FROM BISHOP’S DESK – APRIL - 2019

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

  2. The Special Clergy Monthly Recollection (Priests’ Sanctification Daywill be at the Bishop’s House, Salem, on 15.04.2019, Monday in the Holy Week. All the Diocesan priests and Religious priests working in Salem diocese are invited to attend the sessions of that day and concelebrate with the Bishop in the CHRISM MASS in the evening.All priests are invited for supper at Marthal Illam in the Epiphany Center. Please collect the Holy Oils before you leave from the Epiphany Center soon after supper.The tentative schedule will be as follows:
    09.30 a.m. Morning prayer
    10.00 a.m. Session I
    11.00 a.m. Coffee
    11.30 a.m. Session II
    12.30 p.m. Midday prayer and Lunch
    02.30 p.m. Adoration & Confession
    03.30 p.m. Solemn Vespers
    04.00 p.m. Tea and free time
    05.00 p.m. Departure to Cathedral
    06.00 p.m. CHRISM MASS at Infant Jesus Cathedral, Salem.

  3. There will be NO Clergy Monthly Recollection in May 2019. The next Clergy Monthy Recolelcliton at the Bishop’s House, Salem, will be on 10.06.2019,along with the Election to the Salem Diocesan Council of Priests.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 28.04.2019.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.

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

  7. VOCATION CAMP FOR SALEM DIOCESE will be conducted on 24- 25 April 2019 , Wednesday and 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 to the number of those who may attend the camp from your parish.

  8. 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.

  9. I appeal to all the Parish Priests and priests in various Institutions to take up Vocation Drive for Salem Dioceseas we need many seminarians 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.

  10. The Fifty sixth World Day of Prayer for Vocations (VOCATION SUNDAY) The Fifty sixth World Day of Prayer for Vocations (VOCATION SUNDAY) The Message of the Holy Father for the The Fifty-sixth World Day of Prayer for Vocations is given at the end of this newsletter.

  11. Celebration of Confirmationmay be arranged in the parishes during April & May 2019. 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.

  12. Annual Accounts of Salem Diocese Society are closed on 31.03.2019.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 and copies of deposits, in the first week of April for auditing. Please act quickly on this.

  13. 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. Benjamin Sandanaraj, Mary Palace, Salem.

  14. 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 requirementsfixed for other students in the admission process. Priority should be given to Catholic Students in the selection of groups of study 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.

  15. May I  appeal to all Priests, Religious, Institutions, Government and other Employees and 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. Cheques may be drawn in favour of: The Salem Diocese Society.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. The Diocese of Salem comes forward to partly sponsor the Hostel expenses of the Catholic boys staying in the Minor Seminary Boys Home and go to schools in the Little Flower Hr.Sec. School and Little Flower Matriculation School nearby.Please contact Fr. Rector for details.

  18. 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 Vazhvuriami Iyakkamin 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.

  19. General Elacction for the Indian Parliament is to take place in Tamilnadu on 18.04.2019.Let us encourage all Catholics to go to vote and exercise their constitutional right. This day happens to be Holy Thursday. All our objections raised to the Election Commisison and case filed in the court for the same, has not brought favourable result. Let us see that in every pairsh, especially where the polling booths are siturated in the Church campus, that the elections and the Maundy Thursday evening liturgical celebrations go on smoothly.

  20. Mrs. P. Janci, Arisipalayam parish, is appointed Secretary for the Salem Diocesan Commission for Women from 25.03.2019. I request all the Parish Priests to extend your kind cooperation to the new Secretary for the animation and formation of women in their faith and in playing their rightful role in the life and ministry of the Church and in the Society at large. The new Secretary will contact the parishes and the concerned institutions for carrying the activities of the Diocesan Commission for Women. The former Secretary Miss Jacintha Rosi of Attur parish, passed away suddenly due to ill health.The Diocese of Salem thanks her and appreciates her services to Salem Diocese for many years. We offer our prayers for her repose. May she rest in peace!

  21. SACERDOTAL SILVER JUBILEEThe Bishop, Clergy, Religious and Lay people of Salem Diocese offer our prayerful wishes and Congratulation to our Dear Fathers Ordained on 27.04.1994 on their SACERDOTAL SILVER JUBILEE.


Bishop S. Singaroyan