FROM BISHOP’S DESK – MARCH 2020

1. The season of Lent this year goes on the whole of March. The Lenten Season is the appropriate time to catechize our faithful on conversion to the correct Catholic Spiritual and Moral Life. Lent is the proper season to carry out many activities for the improvement of Christian life.

2. The Clergy Monthly Recollection will be at the Bishop’s House, Salem, on 02.03.2020, Monday. All the Clergy are invited.

3. Extract of Registers of Baptism and Marriage is to be sent to the Chancellor, Bishop’s House, immediately with entries up to December 2019. Please act quickly to help the diocesan Chancellor to update the Archives.

4. Retreats for Catholic Teachers are being conducted at the Vicariate level on different dates. Kindly encourage and see that all Catholic teachers participate and benefit from the spiritual exercises.

5. The International Women’s Day is observed on March 8th. This year it is celebrated with theme of EachforEqual: Gender Equality – Realizing Women’s Rights. I request that the Women’s Day be celebrated meaningfully in all the parishes and institutions in appropriate manner making use of the material that will be sent to you by the Diocesan Commission for Women.

6. May I remind all to Remit the Holy Childhood Day Collection taken on 09.02.2020 to the Diocesan Procurator immediately and help him to forward the amount to Rome.

7. Annual Accounts of Salem Diocese Society are to be closed on 31.03.2020. 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.

8. Special Collection for Hunger and Disease Campaign Sunday (Charity Sunday) will be taken on 15.03.2020, the Third Sunday of Lent. The amount collected is to be remitted to Rev. Fr. M. Rajamanickam, Director, Salem Social Service Society Convent Road, Alagapuram, Salem – 636 016, at the earliest to be forwarded to Caritas India.

9. Special Collection for the Maintenance of the Holy See, known as Obolo Sancti Petri, is taken in Tamilnadu on 22.03.2020, the IV Sunday of Lent. All pastors are invited to inform our people of their obligation to help the Pope in his service to the Universal Church. This collection is to be sent to Rome at the earliest.

10. Those who want to invite Charismatic groups or individual Preachers from outside Salem Diocese for conducting Lenten Retreats in the parishes, kindly get Bishop’s prior permission.

11. POPE’S MESSAGE FOR LENT 2020 on the theme of “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God “ (2 Cor 5:20) was given in February 2020 newsletter. Let us read, meditate and share.

12. Mrs. Lourdu Mary Aged 81, beloved Mother of Rev. Fr. Gnanaraj has passed away on 04.02.2020. Her funereal took place in her native place. We offer our Heartfelt Condolences to Fr. Gnanaraj and his family members and we assure our prayers for the repose of her soul. R.I.P.

13. The Annual Clergy Retreat in 2020 will be from 27th September Sunday night to 2nd October Friday noon. All diocesan Priests kindly mark these dates in your personal calendars.

Bishop S. Singaroyan