Friday 2 September 2016

Canonization of Mother Teresa

St. Mother Teresa 
Prayer for us 

Thursday 1 September 2016

New Letter September-October 2016

Archbishop’s Programme
1-3                          Visit to the Parishes          
4                              Gaya
7-8                          Barh
8              PM         Mass at Raja Bazar
14                           Feast Day Mass at Fairfield
18                           Mass at Patna City
19-28                     1976 Ordination batch mates’ Retreat at Goa
28-30                     Jaipur
4                              Patna
5                              Jubilee Mass at Fairfield
8                              Jubilee Mass at Sherpur
9-10                        Bettiah
16                           Bankipur Parish Day
23                           Chakaram Parish
24-31                     Ordination of Dn. Jayson SJ at       Mangalore

The months of July and August have been time of busy schedule with meetings, reporting and celebrations for the Archbishop. He made a friendly visit to all the parishes in the beginning of July, spent time with the priests, sisters, expressing his solidarity and gratitude to everyone who has been contributing to the mission of the Archdiocese. On 10th July, he blessed the newly built boys’ hostel at Bariarpur. He led a delegation of Catholic Council of Bihar for the Governing Body Meeting of Catholic Council of India, at Hyderabad form 25th to 31st July. On 4th August, he met Rev. Fr. Mariolino, the Provincial of Josephites of Murialdo. On 7th August, he left for Ranchi to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of Medical College. On 10th morning, he received the members of Caritas Switzerland. He made a flying visit to Mangalore to attend a jubilee celebration. He was in Mokama from 17 to 18th to speak to the Regional Secretaries of the Regional Commissions, and the Bishops. On 18th the Catholic Council of Bihar met the Archbishop, along with the other Bishops of the Region. On 21st, he left for Bettiah to celebrate thanksgiving Mass along with the Domincians for the existence of the Order of Preachers for last 800 years. On 22nd evening, the Provincial of FIHM met the Archbishop. On 25th he visited the Sacred Heart Brothers’ Community at Biharsharif, along with the Superior General, Very Rev. Bro. Victor Dass, SHJ. He also visited the flood affected areas in Bhakiyarpur, and Fatwa, and expressed his solidarity. He assured his support and encouraged the sisters, and priests.  On 27th he visited Maner, and Danapur. He offered the Holy Eucharist and celebrated the Mahila Diwas at St. Joseph’s Pro-Cathedral, Bankipure, encouraging the mothers to follow the footsteps of St. Monica. On 30th he was the chief guest for the Founder’s Day at Patna Women’s College.

Blessing of the Boys Hostel at Bariarpur Parish: The Archbishop William D’ Souza, S.J., blessed and inaugurated the newly constructed hostel for the boys at Barriarpur on 10th July, 2016.  Congratulations to Fr. Rakesh Roshan for his initiative and hard work to put up a beautiful hostel. Heartfelt thanks to all the benefactors for their generous contribution.
St. Xavier’s Colleges observed the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Patna: On Saturday, St. Xavier’s College and St. Xavier’s College of Management and Technology jointly celebrated the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the mystic, preacher and founder of the Society of Jesus. The ceremony began with the lighting of the sacred lamp and garlanding of the portrait of the revered saint by the chief guest Fr. Prem Prakash, the Vicar General, Archdiocese of Patna. Students of the college presented the life sketch of St. Ignatius of Loyola through a dance-drama which was much appreciated. While addressing the students, the chief guest said, “I wish to see a new heaven and new earth where everyone respects each other and where there is justice and peace in the society. You have to change for yourself and build a better society.” He added that if you choose life you are alive; if you choose death you are dead. He also spoke about the contribution of the Jesuits in Bihar in bringing dignity to human lives. On the occasion Father Dr. Sushil Bilung SJ, Father Dr. Rajkumar SJ and Dr. Anurag Ambastha were felicitated for being awarded Ph.D degrees recently. Guest of Honour Nutan Chaudhary, Team Leader of Cambridge English Language Assessment handed certificates to students for their performance in extracurricular activities.

De-addiction Ministry: A De-addiction workshop was organized at Navjyoti Niketan, Patna from the 14th July to 17th July 2016 noon. There were 39 participants from Barh, Bakhtiarpur, Buxar, Patna, Bettiah, Ratanpurwa, Maner and Hajipur. Topics that were taken up were Addiction, Withdrawal Symptoms, Relapse, and Denial, effects of Alcohol on the Body, Counseling, Self Help Groups- Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Al-Ateen. The participants went through the sessions with eagerness and interest and were highly motivated to help addicts in their area.

Camp for the Youth: This year the Bihar state AICUF team held a summer camp in Chakaram youth centre, Patna from 24th June -27th June 2016 on the theme “LET US BE A BETTER ME FOR A BETTER TOMORROW”. The camp was held under the guidance of State Advisor Fr. Asit Lakra, This Camp was a three days workshop for college students on personality development, life coping skills and leadership. Students from Patna, Barh, Jamalpur, Gaya, Basauni, Roh and Nawada actively took part in this camp. There were around 70 participants including the state core team who attended the camp. Fr.Prem Prakash, the Vicar General of Patna Archdiocese was the main the celebrant for inaugural Mass. Resource persons for the camp were Fr. Sabu Devis, Mr. Surendra, Fr. James Andrew SJ, Fr. Gregory Gomes, SJ, Mr. Alfred, Mr. Tarun Simon and Mr. Chandan. Special invitees were Fr. T. Nishant SJ, the principal of St. Xavier’s college of Mgmt & Tech., Patna, Fr .Joseph Thadavanal SJ, Rector of St. Xavier’s college, Dr. Sr. Marie Jessie AC, Principal of Patna women’s college and Dr. Sr. Celine AC. On the last day Archbishop William D’souza SJ, was the Guest of honor for the Cultural Programme.

Flood in Bihar: Due to the release of water from Indrapuri Barrage and other rivers merging into Ganga River, made Ganga’s water to flow above the danger level.  Besides, a huge volume of water has been released from Bansagar dam and few rains it is expected that water level, which has reduced, may once again rise. As per the news, at least 37 persons have been killed while 31.33 lakh people affected in the Bihar floods with many areas, specially the riverine belt of 12 districts badly reeling under water in the state. As per the Disaster Management Department statement, the floods caused by a spate in rivers Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghara and Kosi have affected 31.33 lakh people in 1,934 villages in 12 districts of the state.

The church campus of Bakhtiarpur, Bariarpur, Fatuah were under flood water and the ground floor at SCN convent at Bakhtiarpur was flooded. The Sisters had to shift all their belongings and the dispensary to the first floor. Archbishop William D’souza, S.J., visited these places and has directed Fr. Amal Raj, the Director of Sewa Kendra, Patna to help them with necessary requirements. The Samachar made an urgent appeal to all the members of the hierarchy and the leadership to encourage the community of faithful, institutions and people of goodwill to generously contribute to this humanitarian call and express their solidarity and support in time of need. Keeping in mind the urgency of the need, you may send your contribution to ‘Sewa Kendra’, A/C no. 18950100001625 (UCO bank, Digha Ghat, Patna).   
 Your Attention Please:
Patna Deanery: In preparation for the Vianny day celebrations, there was a day of recollection in Patna deanery conduced at Archbishops house on July 23, 2016. All the pastors and diocesan clergy of Patna met together at Archbishop’s house for a short meeting to decide on how to celebrate the sainthood of Mother Theresa and how to conclude the Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese. It was decided that we could have a Thanks giving Mass in every parish of Patna Deanery on September 11, 2016. In preparation for the same we could have a talk, adoration and confessions on the previous day. All the schools could hold the assembly at least for a week on the life of Mother Theresa. It may be good to screen a film on the Mother to the school children as well as to the parishioners. There could be a family gathering with a seminar on the Year of Mercy in each deanery. This year the theme for the Crus Veer rally, youth convention and Mahila Sangh convention could also be the Year of Mercy. We will have a grant conclusion on 20th Nov, 2016 by a Eucharist procession from KHFH to Kurji Parish.

Gaya Deanery: For Gaya Deanery a day of Recollection was held on 18th august, 2016 in which 42 priests and religious participated. Soon after the recollection they had a meeting to discuss how meaning fully we could celebrate the Sainthood of Mother Teresa.  Gaya deanery has decided to celebrate the Sainthood of Mother Teresa at Deanery level on 4th September, 2016 at Gaya Parish. Archbishop William D’ Souza, S.J., will be the main celebrant to preside over the Mass on the occasion.   
Magadh Deanery:  A day of recollection was held on 25th August, in which Rev. Fr. Jose Edavazhy gave the talk on the prophetic life of Elijah.  11 Priests participated. It was decided that on 26th Nov, the Sainthood of Mother Teresa will be celebrated at Deanery level at St. Joseph’s Church, Nawada. Every parish of Magadh deanery will prepare and present items like tableau or skit or song or dance or dance drama on the theme of Year of Divine Mercy and life of St. Teresa of Kolkata.

New Team of Vocation Commission and Vocation Promoters: On 17th July, 2016 Vocation Commission meeting was held at St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Chakaram. During the meeting new members for the vocation Commission and vocation promoters have been appointed. New members for Vocation Commission are Archbishop William D’souza,S.J., Fr. Prem Prakash (V.G.), Fr. Jose Chirakal (Rector of St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Chakaram), Fr. Peter Ladis and Fr. Dinesh Kumar. New Vocation promoters are Fr. Prem Prakash (V.G.), Fr. Jose Chirackal Fr. Peter Ladis, Fr. Jerome Dungdung, Fr. Asit Lakra, Fr. Bhagyaraj and Fr. Dinesh Kumar.

Girl Child Day: On the occasion of commemorating the birthday of Mother Mary, the CBCI Council for Women invites to celebrate the Girl Child Day on 8th September, 2016. It is celebrated to raise awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society.  On this girl child day, let us pray and make plans to promote the acceptance of girl children as a gift of God and ensure that every girl child is respected and valued in the family and society.

Family Commission: on 4th and 5th November, 2016 the Family Commission of Patna Archdiocese is arranging a 2 days programme to celebrate the “Year of Mercy” with the selected families of each Parish at Jyoti Bhawan, Mokama. Parish Priests of each Parish are requested to send only five families from their respective parishes. Presence of the Parish Priest along with the families of the parish will be more appreciated. Please contact Fr. Jose Edavazy, the family Commission In-charge of the Archdiocese for the details.    

Crus vir Rally: “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belong the kingdom of God” (Matt: 19:14). This year the rally will begin on 29th October (P.M) to 1st November 2016, which will be held in Mokama. The programme will end by lunch on the last day. The theme for the rally is “God’s merciful love”. Please prepare the children for the programme and send as many as possible for the same.
Junior Priests Recollection (under 10): Monthly recollection for the junior clergy is scheduled to be held on 30th Sept. and 1st October, 2016 at Mokama Parish. Recollection will begin at 6pm on 30th Sep.

Junior Clergy Annual Retreat: Annual retreat for the junior Clergy of Patna Archdiocese is scheduled to be held in Velankanni, Tamilnadu from 14th- 18th November, 2016. Please book your tickets according to your convenience and inform Fr. Vicar General. Fr. Peter Ladis will accompany them.

Monthly Recollection and Annual Retreat for the Regents: Monthly recollection is scheduled to be held on 7-8 October, 2016 at Muzafferpur and Annual Retreat from 6th- 12th November, 2016 at Allahabad.

Dakharas (Mass Wine): There was some uncertainty regarding the Mass Wine since the ban on liquor in Bihar. The term Mass Wine is misleading and so the license to make Mass Wine has been cancelled by the authorities. All the same, we are told by the authorities that we could continue to use the term “Dakhras” for Holy Mass. As of now we do not have to get panic about the use of Dakhras in our parishes and Mass Centers.

Our Contribution for the needs of Church in the Holy Land, one among the 7 Universal Collections was appreciated by the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, the  Samachar quotes the letter of Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, the Prefect for the above mentioned Congregation, “Most heartily do I thank you, together with your priests, men, and women religious, ecclesial institutions and all the faithful, for having contributed so generously to the sustenance of the Christian community living in the places of our Redemption. This precious gesture will help to maintain a living Christian presence amid difficult circumstances. By strengthening the various pastoral, social, educative, health and welfare initiatives, the love of God will be able to shine in the Holy Places, especially upon most in need”. In the year of 2015, the Archdiocese of Patna has contributed `60,465.00.

Contribution Received for Bp. Hartmann’s Scholarship Fund:
Kurji Holy Family Hospital                               10,000.00
Nazareth Convent, Patna                                   10,000.00
CFMSS, Kankarbagh                                           1,000.00

Corrected: CBSE Class X Result of Crene Memorial School, Gaya: Appeared -240, 10-CGPA-52, First Div.-189.


Sr. Sara S.A., has been appointed as Principal of Loyola High School, Harnaut.

Fr. Michael Ignatius has been appointed to head the commission for Bible and Catechetic. He will coordinate the Bible Festival and Logos Quiz in the Archdiocese.

Fr. Alex, V., has been appointed to head the Sacred Liturgy Commission.

Please prayer for the departed soul of Mr. Iype Olikathotty, father of Fr. Thomas Olikathotty and Fr. Jacob Olikathotty, S.J., who expired on 10th August2016, due to an old age. He was 90 years old. 

Happy Birthday

Fr. Robert Kumar                10.09.1968
Fr. Jacob Muthuplackal     11.09.1944
Fr. James George                 11.09.1960
Fr. Xavier Varghese             17.09.1930
Fr. James Shekhar               23.09.1967

Fr. Joseph Mattathilani      02.10.1938
Fr. Gyan Prakash                 05.10.1973
Fr. Joseph Bara                    08.10.1952
Fr. Christu Raj                  10.10.1955
Fr. Oscar Beck                      10.10.1962
Fr. P. Bhaskar                       12.10.1968
Fr. Asit Lakra                       18.10.1981
Fr. Satya Prakash                   21.10.1976
Fr. Mariamlal                       29.10.1980

Beautiful Story for Reflection: One day a person met the great Chanakya and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend? “Hold on a minute,” Chanakya replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. “It’s called the, “Triple Filter Test.”  “Triple Filter?” “That’s right,” Chanakya continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is TRUTH. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true? “No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and….” “All right,” said Chanakya. “So you don’t know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good? “No,” on the contrary…” “So,” Chanakya continued, “You want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test through, because there’s one filter left, the filter of USEFULNESS. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me? “No, not really.” “Well,” concluded Chanakya, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all? 

Appeal for generous Contribution for Flood Victims

 "If one member suffers, all suffer together" (1 Cor 12,26).

Dear Fathers/Brothers/Sisters,

SUBJECT: Appeal for solidarity and contribution to help the flood affected population in Patna, Maner, Bakhtiarpur and Bariarpur Parishes under Patna Archdioceses.

We, the Catholic Church in Bihar express our deep concern and solidarity with the flood affected people of Bihar and offer our prayers and condolences to all those who lost their lives, livestock and property.

The flood happened due to release of water from Indrapuri Barrage and other rivers merging into Ganga River. Besides, a huge volume of water has been released from Bansagar dam and it is expected that water level, which has reduced, may once again rise.

As per the news, at least 120 persons have been killed while 23.71 lakh people affected in the Bihar floods with many areas, specially the riverine belt of 12 districts badly reeling under water in the state. As per the Disaster Management Department statement, the floods caused by a spate in rivers Ganga, Sone, Punpun, Burhi Gandak, Ghaghara and Kosi have affected 23.71 lakh people in 1115 villages under 362 Panchayats in 12 districts of the state.

As the reports coming in, Patna and Munger are the worst affected districts. Patna District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agarwal has stated that a total of 1.55 lakh people have been evacuated so far in Patna district, and 179 relief camps were being run in the flood-hit areas, giving shelter to 1,07,000 people even as 160 medical teams were providing services. However, as the reports published in today’s newspaper, the flood situation is grim and lakhs of population are still not getting any help from Govt.

Based on initial need assessment by our church organizations besides other humanitarian agencies, there is huge need emerging and there is a huge gap in Food materials, blankets, sanitary kits, medicines to the affected population. We need to respond to the need of the suffering people by extending our support and reach out to the marooned brother and sisters in the flooded area of in Maner, Patna, Bakhtiarpur and Bariarpur Parishes.

On behalf of the Catholic Church in Bihar, I make an urgent appeal to all the members of the hierarchy and the leadership to encourage the community of faithful, institutions and people of goodwill to generously contribute to this humanitarian call and express our solidarity and support in time of need.
  Keeping in mind the urgency of the need, you may send your contribution to ‘Sewa Kendra’, A/C no. 18950100001625 (UCO bank, Digha Ghat, Patna).

May I invoke the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ on all of us.

Yours lovingly in the Service of the Lord,

†William D’ Souza S.J                                                                         Fr. Amal Raj S.
Archbishop of Patna                                                                            Director