FROM BISHOP’S DESK – December 2017

  1. I wish the Clergy, Religious and Lay People of Salem Diocese, a BLESSED CHRISTMAS. May the Babe of Bethlehem be with you all through this Holy Season and New Year!

  2. The next Clergy Monthly Recollection will be at the Bishop’s House on 04.12.2017,   Monday with the following schedule:

    09.30 a.m.       Adoration and Confession & The Shepherd’s Voice
    11.00 a.m.       Refreshments  & Clergy Christmas Celebration
    01.00 p.m.       Lunch and departure

  3. THE SEASON OF ADVENT begins this year on 03.12.2017. This holy season is a time of prayer and penance to prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Pastors will plan for Christmas Carols. Keep in mind the present situation in India and in Tamil Nadu and advise people to keep up the time prescribed at night.

  4. May I remind all the Parish Priests to remit the MISSION SUNDAY Collection to the Diocesan Procurator early and help him to forward the amount to Rome early.

  5. THE SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR AFRICAN MISSIONS (Pro Afris) is taken ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 25.12.2017, in all the parishes in our diocese. The proceeds of this collection will be sent to Rome to be used for Mission work in African continent. All the pastors are requested to remit the collection to the Diocesan Procurator early so that he may forward the collection to Rome.

  6. Dalit Liberation Sunday is celebrated all over India on 12.11.2017. in view of conscientizing the entire Christian Community about the struggles of the Dalit Christians and urge the Union Government to include the Christians of Scheduled castes origin in the Scheduled Castes list. I request all pastors to make this day’s celebration meaningful making use of the material that will be sent to you from the Diocesan Commission for the SC/ST/BC.

  7. The Legion of Mary proposes to conduct a Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on 08.12.2017, Feast Day of Our Lady, in all the parishes from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. Parish Priests are asked to encourage the members of the Legion of Mary and the parishioners in this pious practice.

  8. There will be NO Monthly Recollection for the Clergy in February 2017 at the Bishop’s House. All the Vicar Foranes are requested to hold Vicariates meetings in February 2017 to plan pastoral activities in the Vicariates for the Lenten and Easter Seasons.

  9. From this month onwards, I will be giving in the newsletter the summary of the weekly Catechesis of the Pope on Eucharist. Please read and put into practice what the Pope says. On 8th November he has spoken on taking photos during the Eucharistic celebration. Read it for yourself.

  10. A liturgical clarification on the Reservation of the Eucharist outside a Church is given at the end of this newsletter. Please read it for proper observance of the liturgical regulations regarding reservation of the Eucharist.
Bishop S. Singaroyan