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IN MEMORY OF BLS. DIONYSIUS AND REDEMPTUS
The annual celebration of the feast of the proto martyrs (first martyrs) of the Discalced Carmelite Order: Bls. Dionysius (Denis) and Redemptus was held on the 29th of November, 2016 at the ruins of our monastery in Old Goa. The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, along with 17 priests as concelebrants. It can be recalled that in 1619, Fr. Leander of the Annunciation, a native of Burgos in Spain, contacted authorities in Goa for the purpose of making a foundation. Fr. Leander was able without great difficulty to secure temporary license from Don Cristobal de Sa Lisboa, to put up a church and a modest residence, which soon grew into a novitiate community. The Archbishop and Viceroy contributed to the construction of the magnificent church which was inaugurated on 25 April 1620 and completed in 1621.
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Innovative charity
We can reach out to the poor and needy in innumerable ways. A project was approved by an agency and through their intervention the parish community could reach out to twelve families in an innovative way. Five families were given female goats, five were given female piglets and two were given sewing machines. This creative charity scheme will continue as the beneficiaries will return two of the offspring and part of their income in thanksgiving which in turn will be donated to two more families. May the Lord who has begun good work in you continue it eternally.
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Christmas Turkey!
The seniors’ Christmas Dinner 2016 was served at St. Aloysius Parish Hall, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on December 7, Wednesday at 6.00 pm. On this occasion a special Mass was celebrated at 4.30 pm. About 100 people enjoyed the Canadian Turkey Dinner along with varieties of disserts. The hard working Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of the Parish arranged the dinner tables and served the Seniors with the help of Junior Young Adults. It was indeed an opportunity for the parishioners to share the Joy of Christ’s Birth!
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A House to contemplate the glory of God
The second phase of the renovation work at Divine Springs, A Centre for Contemplative Prayer, Youth Animation and Family Life, situated at Xellim, Canacona, Goa saw its completion when V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka – Goa province inaugurated and blessed on 2nd December, 2016, at 12-30 PM. The Communities of Madgaon and Mapusa were present for the occasion. Fr. John Sequeira, the superior of the house welcomed the gathering and Fr. Archie Gonsalves reflected on the word of God. Fr. Provincial inaugurating the edifice thanked the community for their strenuous efforts in raising the centre to what it stands today. Fr. John speaking on the occasion expressed his gratefulness to his friends and benefactors who helped him to realize this project and expressed the desire to see its growth to the fullness possible in the near future.
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Altar Server Day celebration at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church Kempton Park
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church celebrated Altar Servers Day on the 27th November 2016 at 10:00 am. Mass began at 10:00am with the solemn procession of 27 altar servers of the parish. Fr. Peter Rebello celebrated the Holy Mass and preached a motivational homily based on the life and teaching of St. John Berchmans the patron saint of the altar servers. After the homily the altar servers were officially inducted and blessed. At the end of the celebration, Fr Peter thanked all the parents for their constant motivation and dedication towards their children. After the final blessing, some snacks were distributed. Around 400 people attended the mass.
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A NEW SEASON! A NEW BEGINNIG!
The First Sunday of Advent, Nov.27, 2016 was well celebrated at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The Liturgy at 11am Mass was organized by the teaching staff and kids of St. Timothy School, Kitchener, one among the three schools coming under the pastoral care of this parish. About 30-40 kids participated in the children mass. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Pastor of the Parish, presided over this mass which began by lighting the Advent Candles and preached a meaningful homily on waiting for Lord’s Coming and preparation for the solemn celebration of Christmas. The creativity in homily indeed kept the kids awake! May these kids and their families be blessed by the Lord.
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Workshop for Parents Held at Londa
LONDA: Holy Family Church Londa organised one day workshop for the parents on 27th November, 2016. Br Malvino Alfonso OCD was the resource person for the day. Fr. Anthony D’souza, Parish Priest of Holy Family Church and Superior of Carmel Nivas, Londa welcomed the gathering and explained the importance of the workshop. The resource person focused on the different types of parenting styles and helped the participants to identify their style of parenting. Explaining the different techniques of parenting he stressed on the importance of listening and helped them to refute irrational beliefs. Dealing with various cases in case study session, Br. Alfonso gave practical tips to enrich the parenthood. 
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Province day and Superiors’ meeting in Sadbhavana
All the superiors of our communities in India came together for the meeting on the 22nd of November in Sadbhavana. Fr Ayris Fernandes, a renowned liturgist serving in CCBI Bengaluru was invited to enlighten us on the directives for the celebration of the liturgy. In the evening the Province Day was celebrated with all solemnity to thank God for the blessings he has showered on us through the intercession of our heavenly patroness, St. Teresa of Avila. Fr Provincial presided over the liturgy and Fr Joseph D’Souza Jr broke the word of God meaningfully. After the Eucharistic celebration there was a small cultural programme to wish and felicitate Fr Provicial, the Jubilarians, a Doctor, and B’day Babies. Fr Wilfred Rodrigues compered the programme.
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Confirmation at St Joseph's, Actonville
Eleven candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation from the Auxiliary Bishop Rt. Rev. Duncan Tsoke at St. Joseph's Parish, Actonville on the 20th of November. The closing of the year of mercy was also celebrated along with this event. The bishop was honored on this auspicious occasion as coincidently he was baptized in the same parish.

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First Holy Communion 2016  at St. Joseph's Parish, in Actonville, South Africa
On 13 th of November 33 children received Holy Communion for the first time at St. Joseph's Parish, in Actonville, South Africa

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Young Adults Gather to Search the Deeper Meaning of Life!
The Kitchener-Waterloo young adults gathered at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The gathering took place in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Fifteen young adults participated in it. Mr. Joby Puthanveetil, a young adult from Kerala, India, working now in Canada made a presentation of his life’s journey and gave testimony to God’s Providence and His Unfailing Care. In this little way the young adults in the parish try to find the meaning of life and search for the higher good. They gather on two Sundays of the month: one to spend time with the Lord in Adoration and another for a talk and discussion. May God bless them and touch their lives.
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Sr. Piedade Pronounced Her Final Vows
VASCO: Sr. Piedade Mary of the Eucharist, a Cloistered Carmel nun made her final profession by pronouncing her vows of Chastity, poverty and Obedience in the hands of Mother Prioress Sr. Jacinta Mary of the Passion at the Eucharistic celebration held at Cloistered Carmel chapel on 20th November 2016 at Chicalim. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery, Margao presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Delivering the homily at the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD compared religious consecration to the consecration of Jesus on the Cross. “The vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience are the prototype of Jesus who is pure, poor and obedient.” He further said "Recalling the recent event of the canonization of the St. Elizabeth of Trinity, that the Cloistered Carmel Chicalim under the patronage of the Holy Trinity in its unique way has built bridges of spiritual relationships with the clergy, religious and the laity of the Archdiocese." He appealed to the faithful to continue their works of mercy and thereby give witness to Jesus.
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Community gathered for POTLUCK SUPPER!
The second Potluck Supper of the year 2016-17 was held at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6pm. Nearly 30 people gathered in the parish hall bringing their homemade food. Fr. Roshan D’Souza led the community to pray grace before meals. This is an opportunity for the parishioners to gather together and live their unity. All this happens around the banquet tables.
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To Proclaim the WORD and to Share the BODY
The parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada had an opportunity to prepare themselves to proclaim the Word of God effectively and share the Body of Christ devoutly. This happened in the Workshop organized in the parish for Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist on November 17, Thursday, 2016 from 7:30-9:00pm. Christina Ronzio, Director of Liturgy in the Diocese of Hamilton was the resource person for this workshop. Quoting the words of the Vatican II document, Sacrosanctum Concilium, she explained in her talk how the people can have active, conscious and full participation in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Theoretically it was based on the doctrines of Catholic Faith and practically developed on the guidelines in the Roman Missal and General Instructions. About 40-50 people including new and old participated in this annual workshop.
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24 Hours of adoration - to experience the mercy of God
24 hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was organized in the parish of Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo, Songea for the first time in the history of the parish. 0n 31st October after the morning mass at 7:30 am Blessed Sacrament was exposed for the public adoration till the morning mass on following day. People took turn according to their small Christian communities. For the night vigil all the pious associations took part. It was a first experience and the as the people exclaimed ‘the best experience.’ People have expressed their desire to have this devotion every year.
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Baptism and Celebration of Patron’s Feast
The third batch of baptism took place in the Parish of St. Martin of Tours Mpandagindo, Songea. A special permission was obtained from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock. It was incorporated into celebration of the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, the Patron of the parish, which was supposed to be on the11th of October. There were novenas in preparation for the feast. Dn Raymond Sangu OCD from Morogoro preached for the novena for five days. Fr. Elius Malale OCD parish priest of Malolo presided over the festive mass.
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Being merciful in the year of mercy! II Batch
57 children were baptized by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest on the 30th October, 2016 during the Sunday mass in the out-station of Kituru of St. Martin of Tours, belonging to the parish of Mpandagindo, Songea. A special permission was obtained from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock.

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Being merciful in the year of mercy!
Being the year of mercy the parish of St. Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo, Songea obtained a special permission from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock. 35 children were baptized by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the parish priest on 23rd of October, 2016 in the out-station of Liweta during the Sunday mass.

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INDIAN CARMEL IN UNISON!
The IPCI meeting of all the Provincials in India, was held at the Provincial House, Trivandrum (Malabar province) on 10th of November, 2016. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, the Definitor General was present and shared with us the programmes and plans the Generalate has for the Indian Carmel. It has been almost finalized that the Extraordinary Definitory in 2019 would be held in Old Goa, also to commemorate 400 years of our first foundation in Asia (1620). As announced earlier, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, has been appointed as Executive Secretary of the IPCI from this session.
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Christmas Bazaar!
St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada hosted the Annual Christmas Bazaar on November 12, 2016. It was exceptionally well organized by the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of the parish working tirelessly. This Bazaar was held in the Parish Hall from 10am to 1pm. Home Baking, Crafts, Tombola, Raffle, Kids Table and Lunch Room were some of the attractions of this Christmas Bazaar. Women were quite occupied as good number of people from vicinity flocked to the Bazaar. Together with the purchase of things, this was an opportunity for the people to be reminded of the First Christmas at Bethlehem. A great number of kids with their families attended and shared the Christmas joy in the company of SANTA.
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Eucharistice Procession at St. Joseph's Church, Actonville
A Eucharistic procession was organised at St. Joseph's Church, Actonville, to mark the year of mercy on Sunday, November 6. It was a unique and first time event that took place in the history of that locality. May the Eucharistic Lord bless them abundantly.

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24 Hours of Adoration in Songea
Our Carmelite fathers along with the Parishoners, organised a 24 hours adoration at St. Martin of Tours Parish , Mpandangindo, Songea, Tanzania from 31-10-2016 to 01-11-2016.

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Blessing of new extension - Our Lady of Loreto Church, South Africa
Indeed it was a great joy for the parish of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church as the new extension was blessed on the 15th of October. His Grace, archbishop Buti Thaghale OMI archbishop of Johannesburg blessed the new extension. The solemn Eucharistic celebration started at 5:00 pm with Fr Peter Rebello, parish priest and deacon Keith McKenzie in concelebration. Meaningful and devotional liturgy was animated by Chris Perumal. During the mass Mrs Maggie Sauls was inducted as new extraordinary Eucharistic minister. Archbishop in his homily emphasized the importance of prayer in the place of worship so that the people can experience the power of God in their lives. Towards the end of the mass the parish priest thanked the archbishop and faithful for their contribution towards the building and acknowledged the dedicated and committed service of Mr Denzil Pillay and Lawrence McMahon, the project managers and Mrs Pam Brits, the architect. There were 350 people who attended the mass. Archbishop appreciated Fr Peter Rebello OCD, the parish priest for his dedication and commitment in the church and in the diocese. Sweets and snacks were distributed to all the faithful to mark the celebration.
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Here we are to serve
18 children were welcomed into the Alter servers association on Sunday 30th of October during the Mass at St. Joseph's church, in Actonville. Last year they received the First Holy Communion and were under training to serve at the alter for one year.



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How Wonderful! Little Ones come to worship the Lord!
Here again at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada, the little children attended 11am Sunday Mass on October, 30, 2016. The church was almost full of kids and their parents and parishioners. More than 30 kids participated in this Children Mass. The liturgy was led and assisted by the kids from St. Aloysius School, which is very close to the parish. The efforts of Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and Fr. Roshan D’Souza in training these kids in the school did bear much fruit in the form of participation at the Mass. Fr. Roshan presided over this mass and reached out to the kids through his creative homily on the story of Zacchaeus and Jesus’ love for him, comprised of action song and a little enactment. After the mass the kids had “Trick or Treat” of the Halloween Day. It was indeed an active, full and meaningful celebration!
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Fr Rathan conferred doctorate
University of Wien, Austria conferred Doctorate with Magna cum laude upon Rev. Fr Rathan Nicholas Almeida OCD, on the 25th of October, 2016. His doctoral thesis was “Uniqueness and universality of Jesus Christ revisited: An encounter of Walter Cardinal Kasper’s Spirit Christology with the Indian Theology in the light of ‘Ecclesia in Asia.’ An attempt to focus on and deepen the specialty of Jesus Christ in the context of Religious pluralism in India.” Fr. Rathan hails from Miyar, Mangalore and he is presently serving as the superior of a monastery in Austria. Fr. Rathan, you have made us proud. All the very best for your future.
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Fr. Stany conferred doctorate
Rev. Fr. Stany Rodrigues, a Carmelite friar from our province hailing from Farla, successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “The pastoral care of the family: A necessity for the Church in Tanzania” on the 22nd of October, 2016 and obtained 'Summa Cum Laude’ from St. John Paul II Institutions, Lateran – Rome. Fr. Stany Rodrigues has been serving in our missions in Tanzania. We are very proud of you Fr. Stany. All the best for your future ministry.
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Canonization of St. Elizabeth celebrated in Dhyana Sadhana, Mysore
Dhyana Sadhana, Mysore was in full festive mood on 16th October 2016. The much awaited day had finally arrived as St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, the Patron of the Institute was canonised. Most Rev .Dr. Thomas A. Vazhapilly, Bishop of Mysore, with Rev.Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial, 30 priests concelebrated the Eucharist to celebrate the Canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Fr. Sylvester D’Souza peached an inspiring homily on the life and doctrine of the Saint. Dhyana Sadhana in full festive mood. The illumination of the garden was an external sign of the height of sanctity St. Elizabeth has reached. It was heavenly to be there, with Pushpashrama young brothers joining their voices with the Dhyana Sadhna choir to make it angelic, the religious of the diocese joining with their pastor to acclaim our sister Elizabeth a Saint with a message. “I have found heaven on earth, since heaven is God, and God is in my soul.”
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Workshop and Pizza Party
St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON organized a workshop and pizza party to the altar servers on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 15 kids participated in this workshop arranged in the church. Fr. Roshan D’Souza, the associate pastor under the guidance of Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, the pastor of the parish trained the children to serve the mass explaining different parts of the mass and their roles in making the liturgy meaningful. The entire workshop was very practical and the kids were excited. They showed quite a lot of interest and enthusiasm in this training session. The great volunteering work of Mrs. Ann Stuart, Shirley, Mr. Joby and Rosh during this workshop was commendable. At the end of the workshop the kids enjoyed a delicious pizza party.
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The feast of St. Teresa of Avila @ Sadbhavana
The feast of St. Teresa of Avila, patroness of Sadbhavana was celebrated in all solemnity on the 15th of October, 2016. Most. Rev. Antony Kariyil CMI, the Bishop of Mandya presided over the Eucharistic celebration at 6:30 p.m. and preached a thought provoking inspirational homily fitting for the festive occasion. Priests and Religious of neighbouring communities, friends and well-wishers, the core committee of Carmel Kutam, the choir members partook in the joyous celebration. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, verbalized the feelings of gratitude to one and all. After the mass a sumptuous homemade food was served to all the guests.
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Carmel Fraternity 2016
All the brothers of our province under the banner Carmel Fraternity 2016 gathered together from 8th of October to 11th of October 2016 in Mount Carmel School, Londa. This is for the second time such event is organized in our province. It was held earlier under the title ‘Carmel Fest’ which was changed to ‘Carmel Fraternity’ this year to highlight and savor the fraternity and solidarity of one another – ‘how wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live in unity.’ The brothers belonging to different stages of formation except the novices who joined us in spirit were divided in four groups and the groups were given the name of the Carmelite Saints namely, St. Edith Stein, St. Raphael Kalinowski, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.
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First Communion at Our Lady of Loretto Church, South Africa
It was a day of jubilation and celebration as 32 children of Our Lady of Loretto Church received the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time in their lives. Fr. Peter Rebello presided over the solemn Eucharistic celebration and preached a suitable homily. There were around 250 people who witnessed the celebration. Fr. Peter expressed the sentiments of gratefulness for the selfless service of Mrs Ann Morrow, the catechism coordinator and Mr Mark Morrow and Zacky, the catechism teachers. After the mass some sweets and snacks were provided by the CWL ladies of the parish to share the joy of the children.
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Solemn Profession at Tanzania
The Vicariate of Tanzania along with the Rwanda Burundi Delegation rejoices in the celebration of the Solemn Profession of Bros. Sandeep Kumar and Joseph Ndikuriyo. These two young men committed themselves perpetually through the evangelical vows on the 14th of October, 2016 at Kihonda, Tanzania. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by the Regional Vicar Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues. It was a long-awaited dream in the life of these brothers as they made their perpetual commitment in the hands of the Respective Regional Superiors.
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Br. Sandeep Kumar is ordained Deacon in Tanzania
It was again a day of jubilation for the Vicariate of Tanzania as Bro. Sandeep was ordained Deacon on the 15th of October, 2016. The Bishop of Morogoro Diocese raised him to the Clerical status along with other 23 brothers from other congregations. A short felicitation program was held after the liturgical celebration. This auspicious celebration was witnessed by parents, relatives and good number of religious. We wish them all the very best for their diaconal ministry. Special thanks to their parents for the great sacrifice and inspiration.
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APPRECIATION SUNDAY AT ST. PETER’S PARISH, MACKENZIE –CANADA : ON OCTOBER 2ND, 2016
I thank my God whenever I think of you; and every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy…” [Ph. 1:3]
On October 2nd was one of the most beautiful days in the history of St. Peters Church in Mackenzie, Canada. We came together to express our gratitude and acknowledge that each person is a unique gift to one another. A very special celebration and praise to our Lord for bringing many volunteers in our church and community who work tirelessly to build the Kingdom of God. We celebrated by honoring each with much appreciation and thanksgiving. Attending our special day was Bishop Stephen Jensen, and Martha & Allan Primus who complimented our choir.

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St. Elizabeth venerated at the Cloistered Carmel, Bengaluru
Around 200 people attended thanksgiving mass for the canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. 12 priests concelebrated at the mass. Before the Mass there was a 10 mints video presentation on the life St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Thereafter Most Rev. Bernard Moras Archbishop of Bangalore presided over the mass. The picture of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was blessed and garlanded. Fr. Pascal Koroth from Carmelaram preached the homily. The melodious choir was led by Brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel from Lingarajpuram. Finally vote of thanks was given by Fr. Praveen Pinto, OCD. The Archbishop thanked the Cloistered Carmel nuns for their prayer support and Carmelite Priests for their wonderful work in the Archdiocese. After the Mass, tea and snacks were distributed to all the participants.
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Mass for Kids!
As the new School Year began in the first week of September here in Canada, St. Aloysius Parish at Kitchener, ON welcomed kids for first Children Mass of this year on Sunday, 25th September 2016. The Mass at 11am was celebrated by Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Pastor of the Parish with creative sermon on the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. The kids were taught in a simple way the message about sharing with one another what God has given in abundance. About 30-40 kids participated in this mass together with their parents and grandparents. The Church was full rising up to 250-300 people including our parishioners. The kids from St. Kateri School (one of the three schools belonging to St. Aloysius Parish) welcomed all the people at the entrance with resounding words “Good Morning and welcome to St. Aloysius Church”.
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Come and Dine!
Delicious! Tasty! Wow! The first Potluck Supper of this year was held on 23rd September 2016, Friday at 6pm at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada. Nearly 30-40 parishioners participated in this Potluck Supper. The Parish Hall was looking gorgeous with the tables of Bread & Cheese, Mains, Salads and Desserts. The Pastor, Fr. Jerome welcomed everyone and prayed grace before meals. People gather for the potluck supper in the Parish Hall at least 4-5 times a year bringing their own homemade food. It is a time to share and unite.
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Let the little children come to me…
The Sunday School at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada, began on 18th September 2016. The Pastor of the Parish, Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas celebrated the Mass at 11 am and invoked the blessing of Almighty God on all the kids who came forward to attend the Sunday school program. It was attended by 30 kids, a great number to begin with. This is a program that runs over the whole year during 11am mass. The kids are accompanied by the volunteers to the parish hall immediately after a special prayer over kids following the Opening Prayer of the Mass. The readings are proclaimed to them from the Children’s Lectionary and the Word of God is explained through creative teaching and painting. As Jesus sowed the word of God, so do our willing teachers sow in a little way the Good News of Jesus Christ to our little kids. Let the seeds grow and bear fruit in abundance!
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We gave thanks to God…
The Thanksgiving Day 2016 was celebrated at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada on 10th October. The concelebrated Morning Mass was presided over by the Pastor of the Parish, Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas. Deacon David Avila, our parishioner and one of the transitional deacons of the Diocese of Hamilton joined the Eucharistic celebration and proclaimed the Word of God. The Presider of the Mass preached a fitting homily to the occasion and invited a lady composer to sing her piece of music on thanksgiving soon after the homily. It really uplifted our hearts to God in thanksgiving for all his blessings. About 70-80 people participated in this special Thanksgiving Mass. This day is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day all over Canada being together with family, having a big Turkey Dinner and giving thanks to God for the produce and fruits of the earth.
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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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ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao
Provincial

Rev. Fr. George Santhumayor
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Silvestre J. D'Souza
II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Lawrence D'Cunha
III Councillor

Rev. Fr. Jerome Moras
IV Councillor

Rev. Fr. Richard Menezes
Provincial Secretary


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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NEW BOOK RELEASED!
THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED, by Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Dhyanavana Publications, Bangalore 2015, pp. xi + 199.

The new book The Way Less Travelled, is the 31st literary product of Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD. This compendium of 26 articles is a commentary on the Way of Perfection of St. Teresa of Avila, published by the Dhyanavana Publications of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka Goa Province (India). The Way Less Travelled is reader friendly that summarizes the doctrinal content of the Way of Perfection to make the work of the Saint easily accessible, so that The Way of Perfection may be more often travelled. This book was officially released in India by V. Rev. (Dr) Saverio Cannistra OCD (Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites) during the National Closing ceremony of St Teresa’s V Birth Centenary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu on 3rd of October, 2015 and during the inauguration of our Little Flower Monastery at Fraser Town, Canada on October 15th by Ms. Helen Chua Tiampo, in the presence of Bishops, OCD Friars, Secular Carmelites and a large gathering of friends.


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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