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First of May is dedicated to St Joseph the Worker and is held as Workers’ Day all over the world. Let us earnestly pray to St Joseph the Worker to bless all the workers specially our own parishioners who are employed in India and abroad and those people who are doing manual labour. Let us pray for them and also try our best through the Small Christian Communities in the parish to help them to live in good human conditions, with dignity.

This month is dedicated to our Lady. The world is prepared to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. The message of Fatima was to revive the prayer and penance in reparation of our sins and sins of the whole world. She expressed her desire that the whole world to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A Diocesan centenary celebration will be held on the 13 May 2017 at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Thannirbavi. I hereby give a call to all the faithful of our Diocese who love Mary and devoted to her to participate in the celebrations. Before reaching the church at a short distance there will be a procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the church grounds. This is followed by Mass and the consecration of the world, our Diocese and our families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Let this celebration bring back to our mind the age old traditional family prayer the Rosary. The Rosary devotion has worked wonders in our life and those who recite this family prayer. I request the Parish Priests to promote this devotion particularly during this month.

Rev. Fr Francis D’Souza is the Diocesan Director of the World Fatima apostolate. The committee and Parish Priest of Thannirbavi has made all arrangements for the pilgrims who will come for the celebration at Thannirbavi. During this centenary year, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was moving round from parish to parish. This has given a boost to our devotion to Mother Mary. I thank all of you who have cooperated in receiving the statue holding Rosary devotion and conveying to the neighbouring parish. I once again cordially invite you to the finale in Thannirbavi.

On the 15th of May I shall be celebrating the anniversary of my Episcopal ordination. I will be celebrating the mass at St Antony’s Poor Homes at 7.30 a.m. You are welcome to join me in the concelebration and a breakfast thereafter. I request you to pray for my pastoral work. I too pray for you.

May God bless you. May Our Lady of Fatima intercede on our behalf to keep up the sanctity of the family life.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
 Bishop of Mangalore

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