FROM BISHOP’S DESK – FEBRUARY - 2018

  1. Month of February is called ‘Press Month’. Print Media is still one of the effective means of evangelization and communication. Let us use this media for pastoral and evangelical activities. Pastors are requested to urge the Faithful to subscribe to and promote Catholic Magazines (weekly and monthly). It is desired that each Catholic home receives and reads at least one Catholic magazine. This is an opportune time to promote Nam Vazhvu, our Catholic Tamil weekly.Mr. Elango is appointed as an official of Nam Vazhvu for Salem Diocese. Kindly permit him and encourage him to put up Nam Vazhvu Stall on some Sundays and Feast days in the parishes to promote and enroll subscriptions for Nam Vazhvu.  

  2. The Holy season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday on (14.02.2018)Let us remind our people of the obligation for Fasting and Abstinence on this day. The Lenten Season is the appropriate time to catechize our faithful on the correct Catholic Moral Life.

       
  3. There will be NO Clergy Monthly Recollection for priests at Bishop’s House, Salem, in February 2018. Instead there will be Vicariate Meetings to plan for the whole yearfor activities in the Vicariates. I request the Vicar Foranes to arrange for useful Vicariate meetings in February 2018. 

  4. The Clergy Monthly Recollection for March will be on 26.03.2018,Monday along with the CHRISM MASS in the evening at the Cathedral, with usual programme. The details of it will be given in the next newsletter. Please mark the date in your calendar.

  5. Extracts of Registers of Baptism and Marriage are to be sent to the Bishop’s House immediately with entries up to December 2017. It is my firm presumption that you have already sent them to the diocesan Chancellor to update the Archives. If not, act at once.

  6. Please check if you have already sent the Annual Statistical Form duly filled for 2017to our diocesan Chancellor. The due date was 18.01.2018.

  7. It is time to submit all the accounts up to December 2017 from all parishes and schools to the Procurator for entries and eventual auditing. Kindly submit your accounts with proper receipt, vouchers and payment bills along with the copies of bank pass books and Fixed Deposits. Those in charge of Schools please send your accounts with relevant receipts for school fees, Bus fees, Books and other Materials etc. The last date for the submission of monthly Account is 5th of every month.

  8. All Universal& RegionalCollections made in 2017 are to be remitted to the Procurator immediately to enable him for the onward transmission of the same.

  9. Diocesan pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Agraharamwill be on 10.02.2018 Saturday. The Feast Mass will be celebrated at 7.30 a.m. at the Grotto. In view of the pilgrimage to Agraharam, all Catholic schools in Salem are encouraged to declare the Saturday, 11.02.2018 a holiday to facilitate the students and the teachers to participate in the Diocesan pilgrimage.

  10. Pontifical Society for the HOLY CHILDHOOD is the Association to motivate the children below 14 years of age for missionary activities. This year the HOLY CHILDHOOD DAY is celebrated on 11.02.2018. All the parishes and Institutions (Schools and Boarding Houses) are urged to celebrate this day meaningfully. A SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HOLY CHILDHOOD SOCIETY is to be taken on this day and the proceeds are to be sent to the Pontifical Society for Holy Childhood, Rome. The Parish Priests and Heads of Institutions are requested to send the Holy Childhood collections early to the diocesan Procurator, Bishop’s House, Salem for onward submission to Rome..

  11. To the Kind Attention of Heads of Catholic Institutions in Salem Diocese. It is observed that in some of the Catholic Educational and other institutions, during the Annual Day and other celebrations, the students perform dances and other cultural programmes using Cinema songs. The chief purpose of Catholic Institution run by the Christian community is Evangelization. Hence using Cinema songs for cultural performances is to be strictly avoided. Today a variety of Christian Audio and Video CDs are prepared by various Communication Centers, Parishes, Religious Congregations and Individuals in TamilNadu and in other states. Please use them and try to proclaim the Gospel of Christ in every way possible.

  12. Madha T.V. of the TNBC completes FOUR years in February 2018. With the generous contributions of all people in TamilNaduand the hard work of the priests and other staff at Santhome Communication Centre, Chennai, and in various dioceses,the satellite channel has successfully functioned for four years. Its reception through Arasu cable in TamilNadu and through private cable networks in other states of India has been remarkably acknowledged by thousands of letters from viewers. Madha T.V. is also available on AIRTEL, TATA SKY and VIDEOCON dishes. Thousands of people watch this TV via internet all over the globe. I appeal to all the Parish Priests and Heads of Catholic Institutions to motivate all our Catholics to view Madha T.V. and to contribute generouslyto it in the MathanthorumMadhavukkuscheme.

  13. Healing Ministry Week is celebrated from 5th to 12th February 2018. The Message of the Holy Father for the World Day of the Sick 2018 is given at the end of this newsletter.

  14. DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE will be celebrated in Salem Diocese on 04.02.2018 at Epiphany Centre, Salem, from 09.30 a.m. till 01.00 p.m. There will be three sessions including Holy Mass by our Bishop.  The sessions will end with lunch at 01.00 p.m. All men and women religious in Salem Diocese are invited for the Day of Consecrated life celebration.Diocesan priests are invited to join the event as much as possible to encourage the religious serving in our diocese.

  15. As the X & XII standard Government Examinations are approaching, let us arrange for Holy Mass or Prayer Services for the students who appear for the examinations during this month to ask for God’s grace on these students in our parishes and educational institutions.

  16. Miss. Sangeetha, aged 36 years, sister of Fr. Gopi Emmanuel, passed away to her eternal reward on 23.12.2017 and her funeral was on the same day at 05.00 p.m. at Valapadi in the presence of priests, religious and lay people. Let us pray for the repose of the deceased and for the wellbeing of the family members. May she Rest In Peace!

  17. Three parts of the Catechesis of the Holy Father on the Holy Mass, namely Penitential Act, Gloria and Collect are given in this newsletter. Kindly read the text and prepare yourselves to preside over and participate in the Holy Mass fruitfully.

  18. . If you are in need of the services of a priest or the Seminarians for Easter Ministry, please place your requirement at once with Fr. V.G for priests with Fr. Rector for Seminarians.

  19. An another beautiful address of the Holy Father delivered at Peru, is enclosed in the end of this Newsletter. Please read and draw inspiration from it.
Bishop S. Singaroyan.