Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December, 2014


The event of incarnation marked the unity of the earth with heaven. God, through His love for humankind, was incarnated and came to the earth: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

This meeting of heaven and earth was initiated by God, Who gratuitously poured down upon us His love, by coming down from above to humankind. At the same time this unique God-human meeting also included the eagerness of the human being to go up to God. This meeting happened in the fullness of time, as stated in the Holy Bible, and, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, where God was incarnate by His love. In the creation of human being, God showed His love to everyone. In His incarnation, He confirmed this love. In His crucifixion and resurrection, the Lord concluded this great love toward humankind.

Hence, Christmas is a feast of unity: The world at the time of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ was divided between the Jews and the Gentiles. Besides, there was a separation between heaven and earth. Heaven was believed to be full of angels and heavenly creatures, and the earth was full of people who were divided into Jews and Gentiles. In the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, all these three groups came together.

The angels appeared to the shepherds, who were awake (Luke 2:8-9). The shepherds - who were Jews - were very simple people, who spent their time in the wilderness with the sheep. The shepherds were always traveling and did not have a place to dwell. God chose them for their honesty and simplicity. God wanted to honor them, and so He revealed to them His birth by the angel who appeared to them saying: “I am here to give you good news of great joy that will be for all the people“(Luke 2:10). God chose the shepherds to represent the Jews at the nativity event.

Then God chose the worshipping magi to represent the Gentiles. They came from far countries in the east to meet and worship the newborn King of the Jews. The essential factor was that because they remained focused on their journey, they reached their goal. Thus, the Jews who represented one half of the world, the Gentiles who represented the other half of the world, and the heavenly choir witnessed the incarnation event signaling the union between the earth and the heaven.

Message from the Manger at Bethlehem: We begin the season of Advent, which is preparation for Christmas, with a beautiful passage from Isaiah (2:4): “They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not raise sword against nation, and they will learn warfare no more” (Isaiah 2:4).  Christmas 2014 has something very significant as well as poignant to tell us:

(i) Incarnation symbolized self-emptying: John 1:14 reads: “The Word became flesh; he pitched his tent among us”. Another word for incarnation is self-emptying or kenosis (cf. Philippians 2:6-8). Though unlimited, pure spirit, Christ chose to limit himself. Christ emptied himself in order to give fullness of life to everyone (John 1:16). We are called to empty ourselves of hatred, selfishness, self-righteousness and love for money.

(ii) Message from the Gifts of the Magi: Besides being the characteristics of our Lord Jesus Christ, the three gifts of the magi also symbolize the life of the human being. Our life throughout its entirety is characterized by gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Every one of us through life has days of gold, days of frankincense and days of myrrh. The days of gold are the days of success, good health, victory, wealth, and days of comfort and joy. The gift of frankincense represents the days of work, study, labor, hard effort and services. The gift of myrrh represents the days of grief, tribulations, need, suffering, illness, and all the days in which the human being suffers negative emotions and anxiety. Our lives are always a mix of gold, frankincense and myrrh. That is why if there are days of myrrh, there will be days of frankincense and gold. 

(iii) To be born in a manger means to be born poor: Jesus was born in a manger in the town of Bethlehem in Palestine, because no one offered him a room in their homes. Thus, Jesus was rejected even before he was born. The message of Christmas is a challenge. It is a challenge, because it asks us to open ourselves to the inner depth of the message. If we intend to achieve joy and peace, we must beat our swords into plowshares. Plowshares symbolize poverty and the hard labour of a farmer. When we embrace plowshares, we embrace the poor, the suffering, the outcastes and the rejected. This way we can establish a kingdom of justice; and the fruits of justice are joy and peace. What pledge can we make this Christmas in favour of millions of babies worldwide that are born in a “manger” and spend their sweet childhood on the streets? Are we ready to shake ourselves off our own comfort zone of indifference and selfishness?

(iv) The Crib Is Our Hearts: The size of the crib has reduced dramatically our times. Does it indicate the growing tendency to self-sufficiency, inclusivity and refusal to open ourselves to the Lord’s coming into our hearts? Let our cribs be big enough for the Lord to enter in and dwell there in peace and at ease! 

Irrespective of hatred, violence and sin, there are lots of people of good will, people who love peace and justice. Christmas 2014 is all about this hope: hope in a New Year 2015. The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ gives us hope, courage and new life in a new vision for our daily life. Let us pray and hope that the Christmas message of justice, peace and joy reverberate in every heart, every soul and finally in the very womb of humanity. May the Lord give us His grace and fill our life with the joy of Nativity every day. May our life be for the glory of His name. (By Fr. John Crasta, Prof., St. Albert’s College Ranchi)


As other years this year too we had a memorial celebration of the 1st baptized catholics on 8th November, 2014. This was celebrated as the feast of our Lady of Khuntpani. A big number of faithful gathered from different parts of the diocese. On this occation Rt. Rev. Anand Jojo, Bishop of Hazaribag and Bishop Felix Toppo,S.J. along with 53 priests offered the Holy Eucharist.


Different parishes contributed through songs and dances to make this event prayerful. Unlike other years this year we had Holy Hour before the Eucharist which was conducted by Christ the King Church, Chakradharpur. And there was recitation of Rosary after the Eucharist which was led by Lupita Church, Telco.



November 16, 2014: It was a great day for 18 of our parish children as they willingly and happily were ready to welcome Jesus on their lives. Rev. Fr. Camille Hembrom was the main celebrant for the Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Rocky, OP, in his inspiring homily told the first communicants and congregation about the sacredness of Holy Communion and due preparation for the Eucharist for worthy reception of Jesus into us. May Jesus enrich their lives with His Body and Blood.
November 21, 2014: It was the birthday of Rt. Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ on 21st of November.  St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre students had a great time with him. There was a short and sweet programme to wish birthday baby. Children’s day was also celebrated on the same day. Thanks to the staffs of SJWC.
November 23, 2014: “Krist Raja Ki… Jai”, “Krist Hamara Raja…Hai”, with these powerful slogans in the praise of Christ the King, Jamshedpur Deanery had a procession, started from Cathedral to Agrico and returned back to SJWC ground. Rev. Fr. Chonas Xalxo was the main celebrant for the Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Oscar Beck gave beautiful message in his homily. Many hands joined together to make the procession successful. The Choir was awesome during the procession and mass too. Heartfelt thanks to SHH, SCJM, SCN sisters of Golmuri Parish. (Fr. Michael Deogam)


Youth convention was organized at Catholic Charities. This was meant for the youth of our diocese. There were about 130 participants from different deaneries. It was conducted by Mr. Mathew Joseph in association with a youth group namely “Reaching Soul”. Mr. Mathew Joseph stays in America and goes around the world to preach and motivate the youth spiritually. Reaching Soul is a spiritually dedicated youth group which is based at Ranchi. They in their own way reach out to the youth. It was very successful as many youth experienced the love of God. In their sharing they expressed that they had never experienced such newness in their lives. They expressed that they are motivated to read and love the Word of God. For some this was a life changing experience as after a week of the convection they still express that they are continuing to abstain from intoxicating substances.  (Fr. Sanjay Kujur, Cssr.)



With great anxiety, two days retreat was organized at St. Xavier’s Church, Chaibasa for all the parishioners. It was conducted by Mr. Mathew Joseph in association with a youth group namely “Reaching Soul”. Mr. Mathew Joseph stays in America and goes around the world to preach and motivate the youth spiritually. Reaching Soul is a spiritually dedicated youth group which is based at Ranchi. They in their own way reach out to the youth. The entire program was organized by the youth of the parish. Both the days lunch was served for all the participants. It was amazing to see the number of participants exceeding two thousand from a parish. It was a time of reconciliation for the parish. The retreat was coordinated by Mr. Birendra Kujur. The entire parish was very supportive towards this retreat.



One day retreat for Girls of Dhanbad Carmel High School was preached by Fr. Raju Crasta on 30th of October, 2014. The programme began at 8.30 am and concluded at 4. pm with the Eucharist. About 40 catholic girls benefited from this. The highlights of the retreat were meditations, vocation and faith. Inspired the Word of God some girls have expressed their willingness to be religious.


Keeping in line with the guidelines of our honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, our students of std XI had gone to clean the areas in and around Lupungutu, Chaibasa, as part of their community service. Their efforts were appreciated by the locals there and the students had an enjoyable and learning experience there.

It is often said – “Instruction does much but encouragement, does everything!” From the day our Principal Sr. Sheetal took over the reins of our school, she has been motivating the students to excel in academics, and her efforts have borne fruits. We had our ‘open house’ for 2nd Terminal Exams and a marked improvement has been noticed in the result of all the classes.

We also have more good news to share. Atul Toppo of Std IX has been selected for the national level cricket team. Some of our student had participated in a drawing competition organized by the Government of India and our students bagged  prizes.    

Our Annual Sports Meet was held on 11th November. Our Chief Guest for the occasion was our Parish Priest, Fr.Halan Bodra, Fr. Tom and Fr. Sahay graced the event as our guests of Honour. Some of the events were really hilarious. Children had lots of fun in participating as well as watching potato-race, cock-fighting, boat race, etc.

On 14th November we celebrated children’s day. The program started with the lighting of lamp, and there on the stage was rocked by the teachers. We concluded the program with fashion show where all the teacher took part. 

Now we are back on the track …………… busy with our teaching-learning activates.  


Ursulines organize a retreat:  The Ursuline Province organized a 7 day retreat for all its Sisters working in medical field. Nearly  45 Sisters at Vikas Bharati. Sisters from Ranchi-Gumla province participated in this retreat guided by Fr. Prabhu. To maintain total silence and to make the place conducive for prayer & silence, no other programme was held during this period
Diocesan Youth Renewal Program:  Fr. Dileep Marandi, Fr. Sanjay Kujur organized   a special Youth renewal programme at Catholic Charities.  A special Charismatic team led by Bro. Mathew of Kolkata animated the youth.  Nearly 150 young boys and girls spent 3 days at this centre.  Though it was announced as the youth camp, it turned out to be a good spiritual retreat. Congratulations to our diocesan Youth Coordinator.

Fr. Cyril Tigga brings together BCC Groups for a refresher course
Once again Fr. Cyril Tigga brought together BCD teams from all parishes for a refresher course. Sr. Christin from Patna, now based in Kolkata did a very good job. The Bishop inaugurated the workshop and also concluded with a Mass. It is very gratifying that a number of priests this time joined in this workshop.  Congratulations to all, especially to the Organizers. During these days, Fr. Prabhu found time to give a retreat to the Diocesan priests of Shimla-Chandigrh at Shimla and another retreat to the TOR Fathers of Ranchi province at the OCD Spirituality Centre at Kokar.

SSJVK also  participated in a Tribal Mela organsed by Tata Steel on the Gopal Maidan on  November 15,16,17. The CCJ/SLVK stall put up a special stall on Herbal Medicines, medicinal plants SJVK  publications. It was quite popular. Now a good beginning has  been made.  In the month of January, they will also be conducting some Melas in collaboration with the  SHG cooperatives

Jesu Marsal Parish Chandil celebrated St. Cecilia Day as parish choir Day. To mark the occasion a special Eucharistic Liturgy was arranged in the evening. The choir sang the melodious hymns and made the Eucharist lively and meaningful to all attended the Eucharist. After the Mass, a short falicitation programme for the Choir member was held which ended with a high tea.

St. Theresa’s School, Jhinkpani organized a science cum craft exhibition on29-30, Oct., 2014. The school children displayed various models in the examination hall. Mr. Bartitius Kullu, DSP, inaugurated the science exhibition. In his speech he congratulated the school authorities for organizing this event in a village school. He spoke as length how these events can motivate the village children to come up in like and play a role in building a new society and improve the socio-economic conditions in the villages. The children of the local high schools were invited for the events. They came along with their teacher and enjoyed the exhibition.

Fr. Michael Jojo arranged two hockey tournaments in his parish. The first one for the school children. A number of teames in the area participated in it. Then many village teams took part in the second Khasi tournament. But the team led by Fr. Michael Jojo proved to be the strongest and won the Khasi. In fact, under his leadership a team in Christantoli is fromed. It has already won three Khasi tournaments in the area.

After Goilkera, Fr. Alex Dodrai organized the hockey tournament in St. Joseph’s School, Charbandia. It was a day of enjoyment for the children of Charbandia school. From the senior section the teams were made by the children on their own. Fr. Alex, unlike Fr. Michael JoJo failed to retain the Khasi.

Then it was the Chance of Omra parish. Fr. Benedict Minj, managed the parish team, organized a hockey team in Omra parish ground. The two day event was like a village Mela. They tool failed to retian the Khasi for the home team.

The school was buzzing with activities and events as the students put up a lively show at XLRI on November 1st.An inter school event titled XIBIO-2014 .          Nearly 12 schools had participated  in and around the city  .The events were cosmet allics, the X factor, dance and beats, green wars ,go hard in the paint etc. Congrats to Fr. David Vincent, dedicated teachers and the enthusiastic students..On the 13th November children’s day mela was organized in which parents were also invited. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food, ice-cream and fun games. It was a grand success. One of the leading news papers Dainik jagran conducted a health check up for the students on the 26th November   .A team of doctors visited the school to speak to students of std 11 and 12 to give them awareness  regarding different types of  sickness specially the cancer. Thanks to Fr., David for arranging such programs in the school.CCE  work shop was organized for the teachers  to get  equipped with the creative lesson plan, class room management thus to become a better teachers .The resource person was Sr. Sheethal from Chaibasa. After all these hectic activities and programs the school started the 3rd unit test. Thanks to Fr. David for systematically organizing the curricular and co curricular activities for all round development of the students up. May St. Mary’s aim high, fly high to keep up its vision and motto.


Fr. Manu Horo and Jerome Pariera are recuperating from their sikcnesses. They are not yet fit to take up any responsibilities. Fr. Jonny Vithayathil and Fr. Norbert Kindo are on medical treatment. Fr. Roque Cardoza had a bypass surgery in Bangalore on Nov. 19, 2014 and Fr. Nestore Soreng is under treatment for his back pain by Doctors from CMC Vellor.

21st January, 1954  -   26th November, 2014

Fr. Walter Crasta entered this planet earth in January 1954, lived and toiled for 60 years and 10 months like any other humans and left this planet so suddenly on 26th November 2014 shocking everyone who knew him.  He was born in a very deeply religious, poor and hardworking family in Mulki parish of Mangalore diocese. His father died several years ago but his mother, known to the world as “Mary Teacher” lived for 95 years.  She died just 10 days ago. Fr. Walter went to attend the funeral of his mother and 2 days after her burial, he too died of a massive heart attack. He has a sister, Sr. Neeta working in Germany and she has a brother residing in Pune. Sr. Neeta and he were travelling together when he developed chest-pain and within 30 minutes he was pronounced dead by the Doctors of Thumbe branch of Fr. Muller’s Hospital.

After he completed his matriculation, Walter was working as a cook for awhile for late Fr. Gregory D’Cruze, then parish priest at Mulki. It was Fr. DaCruze who took care of him, promoted him to become a priest for the diocese of Jamshedpur in 1971. After completing 2 years in initial formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Mangalore, he came to St. Albert’s College for Philosophy and he completed IA & BA during that period. Later he completed MA in Sociology from Ranchi University in flying colours.

He then spent 2 years in Regency at St. Xavier’s Church, Chiabasa under Fr. Prabhu. He was in charge of the hostel. During this time, he had his first confrontation with the local MLA & minister, Mr. Bagun Sumbrui. He was promoted to Theology at St. Albert’s college.After completing his theology in four years, he was ordained a priest in December 1982 along with his close friend, late Fr. Gualbert Furtado in his own parish in Mulki, Mangalore. Young priest, Fr. Walter’s first assignment was as an Asst. Parish priest of St. Paul’s at  Maluka for 2 years; next 3 years he was Assistant at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri; then he was Assistant for 2 years in St. Xavier’s Chaibasa; he was then sent to Ahmadabad for  development studies.  When he returned after a year and half, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of Catholic Charities under Fr. Prabhu.

Fr. Walter became the parish priest for the first time in 1995 of Gua- Noamundi  Kiriburu parish. In fact, he shifted the parish Centre to Kiriburu and built the priests’ Residence. When Anandpur parish was taken back into this diocese, Walter was appointed to this very challenging and difficult parish at Charbandia. He developed this parish, built a priests residence, school building and brought the Christian community together. After spending 4-5 years in the entire Manoharpur block, Fr. Walter was appointed Director of Damien Social Welfare Society, Dhanbad.  He labored for 8 years at DSWC tried to make DSWC self-sustaining. He started an English Medium School, constructed buildings for the support of DSWC. After 8 years in Govindpur, he was appointed the parish priest of  St. Theresa’ s at Jhinkpani, where he tried to develop a new campus, built a residence for priests, leveled grounds, planted plenty of fruit trees. He always took great interest in junior, young priests and would greatly encourage them.

After spending 3 years in Jhinkpani, he was appointed the Vicar General of the diocese just 5 months ago. He had just begun his mission as V.G, when the Lord called him to his eternal reward-R I P.

One of the first things that strikes us is that Fr. Walter had plenty of humour and mimicry  and kept on entertaining everyone in this diocese till he died and he would bring in some comic relief whenever the situations and meetings turned tense or unpleasant. He spread the joy among everyone. Secondly,  he was always ready to accept any challenging jobs, and work hard. He had a sense of urgency, a sense of mission in his life. He put his whole heart and soul in whatever he did and wherever he was. He also knew how to rest, visit his friends wherever they are. He needed a lot of appreciation and encouragement and in turn, he gave his best. Wherever he was posted, he always tried to make the places self-supporting.  He has, as a priest contributed 33 years of dedicated service to the mission diocese of Jamshedpur and he did not spare himself in doing this. He had always a great trust in his parishioners and worked well with them. He had a great sense of really participatory Church.  He was trying to empower the laity. He always took a need-based approach to all the decisions he made.

There were a couple of times mainly because of his terrible family situations, he wavered on his vocation and wanted to turn back.  Support of his friends protected him. He has seen sufferings in his family, he became close to his mother. His own brother for personal reasons kept aloof and left his mother in Fr. Walter’s hands .Fr. Walter was thinking aloud of taking leave from the diocese 3-4 years to work and look after his mother. No wonder that Fr. Walter and his mother went Home, together within the same week. His unexpected departure is a great loss for the diocese of Jamshedpur and for the priestly family. The diocese was blessed by his love and humour, his unstinted commitment and service. May God reward him abundantly and bless his family. (Fr. C. R. Prabhu)

Fr. Joy Paul lost his father (Mr.Paul Papachan) on 14th November, 2014 in Kerala due to heart attack. He was 86. Hearty Condolences Fr. Joy Paul!

Fr. Halan Bodra lost his father (Mr.Johan Bodra) on 8th November, 2014 in Bandgaon. Hearty Condolences Fr. Halan Bodra!

The Diocese of Jamshedpur cordially invites all the Priests, Sisters and faithful to the Diaconate Ordination of Bro. Maria Charles and Bro. Manoj Tigga by Most. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. on December 14, 2012, 8:00 am at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri, Jamshedpur.

The Call to the priesthood… Can you hear it?

The Diocese of Jamshedpur and Society of Jesus, Jamshedpur province has programs such as vocation seminar and meetings for prospective candidates for priesthood from 12-17 April, 2014 at Pratiksha (Seminary), Jamshedpur. 10th & +2 pass boys please contact to the Vocation Offices for more information at following address:

The Vocation Promoter
Bishop’s House
P.O. Golmuri
Phone No.: 09572752429

The Vocation Promoter (S.J.)
Inigo Niwas, Candidate House
St. Xavier’s High School
P.B. No. 10, Chaibasa P.O.
W. Sighbhum-833201
Phone No.: 9798736320/09546721569


Ajay Tiru
Junas Bhengra

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November, 2014

We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.

Each of us, pastors of the Church, grew up in a family, and we come from a great variety of backgrounds and experiences. As priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and shown us the saga of their joys and their difficulties.

The preparation for this synod assembly, beginning with the questionnaire sent to the Churches around the world, has given us the opportunity to listen to the experience of many families. Our dialogue during the Synod has been mutually enriching, helping us to look at the complex situations which face families today.

We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20). On his journeys along the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus would enter village houses. He continues to pass even today along the streets of our cities. In your homes there are light and shadow. Challenges often present themselves and at times even great trials. The darkness can grow deep to the point of becoming a dense shadow when evil and sin work into the heart of the family.

We recognize the great challenge to remain faithful in conjugal love. Enfeebled faith and indifference to true values, individualism, impoverishment of relationships, and stress that excludes reflection leave their mark on family life. There are often crises in marriage, often confronted in haste and without the courage to have patience and reflect, to make sacrifices and to forgive one another. Failures give rise to new relationships, new couples, new civil unions, and new marriages, creating family situations which are complex and problematic, where the Christian choice is not obvious.

We think also of the burden imposed by life in the suffering that can arise with a child with special needs, with grave illness, in deterioration of old age, or in the death of a loved one. We admire the fidelity of so many families who endure these trials with courage, faith, and love. They see them not as a burden inflicted on them, but as something in which they themselves give, seeing the suffering Christ in the weakness of the flesh.

We recall the difficulties caused by economic systems, by the “the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose” (Evangelii gaudium 55) which weakens the dignity of people. We remember unemployed parents who are powerless to provide basic needs for their families, and youth who see before them days of empty expectation, who are prey to drugs and crime.

We think of so many poor families, of those who cling to boats in order to reach a shore of survival, of refugees wandering without hope in the desert, of those persecuted because of their faith and the human and spiritual values which they hold. These are stricken by the brutality of war and oppression. We remember the women who suffer violence and exploitation, victims of human trafficking, children abused by those who ought to have protected them and fostered their development, and the members of so many families who have been degraded and burdened with difficulties. “The culture of prosperity deadens us…. all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us” (Evangelii gaudium 54). We call on governments and international organizations to promote the rights of the family for the common good.

Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone. We warmly thank our pastors, lay faithful, and communities who accompany couples and families and care for their wounds.
There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which shines out brightly, warming bodies and souls. This light—the light of a wedding story—shines from the encounter between spouses: it is a gift, a grace expressed, as the Book of Genesis says (2:18), when the two are “face to face” as equal and mutual helpers. The love of man and woman teaches us that each needs the other in order to be truly self. Each remains different from the other that opens self and is revealed in the reciprocal gift. It is this that the bride of the Song of Songs sings in her canticle: “My beloved is mine and I am his… I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 2:16; 6:3).

This authentic encounter begins with courtship, a time of waiting and preparation. It is realized in the sacrament where God sets his seal, his presence, and grace. This path also includes sexual relationship, tenderness, intimacy, and beauty capable of lasting longer than the vigor and freshness of youth. Such love, of its nature, strives to be forever to the point of laying down one’s life for the beloved (cf Jn 15:13). In this light conjugal love, which is unique and indissoluble, endures despite many difficulties. It is one of the most beautiful of all miracles and the most common.

This love spreads through fertility and generativity, which involves not only the procreation of children but also the gift of divine life in baptism, their catechesis, and their education. It includes the capacity to offer life, affection, and values—an experience possible even for those who have not been able to bear children. Families who live this light-filled adventure become a sign for all, especially for young people.

This journey is sometimes a mountainous trek with hardships and falls. God is always there to accompany us. The family experiences his presence in affection and dialogue between husband and wife, parents and children, sisters and brothers. They embrace him in family prayer and listening to the Word of God—a small, daily oasis of the spirit. They discover him every day as they educate their children in the faith and in the beauty of a life lived according to the Gospel, a life of holiness. Grandparents also share in this task with great affection and dedication. The family is thus an authentic domestic Church that expands to become the family of families which is the ecclesial community. Christian spouses are called to become teachers of faith and of love for young couples as well.

Another expression of fraternal communion is charity, giving, nearness to those who are last, marginalized, poor, lonely, sick, strangers, and families in crisis, aware of the Lord’s word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). It is a gift of goods, of fellowship, of love and mercy, and also a witness to the truth, to light, and to the meaning of life.

The high point which sums up all the threads of communion with God and neighbor is the Sunday Eucharist when the family and the whole Church sits at table with the Lord. He gives himself to all of us, pilgrims through history towards the goal of the final encounter when “Christ is all and in all” (Col 3:11). In the first stage of our Synod itinerary, therefore, we have reflected on how to accompany those who have been divorced and remarried and on their participation in the sacraments.

We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. The presence of the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their modest home hovers over you. United to the Family of Nazareth, we raise to the Father of all our petition for the families of the world:

Father, grant to all families the presence of strong and wise spouses who may be the source of a free and united family.

Father, grant that parents may have a home in which to live in peace with their families.

Father, grant that children may be a sign of trust and hope and that young people may have the courage to forge life-long, faithful commitments.

Father, grant to all that they may be able to earn bread with their hands, that they may enjoy serenity of spirit and that they may keep aflame the torch of faith even in periods of darkness.

Father, grant that we may all see flourish a Church that is ever more faithful and credible, a just and humane city, a world that loves truth, justice and mercy. (

The Jamshedpur diocese organized the annual retreat for the priests between October 12 and 17, 2014 at Vikas Bharathi, Sunder Nagar, Jamshedpur. Sr. Inigo SSA, the former Superior General of the Congregation and a renowned writer and preacher, guided the 30 priests that also included one Jesuit from the Jamshedpur province in their wilderness experience and spiritual journey. Sr. Inigo is presently involved in prison ministry at Tihar Central Jail, Delhi serving the spiritual needs of the prison inmates.

Introducing the retreat, Sr. Inigo said that the annual retreat is a wilderness experience, wherein the retreat-makers have real God-experience that leads them to genuine inner transformation. Retreat is God making an appointment with the believer inviting him to receive from Him the fullness of life and grace (Jn 11:28).

On the first day, Sr. Inigo dwelt on our understanding of faith. Faith is not that we get what we ask for. Faith is listening to God who is calling each one of us by name and we in turn letting God act as He desires. Likewise, Sr. Inigo helped the priests to reflect on the reality of the co-existence of good and evil in every human being. The Evil One tries his best to overpower the good in us. However, we are also divine at the same time. Therefore, we must allow the divinity in our nature to dominate so that the good and truth prevail.

On the second day, the priests meditated on how to be an effective priest in life and ministry. To be an effective praying and preaching priest, he needs to be ceased of by the Spirit. Jesus was busy the whole day and night praying, preaching and healing. Priests need to draw inspiration and strength from their life of prayer and good works, which enables them to remain in close communion with the Trinitarian God. Consequently, people will recognize their priest as a man of God (Mk 15:39).

Thereafter, Sr. Inigo spoke at length on the Ten Major Attitudes of the Parish Priest (PP) like Praying, Preaching and Prophetic Priest. Each of these attitudes includes the BEING (what a priest is) and DOING (what a priest does) of the parish priest. The retreat ended on October 17 with the solemn Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rt. Rev. Felix Toppo sj, the Bishop of Jamshedpur. The Bishop exhorted his priests to be authentic and effective shepherds and to be close to the Lord in all moments of their life and ministry.

Significantly, this is the first time that a woman religious has been invited to guide the Priests’ retreat in Jamshedpur and Sr. Inigo made an excellent impact on the priests by her gentle approach and at the same time by her strong and firm convictions and personal faith-experiences. The priests expressed great joy and gratitude at the wonderful God-experience that they had during the retreat. They extended their heartfelt gratitude to Sr. Inigo for her special charisma and for having led them through this desert experience, which truly helped them to undergo intense personal transformation. (Fr. John Crasta)

Feast day brings all people together. As the parishioners of St. Theresa’s Church, Sindri celebrated the feast of their patron saint of the Church on 1st, October, 2014 they realized the joy of coming together. They had a very devotional liturgy celebrated by Fr. Amautus Kujur, the dean of Dhanbad and concelebrated by 7 priests from diocese. The presence of Junas Purty former Parish Priest of Sindri doubled the joy of Sindri parishioners. On this happy day two boys and two girls of the parish received the first communion.

To honour those four children and Fr. Amatus Kujur the dean of Dhaband, a short culture program was presented the by youth of the parish which really brought all the people in the featival mood. All enjoyed the beautiful cultural program. At the end of the program all the shared the delicious meal prepared by Fr. James Surin the Parish Priest and the parishioners. Congratulations to Fr. James and his parishioners!

World Mission Sunday 2014 at Siadih. On 19th. Sunday2014, World Mission Sunday was celebrated with great fervour. This year too, the parishioners of Siadih offered special prayers for the missions and learnt to raise funds for the evengelization on a small scale.The hostel Children organized various interesting games and sold home made sweets, like sukripota, bundi laddu and gulgulas and  raised funds for the missions. Mahila sang members of the parish prepared delicious madva rottis and idlis and they were sold like hot cakes while the Catholic Shaba members organised Sandy(murga Cup) hockey matches. The Kruis veer children along with the youth collected amount on 'Luck Dip'. One guest remarked "Indeed I have seen that the World Mission Sunday is celebrated like a feast in the Mission Parishes rather then in our established parishes."  - Lino Fernandes, s.f.x

It may be hard to say Goodbye but the Good with it is the promise of something better….yes the Loyolian family was emotionally high today. We bid farewell to Mr. Utpal Das (science teacher) on his retirement. His 14years of service was indeed valuable. There was a short programme in the morning Assembly and later the teachers organized a get together in the Staff room.

A few proud moments to share-
Nine students represented the school on the 11th of October at the ASISC Zonal Athletic Meet – 2014 and four have qualified for the next level.

The Hindi Elocution and Speech Contest took place before the school closed for the Puja Vacation. It was good to note that students are developing a well defined presence of mind.

The Semester 1 report cards were given away on the 20th of September. The Parent – Teacher Meeting on the same day should benefit the students in their performance in the present Semester. (Rita Sen)

The month of September began with the  colours of 5th Sept, Teacher's day, celebrated with great pomp and vigour. The day was decorated with a beautiful folk dance competition amongst the four houses and ending up with a delightful friendly cricket match between the teachers and the students, with the teachers defeating the students by a huge margin of 68 runs.

On 13th of Sept, the student enjoyed a thrilling inter-house quiz contest. Divided in groups, the junior group comprised classes V-VIII while the senior group of classes IX-XII  with the green and red house as winners of the respective groups.

This month we also had the celebration of the birthday of the secretary of our school, Rev. Father Vijay Bhatt  with the active participation of teachers and students.

On the 20th of Sept, the students of classes III-IV experienced their inter-house quiz competition which had been extremely exciting for them with the red house coming up as the winner. All students were enthralled by the quiz rounds they had. On the same day, inter-house football finals were also held side by side, which too had been superbly heart-pounding with the yellow house as the champion house.

This month some educational tours had also been organised by the school. The biology students of plus two were taken to the nursery at Bongabari. Even on 23rd Sept, students of class VIwere taken to Purulia Science Museum for a documentary film show of one hour. The show had been highly educative and well relished by the students.

This month, our school also participated in science exhibitions- the first being held in the Purulia Youth Training Centre on 3rd -4th of Sept. Out of nearly 85 schools participating our school secured the third place, receiving Rs. 800/- for model preparation and also an individual amount of Rs. 1000/- for the participants. Also between 9th - 11th sept, our school participated in Science Fair 2014 held at the Netaji Indore Stadium, Kolkata. Here too, out of nearly 4500 model exhibits, our school won a consolation prize of Rs. 15,000/-.

The month of Sept finally ended with the inter-house debate competition of the Senior section for classes V-XII. With the red house as the winner, the debate had indeed been a treat to the eyes as well as to the ears. All the events of the month had been glorious and conducted with lavishness and bright colours. When all around was getting embellished in the hues of Durga Puja, our school too did not lag behind. We too had a taste of Durga Puja celebration with a studded one-act play performed by the students on the origin and dignity of Durga Puja.

The month of September was truly, thus a ornamented and a pompous month, with multiple activities and events, kept in well-high spirits by the enthusiasm of everyone concerned.

St. Theresa’s School Jhinkpani celebrated its annual day on the feast day of its Patron Saint, St. Theresa of Child Jesus on 1st October, 2014. After the prayer service to invoke the blessings on the school, its teachers, staff and students. A cultural programme was put up by the students. Mr. Kushal Mundu, the circle officer of Jhinkpani Block was the Chief Guest. The local ACC company representative was the guest of hounor as well as the local traditional leaders. The Headmistress Sr. Therese CMC read the report of the various activities conducted dunring the year in the school. She also mentioned the students have taken part in the Bolck and district level events organized by the government authorities. The students have done well and brought fame to the school by winning the prizes. She also mentioned that the efforts of getting affliation to the High School is blessed by God and they have recently returned affiliation to High school by Jharkhand education Board. The Students put up the cultural programme and the parents to guests enjoyed it.

On October 19, 2014, at Nirmala campus Govindpur in commemoration of Golden Jubilee of DSWC, ANM Nursing School was blessed by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. and inaugurated by the Honorable minister Mr. Manan Malik (Fishery). The nursing school was started to give training mainly to the girls of leprosy colonies. On the same day the statues of Sacred Heart, Mother Mary and St. Damien, were blessed by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. and unveiled by the minister, Mr. Manan Malik. After this there was a short cultural program presented by the hostel children. Congrats to Fr. Bipin Pani, Fr. Elvius Dungdung, Sisters and the staff.

Hectic activities were held to prepare the confirmandis for the sacraments of the confirmation. The Parish Priest began the preparation by calling the parents of the candidates for a day spiritual programme. Over more than Six month preparation for Sacrament of Confirmation got ended on 5th October 2014 by receiving it. A day before the Confirmation day, along with   boys and girls, parents were well prepared for Sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Sanjay Kujur CSSR conducted it and set the proper atmosphere for six month long preparations. The St. Annes’ Sisters took a major role in catechizing the students. Fr. Alex Dodrai made sure that every student of his school studying in the high school section 9 and 10 attended the catechism classes. Meanwhile Mahila Sangh and Catholic Sabha and parish council members divided the work and did their part to make the confirmation programme a grand success.

On Sunday, early foggy morning from all corner the parishioners came to the Church to take part in the Holy Eucharist.  When time came the Bishop and other concelebrants were led to the altar. And after a good homily the Bishop performed the sacrament of Confirmation. Whole liturgy was beautiful and devotional. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. confirmed 128students on 5th October, 2014. After the mass a small felicitation was given to honour the Bishop. All dispersed after programme with little snack, to their houses with joy. 

Fr. Alex is busy in constructing the boundary wall around the school campus. He has already started the new toilet block away from the present one as the instruction of the government to have girls’ toilet block away from the boys one. Repairs in the school are in full swing. He is preparing the file to get the school final affiliation for the High school by Jharkhand Government. All the best Fr. Alex, May God bless your efforts.

The patronal Feast of St. Theresa’s Church Jhinkpani was celebrated as “Parish Day” on 19th October, 2014. On Sundays people close to the church with in the radians of 5 km came to the church. Others came only during feast celebration. The majority of the Catholics in Jhinkpani parish belong to Ho tribe. They celebrated feasts during the year based on agriculture circle. Thus parish day and Naya Khani celebrations were combined.

The Eucharistic liturgy began with a Ho entrance dance. The singing by the parish choir and Ho traditional dance put the people in prayer spirit. The Bible and offertory procession with dances and music made the liturgy meaningful.

Fr. Edwin Coelho was the main celebrant for the liturgy. In his homely he encouraged the people to understand the functioning of the church and take a leading role in the promotion of the work of the evangelization in the area.
After the liturgy a non-ending cultural programme was organized. The local DSP, Mr. Kullu, Jaganathpur sub division was the chief guest for the faction.

The Parrish Day came to a close with a late lunch for all. Kuddors to Fr. Bipin Barla and Fr. Pascal Toppo who co-ordinated the programme and Sr. Rincy CMC the superior, Sr. Therese CMC, the headmistress sisters, teachers and hostel children who worked to make the programme a great success.

Fr. Emmanuel Horo lost his mother on 9th October, 2014 at 4.15pm at home, Karra. Hearty Condolences Fr. Manu!

Marriage Preparation  Course
Date: November 21to 24, 2014
Place: Divya Bharati Pastoral Centre, Chaibasa
By Pastoral Centre Team
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The annual Feast of Khuntpani Mata will be celebrated on 8th November, 2014. All are invited for the celebration!
8th November, 2014, (Saturday)
: Rosary at 8:00 am
: Solemn Eucharistic Celebration at 9:00 am

-          Fr. James Quodros, Priest-in Charge,
Our Lady of Khuntpani Shrine, Chaibasa

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October, 2014

Everything Pope Francis says is always so heartfelt, so quotable, so real. Reading through all of the speeches, homilies and messages that he gives is a real treat.
One such treasure is the words that Pope Francis has given us on parish life. He has real, applicable advice and it is based on his inspiring vision of a Church that goes out of itself, a Church that is missionary, a Church that is merciful and a Church that evangelizes, even in its everyday activities.

Don’t Be like a Custom’s Office
Pope Francis is pretty clear in this, Jesus “instituted seven sacraments” it is not the place of the parish office to institute an eighth sacrament – “the sacrament of the pastoral customs office.” In other words, the parish office should not close doors for people.
And yet most of us can think of times when we have felt more like we are at the DMV(Motor Vehicle Dept) rather than our parish office because of the way we were treated or the business-like approach that was used. Attitudes like this attempt to “control faith rather than facilitating it.” Instead, Pope Francis prays that “all who approach the Church find doors open to encounter Jesus’ love”.

Don’t Be tarantulas
Pope Francis says that when people go to their parish, they should feel like they are entering their mother’s home. He says, “Being parish secretary means opening the front door of the mother’s home, not closing it! And one can close the door in many ways.
In Buenos Aires there was a famous parish secretary: they called her the “tarantula”… I’ll say no more! To know how to open the door in the moment: welcome and tenderness.”

Do put those who are “Distant” First
I have often heard grumbling about families who only come to their parish for baptisms, weddings and funerals. These people are often treated like a last priority, but Pope Francis urges us to put those distant from the Church first. Why? Because we want these people to become regulars.
Pope Francis says, “It is about assuming missionary dynamism in order to reach everyone, putting first those who feel distant and the most vulnerable and forgotten people. It means opening the doors and letting Jesus go forth. Many times we keep Jesus closed inside the parishes with us, and we do not go out and we do not let Him leave! Open the doors so He can go out, at least Him! It is about a Church which “goes forth”: a Church which always goes forth.”

Do get the laity involved
Pope Francis is pretty clear on this, the laity need to be involved in their parishes. Parishes do not belong to priests or to the parish office, they belong to everyone. This is why parishes need laity on councils, advising and helping in the running of everyday matters.
 In fact, Pope Francis very sternly has said that “a parish that does not have a pastoral Council and a Finance Council, is not a good parish: it lacks life.”

Don’t Gossip or Cause Division
If only our parishes were exempt from ordinary, sinful human behavior. Alas, they are not. But we can examine our part in making a parish a place of unity and communion or creating division.
Pope Francis urges us, “Let each one ask him- or herself today ‘do I increase harmony in my family, in my parish, in my community or am I a gossip. Am I a cause of division or embarrassment? . . . Gossip does harm! Gossip wounds. Before Christians open their mouths to gossip, they should bite their tongue! To bite one’s tongue: this does us good because the tongue swells and can no longer speak, cannot gossip. Am I humble enough to patiently stitch up, through sacrifice, the open wounds in communion?’”

Be Ready for Action
Heavenly Father, You have chosen the parish as the vehicle by which You encounter us in our daily lives. The parish is the assembly in which your Word is proclaimed, your Eucharist is celebrated, your people are united in a local community and subdivided into smaller groups so that they may become the agent of change for the betterment of the whole Church. Make our parishioners aware of the many opportunities and responsibilities that are theirs as witnesses of You to our age. Keep us open to our need of your love and fellowship. Let both religious and laity work together to serve You in others. Amen.

Human life is dear to all. To protect life, a traffic revolution was started by Jamshedpur Diocesan Education Society on 11th September, 2014 to create awareness on road safety for the change in the mindset of people of the town. The small beginning of the traffic Revolution became so powerful that it spread like a blazing fire lighting every organization of the town. Traffic police and administration extended every support for the realization of this noble cause.

The movement began with torch race on 11th September, 2014 from Sakchi police control office at 04:00pm in the evening. The first lighted torch was taken by the Bishop’s House, Golmuri represented by Fr. Linus Kindo who along with 30 boys and big number of policemen ran till the Sakchi gol chakra and handed over to the media group. The inaugural torch race of Parivartan ended at Beldih Club where all the heads of the organization and city administration officers together lighted the big torch and left the balloon with caption “Parivartan” becaming aware of the need to keep the traffic rules and regulations to make Jamshedpur a better place to live in.
The traffic revolution extended for 9 days. During this period all the schools, colleges, organizations helped Jamshedpurians to know the traffic rules through placards, Nukkad Nataks, slogans etc. It reached to its culmination on 19th September, 2014 when a big number of people from every corner of Jamshedpur gathered at JRD TATA complex and took the collective pledge to keep up the traffic rules to protect the life and make Jamshedpur a safe and disciplined place.

Focus of Parivartan:
Disciplined Driving and Road Safety
Helmet for Driver and Pinion Rider
Seat Belts a Must while driving cars
No driving for those below 18 years
No Using of mobile phones while Driving
No Three riders on tow wheelers
No over speeding and rash driving
No using of pressure horns
No drunken driving
Using of proper number plates as prescribed by law
Carry all relevant documents while driving

Applicable Spot fine for Traffic Rule Violators:
Without license – Rs.500
Without helmet – Rs.270
Parking at no parking zones – Rs.500
3 riders on two wheelers – Rs.250
Pressure horn – Rs.1000
Breaking traffic signal – Rs.1000
Driving under influence of alcohol – Rs.2000
Rash driving – Rs.1000

Road Safety Tips:
Don’t use your mobile phone while driving
Belt up in the back
Don’t drink and drive
Always adhere to speed limits
Take special care about children, senior citizens and pedestrians
Don’t drive if tired
Pedestrians should walk cautiously
Keep your distances
Always wear helments and seat belts

Documents on should always carry while driving on the road:
Driving license
Certificate of registration
Certificate of Taxation
Certificate of insurance
Permit and fitness certificate (in case of commercial vehicles)
Pollution under control certificate
(A traffic movement to transform people’s mindset, Jharkhand police)

September 8, 2014 was a great day for the Santals of Chilgu village and around, who were once displaced and rehabilitated at Chilgu colony. They welcomed Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. traditionally by joyful, rhythmic dance, songs and by washing of the feet. After the cultural program they made a “jaher than” by planting saplings. Finally the welfare centre was inaugurated with the blessing of two brand new sewing machines by Bishop Felix Toppo, Fr. Raphael Monteiro, the parish priest, the brain behind starting the welfare centre encouraged the people to make use of it for acquiring skills of stitching. This will surely help to improve their financial condition. He also encouraged them to start pig and goat rearing. Three cheers for Fr. Rapheal Monteiro for taking this initiation for the benefit of the people.

Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrated the feast of their patron Saint, Vincent De Paul on 27th September, 2014. Indeed the day was filled with joy and happiness which was clearly seen on the cheerful faces of Sisters as well as all those who joined them in their feast. Thanksgiving Masses were offered at Gyan Deep School and Cheshire Home in honour of St. Vincent De Paul, the Founder and Patron saint of their congregation.

The Chaibasa Deanary Mahila Sangh Rally for 2014 took place on 20-21st September at Dibya Bharati Chaibasa. A total number of 158 Mahila Sangh members of Kholhan-Porhat Deanary parishes took part in it along with their Religious Sister guides. The Rally was inaugurated by Fr. Halan Bodra, the Dean of Kolhan-Porhat Deanery. Fr. Niranjan S.J. and Sr. Ruby OSU, conducted the sessions on the theme of “Family”, the topic of the Synod of Bishop in Rome. After the input session, the participants were first divided into groups to indentify the external forces that are responsible  for the break up of families. Then the pariticipants were divided in parish wise groups to draw up concrete action plan to strengthen family bonds in the parishes.

At the end of the day a broad smile on the faces of participats was the indication that the Rally was a great success. (Sr. Sunita, F.C.)

A grand inaugural function of the Diamond Jubilee of St. Mary’s Hindi School Bistupur was held on 26th September, 2014. It began at 4:00 pm under the umbrella of a beautifully decorated tent in the premise of St. Mary’s Hindi School. All the former Parish Priests, Principals of the school and ex-students were the honourable guests of the inaugural function. Mr. Suresh Santhalia, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Jamshedpur, an ex-student of St. Mary’s Hindi School was the chief guest and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the guest of honour.

A well prepared cultural program staged by the students could really cheer up the heart of the invited guests. The chief guest and all other speakers of the occasion appreciated and thanked the Principal and her staff for taking care and giving the value-based education to the poor children. Sharing his student life in St. Mary’s Hindi School he encouraged the students and staff to strive together in taking St. Mary’s School to greater heights. Thanks to the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel for their cooperation in managing the school from its inception.

We began the month of September by invoking the blessing of Our Blessed Mother. On the occasion of Teachers’ day the students made us feel really special by organizing an entertainment program me and felicitated the teachers with flowers and cards. They made the day memorable one for us. An inter house competition was held on 5th September. The house in charge along with the help of the students planned every details and organized different activities for the houses. Several competitions pertaining to analytical skills, writing skills and entertainment was organized. It was heartening to see the team spirit, unity, innovation, enthusiasm and high energy levels that prevailed on the campus.  Thanks to Fr. David Vincent our Principal for encouraging the students and the teachers to work together, as expected all the hard work paid rich dividends and the Competitions were a Grand success. On the 6th of September in honour of Our Blessed Mother we had the Eucharistic celebration with parents, students and the staff. The hall was full and over flowing with parents. Recalling many Divine blessings on this institution Fr. Edwin suggested that we have every good reason to appreciate the goodness of God and give thanks for all the innumerable blessings on all of us. All the parents thanked Fr. David Vincent for organizing such a beautiful programme. After all the hectic activities and programme we started our first terminal examination. (St. Mary’s English school, Bistupur)

The month of September is eagerly awaited by all as it marks the end of the rainy season and winter rolls in with a little chill at night. In our school inter class football competition was held on 30th August for boys and girls from Std. VI to X. the weather was favourable though we had a little rain in the night, the ground was just perfect for a football match. The children were exuberant with their shouts of joy, enjoying every minute of the game. The winners were Std. IX Boys and Std. VIII Girls who walked away with the trophies.

Soon after this came the preparations for Teachers’ Day. On 5th September all the students were gathered in the campus which was spacious and full of colourful decoration, excitement was clearly seen on everyone’s face. The function started with the welcoming of the Chief Guest who was none other than our school Secretary Fr. Richard Miranda followed by our Principal Fr. Vernon D’Souza and the teaching staff. The ceremony started with the lighting of the lamp and prayers. The students presented dances & skits and the whole campus was resounding with shouts of joy. Fr. Richard Miranda delivered a memorable speech for the teachers while Fr. Vernon D’Souza presented a token of love to the teachers.

On 6th September there was a parent teachers meeting which is a day of importance to discuss the children’s progress and their studies.

Classes resumed again with great confidence as the 2nd Terminal Examination was scheduled from 20th to 29th September.  Revisions and class tests were under way.

The school will be closed from 1st to 6th October for Durga Puja a time for joy and celebration. (Sneh Lata)

Fr. Norbert Kindo was admitted in the Mercy Hospital Jamshedpur with a serious complain of multiple cyst in his liver. Prior to that he was admitted in the Town Hopital, Dhanbad then he was shifted to Mercy Hospital. After his thorough check up and treatment he is back to Dhanbad.

Fr. C.R. Prabhu had an operation of his external growth on his upper back on 27th September, 2014, at Mercy Hospital. After the operation he is at ease. After a good rest and healing he returned to his kingdom.

Fr. Halan Bodra is admitted at Ursuline Hospital, Chandmari with the complain of high pressure and fever. He is safe in the hands of doctors and nurses at CKP.

We express our heartfelt condolences to Fr. Pascal Toppo., who lost his father Mr. Edward Toppo on 9th September, 2014 at Tongo. May the good Lord grant strength to all who experience the pain of separation and loss. May his Soul Rest in Peace!

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

The Vocation Promoter
Bishop’s House
P.O. Golmuri
Phone No.: (0657) 2318130/09572752429


Fr. Edwin Coelho
Fr. Michael Deogam
Fr. George Manna
Bipin Pani
Puthumai Raj
Pradeep Marandi