My dear Brother Priests,


On March 6, we step into the Lenten season. This is a season of grace and spiritual renewal. We ask the crucified Lord to give us a contrite heart in order to mould our life unto His image. May all of us experience the immense love of God poured out for us from the Cross. During this month and the next, wehave some serious work to do for the missionary and pastoral
conversion of our local Church.

1. A Socio-Economic and Pastoral Survey of Mangalore Diocese
During the last few months we have been seriously reflecting on the possibility of having a definite Pastoral Plan for our diocese. During the Senate Meeting on 6 December 2018, the Council of Priests felt the need of undertaking a Socio-Economic and Pastoral Survey of the diocese in order to know the ground reality in the changing circumstances of our times. Accordingly a Survey Coordination Committee was formed and later a few others were co-opted. Thus, we have the following members in the Survey Coordination Committee:

1. Vicar General (Chairperson)
2. Fr J. B. Saldanha (Coordinator)
3. Sr Jenice Mary (Co-opted Member as Adviser)
4. Ms Rita Noronha (Co-opted Member as Expert Consultant for the interpretation of the survey data)
5. Fr Alfred Pinto (Member)
6. Fr Basil Vas (Member)
7. Fr Victor D’Mello (Member)
8. Fr Joseph Martis (Member)
9. Fr Francis Pinto SJ (Co-opted Member as Assistant Adviser)

The Committee has already met several times. Survey tools have been studied and evaluated. The Konkani translation too is ready and it is already in the press.

The objectives of this survey are:
1. To study the personal and family profile of the People of God
2. To identify the concrete facts on their socio-economic and pastoral status
3. To assess the level of their participation in religious and spiritual activities
4. To diagnose the spectrum of the problems faced by them
5. To formulate a pastoral module to be published and implemented in the diocese

Now that the survey tool has been finalized, we will venture into ‘Field Investigators’ Training’ and thereafter we take up survey of the entire diocese. I earnestly request the clergy and the laity of Mangalore diocese to take this survey right earnestness. On the one hand, it will help me in preparing the Quinquennial Report to be submitted to the Holy See and on the other hand, it will facilitate the very orientation of the pastoral plan of the individual parishes and the whole diocese.

Parish Priests are earnestly requested to do the following:
1. Take personal interest in collecting data and guide the field investigators you send to collect data.
2. Attend the ‘Field Investigators’ Training’ which will be organised for you by the Vicar Forane. Make sure that some educated lay persons of your parish attend this training programme so that they, in turn, are in a position to train rest of the ‘Field Investigators’ in your parish.
3. Take necessary steps to conduct the survey during the season of Lent itself.
4. Provide survey results for tabulation by May 15, 2019.

For any clarification, please contact V. Rev. Fr. J.B. Saldanha, Secretary of the Council of Priests.

2. Pastoral Consultation and Chrism Mass: April 9-11, 2019

The Diocesan Pastoral Consultation will be held on 9th (Tuesday), 10th (Wednesday), and 11th (Thursday) of April 2019 at ST JOSEPH’S SEMINARY, JEPPU. The theme proposed is “Joy of the Gospel: Towards Missionary and Pastoral Conversion”.

1. The Consultation will focus on the various aspects of our ministry among the faithful. In addition, we shall discuss on the pastoral problems and challenges.
2. Vicar Foranes are requested to send the deanery proposals at the earliest to the Secretary of the Council of Priests.
3. The Seminary has limited self-contained rooms which will be allotted to senior clergy. Others will be accommodated in the rooms of seminarians. More self-contained rooms, if need be, will be made available in the Pastoral Institute.
4. Pastoral Consultation is also an occasion to show our solidarity as unum Presbyterium. We shall do a soulsearching about the quality of our priestly life and ministry.
Therefore, may I request the entire Presbyterium to attend the Pastoral Consultation without fail.

3. Preparation for the Pastoral Consultation

In order to prepare ourselves well for the consultation, we have organized half-a-day study session in two batches on Evangelii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, which invites us for the missionary and pastoral conversion. The resource Person is Rev. Fr Panneer Selvam, Executive Secretary for the CCBI Commission for Proclamation and Director of National Centre for New Evangelization, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh. The preparation programme will be at the Pastoral Institute, Bajjodi.

Batch I: Date: 2 April 2019:
Time: 8.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
Participants: Episcopal city, Moodbidri, Bantwal, Pezar,
Bela, and Mogarnad Varados

Batch II: Date 3 April 2019:
Time: 8.45 a.m. to 12.45 p.m.
Participants: Mangalore City, Kinnigoli, Permannur,
Puttur, Belthangady, and Suratkal Varados.

Wish you a prayerful time with the Lord in the season of Lent. Seeking your wholehearted cooperation in the Service of the Lord.

+ Peter Paul Saldanha
Bishop of Mangalore

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