Saturday, October 29, 2011


Ansilon Fernandes

NASHIK, OCTOBER 29, 2011: This year the Mission Sunday on October 23, came just as the school students were beginning their Diwali Vacation.  And so we called it – 'GRAND FUN, communities and Parishes were invited.  The Fete was a grand success as all the kids enjoyed themselves playing the various games.  There was the coupon-system.  Those who won were given prize coupons and proportionate prizes. There were many food-stalls, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which were most visited enjoyed by one and all.  The great food attraction which was most visited was the 'Chicken Sharmah' run by our Parishioner, Joshua Srivastwa. 

The students patronised the stalls and games in large numbers.  We thank all these schools:  Kilbil School, Nirmala Convent School, Silver Oak School, Fravashi Academy and Don Bosco School.  We also thank the neighbouring communities who took active part in the Fete by patronising the various stalls.  A word of thanks to the Salesian Training Institute, Sacred Heart Training Centre, Divya Daan, Ursaline Sisters of Kilbil, Tanmaya and Nirmala Home, Nirmala Convent Sisters, Holy Cross Fathers and the Parishioners and Parishioners from Dominic Savio Satpur. 

Thanks to the Parish Councillors and all the members of the various committees. This Mission Fete was conducted for a charitable cause and the net profit was Rs. 38,000/-. This money collected would be forwarded to some Mission Work which requires economic help.  From the last two years, amounts of Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 50,000/- respectively were sent to the Salesian Mission of Rajasthan, Suket, Salawad and Jabua Mission to open scholarships in the name of Don Bosco Church, Nashik. On Fr. Provincial's suggestion this year too the amount collected will be donated to some Mission which needs help.

The great profit has been due to the various donors who donated food and helped economically.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Deacon Rixson Nigrel

JAITALA, OCTOBER 25, 2011: Our lady of Fatima Church a mission station of Jaitala celebrated Mission Sunday with joy and love. The day began with a Solemn Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Dominic Lisboa. The Eucharist was well animated by the youth of the parish. Deacon Rixson Nigrel in his homily preached what mission is all about and how each of us can become missionary in a given situation. He also gave the broader understanding of the mission of the Catholic Church according to Vat-II. He exalted the faithful to be witnesses of Christ in the world.

After mass people actively participated in the fete games which were well organized by different zones, youth group and catechism children under the able guidance of Frs. Dominic and Cyril. The people enjoyed the food stalls put up by the parishioners. The generated income from the fete games and food stalls will be sent to the diocese to help the mission. Apart from this the people were given envelopes to contribute for the missions.

Overall the mission station of Jaitala took active part in proclaiming the word of God in their own small ways. May god bless our missions and the missionary working there.


Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb

MATUNGA, OCTOBER 25, 2011: Catholic communicators from around Asia have been examining the role of media in promoting a culture of peace. Members of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, from twenty Asian countries and territories are taking part in the organization´s Asia Assembly 2011 on the theme 'The Global Association Affiliates' Audiovisual, Broadcast, Electronic and New Media Professionals, as well as academics and others. A separate International Catholic organization exists for the press.
SIGNIS Asia, SIGNIS and Nepal Communications Centre, the communications office of Nepal archdiocese, jointly organized the assembly seminar, which featured talks on "Media for a Culture of Peace- Creating Images with the New Generation". The seminar was held from Oct. 16-22 in Nepal at the Dulekhiel Logue Resort.
In a keynote address, Mr. Augustine Loorthusamy, SIGNIS World President, spoke on the theme – Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating New Images with the New Generation.  He affirmed that today the world will be creating images with biotechnology, information technology and the nano technology.  The world is a global village and today's youth need to be mentored by truth and proclamation of the word.  He said that there are three types of people in today's generation struggling with the new media; namely the digital natives, the digital migrants and the digital tourists.  He emphasized that the book culture reflects on the left brain and the digital culture enhances the right and the left brain.  He emphasised that the church needs to reflect on human rights, advocacy and network with the secular media.
Seminar participants also heard Indonesian Fr. Yoseph Ispuroyanto speak about his organization´s work to promote peace in his country. He said,  "Indonesia is often portrayed as a 'terrorist country' by media reports based on the presence of suspected terrorists and attacks by suicide bombers."  He emphasized on the topic "Documentary - Empowering People through documentary".  His fund raising strategies impressed the audience and reflected on the inclusive way of getting funds and financing projects for empowerment. According to Fr. Ispuroyanto, promoting a culture of peace continues to be the main thrust for SIGNIS Indonesia. It produced radio and TV programs "to bring people together to build a peaceful election,"
Fr. Bong Osial, sdb spoke on the theme "New Generation and Social Networking" and emphasized on the need to vibe with the new trends.  His presentation emphasized on the need to work for peace and create new images through the social networking sites such as Facebook etc. 
A panel discussion moderated by Mr. Bernard Canaberal discussed on the issue on "Media Issues Involving the Youth on Consumerism, Media Imperialism and Cyber Bullying".  This discussion viewed the family, school, the broadcast industry and from the religious point of view.  A holistic discussion took place which was multicultural and enlightening.
The book MediaEd Resource book, authored by Delia Hernandez, Maria Rose Yuzon, Bernard Canaberal and Elisa Hauser was released and launched during the event.  This publication was funded through the SIGNIS world organization and compiled by the Philippine Association for Media Education. 
Nepal became the first predominantly Hindu nation to join the Church's global communications body SIGNIS during a gathering of the group's Asian assembly in the Nepali capital Kathmandu this week. The assembly unanimously endorsed Nepal's membership on Thursday, the first meeting of the three-day event attended by representatives from twenty Asian countries and six delegates from Nepal. Chirendra Satyal, an organizer for the event, said, "Membership for the country was an important step in the evolution of the country's media and communications sectors. This means Nepal can directly network with members of other countries and our young people can get better access to Catholic institutions in other countries, which offer training in social communications."
Satyal, a journalist and secretary of the country's Catholic media commission, said, "Christian media faces significant challenges in the country. Christian media in Nepal is mainly understood as non-Catholic." Satyal noted that though Protestants operate FM radio stations and produce films and video, and even run small communications centres, they find it difficult to enter the largely secular mainstream with professional productions. He added that the Catholic Church is still struggling even in the field of print media and is challenged to start a national communication centre and train committed Catholics in the field.
The SIGNIS Asia assembly has passed resolutions to introduce a film festival and media awards, along with a branding plan to introduce SIGNIS in delegates' respective countries.
Delegates have also agreed to start a social media education workshop to help young people learn about media usage.
SIGNIS was formed in 2001 through the merger of Unda, the former International Catholic Association for Rradio and Television, and OCIC, the former International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisuals. The group´s name combines the Latin words "signum" (sign) and "ignis" (fire).