Monday 4 January 2016

News Letter                 January-February-2016                                    

Transfer and appointment                 From                                       To
Fr. Sabu Davis                         Youth Director             For Renewal and sabbatical
Fr. Asit Lakra                           Asst. Youth Director                Youth Director

Archbishop’s Programme:
January 2016
9-10     Shapur Parish
11        Jehanabad
12-13   Hindi Principal& Secretary Meeting
    PM   KHFH
17        Holy Door at Mokama
23        Goveas Jubilee, Jahanabad
24        Muzaffarpur
30        C.J’s First Vows
31        Gaya

3-4       Ranchi
5          FVTRS
6          Fatwa
7          Mokama Feast
10        Ash Wednesday
12        Education Council
13-14   Barbigha
17-18   Hindi Regional Bishops’ Meeting
19        Barh
20        Nawada
21        Hilsa

Meeting with the Major Superiors of Patna Archdiocese: Archbishop William D’Souza SJ had a meeting with Major Superiors/ their representatives of the Religious Congregations serving the Archdiocese at 6:00 pm on 23 November 2015 at Sewa Kendra, Patna. On invitation Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara of Nagpur was also present for the meeting. Archbishop Abraham shared the developments with regard to the proposed medical college in Ranchi. Later Archbishop William shared the happening, concerns of the Archdiocese and requested their cooperation and support for the programs being planned for the coming year. He talked about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Mokama Shrine Development, and 150th Death Anniversary of Bishop Hartmann OFM.
CCI Convention at Patna:  On 24th November, 48 representatives, two lay people from every deanery of all six dioceses in Bihar along with the Regional Commission Secretaries, the Bishops of Bihar came together under the banner of Catholic Council of India. The convention began at 8:30 a.m. at Navjyoti Niketan with reading of a passage from the Bible, a short prayer and a Bhajan. Archbishop William D’Souza SJ, Bishop Sebastian (Buxar) Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara (Nagpur) Fr. Aloysius Ephrem Raju, the Secretary of CCI and the Secretaries of the different commissions of BRBC were present for the convention. Fr. Raju and Mr. Lawrence enlightened the house on the role and functions of the CCI. After the reporting session Bishop Sebastian asked the participants that we need to have a unit of CCI in our region. Names were suggested accordingly Bihar Regional Catholic Council (BRCC) was constituted with the following members:
            President                                              :Most Rev. William D’Souza SJ
Chairman                                             :Most Rev. Sebastian Kallupura (Buxar)
Secretary                                              :Mr. Paschal Peter Osta (Patna) 
Joint Secretary                                     :Fr. James Shekhar (Patna)
Vice Presidents                                      :Ms. Usha Marandi (Bhagalpur)
                                                                        :Mr. Sammi Abraham (Bettiah)
Treasurer                                             :Dr. Victor Alphonse (Patna)
Bishop Sebastian suggested that we need to make our own statutes according to the nature and need of our region.
Golden Jubilee of Archbishop William: The Patna Archdiocese celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Archbishop William D’souza, S.J., with joy and gladness.  The archdiocesan priests decided to celebrate the Jubilee on 26th November at 6.00 PM at St. Joseph’s Pro-cathedral.  Under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Prem Prakash, the Vicar General a committee did the preparation for the celebration. The religious working in the Archdiocese were invited. The Bishops of Bihar Region Most Rev. Kurien, Most  Rev.
Sebastian, Most Rev. Cajetan, Most Rev. Angelus and Very Rev. Fr. Lawrence Paschal added the extra flavor to the celebration.  The regional secretaries of different commission in Bihar Region were present for the Jubilee.

The guests and the Jubiliarion were welcomed by the Band from St. Joseph’s Girls’ School, Barh. The procession for the Jubilee Mass was led by the nurses of Tripolia Hospital. Fr. Kuldeep led the choir. Fr. Jerome was in-charge of the Liturgy. Very Rev. Fr. Prem Prakash welcomed and introduced the liturgy. Very Rev. Fr. Jose Vadaserry the Provincial of Patna Province read the letter of the General. Fr. James George preached the homily and appreciated the Archbishop for his heart for the people. Fr. Devasia Mattathilani read the Papal Blessing. The band led everyone to St. Joseph's Hindi Medium for the dinner. Once again Congratulation dear Archbishop! Thank you for leading us from front as shepherd.

Jubilee Year of Mercy:  During the Holy Eucharistic Celebration, on the Feast of Immaculate Conception, the Archbishop hoisted the flag and inaugurated the Jubilee year of Mercy. The Archbishop emphasized the importance of the Jubilee Year and the reasons for it. He said that Pope Francis formally announced on 11 April, 2015, the Vigil of the Sunday of Divine Mercy, “Holy Year of Mercy” to begin on 8th  December 2015. This Holy Year is to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th Anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone. The Holy Year will conclude on November 20, 2016, on the Feast of Christ the King.  The Archbishop mentioned three important aspects for the celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy namely Mercy, Compassion and Love. He announced that St. Joseph's Pro-cathedral will have an adoration chapel and he encouraged the faithful to take time and to be with the Lord. The Samachar invites every visitor to Archbishop’s House to make a short visit to the Blessed Sacrament exposed for the public from sunrise to sunset, at the Adoration Chapel.
Holy Door Opened: Archbishop William D’souza S.J, opened the Holy Door at St. Joseph’s Pro-cathedral on 13th December 2015, along with the universal church, as Holy Father Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the Cathedral of Rome, St. John’s Lateran. On Sunday, the fog and biting cold could not diminish the cheers and gladness of the faithful as they gathered at St. Joseph’s ground for the spiritual celebration. The Archbishop in his introduction explained the procedure and the significance of the liturgy. Quoting from Misericordiae Vultus Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, by the Holy Father, he said that the Holy Door signified our entry into the church with the renewal and trust. Fr. Peter Ladis proclaimed the Gospel, and Bro. Dharam Kishore read the extract from Hindi Version of the Misericordiae Vultus. The Procession was led by the Archbishop, and the priests followed by the faithful. The choir sang meaningful hymns to lead the procession. On the arrival at the entrance of the Pro-cathedral, the Archbishop invoked the grace of God and to shower His Mercy to all who enter the Door. He carried the Bible, as he first entered the Church followed by others. In his homily, he exhorted the faithful to read the Bull of Indiction and practice the teaching of the Holy Father through the works of mercy. He explained the meaning of the Holy Door, in which the History of Salvation and Sacraments are depicted.
Congratulations to Deacon Dharam Kishor who received the order of Deaconate on 14th December, 2015, by Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J. at the Pro-Cathedral, Bankipur, Patna. He is appointed at Bariarpur Parish to do his deaconate ministry under the guidance of Fr. Rakesh.  
Creane Memorial School, Gaya: Sixty Seventh death anniversary of Fr. James Creane, S.J., was celebrated on 28th November, 2015. The day began with prayer at Fr. Creane’s tomb. Evening programme was dedicated to parents and highlight of the evening was the “Continental Show” which had selected dances from seven continents. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J. graced the occasion as chief guest and Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, S.P. of Gaya as the guest of honour.    
St. John’s Academy, Kankarbagh: St. John Utsav was celebrated on 5th December,2015 in St. John’s Academy. Kankarbagh. The Chief Guest was Most Rev. William D’Souza,S.J., the Archbishop of Patna. Utsav began at 2.30 pm. Archbishop gave away the best student award for the academic year2005-16. He delivered an inspiring speech in which he emphasized the importance of the role of the parents in the growth of the students. St. John’s family was happy to honour Archbishop with a memento on the occasion of his golden Jubilee.
St. Joseph’s Convent School, Barh:  Parents day was celebrated with happiness and excitement in the campus of St. Joseph’s Convent School, barh on 12th December, 2015. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J., was the chief guest of the celebration. The day was marked by incredible display of the talents by the students. The charisma of the function was a skit, “Empowerment of Women” which challenged every audience present over there to contemplate about the obligation to educate the girl children. In his address to the parents the Archbishop appealed that they must spend more time with their children so that they may get proper directions from them. During the function the best students were awarded by the chief guest for their academic excellence.
St. Joseph’s School, Jamalpur: On 11 December, 2015, St. Joseph’s school, Jamalpur celebrated Parent’s Day in the school campus. Fr. Joseph Raj, the Director of Education Council was the chief guest. Children presented varieties of cultural programmme on this auspicious day. Fr. Joseph Raj spoke about the responsibilities of parents concerning children. Congratulations to Fr. Nandu Kumar, the secretary of the school, Sr. Prabha, SND, the headmistress and all the teaching staff. 
St. Mary’s School, Masaurhi: On 28th November, 2015, school sports day was celebrated in the campus of St. Mary’s School, Masaurhi. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J., was the chief guest for the function. Archbishop appreciated the girls for taking lead in all the activities. On the same day Mr. Chandrashekar Singh, SDM inaugurated the newly constructed 17 class Rooms while the Archbishop William D’Souza, Frs. Joseph Raj and Philip soosai blessed the new class rooms. Archbishop congratulated Fr. Sebastian, the principal and Fr. Augustine Mundoli, the secretary of the school for a massive construction of 17 class rooms within a short period only with  local resources.
St. Xavier’s School, Sikandra has added one more leaf of joy to the calendar of 2015 with a great success of school annual day on 2nd December, 2015. The Chief Guest was Most Rev. William D’ Souza, Archbishop of Patna. The guest of honour was Mr. Srija (District Educational Officer) and the program was witnessed by many secular and religious priests and religious sisters and friends. The students surprised the audience with their wonderful performance. It was the hard work put together by the students, the staff and the principal along with their secretary. Congratulations to all.
First Holy Communion for 47 Children at Bihar Sharif Parish: The Vicar General Fr. Prem Prakash celebrated the solemn Holy Eucharist on 13th December, 2015 at Sacred Heart Church, Bihar Sharif, giving first Holy Communion to 47 children. Class IX and X girls lead the communicants with an entrance dance. The Mahila Sangh welcomed the main celebrant with mala and arti. The Crus veer children led the choir under the guidance of Sr. Jemma, SRA. There was a long offertory procession by the parents of the first communicants with fruits, flowers and rice etc. Fr. Prem in his homily inspired the communicants and the faithful to experience Jesus through the sacrament of Holy Communion and live a spiritual life fitting to be “Another Christ” in their life. Soon after the Mass Fr. Vicar General distributed certificate to the first communicants. There was agape for the parents and communicants. Congratulations to Fr. James Rosario, the Parish Priest and all SRA Sisters for preparing those children to receive Jesus in their hearts.
St. Mary’s Church, A.G. Colony, Rajabazar: On 20th December, 2015 the faithful of A.G. Colony, Rajabazar celebrated Parish Day. Fr. Prem, the Vicar General was the main celebrant. Frs. Devasia Chirayil, and Jose Muthuplackal, the Priest In-Charge concelebrated. During the Eucharistic celebration 4 children received First Holy Communion.   
Celebration of Opening the Holy Door of Divine Mercy and Golden Jubilee of Archbishop at Kurji Parish: December 20, 2015, Parishioners of Kurji Parish had the opportunity to celebrate the opening of the Holy Door of Divine Mercy as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Divine Mercy. The Parishioners twined the same with the Golden Jubilee of Archbishop William D' Souza, S. J.  The faithful gathered before the stage of Hartmann Girls' High School, before the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist began with an introduction of both the events by Mr. Gabriel John, Secretary of Parish Council. After the opening prayer, all proceeded to the main entrance of the Church. Archbishop said the prayers and opened the Holy Door for all. In his homily the Archbishop exhorted the people to become merciful in word and action, as the Father. He pointed to the human suffering all over the world due to natural and human made calamities and urged all to respond to such situations with an open and generous heart. After the Mass everyone was given tea and refreshments.
Junior Clergy Get together: The junior clergy of the Archdiocese gathered at Sewa Kendra for two days’ Group Dynamics and Group Therapy between 3rd and 4th of December 2015. Fr. Peter Ladis took some time out of his legal ministry to be with them and guided them in the Group Dynamics. All the twelve participants did have a good experience of Group Therapy guided by Sr. Monica HC. Thanks to Fr. Prem Prakash, the Vicar General for taking initiative to bring all the Junior Clergy of the Archdiocese together for such wonderful ongoing formation of the priests.
National Eucharistic Congress: Six delegates from Patna Archdiocese participated in the National Eucharist Congress, held in the Pius X Seminary, Goregoan, Mumbai, from 12th to 15 November, 2015. The theme of the NEC was “The Eucharist: Nourished by Christ, to Nourish Others.” The Eucharistic Congress commemorated 50 years of Blessed Pope Paul VI’s visit to India, on 2-5 Dec. 1964, to celebrate the 38th International Eucharistic Congress in Mumbai, then Bombay.  The main focus was to promote the awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church.   
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Shrine Feast, Mokama: Mother of Divine Grace feast will be celebrated on 7th February, 2016, at Mokama Parish. Archbishop William D’Souza, S.J., will be the main celebrant on the occasion. Prior to that Novena will be conducted by different Parishes for the faithful.
Deanery level Recollection for Priests is scheduled to be held on 13th February, 2016. It is up to each dean to fix the place, time and a Priest to guide the recollection.
Annual Statistical Data: Format for the annual statistical data is circulated to each Parish. You are supposed to provide the statistical data of 2015. Make it sure that it reaches Fr. Vicar General by 31st January, 2016.  
All the Principals and Secretaries of the Archdiocesan Hindi Medium Schools of the Patna Archdiocese are invited to attend the meeting on 12th January, 2015 to 13th January, 2015 at Sewa Kendra, Patna.
The Annual Examination in Catechism will be held for the Catholic Students in Schools and Parishes on 20th February, 2016. The Principals and Parish Priests are requested to order the number of question papers needed to the office of the Council of Education latest by 20th January, 2016. Office Clerk mob no. 7561998903.
Annual Examination for English Subject will take place from 7th March. All the principals of Hindi medium schools should compulsorily follow the questions given by the Council of Education. Hence, you are requested to order the number of question papers needed to the office of the Council of Education latest by 20th January, 2016.
Secretaries of all the Archdiocesan Schools are requested to be ready with School Budget - 2016-17 after the consultation with the principals and approved by the School Managing Committee latest by 15th January, 2016. The Budget team will visit your place from 15th January, 2016.
Budget Meeting for the year 2016-17 will be held on 12th February, 2016. All the members of the Patna Archdiocesan Council of Education (PACE) are requested to free youself for the whole day session.
Training Ptogramme Under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana at Sewa Kenrda, Kurji Patna: A training programme, named Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana(DDUGKY) supported by ministry of Rural development, Government of India is presently going on at Sawa Kendra, Kurji, Patna under the aegis of Coffee Day Global Ltd, Patna, as implementing agency. The scheme focuses on enhancing skill of rural youth (both male and female) for wage employment. The inclusive programme is designed to cover socially disadvantaged groups (SC/ST 50 Per., Minority 15 Per., and Women 33 Per.) 
Fr. Jose Mattathilani and Fr. Deepak D' Mello, S. J., were taken to Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi for treatment on December 09, 2015. Frs. Devasia Mattathilani and Johnson Kelakath, S. J. accompanied them. Fr. Jose underwent an open heart surgery for three bypasses on 11th and has been discharged from the hospital on 17th. In the meantime Fr. Deepak was asked to undergo some more tests to ascertain the condition of his heart before it could be decided what sort of treatment he might need. Besides the heart problem he was suffering from Urinary Track Infection (UTI). He was asked to wait till this problem is normalized for any further treatment of his heart. All the same Fr. Johnson was expected to meet the doctor with all the reports of Fr. Deepak on 14th and make a decision as to what needs to be done once the UTI is settled. Hence he went to stay in St. Xavier's community. That night Fr. Deepak had meals and recreation with the community and went to bed. As he developed breathing difficulty he sought the help of Fr. Johnson who in turn called Fr. Jose Philip, the rector and rushed him to Sant Paramanda Hospital. But the plan of God for Deepak was something different. He was called to his eternal reward at 11 o'clock in the night of 13th. The mortal remains of Fr. Deepak was brought to Patna and laid to rest in the cemetery at XTTI on December 16, 2015. On the same day Sr. Alphonsa, SSH (85) was also laid to rest at Kurji Parish cemetery. Both of them worked together in Barbigha. Archdiocese will always remember the great contributions made by Fr. Deepak and Sr. Alphonsa. May their souls rest in peace.