FROM BISHOP’S DESK – JULY 2020

FROM APOSTOLIC ADMINSTRATOR’S DESK – JULY 2020

1. The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: If the present lock down is lifted and the Churches are allowed to function normally the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene will be celebrated at Mathiampatti on 22.07.2020 as usual. The details of the celebration of this feast will be communicated later.

2.The 54thWORLD COMMUNICAITON DAY message from Pope Francis is given at the end of this Newsletter in Tamil. Kindly go read and reflect on it.

3. Catechism and Moral Instruction are very important duties of every Catholic Educational Institution. The time and days allotted to Catechism of Catholic children should be conducive for their faith formation and hence it should receive top priority in every Catholic School in arranging the timetable. Kindly follow the instruction of the Diocesan Commission for Catechesis in this regard.

4. Belgium (ICHEC) Housing Project may be undertaken in February 2021in two or three places according to availability of the number of students from Belgium. Those who would like to take up this project in their parishes in future may kindly contact the Apostolic Administrator.

5. To the kind attention of those priests who receive Mass Intentions from the Bishop’s House. All who received Mass intentions from the Diocesan Procurator have to return the Mass Exoneration slip duly signed and dated to the Diocesan Procurator after those Masses have been celebrated. This is required for our auditing and to ensure the fulfillment of canonical obligation of celebrating all the Masses received. Hence when a priest, Diocesan or Religious, asks for a set of Mass Intentions from the Diocesan Procurator, he has to submit the Exoneration slip of the earlier Masses, if any, received from the Procurator. Kindly observe this, as the matter involves duty of conscience and canonical sanctions.

6.Parish Priests of those parishes, where we receive extra Mass Intentions, than the priests in the parish can celebrate them all individually, are not to give these Mass Intentions to any priests within our diocese or outside. The Parish Priest and the Bishop have a grave moral and canonical obligation to ensure the actual and individual exoneration of every Mass Intention given by the faithful all through the diocese. As the Church regards Mass obligation as very grave, Priests, kindly oblige. Do not give Mass intentions to any priest as remuneration etc. Any Surplus Mass intention is to be handed over to the Diocesan Procurator along with the stipend, so that all masses could be celebrated individually by our priests in the course of the year.

7. PARISH MASS REGISTER. It is obligatory for all parishes to maintain a Parish Mass Register, where all Mass Intentions given by the faithful in parishes and shrines are to be written in order in a register, clearlymentioning the name and address of the donor and the intentions for which the Mass is to be offered, together with the number of Masses and the stipend amount. When these Masses are celebrated in the same place the date of exoneration of each mass is to be mentioned in the same register. If the Masses have been given to the Procurator as Surplus Mass intentions, it has to be written in the same register. Bishop will have to check and sign this Parish Mass register during his visits to parishes. Kindly observe this new obligation diligently. The obligation of Mass intentions is binding in conscience.

8.An Appeal to all those who are sending news items for Salem Diocesan Newsletter. In order to ensure that the Diocesan Newsletter reaches all concerned by the 1st of every month, the editing of the newsletter starts on 20th of every month. All those who want to send news items for the Diocesan Newsletter, please send it to the procurator office so as to reach before 20th of every month either by email to:dioceseofsalem@gmail.com or by post.

9.The Homily of Pope Francis on the Holy Eucharist on Corpus Christi, is given at the end of this newsletter. Let us all read and pray about it.

+ Most Rev. Dr. Lawrence Pius
Apostolic Administrator