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Our Lady of Rosary Venerated @ Pushpashrama
“Praying the Rosary without the meditation on the mysteries of Christ is similar to a body without a soul”. – Pope Paul VI.

After achieving a feat of praying the rosary in more than 60 homes in the month of October, the community of Pushpashrama organised ‘An hour to Rosary’ in the Infant Jesus Shrine on October 31st. Before the solemn Rosary, a high mass was celebrated in honour of our Lady of Rosary at 6:30 PM. Fr. Oswald was the main celebrant and preached a well prepared homily highlighting the history, significance and Christo-centricism of the Holy Rosary.With lamps and candles burning bright and our Lady adorning herself amidst these lights, the Rosary was prayed in the presence of minimal lights. Every mystery was reflected in depth and the Fatima Prayer was sung in the presence of the gathered faithful.
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Farewell to Fr Joy Francis
“My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to complete his work” (Jn 4:34).

Jesus who said these words highlighting his mission still helps us to draw inspiration to preach the good news to lands near and far. Heeding to this call, with utmost obedience just like his master Jesus, Fr. Joy Francis has prepared himself to touch the earth of Nagpur, Maharashtra and give witness of Christ to the people there. As he was serving in the community of Pushpashrama, the community felt apt to bid him adieu with a grand farewell. He worked marvels in Pushpashrama by renovating the chapel, repairing the sound systems, installing TV screens in the shrine to facilitate easy worship and so on. His cheerful spirit and helping nature was truly inspiring and influencing. Therefore thanking him for his very presence in Pushpashrama and wishing him success in the new mission land, the community organised a cultural programme which included a colourful display of talents of brothers.
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The Joy of Carmel relived in Canada
As a climax of the pastoral visitation of Provincial, Fr. Charles Serrao to the friars in Canada, the Annual Gathering of Carmelite friars working in Canada was held at St. Thomas More Parish, Calgary from October 15th to 18, 2018. Fr. John Pinto and Fr. Roshan D’Souza hosted the gathering. This Annual Gathering began with the Evening Prayer in honour of our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Avila followed by the Inaugural Mass which was attended by the OCDS members of Calgary and a good number of parishioners. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial presided over the Mass and Fr. Joachim Pereira, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious of the Diocese of Calgary preached a quite appealing homily based on the life and teachings of St. Teresa of Avila. The Jubilarians Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and Fr. Ranjan D’Sa were specially remembered in prayer during the Mass.
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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL ALBUM NO. 4
Dear Friends,
This is Album number 4 of Tiampo Memorial Hall under construction at Carmel Hill (Canada). The mounting of wooden walls has begun. The wood that is needed for the entire hall has already been stacked in the compound. A lot of space cleared around the hall is for parking lots approximately for 200 cars. We are grateful to Fr. Alexander Brangaza (Superior) and Fr. Melvin Pinto for sacrificing their time both in managing the programs at Little Flower Monastery and monitoring the work that is taking place at the construction site. Please click the link below for latest photos.
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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL ALBUM NO. 3
Dear Friends,
Here are the latest photos of the ongoing construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall at Carmel Hill, Canada. We have obtained the basic necessary permissions from the Fraser Valley District and the foundation of the Hall is almost complete. We had the great privilege of having Helen visit the site on September 10th. Fr. Alexander Braganza and Fr. Melvin Pinto offered us their wonderful hospitality in the Monastery. The ground Engineer of Alfred Horie Constructions, Mr. Dennis Cardin showed us the site and explained in detail how this hall will be constructed. The next move of the construction of the Hall will be raising of the walls. The material for this second phase has already arrived from Germany. These photos clicked by Rev. Fr. Alexander Braganza OCD, Superior, Little Flower Monastery.
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Golden Brothers at Philomena’s College : Pushpashrama
Bros. Shine George and Babusha, the alumni of our college of Pushpashrama made the province proud by decorating themselves in gold medals in the subjects, Philosophy and Alternative English respectively from St. Philomena’s College, Mysore. They were awarded for scoring the highest marks. However what distinguished their achievements was that being correspondent students, they won these medals among the regular college attending students. In receiving these medals they not only made our province proud but have also etched their names in the chronicles of St. Philomena’s college as being the first Carmelite brothers to achieve this feat. Kudos to both of you!
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St. Therese of Child Jesus – Patroness Honored @ PUSHPASHRAMA
“Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing.”
An institute will have no greater pleasure than celebrating the feast of its patron. Pushpashrama institute of philosophy and religion celebrated the solemnity of St. Therese its patroness with great zest and enthusiasm. Having imbibed the treasured spirituality of St. Therese to do ordinary things with extraordinary love, the community proceeded to celebrate this feast in a low scale. This was done, keeping in mind our suffering brethren in Kodagu and Kerala to whose need the usual expenses will be furnished to. The community celebrated the solemnity with the faithful on Sunday, 30th September during the 08: 00 AM mass.
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GOOD NEWS FROM CANADA!
Fr. John Alex Pinto OCD, has been appointed by Bishop William McGrattan as the Vicar Forane (Dean) of the North East Deanery in the Diocese of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has been serving as the Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Calgary for 10 years and is thus one of the long-standing pastors serving in the Diocese. While we congratulate him on assuming this new responsibility, we pray that he be guided by the Holy Spirit.

FR. PROVINCIAL’S VISIT and LOWER MAINLAND CEREMONIES
WESTERN CANADA OCDS OF THE KARNATAKA-GOA PROVINCE

Double Celebration! Double Happiness! The three Lower Mainland Communities had much reason to rejoice on September 22, 2018. The rain and fall weather did not dampen their spirits as they gathered at St. Edmund’s Church, North Vancouver, BC. Provincial Father Charles Serrao made his annual visit to the Canada Region at a most opportune time to coincide with the Ceremonies of the 2018 candidates. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided by Fr. Charles Serrao and concelebrated by Regional Superior Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Provincial Delegate Fr. Steny Mascarenhas and Assistant Pastor of St. Edmund’s Parish, Fr. Vincent D’Souza. It was a bonanza year for the Region with the investiture of six aspirants, the first profession of nine candidates and the vows of one candidate.
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INSTITUTE DAY AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU
Dhyanavana Day was celebrated on Sunday, 23rd September 2018. Dhyanavana is an International Spirituality Centre where presently 65 sisters are studying from around 30 Religious Congregations. We conduct Diploma Course of 9 months and Certificate Courses of 6 and 3 months to the Religious Women, along with M.A. in Holistic Spirituality from the University of Mysore. On Dhyanavana Day celebration, many Major Superiors and Junior Mistresses participated along with our neighbouring Priests, Religious and Friends. In the morning we had a talk on “Formation” and a Con-Celebrated Holy Eucharist by Rev. Fr. Pius James, OCD, Vicar Provincial. In the evening our Dhyanavana sisters put up a very good cultural program with the message “WE ARE WOMEN OF FAITH - United in God’s Love, Sisters in Grace”.
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Dear Friends,
Jivitamruth series in Daijiworld 24X7 from Episode 219-269, a total of 50 Episodes on Christian Spirituality will be transmitted live twice a day from the second week of September till beginning of December. The hosts of this series are Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza (Canada) and Mr. Denis Mascarenhas (Oman - Muscat). The episodes will be relayed from Monday till Friday every week from 7 am till 7.30 am and evening 7 pm till 7.30 pm.

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Nativity and Family Feast celebrated at Bajjodi
The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Monti Fest, was celebrated with devotion at bajjodi on Saturday September 8th. Blessing of the Corn was held at Lourdes grotto. The congregation went in a procession to the church singing devotional hymns, accompanied by a brass band with Bambina Mary. After the procession the beautiful age old tradition of children showering flowers at Mother Mary's statue was performed with the accompaniment of hymns. Rev. Fr. Lancy Lewis was the main Celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Fr. Rovel D’souza, Deac. Macson Dabre concelebrated in the Eucharist. In his homily, Fr Lancy Lewis expounded the uniqueness of the feast and stressed on the role of the family in the church. At the end, Fr. Ivan D’souza honoured the main sponsors as well as thanked everyone for their whole hearted support for the success of the feast. New grains and sugar canes were distributed to the parishioners.
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PUSHPASHRAMA SOLEMNIZES THE NATIVITY OF OUR HEAVENLY MOTHER
“You are the Daughter of Zion, the Ark of the Covenant and the new Eve. You are the honor; you are the glory of our people, Virgin Mother Mary”.
The day to which all the Catholics look forward to finally arrived! After nine days of intense preparation and offering flowers to Infant Mary, we on 8th of September celebrated with great joy and jubilation the nativity of our dear Mother Mary. The mass was celebrated at 6:45 am with Fr. Lawrence D’ Mello as the main celebrant. The new corn was blessed and the euphoria of the day was initiated. Meanwhile, the Fathers and the brothers involved themselves in various committees of cooking, decorating and of prayer service to celebrate this family feast.
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A NEW BLOCK AT ASHA DEEPA, MADANTHYAR
The much expected and awaited Asha Deepa formation house was blessed and inaugurated on 15th of August, 2018. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharist, presided over by Very Rev. Fr Charles Serrao OCD, the Provincial Superior of Karnataka-Goa Province and Rev. Fr Dominic Vas OCD, preached a relevant homily for the occasion. Over 45concelebrants - mainly our Carmelite friars - joined the Eucharistic celebration. It was well attended by the religious and the lay faithful from the vicinity. The choir consisting of our theology brothers from Mangalore enhanced the fervour of the entire liturgical celebration.
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Inauguration of Pushpanjali Retreat Centre, Gorwa
26th of August, 2018 was a great and memorable day that will go down in the history of the Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa province in general and the Pushpanjali Community in particular as another dream project – Retreat Centre - in the State of Gujarat, was completed. The inaugural mass was held at 10:00 am. presided over by Most Rev. Athanasius Rethnaswamy, the Bishop of Ahmedabad Diocese, who also broke the Word of God. The concelebrants were: Most Rev. Stanislaus Fernandes (Apostolic Administrator of Baroda Diocese), Fr. Joel Pais (Vicar General of Baroda Diocese), Fr Charles Serrao (Provincial of the Karnataka-Goa province), 8 other Carmelite friars and 3 Diocesan priests.
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St. Teresa of Jesus Community : 2018 Retreat
Little Flower Monastery, Carmel Hill, Deroche, BC.

The Community’s retreat took place from 27th July to 29th July 2018 commencing with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by Fr. Alexander Braganza OCD, Retreat Master. He began with the introduction of the retreat theme “Call to Holiness”. He made reference to the saints who, in spite of their weaknesses, show us that the path to holiness is attainable and we are all called to it. The atmosphere of peace and quiet together with our solitude time, interspersed with community prayer, daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist, talks, Stations of the Cross, Benediction and Exposition with conducted meditation provided us with a greater sense of community whilst enabling us to go deeper in our encounter with the Living Christ.
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MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL, BELUR: in full splendour!
The inauguration of the new wing of Mount Carmel School, Belur (first floor and auditorium) was held on 16th of August, 2018, in the presence of Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior. The Chief Guest for the function was Shri Bhagwan, the president of neighboring SES (Shantala Education Society) school. The programme began at 2.30 p.m. with a welcome dance by the children. Fr. Prakash Tauro, the Principal, welcomed and introduced all the dignitaries. There was a small prayer service invoking God’s assistance, followed by blessing the new edifice by the sprinkling of Holy Water. Frs. Provincial and Shri Bhagwan delivered their messages on the occasion. In between the students displayed their talents through two beautiful dances.
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THANKSGIVING MASS OF OUR NEW PRIEST - REV. FR. REGAN PAUL D'SOUZA
With hearts full of gratitude, Fr. Regan D'Souza, along with his family and the parishioners, offered a thanksgiving Mass on Sunday, 26th August 2018 at his home parish: St. Anthony's Church, Bazar Ghat, Hyderabad. The Mass was concelebrated by around 25 priests. The Mass began at 10.30 and ended with a short felicitation programme.



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FR. REGAN AT HADAGALLI
It was a joyful day on 19th August, 2018, as Fr. Regan celebrated a Holy Mass along with the Carmelite community at Hoovinagadagali. Fr. Regan will be a member of this mission community and the people were happy to welcome him after his priestly ordination. The Mass was concelebrated by the community fathers, and former superior, Fr. Cyprian Fernandes. The Mass began at 11 am and was followed by felicitation and lunch.
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A FINANCIAL CONSULTANT BECOMES A CARMELITE PRIEST!
Deacon Regan Paul D'Souza was ordained a Priest on 14th of August at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte, by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D Souza, Apostolic Administrator of Mangalore, in the presence of all the faithful. The solemn Mass with the rite of Ordination began at 4.00 p.m. Deacon Regan was born to Mr. Reginald and Mrs. Pauline D’Souza on 19th July 1981 in Bantwal, Mangalore and was brought up in Hyderabad. He is the eldest of the six siblings - two sisters and four brothers. He obtained all his primary, secondary and university education in Hyderabad itself. Just as the apostle Matthew was called while at work so also Regan received the call of Jesus while he was working as a financial consultant. After 3 years of service with the poor and suffering he was introduced to the order of Carmel. He joined the Discalced Carmelite Order in July 2007 and made his first profession on 28th September 2008. Filled with zeal and enthusiasm for the missions he reached the shore of Tanzania, Africa on 9th September 2009 with the sole purpose of evangelizing and serving the poor.
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A NOVICE AT PUNE CARMEL!
The ever fruitful womb of the Mother of Carmel has brought to life yet another daughter. With great joy, the Carmel of Pune received the gift of Sr. Sharon of Jesus, into their Novitiate. Miss Sharon Luis hails from Caranzalem, Goa. Having being brought up in a pious family with regular prayer and participation in the Holy Eucharist, her desire for God and religious life began at a very young age. She has been an active member of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Goa Unit and other Parish Associations. She was introduced to St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, and the Carmelite Spirituality through her acquaintance with the Congregation of The Heralds of the Gospel. The discernment of her vocation led her to choose the Contemplative way of life of Carmel. Sharon has completed her Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication. After working in an IT company for around a year, Miss Sharon joined the Carmel of God the Father, Pune in June 2017.
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Assumption of BVM & Independence Day @ Pushpashrama
As the tricolors unfurled in the land of India, Pushpashrama too joined hands in spreading the solidarity and unity, proudly saying we are Indians. And this celebration was doubled when the solemnity of the assumption of our Lady added meaning to the Eucharistic celebration held in our shrine at 7: 00am. ‘With Mary to heaven’, this being the slogan, the mass was celebrated and preached meaningfully by Fr. John Lobo. He emphasized that the true meaning of Christian freedom is understood when we emulate the life of Mary. After the Eucharistic celebration, the faithful saluted the national flag which was hoisted by Fr. Vinod Lobo. A meaningful and thought provoking message was delivered by Br. Loy Crasta and thus reinforced in us with great zeal, the faithfulness to our country. Brothers also sang a song in honor of our country India and to top it all followed a short programme by our tiny tots of the Carmel Play home.
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TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL WORK PROGRESS ALBUM NO. 2
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Here in Canada we have a wonderful hot summer. It's really great to have the Sun with his full force on us during this time of the year, especially this year. The work at Tiampo Memorial Hall at North Deroche Road is in full swing. With all the initial hurdles overcome we have a temporary building work permit thanks to the hard work of our Architect John Clarke, Darrell Wickstrom and Steve Creighton. The basic foundation work is almost complete. You can see the infrastructure being slowly in up word swing process. Due to summer holidays the work is a bit slowed down but will certainly pick up as soon as the summer holidays are over. A lot of underground work is complete and now we wait for the wooden structures to arrive from Germany. You can still see a lot of concrete work that is completed. Huge road work is in progress and a big parking lot is being constructed. You can see the huge pile of stones dug out of the foundation excavation which will be crushed on site and used for the construction of the hall. Please click the link below for the visuals of the work site of Tiampo Memorial Hall.
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2018 ANNUAL MEETING OF WESTERN CANADA OCDS
The 9th Annual Meeting of Western Canada OCDS took place on July 6 – 7, 2018 at Little Flower Monastery, Carmel Hill, Deroche, B.C. Present were Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Regional Superior of Canada, Rev. Fr. Steny Mascarenhas, Provincial Delegate, Secretariat Officers, Community Presidents and Directors of Formation. Representatives of the Calgary and Vernon communities were recognized for their great effort and sacrifice made towards their attendance. Fr. Jerald formally introduced Fr. Steny Mascarenhas as the new Provincial Delegate and chaired the meeting to wrap up the proceedings of the 2017 annual meeting. Reports were given by all in attendance, followed by queries and solutions on challenges and major concerns. Utmost importance was given to review of the local statutes, formation matters and community building.
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FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL @ ST. EDMUND’S CHURCH, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC
The Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated at St. Edmund’s Parish by Bishop Gary Gordon of the Victoria Diocese and concelebrated by Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Regional Superior of Canada, along with our Carmelite Friars and Fr. James Comey. The Mass was well attended by Secular Carmelites, religious, parishioners, family and friends. Bishop Gordon, who was born and raised in Vancouver, thanked Fr. Jerald for the invitation to celebrate this great solemnity of our Order. Bishop Gordon expounded on the Gospel Reading that day (John 19:25-27). Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and John, the beloved disciple, stood at the foot of the Cross. Addressing Jesus’ words to John, he said, “Here is your mother!” And to His mother, he said, “Here is your son!” “The Gospel speaks so powerfully about the closeness of God to us. We find a particular way for God to draw closer to us and for us to draw closer to God in the image of Mary at the foot of the cross.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Bicentenary Celebration of Catholic Faith in Southern Africa
The Community of Benoni, South Africa celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and 200 years of the Catholic Church in Sothern Africa on 14 July, 2018. They also remembered 20 years of Carmelite Friars presence in South Africa. The parish communities of Our Lady of Loreto, Kempton Park, St Joseph’s, Acotnville, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Brentwood Park came together for this meaningful celebrations. The faithful were spiritually prepared by three days of novena and spiritual renewal programs animated by Fr John D’Souza, Fr Arvin Tauro and Fr Boniface D’Souza. On the feast day (14, July) Mass was presided over by Fr Marthinus Badenhorst, OP who gave a meaningful homily on Carmelite Spirituality.
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Pushpashrama venerates Patroness of the Order
“Triumph all ye Cherubim, sing with us sweet Seraphim, Heaven and Earth resound our Hymn, Salve Salve Salve Regina…!”
The day to which all the Carmelites look forward to dawned on 16th of July to celebrate the great solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. But this joy as to be shared with all be it Carmelites or not, because Mother Mary is the mother of all. Therefore the Pushpashrama keeping this in their minds anticipated the celebration of our Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel on Sunday. As the feast is of the Carmelites, the liturgy was animated and celebrated by the Carmelites of the entire order i.e., the priests, brothers, the secular Carmelites and lest to forget, the offshoots of the vineyard of Carmel, the other sister congregations of the Carmelites.
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Mangalore: Feast of Mount Carmel Celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine
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 15th along with Secular Carmelites and the faithful. Throughout the day there were four masses including the Solemn festal Mass at 5.30pm. During all the masses the Holy Scapular, the symbol of Our Lady’s protection, was distributed. In preparation for the feast, there were novena which began on July 6th, with a reflection each day on the different Mysteries of Rosary, which reflected the interior life of Mary. The priests and religious were invited from Mangalore diocese to share in the celebration.
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Green Day observed at Bajjodi
Bajjodi: ICYM Bajjodi unit organized 'Green Day' on Sunday, July 15th at 8.00am in the church premises. The celebration began with a prayer song by youth. Asst. Priest Fr. Patrick Lobo presided as the Chief Guest. Parish Priest Fr. Ivan D’Souza, Fr. Patrick Lobo, Vice President, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto, Animator Mr. Kiran Crasta planted a sapling as an expression of love and concern for nature. Fr. Patrick Lobo in his inspiring message highlighted the significance of the day. He urged to join hands for this noble cause and help in little ways to curb the destruction of this planet. The youth planted 50 saplings in the pots. At the end Fr. Ivan D’Souza appreciated and congratulated the organizers and all the participants for their active involvement in the vanamahotsava. This programme was compered by Joel Fernandes. Pranita welcomed the gathering. The vote of thanks was given by Princiya.
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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FEAST CELEBRATED @ KOTESHWAR
The feast of our lady of Mt. Carmel was celebrated on 14th July 2018 at Katkere, Kotesshwar. The con-celebrated mass was presided over by Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues OCD, the Prior of St Joseph's Monastery and Infant Jesus Shrine Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru. Newly appointed Dean of Kundapur deanery, Rev. Fr. Stany Tauro and other diocesan and religious priests were present for the feast. More than 600 devotees had gathered for the Eucharistic celebration and received the scapular - the holy dress of Our Lady. Fr. Rayan Pais thanked every one for the success of the feast.​
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Facelift of Pushpashrama Chapel
‘How lovely is your dwelling place O Lord! What peace and joy to feel so close to you…!’
Prayer, being the primary focus of Carmelites, the Pushpashrama community keeping this thought in their mind set forth to renovate the monastery choir to make it more conducive for meditation and prayer. The work which was embarked on by the previous rector Fr. Alfred Menezes was completed this year, thanks to the eagerness and hard work of Fr. Joy Francis along with the active collaboration of the community Fathers and brothers. The chapel, which presently shines with bright lights, beautiful wooden framework and granite flooring, truly attracts a person to the Divine, like a bee to a flower. The wooden framework also hides the meaningful message of the chalice of Christ and the unity of the Holy Trinity. The images of Our Lady of Mount Carmel along with the Patroness of Pushpashrama, St. Therese are situated at the sides of the altar reminding us of our Carmelite call.
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Guardian Angels Parishioners gave a solemn send off to Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza
On July 7th Guardian Angels Parishioners gave a solemn send off to Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, after completing 8 years 11 months at the parish. Rev. Frs. Jerald D'Souza, John Alex Pinto, Fr. Alex Braganza, Fr. Melvin Pinto, Fr. Rajesh Madtha and Fr. Vincent D'Souza were present for the occasion. Solemn mass was celebrated at 4 pm and Fr. Rudolf preached during mass and thanked the parishioners for their support, friendship, love and warmth of fellowship. At the end of the Holy Eucharistic celebration the souvenir book of Guardian Angels Parish titled PEARL OF SPIRITUALITY was solemnly released by Helen Chua Tiampo and all parishioners were gifted with this book on Saturday and during all the masses on Sunday July 8th. This book contains a complete profile of the parish from its foundation till date. Special focus on the various upgrades that were accomplished during the time of Fr. Rudolf being Pastor have been exhaustively reported. In addition to this a complete report of all the projects realized in Canada and in India has been elaborately given with the appropriate photographs. Fr. Rudolf as he was very active in his preaching and writing, a section is dedicated to his mass media apostolate including an entire section on the kindle books recently uploaded on amazon. The last part of the book is dedicated to various parish activities, groups and apostolate with relevant photo albums. The book contains 222 pages and is well documented.
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PEARL OF SPIRITUALITY

Fr. Vincent D'Souza hits 50 mark in Canada
On July 4, 2018 was a remarkable day in the life of Fr. Vincent D’Souza. He hit the 50 Mark of his wonderful gift of life on this earth. Fr. Vincent at present is working as the assistant pastor in St. Edmund's Parish North Vancouver which is in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Since couple of months the people of St. Edmund's parish eagerly prepared to celebrate this mile stone in the life of their assistant Pastor Fr. Vincent. On July 4th Fr. Vincent Celebrated the 9 am Mass with the parishioners. Fr. Jerald Dsouza who is the pastor of the parish as well as the Regional Superior highlighted in his homily the simplicity and sacrificing nature of Fr. Vincent and wished him many more years in the service of the people of God. At the end of the Mass the whole congregation wished him by singing Happy Birthday and the flower bouquet was presented by Fr. John Alex Pinto pastor of the St. Thomas More Parish Calgary.
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Visit of the Provincial Superior to Benoni, South Africa
and blessing of the foundation stone for the proposed Retreat Centre

July 1st 2018 was a very special day for the Carmelites working in South Africa. As Provincial officially ended the Pastoral Visitation to South Africa, all five priests working in the land came together to celebrate the Eucharist and bless the foundation stone for Retreat Centre at Benoni. The Superior of Benoni Community, Fr Arvin Tauro welcomed Provincial Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, the Cape Town friars Fr Marie Joseph and Fr Antony Stephen, and his two community members Fr John Cyrus D'Souza OCD and Fr Boniface D' Souza OCD, who came together to celebrate this occasion. Fr Arwin welcomed and thanked the architect and other benefactors who were present and all the members of the community who have worked enthusiastically and tirelessly for the parish.
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A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU
The 22nd Diploma Holistic Spirituality Course was inaugurated by Most Rev. Dr. Thomas Vazhapilly, Bishop Emeritus of Mysore, with the inaugural Holy Eucharist on 1 July 2018. Fifty five Sisters are registered for the course as residential participants; besides 12 sisters attend a few selected courses as day scholars. For the Inaugural Mass around 25 priests and more than 125 religious were present. Dhyanavana is open to the sisters for short courses and retreats also.
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New Deacons-To serve and not to be served
The Karnataka - Goa Province congratulates Dn. Macson Dabre and Dn. Julius Gonsalves on being ordained Deacons on the 14th of June, 2018 by Most Rev. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi. The Eucharistic celebration began at 3:00 pm, where about 150 Priests concelebrated including 10 Carmelites. The Bishop during his homily highlighted on the role of the Deacons in the Church and he urged them to have the mind of Christ who came into this world not to serve but to be served. Thereafter a short felicitation program was held at the St. Joseph’s Monastery, Carmel Hill, Mangaluru.
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Solemn Profession @ Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangalore
The Carmelites of Karnataka-Goa Province congratulates six Brothers (Brs. Anoop Fernandes, Ivan Sequeira, Roshan Monteiro, Sunil D’Souza, Joseph D’Souza, and Wilson Tauro) who committed themselves to the Lord, through their Solemn Profession. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) presided over the Holy Eucharist at 3:30 pm along with the Carmelite Fathers from different communities. After the mass there was a short felicitation programme lead by Rev. Fr. Alwyn Sequeira in the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangalore. Family members especially parents of the Solemnly Professed Brothers were honoured on this auspicious day.
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Fr. Ivan D’Souza takes charge as Parish Priest of Infant Mary's Church, Bajjodi
Bajjodi, Jun 16: Fr Ivan D’Souza was installed as the parish priest of Infant Mary's Church, Bajjodi on Saturday, June 16. Fr. Shabas Crasta, the present parish priest, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, vice-president and Mrs. Irene Pinto, Secretary of parish council welcomed Fr. Ivan D’souza & Fr. Patrick Lobo with flower bouquets. Fr. Victor Machado, Dean of City Deanery, conducted the ceremony. After taking charge as the parish priest, Fr. Ivan said, “It is my pleasure to serve in this vibrant parish. This parish stands high due to the hard and dedicated work of Fr. Melwin D’Cunha & Fr. Shabas Crasta. They are role models for me in this new task. I will promise you that I will do my best for the parish with your support and prayers.” Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues (Superior of St. Joseph's Monastery, Bikarnakatte), Fr. Joseph Cyril, Deac. Macson Dabre and a large number of parishioners were present.
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Secular Carmelite Member Laveena defends her Doctoral Thesis
MANGALURU: Laveena D'Mello, who has made her definitive promises in the Secular Carmelite Order, defended her Doctoral Thesis in Sociology on the title, "A Sociological Study of HIV Positive Women in Dakshina Kannada" on June 11, 2018 and obtained Doctorate from the University of Mangalore. Laveena DMello, becomes the first member of the OCDS to obtain PhD. She was felicitated at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte - Mangalore on June 14. Profile of Dr. Laveen D'Mello, OCDS (Dr.) Laveena D’Mello, Assistant Professor, Srinivas University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India, is a Passionate Social Work professional, Trainer, Faculty and a Researcher with Master’s degree in Social Work, M.Phil in Sociology, and submitted Doctor of Philosophy Thesis in June 2017 at Mangalore University.
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A solemn ‘YES’ at Pune Carmel!
Sr. Pooja of the Holy Trinity made her Solemn Profession on the 23rd of May 2018. Having nurtured a vocation to the contemplative life since the age of around 8, Sr. Pooja has now consecrated herself totally to the service of our Lord and His Church. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by Most Rev. Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poona. The Carmelite Friars, Frs. Prasanna and Joe D’Souza from the Talegaon community and Fr. Joy Francis from Pushpashram community, Mysore were present. The Jesuit fathers from the neighboring De Nobili College and the priests from Sr. Pooja’s home parish of Ajra also graced the occasion. Her family members along with the friends and Benefactors of the community joined in the celebrations.
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CHICALIM CARMEL: ANOTHER FLOWER BLOOMS!
Sr Santana of the Sacred Heart, made her Solemn Profession on 8th of June, 2018, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had first joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Christ the King (FMCK) in the year 2000. After 14 years, hearing the Lord's call for a more Contemplative and hidden life, she entered Carmel in 2014. Her family members and the a few companions from the FMCK congregation participated in the solemn liturgical celebration. Fr. Joe Tauro OCD, former Provincial of the Karnataka-Goa Province presided over the Eucharist. Carmelite Friars from the communities in Goa and a few others from elsewhere concelebrated. The Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Parish Priest of Chicalim and the Parish Priest of Pomburpa (home parish of Sr Santana) also graced the occasion.
We wish Sr Santana all happiness in the garden of Carmel.
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Pushpashrama - LECTIO BREVIS 2018-19
‘Inheritance of wisdom is the inheritance of honor’
Pushpashrama Institute of Philosophy and Religion being one of the springs that quenches the thirst of those who seek wisdom, organized the Lectio Brevis 2018-19 on the first of June. The Holy mass was held at 9:00 am to grace this event. Fr. Pius James D’ Souza, the Vice Provincial of the KG Province celebrated the holy mass along with the company of several Carmelite priests from the neighboring communities. Fr. Pius preached a very meaningful homily and counseled the students to love and follow Lady Wisdom ‘Sophia’ and not Lady Folly. Brothers with their smooth voices filled the Shrine with wonderful church music. Photographs of respective batches along with the Community fathers were taken. The official stage function followed the Holy mass, wherein Dr. Ivan D’Souza, a diocesan priest from Mangalore was the keynote speaker.
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CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS OF TIAMPO MEMORIAL HALL AT CARMEL HILL ALBUM NO. 2
Dear Friends,
The work at Carmel Hill has begun with full force with the construction of Tiampo Memorial Hall progressing rapidly. The recent developments are the ground is cleared and the stones are crushed and removed. Infrastructure for the Hall construction is getting ready. The underground water and sewer equipment has been already installed like septic tank, pumps etc. Now the work will continue to erect concrete pillars and then the basic structure will be seen. For more details please click the link below.

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
Vancouver - Canada
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Scholarship for the children of differently abled (blind)
Dhyana Jyothi Trust, a Carmelite NGO, distributed scholarships to the children of differently abled parents under the banner 'Carmel Vision for Future'. Fifteen children of visually impaired parents were given scholarships in Bengaluru on Thursday May 31. Addressing the audience Fr Stifan Perera OCD, the director of the Trust and Dhanavana Publications Bengaluru said, “Education to the children especially to the parents of blind is a Carmelite venture. Though the parents are blind, they have a great desire to brighten the lives of their children. Carmelite priests have taken up this unique initiative with the help of the donors and benefactors.” Nelly Pichardo, the coordinator of ‘Carmel Vision for Future’ said, “Parents are not only blind, they are also poor. Hence, they cannot afford to educate their children. On the contrary, children are highly talented and fare very well in their studies. Hence, we feel it is our responsibility to give them a helping hand.” Some of the parents are totally blind while some are partially blind. While it is difficult to earn their daily bread itself, they find it very hard to educate their children. Dhyna Jyothi Trust, is a charitable trust by the Carmelite priests. Alongside taking up charitable works, the Trusts takes up printing religious and social literature.
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Joyous Moment in the Life of 7 angels of our Parish
Bajjodi: Seven angels of our parish welcomed the Saviour Lord Jesus Christ for the first time into their hearts with utmost love and devotion on the 13th 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. Pius James D’souza and concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Asst. Priest Fr.Ivan D’souza, Fr. Ligoury Crasta and Kevin. Fr. Pius D’souza preached an inspiring homily to the children. The melodious Church choir facilitated the congregation to take active part in the liturgy. The joy of welcoming Jesus into their lives and renewing their baptismal promises was evident in the cherubic smiles of the children. Towards the end of the Mass, Rev. Fr. Shabas Crasta thanked the teacher Sr. Lydwin for catechising the first communicants prior to the celebration. All the children who received the First Holy Communion were given the Scapular, Rosary and New Testament on the occasion. We congratulate the angels of our parish for successfully achieving another religious milestone in their journey of faith.
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Benoni Carmelites in a celebration of 200 years of catholic faith in Southern Africa
This year we are celebrating the 200 years of Catholic faith in Southern Africa. Though the history of Catholic church in Southern Africa begins with the arrival of Bartholomew Diaz, officially it is accepted from June 7, 1818 when Pope Pius VII appointed the Benedictine Dom Edward Bede Slater as the first Vicar Apostolic of the Cape. In the Archdiocese of Johannesburg the 200 years of its celebration was held on 21st of April, where all the Carmelite priests of Benoni(South Africa) attended.
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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY celebration at Margao.
56 DIVINE MERCY PARISH /CHAPEL GROUPS FORMED BY CARMELITES
Margao: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão will preside over the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration of the Divine Mercy Sunday 2018 at the Carmelite Monastery, Margao on 8th April 2018 at 5.00p.m. There will be Eucharistic adoration at 4.oo p.m. Animators/ Representatives of the Divine Mercy Groups will be participating in this celebration. Mementos will be presented to each group at the hands of the Archbishop. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão asked the Carmelites in Goa to promote Divine Mercy devotion in the Archdiocese. Responding to the invitation and the permission (CP/2967/2017) given by the Archbishop, 56 Divine Mercy Groups of the Parish/Chapels were formed in the Parishes/Chapels in the Archdiocese of Goa by the Carmelite Friars.
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Celebration of the simple profession of Frank Sharma
The First Profession of Bro. Frank Sharma was held solemnly at St. Edmond's Church on April 7th at 11 am in the presence of more than 250 faithful. The solemn celebration began with the introduction to liturgy by Rev. Fr. Melvin Pinto and the beautiful singing of St. Edmond's Church choir. Rev. Fr. Jerald D'Souza the Regional Superior presided over the ceremony and Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza preached a homily during the mass. After the homily Bro. Sharma pronounced his first vows and the Regional Superior accepted the vows and handed over to him the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelites. After the Solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist Bro. Sharma thanked each and everyone present, including the Novice Master of California Province Fr. Robert Barceló and a few members who accompanied him.  
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Archbishop urges Faithful to experience God’s Mercy
MARGAO: Taking the help of a heroic witness of Blessed Rani Maria, a Martyr of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão urged the faithful gathered to experience and witness to the mercy of God as individuals and families. Archbishop was delivering a homily at the Divine Mercy Sunday Eucharistic celebration held at the Carmelite Monastery Margao on Sunday evening. Fr. Joaquim Loiola Pereira (Secretary to Archbishop), Fr. Carmo Martins (Parish Priest, Our Lady of Grace Church, Margao), Fr. Archibald Gonsalves (Superior, Carmelite Monastery, Margao), Fr. Sylvestre D'souza (Secretary to OCD Provincial, and other priests concelebrated the Eucharistic celebration.
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Good Friday Procession Unites Christians in Agassiz / Harrison.

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Easter Celebration at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, March 31st: The Easter Celebration here at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi commenced at 7 pm with the blessing of the new fire by Fr. Ivan D’souza.. The Easter Candle was lit and carried to the Altar calling on people to walk in the light of Risen Christ. The congregation lit candles signifying the victory of light over darkness and there by enlightenment. Fr. Joseph Cyril D’souza sang the Exultes - the Easter Hymn. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues was the main Celebrant. Seven readings from the Sacred Scriptures gave a glimpse of the salvation story of Israel and mankind in general. As the Gloria resounded in the air the image of Risen Jesus got unveiled. Fr.Joachim Rodrigues preached the homily. Parishioners participated enthusiastically in the solemn ceremony and celebration. Later water was blessed and baptismal vows were renewed. The liturgy was well-organized. The parish choir embellished the liturgy with excellent musical accompaniment.
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 Pushpashrama Rejoices at the Resurrection of the Lord​​
‘Life has vanquished death, darkness is chased by light, Rejoice then, O people, for from sin’s blindness you have been given pure sight’
As the world was plunged in darkness, a little light shimmered in the iron vessel. The fire soon broke into a mighty flame, which bathed the wood in heat. Then remained those glistening charcoals, which with the sweet contact with the fragrance, produced the heavenly aroma of the smell untold. If you are wondering what this might be, to cut the long story, this is the description of the scene that took place in the portico of Pushpashrama on the Easter night. The flame of the blessed fire lit the paschal candle which was carried by Fr. Lawrence D’ Mello to the altar. As he walked in the aisle, the words “This is the Light of Christ”, resounded in the church, thus initiating the Easter vigil mass. Fr. Augustine with his melodious voice pitched the exultet.
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Good Friday recalled @ Pushpashrama
“High on two logs hangs a figure in isolation, whose shadow saves all the people of sin’s desperation.”
The Friday of the holy week marks the most important day of our faith. It is a reminiscence of the greatest sacrifice ever offered, the magnitude and intensity of which is impossible for the human minds to grasp. Therefore to illustrate the passion of our Lord in his road to Calvary, the Community of Pushpashrama organized the presentation of the Way of the Cross at 8: 30 AM through an act in which every station of the cross was deeply reflected and pondered on. The realistic portrayal of Jesus, his suffering and the various difficulties and people he met on the way were depicted and presented by the brothers with the active collaboration of the people. A huge number of people turned up for this event and the act culminated in Jesus being taken to the sepulcher, the total duration of which was approximately one and a half hour.
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MAUNDY THURSDAY AT PUSHPASHRAMA
“Your love for one another should prove to the world that you are my disciples”
The day of the establishment of the three of the greatest principles ever laid by God is the day of Maundy Thursday. Priesthood, Service and Eucharist the very tenets that build Christianity were commemorated at our shrine of Infant Jesus in the presence of the huge galore of people. The initiation to the Triduum of the holiest event of our faith was celebrated with a solemn mass at 6: 30 PM. The mass was presided by the rector of Pushpashrama and preached meaningfully by Fr. Joy Francis. The significant event of washing of the feet was carried out very meaningfully and after the communion rite was over, the holy sacrament was taken to the repose altar.
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21ST ACADEMIC YEAR AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU, BROUGHT TO A CLOSE
The 21st Convocation of Dhyanavana International Institute of Spirituality was held on Monday, March 26, 2018. Most Rev. Dr. Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga, was the Chief Guest of the function and awarded Diplomas and certificates to 85 students. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial, presided over the function and released the Dhyanavana Annual magazine. Advocate Mahadev Deshak delivered the convocation address on "A Christian Response to the communal Forces of Today". The whole function was attended by around 200 Clergy, Religious and Friends.
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THE PALM SUNDAY AT PUSHPASHRAMA
“The King of Glory comes, the nation rejoices. Open the gates before him lift up their voices.”

These Words were reverberated on March 25, 2018 in the entire Christendom as the Church prepared itself to step into the holiest week of Christianity initiated by The Palm Sunday. The Shrine of Infant Jesus also participated into this practice by organizing the mass at 8:00 AM. The blessing of the Palms and the Invitatory Rite were held at Dhyanavana, our neighboring house in the presence of a large group of faithful, lay and religious alike. All the faithful marched devoutly, commemorating the glorious event of the entry of Jesus to the city of Jerusalem. Soon after this, followed the holy Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr. Vinod Lobo which was concelebrated by the Community priests along with guest priests, Fr. Rovel D’Souza OCD and Fr. Gilbert Aranha. Fr Pradeep Pinto through his inspiring homily enabled the faithful to ponder on the passion of our Lord.
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Tiampo Memorial Hall construction at Carmel Hill - Canada
Dear Friends,

Here I send you photos of the construction of the Tiampo Memorial Hall at Carmel Hill - Canada. We will be regularly updating you the progress of the work. The ground has been cleared of stones and rubble as on in the first week of March 2018. This work has been massive as practically the adjacent mountainous area had to be brought to the level of the existing Little Flower Monastery. We are yet to get permit from the District as some conditions are to be fulfilled. We are grateful to all the work force for this tremendous job. A very special thanks to Helen.

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Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Rev. Fr Gregory D’Souza OCD has published his 10th book: Climbing the Mountain of the Lord. It is a commentary on two works of St John of the Cross - Romances and Ascent of Mount Carmel . In the introduction the author says he has “tried to make St John’s thought a little easier to understand and appealing to the reader.” In addition he has “added tables and diagrams to provide a summary of his thought and grasp it at a glance.” And in view of practical living of his doctrine he has also “tried to place it in the context of contemporary thoughts and life situation.”

All those who have had the opportunity to read it have highly appreciated this book. You may contact Dhyanavana Publications for your copy soon. Do also introduce it to others.

We acknowledge this attempt of Fr. Gregory to make St John of the Cross better known and understood. This is a fruit of his extensive study and many years of teaching experience. May God bless and reward his sincere efforts.

Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
We are glad to announce that Fr. Sudeep Christy has obtained Masters in Arranging and Orchestration from Berklee, College of Music, Boston USA. Besides he has been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) from the University of South America. The Karnataka-Goa Province is proud of the achievements of Fr. Sudeep. He is the first in our Province to be so qualified in the field of music. Our hearty congratulations on this success. It is a fruit of his hard work and dedication.

We wish him all the best for his future music ministry.

Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
We are very happy to send you the good news that the talks of Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD (Canada) will be broadcast on daijiworld24X7 TV from Tuesday night March 20th onwards twice a day. They are 20 talks and discussions on Christian Life (Jivitamruth - from Episode 122-142 - duration 25 minutes to 30 minutes) during the Holy Week and until after Easter Solemnity. Those who would like to follow them, can also watch daijiworld24X7 youtube videos (jivitamruth). Please the click the link below for more details:
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The golden friar: Fr. Cyril Menezes
11th of February,2018 will remain a memorable day for the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as Fr. Cyril Menezes completed 50 years in the garden of Carmel. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Infant Jesus presided over by Fr. Cyril, along with Carmelite friars from all around the province and a few diocesan priests. In his homily, Fr. Alfred Menezes explained the significance of the jubilee in the life of the religious. The meaningful liturgy and the soul-uplifting choir was animated by the theology brothers. A short felicitation programme was organized in the courtyard of the monastery. After a prayer song by the theology brothers, the cake was cut. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves raised the toast and highligted some unique facets of the life of the jubilarian, who was then honoured by the Provincial and his councillors with a Mysore peta, shawl and fruits. Fr. Anthony Kanapilly the batchmate of Fr. Cyril, who belongs to the Manjummel province and was present on the occasion was also felicitated.
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A NEW DEACON FOR THE KG PROVINCE!
Today (30th of January, 2018), Br. Regan Paul D'Souza was ordained a Deacon by Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D'Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore, in the Chapel of the Bishop's House. His close relatives and our Carmelite friars witnessed the event. The Karnataka-Province congratulates Deacon Regan and wishes him a fruitful Diaconal ministry.
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Spiritual and Cultural Celebrations Mark Parish Annual Day at Bajjodi
The Annual Parish feast was celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi with great pomp and fervor on Sunday 28th Jan. 2018. Felicitation to the sponsors and procession began at 9.30am. The Solemn Eucharistic celebration was held at 10am. The Parish priest Fr Shabas Crasta distributed the candles to the benefactors and sponsors of the feast. Rev. Fr. Peter Noronha was the main celebrant. 14 priests took part in the Eucharistic celebrations.. Fr. Peter Noronha preached a sermon on the theme ‘Mary the courageous woman’.  Infant Mary Church and parishioners cannot imagine parish day celebration without the cultural program to make it eventful and memorable. The Cultural programe began with a prayer dance by youth followed by stage programe. Vice President, Joseph Mascarenhas extended the official welcome to all the dignitaries followed by Secretary Irene Pinto reading the Parish Annual Report of happenings/activities. Chief guest Fr. Pius James D’souza, Episcopal Vicar, gave us the message that we need to have belongingness that this is our Parish. Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, Corporator, Mrs. Meena Pinto, Cultural committee coordinator, were present on the stage. Winners of various competitions were awarded on the occasion. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta in his message said that we need to give priority to Spiritual activities he also thanked the parishioners for their constant support.
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Feast of Infant Jesus, Madanthyar
Infant Jesus annual feast at Asha Deepa, Madanthyar, was celebrated with great solemnity on 26th January 2018. The concelebrated high mass – with 27 priests –commenced at 5:30 PM. It was well attended by over 500 devotees from in and around Madanthyar and the neighbouring parishes like Badyar and Belhangady. Rev. Dr. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues Ocd, the superior of St. Joseph's Monastery,Carmel Hil, Mangalore presided over the Eucharist and preached a relevant homily on the them: “Internal freedom for a fruitful life.” He spoke on how we can attain total freedom and become fruitful by change of heart and mind. The devotees left the campus with real joy and spiritual enhancement. After the celebration refreshment was shared with all the devotees, while priests and religious were served monastic festal dinner to enhance fraternity and well being.
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A Seminar on Discernment…
THE ART OF PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT IN RELIGIOUS LIFE

On January 21, 2018, Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, in association with CRI Mysore Diocese, organized a full day seminar on Discernment…The Art of Psycho-Spiritual Discernment in Religious Life, in Pushpashrama Auditorium, Mysore. At 9:00 a.m. the seminar started with registration and at around 9:15 am the programme began. The Seminar commenced by invoking God’s blessings. Rev. Sr. Juanita CSST Provincial, Inaugurated the Seminar. The CRI Provincials were the Chief Guests and Rev. Fr. Dominic Vas OCD - Director of Dhyanavana welcomed the gathering and briefed the audience about the purpose of the seminar. The lighting of the lamp was done by all the dignitaries of the Seminar. The Seminar was a grand success for which many priests, religious and brothers from near and far attended the seminar accounting to around 400 in number.
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HASSAN CARMEL TURNS SILVER!
We thank God for all the blessings he has showered on the community of OCD Nuns at Hassan Carmel. Initially the inauguration of the Carmel was fixed for 8th of December, 1992, but because of the Ayodhya problem, it had to be shifted to 14th of December. Fr. Gregory D'Souza OCD (then Provincial) and Fr. Joe Tauro (then First Prov. Councillor) braved the hostile and tensed situation prevailing around and made it in time for the Eucharistic celebration. Now 25 years later, the thanksgiving Mass was celebrated on 14th of December, 2017, presided over by Most Rev. Thomasappa Anthony Swamy, the Bishop of Chickmagalur. There were 22 priests who concelebrated. At the beginning the following lighted the Jubilee lamp: The Bishop, Fr Charles Serrao (Provincial), Fr. Ronald Cardoza (Parish Priest of Hassan), Fr. Dominic Savio SDB (Superior of the Salesians, who are their regular chaplains), Fr. James Gonsalves SJ (Confessor), Sr. Jacintha OCD (representing the Mother Carmel of Mangalore), Sr. Cynthia (Sisters of Charity, representing the religious) and Mrs. Zita Sham (representing the benefactors and friends).
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Infant Jesus honored by the Devotees @ Pushpashrama
On January 7, 2018, the annual feast of the Infant Jesus was celebrated at Pushpashrama, Mysore. Before the sun rose in the beautiful landscape and the historical city of Mysore, the radiant light of Infant Jesus had already started illumining it from the beautiful shrine at Pushpashrama. The shrine clad with beautiful flowers of different hues and wonderful illuminations, the church appeared even more elegant as the faithful had already gathered for the holy mass at 6:45 a.m. The mass celebrated in Syrian rite was presided over by Fr. Jomi Mekkunel CMI, with which the kick started for the festivity of the day. Another mass soon followed this at 8:15 a.m. which was celebrated by the Vicar Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites of the K.G. Province, Fr. Pius James D’Souza OCD. The Mass was accompanied by the string ensemble and choir led by Mr. Sudeep Christie and Sir Felix which truly solemnized it.
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Infant Jesus Feast: Third Day of the Triduum at Pushpashrama
Poverty of Jesus! This being the theme for the last day of the Triduum in honour of Infant Jesus, the day dawned with a Eucharistic celebration offered by Fr. Oswald Crasta OCD. As the feast was fast approaching a lot of preparation took place in and around the campus with the Pushpashrama Fathers and Brothers putting on their best foot forward to make the celebration a wonderful one. In the evening, Tamil mass was celebrated by Fr. Antony M, the liturgy of which was enriched by the symphony of the Tamil Association choir. This was followed by Kannada mass which was devoutly presided over by Fr. Dominic Vas OCD. As there was a special prayer service for children, tiny tots with happy hearts gathered around the holy altar. The Carmelite priests stormed heavens by their prayers for these children, who witnessed the love of Jesus in their hearts. The Gayathri Puram Parish also helped the liturgy by their melodious choir. Soon after the mass, the devotees partook in the food served due to the generous hearts of the benefactors.
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Infant Jesus Feast: Second Day of the Triduum at Pushpashrama
On the second day of the Triduum in honour of Infant Jesus, the atmosphere around the Infant Jesus shrine was of high sanctity and holiness as more and more people flocked to the shrine. The theme being ‘Poverty of Mary’, the devotees were blessed to witness a Eucharistic celebration at the break of the day which was presided over by Fr Vinod Lobo OCD. However the flock intensified for the Tamil and Kannada mass celebrated by Frs. Amal Raj from Guru Mandir and Alphonse Britto OCD and the church was filled to its capacity. The seraphic choir by the Pushpashrama brothers, Tamil Association and B. M. Shree Nagar parish made the liturgy more meaningful. After the spiritual nourishment, the devotees were also physically nourished as they relished the tasty ‘Annasantarpane’.
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PRIESTLY JOY AT WATARE!
The small village of Watare in the parish of Londa, was jubilant on 30th of December, 2017, as it prepared for the Priestly Ordination of two brothers, Deac. Peter Pereira OCD and Deac. Sebastian Pereira SJ. The ordaining prelate, Most Rev. Peter Machado said that in Christmas Season we celebrate the birth of Jesus and on this day twins are born into the priesthood! Further he noted, how along the highway there are many boards warning people of the presence of wild animals in the area. Now we had to put up a new one near Watare: Priests and Sisters are here!
There were over 50 priests who concelebrated at the Mass, prominent among whom were the two provincials: Fr. Charles Serrao OCD of the Carmelites and Fr. Roland Coelho SJ of the Jesuits.
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Childrens' Day at Mpandangindo
The Feast of the Holy Innocents on 28th Dec, as usual we celebrated the Children’s Day. The mass was at 8 am, was presided by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz and concelebrated by Fr. Roshan Pinto. Unfortunately it rained heavily and most of the children failed to come. There were around 300 children, if not for rain they would have been more than 500. All the Out-Station managed to represent at least a few of them. Children themselves conducted the liturgy. Since we are in Golden Jubilee Year and Children will be having different competitions during the whole year, we did not have any games as such after the mass. But we divided the children into different groups and the catechists gave them some relevant talks according their groups. Around 11 am they were given soft drink and edibles and allowed them to go home soon.
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Infant Jesus Feast: FIRST DAY OF THE TRIDUUM @ Pushpashrama
The flag unfurled high in the sky on January 4, 2017 Thursday as the day marked the beginning of the Triduum of the feast of the Infant Jesus. With the theme, “Meet the poor, follow Christ”, Fr. Valentine set the ball rolling by hoisting the flag after invoking the graces of the Infant Jesus. People then marched devoutly to participate in the Tamil mass celebrated by him. Soon after this, followed the masses in Kannada and English which were presided over by Frs. Joseph Pinto and Nitesh Rodrigues respectively. As the theme for the feast was based on loving the poor, the liturgy on the first day was intricately woven on the Poverty of Disciples. The Tamil association Choir, the Rajiv Nagar Parish choir and the Pushpashrama brothers lent out their voices to add more flavor to the liturgy. Devotees, who had flocked in large numbers from and around Mysore, were also served food after all the three masses.
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Begin a new with Gratitude – 2018 : Pushpashrama
December 31, 2017 – a day of thanking the Lord for the manifold blessings that He has showered upon each and every one of us. On this beautiful day the Pushpashrama Fathers and brothers along with the faithful of the vicinity conducted a thanksgiving adoration at 10-00 p.m. for the year 2017 followed by the Holy Eucharist at 10-45 p.m. Rev. Fr Vincent, Principal of St Philomena’s college presided over the Eucharistic celebration along with other seven priests. Fr Oswald Crasta preached an inspiring homily highlighting the virtues and qualities of Mary to be practiced in the New Year 2018. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their angelic choir enabled the faithful to raise their hearts and minds to God in thanksgiving. After the Eucharistic celebration, as the people were wishing each other, coffee and cakes were served to enhance the joy of New Year 2018. On the New Year day – the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, the holy mass commenced at 8-00 a.m. celebrated by Fr Pradeep Pinto. Fr Joy Francis preached the homily highlighting the significance of the title Theotokos and invited the faithful to keep up the resolutions that we make at the beginning of the New Year 2018. May this New Year 2018 become the strong foundation to experience the presence of Jesus and live our life according to the will of God.
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Christmas Joy shared with Neighbours at Pushpashrama
December 25, 2017 on the day of Christmas, the Pushpashrama community along with the neighbors who are belonging to different religions celebrated the Christmas and shared the message of peace and harmony with each other at Pushpashrama auditorium. The celebration commenced at 4-30 p.m. invoking the assistance of Jesus through the prayer song sung by our Pushpashrama brothers. Miss Kirana Nayak, one of the immediate neighbors of Pushpashrama compered the programme. Fr Pradeep Pinto, the chief guest delivered the Christmas message quoting Bhagavad-Gita, Quran and Bible, gave a clarion call to all, to live in peace and harmony. The cultural programme consisted of colorful dances and Christmas carols by our neighboring children, youth and adults. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their rocking dance and Christmas carols entertained the congregation. Thus the Christmas celebration became a strong foundation to celebrate the unity and harmony with our brothers and sisters of Pushpashrama vicinity.
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Christmas celebration at Pushpashrama
Christmas is a glorious day to rejoice and to celebrate; it is the birthday of our Saviour Jesus Christ who became flesh and dwelt among us. This day was solemnized at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama on December 24, 2017. The brothers of Pushpashrama through their melodious voice sang the Christmas carols at 9-30 p.m. followed by the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 10-00 p.m. presided over by Fr Joy Francis and concelebrated by the community friars. The Christmas liturgy was meticulously organized by the philosophy students of Pushpashrama. Fr Joy in his homily enlightened the faithful as regards the contradictions that are found in the modern world which are contrary to the spiritual world of Jesus. He gave a clarion call to all the faithful to follow the simplicity, humility and poverty of Jesus in our personal and family lives. After the mass as the people wished each other with the greetings of Christmas, cake and coffee were being served for all the faithful. Thus the vigil mass at Pushpashrama created an atmosphere of prayer through the spiritual celebration and the beautiful lights which added colours to the Infant Jesus Shrine.
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Christmas celebrated with joy and devotion at Bajjodi
Dec.24th: Christmas is a time for sharing and friendship. It was celebrated with devotion and gusto at Infant Mary Church Bajjodi. The festal Eucharistic celebration was held at 7.30pm and parishioners gathered at the church for the Holy Mass in Konkani which was concelebrated by Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta. Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza was the main celebrant. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta in his homily, exhorted the faithful to follow in the path of Jesus Christ and said that, "The present situation in the world is very bad. Hatred has spread among people. We must do only good deeds, only then can we live a happy life. What is the point in life if we do not follow what God wants from us? He loves everyone. It does not mean we should become selfish. Let us make this world a selfless one by following Jesus."
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CHRISTMAS JOY SHARED IN ITALY!
The Carmelites of the Italian Region gathered in Parrocchia di San Maria a Ripa on the 28th of December, 2017 for the Chrismas celebration. All the priests except Fr Edwin Deniz, Fr Rodlof Pinto and Fr Peter Rebello were present for the gathering totalling 11. Our celebration began with a grand dinner in one of the benefactors’ house. We sang the Christmas Carols as we savoured the Italian delicacies. On the 29th of December we had a fraternal concelebrated mass in the Parish Church along with the parishoners. Fr Manoj Braganza the Superior and Parish Priest spread the carpet of red roses to all the priests as he introduced all the priests to the parishoners. Fr Deepak Tauro OCD, Rector of the Scala Community presided over the Eucharist and preached a meaningful homily. After the Holy Mass we prayed the Lauds with the people which was an enriching experience.
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CHRISTMAS GET-TOGETHER AT SADBHAVANA, BENGALURU
All the friars from the four communities in the capital city Bengaluru, came together to share the joy of Christmas on 26th of December, 2017. The birthday of Fr. Canute D’Souza the faithful and diligent bursar for 19 years was also celebrated. Enjoy a few pictures taken on the occasion!
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FIRST PROFESSION AT PUNE CARMEL
the profession of Sr. Benedicta of the Holy Face ( earlier, Roschelle Martis) took place on the 17th of December, 2017 at Pune Carmel. Her parents who came down from Kuwait, also attended the mass. Since it was a Sunday, the chapel was full of religious from the neighbouring houses, especially the Jesuit brothers. The Confessor of the community from the neighbouring De Nobili College was very happy to attend and said he that so far he had seen such a ceremony only in movies. Sr Benedicta had completed her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering before entering Carmel. We wish her all the best and pray that God guide her in her journey ahead.


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CHRISTMAS DAY MASS AT MPANDANGINDO
Christmas day mass was celebrated at 8 am by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz at St. Martin of Tour Parish, Mpandangindo, Songea while Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest of Superior went to the Out Stations of Kituro at 8 am and at Liweta at 11 am accompanied by Br. Prosper Kaizer.


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CHRISTMAS FELLOWSHIP AT MPANDANGINDO
It was historical first at Mpandangindo, Songea. There was a Christmas Fellowship celebration with other Christian denominations and Religions on 26th of December, at St. Martin of Tours Parish. The Muslims invitees could not attend; but all those who gathered were so happy and expressed their appreciation for those who planned it. It was a very successful gathering and they wished to have it in the future too without failure. The gathering concluded with a fellowship meal.
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CHRISTMAS AT MPANDANGINDO
The Christmas Vigil was celebrated at St. Martin of Tour Parish at Mpandangindo, Songea at 7 pm. Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest and the Superior was the main celebrant assisted by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz. Br. Prosper Kaizer, a Carmelite Philosophy student from Kola, Morogoro who came to help us during the Christmas season preached a beautiful homily. Though at the beginning the church looked to be empty but later good number of people were present.
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CHRISTMAS WITH THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED
Dhyana Jyothi Trust, a charitable trust run by the Carmelite Fathers and Bangalore Konkani Catholic Charismatic Renewal along with Good Sam Foundation celebrated Christmas with the differently-abled on Sunday December 17 in Bengaluru. The celebration began with a praise and worship led by the blind themselves. Later Fr. Stifan Perera, OCD Director of Dhyana Jyothi Turst in his Christmas message said, “Christ is born especially with the poor and the marginalized to show how God loves whom the society rejects. The true meaning of Christmas consists in loving the poor and the needy.” He also thanked all those who had showed their generosity to give Christmas joy to these differently-abled. Mr. David of Good Sam Foundation thanked. Mrs. Nelly Pichardo coordinated the whole program and volunteers under the able leadership of Godwin Castelino served the food to the participants. After the meal, shirts to men, Sarees to women, sweets and school bags to children and grocery items for week were distributed to each of the families present. We thank all our well-wishers and invoke God’s blessings on them.
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Carmel Play Home Kids celebrate Christmas
December 21, 2017 – The Carmel Play Home kids along with the parents, fathers and brothers celebrated the Christmas programme at Pushpashrama auditorium. It was a day of jubilation and cheerfulness as the play home kids had the maiden opportunity to manifest their hidden angelic talents in the presence of their dear parents and friends. The celebration commenced at 11-00 a.m. Br Clifford Rodrigues compered the programme; Br Prithesh and team invoked the assistance of God through the prayer song. The play home kids welcomed the gathering through the symbolic welcome dance. Fr Pradeep Pinto, the chief guest gave the Christmas message and gave a clarion call to live in peace and harmony with one another. The play home kids through their colourful dances captivated the mind and hearts of the audience. 
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THE SECULAR CARMEL IN SOUTH AFRICA GROWS!
On 14 December 2017, two Secular Carmelites, Joan Ashby and Ligia Da Silva, made their Definitive Promises at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Benoni, South Africa. Fr Mari Joseph was the main celebrant at the Eucharist. All our Carmelite Priests working in South Africa participated in the celebration. Fr Boniface D'Souza preached the homily and explained the importance of vocation and the necessity for commitment to the Church’s mission. The Celebration was witnessed by a large number of faithful including Carmelite Nuns from Benoni. Before the Eucharistic Celebration, Bridget Hodge, the President of OCDS community, explained to the congregation the nature of the Secular Carmelites vocation. Finally, Fr Arvin Tauro congratulated Joan and Ligia and encouraged lay faithful to join the Secular Order. The Celebration was rounded off with a delicious finger supper.
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MEETING OF THE SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS (OCDS)
The spiritual assistants of the OCDS in our Province came together for two days in order to plan about the growth of the Secular Carmel at the Carmelite Provincialate, Sadbhavana, Bengaluru, from 5th to 6th of December, 2017. Since there were some friars who have just taken up the assignment for the first time, there were input sessions on the first day, given by Fr. Rovel D’Souza (Provincial Delegate of the OCDS) and Fr. Silvestre D’Souza (Provincial Secretary), on the OCDS Constitutions, Province Statutes and Provincial Formation programme. There were discussions on various aspects of the Secular Carmel and their organization. Some practical decisions were also taken, which will be implemented in the course of time. We thank all those who made it possible to participate and contribute to the success of the gathering.
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Pushpashrama Brothers excel in Christmas carols
The Philosophy Students of Pushpashrama manifested their musical talents during the carol singing competitions organized by the Catholic Association of Mysore on December 3, 2017 and Carmel Catholic Association on December 10, 2017. On December 3, the Brothers participated in three categories and won three prizes namely English – third place, Konkani and Kannada second place. On December 10, the brothers participated in two categories and won two prizes namely English third place and Kannada first place. The brothers moved heaven and earth during these days through their untiring and constant practice. We congratulate and acknowledge the hard efforts of our brothers in upholding the name of Pushpashrama, Philosophy College in the carol competition.
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION, Kempton Park, S. Africa
It was a joy to witness 44 children who received Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday, 25th of November 2017, at a special Mass at Our Lady of Loreto Parish, Kempton Park, South Africa. We acknowledge the role of the parish priest, Fr. Boniface D'Souza and the Catechists who prepared them for this big day in their lives!

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SUPERIORS OF THE KG PROVINCE UNITE!
It was a joy to welcome all the Superiors of all our communities in India to Sadbhavana, for a meeting that lasted two days from 21-22 November, 2017. It consisted in the sharing the life and activities of each community and discussions on the agenda. The celebrations of the Province day enhanced the joy and brotherhood among the friars. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration on the 21st of November, beautifully animated by Fr. Alphonse Britto. As it was the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Lancy Lewis preached on the history and significance of the feast to our Carmelite life. In the cultural evening that followed, Fr. Provincial was felicitated. On behalf of all, Fr. Lawrence D’Mello raised the toast and highlighted some of his outstanding qualities, especially in administration, which is recognized not only in the Order (with the General still requesting him to conduct visitations) but also by many other Congregations seeking his help.
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Frivita and Nivita bag NBJ Yuva Pratibha Puraskar and Jeet Milan ‘The person of the year’
MANGALURU, November 21, 2017 : Frivita D’Souza and Nivita Cardoza, young budding youth are chosen for the ‘NBJ – Amulya Akash Yuva Pratibha Puraskar-2017’ in sports and art category respectively and environmentalist Jeet Milan Roche for the ‘Godwin-Sushma Rasquinha Person of the Year -2017’ instituted by Naman Ballok Jesu, Konkanni monthly. The award ‘Yuva Pratibha Puraskar’ carries Rs. 20,000 in cash and the ‘Person of the Year Award’ Rs 30,000 in cash, certificate, memento and shawl. All the three awards will be presented in Carmel Hill – Mangaluru on December 3.

Frivita D’Souza

Nivita Cardoza

Jeet Milan Roche

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Workshop on Team Work held at CARMEL DAN
St. Estevam: CARMEL DAN, a centre for Holistic growth of the Carmelite Fathers, St. Estevam organised a day workshop on Together Everyone Achieve More for the teachers and staff of St. Bartholomew’s High School, Chorão at the Centre at St. Estevam. Carmelite Br. Malvino Alfonso, was the resource person. He dealt with the practical issues in working together as a TEAM and stressed on the effective ways of team work. Speaking on the Classroom Management, he highlighted some effective means to deal with students. Discussing the various techniques of handling the child, Br. Alfonso appealed the participants to know the background of a child and focussed on the issues related to child abuse. Br. Malvino Alfonso welcome the gathering while Ms. Avelina Dancho, Headmistress, St. Bartholomew’s High School proposed a vote of thanks. Ms. Jenny Fernandes , teacher of the School shared her experience of the day.
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FIRST PROFESSION OF NOVICES AND VESTITION OF THE POSTULANTS
Viva Carmelo! The ancient Order of Carmel was enriched by the entry of yet another 6 members as these received the Carmelite Habit at Tapovana on 14th November, 2017 and pronounced their religious vows. Fr. Provincial who presided over the Solemn Eucharist preached a well-prepared and moving homily. “The path of holiness found in Carmel is sure and authentic and its spirituality, dense. This is testified by the number of cases awaiting today the honor of Canonization before the Vatican,” he said, as he commended the courageous decision of the six youngsters who were pledging their lives to Jesus with their mystical theme, ‘to be little victims of His love’. In the absence of his Provincial, Fr. Jayasheelan, the Novice Master of Tamilnadu Province represented his province as one of the candidates comes from there.
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CHILDRENS' DAY AT BELUR
The Carmelite fathers of Carmel Home along with the teachers of Mount Carmel School, Belur celebrated ‘Children's Day’ on Tuesday 14th November 2017. The teachers performed a beautiful program. The Principal Fr. Prakash Tauro thanked all those who have helped and supported towards the growth of the children and the organization of the celebrations.

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INAUGURATION OF THE GOLDEN JUBILEE YEAR of ST MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH, MPANDANGINDO
Finally the day dawned after a long awaiting. So much was spoken, so much was thought of and a great amount of preparation had followed to organize the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee of the Parish of St. Martin of Tours, Mpandangindo, in the Archdiocese of Songea. On November 1st after the Solemn Eucharist celebration of the Feast of All the Saints, at 8 am, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration for 24 hours in preparation for the novena to begin of St. Martin of Tours. Rev. Fr. Lucius Mahundi, the Parish Priest of Kitura of the diocese of Mbinga who came to preach for the novena was the main celebrant for the feast of All the Saints. After the mass Fr. Roshan Pinto the Parish Priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament for the 24 hours of adoration. Every half an hour the Small Christian Communities, the Out Stations, Pious Associations along with Priests and Nuns took the turn to adore the Blessed Sacrament till 8 am next day.
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City Deanery Altar Servers Camp held at Cordel
“Bloom-2017”

City Deanery Altar Servers Camp held on 6th November at Cordel Hall. Around 350 Altar Servers took part from 11 parishes of the Deanery. City Deanery Dean Rev. Fr. Victor Machado Inaugurated the Camp at 9am. Fr. Ivan D’souza & Fr. Vinod Lobo were the Camp Coordinators. The inaugural Prayer service was followed by a formal inaugural. Altar servers were divided in to two groups 4th to 6th and 7th to 10th. A talk on Family Values, Holy Eucharist, Bible quiz, Magic, games and action songs were the highlights of the Meet. Fr. Ronald Serrao and Fr. Rupesh Madtha were the resource persons for the meet. Fr. Rupesh Madtha spoke on the dos’ and don’ts for the altar servers. Fr.Ronald Serrao spoke on the importance of Eucharist and the things that we use during the Mass. Fr. Paul D’souza performed the Magic Show. The quiz was organized by Fr. Ivan D’souza. Children were enthralled during a quiz on various subjects including identifying biblical characters from pictures and things involved in altar service.
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Colourful Sports Day held at Padua School grounds
Bajjjodi: The annual sports meet of Infant Mary Parish was organized on Sunday, November 5th 2017 at Padua School grounds. First there was March past by the ward members. 10 ward members marched to the tune of the band. They were all dressed in colourful uniforms adding uniqueness and vibrancy to the ground. Then the stage programe began with prayer song by the Altar Servers. Parish Priest Fr.Shabas Crasta welcomed everyone. Fr. Alwyn Serrao, Principal Padua High School, was the chief guest. Fr. Alwyn Serrao hoisted the flag and declared the sports meet open. He also inaugurated the fest by lighting of the sports torch which was taken around by 4 leaders. Athelets ran along with the sports torch which was brought to the grounds and handed over to the guest of honor.
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KEMPTON PARK PARISH, SOUTH AFRICA TURNS GOLD!
The Golden Jubilee celebration of Our Lady of Loreto Parish Kempton Park, South Africa was held on 13th of October, 2017. Most Rev. Dunkan Tsoke, the Auxiliary Bishop of Johannesburg was the main celebrant. Rev Fr Pius James the first Provincial Councillor of the Karnataka-Goa Province preached and broke the Word Of God. Later, both of them participated in the blessing of the new Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Carmelites open their new centre at St. Estevam
OLD GOA: CARMEL DAN, a centre for holistic growth, of the Carmelite Friars was blessed by Fr. Eusico Pereira, Parish Priest of Santo Estevao Church, St. Estevam at Cupa, St. Estevam. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery inaugurated the house and highlighted the purpose of the Centre. Br. Malvino Alfonso welcomed the gathering. Caetano Rodrigues and Donatina Fernandes, donors of the house and others were felicitated at the hands of Fr. Ronald D’souza, Provincial Councillor, Karnataka-Goa Province of the Carmelites. Fr. Pereira in his address, congratulated the Carmelite Friars and appreciated their efforts to serve the people. This centre of the Carmelite Friars which is a sister-concern of the Carmelite Monastery, Margao will cater the spiritual, emotional and psychological needs of the people. It will organise different programmes for the well-being of the different groups like parents, teachers, youth, teens, leaders for the associations etc. Carmelites are doing similar ministry in Mapusa at the Emmaus and at Divine Springs at Xellim.
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ANNUAL FEAST AT BELUR
The fathers of Carmel Home along with the parishioners of Belur, celebrated the annual feast of St. Michael on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The main celebrant was Fr. Dominic Vas. There were 20 concelebrants which included our own Carmelite friars and neighbouring diocesan priests. Around 300 people were present for the feast. At the end of the Solemn Mass, Fr. Joseph Pinto, the Parish Priest thanked all those who had supported and extended their help to organize the feast.
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Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila celebrated at Sadbhavana.
The solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila (Doctor of the church, Reformer of the Carmelite Order, Patroness of the Karnataka – Goa Province and the Patroness of Sadbhavana community) was celebrated at Sadbhavana on Sunday, 15th of October 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The solemn Eucharistic celebration was presided over by V. Rev Fr. A. S. Anthony Swamy (Chancellor and PRO of the Archdiocese of Bangalore), who also preached a homily emphasizing the doctrine of the Saint. Rev Fr. Paul D’Souza OCD honoured the main celebrant with a shall and bouquet. Rev Fr. Charles Serrao OCD (Provincial) thanked one and all for their esteemed presence. A fellowship meal followed.
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Fr. Joseph D'souza celebrate 50th Birthday
MARGAO: Fr. Joseph D'souza attached to the Carmelite Monastery Margao celebrated 50 years of his life on 15th Oct 2017 , Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila. Fr. Joseph was the main celebrant for the feast mass of the Solemnity of St. Teresa of Avila at the Monastery Chapel. A special programme in the evening presented by the postulants began with the Prayer Service entertained the gathering. Fathers from Xellim, Mapusa and Honnavar community were present along with the members of OCDS, Legion of Mary, Catechism teachers and inmates of Lar de Santa Terezinha. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery spoke on the occasion.. Fr. Joseph D'souza expressed few words of gratitude.
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Meeting of the Carmelite Parish Priests
The meeting of the Carmelite priests working in various parishes was held on October 10-11, 2017 at Sadbhavana, Bengaluru. The first day was dedicated for input sessions given by Fr Gilbert Choondel SDB and Fr Ayris Fernandes. The second day was spent in sharing and discussion.


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Weaving wonders with Palm Leaves
Bajjodi: Inter ward Coconut palm leaves crafts competition was organized by the parish cultural team on October 1st, 2017 at Infant Mary Church Hall Bajjodi. Parish Priest Fr. Shabash Crasta, Assistant Priest Fr. Ivan D’Souza, Parish council Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas & Secretary Irene Pinto were present. The real success behind this competition was the enthusiasm of the participants. 9 wards took part in the competition and showcased their creative minds using Palm leaves. All the items captured the attention of the parishioners. Sr. Anitha and Sr. Sushma judged the competition. Mrs. Irene Pinto, Mrs. Molly Concesso and Mr. Victor Pinto were the conveners of this competition.
The winners are as follows:
First Place: St. Anthony Ward
Second Place : Vailankani Ward
Third Place: Sacred Heart Ward
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Konkani book on St. Therese of Child Jesus released
Margao:A book on St. Therese of Child Jesus- ‘Bhagevont Therese - Pormollit Sallok.’ written by Fr. Ave Maria Afonso was released at the hands of Fr. Avinash Rebelo, Parish Priest of Holy Spirit Church, Margao. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza speaking on the occasion introduced the book to the gathering. Recalling the genesis of the book he said that the musical operetta titled ‘Bhagevont Therese - Pormollit Sallok’, written by Fr. Ave Maria Afonso was presented by the Carmelites in the year 1997 to mark the death Centenary of this Carmelite Saint. Today, we have the same operetta in the form of a book. Appreciating the literary talents of Fr. Ave, he expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Carmelites to him and appealed to the gathering to glean from the book to know the spirituality of St. Therese and the depth of the work.
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REPORT OF THE CANADIA CARMELITES ANNUAL GATHERING AT LITTLE FLOWER MONASTERY – CARMEL HILL - CANADA
Our Provincial Superior, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao arrived on 12th of September and visited all our communities in the Eastern region of Canada till 17th of September. The first annual gathering of all the friars in the Canada region in this triennium was held from 18th to 20th September at Little Flower Monastery – Carmel Hill, Deroche, Vancouver. The first day began with the Holy Eucharistic celebration with the participation of the Secular Carmelites. Two Secular Carmelite candidates pronounced their definitive vows and one was accepted into Secular Carmelite community. After the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration the newly installed Stations of the Cross were blessed by Rev. Fr. Provincial, while Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza cut the ribbon and declared the Stations of the Cross open to public. 
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Carmelites open new Stations of the Cross trail

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INAUGURATION OF THE NEW STATIONS OF THE CROSS TRAIL IN CANADA

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Canadian Conclave!
In the regional meeting of the Canadian Carmelites held at Carmel Hill, Deroche from September 18th to 20th, Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior announced the election of Fr. Jerald D’Souza as the regional superior, Fr. Melwyn Pinto as bursar, Fr. Ranjan Dsa as the coordinator from Eastern region and Fr. Steny Mascarenhas as the OCDS Provincial Delegate. Fr. Jerald D’Souza was a pioneer missionary who came to Canada in 2001 along with Fr. Mario Fernandes. After serving as associate pastor in a couple of parishes he became the first parish priest of Guardian Angel’s parish in downtown Vancouver which serves now as the headquarters of the Canadian Carmelite region. Later he was transferred to St. Edmund’s parish which he has successfully spearheaded for the past 8 years. Being very kind and gentle Fr. Jerry has a mother’s heart with which he attracts young and old to Christ. He has already served the region in the capacities of vocation promoter, bursar and provincial delegate to the OCDS. He received the mantle of leadership from Fr. Rudolf D’Souza who for the past two terms served the region with much zeal and dedication.
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Lower Mainland OCDS Ceremonies
Monday, September 18, 2017 was a most memorable day for the Lower Mainland OCDS Communities who celebrated their ceremonies at Little Flower Monastery for the first time. The day started with Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Provincial Charles Serrao and concelebrated by the friars of the Canada Region including Fr. Rudolf D’Souza, Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Fr. John Pinto and Fr. Ranjan D’Sa who were all present for their curia meeting. Mass was offered for the repose of the soul of Felicia D’Sa, Fr. Ranjan’s mother.
Fr. Provincial officiated the clothing and promises of the candidates. Luc Bengono of St. Teresa of Jesus Community was clothed with his scapular; Virginia Concon of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Community and Jessie Wong of St. Teresa of Jesus Community made their Definitive Promises. Fr. Provincial’s message was simple and clear: Like the roots that keep up a tree, in Carmel, our relationship with God and others in faith keeps us stronger.
After Mass, every one proceeded up the hill to witness the inauguration and blessing by Fr. Provincial of the newly completed Stations of the Cross. The event concluded perfectly with a delightful buffet lunch shared by the friars and the seculars. It was a joyful and jubilant Carmelite family celebration! To steal an expression of Fr. Provincial when he praised Fr. Rudolf for his accomplishments, most of us seculars were filled with “holy jealousy” of our candidates for such a blessed day with all the friars in attendance. Thanks go to Fr. Jerald D’Souza, our Provincial Delegate, for orchestrating and making the occasion so special.
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CONFIRMATION
Thursday 21st, 2017 was a special day to St. Martin of Tours, Mpandangindo in the Archdiocese of Songea. 60 children; 15 from Liweta, 7 from Kituro and 38 from Mpandangindo itself received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Very Rev. Fr. Camillus Haule, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese. At 10 am the Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Vicar General and concelebrated by the Rev. Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and Fr. Raymond Santhanaz. After the Holy Communion the Confirmation children were congratulated by the Vicar General and the priests. Then the Vicar General was congratulated and thanked for his service and honoured him with the gift of a male goat. Even the catechists were congratulated and thanked for their sincere service of teaching the catechism to the children. After the blessing there was a photo session of the children as well as of their parents and sponsors. All the children and the leaders joined for the food.
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MONTI FEST at Infant Jesus Shrine Pushpashrama
The feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the 9 days novenas with flowers, sweets and masses; we had a grand celebration of the birthday of Mary on September 8th. There were 2 masses to mark the event of the day- at 6.45am mass in English; 6.00pm mass in Kannada. All were given new corn (paddy/grains) as a symbol of the harvest festival and sugar canes to double the joy. Secondly the children of the Infant Jesus Children’s Association led the choir and conducted a beautiful and meaningful liturgy. During the Holy Mass the newly formed “Infant Jesus Children’s Association” was inaugurated. And in the noon we celebrated the birthday of Mother Mary with 52 types of dishes to boost the family spirit.
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Family feast celebrated at Infant Mary Chruch, Bajjodi
Bajjodi, Sep. 8: The cultural programe of the family feast began at 5.30pm in the Parish community hall. The programe began with the prayer song by the Altar Servers. Soon after a short stage programe was held. Chief guest Episcopal Vicar, Rev. Fr. Pius James, Guest of honour, St. Joseph Monastry, Rector, Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza, Vice President, Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Irene Pinto were then led to the stage by Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta. In the beginning secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto welcomed the gathering. Soon after that all those who were present on the dais offered flowers to Infant Mary. Fr. Pius James D’souza in his message stressed that in every family members should always come together, pray together and eat together. There should be always joy in the family. Parish Priest, Fr. Shabas Crasta thanked everyone for their whole hearted support and invited everyone to build a good parish community.
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Monti Fest Celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
Bajjodi:The nativity feast of Mary was celebrated with utmost devotion at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi on Friday September 8th. At 7.45am new corn was blessed by St. Joseph Monastery Rector Rev. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues. After the blessing children showered flower petals to Mother Mary. Later children walked in procession with adults to the Church. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues celebrated the festal mass together with Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Assistant Priest Fr.Ivan D’souza and Fr. Jocy D’souza. Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues in his homily said that feast of Nativity of Mary or traditional called as Monti Fest is the occasion of thanksgiving to the Almighty for the abundance of graces that he has showered on mankind. The family bonding is essential for better relations and it is the time to introspect on one’s life. At the end Fr. Shabas thanked the donors. After the Feast Mass, people returned home with the blessed new paddy and the children cherished the day as sugar canes were distributed to them.
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NEW MASS CENTRE AT MATUNUNGU (OUTSTATION OF MPANDAGINDO PARISH)
Matunungu was one of the Out Station of St. Martin of Tour Parish, Mpandangindo – Songea. There was a small shed as a church where we used to celebrate mass for the people when we go or where faithful used to gather for Sunday Prayer when priests don’t come. In the course of time this shed was fallen since polls were eaten by white ants. Since people were not able to rebuilt, it went on like that almost for ten years. But recently the parish has decided to help them to rebuild the shed and to give them the privilege of having Sunday Mass one a month. Hence on 3rd of September it was an inaugural mass at Matunungu. Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest accompanied by Br. Cyprian Kihwele, Sr. Rosy UMI and some leaders from the parish went to Matunungu to have the reinstating the Out Station of Matunungu.
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THE SECULAR CARMEL GROWS!
The Karnataka-Goa Province is delighted that 11 members and 5 candidates have come forward to pronounce their Definitive and Temporary Promises respectively on 10th of September, 2017. We cordially invite you to participate in the Solemn Eucharistic Celebration at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte, Mangaluru.
We offer our congratulations to all these members and wish them all the best in their life as members of the world-wide Discalced Carmelite Family.
Please support them with your presence and prayers.

Fr. Charles Serrao OCD
Provincial Superior

New Grotto of Our Lady at Agassiz, Canada:
Here is the link to the upgraded Grotto of our Lady engineered by Fr. Steny Mascarenhas OCD the Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church - Agassiz. Fr. Steny has proved himself to be an able, dedicated, hardworking pastor in the parish and in the neighborhood and has united the divided parish within this short period of time. We congratulate him for his great success. Fr. Steny has introduced apart from Carmelite Spirituality among the people; popular devotions to Mother Mary of Mount Carmel, St. Anthony of Padua, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Elijah. He has visited people in the parish and instilled in them desire for faithful following of Christ. His presence has enhanced the faith of people and has enhanced their desire for spirituality and contemplation. From time to time Fr. Steny conducts what we call Carmelite Meditation and Contemplative sessions.
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New Priest celebrated Mass at Mpandagindo!
New Priest is in Mpandagindo, at St. Martin of Tours Parish. Fr. Sandeep Kumar, our new Priest who was ordained on July 5th in India, celebrated his Thanksgiving Mass at Mpandagindo on Sunday 27th August. Frs. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and Raymond Santhanaz concelebrated with him. He was introduced and welcomed by the Parish Priest before the mass and after the communion, he was greeted by the people by individually receiving his blessing. We wish Fr. Sandeep a joyful priestly ministry and God’s choicest blessings in his future appointment.
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NEW GROTTO OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL AT MPANDAGINDO, SONGEA
The Feast of the Assumption of the BVM was celebrated on 13th of August at St. Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo-Songea. On that great day of the feast of the BVM we were also privileged to bless the Grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest and concelebrated by Fr. Raymond Santhanaz and a beautiful homily was delivered by Br. Cyprian Kiwele, the Scholastic from Kola who has come for Pastoral experience. After the mass the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was blessed by Fr. Raymond and all went out in procession with the statue to the Grotto. The Grotto was blessed by Fr. Roshan and the statue was placed inside the Grotto. The work of the Grotto was started on 21st July after blessing the site by Fr. Roshan after the morning mass of the day. We are grateful to all those who helped us financially to realize this project of building this Grotto of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. May God bless all those who helped us. It is said by our own faithful that this is a very unique kind of Grotto, nowhere to be seen in Tanzania itself.
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NEW ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM IN TANZANIA!
The Mission Congress in Tanzania is being held from August 15-18, 2017. We are very happy to communicate to you the results of the elections held recently:
Regional Vicar:
Fr. Sylvester Msemwa of the Holy Spirit
First Councillor:
Fr. Vivian Menezes of Jesus Crucified
Second Councillor:
Fr. Elius Malale of St John of the Cross.

We wish the new administrative team all the best and promise our prayers. Our thanks to Fr. Marlon Rodrigues the out-going Regional Vicar who was at the helm for four terms! May the Lord continue to bless him.

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THE KARNATAKA-GOA PROVINCE REMEMBERS BISHOP BENZIGER:
The Karnataka-Goa Province is full of gratitude to Mons. Aloysius Benziger OCD, the Bishop of Quilon. It was his keen desire to renew Carmelite Presence in Goa and that, during the 3rd centenary of the martyrdom of the Teresian proto-martyrs, Bls. Dionysius and Redemptus (1638-1938). He is said to have obtained due permission from the Patriarch of Goa during the National Eucharistic Congress held a year earlier (29-31 Dec. 1937) at Madras (now Chennai). In spite of his age, he went to Margao, Goa in the company of the Fr. Mary Joseph (the first Goan Carmelite friar) to promote the foundation.

Today (17th of August, 2017), the Malabar Province along with five Dioceses of Kerala (which originally comprised the first and oldest Diocese of Quilon), is marking this event in Trivandrum at our Carmel Hill Monastery Church, where his mortal remains have been interred. There is seminar in the morning, Solemn Eucharist in the afternoon followed by a programme and dance drama. In the absence of the Provincial, Rev. Fr Oswald Crasta (Provincial Councillor) is representing the Karnataka-Goa Province.

Bishop Benziger visited Rachol Seminary where Fr. Paul’s father was physician. According to Fr. Mary Joseph OCD, Bishop Benziger blessed Fr. Paul who was around 5 years old. The following verses are composed by him in recognition of the Bishop’s eagerness and interest in the first foundation of what became later the Karnataka-Goa Province.

Inter ward Singing Competition held at Bajjodi
Inter ward Marian and patriotic singing competition was held for the children and adults on Aug.15th, 2017 at 4pm in Infant Mary Church hall, bajjodi. Mr. Santosh Veigas welcomed the gathering and introduced the judges of the competitions to the audience. The little ones from each ward sang Marian hymns and gave an awesome performance in singing. The adults were dressed up in their tri-color costume sang patriotic songs. Our respected judges were Rev. Fr. Maxim D’souza and Mr. Jude Fernandes. All the singers performed very well and judges had the tough time to judge them as singers really performed well. The audience enjoyed the good singing by golden voices of the participants as it was a treat to the soul to enjoy the good singing. At the end Parish Priest, Fr. Shabas Crasta announced the winners and congratulated the winners as well as participants for their wonderful performances.
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ICYM unit observes Swachh Bajjodi Abhiyan
Aug.15th-Bajjodi: To mark Independence day Celebration Infant Mary Church ICYM unit organized ‘Swachh Bajjodi Abhiyan’ at the church premises here on Tuesday 15th August. The cleaning which began at 8.30 am went on till 11am. Youth and parishioners joined together to clean the Bikarnakatte to bajjodi parish road and surroundings. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Asst. Priest. Fr. Ivan D’souza, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas were present. Indeed this programe was organized to create awareness in people to keep our surroundings clean and tidy.
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71st Independence Day celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
It is a day of double celebration for Catholics in India. India, our Motherland was freed from the clutches of the British and thus attained its political liberation. Blessed Virgin Mary after completing her life on earth was assumed into Heaven Body and soul. That’s the feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary which Catholics commemorate today whole over the world. Faithful in great number participated in both these celebration held at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. The Holy Eucharist was at 6.30am celebrated by the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Rev. Fr. Pius James D’souza. After the Eucharist, all gathered to celebrate the 71st Independence Day of our Country with honour and devotion.
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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION at MPANDAGINDO, TANZANIA
Sunday 30th of July, 2017, was a very special day for St. Martin de Tours Parish at Mpandagindo, Songea. It was the First Holy Communion of our children, and speciality was Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues, the Regional Vicar presided over the Eucharistic celebration and gave the Holy Communion. Fr. Marlon arrived Mateka on 28th evening and came to Mpandagindo on 29th evening with two guests from USA, Mr & Mrs. Joe and Sheri, and two of our scholastics, Br. Urban and Br. Cyprian who will be here for almost three months for community experience. The Eucharistic celebration began at 8 am, concelebrated by Frs. Roshan Pinto and Raymond Santhanaz. 52 children received the First Holy Communion from the hands of Rev. Fr. Marlon.
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NEW PRIEST AT BELUR!
Our newly ordained priest Fr. Sandeep Kumar visited Belur Community. On Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 8.30am he offered the Holy Eucharist at St. Michael'’s Church. After the mass he was felicitated by the community and the parishioners, wishing him all the best in his future ministry.
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Inter ward Fancy Dress Competition held at Bajjodi
Bajjodi: Infant Mary Church organized a Interward Fancy Dress Competition for the parishiones. Out of ten communities 9 participated in the competition and exhibited their creative ideas. Fr. Nelson D’souza and Lorraine were the judges. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta spoke on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of all the ward members and asked them to continue the same in future too. Mrs. Nirmal Braggs welcomed the gathering and Ms. Jonita Rasquinha delivered the vote of thanks. Clutural committee members co-operated for the success of the programe. At the Fr. Shabas Crasta announced the winners.
I Prize: St. Teresa of Avila Ward
II Prize: Carmel Ward & Vailankanni Ward
II Prize: St. Anthony Ward

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INAUGURATION OF MOUNT CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY CENTRE, Canada!
20th of July, 2017 was another historic day in Canada. The Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre (formerly Ephphata House) was officially handed over to the Carmelites. The inauguration was presided over by Most Rev. Gregory Bittman, the Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton. We congratulate Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, who was principally responsible for this transfer, Fr. Jerald D'Souza and all the other friars who have worked towards the realization of this new venture. Let us pray for Frs. Mario Fernandes and Alfredo Pereira, who will be animating this centre.
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FIRST PROFESSIONS IN TANZANIA
On the Feast of Prophet Elijah, the Vicariate of the Discalced Carmelite of Tanzania rejoiced with two new religious Brs. Michael and Peter who made their commitment to the Lord through the Religious Profession. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues OCD, Regional Vicar presided over the Solemn Eucharist and invited the brothers to climb the Mount Carmel. Nine Priests concelebrated along with the good number of religious and relatives of the brothers. Scholastics with the come and see candidates added the beauty of the liturgy through their melodious choir. Congratulations to them and may God continue to bless them as they grow in the spirit of Carmel.
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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL VENERATED at BELUR!
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated with great devotion and fervor at St. Michael’s Church, at Belur on Sunday, July 16.The main celebrant of the mass was Fr. Joseph Pinto and Fr.Kevin Fernandes concelebrated. More than 120 devotees gathered for the Eucharistic celebration. In his homily, Fr.Joseph invited the devotees to fight the spiritual fight with the help of the Scapular which was a sign of Mary’s maternal protection and intercession. He invited the faithful to wear it with devotion and inculcate her virtues in life. The liturgy was prepared by the Mount Carmel School teachers. Scapulars were distributed after the Eucharistic celebration. Sweets were served to enhance the festive joy.
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Dear Friends,
Here is a first shot at the on going progress of the external Stations of the Cross at Carmel Hill - Little Flower Monastery. The trail of the Stations of the Cross extends to more than a kilometer and goes right up to the adjacent mountain at the back of the monastery. We are happy to note that a lot of people have already paid a visit and many come to do the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. You can also see Rev. Fr. Alexander Braganza who has been recently appointed Superior at Carmel Hill. The Stations of the Cross will be officially inaugurated when Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao (Provincial) will make his pastoral visitation in September this year.

Enjoy the photos
Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.cccsocd.ca
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Vestition Ceremony held at Bajjodi
Bajjodi: July 15th is a memorable day for Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. On this Feast day 16 Secular Carmel members were vested with the Scapular thus entering into the Novitiate stage of formation. The Solemn Eucharistic Celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel began at 5.30pm. It was presided over by Secular Carmel, Delegate Provincial Rev. Fr. Rovel D’souza together with Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta, Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza and 3 guest Priests. Fr.Rovel D’souza preached an inspiring homily on the theme “Importance of Prayer”. Soon after the homily vestation rite was held. Under the guidance of Fr. Ivan D’souza, Spiritual Assistant those candidates who completed their Aspirancy were presented with the Bible and the Constitution of the OCDs as well vested with the Scapular. Scapulars, the sign of the motherly protection of Mary were distributed to the faithful after the mass. A short felicitation program for the OCDs members was held in the mini hall. All the Fathers wished them well for their Novitiate Formation. Refreshments were served to all.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Vancouver, Canada
The Carmelite family of Western Canada came together for the solemn feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Saturday July 15th at St. Edmonds Church in North Vancouver. Bishop Joseph Nguyen of Kamloops Diocese presided over the Eucharist. In his homily he said that Mother Mary who is depicted in today’s gospel is not the usual Mary with the decorations of the nativity scene rather the one who stood beside her suffering Son. The same Mary is beside us whenever we suffer and stand by our suffering brothers and sisters. Fr. Jerald D’ Souza OCD, the Parish Priest and Bursar of the region thanked the Bishop and all those who contributed their mite for the feast. Fr. Rudolf D’ Souza the Regional Superior introduced all the priest concelebrants. Frs. Alex and Fr. Vincent who joined recently the Canadian band of missionaries were warmly welcomed. He gave a bird’s eye view of our mission in Canada and invited the faithful to visit our houses at Carmel Hill and Edmonton and experience Carmelite spirituality and hospitality. At this juncture he also acknowledged the presence of the Secular Carmelites and thanked them for their contribution to our mission.
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Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Celebrated @ Goa
MARGAO: The Carmelites in Goa celebrated the feast of their patroness Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16. Fr. Lucio Dias, Episcopal Vicar for South Zone presided over the Solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Carmelite Monastery, Margao along with Fr. Anthony D’silva, Provincial, Pilar Fathers, Fr. Ronald D’souza OCD, Provincial Councilor for Formation of the Carmelites, Fr. Serterio Rodrigues, Parish Priest, Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs Church, Assolna, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, Superior, Carmelite monastery, Margao and 18 priests as concelebrants. Deliving a homily on the theme, Mary-the model to witness to the love Christ, focused on to experience Jesus and witness to him in our families, Small Christians Communities and in our day today lives. Elaborating on the love of Christ he said that the love of Christ is universal,service Oriented and forgiving in nature. “Mother Mary experienced the Love of Christ and helped others specially apostles to experience the same and helped them to continue His mission.”
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OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FEAST at BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church and Retreat House, Benoni, South Africa on 15th of July. Three parishes, (Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Benoni, Our Lady of Loreto-Kempton Park and St Joseph’s Catholic Church-Actonville) came together to honor Mary, Mother of Carmel. Hundreds of people gathered every day during three days Novena celebrated by Fr Boniface D’Souza, Fr Arvin Tauro and Fr John D’Souza. Liturgy for each day was creatively conducted by these three parishes.On the Feast day Fr Patrick Mphepo, a Passioinists Priest from Pretoria Diocese presided over the Eucharist and preached Homily on Mother Mary. During the Mass Scapulars were blessed and were distributed to the people After the Mass Bring and Share Dinner was served to all the faithful. Several Religious including the Cloister Carmel Nuns participated in the festal celebration.
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Mount Carmel feast celebrated in Bengaluru
BENGALURU: The Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was celebrated with great devotion and fervor at Sadbhavana, the Carmelite Provincialate at Rajajinangar - Bengaluru. The Holy Eucharist was presided over by Rev. Fr. Stifan Perera, OCD Director of Dhyanavana Publications. In his festal homily he invited the devotees to fight the spiritual fight with the help of the Scapular which is a sign of Mary’s maternal protection and intercession. “As our earthly mothers make great sacrifice in providing us with clothing which gives us identity, protection and respect, so too our Heavenly Mother has clothed us with her Scapular.” He invited us to wear it with devotion and inculcate her virtues in life. “It’s not enough that we wear the scapular, we need to adorn our life with her virtues,” he said. The celebration was attended by many devotees in and around Bengaluru. Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, Definitor General of the Carmelites, Rev. Fr. Dolphy Pais, OFC Cap, Provincial Superior of the Capuchins, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites and many other priests concelebrated at the Eucharist.
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ANNUAL CURIA MEETING : WESTERN CANADA OCDS
The Annual Meeting of Western Canada OCDS took place on July 7-9, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna, British Columbia. Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza, Provincial Delegate, met with Secretariat Officers, Community Presidents and Directors of Formation. Fr. Jerald D’Souza introduced and welcomed Norma Lo as administrative assistant to the Secretariat. After prayers, Mass and a simple evening meal, those in attendance settled in and got to the business at hand. Annual community and financial reports were presented from all quarters at the first session with further discussions on challenges, possible solutions, goal setting and the formation syllabi the following day. The key topic on the agenda was the review of a draft for the Western Canada OCDS Statutes to ensure these would encompass and provide a comprehensive guidelines to upholding the OCDS Constitutions. During the afternoon break, some members elected to visit the fruit stores and wineries for which the area is well known. Upon reconvening all the agenda items were completed and the evening was left free for a leisurely dinner and recreation.
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ICYM bajjodi celebrates ‘Vanamahotsava’
“He who plants a tree – Plants a hope.”- Lucy Larcom
Bajjodi: Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi, ICYM unit which is affiliated to Indian Catholic Youth Movement Mangalore Diocese observed the Vanamahotsava Day on Sunday, 09th July 2017. The program commenced after the Sunday morning 6.30am mass. The programe was held in the church premises. Parish Priest Rev Fr. Shabas Crasta, along with Fr. Ivan D’soza, Fr. Ajit Rodrigues, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Menezes, ICYM President Jewel Fernandes were present. The event began with a short welcome by Ms Clerita Lobo, which was followed by prayer by ICYM youth. Fr. Shabas Crasta in his message highlighted on the Importance of Vanamahotsava. He also stressed on how the parishioners can grow plants in and around their house and make change in the society. ICYM youth handed over the sapling to Fr. Shabas and it was planted in the garden.
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NEW ACADEMIC YEAR AT DHYANAVANA, MYSURU
The 21st batch of the Spirituality course at Dhyanavana, International Institute of Spirituality, Mysuru was inaugurated on Sunday, 2nd July, 2017 by Rev. Fr. Pius James D'Souza, OCD, Vicar Provincial and Episcopal Vicar for Religious in Mangalore, during the Holy Eucharist which was participated by around 25 priests and over 100 religious and friends. This year there are 50 residential participants for the course and 15 day scholars. We thank the Major Superiors for sending their sisters for this Diploma/Certificate Course. We pray for abundant blessings on the Staff and students. May this be another fruitful year.
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NEW IPCI TEAM ELECTED!
The first session of the IPCI (Inter-Provincial Conference of India) was held at Mount Carmel Provincial House, Trivandrum, on the 1st of July, 2017. The following were elected to various offices:
President: Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao (Provincial, Karnataka-Goa Province)
Vice-President: Rev. Fr. Augustine Mulloor (Provincial, Manjummel Province)
Executive Secretary: Fr. Silvestre D'Souza (Karnataka-Goa Province)

The other members of the conference are:
Rev. Fr. Sebastian Koodapattu (Provincial, Malabar Province)
Rev. Fr. Arul Raj (Provincial, Tamil Nadu Province)
Rev. Fr. Jaison Kaimathuruthil (Provincial, South Kerala Province)
Rev. Fr. Abraham Mittathanickal (Provincial, Delhi Province)
Rev. Fr. Thomas Reddy (Provincial, Andhra Pradesh Province)

Rev. Fr. Johannes Gonrantla OCD, Definitor General was present during the discussions that followed. We wish all the newly elected office-bearers and members God's choicest blessings.
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St. Aloysius Gonzaga Honored at Kitchener, ON, Canada!
The parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada gathered on Sunday June 25, 2017 to honor its patron St. Aloysius Gonzaga. The Feast Mass at 11am was presided over by Bishop Tonnas, Bishop Emeritus of Hamilton Diocese. His homily was quite simple to follow but very inspiring in message blended with the theme of commitment and trust highlighting the life events of St. Aloysius. Fr. David Avila a parishioner and newly ordained priest concelebrated together with Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Pastor and Fr. Roshan D’Souza, Associate Pastor. About 250-300 people participated in the festive Mass. A school girl named Sydney Peplow received First Holy Communion during this mass and certificates were awarded by the Bishop to those kids who attended Sunday school throughout the year. Immediately after this mass, a Luncheon was arranged by the men and women of good will in the parish centre. The climax of this program was the display of Saint John’s Bible with a commentary given by Ms. Bridget. It was a great celebration indeed!
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Carmelite NGO distributes scholarships to kids of visually impaired parents
Bengaluru, June 15: Dhyana Jyothi Trust, a Carmelite NGO, distributed scholarships to the children of differently abled parents under the banner 'Vision for Future'. Fifteen children of visually impaired parents were given scholarships in the city on Wednesday, June 14. Addressing the audience Fr Stifan Perera OCD, the director of the Trust and Dhanavana Publications Bengaluru said, “Education to the children especially to the parents of blind is a Carmelite venture started by Fr. Praveen Pinto. Though the parents are blind, they have a great desire to brighten the lives of their children. Carmelite priests have taken up this initiative for a year with the help of the donors and benefactors.” Nelly Pichardo, the coordinator of Vision for Future said, “Parents are not only blind, they are also poor. Hence, they cannot afford to educate their children. On the contrary, children are highly talented and fare very well in their studies. Hence, we feel it is our responsibility to give them a helping hand.” Dhyna Jyothi Trust, is a charitable trust by the Carmelite priests. Alongside taking up charitable works, the trusts takes up printing religious and social literature.
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Diaconal Ordination – called to serve!
“Chosen from among men …. appointed to act on behalf of men” (Heb 5:1). Responding to the call of God, our very own five Carmelite brothers Anthon Souz, Peter Pereira, Wilson D’costa, Rayan Teeshan Pinto and Nelson Krist Cardoza along with 11 diocesan brothers were ordained deacons on 15th of June 2017 at St Joseph’s Inter-diocesan Seminary, Jeppu, Mangalore. Hearty congratulations to all the Deacons. The ordination rite of the diaconate was celebrated with a solemn liturgy of the Eucharist. After the proclamation of the Gospel, the Rector of the seminary Very Rev. Fr Joseph Martis presented the candidates to Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore. Subsequently the Bishop instructed the candidates with the Word of God. In his homily, the Bishop urged the ordinandi to do the will of God generously and to serve God and mankind in love and joy. Addressing the deacons, the Bishop expressed, “You are the ministers of the Word of God and you have to express in action what you proclaim by word of mouth.” The ritual ended with the kiss of peace. The beauty of the Eucharistic celebration was enhanced by the prayerful liturgy and Cecilian choir under the leadership of Rev. Fr Ronald Serrao.
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Volunteers and Spouses dine Together!
It was a wonderful time when 130 volunteers and spouses came to dine together. St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada under the leadership of the Pastor, Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas organized this annual event of the parish. This took place on June 9, 2017 Friday at 6pm at Conestoga Place, Kitchener. It was a “big and delicious dinner” they said. Fr. Roshan D’Souza, the Associate Pastor led the people to pray grace before meal. After the dinner, Fr. Mascarenhas expressed his contentment and feelings with a great sense of gratitude to all the volunteers helping in the spiritual activities of the parish. Mr. Robert Borys creatively helped everybody to appreciate each and everyone’s role in various committees. Hats off to all the people of good will!
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Inauguration of the Initiation Course, Mapusa - Goa
4th of June, 2017 marked the beginning of a new academic year at Avila Jyothi, Carmelite Seminary, Mapusa, Goa. Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial Superior presided over the Sunday Eucharist, which was also the Solemnity of Pentecost. The 17 aspirants joined the celebrants in the entrance procession. Then they all lighted their candles from the flame held by Fr. Provincial, by which they symbolically manifested their desire to follow Christ - the light of the world. All these candles were placed close to the altar, and remained burning all through the Eucharist.
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Another fresh spring at Xellim!
Divine Springs is a centre for contemplative prayer, youth animation and family life at Xellim Goa. The last Provincial Chapter endorsed the plan and recommended that it be further developed in phases. We are happy that this centre has added one more feather to its cap. On 7th of June, 2017 at 7.00 am a solemn Mass was officiated by Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Karnataka-Goa Province. Fr. Praveen Pinto, OCD the newly appointed Chaplain of Fatima Chapel welcomed all the celebrants. There were 11 priests present: Fr. Pius James D’Souza, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Fr. Vivian Menezes (Tanzania), Fr. Lucius (Tanzania), Fr. Henry Moras, Fr. Stephen Lobo, Fr. Praveen Pinto, Fr. Peter D’Sa and Fr. William Miranda. At 8.30 a.m. the newly built hall was blessed and inaugurated by Fr. Provincial in the presence of all the friars and the contractor, Mr. Gregory D’Silva, who has been a great support to this project.
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Postulancy Inaugurated at Margao
A new formative programme 2017 of Postulancy of the Karnataka-Goa Province was inaugurated at the Carmelite Monastery, Margao on 6th June 2017. The inaugural Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial Superior along with Fr. Pius D’Souza OCD, Councilor incharge of Spirituality, Fr. Ronald D’souza OCD, Councilor incharge of Formation, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, Superior, Carmelite Monastery, Margao, Fr. Silvestre D’Souza OCD, Secretary to the Provincial, Fr. Noel D’Cunha OCD, Master of Students, Fr. Terence OCD, Master of Theology(Tamil Nadu province) and other community fathers as concelebrants. Delivering a homily, Fr. Pius D’Souza stressed on the need to respond to the call of God. “Our call is an initiative of God,” he said further. Reflecting on the great commandment of God, he appealed the postulants to be with Jesus and share the same experience with others by their service. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD proposed a vote of thanks.
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RIP: Sr Rita of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Chicalim Carmel)
Sr. Rita Lobo, was born in Mumbai, on 27th January, 1930, of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew & Amy Lobo. She grew up in Pune and at the age of 18 joined the Discalced Carmelite Sisters in Bangalore. A few years later she was sent to aid the newly founded Carmelite Convent in Chicalim, Goa, which she did generously, offering herself in the manual work and in obtaining substantial financial help, through her correspondence abroad. She was also gifted with a musical ear and composed, sang and played classical organ, for the delight of all. She was known for her hearty laughter, which resounded near and far during the recreation periods! Towards the end of her life she was bed-ridden for about two years, slowly losing the power of expressing herself, but retaining a lucid mind, till a few days before her death. She however accepted all her sicknesses calmly, rarely complaining. Even the nurses dealing with her during her hospitalizations, remarked that it was a pleasure to take care of such a sweetly responsive patient. Before the loss of her speech, she would frequently shower her “Thank Yous”, on the Sr. Infirmarian and other sisters who looked after her at home, or on anyone who happened to lend her some service. Toward the end she developed a severe urinary tract infection, bronchial pneumonia and finally septicemia. She passed away peacefully in the morning of 15th May at around 7.00am. May her soul rest in peace.

BIO-DATA
SR. RITA OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
BIRTH; 27-01-1930
PLACE OF BIRTH; MUMBAI
ENTERANCE IN CARMEL; 06-08-1948
FIRST PROFESSION; 25-12-1950
DEATH; 15-05-2017

NEW GROTTO UNVEILED AT ACTONVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
On the 13th of May 2017, in commemoration of the Centenary celebrations of our Lady of Fatima, Fr. Peter Rebello OCD and Fr. Boniface D'Sousa OCD unveiled a Marian Grotto at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Actonville, Benoni, South Africa. The parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church would like to thank Fr. Boniface D'Sousa for his time at thisParish and his perseverance in building this Grotto as a beautiful tribute to Our Mother Mary.
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Our Lady of Fatima Statue arrives at Bajjodi
The Diocesan Unit of the Fatima Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima is holding the "Centenary Celebrations of the Apparitions" in 2017. Mother Mary – Our Lady of Fatima appeared on 13 May 1917 at Fatima. The church very much recommends us to revive once again our devotion to our Lady to fulfill the request she had made to the whole world through the three children of Fatima. The messages are very much relevant to our times. As a part of the preparation for the centenary celebrations, the statue of the Lady of Fatima blessed and brought from the place of apparitions in Fatima, is being taken to every church of the Diocese for devotion and prayer. On 17th April, the Statue of the Lady of Fatima was brought in procession from Cordel Church to our Church. A large number of devotees were present to receive our Heavenly Mother. A prayer service was conducted by Rev Fr Shabas Crasta. Fr. Ivan Madtha gave a talk on the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima and celebrated the mass. Parish Priest thanked the Cordel Parish Priest and the Parishioners.
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FR. CHARLES SERRAO OCD, re-elected as the Provincial Superior of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites.
The 13 Provincial Chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka-Goa Province has re-elected Rev. Fr Charles Serrao as the Provincial Superior for the next triennium (2017 – 2020). Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, OCD was born on 26 August, 1950 at Vamadapav, Diocese of Mangaluru. He made his first religious profession on March 19, 1971 and was ordained a priest on December 23, 1978. After the formation of the Karnataka-Goa Province in 1981, he held the offices of Director of the Aspirants at the Vocation Home - Mangaluru, Master of Theology Students - Mangaluru, Vocation Promoter and Provincial Councillor. He obtained a Licentiate in Psychology and Pedagogy from Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and a Diploma of Specialization in Consecrated Life at ‘Claretianum’, an Institute of Theology for Religious Life, in Rome. He also, holds a Diploma in Human Growth and Development Relationships, Spiritual Counselling Skills, Community Living from the Institute of St Anselm, London.
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New website for Guardian Angel Parish, Vancouver, Canada
We have a new website for Guardian Angels Parish - Vancouver - Canada. The website is:
www.gapocd.com 

Children showcased their multifarious talents at Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 22nd: About 100 children who had come for the three day summer camp showcased their multifarious talents on Saturday April 22nd at Infant Mary Church hall. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta welcomed everyone. Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto were present for the programe. This programe was exclusively by the children who participated in this one week camp bajjodi. They exhibited their talents in singing, dancing and skit. There were three fields in which they had been trained in the last one week. These 3days learning was presented in the form of a performance on the final day. All the parishioners remained till the end enjoyed the cultural programe. It was really a super performance by the children.
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The Lord is truly risen !!! : Easter Vigil @ Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru
The celebration of the Easter Vigil which is known as the Mother of all Vigils, commenced at 9:30 p.m. on April 15, 2017 at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. The blessing of the Light began outside the Shrine which was conducted by Fr. Vijay D' Costa, the main celebrant. After which the Paschal candle, which symbolizes the light of Christ, was lit from the new fire. The faithful then joined in procession towards the main sanctuary. The Exultet – the Easter Song was sung by Fr. John Lobo. As the Gloria was sung, the lights were turned off, the bells began to ring and the statue of the risen Christ which was placed in the decorated tomb was exposed to the faithful amidst sound and light effect. Thus it was proclaimed to the faithful saying – “The Lord has truly Risen, Alleluia”. 
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100 Children Enroll for “Konkani Bhurgyanlem Shibir -2017 at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, Apr 17: The inaugural function of three days ‘Konkani Bhurgyanlem Shibir 20171’ jointly organized by Infant Mary Church and Mand Sobhan, Mangalore, was held on Monday April 17 at Infant Mary Church hall. The Programe began with a Prayer song by ICYM members. Fr.Ivan D’souza welcomed everyone. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta inaugurated the camp by lighting the lamp and blessing the Children. Mandd Sobhan Gurkar Eric Ozario, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto, ICYM Secretary Clerita Lobo were also present on the dais. Soon after the inauguration children were divided in two groups. ICYM conducted games, songs and dance for the small Children. Mandd sobhan Gurkar and team trained the other group. This event is an in-house training camp in Konkani, singing, dance and acting for the children in the age group of 10 to 16. It will end on Wednesday April 19th. Fr.Ivan D’souza compered the programe.
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Way of Cross through the streets of Actonville, Johannesburg
St. Joseph's Church Actonville(South Africa) organised stations of the cross on Good Friday through the city roads. People walked more than 6km carrying the crosses and posters with a message against all the social evils. Meaningful reflections were written by the people of different zones and by different groups of the parish.

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Good Friday – an expression of unconditional ‘LOVE’
April 14, 2017 –Good Friday, the Holy Mother the Church commemorated the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. On this Holy day, a meaningful enacted way of the cross was organized at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. At 8-30 am the devotion commenced and was attended by large number of faithful of the vicinity. The Philosophy brothers under the guidance of Frs Oswald Crasta and Vijay D’ Costa made known to the faithful, the sufferings of Jesus through an enactment which lasted almost 100 minutes. This became an occasion to know in reality what Jesus did on Mount Calvary, the ultimate sacrifice of his life for the love of mankind. The passion liturgy was at 5-00 p.m. which was presided over by Fr Joseph Pinto along with other community friars.
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Easter Celebration at Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 16th: The Easter Celebration here at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi commenced at 7 pm with the blessing of the new fire by Fr. Ivan D’souza.. The Easter Candle was lit and carried to the Altar calling on people to walk in the light of Risen Christ. The congregation lit candles signifying the victory of light over darkness and there by enlightenment. Fr. Ivan D’souza sang the Exultes - the Easter Hymn. Fr. Shabas was the main Celebrant. Fr. Peter D’souza & Fr.Ivan D’souza concelebrated the Eucharist. Seven readings from the Sacred Scriptures gave a glimpse of the salvation story of Israel and mankind in general. As the Gloria resounded in the air the image of Risen Jesus got unveiled.
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Good Friday observed at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 14th:Good Friday service was observed at Infant Mary Church bajjodi with devotion. The service was held at 5pm. Parishioners in large number participated in the service. Passion of Christ, reciting of prayers, unveiling and veneration of the Cross and communion service was held. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta broke the Word of God. He spoke about the “Importance of the Cross and Sufferings”. Finally he said that if we forgive and put love in our sufferings only than we come out victorious. The faithful participated in the service with devotion and venerated the Cross.
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Way of the Cross draws huge crowd at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, April 14th: A day to reflect on the Lord’s Passion and his love for us. To help the faithful reflect on the Lord’s Passion a beautiful and creative Way of the Cross was held at the streets of Bajjodi. It started with the opening prayer by Fr. Ivan D’souza followed by the way of the Cross on the church premises and the streets of Bajjodi.
It was not the traditional one, but highlighted different aspects of passions of Christ. It focused on our family life, social issues. Parishioners participated in the way of the cross and reflected on the passion of our Lord. At the end, Fr. Ivan D’souza proposed vote of thanks. It was indeed a meaningful way of the cross.
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Palm/Passion Sunday @ Pushpashrama
On April 9, 2017, the Carmelites along with the faithful of the vicinity celebrated the Palm Sunday at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. Palm Sunday is the day where we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a week before His resurrection. As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha and there he offers his life for the salvation of the humanity. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth. The celebration commenced at 8-00 am with the blessing of the palm branches at the entrance of Pushpashrama, which was followed by the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Alfred Menezes, Rector along with the community friars.
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Palm Sunday Celebration with devotion at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, 9th Apri 2017: Palm Sunday was celebrated at Infant Mary Church on April 9th.The blessing of the Palms ceremony was held near Opus Spiritus Sancti convent. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta along with Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza blessed the palms and distributed to the faithful. Devotees with palm leaves took part in the procession singing hymns and reciting prayers to commemorate Christ’s passion and death. After the procession solemn Mass was celebrated in remembrance of the passion of Christ. Palm Sunday is also known as the Passion Sunday. The Palm Sunday is celebrated in two parts. In the first part of the service, we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem acclaimed by all the people. The procession started from Bethany, the village of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and ended in the Temple of Jerusalem. During the second part of the service in the church, the people read and reflect the passion and death of Jesus.
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Pentecost at Aloysius Parish, Kitchener!
Here again St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada had a privilege of hosting the Confirmation ceremony with Bishop Daniel Miehm (the auxiliary bishop of Hamilton Diocese) who is appointed as bishop of Peterborough Diocese. At the Solemn Mass presided over by the Bishop and concelebrated by four priests, 62 students received the sacrament of Confirmation. In his homily, Bishop Miehm emphasized on the visible and invisible sign of the sacrament. The Chrism Oil with all its fragrance on their foreheads will absorb and dry out but the candidates will remain as visible signs involving themselves in doing the good works of the Holy Spirit. The mass was quite well attended and it was good to see the church was packed.
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New Media app by Fr Rudolf V D’Souza
Here is the latest progress of my website on Carmelite Spirituality and Catholic Theology. This website and app will carry daily Gospel reflections, videos, YouTube videos of homilies, articles, and meditation and prayer reflections. You will find the podcast, facebook, and website below.


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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1216987755
https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingflame
www.LivingFlame.ca

CONVOCATION AT DHYANAVANA
The Convocation ceremony at Dhyanavana took place on the 19th of March, at 6:00 pm. Fifty Seven sisters who completed their course this year received the Diplomas and Certificates. Prof. A. John Siluvai a renowned professor at St. Philomena’s (autonomous) College, Mysore, both in English and French, gave the key-note address. He dealt on the theme “A call to the Religious to Confront the Challenges of Today.” Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Kariyil, CM, Bishop of Mandya, awarded the diplomas and certificates to the sisters and spoke how like Jesus we have to grow in age, knowledge, wisdom and grace with God and neighbors. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial of Karnataka-Goa presided over the function, released the Dhyanavana Annual and spoke on spirituality of worldliness and difference between spirituality and spiritual exercises.
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INAUGURATION OF INFANT JESUS CHURCH, GORWA
February 19th, 2017 will go down in the history of Carmelites in India as a memorable day, because their long-cherished dream to have a Church in Gujarat was finally fulfilled, with the inauguration of the Infant Jesus Church, Gorwa in the Diocese of Baroda. It was in November 2004 that the first Carmelite priest of the Karnataka-Goa Province, Fr Alwyn Aranha arrived in Baroda, with a vision to establish the Carmelite presence in Gujarat, and now, it has finally been accomplished. The day began with the faithful of the parish gathered at the Church premises at 8:30 am in their traditional attire. They lined the road leading to the Church, to welcome the dignitaries – His Grace Archbishop Thomas Macwan, Archbishop of Gandhinagar, His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Stanislaus Fernandes, Apostolic Administrator of Baroda, and Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites. The liturgy began at 9:30 am with the priests walking in procession to the main entrance of the Church where the whole congregation had already gathered. After the initial greeting by Archbishop Thomas, Rev. Fr Charles cut the ribbon and opened the main doors. The Archbishops, followed by the priests and the congregation, solemnly entered the new Church in procession.
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THE YOUNG AND THE BOLD of THE INDIAN CARMEL at GOA!
A gathering of Carmelite Priests from all over the country ordained 5 years ago, was held under the auspices of the Inter-Provincial Conference of India (IPCI) from 20-25 February, 2017 at Lar de Sta Terezinha, Margao, Goa. The participants included:
Manjummel (8 friars)
Malabar (3 friars)
Tamil Nadu (4 friars)
S. Kerala (4 friars)
Andhra Pradesh (3 friars)
Regional Vicariate of W. Bengal (1 friar)
Karnataka-Goa (9)
TOTA : 32 friars
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FIRST THANKSGIVING MASS OF FR. RAYMOND SANGU

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PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF DEACON RAYMOND SANGU
Feb. 25th 2017 was indeed an auspicious day for the Carmelites of the Vicariate of Tanzania and for the Karnataka Goa Province. On this gracious day Deacon Raymond Sangu OCD the 8th Tanzanian native was raised to the Order of Priesthood by his Grace Rev Josephat Louis Lebulu in Holy Family Parish, Njiro Arusha. Around 30 priests concelebrated and it was for the first time all the local Tanzanian Carmelite priests were present. The Sacred Liturgy was well organized by the Parish priests and the Vocation Director of the Diocese of Arusha. After the Eucharistic celebration short felicitation was organized by the Parish to congratulate the newly ordained. Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues, the Regional Vicar proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the Carmelites to all those who helped to make this day a memorable one.
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A Spiritual Book by Carmelite Brother Released.
JINNECHI PORGOTTNNI (Proclaimation of Life) a konkani spiritual book written by Carmelite Brother John Malvino Alfonso released at the hands of Fr. Manuel Gomes, visiting Professor at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol and Parish Priest, St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Borim at Borim. This book includes reflections on Beatitudes, Prayer and Spiritual direction as a means to strengthen the spiritual life of the Laity. Tips for mental prayer and suggestions for spiritual direction are given in the Appendix. This book is a fruit of writer’s five years Lenten retreat reflections on the theme Beatitudes and Prayer. This book is published by Dhyanavana Publications of the Carmelites. This is the fifth book of the writer. Other four includes SUKHI JINN(2006), JINNECHI VATT(2009), JINNECHEA SOM’DIRANT (2012) and JINNECHE DHAGE (2016). He also received awards for his book JINNECHI VATT from Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK), Goa Konknni Academy (GKA) and Konknni Bhasha Mandal(KBM)
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Stations of the Cross statues
Dear Friends,
This is to share the joy of the arrival of the Stations of the Cross statues from the USA (Dallas) and we have unpacked them and kept in our barn. When the winter is over we install them from the Monastery to Mountain top with a beautiful trail for the use of the faithful who will visit our Monastery. We are immensely grateful to Helen and her company and those involved in making this dream come true.
Thanking you

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
www.cccsocd.ca
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Infant Jesus Feast @ Tapovana
After 9 days of preparation with the reflection on the 10 commandments, the feast was solemnised on Sunday, 5th of February 2017 with the concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Jerome Moras the provincial councilor with the theme: JOY OF LOVE IN THE FAMILIES (Amoris Laetitia). It was followed by a procession with the statue of Infant Jesus around the monastery and anointing the devotees with the Holy Oil. Breakfast was sponsored by a family to which Tapovana added the flavour of Coorg Coffee grown in the campus. Calendars of the Infant Jesus shrine, Bikarnakatte were distributed to all.
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12 Received First Holy Communion at Londa
LONDA: 12 children received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time at the Eucharistic celebration held at Holy Family Church, Londa on 29th January 2017. Fr. Venil D'souza, presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Teo delivered a homily. Delivering a homily, Fr. Teo reflected on the importance of the Holy Eucharist and receiving Jesus in Holy communion. He appealed the little ones, to be like Jesus and give witness to Him. Sr. Lavina B.S. was the commentator for the liturgical celebration while Sr. Priyanka and Sr. Deepa made the liturgical arrangement. All the communicants and parents were included in the liturgy which was prepared by Sr. Lavina and Br. Malvino. Fr. Anthony and Sr. Lavina prepared the communicants for the day.
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Spiritual and Cultural Celebrations Mark Parish Day at Bajjodi
The Parish day was celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi on Sunday 29th January-2017. Prior to the formal and cultural celebrations held at the Parish Hall, a thanksgiving Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Charles Serrao- (Provincial- Karnataka Goa Province) along with Fr Dominic Vas-(Director-Dhyanava Spirituality Centre), Fr. Joe Tauro, Fr. Raymond, Fr. Jocy, Fr. Prakash, Fr. Sunil, Fr. Francis, Parish priest Fr. Shabas Crasta and Asst. Priest Fr.Ivan D’souza. Fr. Dominic Vas preached a vibrant sermon on the theme ‘The Good Shepherd’.The programe began with a prayer dance by small Children followed by stage programe. Vice President, Joseph Mascarenhas extended the official welcome to all the dignitaries followed by Secretary Irene Pinto reading the Parish Annual Report of happenings/activities.
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The first step at Mount Carmel School at Kadaganchi!
The Ground Floor of the Mount Carmel School, Carmel Giri, Kadangachi, Kalaburagi was inaugurated on the 26th of January, 2017. Most Rev. Robert Miranda, Bishop of Gulbarga blessed the Crucifix that was unveiled by Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior. After placing it at the entrance of the school, all venerated the Cross. Then the Provincial unveiled the plaque bearing the name of the Helen Chua Tiampo, the magnanimous sponsor of the project. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza, the regional Superior of the Carmelites of the Canada Region inaugurated the completed building by cutting the ribbon. After a meaningful prayer service, the Bishop blessed the newly constructed building along with Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza.
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Infant Jesus Feast Celebrated at Sadbhavana
Beautiful and colorful flowers adorning the altar, fragrance of the incense, church full of joyful people, melodious singing by the choir, meaningful liturgy, divinely clad the priests of God and the prayerful and heavenly atmosphere told it all. The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated with all solemnity on the 22nd of January at Sadbhavana. Rev. Fr Richard Saldanha OCD officiated the Eucharistic celebration and preached a meaningful and practical homily for the devotees of Infant Jesus of Bengaluru. Carmelite fathers from the Bengaluru region and the capuchin friars concelebrated. After the Eucharist Fr Praveen introduced the Bible Diary before it was released for the Public by the Provincial and Fr Stephen Pereira gave a bird’s eye view of the newly created app ‘Carmel Preran’ and then Fr Provincial inaugurated the app and the devotees were requested to install the app to avail prayers, novenas and daily reflections from the app. After the festive mass all broke the fast arranged outside the chapel and wished one another.
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Mass for the Sick and the Elderly at LONDA
LONDA: Holy Family Church , Londa organised a special Eucharisic celebration for the Sick and the elderly. Fr. Anthony D’souza presided over the Eucharistic celebration and Fr. Teo Fernandes preached the homily. The sick and the elderly were anointed with the Oil for the Sick. An entertainment programme was organised by the Londa Parish Youth after the Eucharistic celebration. Food was served to all.
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Sacrament of Confirmation Administered at LONDA
LONDA: Bishop Peter Machado, Bishop of Belgaum diocese administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 23 youngsters at Holy Family Church, Londa. Delvering a homily on the theme Povitr Atmeachea Bollan, Jezuche Govay zaunk Bhagevont Sebastianv amkam nomuno, Bishop reflected on the life of Jesus in witnessing the Father. “ Be open to the Holy Spirit.” he told the candidates receiving the sacrament. He highlighted the effects of the Sacrament of initiation and the sacrament of Confirmation in particular. Speaking on the importance of the sacrament he said that it roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him/her more firmly to Christ and to the Church and gives strength to witness to the Christian faith. Sr. Lizetta B.S. prepared the students for the confirmation. Br. Malvino Alfonso was the commentator for the liturgical rite. Fr. Anthony D’souza, Parish Priest, proposed a vote of thanks.
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Infant Jesus Feast at Koteshwar
The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated on the 19th of January in Carmelite Monastery, Katkere, Koteshwar. Most Rev Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. After the mass ‘Konkani Bible Diary’ and ‘Carmel Preran’ the latest app for the prayers and daily reflections prepared by the Camelites was released. Good number of devotees from near and far participated in the festivity and the three days’ retreat which preceded the festive celebration.
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The community at Pune Carmel grows!
Another flower has bloomed in the Garden of Pune Carmel… and this one is none other than a beautiful ROSE. Miss Lyan Rodrigues was born and grew up in Mumbai. She completed her Graduate and Post Graduate studies in Human Development from Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai. Apart from that she has specialized in Intellectual disabilities by acquiring an M. Ed degree in Special Education- Mental Retardation from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is also the Grand-Niece of Br. Baptist Rodrigues, OCD of Mangalore Monastery. Lyan has aspired to be a Carmelite since childhood. She came for a come and see experience to Pune Carmel in April 2016 for a period of one month. There she felt that Carmel was her home and God was calling her to live a life in deep union with Him.
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MUMBAI – GOA OCDS MEET
(19th - 20th NOVEMBER 2016)

The English OCDS community from Mira Road had set aside 19th and 20th November 2016 to meet up with the Goa OCDS Members who arrived at Anubhav on 19th November at 7 am. A well planned programme was drawn up for the two days. The Provincial Superior, Fr. Charles Serrao, Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Second Provincial Councillor incharge of Spirituality and Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, the Provincial Delegate of the OCDS graced the occasion. Our very own Spiritual Assistants - Fr. Lancy Mendonca and Fr. Ajith Rodrigues were with us throughout the two days. At the outset Provincial named the Mira road English OCDS Community as ‘St Elizabeth of the Trinity’. We then got down to getting to know each other better through ice-breakers and group activities. We sharpened our Biblical knowledge through the Bible Quiz.
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Pushpashrama honours the Infant Jesus
The annual feast of the Infant Jesus was magnificently celebrated on the 8th of January 2017, on feast of the Epiphany of the Lord at Pushpashrama, Mysore. A three-day spiritual preparation during which holy masses kept alive the devotion of the faithful preceded the solemn occasion. The theme and motto of this year’s annual celebration was: “By this shall people that you are My disciples”. During preceding triduum animated homilies explained to the multi lingual audiences the meaning of true devotion to the Infant Jesus with particular emphasis on the theological virtues, discipleship and on humility.
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VIVA CARMELI
“All for You and nothing for me”. Choosing these words of St. John of the Cross our beloved Holy Father, 11 youngsters gladly received the Holy habit of our Order on 14th December 2016. Truly they gave all of theirs to Jesus as they pronounced loudly their vows and there by renounced 3 created goods of life Viz. Marital Life, Material Security and Adult Autonomy. Fr. Provincial who presided over the Solemn Eucharist lauded the brothers’ courage as he preached a moving Homily on the St. John of the Cross’s love for suffering and its relation to 3 vows and their witnessing value today. The tiny sanctuary and the Chapel of Tapovana were too small to contain around 45 con-celebrants and about 180 people. Fr. Arun Lobo steered the well organized liturgy. The Mass and the entire ceremony was celestial and awe-inspiring. It was one more jubilant day for 15 OCDS members who proudly joined hands and hearts to organize the day. The delicious meal with a delicate touch of Philomena’s (Kudige) hands added further pomp to the memorable day.
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New Year get together at Tapovana, Kushalnagar
A Christmas and New Year get together for our non Christian neighbours along with OCDS members, was organised here at Tapovana, Kushalnagar on 27th of December. A Christmas Carol, humour, instrumental music and a skit with a message were performed by the novices while Fr. Jeevan sang a solo, Fr. Wilfy also a solo with two female voices (Meera and Diana OCDS) in the background and Fr. Berchi an action song. Compering, welcoming and coordination was done by the Prior Fr. Wilfy, John Saldanha OCDS gave a message while Ms Jessy from the neighbouring Askham school voluntarily proposed a vote of thanks. Santa Claus and a veg and non veg meals for all were the added attractions this year, the second such programme. The kitchen queen awardee Ms. Kavitha Mohan our kitchen-side neighbour prepared a mouth watery dessert. The expenses were shared by 3 families- Ms Chandrakala, Mr. Mohan and Tapovana.
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REPORT ON THE VESTITION CEREMONY
On 14th December, 2016, the Feast of St. John of the Cross, 16 candidates from the English OCDS and 11 candidates from Konkani OCDS were vested with the Scapular thus entering into the Novitiate stage of formation. The ceremony took place during the 7 pm mass at St. Joseph Church, Mira Road. It was a concelebrated mass with Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Provincial Councillor of Spirituality and the OCDS, being the main celebrant. Under the guidance of Fr. Lancy Mendonca, Spiritual Assistant of the English OCDS, and Fr. Joachim Rodrigues of the Konkani OCDS these candidates completed their Aspirancy and were found suitable to enter the Novitiate. The candidates were presented with the Bible and the Constitution of the OCDS during the ceremony. All the Priests blessed the candidates and prayed for them to progress in their spiritual growth in the Novitiate stage of Formation.
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Threshold of New Beginning at Pushpashrama
The threshold of the new beginning at Pushpashrama initiated at 10-45 with the thanksgiving adoration followed by the festal mass at 11-30. The Eucharistic banquet was presided over by Fr John Lobo along with the community friars. Fr Vinod Lobo in his homily enumerated the role of Mary the Mother of God in connection to our dreams in the New Year 2017. The Pushpashrama brothers added spiritual flavor to the new beginning with their scintillating and euphonious choir and liturgy. After the mid night mass all the faithful were given the New Year cake and meantime all of them exchanged the New Year greetings with each other. It was also an occasion to celebrate the birthday of Bros. Shine and Subash on the first day of the year. May this New Year 2017 become the perfect occasion to celebrate love, friendships and all the good things in life; and above all to share the message of the Jesus Christ with each other.
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Word Became flesh at Pushpashrama
December 24, 2016 as the clock crossed number 11 the brothers of Pushpashrama through their angelic voice sang the Christmas carols which enabled the faithful to experience the joy of baby Jesus in the silent moments of the night. The solemn Eucharistic celebration of the Nativity of our Lord initiated at 11-30pm at the beautiful illuminated shrine of the Infant Jesus, Mysore. Fr Vijay D’ Costa, the Shrine pastor presided over the festal mass along with the community friars and Fr Alphonse Britto from Dhyanavana. Fr Oswald Crasta unraveled the mystery of the Incarnation in his inspirational and scriptural homily. The liturgy was evocatively systematized by the brothers of Pushpashrama. 
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Christmas Celebration at Kitchener, Canada!
The Solemn Christmas Masses began at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario with 5pm Children Mass on December 24, 2016. The special attraction of this celebration was the Pageant played by little kids attending Sunday School at our parish. The story of the Nativity was very well enacted after the Gospel reading. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas presided over this solemn Mass. The Church was fully packed with kids and their families. This celebration was followed by the other three masses at 7pm, 9pm and Mid Night and Sunday at 9am and 11am.
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Sadbhavana Day at Pushpashrama
December 25, 2016 on the day of Christmas, the community of Pushpashrama along with the neighbors of the vicinity celebrated the ‘Sadbhavana Day’ at the college auditorium. This was the day to celebrate and to share the joy, peace and love of the Infant Jesus with the non-Christian brethren who lived in and around Ranithota. The day commenced at 4-30pm with the prayer song. Rev Fr Alfred Menezes, rector of Pushpashrama laid a red-carpet welcome to all the neighbors. Fr Vijay D’ Costa, the chief guest in his speech explained the mystery of Incarnation where God is taking the form of a human person to live among the people. At the same time he invited all to experience the peace and love of Jesus in their personal as well as family lives.
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Christmas celebration at Pushpashrama Play Home
December 24, 2016 the community of Pushpashrama, Mysore under the leadership of Fr Joseph Pinto organized a Christmas celebration for the play home kids and their parents. The programme commenced at 11-00 a.m. with the prayer song. Fr Alfred Menezes was the chief guest and Fr Paul Dsouza and Sr Maria, were the guests of honour. Fr Joseph Pinto compeered the entire programme. The Brothers of Pushpashrama through their melodies added Christmas joy to the celebration. The kids were on their toes as they performed a dance and sang rhymes and thus entertained the entire gathering. Fr Alfred Menezes gave a Christmas message and invited all to experience the peace and joy of Jesus in their personal and family lives. He also distributed Christmas gifts to all the play home kids.
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Children Christmas Party 2016! @ St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
The kids attending the Sunday School participated in the Christmas Party held at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016 following 11am Mass. The celebration was planned and organized by the Sunday School teachers and volunteers led by Mrs. Kim Ansty. The program commenced with opening prayer by Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas. The special attraction of the celebration was a magical show explaining the biblical and church realities performed by the parishioner Mr. Gerard Dietrich. The kids enjoyed the party consisted of delicacies, colorings and the company of SANTA! All because - “Christ the Savior is born!”
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Fraternity at Kitchener-Canada!
The 4th gathering of Carmelite Friars working in the Eastern region of Canada was held on Dec. 12th 2016 at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Fr. Roshan D’Souza, Fr. Rajan D’sa, Fr. Jaison Tellis, Fr. Alfredo, Fr. Mario Fernandes and Fr. Victor Fernandes were present. The meeting took place from 4pm to 5pm. The Friars read and discussed the Constitutions on the Evangelical Self-Denial (no. 42-46) and the Norms (no. 1-9). Thereafter they shared the fellowship dinner served by Kitchener Community.
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Buried in purity!
We here in the Fraser Valley had a challenging weekend with freezing temperatures and snow moving with force for three consecutive days. Reports say, our neighboring Abbotsford and Mission city traffic police had more than 9,000 calls from the public for snow related accidents. We have almost 40 centimeters of snow around our house. Our North Deroche road is not yet cleared of snow hence we cannot move out of the house at least for few days. Our cars and truck are almost buried in the snow. We had to shovel the snow and prepare a pathway to go from our residence to the new monastery and when you walk on this pathway It feels as if we are like the Israelites waking across the Nile on dry ground with the frozen water piled up on the sides!
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Grand 8th Anniversary celebration of NBJ at Carmel Hill
The 8th Anniversary of Konkani monthly, “Naman Ballok Jesu”, was held on Saturday Dec. 10th at Carmel hill. The programe began with a prayer dance presented by the youth of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. Welcoming the guests and the gathering, Fr Jocy Siddakatte OCD, pointed out that Naman Ballok Jesu has been able to make its presence due to the tremendous support it received from readers, sponsors and writers. The welcome speech was followed by a power point presentation on the path traversed by Naman Ballok Jesu, the monthly magazine of the Carmelites, in the last eight years. The PPP also gave a brief account of the feedback of eminent personalities on the relevance of this magazine.
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Mega Christmas Carol Singing Competition - ‘Natalam Gitam Gayan Spardo’ -2016
Carmelites along with the Carmel Kutam organized the Konkani Carol Singing Competition ‘Natalam Gitam Gayan Spardo’ -2016 on 11th of December in Sadbhavana Premises. This is for the third time such programme is organized since its dawn in 2014. There was an overwhelming response from all over the city of Bangalore as 90 participants took part in the competition in three sections, viz., children, youth, adults under three categories solo, duet and group singing. The programme began with a prayer dance by the children from Carmel Kutam at 2:30pm. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the provincial councilor, Mr Maxim Lobo, well known columnist in various Konkani Magazine and Ms Ovida Pinto, a budding singer were given the task of choosing the winners by judging their singing quality and stage performance. Ever smiling Mrs Pramila D’Souza compered the programme.
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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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