Saturday, December 28, 2013

January, 2014


My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
First of all I pray for the blessings of Almighty God for the New Year on all the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Jamshedpur Diocese.

I would like to draw your attention that on December 18, 2013 the Diocese called for a meeting cum Christmas get-together for the Priests and Religious, the Heads of the Institutions and the Superiors of religious communities of the Diocese of Jamshedpur. The main theme was “Pastoral Collaboration” and other two related themes were “Small Christian Communities” and “Policy Regarding Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse” (Guidelines by the CBCI 2012). The first topic was presented by Fr. C.R. Prabhu and the other two topics, by me. All three topics were presented by power-point. At the end Fr. Mike T. Raj, S.J. facilitated the discussion and helped to draw some resolutions to be realized in the year 2014.

Presenting the theme - Pastoral Collaboration - Fr. C.R. Prabhu said that the concept of partnership, collaboration, team-work and net-working is in fact the Biblical concept of Covenant between Yahweh and his people in the Old Testament, the collaborative leadership of Jesus in the New Testament and the communitarian life and mission of the Christians in the early Church. Keeping in mind our mission of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God, we, as the disciples of Jesus, need to work in partnership and collaboration.

Fr. Prabhu also spoke inspiringly about the role and mission of the Religious in the Church, especially in the field of pioneering missionary movements in the Church and bringing the Good News to the unknown, unreachable people and territories. The religious have played an excellent role in building up the local Church and local Clergy. He said that the Religious are a gift of God to the Church. He also mentioned that the Bishop has a serious obligation in preserving and promoting Religious Life in the diocese; in promoting respect, love, unity and harmony among the diocesan priests and the Religious men and women.

Fr. C.R. Prabhu also emphatically said that the mission of the Church was our common heritage, common obligation and common responsibility and also for furthering the objectives and goals of the mission. All our priests and Religious, men and women, in our diocese need to work together in collaboration, partnership and in harmony.

My Dear brothers and sisters, Small Christian Communities (SCCs) are “little Church cells wherein the mystery is lived directly and with great simplicity”. Our God is a Trinitarian God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – three persons, but one in nature. In the process of creation God shares the Trinitarian life with humankind. Therefore we are relational in nature. SCCs are an excellent means to promote relationship among people in their neighbourhood. The Son of God, with his twelve Apostles formed a small community. The Apostles listened to Jesus, the Eternal Word, and grew in his ways. The community became a school of faith and a loving family. After Pentecost, the Apostles spread out and formed similar Christ-centred communities in different places. Thus the Church grew in grace, strength and number. The Church of Christ, therefore, evolved from such Christ-centred, Gospel based, outward-oriented small communities of the first century, as can be seen from the “Acts of the Apostles”.

In SCCs the Christians “come together for prayer, Scripture reading, catechesis and discussion on human and ecclesial problems with a view to a common commitment. These communities are a sign of vitality within the Church, an instrument of formation and evangelization, and a solid starting point for a new society based on a civilization of love” (Redemptoris Missio no.51). In SCCs the Word of God becomes the centre of the community. By reading and reflecting they begin to understand the immense love of God offered to them in sacraments. Sharing, proclaiming and praying the Word of God builds up the human and divine relationship. Thus they are led to proclaim and witness Jesus Christ.

The presentation of the “Policy Regarding sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and sexual abuse” dealt with the policy statement, definition of the terms, redress committee and code of conduct for everyone in the Church related institutions.

Fr. Mike T. Raj led discussion at the end and helped to draw concrete action plans for implementing them in near future. These are:
1.      The parish priest will call an urgent meeting of all priests and the Religious within his parish and will discuss these issues and plans various ministries within the parish.
2.      Every parish will organize “Small Christian Communities” within the parish. Parish will arrange for a training program for all the parish leaders on this SCC/BCC.
3.      Priest and Religious will visit families. Different communities of Sisters will be assigned to visit different areas regularly and to pray in the families.
4.      Every convent should set aside as full time parish pastoral Sister. The big and well-off Congregations would take care of that Sister as their contribution to the Church’s ministry. Those who cannot, the diocese would take care of their remuneration.

Please consider it mandatory to execute the action plans presented above. Let us collaborate with one another to build up the Kingdom of God and to evangelize people who are waiting to listen to the Good News. May the Lord bless our effort!

I once again wish you God’s Blessings and my Best Wishes for you in the New Year.

                                                                                                          Your Servant and Friend,
                                                                                                            +Felix Toppo, S.J.

Jamshedpur Diocesan official website: “  is at your service to give you the basic information about the diocese and its mission. It is launched on 25th of December, 2013 but most of the pages are under construction which will be completed as the eeliest possible. You are requested to give you suggestions to improve it according to our need. Thanks!


Damien Social Welfare Centre, Dhanbad begins to wonder its 50 long years of successful journey in serving the least in the society namely lepers. The two days inaugural ceremony and celebration began on 6th of December, 2013 at Nirmala Hospital, Govindpur. Rev. Fr. Michael Lurdu Samy the Chief Guest and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was of the inaugural function. Fr. Bipin Pani, the Director of the DSWC introduced and welcomed the honourable guests as well as to all the people who came from different colonies and neighboring villages to participate in the programmes.

During these two days various programmes were conducted in order to count the God’s blessing. The children from Nirmala School staged the beautiful entertainments for all the guests. It was also an occasion to give away the prizes to all the outstanding students of the school.

The Annual Parents’ Day 2013 was held on the 14th of December, and it was a great success. Children put up colorful – rhythmic dances & meaningful dramas. Rev. Fr. Victor Misquith, S.J. Director of De Nobili Schools was the Chief Guest. A good number of parents turned up for the show and the audience included many Principals, Vice Principals, Sisters and other dignitaries.

The programme concluded with the drama “THE FOURTH WISE MAN” by Henry Van Dyke, which unfurled the Christmas message “We must serve man to serve GOD”.

The Children’s Day was also celebrated with  great pomp & show. Children and Teachers gave instant performance, making the programme even more attractive.

Amidst all fun & laughter the Loyola family has had to bear much grief. Last month we lost two of our family members, Mr. Kevin Peters (Asst. Teacher) and Suresh Bouri (maintenance Staff) . We pray that their souls rest in peace. (Rita Sen)

On Sunday, 01th December, St. Barbara Church, Mosaboni, celebrated the Parish Feast. The celebrations began with the solemnly Holy Eucharist. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the chief celebrant who was given a traditional welcome by the parishioners. A large crowd participated in the Eucharist celebration. Excellent singing during the liturgy helped the faithful to pray with great devotions.
The joy was doubled as 18 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation. All the faithful prayed and wished the children the very best in their faith journey. After the Holy Mass everyone was given tea and snacks. Congratulations to Frs. Edward Saldanah, Cornelius Tigga and Sisters at Mosaboni!

15th December, 2013 was a joyful day for the hostelrs and the people of Chandil area as they recalled the 25 years of the existence of the Boys’ Hostel which has given shelter to many young boys who came to study in Holy Cross School, Chawka. Presence of Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. along with other priests at this function was a great encouragement for the boys and their parents. The program began thanking the Lord for his numerous blessing through a beautiful liturgy. With the presentation of the brief history of Chandil Mission and Boys’ Hostel they were refreshed the purpose of the hostel.

After the Mass Golden Jubilee Scholarship were distributed to some of the poor children to help them in their studies. Bishop was offered a big ‘Khassi’as a Jubilee gift. At the end of the program everyone shared the fellowship meal.

On 3rd December, Fr. Jerome Pereira called for Deanery gathering at Balarampur. To his big surprise, everyone arrived, including Fr. George from Bhilaipahari. The Sacred Heart Sisters at Balarmpur were a perfect host. St. Xavier’s School, which is up to 5th Standard, had its Annual Parents day on 17th. Fr. Augustine Topno, the Principal of St. Xavier’s, Purulia was the Chief Guest. Huge crowd watched the beautiful stage-display with rapt attention. St. Anice the headmistress expects a record number of admissions in coming months.

Rajaparom village of CKP parish organized special First Communion Day for its Children. 25 boys and girls well prepared by Sr. Magdali and Bro. Mukesh of CKP for the day. Fr. C. R. Prabhu was the main celebrant of this Mass. After the Mass, Fr. Prabhu blessed the beautiful Grotto in honour of our Lady. This Grotto was built by the people of Rajaparom. Congratulations to Fr. Richard Miranda for his leadership in organizing these beautiful events.

Fr. Vernon D’Souza organized a beautiful Mass in the recently constructed Administrative Block for over 200 Catholic Students of his School. Fr. C. R. Prabhu was the Chief Guest of the day.  After the Mass, a common breakfast was served to the Staff and Parent’s representatives. The entire students with their parents/Guardians witnessed three and half hour long a colorful variety entertainment programme. The programmes were so entertaining that the parish priest, Fr. Richard Miranda to the surprise of everyone, sat through the entire programme. Fr. Eugene Ekka gave away awards to the contractors and builders of the Administrative Block. Congratulations to Fr. Vernon D’Souza and his competent staff on organizing such a beautiful day!

During the month of December, one can see Santa Claus everywhere.  He is being propped up by commercial and market interests. Almost all the schools and Institutions- Christians and non-Christians alike hold special celebrations in honour of our Lord Jesus. Every parish in this city organized renewal programmes during Advent. The biggest attractions are the Christmas Cribs in all our parishes. On Dec. 25, literally thousands of non-Christians throng to see the cribs like Durga Pujua Panadlals, and pay obeisance to Lord Jesus. The Christmas Milans have become the fashion of the day, at least during this Season.

The Bishop called for a special meeting of all priests, Heads of Institutions and Superiors of Religious Communities on 18th December to reflect on Pastoral Collaboration in the diocese. Over 110 priests and Religious responded to Bishop’s call and held a 3-hr long dialogue on various issues. Prior to the discussion, there were 3 Inputs, namely on Small Christian Communities, on CBCI guidelines on Sexual Misconduct and on Pastoral Collaboration. The Discussion session was chaired by the Jesuit Provincial, Fr. Michael Thanaraj SJ.  It was a brain–storming session to plan for coming years.  Being the Christmas season and end of the year, the Bishop thanked all priests and Sisters for the wonderful work  that they are doing  in/the diocese and assured them of his blessings. He gave each one a Christmas Gift and with singing of a few Carols and a sumptuous meal, the day was concluded. The minutes of the meeting are being sent out to all parishes and Communities, hoping that a concrete action plan will be drawn up at the parish level.

Bishop Felix Toppo SJ ordained Seminarian Michael Deogam a Deacon on December 18th during a beautiful Liturgy in the Cathedral Church. A number of people from Kolhan-Porhat came all the way for this Ordination. Over 20 priests participated in this religious function. Congratulations to Deacon Michael and his family. Soon after he becomes a Deacon, Bishop assigns him to Maluka Parish for his diaconate ministry.

All churches of Jamshedpur under the banner of “Christians of Jamshedpur” organized a very special Christmas Milan on Sunday 22nd December at St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre.  Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ was the Chief Guest. Fr. Michael Thanaraj, SJ, Provincial of Jesuits gave an inspiring message on the occasion.  Mr. Indwar Secretary of GEL Church also gave a message extending Greetings to all Faiths of Good will. The Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee led the gathering through a beautiful “Kirtan” greeted all Christians on that occasion while the Muslim Community presented the theme of Forgiveness through “Skit”. St. Joseph’s School presented a beautiful welcome dance, Mr. Saban Barla welcomed the gathering and the  Mahila Sangh presented a  welcome Song. Mr. Peter Bonnerjee presented the vote of thanks.  Congratulations to all our lay-leaders for organizing this function.

21st December, 2013 at St. Francis de Sale School was a memorable day of this academic year for the students and teachers as they celebrated the annual parent’s day. On the joyous occation Deputy Commissioner of Saraikela-Kharswan Mr. Kripanand Jha was the chief guest and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the guest of honor. The excellent cultural programmes staged the by students of the school were the wonder for their own parents who came to witness the evening. The discipline and systematic flow of the programmes on the stage showed that the value of management the school is cultivating in the students. Frs. Walter Crasta and Edwin Coelho too were present to enjoy the programmes. Congratutions to Fr. Shiju Mangalath and his staff and students.


Dear Bishop,
Thank you very much for your email of Christmas wishes.
I had an Oblate priest from Ottawa to help me for Christmas. I led the service in three places and was glad to see quite many young people who came with their parents or grandparents (at least once a year) for Christmas celebration.

As our priests are growing old and going into retirement, the archbishop has asked us to train 3-4 lay people from each parish, who could lead the Sunday liturgy of the Word, in the absence of a priest. I hosted the English Zone training session for this purpose recently at St. Aloysius. There were 44 participants and I shared with them how our village catechists in Jamshedpur run the Sunday Girja in our village chapels. That was helpful. I wish you a very happy Christmas and a bright New Year.

Wishing you the Merry Christmas and the upcoming New Year to you I feel very Happy to extend the Love and Peace of God to you. The Christmas preparation and the celebration went on very well in snow and cold.  The Churches are usually packed during the Christmas time. We had good participation in the Church despite of the freezing cold and snow. Before the Christmas, I visited Fr. Cyril place and stayed one night to celebrate his Jubilee Mass in his parish. There were about 22 priests who concelebrated the Jubilee Mass followed by sumptuous meal. I have been enjoying the pastoral ministries in the parish, offering Masses, visiting nursing homes for administering the sacraments and also being chaplain to the Bishop Dwenger High school students. I do not depend on anyone for the ride I take a car by myself to attend any sick calls or emergency. The parishioners are happy and co-operative, inviting me for any kind of celebration at their homes. Fr. Mark Gurterner is the pastor of Our Lady of Good Hope he is very close to Bishop Rhodes. He is mostly busy with his Judicial work of the Diocese, since he is the only alone canonist looking after the judiciary works. (Fr. Gyan Prakash)

Fr. C.R. Prabhu loses his voice: After directing a 6-day retreat to 40 Salesians of Don Bosco of Kolkata Province Fr. Prabhu came back from Kolkata using mostly the sign language. The Doctors have strictly advised him not to use his voice for some days. He grounded himself for sometime but as his sugar is beyond control he is admitted at Mercy Hospital, Baridih.

Fr. James Quadros was admitted in Brahmananda Hospital, Mango, Jamshedpur, to be operated the stone in his abdomen. He was earlier admitted in Mercy Hospital, Baridih, due to the same urinal infections. His operation was successful and he is on his mission at Khuntpani Shrine.

On 6th December, 2013, Fr. Manu Horo, was admitted in St. John’s  Hospital, Bangalore for his check as he suffered continuous blackout. He was accompanied by Fr. Cornelius Tigga. After he was diagnosed with occipital lobe epilepsy complex partial seizures with secondary generalization, he came back to Jamshedpur on 21st December.

Frs. Pradeep and Dileep Marandi lost his father Mr. Ruplal Marandi (Catechist) on 25th December, 2013 due to high blood pressure and stroke. He was 71 years old. Hearing the news Pradeep and Dileep rushed to Dowadanr to give the last tribute to his father. At this difficult moment let us remember them and their family in our prayer. May his soul rest in peace!

Funeral mass and burial took place in Tetulia village on the following day. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant. Besides Frs. Pradeep and Dileep Marandi and seven other priests concelebrated with the bishop. A big number of people, children and non-Christian were present for the last rites.


Gerald M. D’Souza
Raju Felix Crasta
Selva Raj
Walter Crasta
Gyan Prakash Topno

 The Call to the priesthood… Can you hear it?
The Diocese of Jamshedpur and Society of Jesus, Jamshedpur province have programs such as vocation seminar and meetings for prospective candidates for priesthood. Contact to the Vocation Offices for more informations at:

Fr. Linus Kindo
Bishop’s House
P.O. Golmuri
Phone No.: (0657) 2318130/09572752429

Fr. Somy Mathew, S.J.
Inigo Niwas, Candidate House
St. Xavier’s High School
P.B. No. 10, Chaibas P.O.
W. Sighbhum-833201
Phone No.: 09546721569

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December, 2013 
The Jamshedpur diocesan website” is under construction. It will be launched on 25th December, 2013 with the birth of Lord Jesus. The website will provide the valuable information about the diocese, its mission and vision. Your valuable suggestions are welcome for the better improvement and updating of the website. (Fr. Linus Kindo)


My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We Christians have two very important Feasts: Christmas and Easter. While celebrating Easter we celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord, in Christmas we celebrate the Incarnation of Our Lord. The mystical events of both these Feasts lead us to understand the deep love God has for us. Let us reflect on the mystery of Incarnation.

We can understand the spiritual and mystical meaning of Christmas through the following Gospel verse, “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). This verse speaks of various eternal Truths of our religion. Let us meditate on them.

God and his Love:  God is Alpha and Omega, All-powerful, All-creator, Omniscient and Omnipresent, yet he is Love, Forgiveness and Mercy. God Out of love he created man. In Isaiah we read, “Can a woman forget her baby at the breast, feel no pity for the child she has borne? Even if these were to forget, I shall not forget you” (Is. 49:15). He further says, “ I have loved you with an everlasting love and so I will maintain my faithful love for you”(Jer 31:3). God is God yet he loves his sinful and rebellious creature.

Human Being: God created man in his own image and likeness (Gen.1:27). He gave man, his own creature, his own everlasting soul and life. He gave freedom and will power. He gave him wisdom and intellect and capacity to discern the good and evil. He gave him the Ten Commandments so that man may live accordingly and be united to God in this mundane life and after death. The Ten Commandments were a great sign of his love.

Sin and Salvation:  Man rebelled against his Creator. He disobeyed him. God could have destroyed man because he is just. He also is kind and merciful. He is love. But man’s sin was so grave that no sacrifice known to man could have appeased God. God in his wisdom and love offered his only begotten Son to be sacrificed. To save his slave he gave his only Son. It was necessary for the Son to sacrifice his life for our redemption. This is the great result of man’s sin and God’s immense love.

Jesus Christ, Son of God: St. John the Evangelist says, “In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him”(Jn 1:1-4). The Word is the second person of the Trinity. Like his Father the Word is Alpha and Omega, all-creator, all-powerful, omniscient and omnipotent yet he is love, forgiveness and mercy. He is for us “the Way, the Truth and the Life”. He is the High Priest, King-Shepherd and Prophet-Teacher. He is the Lamb of God and the promised Messiah. He has been named, “Wonder-Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (See Is.9:5). He loves human beings and is ready sacrifice his life for their redemption.

God Offered His Son to be Sacrificed: The mystery of God’s immense love is in this fact that He offered his only begotten Son to be sacrificed on the cross. The death punishment on the cross was the most ignominious death during the time of Jesus. The crucifixion was awarded only to the greatest of criminals. Carrying the heavy cross and going up to the top of the hillock, being crucified cruelly and hanging on the cross were both physically and psychologically painful. The pain and suffering Jesus went through are beyond our imagination. Jesus Christ offered himself to suffer pain, insult and abandonment and to die on the cross in our place for our sins. That is his love.

Incarnation: For the sacrifice he was going make he had to become a human being and that is why he was incarnated. This is our Christmas. “For on the Feast of this awe-filled mystery, though invisible in his own divine nature, he has appeared visibly in ours, and begotten before all ages, he has begun to exist in time; so that, raising up in himself all that was cast down, he might restore unity to all creation and call straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom” (Preface of Christmas, 1). Christmas contains the mystery of God’s immense love and the beginning of our redemption through Jesus Christ.

Mother Mary: Mary’s role is undisputable in the redemptive work of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The Angel Gabriel proclaims the unique grace and vocation Mary received from God. He says, “………Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High……The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow…”(See Lk 1: 28-35) Mary is co-redemptress. Elizabeth, her cousin, filled the Holy Spirit reveals the greatness of Mary by saying, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honored with a visit from the mother of my Lord?” (Lk 1:42-43).

My dear brothers and sisters, to get the eternal life we need to believe in the mystery of God’s immense love for us. We need also to believe in and love Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate. I wish you grace-filled Happy Christmas in the name of the “Wonder Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace”.

Your servant and friend,
Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J.

On 3rd November, 2013, Bishop breaks ground to build a parish church in Maluka. Maluka has seen perhaps the oldest mission station in Kolhan initiated by Msgr. John Bodra and the Catechist Theophil Purty. Baring two, no other parish in Kolhan region has any formal church. So it is in fitness of things and time, Fr. Junas Purty and his parishioners have taken steps to have their own a beautiful Church. At a colorful function, in the presence of local Mundas and Manki and a large number of parishioners our Bishop along with Fr. Prabhu, local leaders and representatives of the Community, broke the ground. Hopefully the Church will be ready in a year’s time.  The parishioners have to raise the needed funds for this.

Earlier the Bishop administered Confirmation to 32 Children and gave First Communion to 16 Children during the beautifully prepared Sunday liturgy. The Bishop congratulated Fr. Junas Purty, the Sisters and all the parishioners.

A warm welcome to Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., by the entire Catholic community at Holy Family Church Rahargora on 17th November, 2013 was a unique one. The women of the parish welcomed him in traditional cultural manner by making him walk on leaves from the main gate to the Church.

There were 12 children for Confirmation and 10 for first Holy Communion. The children were very well prepared to receive the sacraments. The excellent hymns during the liturgy created a very devotional atmosphere in the Church. The Bishop preached on the mysteries of the Holy Eucharist, Body and Blood of our Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit to strengthen the faith of the people in the Holy Eucharist.

After the Mass there was a short felicitation program. The lay leadership in organizing and executing the programmes was the important feature in the community. Congratulations!

On 9th November, 2013, Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., blessed the new SJA convent house at Kasida and offered the Mass in the new house, invoking the God’s blessings and his continuous protection on them. Rev. Sr. Provincial cut the colourful ribbon and inaugurated the new SJA convent. A big number of lay people came from Ghatshila and Maubhandar who participated in the Holy Mass and prayed for the SJA Sisters.

The SJA Sisters have started an English medium School in Kasida. Congratulations dear Sisters and wish you all the best in your apostolate at Kasida!

10th November, 2013 was a memorable day for 42 boys and girls of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Church, Telco who received the Sacrament of Confirmation and 30 First Holy Communion.

The Confirmation certificate was given to all the boys and girls who received the Sacrament. At the end of the programme all shared the snacks and tea. Congratulation to Fr. Leo John D’Souza, the parish priest and his associates!

75 Bishops, delegates from 120 diocese, 6 000 lay delegates participated in the First National SCC Convention held in Goa from 18-21st November, 2013. From Jamshedpur 20 delegates were led by Fr Cyril Tigga to participate in it. The Theme was: SCC: A new way of being Church in the neighbourhood. The detail information can be found in

The Inaugural Mass was said by His Grace Savatore Pennacchio. The whole liturgy was well arranged with melodious singing. During the Inaugural Session Procession of Bibles in many Languages and Their enthronement was very impressive. Bishop Bosco Penha gave a very inspiring talk on SCC and he answered many questions raised by the participants.

On the Second Day the Bishops and delegates were sent to different parishes. Archbishop Albert D'Souza and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. were sent to St Thomas Church, Aldon Deanery. Archbishop presided over the Mass and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. preached to the 1500 faithful present in the Eucharistic Celebration.

Chotanagra village is in Saranda Forest, part of Manoharpur Block on the road from Kiriburu to Manoharpur. The area is taken care of by Kiriburu parish.  Fr. Richard Miranda, then the PP of Kiriburu had initiated missionary work in those villages in Saranda Forster. Today it is a growing Christian Community. Under the leadership of Kiriburu parish-priest Fr. Suresh Xaxa ofm (cap),  the people of this upcoming community have built a small mud-wall Church for their Sunday worship. On 14th of November, Bishop Felix Toppo S.J. along with Fr. Prabhu and ten other priests blessed this in the presence of nearly 400-500 people. After a beautiful Ho Liturgy and Swagut, the local Christian community fed the whole village. Chotanagra is developing into an independent parish in not too-distant a future. Congratulations to Fr. Suresh Xaxa and his team for the great work.

A week before the Khuntpani feast celebrations, Frs. Prabhu and Camille Hembrom spent nearly 3 days holding meetings with local Mundas-Manki and local leaders to resolve the conflict that had arisen concerning status of St. Joseph’s School in Khuntpani. And thus prepared for the smooth and tension free celebration of the feast of our Lady of Khuntpani.

The annual feast of Khuntpani Shrine was celebrated on 8th November, 2013, 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 gathered for the Solemn Holy Eucharist. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., was the main celebrant of the concelebrated Solemn Holy Eucharist. During the homily he exhorted the faithful to be firm in their as 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 Priests who were present for the Holy Eucharist. After the Holy Eucharist, in order to accelerate the festive mood, school children from Carmel schools presented welcome song. Congratulation to Fr. James and team!

St. Xavier’s School, Saparomguttu in Mazgaon block will have proper classrooms. Thus far, over 400 boys and girls up to class 6, have been under the thatched-roof- open sheds. At a colorful function, on 22nd November, in the presence of Deans of Chaibasa and Jamshedpur, several guests, Staff and students, Fr. Prabhu blessed and broke the ground, Fr. Edwin Coelho smashed the coconut; Frs. Camille Hembrom, Benedict Hembrom and Dileep Marandi did the ground breaking. It is hoped that in a year’s time, the children will be able to study in a pukka building.  Congratulations to Fr. Benedict Hembrom and his faithful team for the great work they are doing.

Traditionally, Chaibasa parish organizes  an annual event of football tournament for the primary school children of Kolhan-Porhat.  This year 18 teams of boys and 11 Girls’ teams participated in this 3-days of matches.  After completing 67 matches in all spread over 3 days, the First Trophy among boys went to St. Theresa’s school Jhinkpani , the First Trophy among girls was bagged by St. Thomas School in Gandedungri. The Second prize among the boys went to St. Paul’s Maluka while St. Paul’s Girls of  Goilkera   were the runners –up. The SDO Chaibasa inaugurated the tournament and Mr. Lalit Sharma, Chairman Chamber of Commerce gave away the trophies at the end.  Congratulations to Frs. Puthumai and Edwin Coelho!

30 diocesan priests from the different dioceses of Bijhan Region spent two days in reflecting the on the Challenges and struggles of the Diocesan priests. Fr. George Monopilly of Daltonganj was the resource person. Fr. Prabhu the VG inaugurated this convention. It is a pity that many more priests could not attend this me convention.  Congratulations to the Organisers!

This year’s final meeting of priests and Sisters working in parishes and Institutions, both the diocesan and the religious will be held on December 18th at 9.30a.m., at the Bishop’s House, Golmuri. It would conclude with Christmas Milan for priests. All our priests-both diocesan and religious are requested to participate in this meeting.

The Diocesan Jubilee Scholarship Committee during the year 2013 is disbursing Rs. 6.50,000 in scholarships to 204 needy & deserving students. 175 students of Primary and High School students, 15 College students and 14 candidates of ITI, Nursing and Livelihood training have been selected for these scholarships. Last month, the selected candidates of Kolhan-Porhat received these scholarships during a special function in St. Xavier’s School, Chaibasa from the hands of S.D.O. Chaibasa.  Our Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ distributed these scholarships to the selected candidates from Dhanbad region during a public function in Dhobatand –Govindpur. Fr. John Ottaplakal of Purulia distributed the scholarships for the selected students of Purulia district. And Mr. A.B. Lall, the Head of Tata-Plant, Tata Motors, Telco gave away the scholarships to the selected candidates of East Singhbhum district during a function after the Christ the King procession on 24th November. Thanks to those who have helped in mobilizing funds and congratulations to those who received these scholarships. (Fr. C.R. Prabhu, Vicar General)

This year, November 24, 2013 is the last Sunday of the Liturgical year and the Feast of Christ the King is celebrated in all the parishes with colorful religious processions. This Sunday is also the concluding day of the Year of Faith. CKP is the only parish in our diocese dedicated to Christ the King.  Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ was in Dobatand parish as the Chief Celebrant, where whole of Dhanbad Deanery gathered in, to take out the Procession and conclude the Year of Faith..  Fr. Prabhu was the Main Celebrant for the Procession and the Mass in Telco parish for Jamshedpur City parishes. Fr. Eugene Ekka joined St. Paul’s Church in Maluka; Fr. Vincent David was the Chief Celebrant in CKP parish, Fr. Linus Kindo was the Chief Celebrant at St. Paul’s at  Maluka, Fr. James Kalapura, S.J. was the Chief Celebrant at Sacred Heart at Adra where Purulia deanery come together, Jesu Marsal at Chandil, St. Barbara’s at Mosaboni, St. Joseph’s at Charbandia  organized their own processions and celebrations at their parish level. Congratulations to all parish priests and their coworkers for the extra-ordinary manifestation of their Faith.

27 children received the First Holy Communion on 3rd November 2013 in the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Camille Hembrom. Traditional welcome, devotional dance and melodious hymns elevated the spiritual experience of all. (Br. Jacob, DDS) 

In the month of November, we had 16 Jesuit Deacons from the Central Zone, making their Ordination Retreat from 19-27 October. It was directed by Fr. George Anthony. It was followed by two days of Pastoral Orientation by Fr. Cyril Tigga. The Deacons were very happy with the place, atmosphere of silence, Director’s Inputs as well as Jerry’s special cuisine during journey with the Lord. Jerry is busy cultivating exotic vegetables which in another month we’ll start to taste. Fr. Joe Surin also made his annual retreat at the same time as the Deacons. Fr. Benedict Minj is still helping out in Omra and Pradeep Marandi has left on the 27th Nov. for Cochin to attend the ICSE Principals meet. (George Anthony)

Youths from Charbandia, Omra and Goilkera numbering 200, had one day Youth Camp in Charbandia to discover their talents and goals of life. Fr. Dileep Marandi the resource person of the programme helped them to identify their strengths and goals of life. Fr. Ranjit Kindo and his team from TRTC, Lupungutu also came and met the young yours and girls, giving them the information about job oriented training and opportunities offered by TRTC. Youths profited much from the camp. Congratulations to the parish priests of Charbandia, Omra and Goilkera!

Two different important activities at St. Anthony’s Church Dhanbad were remarkable. It was the day of great joy with unique experiences for 15 children, who received the first communion during the Holy Mass on 10th November, 2013.

On 17th November, 2013, Krus Veer Rally of Dhanbad deanery was organized at St. Anthony’s Parish Dhanbad, was a wonderful opportunity for the school children. 187 children from different schools of deanery came together for a day of reflection and fun. The programme began at 8:00 am with an inaugural talk given by Fr. Amatus Kujur, the dean of Dhanbad deanery. Children with great enthusiasms participated in the various activities of rally like, singing, games and bible quiz competition. The team of 3 children from each parish took part in the quiz competition which was taken from the gospel of  saint Luke. It was well done by all children. 3 Sisters from Carmel Convent and parish council member of the St. Anthony’s Church gave all the needed help for the success of the Krus Veer Rally. It came to conclusion with the Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Amatus Kujur at 3:00 pm. Congratulations and thanks to all the Krus Veer animators of the deanery.

“Let the children come to me”. This year on the occasion of children’s day, we had a unique celebration in both the blocks. An Antakshri competition was conducted in Senior Block which was a fantastic & a fabulous show everyone enjoyed and appreciated it. In the evening junior block had a lot of fun and enjoyment through the Bal Mela. It was a grand success as nearly 4000 people had visited the different stalls put up by the teachers & non-teaching staff. This shows an active participation of our parents & guardians in the school activities. Thanks to Fr. David Vincent under whose able leadership the students are given a lot a opportunity to develop their potentiality in order to become better human beings.

Along with these activities, our students had participated different inter school competitions and won many prizes and awards. Many teachers were sent to update themselves to attend workshops conducted by different schools like Jusco, Kerala Samajam & XLRI. Our teachers have become more creative & effective in their teaching. After the hectic, activities, pogrammes and workshops the school started the unit test.

Fr. James Surin’s lost his father Mr. Thadeus Surin on 17th November, 2013. He was 81 years old.

Fr. Prabhu’s nephew, Montu Fernandes who fell off from a local train in Mumbai while returning home from his work, died on 11th November.


Ajay Tiru
Junas Bhengra