FROM BISHOP’S DESK – SEPTEMBER 2019

  1. The Clergy Monthly Recollection on 02.09.2019 will be with the usual schedule.

  2. The Ad Limina visit for all the Bishops of India is scheduled during the month of September 2019. Hence I will be out of Salem diocese from 04th September to 05th October 2019. Msgr. S. John Joseph will be in-charge of the diocese in my absence. Kindly contact him for any pastoral or administrative needs.

  3. BIBLE SUNDAYwill be celebrated in Tamilnadu this yearon 25.09.2019.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.

  4. SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR BIBLE SUNDAY is to be taken in all the parishes and institutions on 25.09.2019 for the activities of Bible apostolate in Tamilnadu. Please inform the faithful on the purpose of this collection andremit the amount collected to Rev. Fr. Benjamin Sandanaraj, Secretary, Bible Commission, Mary Palace, Thammanan Road, Salem – 636009 as early as possible.

  5. 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. This is a good occasion to conscientize our people on removing all forms of violence against women and girl children

  6. The Register of Parish Chronicles is to be kept updated always. The bishop will sign it on every visit, even on casual visits.

  7. SC/ST Scholarship from Tamilnadu Bishops’ Council for Catholic Christian students, who are having SC/ST certificates issued by the Thasildar, for those who are doing following professional courses; B.Ed., Nursing, B. Pharm; BPT; TTC; DTE/ Polytechnic; ITI; DMLT; MPHW, Pre-school teacher training; Degree & 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 2019.The filled-in applications from eligible candidates should reach Fr. R. Jayaseelan before 30.09.2019,after which date, application cannot be accepted. For filling up the applications kindly take note of the following:
    - 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 30.09.2019.
    Kindly note that the Applications from our Commission office will be issued only to the Catholic students, who produce a copy of their SC / ST Community Certificate as Christian, issued by the Thasildar. Those who do not possess the SC/ST Community Certificate, please do not apply, as the TNBC SC/ST Commission Office does not accept applications without SC/ST Community Certificate attached.

  8. SALEM DIOCESAN CLERGY ANNUAL RETREAT is arranged this year from October 06th Sunday to 11th Friday lunch time, 2019 at Capuchin Retreat Center, Sundampatti, near Krishnagiri. Please note that we will start by Bus to Sundampatti on 06th October 2019 Sunday, leaving from Infant Jesus Cathedral, Salem, sharp at 03.00 p.m. All the priests are expected to be at the Cathedral Campus before, 03.00 p.m. to avoid any delay in departure. Lunch will be provided at Infant Jesus Cathedral Presbytery dining hall from 12.30 p.m. on 06.10.2019 Sunday.

  9. 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 Vicar General in writing before the 15th September 2019.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 one bus to Sundampatti. If anyone is not joining bus journey and want to come on his own for any serious reasons, please inform the Diocesan Procurator before 15th September 2019.This will help the Procurator to arrange the size of bus we need. If Procurator does not receive any information by 15th September, it is understood that you are joining the bus 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 of the Diocese.
    4. Please bring your cassockto be used for the liturgical celebrations.
    5. Our Retreat will close with lunch on 11th October 2019 Friday and we will travel back after lunch on the same day.

  10. The Holy Father Pope Francis has called for the observance of the EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY MONTH (EMM) during October 2019. Various suggestions to celebrate this month, in order to create missionary awareness among all sections of the people of God (Children, Youth, Adults, Parents and elderly) in the parishes and Catholic Institutions, are given by the TNBC Commission for Evangelization. The text of the same is given in the Diocesan Newsletter August 2019. Salem Bishop’s letter on this matter is given in this Newsletter. All the Parish Priests and Heads of Catholic Institutions are requested to study the suggestions and draw up concrete action plan for the parish and the Institution. You can contact the Salem Diocesan Commission for Evangelization for further help assistance. Vicariate level programmes may also be planned using the funds allotted to the Vicariates.

  11. The Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to Priests on The 160th Anniversary of the Death of the Holy Curé of Ars, St John Maria Vianney, is given at the end of this newsletter. The Holy Father speaks from his heart to all the Priests. I request all the priests to read, meditate and examine our lives in the light of this letter. This will be a fitting homage we will be paying to our Patron St. John Maria Vianney.

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    Bishop S. Singaroyan