FROM BISHOP’S DESK – September- 2017

  1. The Next Clergy Monthly Recollection will be on 04th September 2017, Monday,  with the following schedule:
  2. 09.30 a.m.       Adoration and Confession
    10.30 a.m.       Session I
    11.30 a.m.       Coffee
    11.45 a.m.       Auditors address the house
    12.45 p.m.       Bishop speaks
    1.00 p.m.         Lunch and departure.

  3. DIOCESAN FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING will be held at 02.00 p.m. on 04.09.2017 at the Bishop’s House, Salem, to study and approve the Financial Statements of the Diocese and to study the works for the coming year. If any urgent developments have to be taken up in our parishes and diocesan Institutions during the year 2017-2018, please write to the Bishop well in advance.
  5. BIBLE SUNDAY will be celebrated in Tamilnadu this year on 24th September 2017. Let us make it a weeklong celebration to drive home to our people the importance of the Word of God in the life of every Christian and of the church using the material supplied to every parish by the Diocesan Bible Commission. Since we shall have the Diocesan Clergy Retreat during this week, Parish Priests are requested to choose suitable week for this important celebration.
  7. SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR BIBLE SUNDAY is to be taken in all the parishes and institutions on the day of celebration for the activities of Bible apostolate in Tamilnadu. Please inform the faithful on the purpose of this collection and remit the amount collected to Rev. Fr. Stanly Kumar, Secretary, Bible Commission, Bishop’s House, Maravaneri, Salem – 636007 as early as possible.
  9. 8th September is observed every year as GIRL CHILD DAY. Using the liturgical material prepared by the TNBC Commission for Women, kindly arrange to celebrate the Girl Child Day in a meaningful way. Various competitions could be conducted to develop the talents of the girl children in the parishes and institutions.
  11. The Register of Parish Chronicles is to be kept updated always. The bishop will sign it on every visit, even on casual visits.
  13. As we have almost settled down by now in this academic year of our schools, it is time to seriously think, evaluate and plan our efforts for the Faith Formation of the Catholic Children in our schools through Catechesis. Kindly implement the suggestions of the Diocesan Commission for Catechesis and give priority to teach Catechism in all Catholic Schools. The Secretary of Diocesan Catechetical Commission will inspect all Catholic Schools in the diocese to assess the efforts made in teaching of Catechism.
  14. SC/ST Scholarship from Tamilnadu Bishops’ Council for those who are doing professional courses. Applications are available with Fr.R.Jayaseelan, Secretary for Diocesan Commission for SC/ST/BC for availing scholarship for the Catholic students of SC/ST origin, who are doing the following courses: Nursing, B. Pharm; BTp; TTC; DTE/ Polytechnic; ITI; DMLT; MPHW, Pre-school teacher training; Dip. in Catering. Applications, at the cost of Rs.10 each, can be obtained from Fr. R. Jayaseelan, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rasipuram, Namakkal Dt.  and from Mariasusai Catechist, Bishop’s House, Maravaneri, Salem, from the beginning of September till 20th September 2017. The filled-in applications from eligible candidates should reach Fr.R.Jayaseelan before 10.10.2017, after which date, application cannot be accepted. For filling up the applications kindly take note of the following:
  15. - The applicants must be studying in Institutions approved by the Government.
    - Only one person can apply for Scholarship from a family.
    - Applications must be duly signed by the Student, Principal & Parish Priest.
    - Copy of the Community certificate must be attached.
    - Incomplete applications will be rejected.
    - Late date to submit the filled-in application is 10.10.2017. .
  16. SALEM DIOCESAN CLERGY RETREAT (from 24th to 27th SEPTEMBER 2017), is arranged this year from 24th Sunday evening to 27th Wednesday supper time. The Venue of our Annual Retreat is: NIRJHARI Retreat Center, Carmelaram, Bangalore- 560035. Please note that we will start by Train No. 12678 from Salem Junction on 24th Sunday at 03.40 p.m by Ernakulam to Bangalore  Intercity Express and we will get down at CARMELARAM Railway Station at 06.47 p.m. The Venue of the retreat is a few minutes walk from Carmelaram Railway station. All are welcome to Bishop’s House for lunch on 24th Sunday, from where we will all go to the Salem Junction.  On the Return, our departure from Carmelaram to Salem is at 06.00 a.m. on 28th Thursday by Ernakulum Intercity Express Train. Lift, Fans in all rooms, CCTV Cameras fixed all over, Chapel, Conference Halls, Ample outdoor space, Generator and Library are available in the campus and Dispensary is in the adjacent compound. As the whole campus is already rented out for another programme on 28th September morning onwards, we shall close the retreat after supper on 27th and start back to Salem on 28th Thursday early morning 06.47 a.m. and reach Salem Junction on 28th Thursday 2017 at 10.00 a.m.
  18. Kindly note the following regarding the Diocesan Clergy Retreat:
    1. It is obligatory for all the Diocesan Priests to attend the Diocesan Annual Clergy Retreat. Anyone who is not able to attend the Retreat for valid reason should get the prior permission from the Bishop in writing before the 10th September 2017. This will also help the Procurator to book the number of rooms needed for our Retreat.
    2. It is desirable that all of us travel together in the train to Carmelaram, Bangalore. Train tickets have been booked for all.  If anyone is not joining train journey and want to come on his own for any serious reason, please inform the Diocesan Procurator before 10th September 2017.  This will help the Procurator for further arrangements. If the Procurator does not receive any information by 10th September, it is understood that you are joining the train travel.
    3. Please bring your MASS DIARY to the Diocesan Clergy Retreat to present it to the Bishop for verification and signature. Kindly write in your Mass Diary the date and the number of the Mass Receipts from Procurator and the date of the return of the Exoneration Slip to the Procurator. The Bishop will have to verify these in the Mass Diaries and in the Mass issue Register.
    4. Please bring your cassock to be used for the liturgical celebrations.
    5. Our Retreat will close with supper on 27th September 2017 Wednesday and we will travel back early morning by train on 28th Thursday.   
  19. Bishop S. Singaroyan