FROM BISHOP’S DESK – FEBRUARY 2020

  • Month of February is called ‘Press Month’. Print Media is still one of the effective means of evangelization and communication. Let us use this media for pastoral and evangelical activities. Pastors are requested to urge the Faithful to subscribe to and promote Catholic Magazines (weekly and monthly). It is desired that each Catholic home receives and reads at least one Catholic magazine. This is an opportune time to promote Nam Vazhvu, our Catholic Tamil weekly. Mr. Leo Rosario will contact you on this.

  • The Clergy Monthly Recollection in February 2020 will be at the Vicariates. It will be a good occasion for planning Lenten programs in the Parishes and Vicariates.

  • Clergy Monthly Recollection at the Bishop’s House, Salem, in March 2020 will be on 02.03.2019 Monday. We will study about the Renewal of the Church through Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

  • Extracts of Registers of Baptism and Marriage are to be sent to the Bishop’s House immediately with entries up to December 2019. I request all the Parish Priests to act quickly to help the diocesan Chancellor to update the Archives.

  • Please check if you have already sent the Annual Statistical Form duly filled for 2019 to our diocesan Chancellor. The due date was 18.01.2020.

  • It is time to submit all the Accounts up to December 2020 from all parishes and schools to the Procurator for entries and eventual auditing. Kindly submit your accounts with proper receipt vouchers and payment bills along with the copies of bank pass books and Fixed Deposits. Those in charge of Schools please send your accounts with relevant receipts for school fees, Bus fees, Books and other Materials etc. This will help us to carry out the Half-yearly Audit.

  • All Universal Collections made in 2019 are to be remitted to the Procurator immediately to enable him for the onward transmission of the same to proper destination.

  • Diocesan pilgrimage to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Agraharam will be on 08.02.2020 Saturday. The Feast Mass will be celebrated at 7.30 a.m. at the Grotto. In view of the pilgrimage to Agraharam, all Catholic schools in Salem are encouraged to declare the Saturday, 08.02.2020 a holiday to facilitate the students and the teachers to participate in the pilgrimage.

  • Pontifical Society for the HOLY CHILDHOOD is the Association to motivate the children below 14 years of age for missionary activity. This year the HOLY CHILDHOOD DAY is celebrated on 09.02.2020. All the parishes and Institutions (Schools and Boarding Houses) are urged to celebrate this day meaningfully. A SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR HOLY CHILDHOOD SOCIETY is to be taken on this day and the proceeds are to be sent to the Pontifical Society for Holy Childhood, Rome. The Parish Priests and Heads of Institutions are requested to send the Holy Childhood collections early to the diocesan Procurator, Bishop’s House, Salem.

  • Madha T.V. of the TNBC completes SIX years in February 2020. With the generous contributions of all people in Tamilnadu and the hard work of the priests and other staff at Santhome Communication Centre, Chennai, and in various dioceses, the satellite channel has successfully functioned for six years. Its reception through Arasu cable in Tamilnadu and through private cable networks in other states of India has been remarkably acknowledged by thousands of letters from viewers. Madha T.V. is also available on AIRTEL (Ch.816), TATA SKY (ch. No. 1557), SUN DIRECT (Ch. 618) and VIDEOCORN (ch 599) dishes. Thousands of people watch this TV via internet all over the globe. I appeal to all the Parish Priests and Heads of Catholic Institutions to motivate all our Catholics to view Madha T.V. and to contribute to it in the Mathanthorum Madhavukku scheme.

  • Healing Ministry Week is celebrated from 6th to 13th February 2020. The Message of the Holy Father for the World Day of the Sick 2020 is given at the end of this newsletter.

  • DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE will be celebrated in Salem Diocese on 02.02.2020 at Epiphany Centre, Salem, from 09.30 a.m. till 01.30 p.m. There will be two sessions and Holy Mass by our Bishop.  The sessions will end with lunch at 01.30 p.m. All men and women religious in Salem Diocese are invited for the Day of Consecrated life celebration. Diocesan priests are invited to join the event as much as possible to encourage the religious working in our diocese.

  • As the Government Examinations are approaching for our students in our schools, let us arrange for Holy Mass or Prayer Services for the students who appear for the examinations during this month to ask for God’s grace on these students in our parishes and educational institutions.

  • Rev. Fr. M. Rajamanickam, in his capacity as the Director of Salem Social Service Society, is appointed as the Secretary of Salem Diocesan Health Commission. He will coordinate the Health Ministry in Salem Diocese.

  • Mr. Jesu Mari, beloved father of Rev. Fr. Ignatius Fidelis, aged 80 years, passed away on 10.01.2020. His funeral was held on 11.01.2020 at 03.30 p.m. at Agraharam in the presence of many priests, Religious Brothers and Sisters and Lay people. Let us pray for his repose and for the grieved family members. R.I.P.

  • The Holy SEASON OF LENT begins this year on 26.02.2020 with Ash Wednesday. The Message of the Pope for Lent is given in this newsletter. Kindly read the text and bring the message to the people. The Lenten Season is the appropriate time to catechize our faithful on conversion to the correct Catholic Spiritual and Moral Life. Let us instruct our people on the correct observance of Lenten duties of Fasting and Abstinence.
  • Bishop S. Singaroyan