Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Parish Priest installed at Nirmala Hridoy, Monsada

On June 10, 2018, the Parish of Nirmol Hridoy Girja, Monsada had twin celebrations: The Sacrament of Confirmation, and the installation of the new Parish Priest, Fr. Johny Nedungatt, SDB, by Archbishop Thomas D’ Souza. A big number of Parishioners and the three religious Congregations of Sisters of the Parish participated in the Holy Mass, to celebrate the events.  Seventy nine candidates from the six centers which make up the Parish received the Sacrament. The Archbishop after introducing the meaning of the installation and its symbolic expressions read out the appointment letter of Fr. Nedungatt as the Parish Priest. With over two decades of experience in the formation ministry, Fr. Nedungatt had spent the past year as the financial administrator of the Salesian community at Monsada. The Holy Mass was followed by a short cultural programme.

Priestly Ordinations of Deacons; Ritesh Kujur and Anjit Ekka

On 9 June, 2018 were the Priestly Ordination of Deacons Anjit Ekka and Ritesh Kujur at Our Lady of Happy Voyage Church, Howrah. 30 priests joined in the Con-celebration. Following the Liturgy of the Word the candidates presented themselves for ordination before the Archbishop. The Archbishop in his homily highlighted the characteristics of a shepherd which is to love the people entrusted to him just as he loves Christ whom he servers. The Archbishop expressed gratitude to the parents of Fr. Ritesh and Fr. Anjit. A short cultural program was followed by a lunch for the community, priests and religious.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Midnapore Deanery
Fr. John Soren and Fr. Sandeep Ekka organised the Vocation Camp for Midnapore Deanery from 16-18 April 2018 in Seva Kendra Extension, Hijli, Kharagpur. The theme was "Whom shall I send...? I will go!  Send me." 16 boys participated in the camp. Talks were given by Fr. Simon, Fr. Mohan, Fr. Peter and Fr. Sudhir Tudu, the Dean of Midnapore. 
Calcutta and Howrah-Hooghly Deanery
A combined Vocation Camp for Calcutta and Howrah-Hooghly Deaneries was organised in Seva Kendra, Calcutta from 28-29 April 2018. Fr. Michael Biswas, Fr. Kamal Kishore and Fr. Jesu Retchahar gave sessions on the theme "The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few." 15 boys from the Parishes of the Deaneries participated in the camp. Fr. Moloy D'Costa, the Dean of Calcutta, was the main celebrant for the final day Eucharistic Celebration.
24 Parganas (N) Deanery 
The Vocation Camp for the (N) 24 Parganas Deanery was organised by Fr. Ananda Halder from 12-14 April, 2018 in Proggaloy, the Archdiocesan Pastoral and Development Center. 25 boys from the Parishes of the Deanery participated in the camp with the theme: "Vocation: A gift of the love of God." Fr. Anthony Rodrick, the Dean of (N) 24 Parganas and Fr. Henry Saldanha were the main celebrants at the Eucharistic Celebration on both the days.

Preparatory Meeting for the 27th World Day of the Sick

The Archdiocese of Calcutta will host the 27th World Day of the Sick from 9-11 February, 2019 at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata as announced by Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu of Visakhapattanam & Chairman CBCI Healthcare Office. Archbishop Thomas D’Souza presided over the meeting on 23 May, 2018 at Archbishop’s House to sensitize the Core Group in the presence of Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu and Rev. Dr. Mathew Perumpil, Director General, Catholic Health Association of India and the Archdiocesan Health Care Commission. 20 delegates from Rome and 20-25 delegates from other countries will attend amounting to over 300 participants. Archbishop Thomas D’Souza will be the Chairperson and Fr. Franklin Menezes, Director of Seva Kendra will be the Organizing Secretary. The Core Committee will meet again on 19 June 2018 at 5 pm at Archbishop’s House. Kolkata has been chosen by Rome in view of Mother Teresa’s Congregation who are engaged in looking after the poorest of the poor.