FROM BISHOP’S DESK – DECEMBER - 2018

  1. I wish the Clergy, Religious and Lay People of Salem Diocese, a BLESSED CHRISTMAS. May the Babe of Bethlehem be with you all through this Holy Season!

  2. THE SEASON OF ADVENT begins this year on 02.12.2018. This holy season is a time of prayer and penance to prepare the way in our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Pastors will plan for Christmas Carols. Keep in mind the present situation in India and in Tamilnadu and advice people to avoid provoking others by too much of noise and to keep up the time prescribed, especially at night.

  3. May I remind all the Parish Priests to remit the MISSION SUNDAY Collection to the Diocesan Procurator early and help him to forward the amount to Rome early.

  4. THE SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR AFRICAN MISSIONS (Pro Afris) is taken ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 25.12.2018, in all the parishes in our diocese. The proceeds of this collection will be sent to Rome to be used for Mission work in African continent. All the pastors are requested to remit the collection to the Diocesan Procurator early so that he may forward the collection to Rome.

  5. COMMUNIO INDIA SUNDAY is fixed for the First Sunday of Advent, a day closer to the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Patron of Mission in India. A special Collection is to be taken on that Sunday and the proceeds are to be sent to the Diocesan Procurator, for onward transmission to CCBI Office, Bangalore. A Circular has been sent to all the parishes already and the same is given in this newsletter for record.

  6. The Legion of Mary proposes to conduct a Holy Hour with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on 08.12.2018, Feast Day of Our Lady, in all the parishes from 12.00 noon to 1.00 p.m. Parish Priests are asked to encourage the members of the Legion of Mary and the parishioners in this pious practice.

    • The next Clergy Monthly Recollection will be at the Bishop’s House on 05.12.2018, Wednesday with the following schedule:
    • 09.30 a.m. Adoration and Confession
    • 10.30 a.m. Session I
    • 11.30 a.m. Coffee
    • 11.45 a.m. Session II
    • 01.00 p.m. Lunch and departure

  7. There will be NO Monthly Recollection for the Clergy in January 2019 at the Bishop’s House. All the Vicar Foranes are requested to hold Vicariates meetings in January 2019 to plan pastoral activities in the Vicariates for the Lenten and Easter Season.

  8. To the kind attention of the Religious Men and Women in Salem Diocese. Usually the Religious men and women come to wish the Bishop during the days before Christmas. This year Salem CRI has made a new proposal that all the Religious will meet and wish the Bishop on 23.12.2018 at the Epiphany Centre and also share Christmas with one another. Hence this year all Religious will meet and wish the Bishop on 23.12.2018 from morning till evening at the Epiphany Center. Kindly make use of this opportunity.
Bishop S. Singaroyan.