1. The first of May is dedicated to St Joseph the Worker and held as workers day all over the world. We pray to St Joseph to bless all the workers in the world. We remember the workers who are employed in the unorganised sector. They earn on daily basis having no security and any future benefits. Their children suffer in hygiene and education. They are mostly migrants. I wish that many social service agencies work for such people and help them in their difficult situation. If such people are found in our parishes, I wish our various associations help them to resolve their problem. We have a labour commission for them.

2. There will be panchayath elections soon. I know lot of efforts are being made to bring about the awareness among the people to exercise their right to vote and come forward to be the candidates to the members of the panchayath. We need to represent in the panchayaths and work for the welfare of the society. In this regard V. Rev. Fr J. B. Crasta and the Civic Awareness committee of the Diocesan Pastoral Parishad has been at work. If there are any difficulties regarding the elections etc, please contact V. Rev. Fr J. B. Crasta.

3. The month of May is dedicated to Mother Mary. Let us keep up the Marian devotions and promote daily family Rosary. Please keep on reminding the people, of the need of family prayer when all members are at home. Whatever devotions are kept in the church, I request the Priests to be present, give a lead by encouraging the people.

4. 15 May is my Episcopal Ordination anniversary. I will be celebrating a thanksgiving Mass in our Cathedral Church at 7 a.m. I invite all Rev. Fathers and religious to participate in the Mass and pray for me. After the Mass there will be breakfast for the clergy and religious in the church hall. Please inform the people about this Mass and encourage people to participate in the Mass and pray for me.

5. As I informed you in April, Bl. Mary Baouardy, a Carmelite nun who lived in Mangalore for two years, will be canonised on 17 May 2015. I will be celebrating a thanksgiving Mass in the Sacred Heart Monastery, Cloistered Carmel, Kankanady, Mangaluru. You are welcome to concelebrate with me in the Mass at 4.30 p.m. After the mass there will be a light and sound programme in the Fr Muller Entrance grounds, Kankanady. I request you to ring the joyful bells at 4.30 p.m. on 17 May in all our parishes in the Diocese.

6. On 24 May we shall celebrate the feast of the Pentecost. In preparation to the feast, I request all the parishes to conduct the Novena to the Holy Spirit. I would appreciate very much if you are able to supply prayer to the families which could be recited during the family prayer everyday as a good preparation for the solemn feast. We need special protection and strength of the Holy Spirit to withstand the persecutions against the Christian faith. Apart from this there are persecutions of the innocent people especially in the Asian countries. Let us pray for peace among people. May the Holy Spirit inspire the people to give up terrorism and persecution of people. At this moment we remember the sad incidents that tookplace at Agra vandalising the churches there. We condemn the heinous act and urge the Government to take steps to stop such anti communal acts.

7. We are extremely sad to hear the disastrous news of the destruction of life and property of thousands of people who succumbed to the earthquake in Nepal specially in Katmandu. The international community has come forward to help the people who succumbed to this tragedy. We catholic community are extremely sorry and grief stricken at this sad situation. We pray for the people of Nepal. During the masses and family prayers, let us pray earnestly to the Lord to spare them and spare all of us from the earthquakes and pestilence. I request the prayer groups and the adorers to fast and pray before the Lord in the Sacrament for the suffering people due to earthquake. On 10 May 2015, the collections during the masses will be for the relief of the people of Nepal. Please announce to your people to be generous for this cause. Please send the collections to the Procurator immediately, so that it will be sent to the agencies looking after the relief works.

The Rev. Fathers are requested to encourage students who have completed Std X and above to join for Mangalore Diocese. Kindly direct the graduates if any to contact the Vocation Director Fr Vincent Lobo immediately.

I invoke God’s blessings upon you.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore

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