FROM BISHOP’S DESK – APRIL - 2018

  1. I wish all the Clergy, Religious and Laity of our Diocese a BLESSED EASTER! I wish all a Happy and Fruitful Paschal Season. I exhort all the priests in the parishes to undertake pastoral visit and Blessing of the families during the Paschal Season.  

  2. Easter Blessing of all the Houses in the Parish is an obligation to the Pastors and a grace to the People. I ask all the Pastors to take up visiting and blessing of all the Catholic families in the parish during the Paschal Season. This is also occasion to update the details in the Status Animarum and the Family Cards / Books of the parish.

  3. SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER. THE SPECIAL COLLECTION for the PONTIFICAL SOCIETY OF ST. PETER THE APOSTLE, Rome, in support of the formation of future priests in seminariesall over the world, is fixed for the Second Sunday of Easter. This year the Second Sunday of Easter falls on 08.04.2018.May I request all the Parish Priests to inform the people of this collection and ask the people to contribute for the formation of future priests for the Catholic Church. The collection taken on this day is to be remitted to the diocesan Procurator immediately for onward transmission to Rome.

  4. May I remind you to remit the GOOD FRIDAY - SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LANDS to the Diocesan Procurator for onward transmission to Rome.

  5. May I remind all Parish Priests to remit the Hunger and Disease Sunday Collection to the Director, Salem Social Service Society as early as possible and help him for forward the specified collection to Caritas India, New Delhi.

  6. VOCATION CAMP FOR SALEM DIOCESE will be conducted on 25- 26 April, 2018 Wednesday & Thursday at St. Xavier’s Minor Seminary, Salem. . Please send to the Vocation Camp students who are interested in becoming priests, those who have completed X, XI & XII Standards or any Degree Course. Boarding and lodging will be provided free for those who attend the Vocation Camp. It will be useful if you could inform Rev. Fr. Michaelraj Selvam, the Rector of the Minor Seminary, possible number of those who may attend the camp from your parish.

  7. I appeal to all the Parish Priests and priests in various Institutions to take up Vocation Drive for Salem Diocese as we need many seminarian and priests for our diocese in the near future. Each priest should keep in mind to recruit one or two good candidates for our diocese every year from our parishes and institutions.

  8. The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations (VOCATION SUNDAY) will be celebrated on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, on 22.04.2018 this year. I urge all the Pastors to motivate our people in their duty of Vocation Promotion for Priesthood and Religious Life. It is an occasion to arrange various celebrations, including cultural programmes, on the theme of Vocation involving children. The Message of the Holy Father for the The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations is given at the end of this newsletter.

  9. Celebration of Confirmation may be arranged in the parishes during April & May 2018. Even a small group of children can be prepared for Confirmation, instead of waiting for several years to have a bigger group. The parish priests are asked to book your dates early with the Bishop or with the Vicar General.

  10. Annual Accounts of Salem Diocese Society are closed on 31.03.2018. All Parish Priests, Heads of Diocesan Institutions and all those who are doing any Project through the Diocese are requested to bring to the Diocesan Procurator the accounts with relevant bills and copies of Bank Pass books in the first week of April for auditing. Please act quickly on this.

  11. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) is a very useful programme during the summer holidays to bring the Word of God close to our children. I exhort all parish priests to organize VBS during summer holidays. For necessary material, syllabus and training of animators for VBS, please contact Fr. Stanly Kumar or former Catechist Mariasusai, Bishop’s House, Salem.

  12. To the kind attention of the Heads of Catholic Educational Institutions. Admission of all the Catholic children in Catholic Schools is the policy of the CBCI and National CRI. It is important all the Catholic Educational Institutions come forward to execute this policy. May I remind all the Heads of Catholic Schools in Salem diocese to admit all the Catholic children who seek admission in Catholic Schools, run by the Diocese or by Religious Congregations, even relaxing some of the requirements fixed for other students in the admission process. Priority should be given to Catholic Students in the selection of groups of study and in hostel / boarding facilities if available. If any serious difficulty arises to get the Catholic children admitted in Catholic schools, the matter may be referred to the special committee, headed by our Vicar General, to look into these matters.

  13. May I appeal to all Priests, Religious, Institutions, Government and other Employees to contribute for the SALEM DIOCESAN EDUCATION FUND for Poor Children. The fund collected is managed by the Diocesan Education Fund Committee, which includes members from the Clergy, Religious and Lay people. The details of the disbursement of education help will be given every year in the diocesan Newsletter in July. Please send your collections in cash or by cheque to Fr. Procurator, Bishop’s house, P.O. Box 703, Court Road, Maravaneri, Salem – 636007.

  14. There will be NO Clergy Monthly Recollection in April and May 2018. The next Clergy Monthly Recollection in the Bishop’s House, Salem, will be on 04.06.2018, Monday

  15. The admission details for St. Paul’s Hr. Sec. School and St. Theresa’s Home for Children, Salem, is given later in this newsletter. Kindly see that all Catholic children, who want to be admitted into our boarding house, get there in time. Non-Catholic boys may be recommended to the Hostel in the same campus.

  16. The admission details for St. Xavier’s Seminary Hostel, Salem, is given later in this newsletter. Kindly see that all Catholic children, who want to be admitted there, make it in time.

  17. These days the number of incidents are on the increase regarding the disturbances and damages to the Churches and other Christian bodies in our country. Let us be watchful and act diligently. The Kirithavar Vazhvuriamai Iyakkam in the parish or in the Vicariate level can take up such issues to bring awareness among our people and to register our concern to the Government authorities.

  18. The Holy Father Pope Francis has decreed the Memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church to be celebrated on the Monday after the Solemnity of the Pentecost. The Text is given later in this newsletter. Please inform our people about it. On 21.05.2018 the Memory of Mary Mother of the Church will have to be celebrated throughout the Church. Kindly to it.

  19. The Procedure regarding the Registration of candidates seeking teachers’ appointment in our Diocesan schools is given later in this Newsletter. I earnestly request all the Parish Priests and Heads of Salem Diocesan Schools to bring this information to the knowledge of all the Catholics in our parishes and Institutions.

  20. Mr. Thomas, aged 81, Father of Fr. T. Manickam, Headmaster St. Paul’s Hr. Sec. School Salem -7, passed away to his heavenly reward on 15.03.2018. Her funeral took place at Gangavalli. We assure our prayers for the repose of the deceased and for the wellbeing of his family members. R.I.P.

  21. Mr. O.J. Thomas aged 72, Father of Fr. Joseph, VC of Pungavadi, passed away to his heavenly reward on 27.02.2018. Her funeral took place at Parambuzha Kottayam . We assure our prayers for the repose of the deceased and for the wellbeing of his family members. R.I.P.

Bishop S. Singaroyan