2013-14 began on 11th of March. The day started with a small prayer of thanksgiving for the fruitful outcome of the previous year and we prayed to God for his divine guidance throughout the course of this present year.

This year class mentors and subject incharges are introduced in our school for the first time. The work and the responsibilities are decentralised for a smoother and a better functioning of school. The classes are going to be observed by the mentors and subject incharges and a close tab is going to be kept on all the activities taking place in the school so that under the constructive guidance of the mentors and subject incharges, the teachers will get to work more efficiently and the students will get the best education possible.

There was also an orientation program for the students of std. IX and X on 12th of March because children nowadays tend to get distracted due to modern ways of living. Our principal Sr. Flora makes sure that they are not lost in the tinsel glamour of this world and from time to time she organizes such programs to make sure that their energies are channelized in the right direction.

Election for the school cabinet was conducted successfully on 21st of March and the results were declared on the same day. Rahul Dev Boipoi is elected as the school captain and Mahima pan as vice-captain. Alice Laguri is elected as the sports captain and Param Nilesh Tamsoy is elected as the vice-captain of sports. House captains and club captains were also elected and the investiture ceremony took place on 23rd of March.

Jeevan Jyoti, Telco: JMJ, at Telco, rejoiced thanking the Lord, on the great occasion of the proclamation of Dr. Sr. Mary Glowry as the SERVANT OF GOD, on 27th March, 2013 by his lordship Rev. Dr. Gali Bali, the Bishop of Guntur. Dr. Sr. Mary was an Austrelian belonging to the Congregation of Jesus Mary and Joseph, came to India in 1920 and worked tirelessly in the medical field in Andra Pradesh.

Chakradharpur: St. Xavier’s Engligh School
St. Xavier’s English School, Chakradharpur got its affiliation to CISCE Board (Council of the Indian School Certificate Examination) Delhi on 4th March 2013. Congratulations!  to Principal Fr. Vernon D’Souza and his hard working team of the school. We look forward for a better quality education and the result in the years to come.

Fr. Henry Sequeira was admitted in the ICU at Mercy Hospital with hypertension, uncontrolled diabetics and swelling of body.
Fr. James Quadros underwent a minor surgery for lipoma (extra growth at the back of his neck) and discharged same day.
Fr. Oscar Beck was admitted with parotid tumer. He was operated by Dr. G.K. Chaudhary. Surgery took for three hours. He recovered fast and was discharged and called to OPD for stitch removal.
Fr. Michael Jojo was admitted to St. Angela’s Hospital for the treatment of Malaria. He was well taken care and came back to his parish, completely healed.

We express our heartfelt condolences to Fr. Henry Sequeira, who lost his elder sister in Mangalore. May the good Lord grant strength to all who experience the pain and loss. May her soul Rest in Peace!

Richard Miranda
Leo John D’Souza
Sahaya Thason
Paulus Bodra
Pascal Minj

Wish you all a very HAPPY EASTER!