Thursday, March 30, 2017

Diocese of Jamshedpur

Vol. 47 No. 4                          Private Circulation Only                  April– 2017

The Holy Father’s Message for the 32nd World Youth Day
Palm Sunday, 9 April, 2017

The following is the extract of the Message that the Holy Father Francis is sending to young people throughout the world on the occasion of the 32nd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated at diocesan level on 9 April 2017, Palm Sunday, on the theme “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His name” (Luke, 1:49).

Dear Young Friends,

At the conclusion of the Kraków World Youth Day, I announced the next stop in our pilgrimage, which with God’s help will bring us to Panama in 2019. On this journey we will be accompanied by the Virgin Mary, whom all generations call blessed (cf. Lk 1:48). This new leg of our journey picks up from the one that preceded it, centered on the Beatitudes, and invites us to press forward. I fervently hope that you, young people will continue to press forward, not only cherishing the memory of the past, but also with courage in the present and hope for the future. These attitudes were certainly present in the young Mary of Nazareth and are clearly expressed in the themes chosen for the three coming World Youth Days. This year we will reflect on the faith of Mary, who says in the Magnificat: “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49). 

Our age does not need young people who are “couch-potatoes”

According to Luke’s Gospel, once Mary has received the message of the angel and said “yes” to the call to become the Mother of the Saviour, she sets out in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was in the sixth month of her pregnancy. Mary is very young; what she was told is a great gift, but it also entails great challenges. The Lord assured her of his presence and support, yet many things remain obscure in her mind and heart. Yet Mary does not shut herself up at home or let herself be paralyzed by fear or pride. Mary is not the type that, to be comfortable, needs a good sofa where she can feel safe and sound. She is no couch potato!

It was a long way to the house of Elizabeth, about 150 kilometers.  But the young woman from Nazareth, led by the Holy Spirit, knows no obstacles. Surely, those days of journeying helped her to meditate on the marvellous event of which she was a part. So it is with us, whenever we set out on pilgrimage. Along the way, the events of our own lives come to mind, we learn to appreciate their meaning and we discern our vocation, which then becomes clear in the encounter with God and in service to others.

The Mighty One has done great things for me

The meeting of the two women, one young and the other elderly, is filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit and charged with joy and wonder. One of the great gifts that the Virgin received was certainly that of faith.  Belief in God is a priceless gift, but one that has to be received. Elizabeth blesses Mary for this, and she in turn responds with the song of the Magnificat (cf. Lk 1:46-55), in which we find the words: “The Mighty One has done great things for me” (v. 49).

Mary’s is a revolutionary prayer, the song of a faith-filled young woman conscious of her limits, yet confident in God’s mercy. She gives thanks to God for looking upon her lowliness and for the work of salvation that He has brought about for the people, the poor and the humble. Faith is at the heart of Mary’s entire story. Her song helps us to understand the mercy of the Lord as the driving force of history, the history of each of us and of all humanity.
When God touches the heart of a young man or woman, they become capable of doing tremendous things. The “great things” that the Almighty accomplished in the life of Mary speak also to our own journey in life, which is not a meaningless meandering, but a pilgrimage that, for all its uncertainties and sufferings, can find its fulfilment in God.

Being young does not mean being disconnected from the past

Mary, in the Magnificat, echoes the praises of her people and their history. This shows us that being young does not mean being disconnected from the past. Our personal history is part of a long trail, a communal journey that has preceded us over the ages. The genuine experience of the Church is not like a flash mob, where people agree to meet, do their thing and then go their separate ways. The Church is heir to a long tradition which, passed down from generation to generation, is further enriched by the experience of each individual. Your personal history has a place within the greater history of the Church. Being mindful of the past also helps us to be open to the unexpected ways that God acts in us and through us. As young people, you too can do great things and take on fuller responsibilities, if only you recognize God’s mercy and power at work in your lives.

Some of you, particularly those hurt by certain situations in life, might want to “reset” your own past, to claim the right to forget it all. But I would like to remind you that there is no saint without a past, or a sinner without a future. The pearl is born of a wound in the oyster! We need to learn how to make past events a dynamic reality on which to reflect and to draw lessons and meaning for the present and the future. This is no easy task, but one necessary for discovering the thread of God’s love running through the whole of our life.

Many people say that young people are distracted and superficial. They are wrong! Still, we should acknowledge our need to reflect on our lives and direct them towards the future. To have a past is not the same as to have a history. Television is full of “reality shows” which are not real stories, but only moments passed before a television camera by characters living from day to day, without a greater plan. Don’t let yourselves be led astray by this false image of reality! Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future.

How to remain connected, following the example of Mary

It is said of Mary that she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19, 51). This unassuming young woman of Nazareth teaches us by her example to preserve the memory of the events of our lives but also to put them together and reconstruct the unity of all the fragments that, put together, can make up a mosaic. How can we learn to do this in practice? Let me offer you some suggestions.

At the end of each day, we can stop for a few minutes to remember the good times and the challenges, the things that went well and those that went wrong. In this way, before God and before ourselves, we can express our gratitude, our regrets and our trust. If you wish, you can also write them down in a notebook as a kind of spiritual journal. This means praying in life, with life and about life, and it will surely help you to recognise the great things that the Lord is doing for each of you.

Reading the Magnificat, we realize how well Mary knew the word of God. Every verse of her song has a parallel in the Old Testament. The young mother of Jesus knew the prayers of her people by heart. Surely her parents and her grandparents had taught them to her. How important it is for the faith to be passed down from one generation to another! Be familiar with the Bible, God’s word, reading it daily and letting it speak to your lives, and interpreting everyday events in the light of what the Lord says to you in the sacred Scriptures. In prayer and in the prayerful reading of the Bible (lectio divina), Jesus will warm your hearts and illumine your steps, even in the dark moments of life (cf. Lk 24:13-35).

Mary also teaches us to live “eucharistically”, that is to learn how to give thanks and praise, and not to fixate on our problems and difficulties alone. In the process of living, today’s prayers become tomorrow’s reasons for thanksgiving. In this way, your participation in Holy Mass and the occasions when you celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be both a high point and new beginning.

Elizabeth helps the Virgin to understand more fully the greatness of what God is accomplishing in her and the mission that he has entrusted to her. But what about you? Do you realize how extraordinarily enriching the encounter between the young and the elderly can be? How much attention do you pay to the elderly, to your grandparents? With good reason you want to “soar”, your heart is full of great dreams, but you need the wisdom and the vision of the elderly. Young people have strength, while the elderly have memory and wisdom. As Mary did with Elizabeth, look to the elderly, to your grandparents. They will speak to you of things that can thrill your minds and fill your hearts.

Creative fidelity for building the future

It is true that you are still young and so it can be hard for you to appreciate the importance of tradition. But know that this is not the same as being traditionalists. No! When Mary in the Gospel says: “The Mighty One has done great things for me”, she means to say that those “great things” are not over, but are still happening in the present.

A society that values only the present tends to dismiss everything inherited from the past, as for example the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission. These end up being seen as meaningless and outdated forms. People think it is better to live in “open” situations, going through life as if it were a reality show, without aim or purpose. Don’t let yourselves be deceived! God came to enlarge the horizons of our life in every direction. He helps us to give due value to the past so as better to build a future of happiness. Yet this is possible only if we have authentic experiences of love, which help us concretely to discern the Lord’s call and to respond to it. For only that can bring us true happiness.

Dear young people, may you too cultivate a relationship of familiarity and friendship with Our Lady, entrusting to her your joys, your worries and your concerns. I assure you that you will not regret it!

May the maiden of Nazareth, who in the whole world has assumed a thousand names and faces in order to be close to her children, intercede for all of us and help us to sing of the great works that the Lord is accomplishing in us and through us.

From the Vatican, POPE FRANCIS

Held at Seva Kendra, Calcutta, the City of Joy
On 15th to17thMarch, 2017

We, the 113 members of Conference of the Diocesan Priests of India (CDPI),under the patronage of the CCBI, gathered from 67 dioceses of our beloved country at Seva Kendra, Calcutta, the city of St. Teresa from 15th to 17th March 2017,awed by the spirit of evangelization that blossomed in this very sacred city of St. Teresa, have studied, reflected and prayed together under the guidance of our patron Most Rev. Udumala Bala together with His Grace Most Rev. Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Calcutta and other six bishops, on the theme: Life and Mission of St. Teresa of Calcutta Reflected in the Life and Mission of the Diocesan Priests. As the fruit of the deliberations at the three day-conference, we, the diocesan priests of India, find St. Teresa of Calcutta an exemplary model of silence, profound friendship with Jesus and evangelization through her life.
Having experienced profound peace in our hearts during our Shanti Yatracum pilgrimage from Seva Kendra to the tomb of Mother Teresa at the Mother House and having prayed the Holy Eucharist at her tomb, we are awed and moved by the whole-hearted total surrender she made to her Master and Lord Jesus in intimate friendship. We are deeply touched by her ardent (ever burning) desire to love only Jesus, to give only Jesus and to live only for Jesus. The choices that Mother Teresa made in her life, though might have appeared insane and illogical according to the worldly standards, finally turned out to be the right choices of Christ himself.
The Holy Eucharist being the pivot of her life, she not only bent down to worship Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, but also bent down to serve the same Jesus whom she saw in the poorest of the poor, in the dying ones of the gutter and in those suffering with incurable diseases. The saint of the gutter, as she is known, taught us with her own life that holiness should not be a luxury of some, but an urgent exigency and pastoral priority for every diocesan priest for whom Mother Teresa had a special love always. She taught us through her life as to how to be drawn towards the loving Father and at the same time as to how to be drawn towards the people in love. Because of intense love for her Spouse, she was also able to see His face in every person regardless of caste, creed, language or status. Thus, she became a Mother not only for Calcutta, or India, but a Mother for the whole humanity.
The echo of the cry of the crucified Jesus on the cross: “I thirst”, which Mother Teresa heard in the depth of her heart, has been reverberating in our hearts as well. We would very much love to carry the infinite love of the crucified Jesus to dark holes of the poor in our own parish territories.
We, the diocesan priests, appreciating our own divine gift of priesthood, shall strive to imbibe the important values lived by Mother Teresa, especially her spirit of Catholicity that urged her to reach out to all the suffering irrespective of their creed, caste or country. It shall be our endeavor to minister to all the economically or spiritually marginalized in our parishes – which go beyond the confines of our faith community.
We resolve ourselves:
·         To celebrate the Holy Eucharist remembering the maternal advice of Mother Teresa: “O priest of Christ, celebrate this Mass as if this is your first Mass, this is your last Mass and this is your only Mass”.
·         To respect the human dignity of every individual with whom we come into contact, without being judgmental.
·         To carry out our priestly ministry and all that we do with utmost love.
·         To endeavor to exercise our priestly ministry in such a way that it becomes a source of inspiration to all.

Most Rev. Bp. UdumalaBala            Fr. I. Raymond Joseph                     Fr. Philomin Doss
Patron of CDPI                                   Executive Secretary                            President of CDPI
Bishop of Warangal                            CCBI Commission for Clergy            Archdiocese of Pondicherry

International Womens' Day celebration: Golmuri
About 450 Mahilas from Jamshedpur deanery from various parishes, Sini, Chandil (55 nos.), Moubhandar Mosabani and Chaibasa joined together for the International Womens' Day Celebration. Most Rev. Felix Toppo, S.J in his sermon in the Eucharistic Celebration at the Cathedral emphasized about the importance of women empowerment and the role of women in the society, especially in the family.

The solemn Eucharistic celebration was followed by a one-day seminar at St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre, Golmuri. Rev. Fr. Camille Hembrom, the dean of Jamshedpur inaugurated the seminar and thanked the women present for their invaluable service to the society, especially the Church in Jamshedpur. Many senior members of Mahila Sangh were felicitated in the function. The discourses of Brahmakumari Anju and Mr D P Singh impressed all present. Rejuvenated by the talks and the assurance of the support by society, the women left for home with a beautiful memory to cherish. (Manisha Topno)

International Women’s Day at Catholic Charities

It was a joyous and exhilarated day for all the women as they came from far and wide to participate in the international women’s day celebration on 10th of March at Catholic Charities, Jamshedpur. All were in festive mood as they brought dhol and nagara, played them and danced. They also put up 20 stalls to exhibit their products, Mrs. Rita and Betty grabbed this opportunity to buy things for themselves. There were more than 500 women participants. This year, the theme of the celebration was “Be Bold for Change.”  The chairperson of Jamshedpur Zila Parishad Mrs. Bullu Rani Singh was the chief guest, who in her speech encouraged and highlighted the roles and contribution of women in family, society and country. Prior to that Fr. C.R. Prabhu welcomed all and enlightened the gathering about the works and efforts of the Catholic Charities for the welfare and development of women. He also said that women need to be bold to transform themselves and the society. The Catholic Charities family offers a big thanks to all the staffs for their help and support.

International Women’s Day at Kuchai
Samekit Jan Vikas Kendra, Jamshedpur organized the International Women’s Day at Kuchai, Kharswan. Addressing the gathering Mr. Simon Marandi the B.D.O. and the chief guest said that the contribution of women in the development of country and society cannot be ignored. Women are not less than anybody in any field. They need to be strong, energetic and steadfast in order to change the social circumstances. The development of the society and the country is possible only when women are awakened. Fr. C.R. Prabhu the director of SJVK also said that there is a distinct identity of women in the world because of their contributions and achievements. Women play a vital role in the development of the society and therefore they need to be strong and firm. On this great occasion 750 women and many local leaders were present.

Mosquito nets Distribution

In collaboration with SIGN Ranchi, the Catholic Charities, Jamshedpur has been busy distributing the mosquito nets to all the hostel boys and girls of the diocese. So far 20 hostels have been completed and remaining 13 hostels will be completed very soon. Due to lack of mosquito nets many students suffer from malaria as a result they are not able to concentrate on their studies and other activities in a good manner. Most of the places in the diocese are malaria prone area and therefore this small step of providing nets free of cost will help the students to keep away from malaria. Thanks to SIGN.

Dhanbad celebrates International Women’s Day
The International Women’s Day was Celebrated on Sunday, March, 5, at St. Anthony’s parish, Dhanbad, with fanfare and gaiety amidst high excitement. A huge mass of Mahilas from different parishes of Dhanbad deanery were accorded a ceremonial welcome to the accompaniment of drum beats and singing before the start of the programme.

The chief guest, Mrs. Manisha Minj, Rly, SP’S wife along with four others lit the lamp. She was also the main speaker for the occasion on the topic “respect for women’s dignity.” Opening her talk she declared “women are not house wives but are home makers.” Home making, she continued, is a sublime responsibility, a lion’s share of it, rests on women. Love and understanding mingled with diligence is the ultimate mantra of crafting a happy home, she added.

Dignity of women emanates from the fact of their being created in the image of God. Therefore, women are as equal and deserving of respect as men, she asserted. She batted for women and highlighted success stories of today’s many women who have carved a niche for themselves in almost all spheres including in the domains traditionally considered exclusively a male preserve.  Opportunities given, today, women can define their own destiny, she said. In the same breath, she was also critical of the man- woman disparity in this 21st century and blamed the age – old male domineering mindset as the biggest factor for subjugation of women whose off shoot has been the continuing gender inequality. Men must place women on equal footing, she said.

“Nukkad” was part of the programme. So each parish represented by a group of twelve Mahilas beautifully staged a well- rehearsed Nukkad each based on the theme of St. John’s gospel passage, woman caught in adultery ( Jn.8:1-11)  portraying the dignity of woman. Besides the Nukkad, in a speech contest, on the theme of respect for women, one Mahila from each parish delivered a five-minute speech. One could see how vociferous each speaker was on the need for respect for women. As part of entertainment a merry go round game was also conducted which all participants enjoyed. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were given away for all above events. Later, a solemn Eucharist was celebrated in the church followed by tea before all participants made their homeward journey. (Fr. Amatus Kujur)

Sad Demise
Mr. Augustus Kullu (69), beloved father of Fr. Ranjit Kullu, passed away in the Lord on March, 12, 2017 at High Tech Hospital, Rourkela. His funeral was held on the same day in his native village, Churia Girja Toli, Salangapos Parish.We express our sincere condolence to Fr Ranjit Kullu and the grieving family and extend our prayers. May his soul Rest In Peace!
Richard Miranda
Leo John D’Souza
Sahaya Thason
Paulus Bodra
Pascal Minj
Sushil Dungdung
Fr. Robert Toppo

APRIL 2017
06.30 am
Mass for the Vocation Campers at Vianney Niwas
08.30 am
Leave for Simdega

08.30 am
JH, OD & CG Bishops’ Meeting till 04.00 pm
07.00 am
Palm Sunday at St. Mary’s Church
09.30 am/pm
Clergy Meeting/ Chrism Mass
05.30 pm
Maundy Thursday

03.00 pm
Good Friday Services at Christ The King Church
11.30 pm
Easter Vigil Mass
09.30 am
Meeting of the Heads of Diocesan and Religious Schools
02.30 pm
Meeting of the Heads of Diocesan Schools
07.00 am
Confirmation at St. Xavier’s Church
05.00 pm
House Blessing
09.30 am
Diocesan Consult/ JDC Gov. Board Meeting
09.00 am
Bishops/Leaders of  Different Churches Meeting in SDC
07.00 am
Parish Feast, First Communion and Confirmation
06.00 pm
Golden Jubilee of Sr. Eulalia Furtado, AC (Sup.)
07.00 am
Confirmation, Guadalupe Church

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Diocese of Jamshedpur

Vol. 47 No. 3                          Private Circulation Only                  March– 2017


Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive.

Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving. At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply. I would now like to consider the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Let us find inspiration in this meaningful story, for it provides a key to understanding what we need to do in order to attain true happiness and eternal life. It exhorts us to sincere conversion.

1. The other person is a gift
The parable begins by presenting its two main characters. The poor man is described in greater detail: he is wretched and lacks the strength even to stand. Lying before the door of the rich man, he fed on the crumbs falling from his table. His body is full of sores and dogs come to lick his wounds. The picture is one of great misery; it portrays a man disgraced and pitiful.

The scene is even more dramatic if we consider that the poor man is called Lazarus: a name full of promise, which literally means God helps. This character is not anonymous. His features are clearly delineated and he appears as an individual with his own story. While practically invisible to the rich man, we see and know him as someone familiar. He becomes a face, and as such, a gift, a priceless treasure, a human being whom God loves and cares for, despite his concrete condition as an outcast.

Lazarus teaches us that other persons are a gift. A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the poor person at the door of the rich is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. The parable first invites us to open the doors of our heart to others because each person is a gift, whether it be our neighbour or an anonymous pauper. Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ. Each of us meets people like this every day. Each life that we encounter is a gift deserving acceptance, respect and love. The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable. But in order to do this, we have to take seriously what the Gospel tells us about the rich man.

2. Sin blinds us
The parable is unsparing in its description of the contradictions associated with the rich man (cf. v. 19). Unlike poor Lazarus, he does not have a name; he is simply called “a rich man”. His opulence was seen in his extravagant and expensive robes. Purple cloth was even more precious than silver and gold, and was thus reserved to divinities (Jer 10:9) and kings (cf. Jg 8:26), while fine linen gave one an almost sacred character. The man was clearly ostentatious about his wealth, and in the habit of displaying it daily: “He feasted sumptuously every day” (v. 19). In him we can catch a dramatic glimpse of the corruption of sin, which progresses in three successive stages: love of money, vanity and pride.

The Apostle Paul tells us that “the love of money is the root of all evils” (1 Tim 6:10). It is the main cause of corruption and a source of envy, strife and suspicion. Money can come to dominate us, even to the point of becoming a tyrannical idol. Instead of being an instrument at our service for doing good and showing solidarity towards others, money can chain us and the entire world to a selfish logic that leaves no room for love and hinders peace.

The parable then shows that the rich man’s greed makes him vain. His personality finds expression in appearances, in showing others what he can do. But his appearance masks an interior emptiness. His life is a prisoner to outward appearances, to the most superficial and fleeting aspects of existence.

The lowest rung of this moral degradation is pride. The rich man dresses like a king and acts like a god, forgetting that he is merely mortal. For those corrupted by love of riches, nothing exists beyond their own ego. Those around them do not come into their line of sight. The result of attachment to money is a sort of blindness. The rich man does not see the poor man who is starving, hurting, lying at his door.

Looking at this character, we can understand why the Gospel so bluntly condemns the love of money: “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (Mt 6:24).

3. The Word is a gift
The Gospel of the rich man and Lazarus helps us to make a good preparation for the approach of Easter. The liturgy of Ash Wednesday invites us to an experience quite similar to that of the rich man. When the priest imposes the ashes on our heads, he repeats the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. As it turned out, the rich man and the poor man both died, and the greater part of the parable takes place in the afterlife. The two characters suddenly discover that “we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (1 Tim 6:7).

We too see what happens in the afterlife. There the rich man speaks at length with Abraham, whom he calls “father” (Lk 16:24.27), as a sign that he belongs to God’s people. This detail makes his life appear all the more contradictory, for until this moment there had been no mention of his relation to God. In fact, there was no place for God in his life. His only god was himself.

The rich man recognizes Lazarus only amid the torments of the afterlife. He wants the poor man to alleviate his suffering with a drop of water. What he asks of Lazarus is similar to what he could have done but never did. In the afterlife, a kind of fairness is restored and life’s evils are balanced by good.

The parable goes on to offer a message for all Christians. The rich man asks Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers, who are still alive. But Abraham answers: “They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them”. Countering the rich man’s objections, he adds: “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead”.

The rich man’s real problem thus comes to the fore. At the root of all his ills was the failure to heed God’s word. As a result, he no longer loved God and grew to despise his neighbour. The word of God is alive and powerful, capable of converting hearts and leading them back to God. When we close our heart to the gift of God’s word, we end up closing our heart to the gift of our brothers and sisters.

Dear friends, Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns promoted by many Church organizations in different parts of the world, and thus to favour the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter. (His Holiness Pope Francis)

The New Apostolic Nuncio to India Arrives

The New Apostolic Nuncio to India His Excellency, Most Rev. Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro has arrived in India. The Apostolic Nuncio touched Indian soil at 7.51 a.m. on 16th February, 2017. He was received at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport by His Eminence Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, His Eminence Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly; Most Rev. Anil Couto, Archbishop of Delhi; Most Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, Secretary General of CBCI; Most Rev. Kuriakose Bharanikulangara, Archbishop-Bishop of Faridabad; Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas, OIC, Bishop of Gurgaon and the Officials from the Nunciature, Msgr.  Henryk M. Jagodzinski and Msgr. Tuomo T. Vimpari.

This is the New Apostolic Nuncio’s first ever posting in an Asian Country as he has served mostly in the Secretariat of State, in Italy and in Latin American countries. As stated by him except for a short visit to Korea and another one to Japan, he has not otherwise been to Asia.

We thank God for the gift of his person to us. We wish him all God’s blessings and much joy and happiness in our Beloved Country. May our Lady, Queen of Apostles guide him and accompany him. 

A Workshop on Laudoto Si at Chaibasa

‘Laudoto Si’ is the very famous encyclical of Pope Francis released on May 24, 2015, where Pope genuinely feels the cry of the earth in his heart. He is perturbed by her cry and he is appealing to every person living on this planet to pause for a moment and to listen to her cry and do all within his/her reach to wipe her tears. The Pope expresses his deep sense of aguish at the greed, the irresponsible use and abuse of goods, selfish lack of concern, looking for easy quick profit, the acceleration of changes, irrational confidence in progress and human abilities, the throwaway culture, care not attitude towards the poor such and more. These have burdened the earth and laid her waste. She is groaning and crying because of the hurt inflicted on her.

The messages of Laudoto Si which are very inspirational and exceedingly relevant, the Catholic Charities, Jamshedpur felt that the messages of Pope must be made known to all people possible in the diocese. Keeping this thought in mind C.C.J organized a workshop on 24th February, 2017 at St. Xavier’s Welfare Centre, Chaibasa for Kolhan Porahat. There were more than 300 people present. Fr. Christo Das, the Director of SIGN, Ranchi and Mr. Gladson Dungdung from Ranchi were the resource persons. Both in their talks highlighted the message of Laudoto Si and connected them to the situations of Jharkhand. Because Jharkhand too is heading towards destruction while accelerating development at the cost of the poor, exploitation of the natural resources with little consideration for environment and the existence of the other, especially the adivasis and the marginalized people of the land. Both the resource persons urged the participants to become aware of the global and local situation today and be awakened to the collective responsibility of the care of the earth and the care of one another so that we may be able to offer a better future for the coming generations. Fr. David Vincent the VG of Jamshedpur Diocese, Fr. C.R. Prabhu, Fr. Halan Bodra, Sahaya Thason and many other priests, religious, sisters and faithful of Kolhan Porahat were present. C.C.J offers a big thanks to all for your cooperation and help.

One-day Workshop for those involved in Health Work

One-day workshop was organized for all sisters and fathers involved in health work in the diocese on 25th February, 2017 at Vikas Bharti, Sundernagar. First of all, Fr. C.R. Prabhu welcomed and wished them all the very best for the workshop. The workshop began with the lighting of lamps followed by sharing of works done by various health centers. Fr. Christo Das, the director of SIGN, Ranchi was the resource person. He in his talk highlighted the importance of coming together and sharing of experiences with one another. Under the guidance of the resource person, it was decided that all the health centers would focus more on total immunizations, adolescent health, formation of Saheli Group and regular meetings of all the sisters and fathers involved in health work. There were 30 participants from various health centers of the diocese. Congratulations and thanks to Sr. Lui OSU, who took the great efforts in organizing the workshop.        (Fr. Birendra Tete)

Diaconate Ordination of Bro. Walter Purty

On 4th February, 2017 Bro. Walter Purty was ordained a deacon along with five brothers of different dioceses at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur by Most Rev. Abraham Viruthakulangara, the Archbishop of Nagpur. The solemn mass began with a procession at 6 am. After the homily candidates were presented to the bishop and they took the oaths of celibacy, poverty and obedience before the congregation. To witness this joyful event deacons’ family members, many priests, religious and a good number of faithful were present. After the mass newly ordained deacons were felicitated. Soon after the felicitation programme a delicious meal was severed for all. We congratulate Deacon Walter Purty and wish him all the best for his future ministry. (Bro. Cornelius Orea).

Dhanbad Deanery Annual Picnic
It was time to unwind and soak in relaxation leaving past the daily grind and humdrum of life. So, in a novel venture, the Purulia deanery parish - Catholic Ashram, Purulia - hosted on its campus, on Sunday, February 5, the annual picnic of priests and religious of Dhanbad deanery. That kept the hosts, Fr. Vijay Bhat and Fr. Eugene Ekka, on their toes from morning to ensure welcoming and providing the picnickers everything best went off well.

Doing things in style naturally comes to the hosts was evident from each detail of arrangements having meticulously been done. The delicious spread - its appetizing aroma hitting our noses - laid on for seventy plus priests and religious, was tempting.  It was not yet time though to satiate our palate before Fr. Amatus Kujur’s formal welcome to all picnickers followed by FrPius Fernandes’ key note   "Urdu speech" heavily interspersed with    "Shairies” that regaled one and all. His speech also included a note of thanks for the hosts'   "Khula” andUdaar" dil.

Lunch over, we moved into the pandal specifically erected by Fr. Eugene Ekka in the School playground for games.  Soon, Sr. Margaret Mary, AC, and Sr.  Violita, AC, settled down to conduct the housie gameFrom its very start fun and more fun ruled the game with winners having been given away prizes after each round.

Then followed the balloon breaking game. A riot of scramble is what it was - each menacingly pouncing and trying to burst the other’s inflated balloon. While the about 40 minutes’ game was full of fun and laughter, it was also a game of sheer agility and strength giving younger priests the benefit of upper hand over all others, making them romp home with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Not to let down the spirit of runners - up as well as of the deserving, there were attractive consolation prizes too. FrVijay Bhat believes in what begins well ends well. So, he made sure that tea prepared with his own hand was served to us before we began our homeward journey back. By all standard our deanery picnic was very enjoyable and above all the hosts’ hospitality warm and cordial. A big thank you once again Fr. Vijay and Fr. Eugene. The picnic is over. Long live the memory.   (Fr. Amatus Kujur)
The unique experience of Candidates at Vianney Niwas with Rita and Betty
Each person feels and experiences people in unique and special way so also the candidates did with Rita and Betty. They arrived at the candidate’s house on 20th of February,2017. The arrival of these two great women put a beautiful smile on their faces and they were happy to see the young and energetic candidates. The seven candidates greeted them with the Indian style “Jai Jesu”.

They were with the candidates from 20th to27th. They were giving some classes on Expressions in English, grammar, personal interaction, English rhyme, creative way of making a story, some English action songs and so on. All these activities brought newness in the way of learning and gave boosting to their learning. The candidates benefitted from their classes very much. Besides the classes they shared with them their life style in Canada. They showed much affection and love towards us, so that we cannot forget their love which was showered upon us. Their stay at Vianney Niwas was a remarkable experience and worth sharing.   
On 25th February on Saturday we had gone to Burigora on the occasion of the silver jubilee of Rev. Fr. Ranjit Kumar Beck CSsR. Dear Betty and Rita were with us. It was a great day for all of us to visit the place because many of us did not know that place. We participated in the solemn Eucharistic celebration of mass. Mass was presided over by his Excellency Rt. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ and a number of priests were also present for this great occasion. After the Eucharistic celebration there was felicitation program. The program was indeed mind blowing and thrilling. We were overwhelmed with joy and happiness by every program that they performed on stage. We enjoyed the sumptuous food that was prepared. Afterwards we proceeded back to our destination. (Bro. Balaji)

CRI-AGBM Annual General Body Meeting

The Conference of Religious India was held on 11th & 12th Feb. 2017 at Vikas Bharati, Sundarnagar. The meeting began with a prayer and lighting of the lamp. After the welcome by the CRI president Rev. Fr. Kuruvilla S.J., all the secretaries of the deaneries presented the report.  Rt. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo SJ, in his key note address emphasized on the responsibility of going into the depths of consecrated life. Rev. Fr. Peter Francis S. J., the resource person shared about journeying joyfully through the desert of doubts. Fr. Peter in his three sessions, further focused on prayer, personal integrity, community spirit and faithful mission. Fr. Peter, the Golden Jubilarian as a Jesuit and Bishop Felix being the bishop of Jamshedpur Diocese for two decades were honoured by presenting a shawl and flowers. Sr. Hilda D’ Souza SJC thanked everyone, especially Fr. C.R. Prabhu and his team for the facilitation of convenient stay for the 63 participants. The following are the new executive team of CRI: Fr. Kuruvilla S.J. -  President, Fr. Antonyraj SJ - Vice President, Sr. Hilda D’ Souza SJC - Secretary and Br. Jacob KJ DDS - Treasurer. Sr. Mariam SJT the former secretary was thanked for her tremendous help and support that she rendered for the smooth function of CRI in the past. (Br. Jacob DDS)   

Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, Pune
We congratulate Fr. Raju Felix Crasta who has successfully completed the Pre-Doctoral Programme at Jnanadeepa Vidyapeeth, Pune. He has defended two papers, (1. Avibhāga-Bhedābheda as the Semantic Axis of the Philosophy of Vijñānabhikṣu: A Study of the Vedānta in the Light of the Brahmasūtras According to the Vijñānāmṛtabhāṣyam of Vijñānabhikṣu. 2. A Hermeneutical Exploration of the Mahāvākya Tattvamasi and its Significance.) under the guidance of Prof. Henry D’Almeida and Prof. Stephen Chundanthandam on 27th of February, 2017 in the presence of several people including Fr. Augustine Topno of our diocese, student scholastics of Jamshedpur Province and friends. The guides and everyone present expressed their admiration and congratulations. As we congratulate Fr. Raju, we pray for his successful completion of his doctoral thesis.   

BIRTHDAY Babies (March)
Maria Charles
Chonhas Xalxo
Elvius Dungdung
Birender Tete
Dileep Marandi
Raphael Monteiro
Henry Sequeira
Nicholas Kerketta

MARCH 2017
05.30 pm
Executive Meeting of CBCI SME NI
09.00 am
CBCI SME NI Gov. B. Meeting
10.00 am
International Women’s Day
05.00 pm
Inaugural Session of CDPI National Conference
CDPI National Conference
11.00 am
Blessing of new MC Convent building
09.30 am
Diocesan Consult/ JDC G.B. Meeting
01.30 pm
Priests Senate meeting
09.30 am
Meeting of junior priests
10.00 am
Blessing of the new Convent Building of St. Anne
06.30 am

On Thursday, April 6, 2017, we will have a Diocesan and Religious Pastoral Clergy Meeting, Recollection with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Chrism Mass and Felicitations of our Jubilarian Priests (Fr. Fabian Bhuiyan, S.J, Fr. Ranjit Beck, CSSR, Fr. Xavier Ekka, S.J and Fr. John Sumbrui, S.J). I earnestly invite and encourage all the priests and religious to participate in the programmes.
·         Diocesan and Religious Pastoral Clergy Meeting: 9.30-12.30 a.m. (Bishop’s House, Golmuri)
·         Recollection and Sacrament of Reconciliation: 3.30-4.30 p.m. (St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri)
·         Chrism Mass and felicitation of Jubilarians: 5.30 p.m.  (St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri)
·         Fellowship Meal at St. Joseph’s Welfare Centre Hall

Please inform Fr Jilson about the number of participants from your parish/community at the earliest (8521608509).

The Call to the priesthood… Can you hear it?

The Catholic Diocese of Jamshedpur and Society of Jesus, Jamshedpur province have programs such as vocation seminar and meetings for prospective candidates for priesthood. The Vocation camp for the diocese and Jesuit province of Jamshedpur will be held from 2nd to 7th April, 2016 at Vianney Niwas, Neeldungri, Jamshedpur. 10th and +2 students are invited to join the vocation camp. Contact to the Vocation Offices for more informations at:

Fr. Linus Kindo/ Fr. Michael Deogam
Bishop’s House
P.O. Golmuri
Phone No.: 09572752429/7549106549

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