FROM BISHOP’S DESK – SEPTEMBER- 2018

  1. The Clergy Monthly Recollection on 03.09.2018 we will have Msgr. Joseph Lourdu Raja, Vicar General of Sivagangai diocese, to animate us on the new way of running a parish.          

  2. BIBLE SUNDAY will be celebrated in Tamilnadu this year on 23.09.2018. Let us make it a weeklong celebration to drive home to our people the importance of the Word of God in the life of every Christian and of the church using the material supplied to every parish by the Diocesan Bible Commission. Since we shall have the Diocesan Clergy Retreat during this week, Parish Priests are requested to choose suitable week for this important celebration.

  3. SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR BIBLE SUNDAY is to be taken in all the parishes and institutions on 23.09.2018 for the activities of Bible apostolate in Tamilnadu. Please inform the faithful on the purpose of this collection and remit the amount collected to Rev. Fr. Benjamin Sandanaraj, Secretary, Bible Commission, Mary Palace, Thammanan Road, Salem – 636009 as early as possible.

  4. 8th September is observed every year as GIRL CHILD DAY. Using the liturgical material prepared by the TNBC Commission for Women, kindly arrange to celebrate the Girl Child Day in a meaningful way. Various competitions could be conducted to develop the talents of the girl children in the parishes and institutions. This is a good occasion to conscientize our people on removing all forms of violence against women and girl children.

  5. The Register of Parish Chronicles is to be kept updated always. The bishop will sign it on every visit, even on casual visits.

  6. SC/ST Scholarship from Tamilnadu Bishops’ Council for those who are doing following professional courses; B.Ed., Nursing, B. Pharm; BPT; TTC; DTE/ Polytechnic; ITI; DMLT; MPHW, Pre-school teacher training; Degree & Dip. in Catering. Applications, at the cost of Rs.10 each, can be obtained from Fr. R. Jayaseelan, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Rasipuram, Namakkal Dt. and from Mariasusai Catechist, Bishop’s House, Maravaneri, Salem, from the beginning of September till 20th September 2018. The filled-in applications from eligible candidates should reach Fr. R. Jayaseelan before 30.09.2018, after which date, application cannot be accepted. For filling up the applications kindly take note of the following:
    1. The applicants must be studying in Institutions approved by the Government.
    2. Only one person can apply for Scholarship from a family.
    3. Applications must be duly signed by the Student, Principal & Parish Priest.
    4. Copy of the Community certificate must be attached.
    5. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
    6. Late date to submit the filled-in application is 30.09.2018.
    Kindly note that the Applications from our Commission office will be issued only to those who produce a copy of the SC / ST Community Certificate.

  7. Use of the New Tamil Missal is obligatory for all in Tamilnadu from February 2018. All the priests, including the priests of Religious Orders, are instructed to strictly follow and not to use any more he old Missal. All priests are invited to observe the Liturgical Rules in all Public liturgical celebrations.

  8. The Collection received in the Salem Diocesan Procurator’s Office, for Relief work in flood devastated areas of Kerala is Rs. 618821 till 25.08.2018. This amount is sent, at the instruction of the CBCI office, to Caritas India, through the Salem Social Service Society. I thank all the donors and the effort of the Parish priests and others in making the collection for our suffering brethren in Kerala.

  9. SALEM DIOCESAN CLERGY RETREAT is arranged this year from 23rd Sunday evening to 28th Friday lunch time, September 2018. The Venue of our Annual Retreat is: Shrine Retreat Center, Poondi, in Kumbakonam diocese. Tel. 04362-287780.Please note that we will start by Bus to Poondi on 23rd September 2018 Sunday leaving from Infant Jesus Cathedral, Salem, Sharp at 02.00 p.m. All the priests are expected to be at the Cathedral Campus before, 02.00 p.m. to avoid any delay in departure. Lunch will be provided at Infant Jesus Cathedral Presbytery dining hall from 12.30 p.m. on 23rd Sunday.

  10. The Mercedarian Sisters of Charity, who started a convent in Sadayampalayam, have started a house in Salem Town for the facilities English Medium Education of  their candidates of initial formation. Their address is Mercedarian Sisters of Charity, 40/19A, Natesan Colony, II floor, Sankar Nagar, Salem – 636007.

  11. The Seva Missionary Sisters have opened a new Community near Sheshanchavadi village in Valapadi parish. They are discerning God’s will for a relevant and meaningful  ministry in that area.

  12. Kindly note the following regarding the Diocesan Clergy Retreat:
    1. It is obligatory for all the Diocesan Priests to attend the Diocesan Annual Clergy Retreat. Anyone who is not able to attend the Retreat for valid reason should get the prior permission from the Bishop in writing before the 10th September 2018. This will also help the Procurator to book the number of rooms needed for our Retreat.
    2. It is desirable that all of us travel together in one bus to Poondi.   If anyone is not joining bus journey and want to come on his own for any serious reasons, please inform the Diocesan Procurator before 10th September 2018.  This will help the Procurator to arrange the size of bus we need. If Procurator does not receive any information by 15th September, it is understood that you are joining the bus travel.
    3. Please bring your MASS DIARY to the Diocesan Clergy Retreat to present it to the Bishop for verification and signature. Kindly write in your Mass Diary the date and the number of the Mass Receipts from Procurator and the date of the return of the Exoneration Slip to the Procurator. The Bishop will have to verify these in the Mass Diaries and in the Mass issue Register of the Diocese.
    4. Please bring your cassock to be used for the liturgical celebrations.
    5. Our Retreat will close with lunch on 28th September 2018 Friday and we will travel back after lunch on the same day. 

  13. Bishop S. Singaroyan.