FROM BISHOP’S DESK – JANUARY 2018

  1. I wish the Clergy, Religious and Lay People of Salem Diocese, a JOYOUS AND FRUITFUL   NEW  YEAR 2018. May the Lord grant us all to experience the Mercy of God    intensely this year and express that Mercy to others in all our life.   

  2. The Special Collection for African Missions (Pro Afris), taken on Christmas Day 2017 in all the parishes is to be remitted to the Diocesan Procurator early so that he may forward the collection to Rome   
  3. Day of Consecrated Life will be celebrated in Salem Diocese on 04.02.2018, Sunday, at Epiphany Centre, Salem. All the members of various Religious Institutes working in Salem Diocese are invited. The diocesan Clergy are welcome to the function to wish the Religious on their day.  

  4. GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW TAMIL MISSAL: The Clergy Monthly Recollection for January 2018 will be held on 08.01.2018 at the Bishop’s House, Salem. On this day we shall have a full-day programme, a Seminar on the New Tamil Missal. Participation in this Seminar is obligatory for all priests in Salem Diocese, both Diocesan and Religious, to be able to offer Holy Mass validly using the New Tamil Missal from February 2018. The New Tamil Missal will be introduced to us by experts. The schedule of the day will be as follows:

              09.30 a.m.       Adoration and Confession
              10.30 a.m.         Session I – Presentation of the New Tamil Missal
              11.30 a.m.         Coffee
              11.45 a.m.         Session II - The Catechesis for the New Tamil Missal
              12.45 p.m.         Midday Prayer
              01.00 p.m.         Lunch
              02.30 p.m.         Session III - The Important elements to be noted in Sacred Liturgy
              04.00 p.m.         Tea & closing
               


  5. The Clergy monthly Recollection for February 2018 will be at the Vicariate level and Not in the Bishop’s House. The Vicar Foranes will call for and conduct the meeting and plan for the pastoral activities in the Vicariates for the Year and especially for the Lent 2018.

  6. The Clergy Monthly Recollection is obligatory and useful spiritual exercise for all the priests of the diocese. All the diocesan priests and the religious priests in charge of parishes in Salem diocese are obliged to attend the monthly recollection without fail on the First Monday morning, or other days indicated, from 09.30 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. Fathers are most welcome to come to the Bishop’s House on previous evening and for the night stay. Staying overnight at the Bishop’s House and celebrating Mass in the morning together will enrich our being together as one family.  Anyone who is not able to attend Clergy Monthly Recollection for unavoidable reasons is expected to inform the Vicar General beforehand.

  7. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is fixed from 18th to 25th January 2018. It will be celebrated with the theme: “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power”. The programme with the liturgical text for the prayer and other celebrations is sent to all. Please make use of them and organize several ecumenical programmes during these days.

  8. The Finance Committee is obligatory for all Parishes and Diocesan Educational and other Institutions run by the Diocese. May I remind all the Parish Priests and Heads of Diocesan Institutions to allow, encourage and consult the Finance Committee in all the acts of the financial administration of the parish or Institution. All the accounts sent to the diocese from Parishes and Institutions should be co-signed by one member of the Finance Committee.

  9. THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE is celebrated on 1st January every year. It can be celebrated also on any convenient day near to it. May I request all parishes and Institutions to celebrate this day and to encourage our people to pray and to take efforts at all levels for Peace in the world. This is a good occasion for organizing Inter-religious meetings and common prayers for the world peace. This is a good occasion for fpwpj;jth; tho;Thpik ,af;fk; to come to the streets appealing for peace in the world through peace rally, human chain etc. Pope's Message for the 51st World Day of Peace to be celebrated on 01.01.2018, on the theme of Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace is given at the end of this newsletter. Please read the text and bring the message of the Holy Father to the knowledge and benefit of our people.

  10. Month of January is to be celebrated in Tamilnadu as Anbiyam Month.  Using the material that will be sent to you by the Diocesan Commission for B.C.C., kindly arrange to celebrate md;gpa khjk; in a meaningful way. This is a good occasion to start new Anbiams and to revitalize the existing ones.

  11. Marriage Preparation Course is obligatory to all Catholic Youth before their marriage. All pastors are to insist on it before writing the Banns for Marriage. An immediate Preparation before the Marriage is the duty of the parish Priests. The attending at Marriage Preparation Course does not dispense with this immediate preparation at the time of marriage.

  12. The list of Special Collections for 2018 in Salem Diocese is given below. Kindly mark the    dates of these Collections in your parish calendar.

  13. The process of obtaining Permit for Mass Wine is becoming more difficult. In this regard please make use of the Mass Wine sparingly. All permit holders, parishes and religious houses, are asked to keep a register of wine stock in every parish or Mass center, to be checked by the concerned officials of the Government at any time.

  14. The Stipend for High Mass is Rs. 100 only. Mass intentions should be the same all over the diocese   and any higher amount than Rs. 100 should not be collected for Mass Intentions anywhere in our diocese, whether be it a shrine of pilgrimage center.

  15. Masses will be given from the Procurator’s Office only to those who return the Exoneration slips of previously received Mass Intentions. Please attach the Mass Exoneration slip while applying for new Mass set.

  16. Mrs. Rathina Mary, sister of Fr. Durairaj, Parish Priest of Kumarapalayam, passed away to her eternal reward on 10.12.2017 and her funeral was held on 12.12.2017 at Martally in the presence of many priests, religious and lay people. We offer our prayers for her repose and for the strength of the family members of Fr. Durairaj. May She Rest In Peace!

  17. Worried? Fearful? Solution: Go to Sunday Mass! Says the Pope Francis. I have given the text of the Pope in this Newsletter, who answers the question why go to Mass on Sunday? I invite the   Pastors to explain to the Faithful the need of going for Sunday Mass using this text, the universal Magisterium.
Bishop S. Singaroyan