Friday, May 30, 2014

JUNE, 2014


Dear and Rev. Fathers of Jamshedpur Diocese,
I had issued on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, the Official list of transfers and appointments of our priests. Unfortunately, due to Fr. Gerald Martin’s sudden demise and some other unavoidable circumstances, I have now readjusted the transfers and appointments of some of our Priests. I thank these priests for their openness, understanding and generosity in accepting the new appointments. Please find below the revised list of Transfers and appointments-
Fr. Edwin Coelho
Diocesan Treasurer
Bishop’s House, Golmuri
Fr. Cyprian Lobo
Parish Priest
 Holy Family Church, Kumardhubi
Fr. A. Alphonse
Parish Priest
Sacred Heart Church, Adra
Fr. Augustine Topno
Asstt. PP & Principal
 Holy Family Church/Schoo, Kumardhubi
Fr. Eugene Ekka
Asstt. PP & Principal
Catholic Ashram/School, Purulia
Fr. Emmanuel Horo
Asstt. Parish Priest
St. Paul’s Church, Maluka
Fr. Junas Bhengra
Mission In-Charge
Jisu Marsal Ashram, Hathikunder
Fr. Michael Deogam
Asstt. Parish Priest
Asstt. Director
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri
St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre, Golmuri
Fr. Pascal Toppo
Asstt. Parish Priest
St. Theresa’s Parish, Jhinkpani
Note: All changes will take place between 14th and 30th of June 2014 (both days inclusive), unless otherwise agreed upon and informed to the Bishop or the Vicar General.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014                                                                      +Felix Toppo, S.J.
 Bishop’s House, Golmuri                                                                         Bishop of Jamshedpur

Family life is the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.

Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization." It is expected to last two weeks.

This is only the third 'extraordinary' synod since Pope Paul VI reinstituted synods in 1965. According to the Code of Canon Law, an “extraordinary general session” of the synod is held to “deal with matters which require a speedy solution.”

The second stage focusing on this important subject will be the 2015 Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Following is the extract from the preparatory document on synod of Bishops on the Family.

I. Synod: Family and Evangelization
The mission of preaching the Gospel to all creation, entrusted directly by the Lord to his disciples, has continued in the Church throughout history. The social and spiritual crisis, so evident in today's world, is becoming a pastoral challenge in the Church's evangelizing mission concerning the family, the vital building-block of society and the ecclesial community. Never before has proclaiming the Gospel on the Family in this context been more urgent and necessary. The importance of the subject is reflected in the fact that the Holy Father has decided to call for a Synod of Bishops, which is to have a two-staged itinerary: firstly, an Extraordinary General Assembly in 2014, intended to define the "status quaestionis" and to collect the bishops' experiences and proposals in proclaiming and living the Gospel of the Family in a credible manner; and secondly, an Ordinary General Assembly in 2015 to seek working guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family.

Concerns which were unheard of until a few years ago have arisen today as a result of different
situations, from the widespread practice of cohabitation, which does not lead to marriage, and sometimes even excludes the idea of it, to same-sex unions between persons, who are, not infrequently, permitted to adopt children. The many new situations requiring the Church's attention and pastoral care include: mixed or inter-religious marriages; the single-parent family; polygamy; marriages with the consequent problem of a dowry, sometimes understood as the purchase price of the woman; the caste system; a culture of non-commitment and a presumption that the marriage bond can be temporary; forms of feminism hostile to the Church; migration and the reformulation of the very concept of the family; relativist pluralism in the conception of marriage; the influence of the media on popular culture in its understanding of marriage and family life; underlying trends of thought in legislative proposals which devalue the idea of permanence and faithfulness in the marriage covenant; an increase in the practice of surrogate motherhood (wombs for hire); and new interpretations of what is considered a human right. Within the Church, faith in the sacramentality of marriage and the healing power of the Sacrament of Penance show signs of weakness or total abandonment.

Consequently, we can well understand the urgency with which the worldwide episcopate is called upon to gather cum et sub Petro to address these challenges. For example, by simply calling to mind the fact that, as a result of the current situation, many children and young people will never see their parents receive the sacraments, then we understand just how urgent are the challenges to evangelization arising from the current situation, which can be seen in almost every part of the "global village". Corresponding in a particular manner to this reality today is the wide acceptance of the teaching on divine mercy and concern towards people who suffer on the periphery of societies, globally and in existential situations. Consequently, vast expectations exist concerning the decisions which are to be made pastorally regarding the family. A reflection on these issues by the Synod of Bishops, in addition to it being much needed and urgent, is a dutiful expression of charity towards those entrusted to the Bishops' care and the entire human family.

II. The Church and the Gospel on the Family
The good news of divine love is to be proclaimed to all those personally living this basic human
experience of couples and of a communion open to the gift of children, which is the family community. The teachings of the faith on marriage is to be presented in an articulate and efficacious manner, so that it might reach hearts and transform them in accordance with God's will, made manifest in Jesus Christ.

The citation of biblical sources on marriage and family in this document are essential references
only. The same is true for documentation from the Magisterium which is limited to that of a universal character, including some texts from the Pontifical Council for the Family. It will be left to the bishop participants at the synod to cite documents from their own Episcopal assemblies.

In every age, and in the many different cultures, the teaching of the Pastors has been clear nor has there been lacking the concrete testimony of believers -- men and women — in very diverse circumstances who have lived the Gospel of the family as an inestimable gift for their life and their children. The commitment for the next Extraordinary Synod is inspired and sustained by the desire to communicate this message with greater incisiveness, in the hope that "the treasure of revelation, entrusted to the Church, more and more fill the hearts of each person" (DV, 26).

The Church's Teaching on the Family
Even in the early Christian community the family appeared as the "domestic church" (cf. CCC,
1655): In the so-called "family canons" of the Apostolic letters of the New Testament, the great family of the ancient world is identified as the place of a profound solidarity between husbands and wives, between parents and children, and between the wealthy and the poor (cf. Eph 5:21-6:9; Col 3:18-4:1; 1Tim 2:8-15; Titus 2:1-10; I Pt 2:13-3:7; cf. also the Letter to Philemon). In particular, the Letter to the Ephesians recognized the nuptial love between man and woman as "the great mystery", making present in the world the love of Christ and the Church (cf. Eph 5:31-32).

Over the centuries, especially in modem times to the present, the Church has not failed to continually teach and develop her doctrine on the family and marriage which founded her. One of its highest expressions has been proposed by the Second Vatican Council in the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et spes, which, in treating certain pressing problems, dedicated an entire chapter to the promotion of the dignity of marriage and the family, as seen in the description of their value for the constitution of society: "the family, in which the various generations come together and help one another grow wiser and harmonize personal rights with the other requirements of social life, is the very foundation of society" (GS, 52). Particularly striking is its appeal for a Christ-centered spirituality in the spouses' life of faith: "Let the spouses themselves, made to the image of the living God and enjoying the authentic dignity of persons, be joined to one another in equal affection, harmony of mind and the work of mutual sanctification. Thus, following Christ who is the principle of life, by the sacrifices and joys of their vocation and through their faithful love, married people can become witnesses of the mystery of love which the Lord revealed to the world by his dying and his rising up to life again"(GS, 52).

After the Second Vatican Council, the successors of St. Peter enriched this teaching on marriage
and the family, especially Pope Paul VI with the Enyclical Humanae vitae, which offers specific
principles and guidelines. Subsequently, in his Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris consortio, Pope John Paul II insisted on proposing the divine plan in the basic truths of married love and the family: "The only 'place' in which this self-giving in its whole truth is made possible is marriage, the covenant of conjugal love freely and consciously chosen, whereby man and woman accept the intimate community of life and love willed by God himself(cf. Gaudium et spes, 48) which only in this light manifests its true meaning. The institution of marriage is not an undue interference by society or authority, nor the extrinsic imposition of a form. Rather it is an interior requirement of the covenant of conjugal love which is publicly affirmed as unique and exclusive, in order to live in complete fidelity to the plan of God, the Creator. A person's freedom, far from being restricted by this fidelity, is secured against every form of subjectivism or relativism and is made a sharer in creative Wisdom" (FC, 11).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church gathers together the fundamental aspects of this teaching:
"The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament [cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Gaudium et spes, 48; Code of Canon Law, 1055, 1]"(CCC 1660).

The doctrine presented in the Catechism touches on both theological principles and moral behaviours, developed under two separate headings: The Sacrament of Matrimony (nos. 1601-1658) and The Sixth Commandment (nos. 2331-2391). An attentive reading of these sections of the Catechism provides an updated understanding of the doctrine of faith, which supports the Church's work in the face of modern-day challenges. The Church's pastoral ministry finds inspiration in the truth of marriage viewed as part of the plan of God, who created man and woman and, in the fullness of time, revealed in Jesus the completeness of spousal love elevated to the level of sacrament. Christian marriage founded on consensus is also endowed with its own effects such as the goods and duties of the spouses. At the same time, marriage is not immune from the effects of sin (cf. Gen 3:1-24), which can cause deep wounds and even abuses to the dignity of the sacrament.

The recent encyclical of Pope Francis, Lumen fidei, speaks of the family in the context of a reflection on how faith reveals "just how firm the bonds between people can be when God is present in their midst" (LF, 50). "The first setting in which faith enlightens the human city is the family. I think first and foremost of the stable union of man and woman in marriage. This union is born of their love, as a sign and presence of God's own love, and of the acknowledgment and acceptance of the goodness of sexual differentiation, whereby spouses can become one flesh (cf. Gen 2:24) and are enabled to give birth to a new life, a manifestation of the Creator's goodness, wisdom and loving plan. Grounded in this love, a man and a woman can promise each other mutual love in a gesture which engages their entire lives and mirrors many features of faith. Promising love for ever is possible when we perceive a plan bigger than our own ideas and undertakings, a plan which sustains us and enables us to surrender our future entirely to the one we love" (LF, 52). "Faith is no refuge for the fainthearted, but something which enhances our lives. It makes us aware of a magnificent calling, the vocation of love. It assures us that this love is trustworthy and worth embracing, for it is based on God's faithfulness which is stronger than our every weakness" (LF, 53).

“Showers of blessing, showers of blessing we need…” was the joyful cry of SCJM Sisters as they celebrated the House Feast of Mercy Convent on 5th May, 2014. They were so overwhelmed with joy that they invited Bishop’s House, St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Domincan Community to share their joy. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was the main celebrant of the evening. Fr. C. R. Prabhu preached a beautiful sermon on community life and exhorted to be filled with the holy spirit to build the grace filled community. At the end of the Mass the house was blessed and thereafter the table celebration continued. Thanks to SCJM Sisters for their service.

Counting God’s numerous blessing in her religious life Sr. Adriana celebrated her Golden Jubilee on 14th May, 2014 with her invited guests, relatives and friends. Bishop’s Felix Toppo,S.J. was the main celebrated of the thanks giving mass which was celebrated in the school hall. Good number of priests and Sisters from Purulia deanery joined the celebration and congratulated Sr. Adriana for her thanking her for all the services and blessing that she brought upon the people through her commited life.

Afte the Mass a short cultural program was put up on the stage by the parishioners and hostel boys and girls to felicitate and thank her. A delious family meal was prepared for all which was served by the Sister. Congratulation Sr. Adriana!

As planned in the Krusveer Animators’ meeting on 22nd Feb, 2014 Divya Bharati organized an overnight leadership camp for the Krusveers and animators on 26th and 27th April, 2014. The response was very encouraging.  There were 56 Krusveers, 13 animators from 14 schools participated with great enthusiasm and open heart, ever ready to learn something new.  The program started with cross procession, short prayer service, lighting of the lamp and a key note address by Fr John Mundu, sj.  The Krusveers came to know each other through the ice-breaking games and human housie. Later participants were divided into 13 small groups. After the supper Fr. Niranjan showed video on Young Don Bosco. On 27th April, Sunday morning the participants met in their respective groups for meditation and Gospel sharing conducted by the animators.  The resource person Fr. Niranjan Minj through power point presentation and video clips ably tried to impart leadership qualities among the young hearts referring the great leaders in the Holy Scripture. On the Feat day of Good Shepherd Sunday the children had an opportunity to attend the Holy Mass in which the Shepherd Rt Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, sj was the main celebrant. The animators had prepared the children very well for the very meaningful and solemn  Mass. After the lunch children prepared with the help of animators and presented the Bible play. The Play was based on the Bible passage which they took for the morning prayer and sharing. Rt Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, sj once again encouraged the children with his loving  Ashirwachan  and wished them to be great leaders.  The animators and Krusveers filled with enthusiasm decided to do many things once they go back to their schools.

The First Orientation Program in order to start CLC for the High School students and animators in the Diocese of Jamshedpur was held at Divya Bharati, Chaibasa on April 26 and 27, 2014. It was organized by Divya Bharati Team – Frs Niranjan Minj and Cyril Tigga. Seven Animators and thirty seven students from seven Schools  participated in the program with great enthusiasm.
The program started with  a procession – singing  Marian hymns and the chanting of Our Diocesan Golden Jubilee Theme – Towards the fullness of life as slogan – “Chalo hum Chalen – Sampurn jeevan ki  Or.”  Fr Edwin Coelo, Parish Priest and Dean of Chaibasa Deanery, gave the key note address in which he said we need to  build deep faith among the students in Kolhan and CLC will play an important role in building strong faith.  It will be an effective instrument of building community in school, parish and in our villages. It will inspire the students and animators to serve – serve the people, the church, the society and the nation. And it is one of the platforms where the students learn to lead and to become leader. After the inaugural session Fr Niranjan led the group to forget oneself, know the other and fully be involved in the orientation program through the ice-breaking games.  On the second day Fr Niranjan Minj dealt the spirituality needed for CLCs. Through the power point presentation he disclosed the origin and brief history of CLC and its purpose. The participants collectively prepared a meaningful liturgy.  Fr Kishore Lugun, sj the main celebrant inspired the participants by his well prepared sermon fitting to the occasion. All the CLC members both the animators and students committed themselves in the hand Mary to serve God and his people through meaningful Christian Living. After the lunch the participants presented the bible play on Resurrection theme in groups.  The animators recalled their  CLC experiences and shared with the new members what we can be, do and make differences school life. The just formed CLCs met in their school units to make their future plans for actions. Some of the important points are: 1. Students and animators wish to have CLC in their schools and they will take a lead to membership drive. 2. They wish to have every month a meeting, Holy Mass, Confession etc in their respective schools, promote Marian devotion in villages 3. They would like to know more about CLC, its aim and purposes, to have common meetings occasionally, retreat  and at least one convention for the CLCs in a year and so on.

To keep the CLC going in the Chaibasa Deanery  we have formed a team to work, plan and lead:
1. Fr Kishore Lugun, sj  -St Xavier’s School, Lupungutu; 
2. Sr Lily Bara, dsa  - St Xaveir’s Girls School,  Chaibasa;
3. Bro Anil Kujur, dds – St Xaveir’s Boys School, Chaibasa
Members: Fr Sushil Kerketta,sj - Rengra;  Mr Charles Kayom- Tepasai; Miss Seema Bara- Jhinkpani; Ms Jagriti Tuti, Bor Arnold, Sr Asha OSU,
Students’ representatives:  1. Samu Kari,  Tepasai; 2. Mukta Bankira, Tepasai 3. Elisaba , SXG Chaibasa  4. Kishore  Aind , SXB, Chaibasa
Diocesan Directors : Fr Dilip Marandi
                                                Fr Niranjan Minj, sj
The CLC orientation program was concluded with a short evaluation, short prayer and veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the constant companion and guide of every CLC member.

The Loyolian family at Taldanga, had started off in high spirits in this new academic year. We were very eagerly awaiting an impressive change where both technology and human would stand side by side to give a brilliant shape to the process of Education.

However, the Almighty had some other plans. The sudden demise of our dear Principal Rev. Fr. Gerry, left us emotionally drained and speechless. In his short stay with us, he was able to imbibe certain very important values, which will remain with us always. We admire his patients, tolerance, uprightness, gentleness, and above all his cool temperance.

A Prayer Service was held on Monday 28th April, in the school auditorium. Students, teachers, staff, parents, people of the locality, friends and many others had gathered to pay their last respect to Fr. Gerald Martin D’souza. The school remained closed till his funeral rites were over on Wednesday 30th April in Jamshedpur. We pray that his soul may rest in peace.

Due to the heat the school timings had to be changed again to 6:20am - 10:30am. The school closed for the summer vacation on the 9th of May.

ISC 2014 results have been declared. There was much trouble in accessing the Council site but finally we could relax as the results were printed. This year the Commerce topper has secured 92% and the Science topper 91%. (Rita Sen)

Deacon Micheal Deogam was Ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood by the Bishop Felix Toppo,S.J. on the 1st May, 2014, at St. Micheal’s Church, Burigora in Chakradharpur. It was an unforgettable landmark of Burigora Miassion in its history. Under the shade of beautifully decorated tent, more than 3000 faithful witnessed the Ordination ceremony. It was also an opportunity to profess the Christian faith publicly in Burigora area. More than 40 priests and many nuns from different parishes of our diocese were present to bless and encourage him. The whole liturgy was in the local language Ho which added more interest and belongingness for the people.

After the ordination ceremony a short cultural program was arranged by the parishioner to felicitate the new priest to thank Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. for his blessings upon the ordinandi. It was a big feast for all the people who came in the liturgincal function. At the end of the program all shared the feastival meal together. Thanks and congratulation to the Prist In-charge Fr. Sanjay Kujur C.SS.R and his team!

Bordor: 9th May, 2014 was a memorable day for 32 boys and girls of St. Paul Miki Church, Bordor who received the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J.

Illu-Jhargo: In Sacred Heart Catholic Ashram, Illu-Jhargo 17 boys and girls received the Confirmation and First communion on 18th May, 2014 of which 4 were from St. Xavier’s Mision Balarampur. It was also the anniversary of the inauguration of the Sacred Heart Catholic Ashram, Illu-Jhargo. On this joyous day Frs. Jerome Periera and John Otto were present.

After the Mass the parishioners welcomed and thanked the bishop. The Confirmation certificate was given to all the boys and girls who received the Sacrament. Congratulations to the parish priests and their team!

Seminar on PD: Three days seminar on personality development was organize for all the seminarians of the diocese. 30 of our young and enthusiastic seminarians participated in the seminar which helped them to discover their inner power and to understand themselves. Fr. Ashok Kujur, SDB from Kokar was the resource person who helped and guided them in their discernment.

Ho Language Course: Soon after the seminar they started 15 days of intensive language classes (10-24th May) at St. Paul’s Maluka. The Ho teachers under the directorship of Fr. Junas Purty, efficiently taught the students and made them able to read, write and understand the language. We congratulate and wish them all the best in their future ministries.  

As the beginning of summer started with light warm breeze, St. Xavier’s English School, Chakradharpur also started the new session 2014-2015 from 10th of March. Everybody’s presence on the first day of the school was with full of energy. The day started by taking God’s name. All the daily activities of the school began. On 22nd of March we had Intra class competitions for all the classes. For Std. L.K.G & U.K.G we had “Observation of Articles”, for Std. I to VI we had singing competition and for Std. VII to X we had Essay Competition. Soon after that, all over, India was getting ready for the general Elections of Lok Sabha. Xavier’s Students were also in full enthusiasm to have their general elections for Student’s Council. It was held on 29th of March and after counting, the results were declared on 31st March 2014. It was 5th April 2014 when we had the second set of competitions, and was the day for the selected members of Student’s Council to take Oath; Fr. Tony John was the chief Guest on this day. He presided over the Oath taking ceremony of the student’s council and encouraged them to lead selflessly.  From 17th April to 21st April, School was closed for Easter holidays. Our Summer school timing has started. Now the students and staff are getting ready for the big programme, which is the Inauguration of the Administrative Block on 9th May 2014. Children are wholly and solely engrossed in practicing for this programme to make it success, on this day our school’s first issue of the Magazine “SOPHIZOMAI” will also be released. Before that, we also have the Felicitations ceremony of our Maintenance staff on 1st May. From 10th of May onwards our school summer Vacation will begin. School will reopen on the 17th of June 2014. 

 “CELEBRATION TIME” CISCE result is out, Congratulations to all the students for securing good percentage. Best of Luck for their bright future. 

Name of School
1st Div
2nd Div
3rd Div
St. Robert’s School, Parsudih

St. Xavier’s Boys H.S., Chaibasa
St. Joseph’s School, Charbandia
St. Mary’s Hindi School, Bistupur
St. Paul’s School, Maluka
St. Teresa’s School, Jinkpani
St. Anthony’s School, Dhanbad
St. Joseph’s School, Golmuri


Fr. Halan Bodra
Fr. Michael Jojo
Fr. Roque Cardoza