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Final Day of the Feast of Infant Jesus at Bikarnakatta
The final day of celebrations happened to be a Thursday and hence many faithful flocked to the Infant Jesus Shrine as usual. Carmelite Friars: Geroge Santhumayor, Oswald Crasta, Pawan Saldanha, Agnelo Rebello (preached by Fr. Pius James) celebrated morning Masses. Many priests concelebrated for all Masses. Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyprian Monis, Bishop of Asansol celebrated 10.30 High Mass. Fr. Joaquim Rodrigues preached for the same. Very Rev. Fr. Maxim Noronha, Vicar General of Mangaluru Diocese celebrated the concluding Mass at 6pm. Mr. Simon our Shrine Choir Master, Mr. Simon Bajal, Mrs. Corrine from White Doves, Carmel Choir, Blue Angels Choir led by Mr. Denzil sang beautifully and uplifted the Liturgy. The final Mass was followed by a short Eucharistic Procession. Flag of Infant Jesus that was hoisted on 4th of January at the beginning of the festivities was lowered and by singing the anthem of Infant Jesus the celebrations were concluded. Earlier Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial of the Carmelites honored the donors of the feast. Fr. Wilfred, the Superior and Coordinator of all the Committees thanked all the Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Brothers and Rev. Sisters for their contribution for the success of the feast. He said, ‘though this is not a Parish yet so many volunteers selflessly rendered their service even taking leave from their work’. Fr. Prakash, the Shrine Pastor once again recalled all those who contributed their mite in various forms and thanked them profusely and assured them prayers. Thus the 13 days long festivities came to an end with the band playing the traditional thanksgiving hymn “Oh Give thanks to the Lord for He is good”.

IN MEMORIAM
SR. ANNA OF ST. BARTHOLOMEW OCD (1930 – 2019)


Born: 15.03.1930
Entered Kottayam Carmel: 08.01.1949
First Profession: 14.07.1951
Solemn Profession: 14.07.1954
Came to Mysore Carmel: 09.12.1985
Death: 10.12.2019

On the night of 13 December St. John of the Cross ended his earthly life wanting to move over, “ to sing the matins in Heaven”. So also Our dear Sr. Anna left us all on 10 December to sing the mercies and praises of the Lord in heaven and live forever more face to face with Him. Her 89 years long sojourn on earth is over and we feel her absence amidst us, awakening is each of us vivid reminiscences of her wonderful person, simple life style and joyful holiness. Sr. Anna Chacko Chamakalayil was born on 15th March 1930 at Athirampuzha in Kerala to Chacko Chamakalayil and Rosa Chamakalayil. She was the 2nd of 7 children born to them. One of her sisters, Sr. Elizabeth, is a consecrated religious among Carmelite Missionaries.

 “Solo Dios Basta” echoed all over Carmel Hill on the second day of the Feast
Today is the second day of the feast of Infant Jesus. The day was dedicated to children and the theme was “Solo Dio Basta” the Spanish version for ‘God alone suffices’: the life theme of St. Teresa of Avila. Because God alone is the unconditional source of love and those who love him lack nothing. This theme was well explained during the homilies taking the experience of the saint’s, specially St. Teresa of Avila. It was an awesome sight to see the ocean of devotees flocking to receive the blessing of the Infant Jesus from early morning till in the evening for holy masses. The 10:30 mass which was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Alwyn Beretto, Bishop of Sindudurg and the 6:00 Pm Mass by Rt. Rev. Bernard Moras, the Bishop Emeritus of Bangaluru. These two high Masses surprised us by the ocean of the devotees that climbed Carmel Hill to hear the Word made flesh, the Babe of Bethlehem. Liturgy, Choir, Spiritual ministry was well organized more than ten thousand people were served meals. Thanks to the priests, brothers and all the volunteers for their round the clock selfless service. The 6pm Choir were given standing ovation not just for the performance rather the choir following the liturgical decorum elevated the mood of the assembly and helped the people pray, said Fr. Wilfred, the Superior of the Monastery. Fr. Rayan Pinto conducted the adoration. Simon our Choir Master and Alwyn D Cunha from Derebail Parish conducted the other choirs. Christy of Chris Sounds managed the Sound, Benna of Ben Electricals over saw the lighting of the venue. The Provincial of the Carmelites honoured the Bishops after the Mass.

First Day of the Feast of Infant Jesus at Bikarnakatta
All roads were leading to Bikarnakatta on the first day of the three day festivities to honour the Infant King. Festal joy was abounding in all faces as they devoutly participated in the Liturgy. Fr. Ronald Serrao, the Rector of the Seminary celebrated the first Mass and preached a meaningful homily. The Second Mass was officiated and preached by Fr. Macson Elias Dabre OCD a young Carmelite coming all the way from Goa. The third Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao and preached by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes. The 10.30 Mass was dedicated for the sick. Rt. Rev. Dr. William D Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna. Fr. George Santhumayor OCD preached the homily on the theme “God alone suffices”. The solemn Mass was held in the evening at 6pm and Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore celebrated the Mass along with more than 50 concelebrants. Rt. Rev. Dr. Alwyn Baretto the Bishop of Sindhudurg was also present. Fr. Deep Fernandes OCD preached a beautiful homily summarizing all the themes of Novena days. Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, the Superior of the Monastery thanked the Bishops and Fr. Prakash the Shrine Pastor rendered vote of thanks. More than 10 thousand people attended the 6pm Mass. Noon meals were served to all the devotees. Choir from Bajjodi parish sang for 10.30 Mass and Carmel Choir, the official choir of the Shrine led the singing for the 6pm Mass.

Final Day of the Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
The final Day of the Novena was dedicated to the Religious and Missionaries. Walking in Truth knowing who we are, is the essential ingredient of true prayer life was topic of the day. The great reformer and Doctor of the church, St Teresa of Avila’s life was commemorated and her theme of life “God alone suffices” was elaborated in each sermon. The final Mass was celebrated by the Provincial of Karnataka Goa Carmelite Province Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD and preached by Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD the Superior and Rector of Infant Jesus Shrine. Bajjodi parishioners led the choir. Fr. Pius James the Episcopal Vicar of Religious led a consecration prayer which was repeated by all religious. The heads of different committees for the smooth running of the feast were honored. Later Fr. Charles blessed the grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All the Carmelites with lighted candles were led in procession to the grotto and they sang the traditional Salve Regina in Latin honoring Mother Mary. Fr. Prakash thanked all and sought the cooperation of everyone for the success of three days festivities.

8th Day Novena dedicated to the Youth : Infant Jesus Shrine Mangaluru
“Firm in love through all our days, we give God unceasing praise”, that’s how the youthful hearts chanted in unison on the 8th day of Novena dedicated to the Youth. It was heartening to see the youth who frequented the Shrine today both for confession and the Eucharist. For most of the devotees the Novena Mass was the second Mass as they attended the regular service in their respective parishes. Hence more faithful attended the services in the afternoon than in the morning. The highlight of the day was the drawing competition that was held for children in the afternoon where more than 200 children participated to draw a beautiful picture of Infant Jesus. Following priests were officiating at the Mass today: Fr. Sunil Monis, OCD, Gulbarga, Fr. Melwyn Noronha, Pakshikere, Fr. Deep Fernandes OCD, Fr. Juze D Souza, OCD , Fr. Richard Menezes, OCD, Fr. Richard Menezes, OCD. Those donated noon meals were honored at the end of the Mass. Special adoration and prayer service was conducted for the youth. The volunteers work round the clock to cook meals, to arrange chairs to maintain discipline during Mass and specially to guide the vehicular movement. Mr. Cliyon and Narayan Raj our committed staff in the video studio section are working tirelessly to upload the daily Liturgy and prayer services on YouTube and FaceBook. Frs. Wilfred and Fr. Prakash Superior and Pastor of the Shrine respectively monitor the situation and guide all the departments for better coordination.

7th Day of the Novena dedicated to children : Infant Jesus Shrine Mangaluru
The day was marked to pray for all teachers and children. Special prayers were offered for those children who face challenges in their life. Many parents along with their children attended different masses especially 6 pm mass which was celebrated in the open air, con-celebrated by number of priests and was accompanied by melodious choir by children led by Simon our Choir Master. All the homilies of different masses were based on the theme ‘Get enlightened Main celebrants and preachers were, Fr. John Pinto OCD, Fr. Nelson Almeida, Jeppu seminary, Fr. Austin Paris from Derebail, Fr. Rayan Pinto OCD, Fr. Raymond Santhanaz OCD, a missionary from Tanzania celebrated mass at 1PM and Dn. Ashwin D'Souza preached the homily. Fr. Patrick Lobo OCD, Fr. Rayan Pinto OCD, Fr. Cyril Lobo from Bondel Parish celebrated evening masses. Special prayer service and adoration for the intentions of the children was held in the Morning after 10:30 mass. There were six priests for the confessions and six deacons for prayers and blessings Like other days of novena, meals were served in the afternoon for the devotees.

6th Day of Novena dedicated to the donors at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru
‘God has bestowed and keeps on bestowing on us abundant grace not to keep it for ourselves but to be given in service to others’ was the stream of thought that flowed in almost all homilies today. Donors who donated generously in various forms were remembered and prayed for. There were altogether 9 Masses, 4 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. Fr. John Pinto OCD, Fr. Ligoury Crasta OCD, Fr. Joseph Cyril D Souza OCD, Fr. Abraham from Divine Retreat Center , Mulki, Fr. Vijay Machado from Mangala Jyothi, Fr. Gregory D’Souza OCD, Fr. Praveen D Souza OCD, Fr. Juze D’ Souza OCD celebrated the Novena Masses. Fr. Juze D’ Souza a Carmelite who hails from Honnavar, ordained priest recently celebrated his first Mass here in the Shrine and preached a meaningful homily. Several priests concelebrated in the solemn 6pm Mass. Deacons prayed over the pilgrims by laying their hands on them. Meals prepared by the Shrine volunteers was served to all the faithful who attended 10.30 and 1pm Masses. Around six priests took turns to hear the confessions of the penitents. The choir from Angelore Parish led by renowned singer Melwyn Peris helped the faithful to raise their hearts and minds to God. Fr. Prakash D Cunha the Pastor of Shrine monitored all the activities and did the announcements.

Day of the Sick observed at Infant Jesus Shrine, on the 5th day Novena
“The pain we suffer enables us to understand the pain of others” was the theme of the day, as this day was dedicated to the sick and the suffering. The mystery of human suffering was expounded in all the homilies. Sick were anointed and special prayers were offered for their speedy recovery. A blood donation camp was organized in collaboration with Fr. Muller’s Hospital. Around 100 donors came forward to donate blood. Fr. Rayan Pinto headed the committee responsible for overseeing blood donation camp. During 10.30am Mass a Kannada Devotional Album was released by renowned Musicians from Mysore Tony and Christy. The pair has rendered Music to the album. This album has been composed by Fr. Richard Menezes and produced by Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues. Following priests celebrated the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Nelson Pinto OCD, Shimogga, Fr. Leo Lasrado, Jeppu Seminary, Fr.Joseph Martis, Jeppu Seminary. Fr.Alban D'Souza, Kalmadi, Fr. Joy D'souza OCD, Sadbhavana , Fr.Boniface Pinto, Jeppu Seminary. Fr. Juze D Souza OCD and Fr. Alban D Souza conducted the adoration during which the sick and those who care for them were commended to the care of Lord. Bejai Parish Choir helped the liturgical singing during the 6pm solemn Mass

Threshold of 2020!
“Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.” - St. Josemaria Escriva
As the whole world woke up for yet another New Year celebration, the Christians saw this as an opportunity to thank God for the wonderful year of 2019 and pay respect to the THEOTOKOS – the Mother of God! In this regard, the community of Pushpashrama celebrated the New Year’s Eve with an hour of adoration at 10: 00 PM which was meditatively guided by the brothers. After the adoration, the brothers also put up a creative enactment showing how 2019 fades away both happy and sad and 2020 arrives at the scene with Mother Mary seeking her guidance throughout the year. The mass began at 11:00 PM which was celebrated and preached by Fr. John Lobo. In his usual style, he preached a short but rich homily pointing out the theological significances of the solemnity. The Eucharistic celebration was further solemnized by the melodious singing of the choir led by brothers. After the mass, the newly renovated statue of Our Lady of Vailannkanni was blessed as the day suited the occasion. Cakes were distributed to the gathering who were absorbed in exchanging the New Year greetings. After this, the community gathered at the refectory to hug and wish ‘Happy Feast and a New Year’ at one another. On the next day, the New Year’s mass was also celebrated at 8:00 AM after which kick started the preparations of the feast of Infant Jesus feast!

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4th day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine Mangaluru
The 4th day of Novena was dedicated to the couples. A special prayer was offered to the couples during the novena prayers. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues led a special prayer for the couples. They renewed their commitment to each other by pronouncing their nuptial vows. Frs. Alwyn Sequeira, Maxim D Souza, Paul Melwyn D Souza, Joachim Fernandes, Ivan D Souza, Vipin Chiramell, Ronald Pais, Benjamine Pinto, Anil celebrated Masses and preached homilies. Lunch was served to all the devotees. Though there was bundh yet people thronged to the Shrine throughout the day. A special adoration was conducted before lunch focusing on the many problems couples face these days. Fr. Prakash, the Shrine Pastor prayed for those who have not yet received the gift of a child, spouses working abroad, couples that are on the verge of divorce, couples who have financial crisis , single parents etc. He also invited people to participate in large numbers in blood donation camp to be held on the premises on the following day.

3rd day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine Mangaluru
The day was dedicated to our country. Fervent prayers were offered for the peace and harmony of all the citizens. Creative liturgy was organized on the theme for the main Mass at 6pm. Frs. Joachim Rodrigues OCD, Richard Saldanha OCD, Rovel D Souza OCD, Raymond Santhanaz, OCD, Roby Mathew, Arun Lobo from Naravi, and Richard Coelho from Fr. Mullers hospital, Suresh Saldanha OCD celebrated Holy Masses and preached beautiful homilies. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues conducted adoration at noon before the meals were served. Fr. Santhosh Parish Priest of Ranipura brought his choir members who sang melodious hymns that enhanced the participation in the liturgy. Along with the main celebrant seven priests concelebrated and solemnized the Mass. Fr. Stifan Pereira was at the Dhyanavana Publication Counter and Fr. Joseph Cyril at Naman Ballok Jesu Magazine counter and Fr. Liguory Crasta over saw the Mass and petition counters. Fr. Cyprian Fernandes looked after the food arrangements both for devotees and guests. Carmelite Scholastics took care of the seating arrangements and wellbeing of the pilgrims. Fr. Prakash, the pastor of Infant Jesus Shrine supervised the work of volunteers. Throughout the day the spiritual needs of the devotees were met by the six dedicated deacons. Fr. Felix Moras along with the other priests took care of the sacrament of Reconciliation..

2nd Day of Novena at Infant Jesus Shrine Mangaluru
The theme of the day was: “God’s love gives me worth, hence I can create heaven on earth.” The theme was based on the spirituality of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity a Carmelite saint, who was a contemporary of St Therese of the Child Jesus and were being raised in the same country and at the same time. She was commemorated throughout the day. The following priests celebrated the Holy Eucharist and broke the Word of God. 6am: Fr. Fr. Stifan Alvin Perera OCD, 7.30am and 9am: Fr. John F. Sequeira, 10.30am: Fr. Andrew D Souza the Parish Priest of Bajal, 1pm: Fr. Don Tony D Souza OCD, 4pm,: Fr: Milton, 5pm : Fr. Joseph D Souza OCD, 6pm: Fr. J. B. Saldanha the Parish Priest of Permannur and 7.15pm : Fr. Suresh Saldanha OCD. The intention of the day was to pray for all those who were working abroad. Many faithful who had come from abroad for holidays participated in the Liturgy. The liturgy for the main Mass was enriched by the Choir from Corpus Christi Parish, Moodbidri Town. Six deacons were available for praying over the devotees. Around 100 volunteers oversaw the discipline, parking arrangements and food distribution.

1st Day of Novena to Infant Jesus at Bikarnakatta
The Novena Masses in preparation of the Feast of Infant Jesus began on Sunday, 5th of Jan. It coincided with the Feast of the Epiphany. “God alone suffices” being the theme of the Feast one of its aspects, i.e. Joy that we find in clinging to Christ which doesn’t make us despondent rather joyful in all circumstances was the theme of the day. There were only five Masses in the morning and owing to the Diocesan Eucharistic procession the afternoon Masses were cancelled. The first Mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD, the Superior of St Joseph’s Monastery. The Second Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pius James OCD the Episcopal Vicar of Religious of the Diocese of Mangalore. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues celebrated the third Mass and the final fourth and fifth Masses were celebrated by Rev. Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD the Novice Master of the KG Carmelite Province. Fr. Prakash D'Cunha the Shrine Pastor conducted the adoration and Carmelite Brothers and Mr. Simon conducted the Choirs. All in all around five thousand and more people participated in the liturgy. More than five priests were available for confessions round the clock and all the devotees were served mid-day meals.

Votive offering and Flag Hoisting Ceremony held at Infant Jesus Shrine
In preparation for the annual feast of Infant Jesus of Prague a procession of votive offerings (Hore Kannike) and flag hoisting ceremony was held on Saturday evening, January 4th. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial of Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province flagged off the procession and later presided over a short stage programme, while Rev. Fr. Dionysius Vas S. J., the Principal of St Aloysius College was the chief guest. There were four Corporators present on the dais. Mr. Ivan D Souza a well-known Christian Community leader and devotee of Infant Jesus addressed the gathering. Fr. Dionysius in his message explained the meaning of the Incarnation of Jesus and said that Jesus being the Prince of Peace we all his devotees should become the ambassadors of peace. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery welcomed the dignitaries by offering flower pots. Fr. Dionysius honored all those who contributed for the Hore Kannike. Fr. Prakash DCunha the Shrine Pastor compered the Program. Later Fr. Dionysius blessed the flag and all the dignitaries hoisted in unison the flag of Infant Jesus and thus kicked off the festal celebrations. All were invited to participate actively in the forthcoming festivities. Fr. Prakash announced the timings of the Holy Masses and he said lunch will be served for all the devotees all through the Novena days.

Christmas celebrated with joy and devotion at Bajjodi
Dec.24th: Christmas is a season of love and Peace. The celebration brings togetherness among all through sharing. Christmas was celebrated with devotion and gusto at Infant Mary Church Bajjodi. The festal Eucharistic celebration was held at 7.30pm. Parishioners and guests gathered at the church for Carol singing session that took place from 7 to 7.30 pm followed by the Holy Mass in Konkani which was concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Ivan Dsouza and Fr. Patrick Lobo and Deacon Joseph Dsouza. Fr. Rovel D’souza was the main celebrant. The auction of Christmas goodies and a game of housie that was held in the parish grounds brought all people together after mass where they all greeted each other and enjoyed the fun. The Christmas cake was distributed to all to enhance Christmas Joy. There were around 900 people who witnessed the celebration. May Jesus who was born in the manger come and continue to stay in our lives and may we radiate His love and peace to all around us.

REJOICE! IMMANUEL HAS COME TO THEE, O ISRAEL! :
Jesus is the sole reason for our happiness and what better opportunity can we avail than celebrating the birth of the reason for the season. Well Christmas is here, and so is the festivity, grandeur and pomp. However amidst all these paraphernalia, Jesus become the only reason for the season and to celebrate His incarnate birth, the community of Pushpashrama left no stone unturned. A crib was prepared with the theme ‘Where’s my Christmas?’ to highlight what is the outcome of our celebration of the same. Delicious Kuswar was prepared and a beautiful postmodern mega-star also illumined in the shrine premises. The shrine was decked with Christmas stars and ornaments and Pushpashrama just looked all ready to welcome the birth of Christ. And thus, the vigil mass was held at 10:00 PM preluded with melodious carol singing by the brothers. The shrine saw an overwhelming crowd of faithful who joined for the celebration. The mass was celebrated by Fr. John Lobo and Fr. Oswald Crasta preached a homily on how Christmas anticipates our Lord’s Supper and death. After the mass, the results of the star and crib competition were announced along with felicitating gifts who contributed their mite for the betterment of the orphans. Following this, games were conducted the mass while refreshments were distributed to the people. After this, the community gathered in the refectory to exchange the season’s greetings while relishing the tasty homemade Kuswar. Christmas mass was also celebrated on the 25th of December at 8:00 am which was celebrated by Fr. Rector.

TEN GLORIOUS YEARS OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL, HOOVINAHADAGALLI
December 14th 2019, was a landmark day for Huvinahadagali as Mount Carmel School celebrated it Decennial Anniversary. The programme began at 5.30 pm and came to close by 9 pm. The Chief guests included Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial and President of Trust; Rev. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Founder of Carmel Jnana Trust. Other guests of honour included Rev. Frs. Cyprian Fernandes, Elias D’Souza, Prakash Tauro, Fr. Joseph D’Souza Sr, Suresh Saldanha, Silvestre D’Souza, William Miranda and Sr. Meera (ASMI). Also the Local Management consisting of Frs. Victor Pais, Henry Moras, Regan D’Souza and Denzil Veigas were felicitated. Our Carmelite priests from Margao, Bengaluru, Honnavar, Kushal Nagar, Mangalore, Mysore were present. After lighting of Lamp, Release of Souvenir and Presidential Address and felicitation, the children presented a beautiful spectacle of talent which showed not only singing and dance but also dramatics, martial arts (karate), yoga, aerobics, etc. The programme was attended by over 3000 people. The celebration was one of its kind and was well appreciated by the audience.

Breast Cancer Awareness and oral screening camp at Carmel Hill
Infant Jesus shrine medical mission and OCDS, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru along with A. J.Hospital & research center with the assistance of Indian cancer society organized Breast Cancer Awareness and oral screening camp at Infant Jesus Shrine Hall, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru on 12/12/2019 between 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Rev.Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, Rev.Fr. Prakash DCunha, Director of Infant Jesus Shrine, inaugurated the camp and lauded the efforts of collaborators in bringing about awareness on breast cancer. Firstly, there was an awareness talk. 66 women participated in the camp, raised their doubts & queries regarding breast cancer. The experts clarified the wrong beliefs and made aware of the symptom, causes and treatment for the breast cancer.
Report: Dr. Laveena OCDS
Pics: Cliyon@Carmel Studio

‘Carmel Day 2019’ celebrated at Carmel Hill
Mangalore, Dec 07: The Carmelite Friars of the St. Joseph’s Monastery organized, ‘30th Carmel Day' at Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte. Rev. Fr. Charles serrao, Provincial of KG Province, was the Chief Guest and Mrs Corine Rasquinha, founder and president of White Doves, was the Guest of Honor for the cultural evening. Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigue Ocd, the Superior of the St. Joseph's Monastery welcomed the gathering and presented the report. At the very outset Carmelite friars sang the chorus, along with a dance performed by the students of Carmel Music school. Mrs Corine Rasquinha released a Konkani book, named ‘Kan Kan Kaniyo’, a collection of nano stories, by Vincy Pinto Anjelore. A Konkani Play named, POST MORTEM was staged by ‘Carmel Kalakars’(Carmelite Brothers) under the direction of Manish Pinto, Kalakul. The Play was written by Fr. Jocy Siddakatte,OCD. Fr. Ligoury Crasta Ocd proposed a vote of thanks. Fr. Prakash, OCD compered the entire programme. Around one thousand People witnessed the annual Cultural evening.

CARMEL CHRISTMAS CAROLS 2019 held at Infant Jesus
Naman Ballok Jesu, Konkani Monthly in association with Infant Jesus Shrine, organized ‘CARMEL CAROLS SINGING COMPETITION 2019’ on 8th December 2019 at 5 pm. As the Carmelite Brothers commenced the programme with their melodious carol, the Infant Jesus Shrine premises enthralled with the vibe of melodies. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza, the Vice-Provincial of Carmelites and the Episcopal Vicar for the Religious in the Diocese of Mangaluru by cradling the baby Jesus. The sponsors for the event Mr. Valerian Lobo, Karkal, Mrs. Flavy Mascarenhas, Mr. Oswald D’Souza were present along with Fr. Prakash D’Cunha the shrine director and Fr. JoCy. Siddakatte, the Editor of Naman Ballok Jesu. Towards the end of the event Fr. Cyprian Fernandes OCD released Mariye Tum Zana Aslliygi? the album of hymns by Mr. Apolinaris D’Souza after Mr. Simon Bajal introduced the same. Thereafter Fr. Cyprian and Mr. Valerian Lobo gave away the prizes to the winners.


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A NEW FLOWER IN THE GARDEN OF CARMEL
“It takes courage to answer a call…It takes courage to give your all….It takes courage to risk your name….it takes courage to be true…” is a popular hymn. Taking COURAGE and giving his ALL Br. Riksan Moras of the Holy Spirit, the lone Novice of the 2018-2019 batch made his First Profession at Tapovana, on 14th November, 2019 on the Feast of All Carmelite Saints. Our Provincial, Fr. Charles Serrao received his vows. Around 23 priests and 60 faithful joined him for a solemn mass and banquet. Frs. Richard Saldhana and Richard Menezes steered the liturgy and felicitation. Fr. Ashwin D’Silva who had shown the way to Carmel to Br. Riksan vested him with Carmelite garb. It was a day of exuberant joy for the Moras Family hailing from Nainad parish of Mangalore Diocese which has already given one flower to the Lord’s vineyard in the person of Sr. Renita Moras, UFS. May God bless them plentifully!

4th CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS IN MANGALURU
Carmelite Family of Mangaluru Region celebrated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Carmelite Friars in India, on Sunday 3rd of November 2019 here at Carmel Hill, Infant Jesus Shrine. Rt. Rev. Dr. Aloysius D Souza , the Bishop Emeritus of Mangaluru celebrated the Thanksgiving Eucharist. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD preached a meaningful homily highlighting the contribution of Carmelites to the local Church. After the Mass, a Music Dance Narrative followed on the open stage. The 8 Stages that led to the arrival of Carmelites in Goa was depicted through beautiful music, dance and narratives. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira OCD wrote the narrative and composed the songs. Joel Pereira rendered the music and Cliyon D Souza prepared the audiovisuals. The students of St. Agnes CBSE School performed the dances. The contribution of Dhanraj a dance Teacher from St. Agnes School though a non-Christian and non-Konkani, was recognized and appreciated. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD who was the Convener and MC of the programme said that Sir Dhanraj choreographed the dances so well that the expressions were so well synchronized with the music.

ICYM VARSHIK DIVAS CELEBRATION AT INFANT MARY CHURCH, BAJJODI.
ICYM varshik divas (Annual Day) was celebrated by the youth of ICYM Bajjodi unit on 17th November, 2019 at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. On the occasion of the year of youth, the unit celebrated its Very First ICYM varshik divas, a celebration of 5 years of youthful togetherness in Bajjodi Parish. The day began with the Eucharistic Celebration (Thanksgiving mass) at 9.15am. Fr. Joseph Cyril D'souza was the main celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D'souza and Fr. Patrick Lobo con celebrated the mass. The liturgy and choir were lead by the youth. The mass was followed by a youth get-together at 10.30am, organised by ICYM Animator Mr. Deepak Albuquerque and coordinator Sr. Roopa. They had conducted various fun filled games making the day an enjoyable one for all the youth. The youth involved themselves in all the games with full zeal and enthusiasm. The get together came to an end at 11.45am with distribution of special memento to all the youth, sponsored by Sr. Roopa. Refreshments were served (sponsored by Santhosh Caterers).

‘THE CHILDREN OF TODAY ARE THE FUTURE OF TOMORROW’
As the nation celebrated Children’s day in memory of Chacha Nehru, Pushpashrama too joined hands in celebrating the same. On November 14th, the children were asked to join for the 6 PM Kannada novena mass. The tiny tots animated the liturgy and also lend their voices for a beautiful choir. Fr. Pradeep Pinto was the main celebrant and he was joined by Fr. Oswald Crasta. Fr, Pradeep Pinto broke the word of God and delivered a meaningful sermon on theme taken from the book of Sirach regarding the duties of the Children towards their parents. The prayers of the faithful were prayed in various languages. After the mass, the novena to the Infant Jesus was prayed and Fr. Oswald led a special prayer service for the children. They were also anointed with the holy oil.

Ave Maria Gratia Plena – Rosary Month Special
As the culmination to the month of Rosary, dedicated to Mother Mary in the month of October, the Pushpashrama shrine organized a mega rosary event on 30th after the 6:30 PM mass. The Rosary event was organized as the culmination to the praying of the Rosary in various houses throughout the month, during which the brothers dividing themselves to twelve groups prayed rosaries in respective houses every evening. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Augustine and he delivered a very meaningful homily on the meaning hidden in the Hail Mary prayer. After the mass, Rosary was organized by the brothers at the grotto. The decades were prayed in languages such as English, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam and Konkani along with the Litany which was sung. Rosaries were also distributed and many faithful participated in the same. After the Rosary, sumptuous food was distributed to the people and having prayed the rosary wholeheartedly returned home with blessed hearts!

Baptized and Sent - Mission Sunday
In response to the Lord’s call to spread the Good News and to appreciate the extraordinary month of Missions, on November 3rd, the Pushpashrama shrine organized Mission Sunday after the English mass and Konkani mass respectively. The community prepared sumptuous breakfast which included dishes such as Idlis, Pork Bafat and Koorgese Pork. Tender coconuts, plantains, spinach, tapioca and other vegetables were put to sale. The brothers also put up games which were entertaining and delightful. The altar servers and the neighboring congregations also did their part in helping us to organize the same. The lay missionaries (ICPE) also put up an act to publicize their charism. The event was thus a grand success and the amount collected would be forwarded to the diocese for the mission purpose.

NEW DEACONS: at the service of the Lord and the people of Tanzania.
It was a day of jubilation for the Vicariate of Tanzania as Bro. Peter Chami and Simon Rupoli were ordained Deacons on the 31st October, 2019. The Bishop of Morogoro Diocese raised them to the Clerical status along with their companions from other congregations. As Deacons they are given the privilege to ascend the altar to preach the word of God and administer the Sacraments. A short felicitation program was held at our major Scholastics at Kola. We wish them all the very best in their service as Deacons!

SOLEMN PROFESSION IN TANZANIA
The Discalced Carmelite Vicariate of Tanzania region rejoices in the celebration of the Solemn Profession of Bros. Peter Chami and Simon Rupoli. These two young men committed themselves perpetually to almighty God through evangelical vows on the 30th of October 2019. Rev. Fr. Sylvester Msewma, the Regional Superior presided over the Eucharistic Celebration and preached an inspiring homily congratulating the parents for the sacrifice of their young sons and reminding that we are a gift from God and we are his property. The liturgy was solemnized with the angelic singing from the Scholastics. Good number of Priests, religious and relatives of the brothers were present.

Secular Carmel Convention 2019 held at Bajjodi
The Secular Carmel Konkani Convention was held on the 5th & 6th of October, 2019 at Jyothi Nivas, Bajjodi, Mangaluru. 85 members from five units, namely, Mira Road, Honnavar, Koteshwar, Bikarnakatta and Bajjodi participated in this convention. The inaugural function started at 9.30am with a prayer song. Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza welcomed the gathering. Keeping in mind our Holy Father Pope Francis' message ' Laudate Si', the convention was inaugurated with planting of a Sapling by Rev Fr. Ivan D'souza. Soil was added by Fr. Rovel D'souza- Delegate Provincial KG province, Mr. Rodo Pereira - OCDS President KG province, Mrs Felcy D'souza and Spiritual Directors of all units. Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo watered the sapling after which Fr. Rovel D'souza in his message wished the hosts - Bajjodi unit and the convention every success. Mrs. Gretta Lobo compered the programme. The inaugural session was followed by an Ice breaking session with group dynamics conducted by Ms. Sharel D'souza. The first talk was by Fr. Deep Fernandes on St. John of the Cross.
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ELOCUTION COMPETITION by OCDS
The OCDS community of St Therese of the Child Jesus, Margao, Goa, organized a “Elocution Competition,” for school children, to celebrate the life of their Patroness, in anticipation of her feast on 1st of October, 2019. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, the Spiritual Assistant, addressed the gathering, and the President of the community, Mr. Roy Rodrigues, welcomed the guests and judges. The Chief Guest was Dr. Shanti Mariette D’Souza, a research expert in Defence, hailing from Mangaluru, but now residing in Goa. The judges were: Fr Richard Menezes ocd, Ms Vilma Maria D’Silva and Ms Freida Pinto.
Twenty students participated and the following are the results:
1st Prize: Miss Sybil Fernandes (Rosary High School, Navelim) and
Miss Shanaya Pereira (Fatima Convent High School, Margao)
2nd Prize: Miss Medora Fernandes (Infant Jesus High School, Colva)
3rd Prize: Master Sherwin Pereira (Altar Servers, Carmelite Monastery, Margao)
We congratulate the winners and appreciate the initiative of the Secular Carmelites. God bless you all.
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PATRONESS EXALTED @ PUSHPASHRAMA
“O little Therese, a beautiful flower which shines in great mercy of God! You are our Carmel’s little one with a great message of God’s unending love”
The feast of the little flower of Jesus was celebrated at the shrine of Infant Jesus Pushpashrama with great pomp and joy as it is the feast of our dear patroness! It was actually pre-poned to 29th September i.e. on Sunday, in view of the people’s attendance at the celebration! The shrine was full as usual, as our friends came out in large numbers to join us in this celebration of the feast! Indeed, it is said, that Therese brings vocations to Carmel! But for Pushpashrama, because of the powerful intercession of St. Therese, for the past years, we’ve had ample vocations, and these brothers of ours have been very much involved in the activities of the shrine! Even this year, it was they who animated the liturgy! They enamored the congregation with the melodious singing of the choir, which led the worshippers into a higher realm of divinity.
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2019 RETREATS - WESTERN CANADA OCDS
Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Secretary for the Provincial Council, set foot on Canadian soil for the first time when he arrived into Vancouver on July 30, 2019 upon the invitation of the Communities of Western Canada to be the Spiritual Director of their retreats. It was the initiative of Fr. Steny Mascarenhas, former Provincial Delegate, to have all the retreats scheduled consecutively, which would allow for a friar from abroad to visit and witness the workings of the Order in Canada. The retreat schedule took him to St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes Community in Kelowna, BC; St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Communities in Deroche, BC; St. Joseph Community in Calgary, Ab; and St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face in Edmonton, AB. The theme of the retreats was “At home with God! (a retreat with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: prophet of the divine indwelling)”. Fr. Silvestre also officiated at the Ceremonies for the candidates of each community. He was made welcome by all the communities and was toured around the local sights.
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Recent photos of ongoing construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall at Carmel Hill - Canada : September 18th 2019
Dear Friends,

Here we go with the latest photos of the ongoing construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall at Carmel Hill - Canada. As we are nearing the end of summer, we have observed considerable work being completed. You will notice through these photos the packing of the outer walls of the hall with anti fire and anti weather proof material. The outer walls of the hall must be layered with at least 3-4 types of material before it is tiled to perfection. There is an addition to the hall building; a small boiler room construction, where wood chips will be burnt into a system to heat up the hall during the wintertime. At the same time a lot of work is going on inside the building; plastering, tiling of the floor, plumbing, and work of the kitchen. During these months we had the visitation by Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla OCD, the Definitor General who was appreciative of the work done. Fr. Alexander Braganza and Fr. Rajesh Madtha have been working very diligently to keep the campus ready for visitors and groups who come to pray and spend their time in spiritual activities.
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FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF MARY! : PUSHPASHRAMA
Graceful Mother, born without any sin, Graceful Mother of Jesus, save us from life’s din!
The feast every catholic looks forward, a joy for the Marian, a delight for a vegetarian and a glee for a communitarian - ‘The Monthi Feast’. The feast of the nativity of the Blessed mother of God was solemnized at Infant Jesus Shrine Pushpashrama! This year the feast fell on a Sunday, giving us the opportunity to double the celebrations. Right before the Mass, at 8 am, the entire congregation gathered before the grotto of our Lady, and everyone, young and old, offered flowers to the new-born Blessed Virgin! Also the new harvest keeping up with our tradition of offering the first fruits were blessed. After the offering, everyone moved to the church in a procession, carrying the Infant Mary’s statue! The solemnity, as usual on a Sunday, was celebrated in English. Most of the community fathers joined in the con celebration of the Eucharistic Meal! It was Fr. Oswald who presided over the celebration who with his comprehensive grasp of the Holy Bible showcased how the birth of Mother Mary was foreseen in the Sacred Scripture.
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Nativity and Family Feast celebrated at Bajjodi
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Monthi Festh, was celebrated with devotion at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi on September 8th, Sunday. Blessing of the new paddy was held at the Church ground. The beautiful age old tradition of showering of flowers at Mother Mary's statue by children was performed with the accompaniment of hymns. The congregation went in a procession to the church singing devotional hymns, accompanied with Bambina Mary. Rev. Fr. Deep Fernandes was the main Celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Deacon Roshan Monteiro, Deacon Sunil Dsouza concelebrated in the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr Deep Fernandes expounded the uniqueness of the feast and stressed on the role of the family in the church. After mass, Fr. Deep Fernandes honoured the main sponsors by distributing blessed candles. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan Dsouza thanked everyone for their whole hearted support which lead to the success of the feast. New grains and sugarcanes were distributed to the parishioners. Children were given ice creams which they enjoyed.
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Grand Inauguration of Carmel Studios
Sing to him sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. (Psalm: 105:2)

The much awaited Carmel Studios was inaugurated at St Joseph’s Monastery, Carmel Hill on Aug 15, 2019 in the presence of Rev Fr Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial Superior of Karnataka Goa Carmelite Province. The guests of honor present on the dais were renowned Tulu theatrical artist Devdas Kapikad, Konkan Maina Meena Rebimbus and Sangeeth Guru Joel Pereira. Mr. Joel Pereira was felicitated for his contribution to the work of the studio. Mr.Devdas Kapikad said Late Mr. Wilfy Rebimbus has done a lot of contribution to field of singing in Konkani and has inspired him. He even said about the contribution of singing in literature filed and wished well for the success of the studio. Rev Fr. Charles Serrao said that Christian music has created a lot of impact on people. Carmelites in their own way have contributed to the field of music. Through music it is possible to spread the Word of God, opined Fr. Charles. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira and team had held the responsibility in planning up this studio, Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Director of Carmelite community welcomed the gathering and Br. Babush proposed vote of thanks. Fr. Prakash compered the program.
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Our Brother in Heaven
Br Maurice Anthony Fonseca breathed his last on the 1st of August, 2019 at 11.45 pm in Grace Cardiac Hospital, Margao after a faithful life of 82 years in which 58 years he lived as a professed religious. The funeral mass was held on the 3rd of August at the Carmelite Monastery, Margao, at 3.00 pm. Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Most Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao presided over the Eucharistic celebration. 30 priests concelebrated. Fr Theo Fernandes broke the Word of God. Br Malvino Alfonso delivered the eulogy followed by the words of condolences by Fr Provincial, Charles Serrao. Fr Archibald Gonsalves, Superior of the Monastery proposed the vote of thanks. Fr Definitor General, Johannes Gorantla, blessed the body in the church. Then the brothers of the monastery along with the other friars of the province laid the body to rest in the Carmelite Cemetery after last rites presided over by Fr Provincial.
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NEW OCDS PROVINCIAL COUNCIL elected!
The Secular Carmel of our Province has crossed another milestone. 14 members in Definitive Promise, from four communities (Mysuru, Mangaluru, Margao and Mira Road) gathered at Sadbhavana, Bengaluru on 27th of July, 2019. Since Fr. Provincial could not be present on account of a death in his family, Fr. Rovel D’Souza OCD, the Delegate Provincial of the Secular Carmel in our Province, presided over the elections that were held for the new OCDS Provincial Council. It can be recalled that 3 years ago, the Provincial had nominated 4 members to the first OCDS Provincial Council, after receiving proposals from the above local communities.
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Inter ward competition of Art from Pebbles and stones held at Bajjodi
Bajjodi: Infant Mary Church had organised a unique Interward competition of Art from Pebbles and Stones on July 28, Sunday at 3.30pm. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Companion Priest Fr. Patrick lobo, Parish Council Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas & Secretary Irene Pinto were present. The real success behind this competition was the enthusiasm of the participants. 8 wards took part in the competition and showcased their creative ideas and prepared lovely designs. The artistic creativity displayed drew the attention of the parishioners. Mr. Preetham Fernandes and Mrs. Celine Dsouza judged the competition. Mrs. Meena Pinto Compered the programme.
The winners are as follows:
First Place :Carmel ward, Second Place : St. Joseph ward, Third Place :St. Antony ward.
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FIRST RELIGIOUS PROFESSION IN TANZANIA
The Vicariate of Tanzania was indeed glad and greatly indebted to the Almighty God for the memorable event of witnessing the First profession of the twelve novices who made their simple vows on the great feast of the inspirer of the Carmelite Order - Prophet Elijah, on July 20, 2019. The solemn mass with the rite of religious profession was celebrated by the Regional Vicar of Tanzania Rev. Fr Sylvester Msemwa OCD. The ceremony was witnessed by many religious priests, nuns and the lay faithful. The liturgy was prayerful and graceful in which the 12 Novices professed their vows. The ceremony was more meaningful with the vesting of the brothers in the Carmelite religious habit. In his homily Rev. Fr. Sylvester Msemwa thanked the Almighty God for the gift of vocations to the Carmelite Order which promises a bright future for Carmel in Tanzania. He appreciated the brothers for their generous response to the Call they have received and their willingness to face the challenges to live the religious life. He also thanked and appreciated the formation community at Malisho – Mbeya for their constant support and guidance to the brothers in their Carmelite journey.
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FOUNDATION STONE LAID OF THE NEW RETREAT CENTRE IN BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA
The foundation stone for the soon to be constructed Retreat Centre at Benoni was ceremoniously placed by Fr Arvin Tauro OCD who invoked God's blessings for the success of the project. Fr Boniface D'souza in his welcoming speech thanked Provincial for his guidance and encouragement and thanked all the benefactors and committee members who work hard to realize this project at Benoni, South Africa. All six Fathers serving in South Africa, Fr Mari Joseph, Fr Boniface D'Souza, Fr Rayan Pias, Fr John D'Souza and Fr Anthony Stephan were present for the ceremony. A large number of the faithful present for the laying of the foundation stone. These stones were blessed by Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, during his pastoral visit Last year.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrated at BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA.
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated at Benoni on 13 July, three days prior to the actual date. There was an overflowing congregation drawn from the local parishes, together with all six Carmelite priests - Fr Mari Joseph, Fr Arvin Tauro, Fr Boniface D'Souza, Fr John D'Souza, Fr John D'Souza, and Fr Rayan Pais - serving in South Africa. At the Feast Mass nine members made their temporary promises as Secular members of the Discalced Carmelite Order, the first batch of Seculars for this area. Brown Scapulars were blessed and distributed during the celebrations.
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Know your call and follow Jesus in a Prophetic manner: Bishop Alex Dias
MARGAO: " We should know our call and follow Jesus in a prophetic manner." Said Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Port Blair Bishop Alex Dias. Bishop Alex Dias was delivering a homily on the theme " Mary lived her call in a propheric manner."on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at the Carmelite Monastery Margao. " To folow Jesus in a prophetic manner, Mother Mary is a model for us. We need to imbibe her virtues and devotion to Mother Mary." Bishop Dias said further. He reminded the faithful that God called each one of us personally and we are responsible to respond to his call in a prophetic manner. Elaborating on the role of the Carmelites in spreading the the devotion to Mother Mary, Bishop briefed the historical aspects of the devotion to the Brown Scapular Secular Carmelites renewed their promises on this occasion. Those responsible for giving the 'Heritage tag' to the Chimbel Carmelites Convent, which is in ruins, were felicitated at the hands of Bishop Alex Dias and Councilor Fr. Ronald D'souza. Fr. Fantino Pereira was the Liturgical animator. Liturgical Choir was led by Leena. Superior of the Carmelite Monastery, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves thanked all. Carmelites of other communities also celebrated the feast of their patroness.
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FLOS CARMELI, VITIS FLORIGERA
The one solemnity every Carmelite looks forward without fail is the feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is not just our patroness but our dear sister, mother, guide and our inspiration! It really gives a proud feeling that we are the first ones among the five primitive religious orders that has dedicated itself to the patronage of Mother Mary. And this compels us not out of obligation but as a mark of respect, admiration and gratitude to thank her for protecting our Order and also a chance to throw ourselves under her mantle. Therefore the Carmelite community of Pushpashrama celebrated this solemnity with great joy along with the people on Sunday 14th of July. Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, the General Definitor solemnized this celebration along with fathers of Pushpashrama and the neighboring Dhyanavana community. Fr. Johannes preached a meaningful homily on the theme “Mary, the mother of God and of all mankind” and brought out the significance of the day’s celebration. The mass was accompanied with the heavenly choir led by the Pushpashrama brothers.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel celebrated at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte
Mangaluru, July 14: The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, popularly known as the Feast of the Scapular (Benthin) was celebrated at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte on Sunday July 14 along with Secular Carmelites and the faithful. There were three masses for the entire day including a solemn festal mass at 5.30 pm. During all the masses the Holy Scapular, the symbol of Our Lady’s protection, was distributed. Novena was held in preparation for the feast which began on July 5, with a reflection each day on the theme, ‘Mary, Queen beauty of Carmel’, which reflected the interior life of Mary. The priests and religious were invited from Mangaluru Diocese to share in the celebration. Rev. Fr. Maxim Noronha, VG of Mangalore Diocese presided over the festal mass and preached the homily on the theme, ‘Mary- the beauty of Carmel.’ Fr Wilfred Rodrigues, Superior, thanked all the benefactors and volunteers, who are at the service of Carmelites of Carmel Hill throughout the year. The devotees came in large numbers throughout the day and received the immense blessings of Our Lady of Mt Carmel.
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2019 ANNUAL MEETING OF WESTERN CANADA OCDS
The 10th Annual Meeting of Western Canada OCDS took place on July 1 – 3, 2019 at the Little Flower Monastery, Carmel Hill, Deroche, BC. Present were Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Regional Superior of Canada, Officers of the Regional Council, Community Presidents and Directors of Formation. Reports were presented by all in attendance, followed by queries and solutions on challenges, major concerns and review of the local statutes. Special time was allotted to review the formation syllabus and its implementation. An impromptu workshop on “how the council ought to function” proved to be invaluable towards communication and community building. We are thankful to Fr. Alexander Braganza, Monastery Superior, and Fr. Rajesh Madtha for their hospitality during our stay.
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Triple celebration of the Secular Carmel Community held at Bajjodi.
The preparation for this special day consisted of a day's retreat on the 9th of June 2019 under the guidance of Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD. 7th July 2019, was a special day of the Infant Mary (OCDS) community of Bajjodi wherein nine members of the community made their temporary promises in the presence of Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial Superior and Sr. Leena Fernandes, Sr.Rita D’Sa, Sr. Tina D'Souza received scapulars (entering the first phase of initial formation). Seven Priests and Deacon Roshan Monteiro concelebrated the Mass during which there was the rite of Promises. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao in his brief homily explained the missionary dimensions of the Church and also highlighted the three main dimensions of the Secular Carmel that are Prayer, Community life and Devotion to Mary. The candidates were guided by Fr. Ivan D’souza OCD.
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INAUGURATION OF THE 23RD DIPLOMA COURSE OF DHYANAVANA:
On Sunday, 30 June, the 23rd Diploma Course in Spirituality of Dhyanavana was inaugurated. Fr. Pius James OCD Vicar Provincial, was the Main Celebrant of the Inaugural Eucharist. Around 125 Priests, Sisters and Friends participated in the celebration. This year we have 52 participants for the Dhyanavana Diploma Course from all over India from around 30 congregations.
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BLESSING OF THE FOUNDATION OF MOUNT CARMEL SPIRITUALITY CENTRE - EDMONTON - CANADA
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A long awaited day dawned on July 1st (Canada Day), 2019 at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre - Edmonton - Canada. Fr. Mario Fernandes and Fr. Ivan Sanctis celebrated the Holy Eucharist and invited people to pray for the success of the new building of the Spirituality Centre and also asked a special prayer for Helen Chua Tiampo and Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza for their great initiative of this new project that will consists of 40 self contained rooms, a Hall, a big chapel with a capacity for 250 people, a residence of the Carmelite Priests (Monastery) etc. After the mass Fr. Mario Fernandes superior of the Spirituality cum Monastery (recently this existing structure and community has been canonically erected by the Definitory) blessed the foundation. There will be an Open House of information session on July 19th. A lot of money has already been spent to clear the trees and the mountain that gave way to this level space for the building. Please click the link below for the photographs. We are grateful to Fr. Mario and Fr. Ivan for their initiative and for the solemn blessing of the foundation. We are also grateful to Steve Creighton (Helen's Secretary), Darrell Wickstrom (Helen's Lawyer - Fasken Martineau), Pam Prior (KPMG), Kent Elliot (KPMG), Emmet McGrath (KPMG) for their suggestions on finances and their wholehearted support for this new venture of the Carmelites.
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Laudato Si Sunday Celebrated at Bajjodi
Bajjodi: ICYM Bajjodi unit celebrated 'Laudato si' on Sunday, the 30th of June, 2019 at 8.00am in the church premises. This day is celebrated as per Pope Francis’ appeal to the world through his encyclical “Laudato si” that we must work together to protect our common home the Earth.The celebration began with a prayer song by the parish youth. Ms. Raveena welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo was the Chief Guest. Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Ivan D’souza, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto, Animator Mr. Deepak planted saplings and thus expressed love and concern for nature. Fr. Patrick Lobo in his inspiring message highlighted the significance of the day. He urged everyone to join hands for this noble cause and contribute in little ways to curb the destruction of this planet. The youth planted many saplings in and around the church premises. All the parishioners -children and elders involved themselves enthusiastically in planting the saplings in pots.
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Seminar on Divine Mercy held at Borim Parish
PONDA-(-GOA): Divine Mercy Centre, Carmelite Monastery, Margao in collaboration with St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Borim organised a day seminar on Divine Mercy for the members of the Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel Divine Mercy Groups of Ponda deanery at St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Borim on Sunday. Dean of Ponda Deanery and Parish Priest of St. Francis Church Borim, delivered inaugural address. He welcomed the participants and the resource persons of the day and appealed the participants to experience the mercy of God and witness t mercy in the society. Parish Priest of Our Lady of Succour and Good Success Church, Nagoa Fr. Edson Fernandes, conducted two sessions on “ Mercy in the Old Testament.” Elaborating on the mercy in the books of the Old Testament, he appealed the members of the Divine Mercy groups to forgive others, experience God’s presence among them, to bring the lost and those who astray , to God, to visit the lonely and the poor, to spread goodness in the community, to understand others and totally depend on God. “ God choose many to proclaim his Mercy. Let us accept the invitation from God to witness and proclaim Mercy of God.” He said further.
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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL ALBUM NUMBER 7
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These are the photos clicked during March-April 2019, springtime in Canada. A lot of progress of the construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall can be witnessed through these photos. You will notice through this album that a lot of interior design work will be accomplished in the following months. Due to incessant rains and other technical hurdles the exterior work slowed down dramatically in February and March, yet the intensity of the work is continuing. Frs. Alexander and Melvin Pinto have been not only catering to the continuous groups that visit Carmel Hill, but also doing the extra work of monitoring the progress of the hall. Ms. Helen Tiampo visited the site on April 14th with Fr. Rudolf and was very satisfied with the progress done so far. Mr. Steve Creighton has been very helpful to fix a few problems at the site with the assistance of the architect and engineers. We hope to complete the work in the coming months, but the exact date of completion is yet to be confirmed. Now that Fr. Rajesh Madtha the new community member has just joined Little Flower Monastery on June 15th, he will be contributing his share in shaping this place.
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9 Carmelite Brothers Ordained Deacons
14-06-2019, Mangaluru: Seven of the Carmelite Brothers of Karnataka-Goa Province and two of Andhra Province were ordained deacons by Bishop Emeritus of Mangalore, Most. Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza. The ceremony was held during the Holy Eucharist at 3.30 pm in the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru. After the mass there was a short felicitation programme. Fr. Ryan Pinto OCD introduced each deacon and Fr. Provincial felicitated them. Fr. Provincial appreciated their courageous commitment to the Lord, wished them well and thanked their parents for their sacrifice for the future of the Church. At the end with grateful heart, on behalf of the newly ordained deacons Dn. Ashwin Prashanth and Dn. Rayappa Pabbati thanked one and all for all the support and prayers.
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Lectio Brevis - Pushpashrama
June 1st was the chosen day for the Lectio Brevis 2019 of the Pushpashrama Institute of Philosophy and religion. ‘Devotion to the Lord is the supreme wisdom’ was the choice theme of the year’s Lectio Brevis. Therefore to commence the year with the grace of the Lord Almighty, holy mass was celebrated at 9:00 am in the shrine. Fr. Provincial presided the Eucharist along with 13 concelebrants who joined from the neighboring communities. He preached a meaningful homily which emphasized the practicality of the wisdom that we gain in our studies. The creative facets were seen in the liturgy as brothers put up a small enactment before the mass and also symbolically offered gifts in the form of boats which sailed in the ocean of God’s mercy and love.
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VISIT OF THE DEFINITOR GENERAL TO CALGARY
During his visit to Canada, Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla met with OCD Friars and the St. Joseph OCDS Community at St. Thomas More Parish, Calgary on May 7, 2019. The evening began with celebration of the Mass with the parish community, followed by a meeting that included Evening Prayer, a short talk, and discussion time. The evening concluded with a potluck supper prepared by the OCDS members.
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VISIT OF DEFINITOR GENERAL TO THE SECULAR CARMELITES IN VANCOUVER
On May 12, 2019 members of the three Lower Mainland OCDS Communities congregated at Guardian Angels Church for Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, Definitor General. After Mass, everyone joined in for a welcome lunch in the Parish Hall. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas gave a heartwarming welcome and along with Fr. Rajesh Madtha thanked Fr. Johannes for his visit. The Presidents of the St. John of the Cross Community and St. Teresa of Jesus Community also welcomed him. Fr. Johannes was briefed on various experiences in the communities.
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EduMission 2019: Scholarship to Deserving Students
Carmel Hill, Mangalore: 14 May 2019 : Infant Jesus Shrine along with donors and devotees of Infant Jesus organized Edumission programme on 14 May 2019 at the premises of the Shrine. Inaugurating the meet Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, said that the students who are helped for their schooling today should become contributors to the needy students in the future. So that this chain of doing good would continue and brighten the life of many. He also thanked the benefactors and well-wishers who joined their hands in the mission of CARMELITE FATHERS here. 126 students starting from 1st std to PUC were given required school fees and books in the presence of Fr. Prakash D'Cunha, OCD, Director of the Shrine. Meanwhile, All Bank's Christian Employees Association, Mangalore(R) distributed Scholarship to 20 students who are doing their 10th and PUC.
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Four Carmelite Brothers Solemnly Profess their allegiance to Jesus Christ in the Carmelite order
Four of the Carmelite Brothers of Karnataka-Goa Province made their Solemn Profession on 21-05-2019. Provincial Fr. Charles Serrao presided over the mass, received and approved their public profession. The mass began at 3.30 pm. at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru. Carmel Choir led the congregation into the liturgy and the Theology students at St. Joseph’s monastery assisted at the service. After the mass there was a short felicitation programme. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira OCD introduced and wished well for the solemnly professed brothers. Fr. Provincial appreciated their courageous commitment to the Lord and wished them well for their future mission. At the end with grateful heart, on behalf of the solemnly professed brothers Br. Ashwath D’Souza thanked one and all for all the support and prayers.
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VISIT OF THE DEFINITOR GENERAL TO CANADA
On May 14th Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, Definitor General concluded his pastoral visitation in Canada with a fraternal gathering at St. Edmond's Church Rectory. During this concluding celebration Rev. Fr. Johannes encouraged all members to be faithful to Carmelite Charism and congratulated all for their selfless service and dedication. Fr. Jerald D'Souza, the Regional Superior made arrangements for a wonderful dinner and welcomed all members of Western Canada. We also remembered other members who could not be present for the occasion. The Definitor General highlighted some features of the Region especially focusing his attention on the two establishments; one at Carmel Hill-Little Flower Monastery that has been already canonically erected and the other where the process is on for canonically erecting the Mount Carmel Spirituality centre.
During this occasion Fr. Definitor General released the new book of Fr. Rudolf "Living in the Loving Castle" along with Helen Chua Tiampo.
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Scholarships to children of differently-abled
Bengaluru: Dhyana Jyothi Trust, a Carmelite NGO run by the Carmelite Fathers, distributed scholarships to the children of visually impaired parents under the banner 'Carmel Vision for Future' in Bengaluru. Children of twenty visually impaired parents were provided scholarships here on Thursday May 16, 2019. Addressing the audience, Rev Fr Charles Serrao, OCD, the Provincial Superior of the Carmelites of Karnataka – Goa Province said, “Physical blindness is a sad reality of human life. But if one is determined in life, he or she can make his or her life filled with light and life for themselves and for others. Education is one of such means to eradicate the blindness of ignorance which will brighten one’s life and future.” Many of the parents of the beneficiaries are good at playing piano and leading prayer service. While appreciating the desire of the parents who are blind, to educate their children he called upon the beneficiaries to study hard and actualize the dream of their parents.
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First Holy Communion at Infant Mary Church Bajjodi
Bajjodi: Ten angels of our parish welcomed the Saviour Lord Jesus Christ for the first time into their hearts with utmost love and devotion on the 12th of May in the presence of the parish clergy, parents and well-wishers. They had been waiting eagerly for this memorable day to become one with Jesus. The Eucharistic celebration was led by Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues and concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Ivan Dsouza, Asst. Priest Fr. Patrick Lobo and guest priest Fr. Vijay Machado. Fr. Patrick Lobo preached an inspiring homily to the children. The melodious Church choir facilitated the congregation to take active part in the liturgy. The whole liturgy was conducted by the communicants.
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The golden jubilee of religious profession of Br. Baptist Rodrigues
The golden jubilee of religious profession of Br. Baptist Rodrigues was celebrated on 5th, May 2019 at Carmel Hill, Mangaluru. To mark this event a solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic Celebration was celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Emeritus Aloysius Paul D’Souza at 4: 30 p.m. and thereafter spoke few words in appreciation to his commitment to religious life. Over 70 priests concelebrated and Fr. John Sequeira OCD, broke the Word of God. The Eucharistic celebration was followed by short felicitation program. Fr. Pius D’Souza OCD raised the toast to Br. Baptist Rodrigues OCD, Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial superior) honoured the Jubilarian and spoke a few words of appreciation. The Friars of the community sang felicitating songs while the family members also felicitated Br. Baptist. As a fitting conclusion to the program Br. Baptist in his speech thanked each one gathered there. Fr. Prakash D’Cunha did the compering; delicious meal was served to all as the symbol of fraternity and love.
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LIVING IN THE LOVING CASTLE, Canadian Carmelite Publication, Deroche (Canada, 2019), pp. xiv+174.

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Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
We are happy to announce the 35th literary product of Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza.
The new book on the Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila is titled: Living in the Loving Castle. It contains 27 articles methodically written scanning through Mansion after Mansion browsing through every chapter. These articles partially appeared on the Karnataka-Goa Carmelite Province’s Website during the V Birth Centenary Year of St. Teresa of Avila. Now this complete volume - which can be termed as Commentary on the Interior Castle of St. Teresa - is available in a book form published under Canadian Carmelite Publication – Canada. The articles on the above-mentioned website received a lot of positive and encouraging feed back from many readers from all over the world. The book has 188 pages helping anyone for a smooth easy reading. Most Rev. Greg Homeming OCD, Bishop of Lismore – Australia has given his very positive short review printed on the back-cover page. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) has written a beautiful ‘foreword’ for the book. The book will be marketed mainly in North America and copies can be ordered from Little Flower Monastery – Deroche – Canada.
While congratulating Fr. Rudolf in his efforts to make Carmelite Spirituality known and accessible for daily living, we pray for God’s abundant blessings on his ministry. May the new publications in Canada steadily grow and make a huge impact in that part of the globe.

DETAILS:
Title: Living in the Loving Castle
Publisher: Canadian Carmelite Publication, Deroche (Canada, 2019)
Pages: xiv+174

Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

Let us pray that the Risen Lord gives our departed brother, Fr Edwin Diniz OCD a place in his Heavenly Kingdom. The funeral will be held on (Saturday) 27th of April, 2019 at Carmelite Monastery, Margao, Goa at 5.00 p.m. Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman will preside over the requiem Mass.

One distinguishing mark of Fr. Edwin was his joy. It is not surprising that he chose it as the theme for his doctoral dissertation ("Joy in the presence of Jesus Christ according to the synoptics"). Even when he was suffering and in pain during the last few days, he could still crack a joke and keep smiling. This is how we would like to remember him.

Fr. Charles Serrao OCD
Provincial Superior

HOLY WEEK CELEBRATIONS AT PUSHPASHRAMA
Lord by your cross and resurrection you have set us free!
Our whole Christian faith revolves around this principle of Christ’s death and resurrection! And this commemoration reaches its peak when we celebrate the Easter Triduum i.e. The Maundy Thursday, the Good Friday and Easter. Therefore to celebrate this paschal mystery of Christ, we the community of Pushpashrama set our best foot forward to bring to this celebration, its immense importance and prominence in our Christian faith. Having kept the Palm Sunday, we celebrated the feast of our Lord’s Supper and priesthood on Maundy Thursday. The mass was held at 6: 30 PM on the day our state exercised its voting rights. The mass was celebrated by Fr. John Lobo and a meaningful homily on priesthood and vitality of Eucharist in our lives was preached by Fr. Augustine Robert. Priests from Dhyanavana also concelebrated in this holy mass. The feet of 12 men were washed commemorating the event of our Lord’s washing the feet of the disciples. Bread and wine was distributed to them.
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HOLY WEEK AT MOUNT CARMEL SPIRITUALITY CENTRE AT EDMONTON
It was a great weekend beginning from Holy Thursday till Holy Saturday hundreds of pilgrims visited our Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre. Frs. Mario Fernandes and Ivan Sanctis organized the celebrations well and Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza presided over all the celebrations. On Good Friday there were approximately 1500 people visited the centre in batches beginning at 6.30 am till the early morning of the Holy Saturday for the Stations of the Cross devotion. The community members had to provide them all the facilities including arrangements for food and snacks. For the Holy Saturday vigil mass there were around 50 people present from the neighbourhood, as it is not a parish. People were also very curious to know the ongoing ground preparation works for the construction of our Spirituality centre.
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Live Enacting of Way of the Cross held at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, April 18 : To help the faithful reflect on the Lord’s Passion the parishioners of Infant Mary, Church, Bajjodi enacted a beautiful and creative Way of the Cross. It started with the opening prayer followed by the live enacted way of the Cross on the Church grounds. Many people participated in the way of the cross and reflected on the passion of our Lord. In the end, Parish Priest, Fr. Ivan D’souza congratulated the youth and choir team and all those who worked hard to organize it. It was indeed a meaningful way of the cross.
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Palm Sunday celebration at Our Lady of Loreto Parish Kempton Park, South Africa.


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PALM SUNDAY AT PUSHPASHRAMA
The King of Glory comes, the nation rejoices! Open the gates before Him lift up your voices!
Jubilant was the welcome of the King Jesus who would soon be enthroned on His throne of cross. Commemorating the procession of the Lord to Jerusalem, we initiated the Holy Week by celebrating the Palm Sunday. The palms were blessed at 8:00 am in Dhyanavana and the procession was set forth from the same to our shrine at Pushpashrama. The Holy mass was celebrated by Fr. Joachim Rodrigues along with six con-celebrants. The homily on the suffering of Christ and the application of the same in our lives was preached by Fr. Pradeep. The spirit of this celebration was enhanced by the melodious choir of our brothers. Thus the mass came to an end at 9: 20 am, after which people returned to their homes with palms shaped into crosses and hearts readied for the reception of the paschal mystery of Christ!
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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL ALBUM NUMBER 6
Dear Friends,
It has been a considerable time that we updated you on our ongoing construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall at North Deroche Road, Carmel Hill. The construction work slowed down during winter time especially in December 2018. Now that there the weather condition has improved, we see a lot of work in progress. You will notice over all construction work and in a very special way you see a small foundation has been put for the boiler. This facility is designed to cut the cost of heating system. It will work with chopped wood. The technology is simple, ecological, perennial and cost effective. It is enough that once in two months the chopped wood is loaded into the system and the boiler will work through without interruption and no need for any fuel or gas. The present system in the monastery works with propane gas and is expensive. This will be sorted out and both connections (wood and propane gas) will be in place in case there is an emergency. We had the pleasure of working with the community members especially Fr. Alexander Braganza, superior and director of the Institute, who has been monitoring the work as well as the security matters at the site throughout. We acknowledge special attention given by Steve Creighton whenever we ran into some trouble at the site. He has been very engaging in this process. More photos will be posted in the forthcoming album.
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Birthday Celebration of FRS. PRAKASH TAURO and KEVIN FERNANDES at Belur.


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22nd CONVOCATION AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU
The Convocation of Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, was held on 19 March 2019. 78 students received the Diplomas and Certificates in Holistic Spirituality. Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, Bishop Emeritus of Mysore Diocese, was the Chief Guest and conferred the Diplomas and certificates. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial, released the Dhyanavana Annual. Mr. Clifford Pereira, Director, TV9 group, gave the Convocation address which was well appreciated. Around 200 Priests, Religious, friends and Benefactors participated in the function. All appreciated this well organized program.
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Chicalim Carmel gets another professed member
VASCO: Sr. Adelina Pereira made her solemn profession in the Order of Carmel at the hands of Mother Prioress Sr. Theresita at the Eucharistic celebration held at the Cloisterd Carmel Monastery.Chicalim. Fr. Ronald D’souza, Councillor Incharge of formation of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Order of Discalced Carmelite presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Josewalt Rodrigues of Pallotti Home, Chicalim, Fr. Mariano Goes e Proença, Parish Priest of Calvim Church, Fr. Martinho Dourado of Guirdolim Chapel, Fr. Ivo Dias, Superior of Carmelite Seminary, Mapusa, Fr. Patricio Fernandes, Rector of Bom Jesus, Basilica, Fr. Noel D’cunha of Carmelite Monastery, Margao, Fr. Sylvestre D’souza, Provincial Secretary, Fr. Shyam fdcc of Canossians Fathers, Nagoa, and Fr. Carlos Luis of Pallotti Home, Chicalim concelebrated the Eucharistic celebration.
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74th Birthday celebration of Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo
Bajjodi: The 74th birthday of Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo was celebrated on Thursday 14th March. 2019. Fr. Patrick celebrated Eucharistic Mass at 6 pm for which parishioners were present in large numbers. The Parish priest Fr Ivan Dsouza con celebrated the mass and preached the Homily. Rev. Fr. Ivan Dsouza in his message said that Fr. Patrick was a prayerful person and has been a blessing to the parish and all those he has been acquainted with and thus called for a special thanksgiving for Gods abundant blessings on Fr. Patrick in all these years. The mass was followed by a stage programme in the mini hall. The Parish council Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto welcomed the gathering. The parish choir team sang a song that was dedicated to Fr. Patrick on his birthday followed by cutting of the cake by Fr. Patrick Lobo. The Parish Council Vice President Joseph Mascarenhas spoke a few words about Fr. Patrick and thanked him for all the love and service he has been giving to the parish and the parishioners.
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DECENNIAL CELEBRATIONS OF NAMAN BALLOK JEZU
“‘Naman Ballok Jesu’ is educating people to find spirituality in their own walk of life” - Msgr Maxim Noronha
MANGALURU:
Very Rev. Msgr Maxim Noronha, Vicar General of Mangalore Diocese stressed on the need of finding spirituality in every activity that we do. He was presiding over at the Decennial celebrations of ‘Naman Ballok Jesu’, the popular Konkani monthly, organised last evening, 3rd March 2019, at Carmel Hills, in the premises of Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnakatte. He said “Hill has been a place of spirituality in every religion and especially in Bible. So too Carmel Hill has been a source of spirituality.” He further added, “Spirituality here doesn’t mean only spiritual things but it takes different forms as different rivulets take birth at the hill. ‘Naman Ballok Jesu’ a monthly magazine run by the Carmelite Fathers has been successful in educating people to find spirituality in their own walk of life and has also honoured such people especially youngsters and social workers who have lived their spirituality to the full.”
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Annual Feast of Infant Mary Church celebrated with pomp and gaiety
The Annual Feast of Infant Mary Parish, Bajjodi was celebrated with great pomp and fervor on Sunday the 27th of January 2019. The celebration began with the Felicitation to the sponsors in the church grounds after which a procession was held to the church at 9.30am. The benefactors and sponsors of the feast were honoured with blessed candles by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza at 9.45 am followed by The Solemn Eucharistic celebration at 10am. Rev. Fr. Victor Machado, (Dean - City Deanery) was the main celebrant. Twelve priests con-celebrated the Eucharist.. Rev. Fr. Victor Machado in his message requested the youth to focus on Jesus and invited them to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
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ANNUAL FEAST OF INFANT JESUS AT PUSHPASHRAMA
“Miracles flow galore, prayers get answered, tears are wiped and happiness flows abundantly when the Infant Jesus smiles on his devotees”
Before the rays of the sun could touch the earth of Mysore, the miraculous rays of graces of Infant Jesus already started flowing in abundance in the Holy Shrine of Infant Jesus in Pushpashrama, when the feast masses started at the dawn of the day. The first mass was in Malayalam, followed by masses in English, Konkani and Tamil. The shrine which was illuminated brightly looked even more radiant with flowers and decorations but the best was the amount of devotees who had gathered in the shrine for each mass. The masses in Malayalam was celebrated by Fr.Jomi Mekkunnel CMI, English mass by Fr. Joe Tauro, Konkani mass by Fr. Wilson D’Costa and Tamil Mass by Fr. John Peter Lazaar. After this, was the holy mass by celebrated preacher Fr. Patrick Johannes Rao from Chikmagalur diocese, who also conducted a spiritual healing session for the devotees. This was followed by the Annasantarpane wherein the devotees satiated their hunger with the delicious food that was served.

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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL ALBUM NO. 5
Dear Friends,
Here I enclose Tiampo Memorial Hall album no. 5. The work has continued even during this winter due to better weather conditions. The wooden beams of the hall are getting in place. The wood which is imported from Germany is called CLT (cross laminated technology) has the resistance to climate fluctuations and durable for 150-200 years. They are chemically processed and machine glued together. Each beam has approximately 8 layers of wood pressed together with a type of glue that does not allow moisture or heat penetration. With CLT wooden beams even 12 story buildings are erected in North American continent. This CLT technology is safe and fire resistant. Please click below this link for more information on the type of buildings built here in North American continent:

We had a rare visitor to our property, Fr. Ivan Sanctis from Edmonton community who was here for a few days for his annual retreat. The donor Ms. Helen Tiampo too visited the site and was very happy with the progress of the work. Please click the link below for photos. Its a huge album with photos taken on different occasions.
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INFANT JESUS FEAST: THIRD DAY OF THE TRIDUUM
The final day of the triduum of the feast of Infant Jesus, Pushpashrama resonated the message of seeking the ‘signs of holiness’ based on the encyclical of Pope Francis ‘Gaudate et Exultate’. There were three masses on this day; 6: 45 am, by Fr. Pradeep Pinto in English, 5: 30 pm by Fr. Anthony Mani MOC in Tamil and 6: 30 pm by Fr. Maria Xavier in Kannada. A large number of people had gathered for the Kannada mass and the special attraction were the tiny tots who occupied the first benches close to the Lord. This day was also dedicated to the children and thus after the Kannada mass, special prayers were conducted for the well being of the children and their future. All the devotees who had gathered were anointed with the holy oil of Infant Jesus and also Annasantarpane was served to all the faithful. As the feast is fast approaching, we saw the joy in the faces of these people who are preparing themselves to inherit the abundant blessings of Infant Jesus. May the miraculous Infant Jesus bless them abundantly and grant their heart’s desires!
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Infant Jesus Feast @ Pushpashrama : Second Day of the Triduum
January 4, 2019 – Today being the second day of the novena in honour of the feast of Infant Jesus, the devotees of the Infant Jesus were enlightened on the theme “challenges to Holiness”. There were three masses in different languages. Fr. Oswald Crasta celebrated the English mass; Fr Irudaya Raj celebrated the Tamil mass and Fr Dominic Vas celebrated the Kannada mass. All the preachers educated the devotees on the various challenges that come on the path to holiness in line with the document by Pope Francis – “Rejoice and be Glad”. The creative liturgy by the brothers of Pushpashrama and the melodious singing enabled the devotees to raise their hearts and minds to God. Today being the first Friday of the month, Fr Oswald Crasta conducted the adoration with the special prayer service for the sick. After the adoration the devotees were anointed with the holy oil and the food was served to all.
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100 Divine Mercy Groups formed in the Archdiocese
PANCHAVADDI: Carmelite Friars formed 100 Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel Groups in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman. The 100th Divine Mercy Group was formed at St. Anthony’s Church, Panchvaddi. This Divine Mercy group will be led by Claudia D'costa-- as Animator, Clara Sequeira (Assistant Animator), Annie Godinho (Secretary) and Succorina D'costa (Assistant Secretary). Fr. Manuel Gomes, Dean of Ponda Deanery presided over the Eucharistic Celebrations. Delivering homily at the Eucharistic celebration Fr. Andrew Mascarenhas appealed the parishioners to strenthen their faith in Jesus thus put whole life in the hands of Jesus. "Give time to Jesus and learn from Him." he opined further. Carmelite Fr. Joseph D’souza and Br. Malvino Alfonso highlighted the real meaning of the devotion. Background of this devotion, ABC of Divine Mercy, Life of Saint Faustina, picture of Divine Mercy, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mercy of God and our families were some of the themes covered during the process of formation of the group.
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Infant Jesus Feast  @ Pushpashrama : First Day of the Triduum
“Rejoice and be glad – Call to holiness” - this being the theme of the grand feast of Infant Jesus on the 6th of January, the ball was set rolling for the intense spiritual preparation of the same. On the first day of Triduum i.e. on the 3rd of January, mass was held at 5: 00 PM in Tamil, followed by masses in Kannada and English. The new flag was hoisted at 5: 00 PM by Fr. Iruduaya Raj who also celebrated the Tamil Mass. The Kannada mass was celebrated and preached by Fr. Jeevan Tauro OCD and the English mass by Fr. Ashwin D’Silva OCD. The theme that was reflected on this day was ‘Call to Holiness’ – based on the Papal Encyclical “Gaudate et Exultate” by Pope Francis. The faithful who had gathered in large numbers were anointed with the holy oil and food/Annasantarpane was served to everyone after the mass. May the Infant Jesus bless all the devotees and well wishes of our Shrine!

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New Beginning to 2019 @ Pushpashrama
If an act has to be executed, a thanksgiving will surely top the whole deed. Every man is entitled to give thanks to his creator and the final day of the year serves as the best opportunity to do the same. With the hail of Ave Theotokos in the air, the community of Pushpashrama gathered in the shrine at 10: 30 PM with the faithful to adore the Lord, give thanks for His gracious aid in the year 2018 and to beseech his help in the coming year. Followed by the adoration was the solemn mass at 11:00 PM which was celebrated by Fr. Ashwin D’Silva from Dhyana Sadhana, Mysuru. The dual celebration of the dogma of ‘Mary, the Mother of God’ and the New Year attracted a great throng of people who keeping aside the allurements of parties and revelries gathered in the shrine to participate in the Holy Eucharist. Fr. Ashwin’s meaningful and rich homily driven by down-to-earth language moved the gathering to introspect their lives.
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SEMINARY DAY AT ASHA DEEPA, MADANTHYAR
Our brothers studying PUC, celebrated Asha Deepa Day on Dec 30, 2018 at Madanthyar. Mr. Joseph Mathias was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, presided over the celebrations. the brothers staged TAKA KON SAMBALTA a Konkani drama written by Clarence Pinto Padil, on that occasion. Well done, brothers and continue to grow and glow!
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SADBHAVANA DAY – CHRISTMAS JOY WITH THE FRIENDS OF PUSHPASHRAMA
Religions are nothing but various expressions of the same face of God.
As it has been the tradition of Pushpashrama for several years, the community organized the Sadbhavana day to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the people of various faiths. Many were invited by the brothers during the house caroling and hence people from different religions and different walks of life came together to join in the celebration. The celebration began with a prayer song by the brothers and lighting of the lamp. As the celebration set rolling, people started pouring in to see the dances and performances of the local youth. A wealth of expressions, talents and emotions were unearthed during this religious fraternity.
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JOY OF CHRISTMAS @ PUSHPASHRAMA
“And Mary’s boy child Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day...”
The feast every Christian household looks forward to, a day that marks a renewal in Christian life and an occasion that binds all the children of the most high is Christmas. After intense spiritual preparation and completing the humongous tasks of preparing huge Choir bound, Santa themed star and the Crib based on the Ascent of Mount Carmel, the fathers and brothers prepared themselves to celebrate the incarnation of our Lord on the 24th of December at 9: 30 PM in our beautifully illumined Shrine. Melodious carols were sung by the brothers during this time. The mass which began at 10:00 PM was presided over by Fr. Oswald Crasta who preached a meaningful homily based on the symbols we use in Christmas like the star, gifts, tree etc.
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A NEW SPRING IN XELLIM
It was a jubilant atmosphere at Xellim on 21st of December 2018 due to the four-fold celebration:
- The Sacerdotal Silver Jubilee of Fr. John Sequeira and his 55th birthday
- The Sacerdotal Ruby Jubilee of Fr. Charles Serrao (Provincial) and
- The inauguration of the New Block of Divine Springs: A Centre for Contemplative Prayer, Youth Animation and Family Life
Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, said the prayer of blessing and Fr. Provincial inaugurated the new edifice of "Divine Springs," which is a block consisting of 18 self-contained rooms and a Chapel. The Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving followed. At the end there was a short felicitation programme, interspersed by cultural items from the children of St Sebastian’s School, Loliem and St Michael’s convent, Karwar.
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AT MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL, BELUR
“Remember Christmas isn’t about how big the tree is, or what’s under it. It’s about who’s around it”.
It was a most pleasant day filled with lots of joy and happiness as the MCS organized the Christmas celebration. Children of 3rd STD rocked the stage with their amazing performance on behalf of their specially assembly. A beautiful message was given to all through a stunning tableau, Christmas speech by student, teacher and the correspondent. It was a proud day for us as many parents joined their children in sharing the joy of the birth of Christ. It was a joyous family affair of MCS Belur.
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Christmas Celebration with the DIFFERENTLY ABLED in BANGLAORE
Dhyana Jyothi Trust and Good Sam Foundation jointly organized a Christmas celebration for the differently abled and visually impaired on Dec 16 in Bangalore. The celebration began with the holy Eucharist presided over by Fr. Faustine Lobo, Director of KROSS, Bangalore. In his message, Fr Lobo, spoke about Christ, the Son of God becoming man in order to make the sons and daughters of man, children of God. In the cultural program that followed Immaculate Conception Prayer Group and St Mary’s Basilica, Shivajinagar Choir Group sang the Christmas Carols with angelic voices and Santa distributed Sweets. Fr. Stifan Perera, OCD the Director of Dhyana Jyothi Trust along with the visually impaired family released Carmel Light – Bible Diary for 2019 both in English and Konkani. Later gifts and cash were distributed to the differently abled.
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MOUNT CARMEL SPIRITUALITY CENTRE HAS BECOME THE TALK OF THE TOWN
Dear Friends,
With the Magic of Fr. Mario and Inspiration from Fr. Ivan Sanctis, Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre at Edmonton has become the talk of the Town. More and more people flocking at the centre has invigorated our friars. In 2019 we plan to organize multiple retreats, seminars and contemplative prayer sessions. With the work at the centre progressing and a number of people interested in spirituality is good news to all of us. Fr. Mario and Fr. Ivan arranged a short retreat recently.
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Another step forward in our Kadangachi Mission, Gulbharga
The foundation for a small Chapel was laid and blessed at Kadaganchi by Most Rev. Robert Miranda, Bishop of Gulbharga, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, our Provincial Superior, Fr. Sunil Monis, the present local Superior, other Carmelite Frairs and a few lay faithful on 5th of December, 2018. We pray for God's abundant blessings on this mission. May it grow and flourish.
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A memorable day for the OCDS, Mira Road.
On 14th December 2018, the Solemnity of St John of the Cross was indeed a day to remember as 5 members took the Definitive Promises, 22 members took Temporary Promises and 11 menbers entered the Novitiate. It all started at 7 pm with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration by Provincial Delegate, Fr Rovel D’Souza, being the main celebrant alongwith Parish Priest Fr Melvin D’Cunha, Fr Lancy D’Souza and Fr Lawrence D’Cunha, Spiritual Assistants of English and Konkani OCDS and with guest priest Fr Peter as co-celebrants. After the homily the candidates took their promise of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and to live the life of the Beatitudes in the presence of the Celebrants and the Congregation. The candidates were then vested with the Scapulars. The ceremony was meaningful and touching.
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Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre construction site
Dear Friends,
A lot of work is going on within Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre campus - Edmonton. The photos you will find in the album give a glimpse of the levelling of the site. This entire area was a mountain and they have almost levelled it for the construction of the Spirituality Centre. There is a lot of ground work to be completed before the construction starts. Before clearing this mountain, the district ordered to remove a lot of trees. This was a thick forest with huge trees. They were cleared during summer time. As you see snow around, it took almost three months to come to this stage. Well, work may halt within a few weeks from now for winter pause and Christmas time as movement of vehicles and machinery will be very difficult. During winter normal temperature is below zero, at times it can come down to (minus) -40 Celsius. Enjoy the photos.
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MOUNT CARMEL SPIRITUALITY CENTRE - EDMONTON
Fr. Mario and Fr. Ivan organized a number of retreats at Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre at Edmonton and this centre is getting popular in the Archdiocese. The photos below are of one of such retreats. More albums and photos will follow. In spite of the work at site for the new building of the Centre, a number of people are eager to come to this place of silence and Contemplation. People for now try their best to stay in the wooden cabins until the fully furnished centre is ready. The community members meet from time to time to discuss the ongoing spirituality and retreat programs. There is also a great demand for retreats in the Archdiocesan parishes. Fr. Rudolf recently preached a retreat and he will be giving a series of retreats on Carmelite and Christian Spiritualty at the Centre. The next retreat will be held on February 1-2, 2019 at the centre: Theme - God Experience through the Holy Scripture. The next album will highlight the ongoing the construction site of Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre.
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Children’s Day at Pushpashrama
An anonymous writer once wrote, “The last place you’ll find innocence in the earth will be in children’s faces”.
Children truly are like beautiful flowers who will add charm to any occasion. Our Community of Pushpashrama with great love to the tiny tots, organised a day for these children at our shrine on 19th of the month of November. The mass which was held at 5:30 PM was officiated by Fr. Pradeep Pinto along with other community fathers. The entire liturgy which included symbolic offering to God, thanksgiving prayer and so on was animated by the kids around our shrine at Pushpashrama. The angelic choir was of the children of St. Anne’s boarding which was conducted by our brothers along with the liturgy. Fr. Pradeep’s homily was directed to these children to whom he asked few biblical questions and gifted those who answered right.
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New Blossoms in Carmel: FIRST RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
“I Brother so and so..….vow to Almighty God, Chastity, Poverty and Obedience…”: these courageous words resonated in the little oratory of Tapovana, Kushalnagar on 14th November, 2018 and the ancient Carmelite Order inducted TEN more youngsters into its contemplative fold. Almost 200 faithful and around 42 priests concelebrated along with Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, our Provincial who received the vows, while Rev Fr. Arulraj OCD Provincial of Tamil Nadu received the vows of one of his own novice and also delivered an inspiring homily in which he highlighted that there is no Religious Life without personal bond with Jesus Christ, prayer life and community life. ‘To walk in His Footsteps’ was the theme of the Novices that adorned the unique bricked façade of the oratory. While Fr. Anil Prashanth Lobo steered the well planned ceremony, our Pushpashrama philosophy brothers blended their voices in a melodious choir. Tapovana marks 21 years of its presence and serves as Novitiate of Karnataka-Goa Province since 2001. Bendigamos al Senor!
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Carmel grows: OCDS Study Group in Edmonton,Canada
On 10th of November, 2018, 13 candidates were interviewed at Mount carmel spirituality centre at Edmonton to begin an OCDS Study Group. Fr. Roshan D'Souza, the Provincial Delegate for the OCDS was present at the occasion. Fr. Mario Fernandes has been appointed as the formator and spiritual director.


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Secular Carmel Community Annual Day at Bajjodi
The Secular Carmelite Community of Infant Mary Parish, Bajjodi celebrated its Annual Day on Nov. 3rd, Saturday with a solemn Mass at 5.30 pm. Rev. Fr. Rayan Pais was the main celebrant, who in his Homily gave a beautiful message of Love being the solution to all the worldly confusion we face and thus gave a call to Love God, fellow human beings and ourselves. It does not suffice to just love the Church but we need to commit ourselves to the church by actively taking part and offering ourselves fully in the service of the church through our talents. Vicar Rev. Fr. Ivan D'souza, Rev Fr. Roshan Pinto and Rev. Fr. Patrick Lobo co - celebrated the mass. Mass was followed by a cultural programme in the Church hall to which Rev. Fr. Rayan Pais was the Chief guest .
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Seminar on Divine Mercy held
SANVORDEM: “ Have feelings of Jesus and be like Him.” said Fr. Vital Miranda, Dean of Sanguem Deanery and Parish Priest of Guardian Angel’s Church, Sanvordem. Fr. Miranda was delivering a homily during the Eucharistic celebration at the concluding of a day seminar on Divine Mercy. A day seminar on Divine Mercy was organised by the Divine Mercy Centre of the Carmelite Fathers Margao, in collaboration with the Guardian Angel’s Church, Sanvordem for the members of the Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel Groups of Sanguem deanery at Guardian Angel’s Church, Sanvordem. Fr. Miranda stressed on the emptiness of Jesus for our Salvation. He appealed the members of the Divine Mercy to experience the mercy and be merciful to the others.
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more News & Announcements

This website was launched in 2006 during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

The ancient Carmelites founded in the thirteenth century were reformed in the sixteenth by two great doctors of the church, Saints Teresa and John of the Cross. These spiritual geniuses, while re-enforcing the contemplative dimension of the Carmelites, inserted a decidedly apostolic thrust into their spirituality, with special emphasis on the missions.

During the seventeenth century, we find Carmelite missionaries in several pockets along the west coast of the Indian sub-continent : Surat, Diu, Goa, Verapoly. In the eighteenth, Carmelites were appointed vicars apostolic of "the Great Mogul" and Verapoly. They are invited to attend to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in Mumbai. In the nineteenth century, the sees of Mangalore and Quilon were entrusted to the sons of St. Teresa.

Finally, in the twentieth century, the Discalced Carmelites opened their doors to Indian natives, who would henceforth draw more freely from the rich spiritual treasures of Sts. Teresa, John of the Cross, and other Carmelite interreters of the Good News of Jesus.

As Indian vocations multiplied, more and more foundations were made, and grouped into "provinces". Today among more than thirty provinces world-wide, there are five Indian provinces . One of these is the Karnataka-Goa province.

The aim of this web-site is, primarily to acquaint readers with Carmelite history and tradition; to share the spiritual insights of the great Carmelite saints and also give glimpses of the life within the province to all our associates. Articles of topical interest have also been included.

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CONSOLIDATED
PROGRAMME - 2019-2020

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SPECIAL EVENTS - 2020

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PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Rev. Fr. Charles
Serrao

Provincial

Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Ronald
D’Souza

II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Oswald
Crasta

III Councillor

Rev. Fr. Clifford
D’Souza

IV Councillor

Rev. Fr. Silvestre
D’Souza

Provincial Secretary


 

Highlights of 2019

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We invite you to begin the day with poetic reflections on the day's Gospel composed by our Friar,


Rev. Fr. Paul D'Souza, OCD
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Dear Friends,
Here I send you the link to my KINDLE BOOKS LIBRARY. You are welcome download books and read them and recommend them to your friends who are interested in Carmelite Spirituality. These books are cheap and affordable and some of them can be read free of charge if you are a member in Amazon online Kindle books. These books uploaded on AMAZON kindle version can be accessed through smart phones, IPad, Computers and other electronic devices globally in all the 5 continents. This is actually the new trend in publishing books as the hard copy of the books is practically becoming obsolete especially in Europe and Americas. Hence, this is a new venture in publishing books.
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by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD,
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HOMILIES IN ENGLISH (VIDEO):
The following homilies have been preached by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Parish Priest at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver Canada.The first three homilies are of his Lenten mission reflections in the parish.

The remaining are Sunday homilies which will be regularly uploaded. All our friends and well-wishers are most welcome to benefit from these reflections.

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REFLECTIONS IN KONKANI (Audio)

You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008
THEME: JESUS CAME TO GIVE LIFE, LIFE IN ABUNDANCE (JOHN 10:10)

1. ABUNDANT LIFE - GOD
2. FORGIVENESS
3. LOVE
4. SUFFERINGS
5. 7 WORDS FROM THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION
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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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