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The month of June is dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This devotion is popular among us. Some years ago people had devotion to the nine consecutive First Fridays of the month. People used to go for Mass make confession and receive reunion as a reparation of our sins and sins of the world. The protagonists of this devotion are St Margaret Aloquoque lived in 17 Century and a Jesuit Priest Blessed Claude De Columbier. He was the spiritual director of St Margaret, a nun of the Visitation Convent in Pare Le Monial in France. She had several apparitions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through her and her spiritual director, the message reached the Church to establish a solemn feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Friday after the Corpus Christi feast.

Since so many devotions are propagated now, this devotion seems to get less importance. The origin of this devotion is found in the 19 Chapter of St John. He was present when the side of Jesus was pierced by a soldier and there came out blood and water. Lifted high on the cross Christ gave His life for us, so much did He love us, from His wounded side, flowed blood and water, fountain of sacramental life in the church. To His open heart the Saviour invites all to draw water in joy from the springs of Salvation.

There is a chaplet of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many a home where there are senior members, family recites this chaplet. The prayer is based on the call of Jesus to Himself. “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly of heart and you will find your rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Mt.11:28-30). In the chaplet we pray this: Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thin. Let us promote and foster this devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please encourage and exhort the faithful to attend the mass on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 8 June. If it is convenient for the people, please keep the Blessed Sacrament exposed for the adoration. These may appear to be small things but they go a long way to build up our faith.

On 21 June, I will be celebrating my feast and birthday. Please pray for me. I shall be celebrating the mass in the Cathedral at 7 a.m. Those who are able to spare morning time please join me at mass to thank the Lord.

We have a new government in our state. Let us keep good relationship with the Government and participate and cooperate in all the good the government does for the people. The elected representatives are our representatives. Let us remain always in contact with them to get maximum help to our institutions and our people.
Schools and colleges are already begun. We are happy that all the people in this district are literates. It is our desire that every child should study up to Std. XII or the equivalent. Many parishes have created fund for education, besides there is KCWA. Please disburse the interest to the needy and clever children. We have few parishes where not even the interest had been disbursed to the students. Before sending them with your letter to the CODP or Bishop or Schools and Colleges, please see that they have availed all facilities and scholarships from the Government and local NGOs. Ample information has been given to the students by the CODP and school authorities.

On 13 June St Anthony’s Poor Homes will inaugurate 120 years of is foundation at the Ashram. Let us support this Poor Home.

We will be celebrating feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Antony of Padua, St Aloysius Gonzaga, St John the Baptist and St Peter & Paul.

Please announce these feasts for the faithful so that they may attend the mass on those days.
I have raised the following Chapels to the status of Quasi Parishes and Parishes
1.Komangala – Rev. Francis Rodrigues the administrator (Parish Priest, Vorkady)
2.Pavur Ulia – Rev. Gerald Lobo OFM Cap. Parish Priest (i/c) Superior, Farangipet
3.Bovikanam – Rev. Stanyslaus D’Souza SAC is the administrator (Palottine)

New Parishes
1.Lawrencenagar, Permude – Parish Priest: Rev. Fr Melwyn Fernandes OP
2.Delanthabettu – Parish Priest, Rev Lancy Joel Saldanha
3.Manjotti – Parish Priest: Rev. Jason Monis
4.Nellyady – Parish Priest: Rev. Vincent D’Souza (Jr)

With the above new additions our eccl. units number has come to 124. We are pleased with the enthusiasm of the people of each unit and their sacrifices to put up the churches and residence of priests. I congratulate the administrators and parish priests of these units by having a church close by to the faithful. Many good things will happen – catechism to the children, guidance to the youth, facility of daily mass and for any spiritual emergencies; the immediate priest’s presence to assist the sick and the dying and for total progress of the people. With these the faith of the people will be strengthened. May the Saints and Patrons to whom these units are dedicated may intercede for the priests and the faithful. We thank the Parish Priests of the respective Chapels for taking care of the faithful and raising them to the higher status.

May God bless you and keep you. Please pray for me.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore

 

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