Tuesday, May 31, 2016

 Diocese of Jamshedpur

Vol. 46 No. 6              Private Circulation Only                  June– 2016

Mary, the mirror of God’s Mercy

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Every year, the month of May is dedicated to Mother Mary. It is because, in the history of salvation the name of Mother Mary is intertwined with Her Son the redeemer, Christ Jesus. If Jesus is the Redeemer, Mother Mary is called as the Co-Redemptrix. Hence we Christians honour Mother Mary with great reverence and devotion.

This is true that Mother Mary is the daughter of Sts. Anna and Joachim but it is also the true that God in His infinite wisdom prepared Mary as the Mother of the Redeemer even before the creation of the whole universe. Mary is the most wondrous creation of God. Since Mary was created before the creation of Adam and Eve, the original sin eludes her.  

There are many Christian denominations who do not accept Mary as the Mother of Jesus. But in the Scripture, it is evidently expressed through Elizabeth when it is said, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leapt with joy in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and crying out loudly, she said, “You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is that the Mother of the Lord comes to me.” Elizabeth was filled with Holy Spirit that she could call Mary as the Lord’s Mother. It is unfortunate that Many of our Christian brothers and sisters do not believe this truth that Mary is the Mother of Christ.

Even many of our Catholic brothers and sisters consider Mary as an illiterate village girl. This is obviously wrong. A religious woman, Mary Balthortha from Italy received a vision of Jesus in which He said, “When Mary was three years old, her parents offered her in Jerusalem temple. It was traditional that the parents offer their girl child in the temple for the all-round development. In the temple the children were taught to read and write, they were taught catechism and were equipped with many skills. The children were educated with the core truth of the Scriptures”. And hence it is certain that Mother Mary knew not only to read and write but also the scriptures and its prophecies. She was quite aware of the prophecy about the Messiah, His birth, life, death and resurrection; the prophets had foretold the forthcoming of the Messiah in the Old Testament. She is not the bearer of wisdom but she herself is the seat of wisdom. Hence to call Mary as illiterate is completely wrong. Mary was well educated and from a noble family.

According to the Prophecy of Daniel, the people of Israel were waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Mary was also expecting the same. She wished to remain as a virgin and wanted to serve the Messiah as a humble servant. Since the birth of messiah could only come from the lineage of king David, it was imperative, that Mary marries someone who is from the lineage of king David.

Joseph was a Nazirite and Mary had pledged to be a virgin all through her life. But God in his infinite wisdom brought them together and they both remained virgin all through their life.

The other name of God is Mercy. God is full of compassion and love for the humankind. To save the fallen human race God sent his only Son to be crucified, that they may have life, life in abundance. The mercy of God the Father is mirrored in Christ Jesus. And he offered himself as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of the humans to God the Father. The heart of Mary is not different from her Son. When she said, “Behold the handmaid of God, let it be done to me according to your will”, she also readily accepted all the sufferings that she would have to bear for the salvation of human race. 

It was possible for Jesus, the all-powerful God, to attain the salvation for humans without the suffering; he could also have destroyed his enemies with in a fraction of second and purge the earth from sin. But he didn’t do so. Instead, He gave man an opportunity to repent. He forgave everyone who approached him. He forgave Peter when he repented, he would also have forgiven Judas if he were to repent.

The Heart of Mary yearns for the conversion of sinners. She continues to plead for us to her Son. Every human is the creation of God, and hence, priceless. We are created that we may experience the unison with God the father in our earthly life and the life to come. The infinite mercy of God is the glimpse of the eternal joy to come. 

Mary exhorts every man to turn away from sin and to return to God the Father. She has been appearing in various visions and insists on the need to repent. There are various visions which the Catholic Church as recognized as the original apparitions of Mother Mary. Important ones among them are: -
  • Mary appeared four times to Juan Diego in 1531 at Tepeyac hill near Mexico City. She proclaimed herself the spiritual mother of all mankind and left her miraculous image on Juan Diego's outer garment, his tilma. 

  • Mary appeared to Catherine Labouré, in the chapel of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, at Rue du Bac in Paris, three times in 1830. She showed her the design of the the medal of the Immaculate Conception, the "Miraculous Medal." This medal, when propagated, helped to renew devotion to Our Lady, both in France and eventually around the world.

  • Mary appeared to two children, Maximin Giraud, aged 11, and Mélanie Calvat, aged 14, in 1846, one afternoon while they were looking after the animals high up on the mountain. She appealed for penance and an end to Sabbath breaking and blasphemy in the region. 

  • Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, aged 14, a total of eighteen times at Lourdes in southern France in 1858, at the Grotto of Massabielle. She asked for penance and prayer for the conversion of sinners, and described herself as the "the Immaculate Conception." 

  • Mary appeared to three children, Lucia de Santos, aged 10, and her two cousins, Francisco Marto, aged 9, and Jacinta Marto, aged 7, six times between May and October 1917. She described herself as "Our Lady of the Rosary," while urging prayer, and particularly the rosary, as well as penance for the conversion of sinners, and the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

  • In the evening of June 18, 1961, Mary appeared to four girls on the outskirts of the town at Garabandal in Spain - Conchita Gonzalez, Maria Dolores (Mari-loli) Mazon, Jacinta Gonzalez and Maria Cruz Gonzalez. Maria Cruz was eleven, the others twelve, and all were from poor families. Here also Mary insists on the conversion of sinners. Though this apparition is not officially recognized by the Church, I personally count them as genuine.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Mother Mary is personification of Mercy. She is our true and beloved mother. She is at our aid at every moment, leading us to Jesus, her Son. Let us love her sincerely and follow her instructions to repent and to pray for sinners. Let us also be grateful to God the Father for the invaluable gift of Mary as Our Mother.

                                                                                                                +Felix Toppo, S.J 
                                                              Bishop of Jamshedpur
 Around the Goble

Top US Senators voice concern over religious freedom in India

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, top US Senators have expressed deep concern over religious freedom, increasing attack on civil society and human rights in India with the Obama Administration saying it was having a dialogue with the country on these issues.

Describing the anti-conversion laws in some states as problematic, Maryland Senator Ben Cardin, a Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern over religious freedom in India. Some of the members also raised the issue of denying visas to the members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Cardin also alleged that India has inconsistent record in the manner in which they treat women and girls.

Agreeing with the concerns of the Senators, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said while the Obama Administration has been raising these issues and concerns at the highest level and is having a dialogue with India on this issue, it is the vibrant civil society of India which is itself the most robust and string voice on this.

 Mamata to attend Mother Teresa's Canonisation
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 22nd May, said she will attend the canonisation of Mother Teresa in Vatican on September 4.

Banerjee's decision followed an invitation extended to her by the Mother's Catholic congregation Missionaries of Charity Superior General Sister Prema earlier in the day. "I have accepted Sr Prema's invitation to be present at the canonisation of blessed Mother Teresa in Rome on 4 Sep," Banerjee said in a tweet.

The chief minister will be accompanied by Sister Prema, Calcutta Archdiocese Archbishop Thomas D'Souza and several other dignitaries and individuals connected to the M.C’s Mother House here.
Monica Besra, a tribal woman from West Bengal's South Dinajpur district, whose 'miracle' cure was instrumental in Mother's beatification, is also expected to accompany the delegation to the Vatican.
Pope Francis announced in March that the Mother would be canonised on September 4, the eve of her 19th death anniversary. Known across the world as the Mother, Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the poor, sick, old and lonely in the slums of Kolkata. She died on September 5, 1997, and was beatified just six years later by Pope John Paul II on October 19, 2003.

Fr. Lombardi on Pope’s remarks about Female Deacons

According to Vatican Radio, the Director of the Holy See’s Press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Francis did not say in his remarks to the Heads of female religious orders and congregations that he intends to introduce the ordination of women and even less the ordination of women as priests.
Father Lombardi’s statement followed the Pope’s widely-reported remarks that he wants to set up a Commission to study the question of female deacons.
Pope Francis’ remarks on deaconesses came during a question and answer session on Thursday with some 900 heads of female religious orders and congregations who form part of the International Union of Superiors General.
During the hour and a half long conversation about the mission and ministry of women in religious life, the Pope responded to several delicate questions, including one where he was asked what prevents the Church from including women among the permanent deacons, just like during the early Church. In his reply, the Pope said understanding about the role of female deacons in the early Church remained unclear and agreed with the sisters that it would be useful to set up a Commission to study the question.
Father Lombardi described the encounter between the Pope and the female religious as a “beautiful conversation” that was very “encouraging” about women and in particular about consecrated women in the life of the Church, including their role in important positions within the dicasteries where ordination is not implied.
Discussing the Pope’s much reported remark about setting up a commission to study the question of female deacons, Father Lombardi said this was an issue that has been talked about within the Church in the past and arises from the fact that in the early Church there were women described as deaconesses who carried out certain tasks within the Christian community.
The Holy See Press Office director said “we need to be honest” when looking at the Pope’s remarks about being willing to set up a commission, to look again at this issue with greater clarity. “The Pope did not say he intends to introduce the ordination of female deacons and even less did he talk about the ordination of women as priests.” “In actual fact, the Pope made clear in his preaching during the course of the Eucharistic celebration that he was not considering this (question) at all.” The Vatican spokesman also said it was wrong to reduce all the many important things said by the Pope during his meeting with the religious sisters to this one question.

Charlemagne Prize Awarded to Pope Francis

Pope Francis has been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The announcement was made today in the city of Aachen; the Pope will physically receive the award at a date still to be set, in Rome.
A communiqué by the Prize Committee said that Pope Francis has sent “a message of hope and encouragement” at a time in which “many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation.”
The Pope – said Marcel Philipp, the Mayor of Aachen speaking to the press upon the announcement of the Award – is the “voice of conscience” that demands we put people at the center of our concerns, “he is an extraordinary moral authority.”
Diocesan News

St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri

May 1st was a remarkable day for the parishioners of St Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri. The Parish Day was celebrated with lots of joy, pomp and glory. The festivity began with the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Ret. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, S. J. at 5 P.M. The cultural programme presented by the parishioners at the Welfare Hall was appreciated by all. Congratulations to Frs. Camille Hembrom and Pradeep Maradi for the successful Parish Day Celebrations.

The renovation of the Cathedral and the Welfare Center are on their full swing. We expect to finish the work by the mid of June. Congrats to the Parish Priest, Assistant and all the parishioners for their collaborative effort.

The Priestly Ordination of Dns. Sushil Dungdung and Ranjit Kullu

Deacons Sushil Dungdung and Ranjit Kullu were ordained on 27th April, 2016 at St. Ann’s Cathedral, Samtoli at 7 a.m. Another deacon from Hazaribagh diocese was also ordained together with Dns. Sushil and Ranjit.

The ordination ceremony was presided over by His Lordship, Rev. Dr. Felix Toppo, S.J, Bishop of Jamshedpur and His Lordship Rev. Dr. Anand Jojo, Bishop of Hazaribagh. While Bishop Felix Presided over the Eucharistic Celebration, Bishop Anand Jojo instructed the ordianti about the duties and obligation of priesthood through his sermon.

There were many priests, religious, and the laity for the ordination ceremony. The melodious singing and graceful dances made the Eucharistic celebration more prayerful. There was a felicitation programme soon after the ordination ceremony. The weather was very conducive for prayer. Congratulations to the ordained and to everyone who made this event a remarkable one.

Priestly Ordination of Dn. Jayaraj Ignatius

Dn. Jayaraj Ignatius was ordained on 7th May, 2016 at Sacred Heart’s Church, Sinthalicheri in the Archdiocese of Madurai. He was the 70th priest to be ordained from Sacred Heart’s parish, Sinthalicheri.

The people gathered around Dn. Jayaraj’s house at 5. p.m and Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J & Dn. Jayaraj were led to the Church in a decorated vehicle with lots of music and singing. Though the Eucharistic celebration was in Tamil, the ordination ceremony was in English. There were 15 priests from the diocese of Jamshedpur to witness the ordination of Dn. Jayaraj, apart from very many priests, religious and laity. The bishop and the priests were very much taken up by the devotion and reverence of the people. The family members of Dn. Jayaraj expressed their joy and gratefulness to God and to Bishop Felix Toppo, for having ordained Dn. Jayaraj for the diocese of Jamshedpur.

The melodious choir, led by the parish priest, was well appreciated by everyone present. A common meal was served to all present for the occasion. Hearty congratulations to Fr. Jayaraj.

Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee celebrations of Rev. Fr. Elvius Dungdung
The celebration of Fr. Elvius’s Sacerdotal Jubilee was organized on 12th May, 2016 at Nirmala Hospital, Dhanbad. The Thanks Giving Eucharistic Celebration was at 9:30 am. The main celebrant was Fr. Elvius Dungdung himself.  Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J along with the main celebrant, Fr. Elvius and the concelebrants were led to the altar by entrance dance by the Nirmala School’s Girls. Fr. Elvius, in his sermon, described about his vocation and his journey of 25 years as a priest and thanked God for His presence in his life.

It was wonderful to observe very many dignitaries from various religions present to thank God for the successful 25 years of priesthood of Fr. Elvius. Fr. Elvius thanked everyone present for their attendance and love.

Congrats to Fr. Bipin Pani, the Samaritan Sisters and the Nirmal Hostel children for the success of this programme.

The Priestly Ordination of Dn. George Ekka

Dn. George Ekka was ordained a priest on 19th May, 2016 by Rev. Bishop, Felix Toppo, S.J. at Rajawal. Fr. Geroge Ekka is the 37th priest from Holy Family Church, Rajawal. 54 priests and 24 religious sisters and numerous lay people witnessed his ascend to the altar of the Lord. Fr. David Vincent, the Vicar General of the Diocese was also present for the ceremony. The presence of Dn, George’s own brother, Fr. Sunil Ekka and his sister Sr. Carmella made the ceremony more colorful.

On 18th May evening the villagers welcomed Bishop in their traditional manner by singing and dancing. On 19th, the ordination ceremony began at 7 a.m. in the mango groves at Holy Family Church, Rajawal. The School children, in three lines, led the main celebrant, co-celebrants and the Ordinatus to the altar. Though the climate was quite warm, the people were very calm and attentive for the whole ceremony.

The choir with their celestial voice accompanied us in the prayer. A small felicitation programme followed the ordination. Every one present was served a sumptuous meal after the felicitation programme. The Parish Priest of Holy Family Church, Rajawal, Fr. Ranjith Ekka, the assistant Parish Priest together with DSA sisters and the parishioners put all their efforts to make the ceremony a memorable one. Hearty congratulations to Fr. George Ekka.

Language Course for the Brothers

Santhali language course was organized at St. John Vianney Parish, Dhowatard in Dhanbad from 3-20th May, 2016. On 2nd of May 19 brothers arrived at Dhowatard parish for learning Santhali language. The brothers were welcomed joyously by Rev. Fr. Nicolas Kerketta, the Parish Priest and Rev. Fr. Dileep Marandi, the coordinator of the programme.

The classes commenced on 3rd of May. The classes were taken by Fr. Dileep Marandi. He was really committed to his responsibilities and gave his best. We were blessed to have our language course at Dhowatard parish where we could spend our day in reflecting and learning. In order to keep our body healthy, we spent every day at least 45 minutes in gardening.

We are indebted to Our Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. for the opportunity to learn the local language and his kind visit to encourage us. We are immensely grateful to Fr. Dileep, our guide, Fr. Linus, our in-Charge and Fr. Nicholas, the parish priest for the fruitful time that we spend at Dhowatard. (Bro. Anup Dungdung)

St. Xavier’s English School and Junior College, Chaibasa.
As the summer heightened the school had an early summer break, by 6th May for all sections. The study tour to Gangtok, Dargiling and Kolkata was a snowy experience for the teachers and students away from the scorching summer. Students enjoyed themselves in the snow in the Himalayan ranges. That was indeed a thrilling an experience.
A red letter day was marked for St. Xavier’s Junior College on 6th May as its first batch ISC brought out a 100-fold result. As it was a much awaited day for all, there was much joy and celebration at the result. ICSE too reaped a 100 fold with 52 distinctions, 38 first classes and 8 second classes. ISC –science scored 14 distinctions, 18 first classes and 6 second classes. Whereas Commerce scored 1 distinction, 10 first classes, and 4 second classes. The highest percentages ICSE-93.2%, ISC –Science- 91.25and Commerce- 75%. I sincerely thank everyone who stood by us with prayers and support to achieve these heights in academics in 2015-16. God bless you all.  (Sr. Sheetal)

We congratulate the principals, the staff and students of all the educational institutions who have secured 100% success in their 10th and 12th Board Examinations.

Loyola School, Taldanga, in ICSE, 119 students appeared for the exam with 100% success. The highest individual percentage is 96. ISC – 22 students (100% pass with the highest individual percentage is 96), ISC – 23 (100% pass with the highest individual percentage is 95)

Divya Jyothi School, Charbandia, 113 students appeared for the exam with 100% success (43 First Divisions and 70 Second Divisions.

Fr. Prince Dibash
Fr. Halan Bodra
Fr. Baldeo Hembrom
Fr. Georage Ekka
Fr. Michael Jojo
Fr. Roque Cardoza

June 2016
Leave for Jagdalpur


SABS Golden Jubilee
Return to JSR

05.00 p.m.
Jubilee of UMI Sister

Inauguration of the New Mission
Blessing of SCB Convent building

New Priests Meet

Dear Father/Sister/Friend,

The Catholic Charities, Jamshedpur is organizing a 5-Day Workshop on Financial Administration from July 11-15, 2016 at Vikas Bharati, Sundernagar for our priests, religious and those who are interested. Among other issues, the topics would include, ‘Spirituality of Temporal Administration, Banking: investments, Income Tax, Provident Fund; Cash Systems, books of accounts, Audits Minority issues, RTI & RTE, PF, ESI, Gratuity, FCRA- recent regulations, Registration of Societies, etc., you can also suggest any other topics connected with this subject.

The Resource Person is Rev. Fr. Gerald Ravi D’Souza, S.J
The board and Lodge fee + Course Material = ₹2300.00

You are kindly requested to register your names for this programme as soon as possible with the Director (9471163588), Catholic Charities, Sundarnagar or with the Vicar General (9431381657), Bishop’s House, Golmuri.