Diocesan News


Devang Anup Dalal......Petitioner

Khyati Shah......Respondent

Since the present whereabouts of Khyati Shah, Respondent, in the above mentioned marriage case are not known, she is, hereby, summoned by this Edict to appear in person before the undersigned Judge in the Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Archbishop's House, Mumbai 400 001, on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. to give evidence in the above case presently being heard before the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Anyone knowing of the whereabouts of Khyati Shah, to the measure possible should duly apprise her of this summons.

Similarly, anyone knowing the present address of Khyati Shah is kindly requested to inform this Office of the same. Khyati Shah is last known to have been residing at: Gundecha Symphony, B-Wing, 10th Floor, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai 400 058.

Pramila Menezes Fr Lester Vaz

Notary Judge

Tribunal Office,

Archbishop's House

January 21, 2022

Asha Kiran's Outreach Services at Vakola

A long overdue event to showcase the multi-pronged outreach services of Asha Kiran Community Centre of St Anthony Church, Vakola was finally held on January 13, 2022 with a limited audience of 200. Bp Allwyn was the Chief Guest, along with our Guests of Honour -Fr Glasten Gonsalves, Fr Lancy Pinto, Fr Joe Gonsalves - who are connected with the Social Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

After the lighting of the lamp and the welcome dance, Fr Felix D'Souza, the Parish Priest, showcased the ten main activities of Asha Kiran, including empowerment, training, confidence building skills and financial support ventures.

There was a parade of confident beneficiaries/representatives; the Self-Help group, with its loan management schemes; the Financial Empowerment group, which uses its financial power to promote children's higher education; the Livelihood group which procures bank loans for setting up food processing units; the mini business ventures in selling vegetables, fish and food products; the domestic workers group, which looks beyond their normal work to self-empowerment; the Bal Sansad, a kind of Children's Parliament; the adolescent college groups, who learn add-on skills such as mehendi, beautician skills and career guidance; the Migrants group, which proudly presents its legal documents obtained in spite of lack of records; the COVID Benefit Schemes availed from the Government (especially the compensation amount for death of a family member), and finally, the Legal Aid group, which meets socially minded lawyers when their houses are demolished by the BMC.

After this quick display of information, we had cultural dances, songs, narration of success stories. Fr Lancy and Bp Allwyn, while congratulating the parish and the Community Centre, outlined the need for a visible face of the parish outreach programmes, which is the compassionate face of Jesus, we need to project to the world.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by the Asha Kiran Director, Sr Shaila, and a symbolic gift for all present – a jute bag with the message of Peace and saving the Environment.

The parishioners who witnessed this presentation were not only enlightened about the Community Centre activities, but were also motivated to lend their support and collaborate in future to make the parish alive in its outreach apostolate.

Asha Kiran, Vakola

Mamma Mia - The Musical

It is amazing how a string of popular songs of yester years can be put together to convey a relevant message of love, friendship and family bonding for the present age. That's exactly what happened when St Anthony parish, Vakola presented the Musical 'Mamma Mia'. Much can be said of the determination of the cast, the group, the team, who in spite of facing restrictions about originally staging it on the parish grounds with 2500 chairs, got its act together to stage the same at St Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra on January 14 and 15 - each time with 50% audience capacity.

A Musical endears itself to the heart and soul of the young and elderly… and when performed with a live music band, keeps the lips singing the well-known songs and the foot tapping to its ever appealing beat.

St Anthony parish, with its Theatre group, believes in the power of a Musical and the lasting effect it has on the minds of the audience. The group overcame all the hindrances in order to create the magic on stage with a song and dance experience.

Gratitude to the team leader, Fr Felix D'Souza, Fr Savio de Sales, and the four faithful lieutenants - Sarah, Rohan, Andrea and Allan. Well supported performances came in from the stage actors, the dancers, the lead singers, the choir, the band, the stage and lights management, the backstage… as well as the able assistance of SCC Coordinators, Council members, ushers, and the parish Communications Cell.

Hope and Life Association

Who doesn't want to be happy? Everyone does! But can a widow be a happy person? It's as if the words 'widow' and 'happy' are incompatible; they don't seem to go together. It's hard to believe that one can exist with the other. If you want to be a happy widow, come, join the Hope and Life Association. See and meet our large army of happy widows.

Happiness requires some effort on your part. Surely a widow wants to be happy and joyful, so she has to strive for it. Remember, the ONLY person who can make you happy is YOU. The death of your spouse may have changed your life, but how should that change your view of happiness?

Help Others: It seems foolish to help others during your own existential crisis, but this is really the most beneficial. If you want to be a happy widow, throw all the excuses out of the window, and reach out to those who are in need. You will find ways to serve God and make yourself happy.

Know your worth: Being a widow doesn't mean you are a broken or damaged commodity, or unable to care for yourself. It doesn't mean you have to live a life of misery, financial ruin or failure. Take care of your health, know your worth, because that will dictate every single decision you make going forward. It simply means you're living a life without your spouse.

Join a Support Group: Hope and Life is one such group in our Archdiocese of Bombay. We are already present and active in about 65 parishes, and we have over 1000 members all across the archdiocese. Here is a summary Report of our Activities of 2021 by Connie D'Souza, our Secretary:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to disrupt the world, our 36th Annual Day celebrations were held online on January 31, 2021. Cardinal Oswald Gracias celebrated the Eucharist and very kindly prayed for the intentions of our widows. To keep up the spirit of our celebrations, we had an exciting video presentation of items put up by some of our ladies.

We had a Lenten interactive session titled: 'Turn to Jesus – Reach out to Others' in March. Our theme for the year 2021 was Widows - Facing the Challenges of Today. The following Recollections based on the theme were held online - in English, Marathi and Konkani - in the months of August, October and November respectively. Besides, every unit organised a meeting or Requiem Mass for their spouses in November. We also had an Advent talk in December by our Spiritual Director on 'The Joys of Christmas'.

The Hope and Life Association was kept closely united by Dr Jeanette's regular Friday reminders for the special prayer time, often accompanied by an uplifting message. This was much looked forward to, as we have formed an amazing network of reaching every member of each unit.

The present Executive Committee will be completing its five-year term in April 2022. Detailed discussions and planning were done by the Advisory Body and a New Executive Committee for 2022 - 2027 has been selected.

President: Joyce D'Cunha, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem

Vice President: Rosalinda D'Souza, Most Holy Trinity Church, Powai

Secretary: Irene D'Souza, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem

Jt. Secretary: Corinne Noronha, Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayandar

Treasurer: Cynthia D'Souza, Mount Carmel Church, Bandra

Jt. Treasurer: Greta Saldanha, St Joseph Church, Vikhroli

We are grieved to have lost our Vice President Valerie Divakaran, a few leaders and about 45 sisters in COVID times.

We place on record our sincere thanks to Sr Manisha RSCJ, Fr Ivel Mendanha CSsR (Chembur), Fr Austin Norris (Parish Priest, St Vincent de Paul Church, Khar), and Fr Ciril D'Souza SVD (Sacred Heart Church, Mahakali) for their enlightening talks. Thanks to Fr Vernon Aguiar, Dora Lobo, Lorna D'Souza, our President Dr Jeanette Pinto, and all the members of the Executive Committee for their unstinted support to the Association.