‘SOUL’ful morcha stirs BMC

‘SOUL’ful morcha stirs BMC

Monday, January 21, 2013
By Prashant Hamine and Philip Varghese
Afternoon Despatch & courier

SOUL Morcha PIC.

The 8,000 odd strong morcha under the banner of Save Our Lands (SOUL) to P/North ward office, protesting against the acquisition of church lands of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani and Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali, stirred the soul out of the BMC administration. While the morcha was at the BMC ward office, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte, along with administration staff, was visiting the sites at Malwani and Kandivali.

It may be recalled that a month ago, former police commissioner Julio Rebeiro and a SOUL team had met with Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte and discussed withdrawing notices of acquisition served to the churches and allotting land for the cemetery on the Eastern side of the Western Suburbs.

Speaking to the ADC, SOUL spokesperson Dolphy D’Souza stated that their agitation will continue till the BMC addresses their demands for a cemetery along the Western Express Highway near Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon (East). The community has no cemetery on the eastern side of the highway between Khar to Dahisar.

SOUL had met the municipal commissioner on December 20 last year, along with former police commissioner Julio Rebeiro and apprised him about the problems.

In the memorandum submitted to the Assistant Municipal Commissioner, P/North ward office, SOUL has demanded permanent withdrawal of land acquisition notices to St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani, St. Josephs High School Ground, Kandivali, Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivali and allotment of land for cemetery on the eastern side of the western suburbs.

He stated that the administration sent land acquisition notices to the Malwani and Kandivali church on the pretext of road widening and nallah widening. D’Souza added that the Christian community was not against development, but against the callous manner in which the administration was going about acquiring land. With regard to the St. Anthony’s Church, the church willingly had parted away with sizeable part of the land for road widening. While in the matter of Our Lady of Assumption Church. the land was given for widening of the nallah.

D’Souza added that St. Anthony’s Church, which is more than 400 years old, has already been granted a Grade II status. While in the case of widening of the nallah in Kandivali, the MMRDA and the survey conducted by Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) had in their report recommended deepening of the Poisar River, rather than widening of the river beyond 36 meters.  He said that there are schools, play grounds and church properties at both the places, which are well within the compound walls. He pointed out that even the INS HAMLA had objected to the civic administration trying to develop the area close to the defense establishment at Malwani. D’Souza demanded that the administration immediately implement its plan for the proposed cemetery at Akurli village, Wadar Pada in Kandivali.

Among the members of the delegation were: Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest, St. Anthony’s Church, Fr. Gerald Fernandes, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Assumption Church, Fr. Daniel Fernandes, Asst. Parish Priest, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Fr. Savio, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Forsaken, Fr. Allwyn Misquitta, Asst.

Parish Priest, St. John  Bosco Church,Borivli, Sr. Gertie, Yucca Gomes, Vice-President St. Anthony Church Parish Council. The SOUL team consisted of  Stanley Fernandez, Greg Pereira, Bernadine D’costa, Prashanth Pereira, Lennon Miranda, Alex Dmello, Godfrey Pimenta, President –Sahar Citizens Forum, Nicholas Almeida- President- St. John Baptist Church Save Committee,  Rashid Azim, President of the All India Milli Council, Mumbai, Activists Anil Joseph, Daphne Warapen  and Dolphy D’souza, Spokesperson, SOUL Team.

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VM: 005/2013
21st, January, 2013
Hello Friends,
We are sure, you all remember, the unethical transfer of Fr. Leslie D’cunah, because he tried to uphold the CANON LAW. SILENT VOICE is pursuing this matter, on behalf of Parishioners. It is obvious from various letters to H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, explaining the anomalies in Fr. Lesli’s Transfer and allowing Daily celebration of Eucharist, at Everard Nagar, the place where the Rich and Mighty dwell.
VM: 021/2012, : How to Manipulate the TRUTH?????? LEARN FROM OUR CLERGY
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The Church authorities, as usual, are adamant and continue to persist with their decision to allow daily as well as Sunday mass (Saturday Evening), at a residential colony of Elites.
 We do not claim to be experts in Canon Law; but extracts incorporated in the attached letter to H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias clearly indicates, it is against CANON LAW, to celebrate Eucharist at the place other than Church, unless there is dire necessity to do so. Archbishop is yet to respond to this letter.
The Parishioners of OL of Good Counsel met H. E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, on 11th, of January and returned with assurance that he will discuss the issue with Bishops.
MONEY MAKES THE MARE GO. Does this Proverb Suitably apply to Archdiocese of Bombay?
           Voice  OF A SILENT MAJORITY
Constuted UnderPara 29 of Christifideles Laici
(Post Synodal ApostolicExhortation ofH. H.Late Pope John Paul II)
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To,                                                                                                    7th, January, 2013;
Most Rev. Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay
Sub:  Matters related to OL of Good Counsel Church, Sion.
Your Eminence,
At the onset please accept our Greetings for the NEW YEAR. May our LORD JESUS CHRIST keep you in good health to tend to your flock and lead them spiritually.
Further to our letter of 29th October, 2012; related to subject matter, we regret to state that in spite of bringing to your notice, the conditional permission, by H. E. Cardinal Simon Pimenta, for a particular period which had expired before you could renew it. Unfortunately, our notice has been ignored, we perceive; because Eucharistic celebrations are still continued at Everard Nagar Colony.
Your Eminence, We are not against Eucharistic Celebrations, anywhere. However, this matter has created a division among the parishioners. The essence of unity which the Eucharistic celebration is meant to bring in has been lost. This effort of ours is to reunite the Divided Parish, which is the handiwork of vested interests within Parish Administration, both Clergy as well as Laity.
Your Eminence, we are not questioning your Expertise in Canon Law; but just to highlight the mischief of your advisers on this issue, reproducing related code of Canon Law.
Can. 897 The most August sacrament is the Most Holy Eucharist in which Christ the Lord himself is contained, offered, and received and by which the Church continually lives and grows. The eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated through the ages is the summit and source of all worship and Christian life, which signifies and effects the unity of the People of God and brings about the building up of the body of Christ. Indeed, the other sacraments and all the ecclesiastical works of the apostolate are closely connected with the Most Holy Eucharist and ordered to it.

The following Para is copied from Catholic exchange write up, captioned,Does Mass Have to be Said in a Church? This has helped us understand the law, and come to conclusion that permitting Eucharistic Celebrations on Daily Basis at Everard Nagar, is Violation of Codeof Canon Law.




Canon 932.1 states that the Eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place, unless a particular necessity requires otherwise, in which case it is to be held in another, suitable place. The most obvious “sacred place” is of course a church building; but this term also applies to chapels (called “oratories” in the code) that have been established as such by the diocesan bishop (cf. cc. 1223 and 1229). Such chapels are routinely found on college campuses, in hospitals, and in some countries even in airports and train stations.


Your Eminence, We humbly request you, in the interest of Unity amongst the parishioners, to review and revoke your Decree of 8th August, 2012; Permitting Celebration of Eucharist at Everard Nagar, on Daily Basis.


Yours always, in Our LORD JESUS CHRIST,








Copy to:   The Parishioners of OLGC, Sion; C/O Dulcine Furtado; Vice President of PPC.

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