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By Amarr Prabhu
MUMBAI, JAN 11, 2018: The Mumbai Provincial Federation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco in collaboration with the Kurla unit of Past Pupils organised a cancer awareness camp, conducted by the doctors of the Preventive Oncology department of Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, for staff and students of St. Joseph’s ITI – Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla on January 5.
The programme began with a welcome talk by Father Cyril de Souza, the Unit Delegate of the Kurla Past Pupils, during which he not only appreciated the generous services offered by the Preventive Oncology Department of Tata Memorial Hospital, but also encouraged the students to respond willingly to their offer.
The main items of the function began with an awareness talk by Doctor D Fernandes on the harmful effects of the use of tobacco in any of its various forms. Then, some specific facts about the consumption of tobacco, as also the warning signs of oral cancer were communicated to the participants.
The session was attended by around 400 students of St. Joseph’s ITI. Thereafter, a cancer screening camp was held by the doctors during which time over 350 students were screened for signs of cancer or pre-cancer.
A brief counseling session was held for those who were in the habit of smoking and of consuming tobacco. A follow up will be done by the Preventive Oncology department for some of the students. Since the camp was successful and very helpful to the students, St. Joseph’s ITI intends to organise the cancer awareness talk and the screening camp on an ongoing basis.
Monday, January 1, 2018
by Father Leon Rodrigues
UTTAN, JAN 1, 2017: Our Lady of the Sea Church, Uttan witnessed the priestly ordination of three young men, Salesian Father Velasli Bandya, Capuchin Father Baritan Nigrel and Jesuit Father Lloyd Sambrea on December 30.
Bishop Emeritus Edwin Colaco ordained them in the presence of over 100 priests, religious, brothers and sisters. The Bishop Emeritus, in his homily, said that he was presented with a very unique proposition as he had to ordain three candidates from different congregations.
Bishop Colaco said that our Lord Jesus Christ was a great teacher who would take a simple object from nature and use it to explain the workings of the kingdom of God. He put forth his point drawing upon an example of three daughters-in-laws who were newly married into a household.
Three of them had to fetch water in the morning for the day, he said, adding, how they fetched water was not important, as long as they completed the task.
The Bishop added that it was the same with the varied congregations in the Church. Each congregation is called to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord to the ends of the earth in their own unique way, he said, and therefore it was his pleasure to ordain these three young men from three different congregations.
The Bishop then spoke to the Ordinandi asking them to strengthen the five pillars that would help them in their priesthood. He told them to pray, adding that chastity could be moulded through prayer. He also called them to obedience and to uphold the Sacrament of the Church especially the sacred Body of Christ and finally he asked them to lead a life of sacrifice for the kingdom of God.
The melodious music added to the solemnity of the occasion as three young men were elevated to the altar of the Lord. The Sons of Our Lady of the Sea, Uttan are now Fishers of Men!
by Father Leon Rodrigues
VASAI, JAN 1, 2017: Saint Gonsalo Garcia Parish in Gaas, Vasai witnessed the Priestly Ordination of four young men who dedicated their lives to God on December 29, 2017.
The Salesian Father Renold Lemos and three other Capuchins Father Alfred Rodrigues, Father Glen Fernandes and Father Ashley D'monte were ordained in front of a packed assembly of 2500 parishioners by Retired Archbishop Felix Machado. The Ordination ceremony, animated by Father Allwyn Tuscano, started at 5pm with the singing led by Father Ramesh D'Souza.
Archbishop Machado in his homily preached on the Gospel of the day and stressed upon the importance of one's vocation. He called all the hundred priests con-celebrating at the occasion and the numerous religious gathered to remember the 'why' of their vocation.
Archbishop Machado reminded the Ordinandi that firstly they were professed religious and consecrated men of God and that they were called to fulfil the mission that God had entrusted to them just as the Blessed Mother did inspite of the various trials and tribulations that came her way. Numerous problems would come their way, the Archbishop stated, but he invited the Ordinandi to be steadfast in their vocation and calling.
The newly ordained priests were felicitated after the Holy Eucharist. The entire assembly was served refreshments after which the guests were escorted to a meal. The village of Gaas received their miracle: as their sons were elevated to the altar of the Lord to become another Christ, Alter Christus.