ST. XAVIER'S PROVINCE

NEWS BULLETIN-DECEMBER-1ST 2014

2014-12-01

A BLESSED Christmas and a PEACEFUL NEW YEAR !

OUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Christmas is a time of gifts reminding us of the greatest gift God our loving Father has given to our humanity by gifting Himself to us in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, equal to Him in every respect( Jn.1, 1-5).  Now in 2014 Christmas, our Province’s most precious gifts will be the four deacons who will be, God willing, ordained and will become the NEW PRIESTSRev. Shobin, Rev. Johnson, Rev. Binesh and Rev. Pradeeksh, and also our NEW DEACON, Bro. Jilson (vide News from Pune).  Let us together with our Mother Mary sing: ‘Our hearts praise the Lord ….because of the great things the Mighty God has done for us’ (Lk.1, 46&49).

REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY, REJOICE! (Phil.4, 4):  Vishuddha CHAVARAYAPITHAUM EUPHRASIAMMAYUM

It was a historic moment for the Church in India, especially for our Syro-Malabar Church, that two of its illustrious children were declared SAINTS on 23rd November 2014: ST. KURIAKOSE ELIAS CHAVARA and ST. EUPHRASIA ELAVUTHINGAL, by our Holy Father Pope Francis.  To witness this great event, four from India and some others from Europe and America from our province were at Vatican together with many other CMI’s from different provinces. Hearty welcome back to Rajkot Frs. James Kachappilly, Joseph Karikattu, Benny Thakarappillil and Roy Chennekkadan.

CANONIZATION CELEBRATIONS IN OUR PROVINCE

There were grand celebrations of the Canonization of Sts. Chavara and Euphrasia in all our houses, centres, parishes and institutions:

1. Rajkot

      i)  At Prem Mandir: We had arranged a Solemn Mass on 23rd November, Sunday morning at 9.00 a.m.  Fr. Peter Kochalumkal, Provincial, presided over the Holy Mass that was concelebrated by the CMI and the Diocesan priests during which Fr. Provincial gave a thought-provoking sermon.  Coffee and snacks were served to the faithful after the Mass.

        ii) At the Immaculate Conception Church: Frs. George Nettikkatt, Wilson Vettumanickal and James Thayil joined the Concelebrated Mass, during which the latter preached a very inspiring homily.  After the Mass we had served the faithful coffee and snacks.

       iii) At the Provincial House:  A CMI-CMC joint celebration by inviting all the priests and religious of our Rajkot zone – about 150 in number – to the St. Xavier’s Provincial House,  was held on 23rd November evening.  At 6.15 p.m. a prayer service was conducted together with a power point display depicting the life and activities of Sts. Chavara and Euphrasia. It was followed by the fellowship meal at the end of which Housie – Bingo - Game was played with attractive cash prizes. 

2.  Jamnagar

        There was the solemn Novena for nine days.  On 23rd the Solemn Concelebrated Mass was held in the Sacred Heart Parish with Fr. James Puthuparambil as the Main celebrant, Fr. Manu, the Parish Priest and Fathers from St. Xavier’s CMI House.  Fr. James preached an inspiring homily. After the Mass all the families were given a kit of framed pictures and literature on Sts. Chavara and Euphrasia.

3. Other Centres

         A detailed report of the Chavara Canonization celebration in the various houses of our province will be soon brought to our members in a special bulletin.

NEW PUBLICATIONS ON THE NEW SAINTS

      1. Fr. Davis Manjaly published his first book in Gujarati on the life and message of St Chavara. The Book is titled “Kuriakose Elias Chavara: Santane Sudharak. Hearty Congratulations, Fr. Davis!

      2.  Fr. Jose Mangalamkunnel has authored and published a booklet in Gujarati on the life of St. Euphrasia. Kudos to Fr. Mangalam!

      3.  Fr. James Thayil reprinted a Gujarati booklet and a prepared a new folder on St. Chavara in English.  Best Wishes Fr. James!

OTHER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES

      Fr. Taiju Thaliath has produced a number of short video documentaries on the new saints from India which are posted on YouTube.  Well done Taiju!

      Fr. James Thayil designed a special altar for St. Chavara at the Provincial House. Hearty Congratulations Fr. James!

THE NATIONAL THANKSGIVING MASS AND PUBLIC MEETING AT KAKKANAD, KOCHI

      In the National Thanksgiving Mass held at the Rajagiri Valley, Kakkanad, Kochi, on 29th November, a good number of members from our Province participated. Bishop Emeritus, Mar Gregory, Fr. Peter Kochalumkal (Provincial), Fr. James Thayil (Vicar Provincial), Fr. James Kachappilly (Provincial Councillor), Fr. Joseph Kattikaran, Fr. Joseph Karikattu, Fr. Benny Thakarappillil, Fr. Roy Chennekkadan, Fr. Davis Manjaly, Fr, Joby Virippamattathil, Fr. Sijo Padayattil etc. are among those who attended the National celebration of the canonization of Sts. Chavara and Euphrasia at Kakkanad, Kochi.

NEW APPOINTMENT

       Fr. Paul Meledan is appointed Principal of the St. Mary’s Public School (CBSC), Rajkot. He has already joined the St. Mary’s community in Rajkot. Best wishes to Fr. Paul Meledan.

FROM ABROAD

       Fr. George Ottalankal reached Germany safe for his pastoral ministry. He sends greetings and regards to all the members of the province.

ANNUAL RETREAT

          This year the Annual retreat for the priests in Rajkot Diocese was preached by Fr Cyriac Kochalumkal CST (younger brother of our Provincial) from 2nd – 7th November which was attended by 23 priests of our province.  All felt the retreat very inspiring, enriching and refreshing for self-renewal.

NEWS FROM CARMEL BHAVAN, PUNE

Bro Jilson writes from Pune:

i) Diaconate

Bro. Jilson Pinakkattuparambil was conferred the order of Diaconate by Mar Joseph Kollamparambil CMI, bishop of Jagdalpur on 9th of November at Carmel Parish, Pune. This occasion was enriched by the presence of parents, relatives, parishioners, and the neighbouring communities.

ii) Visit of Rev. Fr. Provincial

We are grateful for the loving presence of Rev. Fr. Provincial with us on 25th & 26th of November. He celebrated the Holy Eucharist on the 6th day of the parish feast on 26th. Parishioners were truly happy to meet their ever cherished shepherd again and brothers their former Rector.

Hearty Birthday Greetings

December 2014

05        Fr. Sijomon Chirattavayalil

1 0        Bp. Jose Chittooparambil

1 2        Fr. Jojo Thalikasthanam

1 8        Fr. George Kalapurackal

25        Fr. Paul Meledan

26        Fr. George Elavumkal

            Fr. Joseph Kanavallil

            Br. Jinto Indikuzha

January 2015

05        Fr. Jino Valiaparampil

1 0        Fr. Paulson Thottahimyalil

1 5        Fr. Dionish Thazhathuveettil

23        Fr. Antony Puthussery

PROVINCIAL’S DIARY

December 2014 – January, 2015

November 25 to December 07:  Pune and Kerala

December 08:  Renewal of temporary vows of brothers at Rajkot

December 15 and 16: Canonical Visitation of St Paul’s CMI House, Rajkot

December 16 and 17: Canonical visitation of St Mary’s CMI House, Rajkot

December 20- Jan. 07, 2015: In Kerala for Ordinations and Major Superiors’ meeting

PLEASE NOTE DOWN IN YOUR DIARY

         1.  Province gathering on 13 December. All the fathers and brothers of our province are welcome to the province gathering.

         2. The first death anniversary of Fr Joseph Madhuravely on December 19, 2014. There will be a special commemorative Mass at 6-00 p.m. in Prem Mandir followed by supper at the Provincial House.

 

Wish you a spirt-filled Annunciation Period

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A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND A JOYOUS AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR 2015

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The Publisher’s Note

This News Letter will reach you on the first of every month. Hence the news from your houses, institutions and centers are eagerly awaited before the 25th of the every previous month.  We look forward to your generous and prompt cooperation in this regard.

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Published by the Provincial Dept. of Social Communication, Rajkot.

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