Diocesan News 

CCR Discipleship Programme 2024-25

In light of the SYNODALITY vision of the Church, the English Council of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal services of the Archdiocese of Bombay conducted its first all-Mumbai 8-month certificate programme in "Catholic Discipleship" for English Prayer Group members and parishioners. 

The programme was conducted in seven different zones spanning Central Mumbai to Western Suburbs, Navi Mumbai and Central Suburbs. There were 176 participants and 51 animators from 47 parishes who were part of the programme. The Discipleship programme is not aimed at creating another Association or Cell in the parish, but is primarily a Christian character formation programme for all Catholic lay faithful who may/may not be presently attached to any Cell/Association in the parish. This formation is meant to benefit parishioners in all spheres of their personal, family and community life by focusing on character development, based on the principles of spiritual discipline, humility, obedience and commitment to Church mission. 

The 2023-2024 batch ran from July/August 2023 to Mar 2024, culminating with a Strength Rally, where all participants were commissioned to serve their respective Prayer Groups and parishes in various existing ministries, Cells and Associations.

The year 2024-2025 will see a team of disciples ready to take on Church mission at the Prayer group and Parish level more committedly, and at the same time, become harbingers of the renewal of the Holy Spirit via the Discipleship Programme to their parish communities. The recorded testimonials of many of the participants bear witness to the transformative impact the Lord has accomplished through the programme. 

For ongoing info about the 2024-2025 programme, do get in touch with your Parish English Prayer Group Coordinator or visit the CCR website: https://ccrmumbai.com/events/ or call CCR Office: 022 2430 3626; WhatsApp: 96199 49822.

Health Promotion Trust’s New Administrative Office 

The Health Promotion Trust (HPT) is a registered Trust of the Archdiocese of Bombay, providing preventive health outreach to the urban and rural poor, as well as communities from other strata in the archdiocese. On June 13, 2024, HPT’s new administrative office at St Joseph Church, Juhu, Mumbai 400049 was inaugurated and blessed by Fr Simon D. Lopes, Parish Priest. HPT staff appreciates all the priests, religious and lay people who participated in this event. While highlighting HPT’s vision, mission, and various programmes, Fr Rocky Banz, HPT Director, praised the efforts of the 32 staff members at HPT who work tirelessly to train its target groups on the critical role of alternative health practices to maintain and sustain good health. For questions or information, please contact the Health Promotion Trust at 96190 01142 or e-mail: healthpromotiontrust@gmail.com or visit the HPT website at https://www.healthpromotiontrust.org/

                  Sharon Rodrigues, Programme Coordinator - HPT

Learn Biblical Hebrew 

The Bible Commission is glad to announce a language course for those interested in diving deeper into Old Testament studies. Learn and read the Word of God in the original language.

12 sessions will be conducted at St Pius X College, starting July 20, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Course Fee: Rs 3500/- only. Limited Seats, so please hurry! Criteria for admission: The candidate should have done some basic course in Biblical study. 

To register, please contact Fr Walter D'Souza; call or WhatsApp: 77158 34248

18th MIFF showcases Docu Films in five cities

Documentary Films are part of a huge industry that has the power to inform, inspire, introspect and entertain, I & B Secretary Sanjay Jaju said in Mumbai on the eve of the 18th edition of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) documentary and animation films which was inaugurated at the NCPA on June 15.

Over seven days, MIFF screened 314 films from 59 countries in 61 languages, 8 world premieres, 5 international premieres, 18 Asia premieres and 21 India premieres at the Films Division complex in Mumbai.

The Government of Sri Lanka put up a performance highlighting its cultural heritage in the opening ceremony, while the Government of Argentina showcased its country's talents, notably Tango, at the closing ceremony.

Mr Jaju and Mr Prithul Kumar, NFDC Chairman, elaborated on MIFF, and observed that the objective of organising such festivals is not just to promote cinema, but to reflect upon topical and socio-economic issues. Jaju pointed out that documentary film-making is a huge industry worth US$16 billion globally.

Announcing some novel initiatives at MIFF, the Secretary said that this year's festival is introducing the first-ever Doc Film Bazaar – a dedicated marketplace for independent filmmakers to find buyers, sponsors and collaborators for their projects.

Towards giving a further impetus to Inclusivity and Accessibility, he said that MIFF 2024 is making its venues fully accessible to everyone and showcasing special films for persons with disabilities in partnership with the NGO SVAYAM. In another first, MIFF screenings and red carpet events will take place simultaneously in five cities: Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, and Delhi where audiences can enjoy parallel screenings.

Detailing the Ministry's efforts to encourage future filmmakers, the Secretary said the festival is providing students from premier film institutes like FTII, SRFTI, and IIMC the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, and to network. The opening ceremony showcased the FTII student short Film "Sunflowers were the first ones to know" - which was acclaimed at the 77th Cannes Film Festival this year.

Three selection committees of eminent film experts selected 102 films from a record number of 1018 entries.

Noted filmmakers participated in more than 25 Masterclasses, Panel Discussions and Open Forums on the curated topics. One of the panels, titled "Inspiring Narratives: Innovation and Creativity," featured budding social entrepreneurs who shared their initiatives aimed at bringing transformative changes to society. The discussion explored the personal journeys of these innovators, highlighting how they navigated challenges, embraced creativity, and transcended boundaries to bring their ideas to life. From breaking gender norms to overcoming societal barriers, the panelists shared insights and experiences, inspiring others to pursue their passions and make a lasting impact.

In an effort to celebrate these success stories, animation films depicting their life journeys are being co-produced by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and Netflix as part of the 'Azadi Ka Amrit Kahaniyan' series. Highlighting this series, Dr Sapna Poti, Director of Strategic Alliances in the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, stated that these are not just animated stories, but sagas of social innovators that would inspire millions.

Ronita Torcato 

Celebration of Sacred Heart Feast at Vashi

As a new member of this parish community, this year marked my first experience of the celebration of the Sacred Heart Feast, a cherished tradition in our parish at Vashi. 

This year's feast was particularly special, as we welcomed our new Parish Priest, Fr Adrian Ferreira, who was inducted on the feast day itself. We also welcomed Fr Trevor Fernandes, who has joined our parish clergy as an assistant priest. Their arrival has brought a renewed sense of spiritual energy and guidance to our community.

The programme was held at the Sacred Heart School Hall, where our lovely hosts, Akansha and Selza, greeted everyone with their infectious enthusiasm. The event began with an opening prayer led by Fr Sunil Godinho, setting a reverent tone for the festivities. Each zone of our parish presented performances that centred on the theme of God's love. These performances were a testament to the creativity and dedication of our community members. Each of these performances carried profound messages, leaving the audience with much to reflect on. 

Following the skits, we were treated to a vibrant line dance performance by ETC, adding a fun and energetic twist to the evening. Fr Adrian then addressed the crowd, sharing his insightful words of wisdom. Akansha, speaking on behalf of the youth, introduced the Green Initiative undertaken by our parish youth group. Her speech underscored our community's commitment to environmental stewardship.

It was a day of joyous celebration, thoughtful reflection, and community bonding, setting a hopeful tone for the year ahead.

Mrs Bonita Aroza