APPOINTMENTS IV – 2018; Archdiocese of Bombay;

MAY 18, 2018


Fr Lawrence Ferrao SJ: to be Parish Priest, St Anne Church, Mazagaon

Fr Solomon Rapol SDB: to be Parish Priest, St John Bosco Church, Borivli (W)

Fr Sabu Thomas O. Praem: to be Parish Priest, St Joseph the Worker Church, Bandra (E)

Fr Anthony V. D’Souza SJ: to be Assistant, St Peter Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Cyril D’Souza O. Praem: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Visitation Church, Nerul

Fr Francis Fernandes SDB: to be Assistant, St Dominic Savio Church, Wadala (E)

Fr John Froz SJ: to be Assistant, St Peter Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Aloysius Furtado SDB: to be Assistant, St John Bosco Church, Borivli (W)

Fr Madri Raj Kumar HGN: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Health of Velankanni Church, Irla (and not as previously announced)

Fr Yesu K. Magimaidoss CPPS: to be Assistant, St Teresa Church, Girgaum

Fr Diego Nunes SDB: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W)

(To be continued)

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2018

Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay


Anger over adoption plan for ancient Goa religious sites

BJP-run government move to allow private companies to maintain monuments sparks privatization fears.

Church leaders in Goa are upset over a federal government plan to offer ancient religious sites to private companies for maintenance under its new “Adopt a Heritage” tourism project.

The project launched last September by the government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), plans to entrust heritage sites across India to private firms for the development of tourist amenities.

Six heritage sites in former Portuguese colony Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus that holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, have been listed for adoption but the state government was not consulted, local media reported.

The state government, which is also run by the BJP, has been kept completely in the dark about the plan, state Archives Minister Vijai Sardesai said.

Sites in Old Goa, the 16th century Portuguese capital, are assets of the state, and the church has to be taken into confidence, he said.

Church leaders are equally upset after learning about the plan from the media.

“It pains me to know that our religious monuments are in danger of being privatized, reducing significantly their universal ownership,” said Father Victor Ferrao, professor of philosophy at Rachol Major Seminary.

“I can’t think of the possibility that entry into holy spaces would be priced.”

The move will “reduce the sanctity of churches,” according to Alex Reginaldo Lourenco, a Catholic member of the state legislative assembly.

Pradeep Padgaonkar of the Aam Aadmi Party Aam (common man’s party) told that the move shows that BJP governments “cannot protect our monuments and want to sell them to outsiders. They cannot protect our land, our rivers and our rights.”

Last month, the Ministry of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dalmia Bharat Group to adopt New Delhi’s iconic Red Fort and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh under the project.

However, tourism expert Francisco de Bragança told that it is international practice for governments to seek corporate help but “adequate safeguards” need to be incorporated, especially in selecting the agency.

“There is a need to tread carefully as regards religious monuments and to adopt a consultative approach,” he said.

In recent years, the state government has allowed two forts to be removed from state administration. The Reis Magos Fort off Mandovi estuary has had a dramatic facelift after it was handed over to the U.K.-based Helen Hamlyn Trust. Tiracol Fort on the northern edge of Goa has been entrusted with a hotelier.

Savio Messais, a tourism enthusiast, welcomed the move, saying maintenance of heritage sites “cannot be left to the inefficiencies of the government. Left with government, they will be maintained like government offices where even toilets are not well kept.”

However, Messias said the project should be subject to local sensibilities and restrictions.

Goa has several ancient church buildings but the Archeological Survey of India, which is authorized to maintain ancient sites, has declared some as “dead monuments” where religious services are not permitted despite protests from local Catholics over a decade ago.

Source: UCAN

Mumbaites express solidarity with abuse survivors

More than 1,000 people gathered for a prayer meet at each of the six locations in the city


People attend ‘Because we care’ event at St Francis D’Assisi High School, Borivli, on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Members of Catholic community gathered at six locations across Mumbai for ‘Because we care’, an event organised by Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bombay to express its solidarity with the survivors of sexual abuse.

More than 1,000 people gathered for a prayer meet at each of the six locations followed by talks by religious heads and activists working in the field.

A signature campaign was also initiated for a memorandum that will be submitted to Maneka Gandhi, Union minister for women and child development.

“The event was organised to spread the message of peace amidst tense political situation in the country and in the wake of all rising rape cases. It was more about showing our support to those who have been victims of injustice,” said Andrew Fernandes, who attended the event at St Francis D Assisi High School, Borivli.

Fr Austin Norris, parish priest, St Vincent de Paul Church, Khar, said the talks were held with respect to the failing culture when it comes to protection of women and children.

“At the event, which I attended at Vile Parle, we took a pledge to protect women and children. We are shocked by the growing rate of heinous crimes in the society,” said Norris.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

APPOINTMENTS III – 2018; Archdiocese of Bombay;

MAY 4, 2018


Fr Reginald Mascarenhas SAC: to be Parish Priest, St Vincent Pallotti Church, Marol

Fr Valerian Charles Fernandes SAC: to be Priest-in-charge, Christ the King Church, Rasayani

Fr Ryan Alex: to be Assistant, Holy Cross Church, Kurla (W)

Fr Lawrence A. D’Souza: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla

Fr Pravin Fernandes: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla

Fr Christopher Goveas: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Benjamin Jojo OFM: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Sion

Fr Y. Edal Kumar MSFS: to be Assistant, St Joseph Church, Kurla (W)

Fr Madri Raj Kumar HGN: to be Assistant, Mother of Vellankanni Church, Cheetah Camp

Fr Thomas Monteiro: to be Assistant, St Joseph Church, Juhu

Fr Jose Palimattom OFM: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Sion

Fr Julius Arul Rayan OFM: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Sion

Fr Pascal Sinor: to be Assistant, Mary of Nazareth Church, Alibag

Fr Sunil Santhosh Soreng SVD: to be Assistant, Sacred Heart Church, Andheri (E)

Fr Shemil Jose Vallavanatt OCD: chaplain to the Malayalee speaking Latin Catholics

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2018

(To be continued)

+ Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

April 30, 2018

DEDICATED to, Parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church; Malwani





Dear Parishioners,

This address is particular to those who are in the parish for over a decade and more. And also to former Parish Priests and their assistants, who have served in this parish. We expect a sincere opinion from you.



The current ongoing civil activity you see around St. Anthony’s Grotto, is associated with this notion of flooding, during rains. It is up to you, the parishioners to judge, if it was necessary to elevate the level of the ground, at the cost of under  Rupees 10.00,000 LAKH  (TEN LAKHS ONLY).

Just for your information, this proposal was rejected by the committee twice; once the proposing member verbally quoted the amount at Rupees 25,00,000 (TWENTY FIVE LAKHS) and again, when three quotations were submitted for approval of the committee, on the letter head of one party, quoting different amounts in the range of Twelve to Thirteen Lakhs;  yet the Parish Priest using his power of SOLE TRUSTEE  decided to go ahead with it.

This post is part of the major one to come later, because the matter is pending with the Archbishop H. E. Oswald Cardinal Gracias, for his consideration.




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