FROM BISHOP’S DESK – NOVEMBER - 2018

  1. The month of NOVEMBER reminds us to pray for the departed souls. Let us encourage our people to pray for the dead, offer Holy Mass for their repose and perform charitable acts in their memory. Those who visit the cemetery during this month and pray for the dead obtain Plenary Indulgences.

  2. The Special Collection, taken on Mission Sunday in October 2018 in all the Parishes and Institutions,is to be immediately remitted to the Diocesan Procurator

  3. All the diocesan priests are obliged to offer ONE mass for the intentions of the Donors of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Rome.Let us fulfill this obligation and record it in the Mass Diary.

  4. All the priests of Salem diocese who are in active ministry shall contribute to the ELDERLY CLERGY MAINTENANCE FUND (ECMF) of Salem Diocese by offering 20 Masses, which our diocesan Procurator will distribute to each one. These Masses can be celebrated also as bination and are to be marked in the Mass Diary. Please respond to the communication of the diocesan Procurator immediately.

  5. Those priests who have pastoral need to binate often are requested to offer those bination Masses, for which no stipend is offered by the people, for the intentions of diocesan Procurator and inform him in writing from time to time the number of Masses thus celebrated. The stipend amount of these Masses will be used for the priestly formation of the seminarians of our diocese.Please cooperate.

  6. Parish Mass Register. All parish Priests and others in–charge of parishes or Institutions in Salem Diocese are reminded of the new obligation to register in a notebook all the masses received from people in that place, indicating the details of the date of receipt, the donor, the intention, the date of the celebration of that mass and to whom it is given, if it is not celebrated in the place of the receipt. Where the priests of the place are not able to celebrate individually all the Masses, they should not give them to any other priests directly. All extra Masses are to be given to the diocesan Procurator, together with the stipend, to ensure the individual celebration of the Massesby our priests. The Bishop will have to go through and sign this register in every parish. Even where only a few Masses are received and they are celebrated immediately, enter in this register and update it daily.

  7. Sending the Extracts of Marriages to the District Registrars of Marriages and to get our registers signed by the District Registrar is a serious obligation for all Parish Priests.For this purpose, every parish Priest has to obtain a License from the Government as Registrar of Marriage in Tamilnadu. With the letter of authorization from the Bishop, please hurry up to apply for the license with relevant documents, namely, Copies of the Aadhar card, present address, Email ID and Cellphone Number. When the name of the priests in civil records, is not the same as used in the diocesan records, please get a fresh letter from the Bishop with name spelt as in your Civil Records.

  8. After writing of the banns, the relevant details of the Marriage is to be submitted ON-LINE,through the prescribed website, to the Registration Department. When the acknowledgement for the marriage is received on-line, then the acknowledged forms are to be downloaded and required signatures of the Couples, Witnesses and the Priest Registrar, have to be obtained in three copies. Then the usual procedure to submit the same in the office of the District Registrar, and obtain a seal in our church Register, is to be followed.

  9. The Clergy Monthly Recollection will be conducted at the Bishop’s House, Salem, on 05.11.2018 Monday. On that day we shall offer Holy Mass for all our deceased confreres at 12.00 noon and then we shall bless their cemeteries. Kindly come prepared to concelebrate in the Holy Mass.

    • 09.30 a.m. Adoration & Confession
    • 10.30 a.m. Session I
    • 11.30 a.m. Coffee
    • 11.45 a.m. Bishop speaks
    • 12.00 noon Holy Mass for our Deceased Confreres
    • 12.50 p.m. Blessing of the cemetery at Bishop’s House
    • 01.00 p.m. Lunch.

  10. The Meeting of the Diocesan Pastoral Council was held on 02.10.2018 at 10.00 a.m. at Epiphany Center . The House evaluated the activities of the Various Commission of the diocese. The problem of Registering of Christian Marriages was discussed .

  11. The Chancellor of Thanjavur diocese informs that Rev. Fr. Anthony Balthasar of Thanjavur diocese is suspended from all acts of Power of Order and governance in accordance with CIC can.1333, from 29.09.2018.

  12. I am giving at the end of this Newsletter the text of the speech of Pope Francis to the Bishops from Mission Territories, participating in the Seminar Promoted by the  Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Rome. The address is very relevant to all the Priests and to others who are called to Pastoral Leadership. Kindly read and meditate on this text for our personal benefit and change of life style.

  13. The Next Clergy Monthly Recollection in December 2018 will be NOT on the usual First Monday as it falls on St. Francis Xavier’s feast day. Itwill be on 05.12.2018 Wednesday. On that Day we shall have the Christmas celebration for the Clergy and Seminarians of Salem Diocese. Kindly mark the change of days in your Diary.
Bishop S. Singaroyan.