FROM BISHOP’S DESK – AUGUST 2019

  1. The Clergy Monthly Recollection in August will be on 05.08.2019 at the Bishop’s House, Salem with usual schedule.

  2. The Feast of the Assumption of B.V.M. on August 15 th is a Solemnity and a Day of Obligation and it is also our National Independence Day. On this day all the Parish Priests are reminded to offer Missa Pro Populo as it is done every Sunday and enter it in your Mass diary.

  3. On 4th August Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Maria Vianney, the Parton saint of the Priests. I wish all our priests “A VERY HAPPY FEAST” on this day.

  4. YOUTH SUNDAY is celebrated in Tamilnadu on 04.08.2019. I request all the parishes to have various programmes for the youth on this day, so that the youth are encouraged to grow in their Christian Faith and social commitment. Please register all the Catholic youth in the Diocesan Youth Movement for their constant growth and support. A SPECIAL COLLECTION is to be taken on this Sunday for the Youth Ministries at Tamilnadu. Kindly announce this collection to the people and remit the proceeds to Rev. Fr. Stephan Soruphan, Epiphany Centre, for onward transmission to TNBC Youth Commission, Trichy.

  5. PRISON MINISTRY SUNDAY will be celebrated on 11.08.2019, with the central theme: “Walls do not create prisons”. Please explain to the people the significance of this special ministry to people behind the bars, making use of the materials sent to you. As followers of Christ the Lord of Mercy, Prison Ministry will be a very significant to manifest our mercy to the unfortunate people. The volunteers of Prison Ministry Salem diocese will be approaching the parishes in the course of this year to explain to the people this great ministry and to raise funds for the activities of the Prison Ministry, India. Parish Priests are requested to permit and encourage these volunteers in their effort for fund raising and identifying volunteers for their activities to be carried out throughout the year.

  6. Salem Diocesan Clergy Retreat will be held from 06th to 11th October 2019 at Capuchin Reteat Center, Sundampatti. Kindly mark the dates in your personal schedule. All the diocesan priests are to keep yourselves free for the Clergy Retreat. Fathers, who are in schools, may have to take casual leave for a few days.

  7. Priests, who ask for Mass Intentions from the Diocesan Procurator, do not forget to attach the exoneration slip of the previous Mass slip duly signed and dated and marked in your mass diary. All Masses issued and exonerated slips received are to be recorded in the Procurator’s Mass Register.

  8. Appeal to observe August 10th as Mourning Day to fight for the 67 years of denial of Religious Freedom to Dalits in India. Appropriate programmes are to be held in every parish to bring the awareness to our people of the injustice done to the brothern of scheduled caste orgin based on their religious belonging.

  9. May I remind all Parish Priests to remit the collection taken on World Communication Sunday on 14.07.2019 for onward transmission to the Regional and National Offices.

  10. Extraordinary Missioanry Month (EMM) – October 2019. Pope Francis has invited the whole Catholic Church to celebrate the month of October 2019 as the Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMM), in commemoration of the 100th year of the Encyclical Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV, calling the whole church to missio ad gentes, proclaiming Christ to those who do not know Christ. Let us plan ahead for programmes at the parishes and at the Vicariate level.

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    Bishop S. Singaroyan.