Third December is a memorable day in my life. I will be celebrating 50 years as a priest. Please join me in thanking the Lord for the gift of priesthood and 50 years of priestly ministry. As a priest, I spent my entire life for the Diocese of Mangalore in your company serving the people of God in this Diocese. I have all joys in my life while recounting the years that I have spent. I thank you sincerely for your love, concern and cooperation during these 50 years. I will offer the thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral on 3 December 2016 at 9.30 a.m. Kindly join me for concelebration to thank the Lord.

On the 3 December we celebrate the feast of St Francis Xavier, the Patron of the missions and missionaries. Let us pray to the great Saint to pray for us in a special manner in our missionary venture in Same, Africa.

The year 2017 is dedicated to Small Christian Communities in Mangalore Diocese. The inauguration of the year will take place on 8 January 2017. The programmes of the year will be announced to you later by the office of the Small Christian Communities of the Diocese. On 8 January 2017 is the day of the annual Diocesan Eucharistic procession. I strongly recommend to you to announce to the people to attend the procession in big numbers. It depends on the Parish Priests to motivate the faithful to attend the Eucharistic Procession. This celebration is the public demonstration of our faith and a worship to the Lord in the Eucharist. We notice that the number of people attending this procession is coming down. I consider it due to lack of motivation on our part to our people. The attendance of the people for the closing of the year of mercy was not satisfactory. I earnestly hope that due to your effort more people will take part in the procession. The mass will take place at Milagres Church at 3.30 p.m. Those who would attend the mass should be present on time. More instructions will be given to you in the Internos of January 2017.

We have started the Holy Season; of Advent. Let us make a good spiritual preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Please go through the ORDO regarding the liturgical instructions during the advent season. I thank everyone of you for your participation in the two days programme of the conclusion of the Special Jubilee of Mercy. I thank the seminary staff to have organized the clergy retreat II Batch. The seminarians of the Diocese of Mangalore will have the Christmas Vacation. They are instructed to be in the parish with their families and to be at the service of the Parish Priest. Please make use of their services in the Christmas celebrations. They are not permitted to go out of the Diocese without the Bishop’s permission and information to the Parish Priest. They are expected to attend daily mass and other spiritual exercises in the parishes. The Parish Priests and the parish clergy are requested to guide the students during the vacation. They have only one month of vacation in summer season, they should be in the parish for Christmas holidays. Please organize altar boys and other sodalities get together with the help of the Brothers.

I wish you a merry Christmas and blessed New Year 2017. May Jesus, the Prince of peace bless us all with peace and happiness during this season. Please convey my Christmas greetings to all your parishioners. May God bless you.

+ Aloysius Paul D’Souza
Bishop of Mangalore

 

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