Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Diocese of Jamshedpur

Vol. 49 No. 7                         Private Circulation Only                  July – 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed me the Archbishop of Ranchi and he made it public on June 24, 2018. As I join with you all to thank the Lord, I beseech your earnest prayers.

Knowing that a great responsibility was being entrusted to me, after much prayer and trusting in the providence of God I accepted the appointment. I am certain that it is God’s will and that He would walk with me and guide me. I am humbled by the trust the Lord has shown in me and I entrust myself completely into His care. I can only say, “The Lord has done great things for me. Holy is his name”. His wisdom is beyond human understanding and His glory is eternal.

I will be installed as the Archbishop of Ranchi on Monday, 6th August 2018 morning at 8.00 a.m. at Mary’s Cathedral, Ranchi. I personally invite all of you to attend the ceremony and pray for me. After the installation as the Archbishop, I will continue to stay at Archbishop’s House, Ranchi.

On this occasion, I fondly remember my pious, hardworking and responsible parents and acknowledge their prayers and support in my life as long as they lived. May God grant them Eternal Rest! I also gratefully remember my brothers, sisters, relatives, friends and teachers, who have played a great role in my life. I am ever grateful to the Society of Jesus, Jamshedpur Province, for having given me an opportunity to be at the service of the Lord. The priests and religious in the Diocese of Jamshedpur have always been my strength during my 21 years of episcopal ministry. I gratefully acknowledge the cooperation and help I received from the priests, religious and laity of the Diocese of Jamshedpur during the tenue of my office as the Bishop of Jamshedpur.

I have been blessed to have a cordial collaborative functionality in the Diocese of Jamshedpur in carrying out my mission and ministry, apart from a few troubles. As I bid adieu to Jamshedpur Diocese, my heart is filled with mixed feelings of gratitude and sadness.

My motto as Bishop is “Thy Kingdom Come”. Jamshedpur Diocese is geographically bigger than many other dioceses, and it has been my desire to spread the Word of God to all the people of Jamshedpur. Keeping attuned with my motto, I have tried my best to spread the Kingdom of God in the Diocese that was entrusted to me. During my tenure many parishes were erected, churches constructed, schools opened, prayer centres started, candidate house and propaedeutic seminary were opened, Khuntpani was given due importance, pastoral centre of the diocese was reopened and many men and women religious congregations were invited to work in the collaboration with the diocese. There has been a considerable growth in the number of vocations to the priesthood in the diocese. The number of the clergy and the faithful has seen steady growth in the past years. All these give me a sense of satisfaction, as I prayerfully reiterate my motto, “Thy Kingdom Come”. As I look forward to render my episcopal ministry in the Archdiocese of Ranchi, I pray that Lord be with me always.

I would like to remind you that we are in troubled times and as responsible citizens of this great nation, it is our duty to uphold the sacred Constitution of our country. We need be on our guard not to let the dirty politics and selfish motives of antisocial elements to permeate into our society and culture.

Let us be firm in our faith, keep our hope kindled in the Lord and spread the fragrance of charity. Let us all reaffirm with our words and deeds that we are all children of one God. It is only when one respects the rights and dignity of the other person, the dignity of the children of God is attained.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the love, prayer and support that you showered on me. May God bless you abundantly! May your families and communities be a place of joy and hope! Please continue to pray for me so that I may fulfil my mission well as the Archbishop of Ranchi. Eventually, you will be blessed with a new Bishop for Jamshedpur. Give him all the support that he requires, so that the Diocese of Jamshedpur may grow towards the fullness of life.

May almighty God bless you, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

                                                                                                Your Servant and Friend,
                                                                                                +Felix Toppo, S.J.
                                                                                 Archbishop-elect of Ranchi

Archbishop-elect, Bishop Felix Toppo, SJ will no longer be using the Email id -  jsr_bishop@bsnl.in 
You are requested to use felixtoppojsr@gmail.com to contact him through Email.        

St. Mary’s English School, Bistupur      
       
Annual Prize Night:  Junior block
St. Mary’s English School (Junior Block) celebrated its Annual PrizeNight on Friday29th June, 2018. Our Honorable Chief guest Rev.Fr. Roque Cardoza graced the occasion, along with Our Principal Rev.Fr. Puthumai Raj, Our Director Rev. Fr. Edward Saldana ,Rev. Fr. Gyan Prakash Toppno ,  our vice principals Fr. Alex Darwin and Sr. Rashmi and our proud parents of worthy awardees also witnessed the program. The theme taken up this year was ‘ABLAZE’. Children performed with full vigor and motivated everyone.

Students were awarded for their excellence in academic performance of 2017-2018. The inspiring message by our Chief Guest and Guest of Honor motivated the parents and children. The evening ended with a vote of thanks by Sr. Rashmi.


Annual Prize Night: 2018
St. Mary’s English High School (senior block) celebrated its Annual Prize Night on Saturday, 30th June, 2018. The glorious evening dazzled with the achievements of classes, 12 and 10 students in the Board Examinations.SayonBanerjee was not only the topper in the science stream with 94% but also individual subjects like Maths, Physics and Chemistry. The Bio – Science Topper was Puja Kumari with 90% aggregate. Areen Fatima Fahim secured 89.2% and was declared the topper of the Commerce Stream. Class 10 had 10 students who scored 90% and above, the highest scorer was Abhishek Kabr with 95.8%. Besides the distribution of Prizes the cultural program comprising of a joyfulsplash of colors through the Prayer dance, the dance drama and folk dance, was a feast to the eyes. The chief guest Rev. Fr. Jerome Sequeria, S.J. enlightened the awardees with an invaluable piece of advice on practicing and sustaining values in our daily life. The Guest of Honor Rev. Fr. David Vincent stressed on the fact that the world is in need of more good people who are humane than excellent academicians. The evening ended happily with a colorful folk dance. Thanks and God bless us all!  (Fr Alex Darwin)


Celebration of National Youth Sunday
This is to inform you that CCBI Commission for Youth has decided to dedicate a day for the youth of our country. So, the National Youth commission urges every diocese to celebrate the youthfulness of our youth on the theme, “YOUTH, FAITH AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT”

Pope Francis noted: “The theme, an expression of the pastoral care of the Church for the young, is consistent with the results of the recent Synod assemblies on the family and with the content of the post-Synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Its aim of the celebration is to accompany the young on the existential journey to maturity so that, through a process of discernment, they discover their plan for life and realise it with joy, opening up to the encounter with God and with human beings, and actively participating in the edificatio of the Church and of society.”

Hence, giving heed to this clarion call, may I request you to set apart a day for this noble work. Kindly, go through the detailed agenda and encourage the youth of your parish to celebrate the day with joy.

Celebration of National Youth Sunday in  every parish across India on 05th August. 2018, 0r any other Sundays as per your convenience.

Q: What is National Youth Sunday?
A: A day dedicated by the Bishops to the young People, especially of India.

Q: When is it?
A: 1st Sunday of August or any other Sunday of August, 2018 as per your convenience

Q: Where will it be celebrated?
A: By youth in their parishes, deanery or institutions.

Q: How to celebrate?
A: Youth must gather on the day or any other day as per local convenience and celebrate youthfulness & Christian faith by organising some community programmes, recreation, cultural programmes,               outreach, games, competitons,  mela/fete, etc.

Q: How do we join in the nationwide celebration?
A: By gathering all young people around in the parishes & institutions and celebrating the Holy Mass (Youth mass) and offering your contribution for the National Youth Ministry. This collection should be sent to the Diocesan Youth Office or to the Diocesan Treasurer and thereby to the National Youth Commission office.

Q: What will the money be used for?
A: The contribution of the youth will be used for the youth, mainly for orientations and life-skill training programmes in the respective regions, for the holistic growth of the youth.

Q: What is the purpose of this celebration?
A:  Allow the young people to live Christian faith joyfully.

So, once again I earnestly urge you to organise a meaningful celebration.
Thanking you and looking forward for your generous co-operation!
Sincerely Yours,
Fr. Valerian Lobo
Diocesan Youth Coordinator

Bible Quiz 63: Acts : 3:1-12

1.     Who were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, in the ninth hour?
2.     What is the name of the temple-gate where the lame man was laid daily?
3.     Who said to whom : “Look at us”?
4.     Fill in the blanks: “I have …….  but I give what I have; in the ………, walk.
5.     What did the lame man do when Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up?
6.     How did the people react when they saw the lame man leaping and praising God?
7.     Name the portico from where Pater  and John addressed the gathering of the people?
8.     When do we celebrate the feast of St. Ann and St. Joachim?
9.     Who is the founder of the Society of Jesus?
10.  What does the Bishop say when he apply oil on the forehead while giving confirmation?
You are requested to send the answers to the following address before the first week of August, 2018.
Director
Divya Bharati Pastoral Centre
Near Mudhra Hospital
Chaibasa, Jharkhand – 833201
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU 
Date
Name
10
Fr. Ranjit Kullu
13
Fr. Eugene Ekka
19
Fr. David Vincent
22
Fr. Cyril Fernades

24
Fr. John Ottaplakal
Fr. Manoj Tigga

25
Fr. Jerome Pereira
Fr. James Quadros
26
Fr. Linus Kindo
30
Fr. Joy Paul K.
BISHOP'S ENGAGEMENTS - July & August

01
Sun
05.15 pm
St. Joseph’s Hospital, GB Meeting
Bhilai Pahari
02
Mon
06.30 pm
Mass at Pratiksha
Neeldungri
06-07
Fri..
AM-PM
Seminar on Liturgy
Sundernagar
08
Sun
07.00 am
Confirmation, St. Mary’s Church
Bistupur
09
Mon
08.30 am
Holy Eucharist at St. Albert’s College
Ranchi
11-12
Wed..
09.30 am
Seminar on Emerging Challenges in JH
Ranchi
14
Sat
09.30 am
Mahila Sangh Annual GB Meeting in CC
Sundernagar
15
Sun
07.30 am
LFS Feast. Mass in the Church
Telco
18
Wed
06.00 pm
Mass in the Gudera Niwas, XLRI
Bistupur
19
Thurs
PM
Jeevan Jyoti School of Nursing
Telco
22
Sun
07.00 am
Mass in the Cathedral
Golmuri


03.30 pm
Meeting with Lay Leaders
Golmuri


05.30 pm
GB Meeting, Mercy Hospital
Baridh
23
Mon
AM
To Ranchi

24
Tue
AM-PM
JHAAN RBC + SIGN at SDC
Ranchi
25
Wed
AM
CBCI-SME-NI GB Meeting
Ranchi
AM-PM
JHAAN RBC at Archbishop’s House
Ranchi
26
Thur
AM-PM
SAC GB
Ranchi
27
Fri
AM
SAC GB
Ranchi
PM
RBC Meeting till 4.00 pm
Ranchi
28
Sat
AM
Xavier’s English School
Chaibasa
29
Sun
09.00 am
Confirmation
Karaikela
30
Mon
AM
St. Mary’s School
Bistupur


12.30
Fellowship meal with B.H Staff
Golmuri
AUGUST 2018
02
Thur
06.30 pm
Feast St. John Mary Vianney. Prayer Service
Golmuri
03
Fri
05.30 pm
GB Meeting of CC & SJVK
Sundernagar
05
Sun
PM
To Ranchi

06
Mon
08.00 am
Installation of Archbishop of Ranchi in the Cathedral
Ranchi


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