1.I wish the Clergy, Religious and Lay People of Salem Diocese, a JOYOUS AND FRUITFUL NEW YEAR 2020 . May the Lord grant us all to experience the Mercy of God intensely this year and express that Mercy to others in all our life.
2.The Special Collection for African Missions (Pro Afris), taken on Christmas Day 2019 in all the parishes is to be remitted to the Diocesan Procurator early so that he may forward the collection to Rome.
3.Day of Consecrated Life will be celebrated in Salem Diocese on 02.02.2020, Sunday, at Epiphany Centre, Salem. All the members of various Religious Institutes working in Salem Diocese are invited. The diocesan Clergy are welcome to the function to wish the Religious on their day.
4.The Clergy Monthly Recollection for January 2020 will be held on 06.01.2020 at Bishop's House with the following schedule:
9.30 a.m. Adoration and Confession
10.30 a.m. Session I - Introduction to the Year of Youth – Fr. Martin, Trichy
11.30 a.m. Coffee
11.45 a.m. Session II – Year of Youth in Salem Diocese – Frs. Martin & Stephan Soruphan
12.45 p.m. Bishop speaks

5.The Clergy Monthly Recollection for February 2020 will be held at the Vicariates. The Vicar Foranes are asked to call for the Vicariate Meeting and plan for the pastoral programmes of the whole year in the Parishes and in the Vicariates.
6.The Clergy Monthly Recollection is obligatory and useful spiritual exercise for all the priests of the diocese. All the diocesan priests and the religious priests in charge of parishes in Salem diocese are obliged to attend the monthly recollection without fail on the First Monday morning, or other days indicated, from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Fathers are most welcome to come to the Bishop's House on previous evening and for the night stay. Anyone who is not able to attend Clergy Monthly Recollection for unavoidable reasons is expected to inform the Vicar General beforehand.
7.The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is fixed from 18th to 25th January 2020. It will be celebrated with the theme: "They showed us unusual kindness"(Acts 28:2). The programme with the liturgical text for the prayer and other celebrations is sent to all. Please make use of them and organize several ecumenical programmes during these days. I give at the end of this Newsletter a text from Rome on this theme.
8.The Finance Committee is obligatory for all Parishes and Diocesan Educational and other Institutions run by the Diocese. May I remind all the Parish Priests and Heads of Diocesan Institutions to allow, encourage and consult the Finance Committee in all the acts of the financial administration of the parish or Institution. All the accounts sent to the diocese from Parishes and Institutions should be co-signed by one member of the Finance Committee.
THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE is celebrated on 1st January every year. It can be celebrated also on any convenient day near to it.. May I request all parishes and Institutions to celebrate this day and to encourage our people to pray and to take efforts at all levels for Peace in the world. This is a good occasion for organizing Inter-religious meetings and common prayers for the world peace. This is a good occasion for to come to the streets appealing for peace in the world through peace rally, human chain etc. Pope's Message for the 53rd World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on 01.01.2020, on the theme "Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation And Ecological Conversion is given at the end of this newsletter. Please read the text and bring the message of the Holy Father to the knowledge and benefit of our people.
9.Month of January is to be celebrated in Tamilnadu as Anbiyam Month. Using the material that will be sent to you by the Diocesan Commission for B.C.C., kindly arrange to celebrate in a meaningful way. This is a good occasion to start new Anbiams and to revitalize the existing ones.
10.Marriage Preparation Course is obligatory to all Catholic Youth before their marriage. All pastors are to insist on it before writing the Banns for Marriage. An immediate Preparation before the celebration of Marriage is the duty of the parish Priests. The attending at Marriage Preparation Course does not dispense with this immediate preparation at the time of marriage.
11.The list of Special Collections for 2020 for the Universal Church in Salem Diocese is given below. Kindly mark the dates of these Collections in your parish calendar.
12.The process of obtaining Permit for Mass Wine is becoming more difficult. In this regard please make use of the Mass Wine sparingly. All permit holders, parishes and religious houses, are asked to keep a register of wine stock in every parish or Mass center , to be checked by the concerned officials of the Government at any time.
13.The Stipend for High Mass is Rs. 100 only. Mass intentions should be the same all over the diocese and any higher amount than Rs. 100 should not be collected for Mass Intentions anywhere in our diocese, whether be it a shrine or pilgrimage center.
14. Masses will be given from the Procurator's Office only to those who return the Exoneration slips of previously received Mass Intentions. Please attach the Mass Exoneration slip while applying for new Mass set.
15.The year 2020 is declared as the YEAR OF THE YOUTH in Tamilnadu Church. This will be solemnly inaugurated in Salem Diocese on 12.01.2010 Sunday. Please send the representative youth from all the parishes for the inauguration of the YOY. Contact the Diocesan Youth Commission Secretary for various programmes for the youth at the parish and Vicariate levels.
16.To the kind attention of those who celebrate Masses in English. Conference of Catholic Bishops of India has brought out the newly translated LECTIONARY IN ENGLISH, approved by Rome. This new Lectionary is to be used in all Masses in English from 01.01.2020. Those who celebrate Masses in English, please procure the new Lectionary in time. A circular of the CCBI is given at the end of this newsletter.


Bishop S. Singaroyan