LONE CRUSADER OF ST. BLAISE CHURCH, AMBOLI: PART II

It has been observed a spurt of activity in the post VM: 026/2012 : LONE CRUSADER OF ST. BLAISE CHURCH, AMBOLI;  which was being tracked by readers, in large numbers. We therefore, have decided to bring in Part Two for the benefit of the readers……

GREG

St. Blaise Church, Amboli.

 

 

Shri. Vincent Monteiro. MA, MBA (EM).

37, Gaothan Lane no.1, Opp. Andheri PO. Mumbai 400 058.

Dated: Oct. 23rd. 2012.

WITHOUT PREJUDICE

To, ; Fr. Franklyn Mathias,Trustee/Parish Priest, St. Blaise Church, Amboli, Andheri West, Mumbai : 400 058.

Ref: PLANS TO RENOVATE CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CHURCH GRAVE YARD AS PER CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENT OF OCTOBER 20/21, 2012 AT ALL MASSES.

Respected Fr. Franklyn,

As per Indian Trust Act of 1882, the undersigned by law is one of the beneficiaries of St. Blaise Church Trust; my family has a permanent grave no. in the said trust property.

Before you decide upon undertaking the so called RENOVATION OF THE GRAVES, would you be kind enough to explain officially

a) The various queries relating to Church Graveyard which has put the beneficiaries/parishioners in distress and inconvenience from the time you have been appointed as the Trustee/Parish Priest of St. Blaise Church Trust. I call upon you u/s 18, 19 and 57 of the Indian Trust Act 1882 to explain the same officially.

b) Details of the intended modification to be carried out to all parishioners by requisitioning a general meeting and getting their consensus and approval prior to undertaking any work in the Church/ Grave yard instead of spending Church monies on the wishful thinking of a few.

It’s my humblest appeal to you to respond officially by November 2nd. 2012, failing which, I will have no alternative then to approach the concerned State Authority and seek my redressal under RTI and make it known to all beneficiaries/ parishioners by the law of the land.

Looking forward to your immediate reply and cooperation,

Yours faithfully,

Vincent Monteiro. Beneficiary/Parishioner: St. Blaise Church Trust.

Cc: HE Cardinal Oswald Gracias. Shri. Greg Pereira-Silent Voice

4st. Nov. 2012

Dear Fr. Franklyn,

“A stitch in time saves NINE” thanks for your response to my letter of Oct. 25th. 2012, received at the 11th hour so that we together could pray to the saints and souls at the 12th. hour. One can’t know for sure where our beloved deceased are, unless they happen to be canonized saints. So when in doubt, we pray, with prayer our acts of kindness can also have great impact on them. If not, this kind act can bring about great impact on us. So let us pray as well as act.

As a beneficiary/parishioner of St. Blaise Trust my letter to the Trustee/Parish Priest are not mere suggestions but directive to the TRUST to follow the norms of the Indian Trust Act 1982. As for the function of the Trustee please refer to section 36A of the BPT Act. 1950.

My letter under reference was for “renovation” and the term “modification” is only stated in Para ‘b’. However technically the words renovation and modification are same: RENOVATION means “the state of being restored to its original condition”. MODIFICATION means “change from its present condition to a new condition”. Hence your clarifications to these terms do not matter much as to the actual issue of the GRAVEYARD.

My query of “disaster” and “inconvenience” to beneficiaries/parishioners is NOT quoted in Para ‘b’ as stated in your letter but the same is quoted in Para‘a’ of my letter, as a responsible trustee please apply your utmost competence when dealing with legalities on a given subject. These as per my letter are to be responded u/s 18, 19, and 56 of the Trust act.

Moreover, as a Trustee/Pastor you bound both by your conscience and law to go to the people to whom inconvenience and distress is caused by the mismanagement of the Trust Benefits to them and not the other way as said by you.

I have on record the past official minutes of a general meeting called upon on the issue of our graveyard and the resolutions adopted by the trust in connection with the graveyard, perhaps your selected few who were a part of this meeting are ignorant about these facts and above all ignorant about the management of graves. Today if the economically weaker beneficiaries/parishioners are under distress and undergoing inconvenienceat the death/burial of their family members who is responsible?

I trust you will look into the truth and facts on the subject issue of graveyard which has become a grave problem to us and respond accordingly.

Yours faithfully,

Vincent Monteiro

From: Vincent Monteiro, MA. MBA (ED).

Dated: Dec. 8th. 2012.

Dear Oswald Cardinal Gracias,

It was a great joy to have received your letter of Dec. 1, 2012 today the 8th. Of Dec, 2012. I am indeed grateful to you to have passed on my letters concerning St. Blaise Church to our Episcopal Vicar Fr. Salvador Rodrigues for further follow-up and necessary action.

However, your presumption (hazakah) might have been true if our Parish Priest – Fr. Franklyn Matthias would have responded to my correspondence or even made some attempt to discuss the said matters for the good of the Church, but by the way of his regimental behavior with me and the faithful it is appears he will not reconcile with facts.

I am sending the copy of this letter to Fr. Salvador Rodrigues with a request for an audience with him to discuss and resolve the issues at hand. With a hope of a positive response from him.

In the meantime,

Praying for peace on peoples of goodwill,

Yours faithfully,

Vincent Monteiro.

Cc. Fr. Salvador Rodrigues: Episcopal Vicar with a request for an audience.

__________________________________________________________________________________ C/o st. Blaise Church, Amboli, Andheri West, Mumbai 400 058. Tel. 26241896

 

Dear Greg,

I have received yesterday an acknowledgement for my letter dt.Nov. 1 from HE Oswald Cardinal Gracias dt. Dec. 1st. as per this letter my letters to HE has been passed on by him to the Episcopal Vicar, Fr. Salvador Rodrigues, with a presumption by him that the matters of the said correspondence has been discussed with my parish priest, which in fact has not taken any effect.
Hence would it be advisable for me to take up the matter with Fr. Salvador or could you suggest something constructive!

vincent

Shri. Vincent Monteiro, MA, MBA (EM).

Date: April 23, 2013.

Dear Oswald Cardinal Gracias,

Sub: Fr. Franklyn Mathias PP, St. Blaise Church.

My heartfelt congratulations to your appointment as an advisor to the Pope and pray to God for your sound health may HE strengthen you in body, mind and Spirit to fulfill this great mission of the Universal Church.

This letter has reference to your esteemed letter of Dec. 1, 2012 in response to my letters of November 1 &15, 2012, on the above cited subject and your directive that the said letters have been passed on to the Episcopal Vicar Rev. Fr. Salvador Rodrigues for further action. Subsequently the undersigned has duly acknowledged your letter on December 8, 2012 and appraised you of Fr. Franklyn’s vendetta against the undersigned in respect to his lay ministry at St. Blaise Church (ref. Letter Jan.5, 2013.), copies of the said letters have been sent to the Episcopal Vicar with a personal request for an Audience, till date about 4 months the undersigned has been calling the Vicar’s office to confirm an Appointment but has been informed that the honourable Vicar is unwell and not in a position to meet me. I have patiently accepted his illness and have been praying for his speedy recovery. On April 16, 2013 I had in person visited his Office to seek an audience with the honourable Vicar but once again told that he was Sick. A year has ran out and the undersigned lay Ministry in the Parish has been on the stand still only because of the lethargic and dominating behavior of Fr. Franklyn Mathias. The Spiritual Director of both the RCIA and the Bible Cell have expressed their inability to do anything in this regard. Hence, by this letter the undersigned humbly requests you to resolve the said impediment to the lay Ministry in Church which is causing much harms to beneficiaries of the Church or could the undersigned with your kind permission seek some other way to deal with the said issues.

Patiently looking forward to your reply,

Yours faithfully,

Vincent Monteiro

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Saturday, 8 December 2012 3:13 PM

FROM: ; Vincent Monteiro. ; 37, Gaothan Lane no. 1, opp Andheri PO., Mumbai 400 058. ; Tel: 26241896

Dated: 17th. Dec. 2012.

To, ; The Editor, Examiner Press, Eucharistic Bldg. III, 5, Convent Street, Mumbai 400001.

Sir,

SUB: Christian Initiation and New Evangelization a Lay Response:

You have rightly stated that Christian initiation is a crucial element in New Evangelization and is means by which the Church, as a Mother brings forth Children and regenerates herself. (Examiner Dec. 15, 2012 – Pg. 12).

But here at our Parish of St. Blaise Amboli, there has been degeneration… the parish priest Fr. Franklyn Mathias has arbitral shut down the Parish RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation of adults) which was evangelizing for the past two decades. All this without any rhyme or reason. HE Oswald Cardinal Gracias and the Bishops of the Archdiocese were informed about these developments and their intervention has yielded no results, these confirm the following (Ref Examiner –Nov 3, 2012 – Page 26):
• “Evangelization has been hurt and continues to be impeded by the arrogance of its messengers. The hierarchy must shun arrogance, hypocrisy and bigotry. The Gospel cannot thrive on pride” (Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Philippines)
• “The Church needs to learn three things from the example of Jesus – humility, respect for others and silence” (Bishop Luis Anthonio Tagle of Manila)
• “Shun dominating and arrogant attitudes” (Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa, Damman and Diu)

In the beginning there was generation, followed by degeneration and Christ brought about REGENERATION? Will the hierarchy make a note of this and initiate measures to regenerate the Sprit of New Evangelization!

Vincent Monteiro.

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Church is not NGO, warns Pope

The pope had a direct message for employees of the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works.

 Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican City:

The Church is not a bureaucratic organization, it is a story of love, if “it creates offices and becomes somewhat bureaucratic, the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO”. The statement was repeated at Mass this morning by Pope Francis celebrated in the chapel of St. Martha’s residence. Among those present, were employees of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).

According to Vatican Radio, the Pope himself brought the subject up: “It’s a love story … But there are those from the IOR … excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required … ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward.”

The readings of the day tell the story of the first Christian community that grows and multiplies its disciples. A good thing, says the Pope, but that can push to make “deals” to get even “more partners in this venture.” “Instead, the path that Jesus willed for his Church is another: the path of the difficulties, the path of the Cross, the path of persecution … And this makes us wonder: What is this Church? This, our Church so it doesn’t seems a human enterprise”.

The Church is “something more”: “the disciples do not the Church make, they are only the messengers sent by Jesus. And Christ was sent by the Father.” So, you see that the Church begins there, in the heart of the Father, who had this idea … I do not know if He had an idea, the Father: the Father had love. This love story began, this love story that lasts through time and still has not ended. We, the women and men of the Church, we are in the middle of a love story: each of us is a link in this chain of love. And if we do not understand this, we do not understand anything about what the Church is. ”

“The Church does not grow thanks to human strength: some Christians made mistakes for historical reasons, they took a wrong turn, they had armies, and they waged wars of religion: that is another story, which is not this love story. We too must learn by our mistakes how the love story progresses. But how does it grow?

Like Jesus simply said, like the mustard seed, it grows like the yeast in the flour, without noise. “The Church grows “from the bottom, slowly.” “And when the Church wants to boast of its quantity and makes organizations, and makes offices and become somewhat bureaucratic, then the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO. It’s a love story … But there are those from the IOR … excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required … ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward. ”

A head of state, he said, asked how big the Pope’s army was. But the Church does not grow “through the military”, but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the Church is not an organization. “No, it is a Mother. It is a Mother. There are many mothers here, at this Mass. How would you feel if someone said to you:’ So… you are the manager of your house ‘?’ No, I am the Mammy!. ‘And the Church is Mother. And we are in the middle of a love story that runs on the power of the Holy Spirit and we, all of us together, are a family in the Church who is our Mother. ”

Source: AsiaNews

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OFFICIAL Appointment II : Archdiocese of Bombay

OFFICIAL

APPOINTMENTS – II

Fr Savio Rodrigues : to be Parish Priest, St Ignatius Church, Jacob Circle.

Fr Francis Martis : to be Priest-in-Charge, St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Airoli.

Fr James D’Silva : (on loan from Vasai Diocese) to be Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kalyan West, and Principal of Lourdes High School, Kalyan West.

Fr Norbert D’Souza : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Health Church, Sahar, and Principal of Our Lady of Health High School, Sahar.

Fr Maxwell Furtado : (on loan from Vasai Diocese) to be Assistant, St Jude Church, Jeri Meri, and Principal of St Jude High School, Jeri Meri.

Fr Alex Gonsalves : (on loan from Vasai Diocese) to be Assistant, Holy Cross Church, Kurla, and Principal of Holy Cross High School, Kurla.

Fr Thomson Kinny : to be Assistant, Sacred Heart Church, Santa Cruz, and Principal of Sacred Heart High School, Santa Cruz.

Fr Francis J D’Souza : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kalyan East.

Fr Jude Ferreira : to be Assistant, St Anthony Church, Vakola.

Fr Michael Pinto : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Egypt Church, Kalina.

Fr Nelson P Saldanha : to be Assistant, St Jude Church, Jeri Meri.

Fr Vincent Thomas : to be Assistant, St Stephen Church, Cumballa Hill.

Fr Joshua D’Souza : (newly ordained) to be Assistant, St John the Baptist Church, Thane.

Fr Steven Kika : (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Goregaon West.

Fr Joel Pinto : (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Most Holy Trinity Church, Powai.

Fr Joshan L Rodrigues : (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Good Shepherd Church, Andheri West.

Fr Baptist Viegas : (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Sacred Heart Church, Vashi.

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2013.

(To be continued)

+ Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay

April 27, 2013

BJP chief minister quotes Bible in Goa assembly

He explained a story from the Bible involving a woman accused of adultery and Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

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(Photo: Indiatvnews) Manohar Parrikar

 

Panaji:

 

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar quoted from the Bible to explain the delay behind the appointment of the state’s chief information commissioner (CIC).

 

Parrikar was responding to a query raised by in the state assembly during the Zero Hour by Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Nilesh Cabral.

 

Cabral expressed concern about the delay in appointing a CIC for nearly a year.

 

Parrikar explained a story from the Bible involving a woman accused of adultery and Jesus Christ.

 

“Even in the Bible, it says look at yourself and ask if you have not made any mistake at all before pointing to others,” Parrikar said.

 

Over the last one year, two people selected by the state government for the CIC post could not take up the job after civil society activists pointed out irregularities in their appointments.

 

In this context, Parrikar told the assembly that people should look at themselves and ask if they have not erred at all in their lives before pointing fingers at those selected for the CIC post.

 

The Biblical anecdote which Parrikar referred to involved a woman who was tied to a stake for being stoned to death.

 

At that time, Jesus Christ steps in and asked the crowd which has gathered to stone the alleged adulteress if they have not sinned at all in their lives.

 

“He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her,” said Parrikar quoting Christ from the Bible.

 

Pandurang Nadkarni, the first candidate selected for the post of the CIC, had refused to take up the post after a controversy erupted over his academic qualifications.

 

The second appointment of P. Paduwal became controversial as he was being probed by the state vigilance department.

 

“We need a good person who will give good judgments. And the person who will be appointed as the chief information commissioner should also have a thick skin because of the criticism that (he/she) might have to face,” the chief minister said.

 

Source: newstrackindia.com

 

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FR. SALVADORE (SALU) RODRIGUES: REST IN PEACE

BORN: 11.05.1948

ORDAINED ON:14.11.1974

BREATHED HIS LAST:24.04.2013

FR. SALVADORE RODRIGUES..

THE FUNERAL OF FR. SALVADOR RODRIGUES WILL BE ON SUNDAY 28TH APRIL AT 11:00 AM AT ST. MICHEAL’S CHURCH – ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

ST. MICHAELS CHURCH, MAHIM

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