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RIP: Sr Rita of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Chicalim Carmel)
Sr. Rita Lobo, was born in Mumbai, on 27th January, 1930, of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew & Amy Lobo. She grew up in Pune and at the age of 18 joined the Discalced Carmelite Sisters in Bangalore. A few years later she was sent to aid the newly founded Carmelite Convent in Chicalim, Goa, which she did generously, offering herself in the manual work and in obtaining substantial financial help, through her correspondence abroad. She was also gifted with a musical ear and composed, sang and played classical organ, for the delight of all. She was known for her hearty laughter, which resounded near and far during the recreation periods! Towards the end of her life she was bed-ridden for about two years, slowly losing the power of expressing herself, but retaining a lucid mind, till a few days before her death. She however accepted all her sicknesses calmly, rarely complaining. Even the nurses dealing with her during her hospitalizations, remarked that it was a pleasure to take care of such a sweetly responsive patient. Before the loss of her speech, she would frequently shower her “Thank Yous”, on the Sr. Infirmarian and other sisters who looked after her at home, or on anyone who happened to lend her some service. Toward the end she developed a severe urinary tract infection, bronchial pneumonia and finally septicemia. She passed away peacefully in the morning of 15th May at around 7.00am. May her soul rest in peace.

BIRTH; 27-01-1930
DEATH; 15-05-2017

On the 13th of May 2017, in commemoration of the Centenary celebrations of our Lady of Fatima, Fr. Peter Rebello OCD and Fr. Boniface D'Sousa OCD unveiled a Marian Grotto at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Actonville, Benoni, South Africa. The parishioners of St. Joseph's Catholic Church would like to thank Fr. Boniface D'Sousa for his time at thisParish and his perseverance in building this Grotto as a beautiful tribute to Our Mother Mary.
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Our Lady of Fatima Statue arrives at Bajjodi
The Diocesan Unit of the Fatima Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima is holding the "Centenary Celebrations of the Apparitions" in 2017. Mother Mary – Our Lady of Fatima appeared on 13 May 1917 at Fatima. The church very much recommends us to revive once again our devotion to our Lady to fulfill the request she had made to the whole world through the three children of Fatima. The messages are very much relevant to our times. As a part of the preparation for the centenary celebrations, the statue of the Lady of Fatima blessed and brought from the place of apparitions in Fatima, is being taken to every church of the Diocese for devotion and prayer. On 17th April, the Statue of the Lady of Fatima was brought in procession from Cordel Church to our Church. A large number of devotees were present to receive our Heavenly Mother. A prayer service was conducted by Rev Fr Shabas Crasta. Fr. Ivan Madtha gave a talk on the apparitions of our Lady of Fatima and celebrated the mass. Parish Priest thanked the Cordel Parish Priest and the Parishioners.
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FR. CHARLES SERRAO OCD, re-elected as the Provincial Superior of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelites.
The 13 Provincial Chapter of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka-Goa Province has re-elected Rev. Fr Charles Serrao as the Provincial Superior for the next triennium (2017 – 2020). Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, OCD was born on 26 August, 1950 at Vamadapav, Diocese of Mangaluru. He made his first religious profession on March 19, 1971 and was ordained a priest on December 23, 1978. After the formation of the Karnataka-Goa Province in 1981, he held the offices of Director of the Aspirants at the Vocation Home - Mangaluru, Master of Theology Students - Mangaluru, Vocation Promoter and Provincial Councillor. He obtained a Licentiate in Psychology and Pedagogy from Salesian Pontifical University in Rome and a Diploma of Specialization in Consecrated Life at ‘Claretianum’, an Institute of Theology for Religious Life, in Rome. He also, holds a Diploma in Human Growth and Development Relationships, Spiritual Counselling Skills, Community Living from the Institute of St Anselm, London.
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New website for Guardian Angel Parish, Vancouver, Canada
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Children showcased their multifarious talents at Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 22nd: About 100 children who had come for the three day summer camp showcased their multifarious talents on Saturday April 22nd at Infant Mary Church hall. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta welcomed everyone. Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto were present for the programe. This programe was exclusively by the children who participated in this one week camp bajjodi. They exhibited their talents in singing, dancing and skit. There were three fields in which they had been trained in the last one week. These 3days learning was presented in the form of a performance on the final day. All the parishioners remained till the end enjoyed the cultural programe. It was really a super performance by the children.
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The Lord is truly risen !!! : Easter Vigil @ Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru
The celebration of the Easter Vigil which is known as the Mother of all Vigils, commenced at 9:30 p.m. on April 15, 2017 at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. The blessing of the Light began outside the Shrine which was conducted by Fr. Vijay D' Costa, the main celebrant. After which the Paschal candle, which symbolizes the light of Christ, was lit from the new fire. The faithful then joined in procession towards the main sanctuary. The Exultet – the Easter Song was sung by Fr. John Lobo. As the Gloria was sung, the lights were turned off, the bells began to ring and the statue of the risen Christ which was placed in the decorated tomb was exposed to the faithful amidst sound and light effect. Thus it was proclaimed to the faithful saying – “The Lord has truly Risen, Alleluia”. 
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100 Children Enroll for “Konkani Bhurgyanlem Shibir -2017 at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, Apr 17: The inaugural function of three days ‘Konkani Bhurgyanlem Shibir 20171’ jointly organized by Infant Mary Church and Mand Sobhan, Mangalore, was held on Monday April 17 at Infant Mary Church hall. The Programe began with a Prayer song by ICYM members. Fr.Ivan D’souza welcomed everyone. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta inaugurated the camp by lighting the lamp and blessing the Children. Mandd Sobhan Gurkar Eric Ozario, Vice President Mr. Joseph Mascarenhas, Secretary Mrs. Irene Pinto, ICYM Secretary Clerita Lobo were also present on the dais. Soon after the inauguration children were divided in two groups. ICYM conducted games, songs and dance for the small Children. Mandd sobhan Gurkar and team trained the other group. This event is an in-house training camp in Konkani, singing, dance and acting for the children in the age group of 10 to 16. It will end on Wednesday April 19th. Fr.Ivan D’souza compered the programe.
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Way of Cross through the streets of Actonville, Johannesburg
St. Joseph's Church Actonville(South Africa) organised stations of the cross on Good Friday through the city roads. People walked more than 6km carrying the crosses and posters with a message against all the social evils. Meaningful reflections were written by the people of different zones and by different groups of the parish.

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Good Friday – an expression of unconditional ‘LOVE’
April 14, 2017 –Good Friday, the Holy Mother the Church commemorated the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. On this Holy day, a meaningful enacted way of the cross was organized at the Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. At 8-30 am the devotion commenced and was attended by large number of faithful of the vicinity. The Philosophy brothers under the guidance of Frs Oswald Crasta and Vijay D’ Costa made known to the faithful, the sufferings of Jesus through an enactment which lasted almost 100 minutes. This became an occasion to know in reality what Jesus did on Mount Calvary, the ultimate sacrifice of his life for the love of mankind. The passion liturgy was at 5-00 p.m. which was presided over by Fr Joseph Pinto along with other community friars.
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Easter Celebration at Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 16th: The Easter Celebration here at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi commenced at 7 pm with the blessing of the new fire by Fr. Ivan D’souza.. The Easter Candle was lit and carried to the Altar calling on people to walk in the light of Risen Christ. The congregation lit candles signifying the victory of light over darkness and there by enlightenment. Fr. Ivan D’souza sang the Exultes - the Easter Hymn. Fr. Shabas was the main Celebrant. Fr. Peter D’souza & Fr.Ivan D’souza concelebrated the Eucharist. Seven readings from the Sacred Scriptures gave a glimpse of the salvation story of Israel and mankind in general. As the Gloria resounded in the air the image of Risen Jesus got unveiled.
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Good Friday observed at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi
Bajjodi April 14th:Good Friday service was observed at Infant Mary Church bajjodi with devotion. The service was held at 5pm. Parishioners in large number participated in the service. Passion of Christ, reciting of prayers, unveiling and veneration of the Cross and communion service was held. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta broke the Word of God. He spoke about the “Importance of the Cross and Sufferings”. Finally he said that if we forgive and put love in our sufferings only than we come out victorious. The faithful participated in the service with devotion and venerated the Cross.
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Way of the Cross draws huge crowd at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, April 14th: A day to reflect on the Lord’s Passion and his love for us. To help the faithful reflect on the Lord’s Passion a beautiful and creative Way of the Cross was held at the streets of Bajjodi. It started with the opening prayer by Fr. Ivan D’souza followed by the way of the Cross on the church premises and the streets of Bajjodi.
It was not the traditional one, but highlighted different aspects of passions of Christ. It focused on our family life, social issues. Parishioners participated in the way of the cross and reflected on the passion of our Lord. At the end, Fr. Ivan D’souza proposed vote of thanks. It was indeed a meaningful way of the cross.
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Palm/Passion Sunday @ Pushpashrama
On April 9, 2017, the Carmelites along with the faithful of the vicinity celebrated the Palm Sunday at Infant Jesus Shrine, Pushpashrama, Mysuru. Palm Sunday is the day where we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a week before His resurrection. As Jesus entered the holy city, He neared the culmination of a long journey toward Golgotha and there he offers his life for the salvation of the humanity. Palm Sunday marked the start of what is often called “Passion Week,” the final seven days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Palm Sunday was the “beginning of the end” of Jesus’ work on earth. The celebration commenced at 8-00 am with the blessing of the palm branches at the entrance of Pushpashrama, which was followed by the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Alfred Menezes, Rector along with the community friars.
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Palm Sunday Celebration with devotion at Bajjodi
Bajjodi, 9th Apri 2017: Palm Sunday was celebrated at Infant Mary Church on April 9th.The blessing of the Palms ceremony was held near Opus Spiritus Sancti convent. Parish Priest Fr. Shabas Crasta along with Asst. Priest Fr. Ivan D’souza blessed the palms and distributed to the faithful. Devotees with palm leaves took part in the procession singing hymns and reciting prayers to commemorate Christ’s passion and death. After the procession solemn Mass was celebrated in remembrance of the passion of Christ. Palm Sunday is also known as the Passion Sunday. The Palm Sunday is celebrated in two parts. In the first part of the service, we remember the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem acclaimed by all the people. The procession started from Bethany, the village of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and ended in the Temple of Jerusalem. During the second part of the service in the church, the people read and reflect the passion and death of Jesus.
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Pentecost at Aloysius Parish, Kitchener!
Here again St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada had a privilege of hosting the Confirmation ceremony with Bishop Daniel Miehm (the auxiliary bishop of Hamilton Diocese) who is appointed as bishop of Peterborough Diocese. At the Solemn Mass presided over by the Bishop and concelebrated by four priests, 62 students received the sacrament of Confirmation. In his homily, Bishop Miehm emphasized on the visible and invisible sign of the sacrament. The Chrism Oil with all its fragrance on their foreheads will absorb and dry out but the candidates will remain as visible signs involving themselves in doing the good works of the Holy Spirit. The mass was quite well attended and it was good to see the church was packed.
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New Media app by Fr Rudolf V D’Souza
Here is the latest progress of my website on Carmelite Spirituality and Catholic Theology. This website and app will carry daily Gospel reflections, videos, YouTube videos of homilies, articles, and meditation and prayer reflections. You will find the podcast, facebook, and website below.

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The Convocation ceremony at Dhyanavana took place on the 19th of March, at 6:00 pm. Fifty Seven sisters who completed their course this year received the Diplomas and Certificates. Prof. A. John Siluvai a renowned professor at St. Philomena’s (autonomous) College, Mysore, both in English and French, gave the key-note address. He dealt on the theme “A call to the Religious to Confront the Challenges of Today.” Most Rev. Dr. Anthony Kariyil, CM, Bishop of Mandya, awarded the diplomas and certificates to the sisters and spoke how like Jesus we have to grow in age, knowledge, wisdom and grace with God and neighbors. V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, OCD, Provincial of Karnataka-Goa presided over the function, released the Dhyanavana Annual and spoke on spirituality of worldliness and difference between spirituality and spiritual exercises.
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February 19th, 2017 will go down in the history of Carmelites in India as a memorable day, because their long-cherished dream to have a Church in Gujarat was finally fulfilled, with the inauguration of the Infant Jesus Church, Gorwa in the Diocese of Baroda. It was in November 2004 that the first Carmelite priest of the Karnataka-Goa Province, Fr Alwyn Aranha arrived in Baroda, with a vision to establish the Carmelite presence in Gujarat, and now, it has finally been accomplished. The day began with the faithful of the parish gathered at the Church premises at 8:30 am in their traditional attire. They lined the road leading to the Church, to welcome the dignitaries – His Grace Archbishop Thomas Macwan, Archbishop of Gandhinagar, His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Stanislaus Fernandes, Apostolic Administrator of Baroda, and Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites. The liturgy began at 9:30 am with the priests walking in procession to the main entrance of the Church where the whole congregation had already gathered. After the initial greeting by Archbishop Thomas, Rev. Fr Charles cut the ribbon and opened the main doors. The Archbishops, followed by the priests and the congregation, solemnly entered the new Church in procession.
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A gathering of Carmelite Priests from all over the country ordained 5 years ago, was held under the auspices of the Inter-Provincial Conference of India (IPCI) from 20-25 February, 2017 at Lar de Sta Terezinha, Margao, Goa. The participants included:
Manjummel (8 friars)
Malabar (3 friars)
Tamil Nadu (4 friars)
S. Kerala (4 friars)
Andhra Pradesh (3 friars)
Regional Vicariate of W. Bengal (1 friar)
Karnataka-Goa (9)
TOTA : 32 friars
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Feb. 25th 2017 was indeed an auspicious day for the Carmelites of the Vicariate of Tanzania and for the Karnataka Goa Province. On this gracious day Deacon Raymond Sangu OCD the 8th Tanzanian native was raised to the Order of Priesthood by his Grace Rev Josephat Louis Lebulu in Holy Family Parish, Njiro Arusha. Around 30 priests concelebrated and it was for the first time all the local Tanzanian Carmelite priests were present. The Sacred Liturgy was well organized by the Parish priests and the Vocation Director of the Diocese of Arusha. After the Eucharistic celebration short felicitation was organized by the Parish to congratulate the newly ordained. Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues, the Regional Vicar proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the Carmelites to all those who helped to make this day a memorable one.
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A Spiritual Book by Carmelite Brother Released.
JINNECHI PORGOTTNNI (Proclaimation of Life) a konkani spiritual book written by Carmelite Brother John Malvino Alfonso released at the hands of Fr. Manuel Gomes, visiting Professor at the Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol and Parish Priest, St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Borim at Borim. This book includes reflections on Beatitudes, Prayer and Spiritual direction as a means to strengthen the spiritual life of the Laity. Tips for mental prayer and suggestions for spiritual direction are given in the Appendix. This book is a fruit of writer’s five years Lenten retreat reflections on the theme Beatitudes and Prayer. This book is published by Dhyanavana Publications of the Carmelites. This is the fifth book of the writer. Other four includes SUKHI JINN(2006), JINNECHI VATT(2009), JINNECHEA SOM’DIRANT (2012) and JINNECHE DHAGE (2016). He also received awards for his book JINNECHI VATT from Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK), Goa Konknni Academy (GKA) and Konknni Bhasha Mandal(KBM)
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Stations of the Cross statues
Dear Friends,
This is to share the joy of the arrival of the Stations of the Cross statues from the USA (Dallas) and we have unpacked them and kept in our barn. When the winter is over we install them from the Monastery to Mountain top with a beautiful trail for the use of the faithful who will visit our Monastery. We are immensely grateful to Helen and her company and those involved in making this dream come true.
Thanking you

Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD
Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society
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Infant Jesus Feast @ Tapovana
After 9 days of preparation with the reflection on the 10 commandments, the feast was solemnised on Sunday, 5th of February 2017 with the concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Jerome Moras the provincial councilor with the theme: JOY OF LOVE IN THE FAMILIES (Amoris Laetitia). It was followed by a procession with the statue of Infant Jesus around the monastery and anointing the devotees with the Holy Oil. Breakfast was sponsored by a family to which Tapovana added the flavour of Coorg Coffee grown in the campus. Calendars of the Infant Jesus shrine, Bikarnakatte were distributed to all.
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12 Received First Holy Communion at Londa
LONDA: 12 children received Jesus in Holy Communion for the first time at the Eucharistic celebration held at Holy Family Church, Londa on 29th January 2017. Fr. Venil D'souza, presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Fr. Teo delivered a homily. Delivering a homily, Fr. Teo reflected on the importance of the Holy Eucharist and receiving Jesus in Holy communion. He appealed the little ones, to be like Jesus and give witness to Him. Sr. Lavina B.S. was the commentator for the liturgical celebration while Sr. Priyanka and Sr. Deepa made the liturgical arrangement. All the communicants and parents were included in the liturgy which was prepared by Sr. Lavina and Br. Malvino. Fr. Anthony and Sr. Lavina prepared the communicants for the day.
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Spiritual and Cultural Celebrations Mark Parish Day at Bajjodi
The Parish day was celebrated at Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi on Sunday 29th January-2017. Prior to the formal and cultural celebrations held at the Parish Hall, a thanksgiving Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Charles Serrao- (Provincial- Karnataka Goa Province) along with Fr Dominic Vas-(Director-Dhyanava Spirituality Centre), Fr. Joe Tauro, Fr. Raymond, Fr. Jocy, Fr. Prakash, Fr. Sunil, Fr. Francis, Parish priest Fr. Shabas Crasta and Asst. Priest Fr.Ivan D’souza. Fr. Dominic Vas preached a vibrant sermon on the theme ‘The Good Shepherd’.The programe began with a prayer dance by small Children followed by stage programe. Vice President, Joseph Mascarenhas extended the official welcome to all the dignitaries followed by Secretary Irene Pinto reading the Parish Annual Report of happenings/activities.
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The first step at Mount Carmel School at Kadaganchi!
The Ground Floor of the Mount Carmel School, Carmel Giri, Kadangachi, Kalaburagi was inaugurated on the 26th of January, 2017. Most Rev. Robert Miranda, Bishop of Gulbarga blessed the Crucifix that was unveiled by Rev. Fr Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior. After placing it at the entrance of the school, all venerated the Cross. Then the Provincial unveiled the plaque bearing the name of the Helen Chua Tiampo, the magnanimous sponsor of the project. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza, the regional Superior of the Carmelites of the Canada Region inaugurated the completed building by cutting the ribbon. After a meaningful prayer service, the Bishop blessed the newly constructed building along with Fr Rudolf V. D’Souza.
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Infant Jesus Feast Celebrated at Sadbhavana
Beautiful and colorful flowers adorning the altar, fragrance of the incense, church full of joyful people, melodious singing by the choir, meaningful liturgy, divinely clad the priests of God and the prayerful and heavenly atmosphere told it all. The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated with all solemnity on the 22nd of January at Sadbhavana. Rev. Fr Richard Saldanha OCD officiated the Eucharistic celebration and preached a meaningful and practical homily for the devotees of Infant Jesus of Bengaluru. Carmelite fathers from the Bengaluru region and the capuchin friars concelebrated. After the Eucharist Fr Praveen introduced the Bible Diary before it was released for the Public by the Provincial and Fr Stephen Pereira gave a bird’s eye view of the newly created app ‘Carmel Preran’ and then Fr Provincial inaugurated the app and the devotees were requested to install the app to avail prayers, novenas and daily reflections from the app. After the festive mass all broke the fast arranged outside the chapel and wished one another.
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Mass for the Sick and the Elderly at LONDA
LONDA: Holy Family Church , Londa organised a special Eucharisic celebration for the Sick and the elderly. Fr. Anthony D’souza presided over the Eucharistic celebration and Fr. Teo Fernandes preached the homily. The sick and the elderly were anointed with the Oil for the Sick. An entertainment programme was organised by the Londa Parish Youth after the Eucharistic celebration. Food was served to all.
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Sacrament of Confirmation Administered at LONDA
LONDA: Bishop Peter Machado, Bishop of Belgaum diocese administered the sacrament of Confirmation to 23 youngsters at Holy Family Church, Londa. Delvering a homily on the theme Povitr Atmeachea Bollan, Jezuche Govay zaunk Bhagevont Sebastianv amkam nomuno, Bishop reflected on the life of Jesus in witnessing the Father. “ Be open to the Holy Spirit.” he told the candidates receiving the sacrament. He highlighted the effects of the Sacrament of initiation and the sacrament of Confirmation in particular. Speaking on the importance of the sacrament he said that it roots the recipient more deeply in divine sonship, binds him/her more firmly to Christ and to the Church and gives strength to witness to the Christian faith. Sr. Lizetta B.S. prepared the students for the confirmation. Br. Malvino Alfonso was the commentator for the liturgical rite. Fr. Anthony D’souza, Parish Priest, proposed a vote of thanks.
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Infant Jesus Feast at Koteshwar
The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated on the 19th of January in Carmelite Monastery, Katkere, Koteshwar. Most Rev Francis Serrao, Bishop of Shimoga presided over the Eucharistic Celebration. After the mass ‘Konkani Bible Diary’ and ‘Carmel Preran’ the latest app for the prayers and daily reflections prepared by the Camelites was released. Good number of devotees from near and far participated in the festivity and the three days’ retreat which preceded the festive celebration.
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The community at Pune Carmel grows!
Another flower has bloomed in the Garden of Pune Carmel… and this one is none other than a beautiful ROSE. Miss Lyan Rodrigues was born and grew up in Mumbai. She completed her Graduate and Post Graduate studies in Human Development from Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai. Apart from that she has specialized in Intellectual disabilities by acquiring an M. Ed degree in Special Education- Mental Retardation from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is also the Grand-Niece of Br. Baptist Rodrigues, OCD of Mangalore Monastery. Lyan has aspired to be a Carmelite since childhood. She came for a come and see experience to Pune Carmel in April 2016 for a period of one month. There she felt that Carmel was her home and God was calling her to live a life in deep union with Him.
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(19th - 20th NOVEMBER 2016)

The English OCDS community from Mira Road had set aside 19th and 20th November 2016 to meet up with the Goa OCDS Members who arrived at Anubhav on 19th November at 7 am. A well planned programme was drawn up for the two days. The Provincial Superior, Fr. Charles Serrao, Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Second Provincial Councillor incharge of Spirituality and Fr. Wilfred Rodrigues, the Provincial Delegate of the OCDS graced the occasion. Our very own Spiritual Assistants - Fr. Lancy Mendonca and Fr. Ajith Rodrigues were with us throughout the two days. At the outset Provincial named the Mira road English OCDS Community as ‘St Elizabeth of the Trinity’. We then got down to getting to know each other better through ice-breakers and group activities. We sharpened our Biblical knowledge through the Bible Quiz.
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Pushpashrama honours the Infant Jesus
The annual feast of the Infant Jesus was magnificently celebrated on the 8th of January 2017, on feast of the Epiphany of the Lord at Pushpashrama, Mysore. A three-day spiritual preparation during which holy masses kept alive the devotion of the faithful preceded the solemn occasion. The theme and motto of this year’s annual celebration was: “By this shall people that you are My disciples”. During preceding triduum animated homilies explained to the multi lingual audiences the meaning of true devotion to the Infant Jesus with particular emphasis on the theological virtues, discipleship and on humility.
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“All for You and nothing for me”. Choosing these words of St. John of the Cross our beloved Holy Father, 11 youngsters gladly received the Holy habit of our Order on 14th December 2016. Truly they gave all of theirs to Jesus as they pronounced loudly their vows and there by renounced 3 created goods of life Viz. Marital Life, Material Security and Adult Autonomy. Fr. Provincial who presided over the Solemn Eucharist lauded the brothers’ courage as he preached a moving Homily on the St. John of the Cross’s love for suffering and its relation to 3 vows and their witnessing value today. The tiny sanctuary and the Chapel of Tapovana were too small to contain around 45 con-celebrants and about 180 people. Fr. Arun Lobo steered the well organized liturgy. The Mass and the entire ceremony was celestial and awe-inspiring. It was one more jubilant day for 15 OCDS members who proudly joined hands and hearts to organize the day. The delicious meal with a delicate touch of Philomena’s (Kudige) hands added further pomp to the memorable day.
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New Year get together at Tapovana, Kushalnagar
A Christmas and New Year get together for our non Christian neighbours along with OCDS members, was organised here at Tapovana, Kushalnagar on 27th of December. A Christmas Carol, humour, instrumental music and a skit with a message were performed by the novices while Fr. Jeevan sang a solo, Fr. Wilfy also a solo with two female voices (Meera and Diana OCDS) in the background and Fr. Berchi an action song. Compering, welcoming and coordination was done by the Prior Fr. Wilfy, John Saldanha OCDS gave a message while Ms Jessy from the neighbouring Askham school voluntarily proposed a vote of thanks. Santa Claus and a veg and non veg meals for all were the added attractions this year, the second such programme. The kitchen queen awardee Ms. Kavitha Mohan our kitchen-side neighbour prepared a mouth watery dessert. The expenses were shared by 3 families- Ms Chandrakala, Mr. Mohan and Tapovana.
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On 14th December, 2016, the Feast of St. John of the Cross, 16 candidates from the English OCDS and 11 candidates from Konkani OCDS were vested with the Scapular thus entering into the Novitiate stage of formation. The ceremony took place during the 7 pm mass at St. Joseph Church, Mira Road. It was a concelebrated mass with Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, Provincial Councillor of Spirituality and the OCDS, being the main celebrant. Under the guidance of Fr. Lancy Mendonca, Spiritual Assistant of the English OCDS, and Fr. Joachim Rodrigues of the Konkani OCDS these candidates completed their Aspirancy and were found suitable to enter the Novitiate. The candidates were presented with the Bible and the Constitution of the OCDS during the ceremony. All the Priests blessed the candidates and prayed for them to progress in their spiritual growth in the Novitiate stage of Formation.
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Threshold of New Beginning at Pushpashrama
The threshold of the new beginning at Pushpashrama initiated at 10-45 with the thanksgiving adoration followed by the festal mass at 11-30. The Eucharistic banquet was presided over by Fr John Lobo along with the community friars. Fr Vinod Lobo in his homily enumerated the role of Mary the Mother of God in connection to our dreams in the New Year 2017. The Pushpashrama brothers added spiritual flavor to the new beginning with their scintillating and euphonious choir and liturgy. After the mid night mass all the faithful were given the New Year cake and meantime all of them exchanged the New Year greetings with each other. It was also an occasion to celebrate the birthday of Bros. Shine and Subash on the first day of the year. May this New Year 2017 become the perfect occasion to celebrate love, friendships and all the good things in life; and above all to share the message of the Jesus Christ with each other.
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Word Became flesh at Pushpashrama
December 24, 2016 as the clock crossed number 11 the brothers of Pushpashrama through their angelic voice sang the Christmas carols which enabled the faithful to experience the joy of baby Jesus in the silent moments of the night. The solemn Eucharistic celebration of the Nativity of our Lord initiated at 11-30pm at the beautiful illuminated shrine of the Infant Jesus, Mysore. Fr Vijay D’ Costa, the Shrine pastor presided over the festal mass along with the community friars and Fr Alphonse Britto from Dhyanavana. Fr Oswald Crasta unraveled the mystery of the Incarnation in his inspirational and scriptural homily. The liturgy was evocatively systematized by the brothers of Pushpashrama. 
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Christmas Celebration at Kitchener, Canada!
The Solemn Christmas Masses began at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario with 5pm Children Mass on December 24, 2016. The special attraction of this celebration was the Pageant played by little kids attending Sunday School at our parish. The story of the Nativity was very well enacted after the Gospel reading. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas presided over this solemn Mass. The Church was fully packed with kids and their families. This celebration was followed by the other three masses at 7pm, 9pm and Mid Night and Sunday at 9am and 11am.
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Sadbhavana Day at Pushpashrama
December 25, 2016 on the day of Christmas, the community of Pushpashrama along with the neighbors of the vicinity celebrated the ‘Sadbhavana Day’ at the college auditorium. This was the day to celebrate and to share the joy, peace and love of the Infant Jesus with the non-Christian brethren who lived in and around Ranithota. The day commenced at 4-30pm with the prayer song. Rev Fr Alfred Menezes, rector of Pushpashrama laid a red-carpet welcome to all the neighbors. Fr Vijay D’ Costa, the chief guest in his speech explained the mystery of Incarnation where God is taking the form of a human person to live among the people. At the same time he invited all to experience the peace and love of Jesus in their personal as well as family lives.
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Christmas celebration at Pushpashrama Play Home
December 24, 2016 the community of Pushpashrama, Mysore under the leadership of Fr Joseph Pinto organized a Christmas celebration for the play home kids and their parents. The programme commenced at 11-00 a.m. with the prayer song. Fr Alfred Menezes was the chief guest and Fr Paul Dsouza and Sr Maria, were the guests of honour. Fr Joseph Pinto compeered the entire programme. The Brothers of Pushpashrama through their melodies added Christmas joy to the celebration. The kids were on their toes as they performed a dance and sang rhymes and thus entertained the entire gathering. Fr Alfred Menezes gave a Christmas message and invited all to experience the peace and joy of Jesus in their personal and family lives. He also distributed Christmas gifts to all the play home kids.
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Children Christmas Party 2016! @ St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
The kids attending the Sunday School participated in the Christmas Party held at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on 4th Sunday of Advent, December 18, 2016 following 11am Mass. The celebration was planned and organized by the Sunday School teachers and volunteers led by Mrs. Kim Ansty. The program commenced with opening prayer by Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas. The special attraction of the celebration was a magical show explaining the biblical and church realities performed by the parishioner Mr. Gerard Dietrich. The kids enjoyed the party consisted of delicacies, colorings and the company of SANTA! All because - “Christ the Savior is born!”
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Fraternity at Kitchener-Canada!
The 4th gathering of Carmelite Friars working in the Eastern region of Canada was held on Dec. 12th 2016 at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Fr. Roshan D’Souza, Fr. Rajan D’sa, Fr. Jaison Tellis, Fr. Alfredo, Fr. Mario Fernandes and Fr. Victor Fernandes were present. The meeting took place from 4pm to 5pm. The Friars read and discussed the Constitutions on the Evangelical Self-Denial (no. 42-46) and the Norms (no. 1-9). Thereafter they shared the fellowship dinner served by Kitchener Community.
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Buried in purity!
We here in the Fraser Valley had a challenging weekend with freezing temperatures and snow moving with force for three consecutive days. Reports say, our neighboring Abbotsford and Mission city traffic police had more than 9,000 calls from the public for snow related accidents. We have almost 40 centimeters of snow around our house. Our North Deroche road is not yet cleared of snow hence we cannot move out of the house at least for few days. Our cars and truck are almost buried in the snow. We had to shovel the snow and prepare a pathway to go from our residence to the new monastery and when you walk on this pathway It feels as if we are like the Israelites waking across the Nile on dry ground with the frozen water piled up on the sides!
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Grand 8th Anniversary celebration of NBJ at Carmel Hill
The 8th Anniversary of Konkani monthly, “Naman Ballok Jesu”, was held on Saturday Dec. 10th at Carmel hill. The programe began with a prayer dance presented by the youth of Infant Mary Church, Bajjodi. Welcoming the guests and the gathering, Fr Jocy Siddakatte OCD, pointed out that Naman Ballok Jesu has been able to make its presence due to the tremendous support it received from readers, sponsors and writers. The welcome speech was followed by a power point presentation on the path traversed by Naman Ballok Jesu, the monthly magazine of the Carmelites, in the last eight years. The PPP also gave a brief account of the feedback of eminent personalities on the relevance of this magazine.
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Mega Christmas Carol Singing Competition - ‘Natalam Gitam Gayan Spardo’ -2016
Carmelites along with the Carmel Kutam organized the Konkani Carol Singing Competition ‘Natalam Gitam Gayan Spardo’ -2016 on 11th of December in Sadbhavana Premises. This is for the third time such programme is organized since its dawn in 2014. There was an overwhelming response from all over the city of Bangalore as 90 participants took part in the competition in three sections, viz., children, youth, adults under three categories solo, duet and group singing. The programme began with a prayer dance by the children from Carmel Kutam at 2:30pm. Rev. Fr. Silvestre D’Souza, the provincial councilor, Mr Maxim Lobo, well known columnist in various Konkani Magazine and Ms Ovida Pinto, a budding singer were given the task of choosing the winners by judging their singing quality and stage performance. Ever smiling Mrs Pramila D’Souza compered the programme.
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The annual celebration of the feast of the proto martyrs (first martyrs) of the Discalced Carmelite Order: Bls. Dionysius (Denis) and Redemptus was held on the 29th of November, 2016 at the ruins of our monastery in Old Goa. The Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, along with 17 priests as concelebrants. It can be recalled that in 1619, Fr. Leander of the Annunciation, a native of Burgos in Spain, contacted authorities in Goa for the purpose of making a foundation. Fr. Leander was able without great difficulty to secure temporary license from Don Cristobal de Sa Lisboa, to put up a church and a modest residence, which soon grew into a novitiate community. The Archbishop and Viceroy contributed to the construction of the magnificent church which was inaugurated on 25 April 1620 and completed in 1621.
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Innovative charity
We can reach out to the poor and needy in innumerable ways. A project was approved by an agency and through their intervention the parish community could reach out to twelve families in an innovative way. Five families were given female goats, five were given female piglets and two were given sewing machines. This creative charity scheme will continue as the beneficiaries will return two of the offspring and part of their income in thanksgiving which in turn will be donated to two more families. May the Lord who has begun good work in you continue it eternally.
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Christmas Turkey!
The seniors’ Christmas Dinner 2016 was served at St. Aloysius Parish Hall, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on December 7, Wednesday at 6.00 pm. On this occasion a special Mass was celebrated at 4.30 pm. About 100 people enjoyed the Canadian Turkey Dinner along with varieties of disserts. The hard working Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of the Parish arranged the dinner tables and served the Seniors with the help of Junior Young Adults. It was indeed an opportunity for the parishioners to share the Joy of Christ’s Birth!
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A House to contemplate the glory of God
The second phase of the renovation work at Divine Springs, A Centre for Contemplative Prayer, Youth Animation and Family Life, situated at Xellim, Canacona, Goa saw its completion when V. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao OCD, Provincial of the Discalced Carmelites of Karnataka – Goa province inaugurated and blessed on 2nd December, 2016, at 12-30 PM. The Communities of Madgaon and Mapusa were present for the occasion. Fr. John Sequeira, the superior of the house welcomed the gathering and Fr. Archie Gonsalves reflected on the word of God. Fr. Provincial inaugurating the edifice thanked the community for their strenuous efforts in raising the centre to what it stands today. Fr. John speaking on the occasion expressed his gratefulness to his friends and benefactors who helped him to realize this project and expressed the desire to see its growth to the fullness possible in the near future.
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Altar Server Day celebration at Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church Kempton Park
Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church celebrated Altar Servers Day on the 27th November 2016 at 10:00 am. Mass began at 10:00am with the solemn procession of 27 altar servers of the parish. Fr. Peter Rebello celebrated the Holy Mass and preached a motivational homily based on the life and teaching of St. John Berchmans the patron saint of the altar servers. After the homily the altar servers were officially inducted and blessed. At the end of the celebration, Fr Peter thanked all the parents for their constant motivation and dedication towards their children. After the final blessing, some snacks were distributed. Around 400 people attended the mass.
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The First Sunday of Advent, Nov.27, 2016 was well celebrated at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The Liturgy at 11am Mass was organized by the teaching staff and kids of St. Timothy School, Kitchener, one among the three schools coming under the pastoral care of this parish. About 30-40 kids participated in the children mass. Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Pastor of the Parish, presided over this mass which began by lighting the Advent Candles and preached a meaningful homily on waiting for Lord’s Coming and preparation for the solemn celebration of Christmas. The creativity in homily indeed kept the kids awake! May these kids and their families be blessed by the Lord.
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Workshop for Parents Held at Londa
LONDA: Holy Family Church Londa organised one day workshop for the parents on 27th November, 2016. Br Malvino Alfonso OCD was the resource person for the day. Fr. Anthony D’souza, Parish Priest of Holy Family Church and Superior of Carmel Nivas, Londa welcomed the gathering and explained the importance of the workshop. The resource person focused on the different types of parenting styles and helped the participants to identify their style of parenting. Explaining the different techniques of parenting he stressed on the importance of listening and helped them to refute irrational beliefs. Dealing with various cases in case study session, Br. Alfonso gave practical tips to enrich the parenthood. 
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Province day and Superiors’ meeting in Sadbhavana
All the superiors of our communities in India came together for the meeting on the 22nd of November in Sadbhavana. Fr Ayris Fernandes, a renowned liturgist serving in CCBI Bengaluru was invited to enlighten us on the directives for the celebration of the liturgy. In the evening the Province Day was celebrated with all solemnity to thank God for the blessings he has showered on us through the intercession of our heavenly patroness, St. Teresa of Avila. Fr Provincial presided over the liturgy and Fr Joseph D’Souza Jr broke the word of God meaningfully. After the Eucharistic celebration there was a small cultural programme to wish and felicitate Fr Provicial, the Jubilarians, a Doctor, and B’day Babies. Fr Wilfred Rodrigues compered the programme.
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Confirmation at St Joseph's, Actonville
Eleven candidates received the sacrament of Confirmation from the Auxiliary Bishop Rt. Rev. Duncan Tsoke at St. Joseph's Parish, Actonville on the 20th of November. The closing of the year of mercy was also celebrated along with this event. The bishop was honored on this auspicious occasion as coincidently he was baptized in the same parish.

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First Holy Communion 2016  at St. Joseph's Parish, in Actonville, South Africa
On 13 th of November 33 children received Holy Communion for the first time at St. Joseph's Parish, in Actonville, South Africa

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Young Adults Gather to Search the Deeper Meaning of Life!
The Kitchener-Waterloo young adults gathered at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The gathering took place in the Parish Hall on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Fifteen young adults participated in it. Mr. Joby Puthanveetil, a young adult from Kerala, India, working now in Canada made a presentation of his life’s journey and gave testimony to God’s Providence and His Unfailing Care. In this little way the young adults in the parish try to find the meaning of life and search for the higher good. They gather on two Sundays of the month: one to spend time with the Lord in Adoration and another for a talk and discussion. May God bless them and touch their lives.
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Sr. Piedade Pronounced Her Final Vows
VASCO: Sr. Piedade Mary of the Eucharist, a Cloistered Carmel nun made her final profession by pronouncing her vows of Chastity, poverty and Obedience in the hands of Mother Prioress Sr. Jacinta Mary of the Passion at the Eucharistic celebration held at Cloistered Carmel chapel on 20th November 2016 at Chicalim. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery, Margao presided over the Eucharistic celebration. Delivering the homily at the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD compared religious consecration to the consecration of Jesus on the Cross. “The vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience are the prototype of Jesus who is pure, poor and obedient.” He further said "Recalling the recent event of the canonization of the St. Elizabeth of Trinity, that the Cloistered Carmel Chicalim under the patronage of the Holy Trinity in its unique way has built bridges of spiritual relationships with the clergy, religious and the laity of the Archdiocese." He appealed to the faithful to continue their works of mercy and thereby give witness to Jesus.
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Community gathered for POTLUCK SUPPER!
The second Potluck Supper of the year 2016-17 was held at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6pm. Nearly 30 people gathered in the parish hall bringing their homemade food. Fr. Roshan D’Souza led the community to pray grace before meals. This is an opportunity for the parishioners to gather together and live their unity. All this happens around the banquet tables.
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To Proclaim the WORD and to Share the BODY
The parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada had an opportunity to prepare themselves to proclaim the Word of God effectively and share the Body of Christ devoutly. This happened in the Workshop organized in the parish for Ministers of the Word and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist on November 17, Thursday, 2016 from 7:30-9:00pm. Christina Ronzio, Director of Liturgy in the Diocese of Hamilton was the resource person for this workshop. Quoting the words of the Vatican II document, Sacrosanctum Concilium, she explained in her talk how the people can have active, conscious and full participation in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Theoretically it was based on the doctrines of Catholic Faith and practically developed on the guidelines in the Roman Missal and General Instructions. About 40-50 people including new and old participated in this annual workshop.
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24 Hours of adoration - to experience the mercy of God
24 hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was organized in the parish of Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo, Songea for the first time in the history of the parish. 0n 31st October after the morning mass at 7:30 am Blessed Sacrament was exposed for the public adoration till the morning mass on following day. People took turn according to their small Christian communities. For the night vigil all the pious associations took part. It was a first experience and the as the people exclaimed ‘the best experience.’ People have expressed their desire to have this devotion every year.
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Baptism and Celebration of Patron’s Feast
The third batch of baptism took place in the Parish of St. Martin of Tours Mpandagindo, Songea. A special permission was obtained from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock. It was incorporated into celebration of the Feast of St. Martin of Tours, the Patron of the parish, which was supposed to be on the11th of October. There were novenas in preparation for the feast. Dn Raymond Sangu OCD from Morogoro preached for the novena for five days. Fr. Elius Malale OCD parish priest of Malolo presided over the festive mass.
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Being merciful in the year of mercy! II Batch
57 children were baptized by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the Parish Priest on the 30th October, 2016 during the Sunday mass in the out-station of Kituru of St. Martin of Tours, belonging to the parish of Mpandagindo, Songea. A special permission was obtained from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock.

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Being merciful in the year of mercy!
Being the year of mercy the parish of St. Martin of Tours, Mpandagindo, Songea obtained a special permission from the Bishop to baptize all the children who were born outside the wedlock. 35 children were baptized by Fr. Roshan Pinto, the parish priest on 23rd of October, 2016 in the out-station of Liweta during the Sunday mass.

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The IPCI meeting of all the Provincials in India, was held at the Provincial House, Trivandrum (Malabar province) on 10th of November, 2016. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, the Definitor General was present and shared with us the programmes and plans the Generalate has for the Indian Carmel. It has been almost finalized that the Extraordinary Definitory in 2019 would be held in Old Goa, also to commemorate 400 years of our first foundation in Asia (1620). As announced earlier, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, has been appointed as Executive Secretary of the IPCI from this session.
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Christmas Bazaar!
St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada hosted the Annual Christmas Bazaar on November 12, 2016. It was exceptionally well organized by the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) of the parish working tirelessly. This Bazaar was held in the Parish Hall from 10am to 1pm. Home Baking, Crafts, Tombola, Raffle, Kids Table and Lunch Room were some of the attractions of this Christmas Bazaar. Women were quite occupied as good number of people from vicinity flocked to the Bazaar. Together with the purchase of things, this was an opportunity for the people to be reminded of the First Christmas at Bethlehem. A great number of kids with their families attended and shared the Christmas joy in the company of SANTA.
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Eucharistice Procession at St. Joseph's Church, Actonville
A Eucharistic procession was organised at St. Joseph's Church, Actonville, to mark the year of mercy on Sunday, November 6. It was a unique and first time event that took place in the history of that locality. May the Eucharistic Lord bless them abundantly.

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24 Hours of Adoration in Songea
Our Carmelite fathers along with the Parishoners, organised a 24 hours adoration at St. Martin of Tours Parish , Mpandangindo, Songea, Tanzania from 31-10-2016 to 01-11-2016.

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Blessing of new extension - Our Lady of Loreto Church, South Africa
Indeed it was a great joy for the parish of Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church as the new extension was blessed on the 15th of October. His Grace, archbishop Buti Thaghale OMI archbishop of Johannesburg blessed the new extension. The solemn Eucharistic celebration started at 5:00 pm with Fr Peter Rebello, parish priest and deacon Keith McKenzie in concelebration. Meaningful and devotional liturgy was animated by Chris Perumal. During the mass Mrs Maggie Sauls was inducted as new extraordinary Eucharistic minister. Archbishop in his homily emphasized the importance of prayer in the place of worship so that the people can experience the power of God in their lives. Towards the end of the mass the parish priest thanked the archbishop and faithful for their contribution towards the building and acknowledged the dedicated and committed service of Mr Denzil Pillay and Lawrence McMahon, the project managers and Mrs Pam Brits, the architect. There were 350 people who attended the mass. Archbishop appreciated Fr Peter Rebello OCD, the parish priest for his dedication and commitment in the church and in the diocese. Sweets and snacks were distributed to all the faithful to mark the celebration.
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Here we are to serve
18 children were welcomed into the Alter servers association on Sunday 30th of October during the Mass at St. Joseph's church, in Actonville. Last year they received the First Holy Communion and were under training to serve at the alter for one year.

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How Wonderful! Little Ones come to worship the Lord!
Here again at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada, the little children attended 11am Sunday Mass on October, 30, 2016. The church was almost full of kids and their parents and parishioners. More than 30 kids participated in this Children Mass. The liturgy was led and assisted by the kids from St. Aloysius School, which is very close to the parish. The efforts of Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas and Fr. Roshan D’Souza in training these kids in the school did bear much fruit in the form of participation at the Mass. Fr. Roshan presided over this mass and reached out to the kids through his creative homily on the story of Zacchaeus and Jesus’ love for him, comprised of action song and a little enactment. After the mass the kids had “Trick or Treat” of the Halloween Day. It was indeed an active, full and meaningful celebration!
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Fr Rathan conferred doctorate
University of Wien, Austria conferred Doctorate with Magna cum laude upon Rev. Fr Rathan Nicholas Almeida OCD, on the 25th of October, 2016. His doctoral thesis was “Uniqueness and universality of Jesus Christ revisited: An encounter of Walter Cardinal Kasper’s Spirit Christology with the Indian Theology in the light of ‘Ecclesia in Asia.’ An attempt to focus on and deepen the specialty of Jesus Christ in the context of Religious pluralism in India.” Fr. Rathan hails from Miyar, Mangalore and he is presently serving as the superior of a monastery in Austria. Fr. Rathan, you have made us proud. All the very best for your future.
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Fr. Stany conferred doctorate
Rev. Fr. Stany Rodrigues, a Carmelite friar from our province hailing from Farla, successfully defended his doctoral thesis on “The pastoral care of the family: A necessity for the Church in Tanzania” on the 22nd of October, 2016 and obtained 'Summa Cum Laude’ from St. John Paul II Institutions, Lateran – Rome. Fr. Stany Rodrigues has been serving in our missions in Tanzania. We are very proud of you Fr. Stany. All the best for your future ministry.
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Canonization of St. Elizabeth celebrated in Dhyana Sadhana, Mysore
Dhyana Sadhana, Mysore was in full festive mood on 16th October 2016. The much awaited day had finally arrived as St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, the Patron of the Institute was canonised. Most Rev .Dr. Thomas A. Vazhapilly, Bishop of Mysore, with Rev.Fr. Charles Serrao, the Provincial, 30 priests concelebrated the Eucharist to celebrate the Canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Fr. Sylvester D’Souza peached an inspiring homily on the life and doctrine of the Saint. Dhyana Sadhana in full festive mood. The illumination of the garden was an external sign of the height of sanctity St. Elizabeth has reached. It was heavenly to be there, with Pushpashrama young brothers joining their voices with the Dhyana Sadhna choir to make it angelic, the religious of the diocese joining with their pastor to acclaim our sister Elizabeth a Saint with a message. “I have found heaven on earth, since heaven is God, and God is in my soul.”
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Workshop and Pizza Party
St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON organized a workshop and pizza party to the altar servers on Saturday, October 22, 2016. 15 kids participated in this workshop arranged in the church. Fr. Roshan D’Souza, the associate pastor under the guidance of Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, the pastor of the parish trained the children to serve the mass explaining different parts of the mass and their roles in making the liturgy meaningful. The entire workshop was very practical and the kids were excited. They showed quite a lot of interest and enthusiasm in this training session. The great volunteering work of Mrs. Ann Stuart, Shirley, Mr. Joby and Rosh during this workshop was commendable. At the end of the workshop the kids enjoyed a delicious pizza party.
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The feast of St. Teresa of Avila @ Sadbhavana
The feast of St. Teresa of Avila, patroness of Sadbhavana was celebrated in all solemnity on the 15th of October, 2016. Most. Rev. Antony Kariyil CMI, the Bishop of Mandya presided over the Eucharistic celebration at 6:30 p.m. and preached a thought provoking inspirational homily fitting for the festive occasion. Priests and Religious of neighbouring communities, friends and well-wishers, the core committee of Carmel Kutam, the choir members partook in the joyous celebration. Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao, Provincial Superior, verbalized the feelings of gratitude to one and all. After the mass a sumptuous homemade food was served to all the guests.
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Carmel Fraternity 2016
All the brothers of our province under the banner Carmel Fraternity 2016 gathered together from 8th of October to 11th of October 2016 in Mount Carmel School, Londa. This is for the second time such event is organized in our province. It was held earlier under the title ‘Carmel Fest’ which was changed to ‘Carmel Fraternity’ this year to highlight and savor the fraternity and solidarity of one another – ‘how wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live in unity.’ The brothers belonging to different stages of formation except the novices who joined us in spirit were divided in four groups and the groups were given the name of the Carmelite Saints namely, St. Edith Stein, St. Raphael Kalinowski, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.
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First Communion at Our Lady of Loretto Church, South Africa
It was a day of jubilation and celebration as 32 children of Our Lady of Loretto Church received the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time in their lives. Fr. Peter Rebello presided over the solemn Eucharistic celebration and preached a suitable homily. There were around 250 people who witnessed the celebration. Fr. Peter expressed the sentiments of gratefulness for the selfless service of Mrs Ann Morrow, the catechism coordinator and Mr Mark Morrow and Zacky, the catechism teachers. After the mass some sweets and snacks were provided by the CWL ladies of the parish to share the joy of the children.
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Solemn Profession at Tanzania
The Vicariate of Tanzania along with the Rwanda Burundi Delegation rejoices in the celebration of the Solemn Profession of Bros. Sandeep Kumar and Joseph Ndikuriyo. These two young men committed themselves perpetually through the evangelical vows on the 14th of October, 2016 at Kihonda, Tanzania. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by the Regional Vicar Rev. Fr. Marlon Rodrigues. It was a long-awaited dream in the life of these brothers as they made their perpetual commitment in the hands of the Respective Regional Superiors.
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Br. Sandeep Kumar is ordained Deacon in Tanzania
It was again a day of jubilation for the Vicariate of Tanzania as Bro. Sandeep was ordained Deacon on the 15th of October, 2016. The Bishop of Morogoro Diocese raised him to the Clerical status along with other 23 brothers from other congregations. A short felicitation program was held after the liturgical celebration. This auspicious celebration was witnessed by parents, relatives and good number of religious. We wish them all the very best for their diaconal ministry. Special thanks to their parents for the great sacrifice and inspiration.
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I thank my God whenever I think of you; and every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy…” [Ph. 1:3]
On October 2nd was one of the most beautiful days in the history of St. Peters Church in Mackenzie, Canada. We came together to express our gratitude and acknowledge that each person is a unique gift to one another. A very special celebration and praise to our Lord for bringing many volunteers in our church and community who work tirelessly to build the Kingdom of God. We celebrated by honoring each with much appreciation and thanksgiving. Attending our special day was Bishop Stephen Jensen, and Martha & Allan Primus who complimented our choir.

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St. Elizabeth venerated at the Cloistered Carmel, Bengaluru
Around 200 people attended thanksgiving mass for the canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. 12 priests concelebrated at the mass. Before the Mass there was a 10 mints video presentation on the life St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Thereafter Most Rev. Bernard Moras Archbishop of Bangalore presided over the mass. The picture of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity was blessed and garlanded. Fr. Pascal Koroth from Carmelaram preached the homily. The melodious choir was led by Brothers of the Heralds of the Gospel from Lingarajpuram. Finally vote of thanks was given by Fr. Praveen Pinto, OCD. The Archbishop thanked the Cloistered Carmel nuns for their prayer support and Carmelite Priests for their wonderful work in the Archdiocese. After the Mass, tea and snacks were distributed to all the participants.
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Mass for Kids!
As the new School Year began in the first week of September here in Canada, St. Aloysius Parish at Kitchener, ON welcomed kids for first Children Mass of this year on Sunday, 25th September 2016. The Mass at 11am was celebrated by Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas, Pastor of the Parish with creative sermon on the Parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. The kids were taught in a simple way the message about sharing with one another what God has given in abundance. About 30-40 kids participated in this mass together with their parents and grandparents. The Church was full rising up to 250-300 people including our parishioners. The kids from St. Kateri School (one of the three schools belonging to St. Aloysius Parish) welcomed all the people at the entrance with resounding words “Good Morning and welcome to St. Aloysius Church”.
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Come and Dine!
Delicious! Tasty! Wow! The first Potluck Supper of this year was held on 23rd September 2016, Friday at 6pm at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada. Nearly 30-40 parishioners participated in this Potluck Supper. The Parish Hall was looking gorgeous with the tables of Bread & Cheese, Mains, Salads and Desserts. The Pastor, Fr. Jerome welcomed everyone and prayed grace before meals. People gather for the potluck supper in the Parish Hall at least 4-5 times a year bringing their own homemade food. It is a time to share and unite.
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Let the little children come to me…
The Sunday School at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada, began on 18th September 2016. The Pastor of the Parish, Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas celebrated the Mass at 11 am and invoked the blessing of Almighty God on all the kids who came forward to attend the Sunday school program. It was attended by 30 kids, a great number to begin with. This is a program that runs over the whole year during 11am mass. The kids are accompanied by the volunteers to the parish hall immediately after a special prayer over kids following the Opening Prayer of the Mass. The readings are proclaimed to them from the Children’s Lectionary and the Word of God is explained through creative teaching and painting. As Jesus sowed the word of God, so do our willing teachers sow in a little way the Good News of Jesus Christ to our little kids. Let the seeds grow and bear fruit in abundance!
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We gave thanks to God…
The Thanksgiving Day 2016 was celebrated at St. Aloysius Parish, Kitchener, ON, Canada on 10th October. The concelebrated Morning Mass was presided over by the Pastor of the Parish, Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas. Deacon David Avila, our parishioner and one of the transitional deacons of the Diocese of Hamilton joined the Eucharistic celebration and proclaimed the Word of God. The Presider of the Mass preached a fitting homily to the occasion and invited a lady composer to sing her piece of music on thanksgiving soon after the homily. It really uplifted our hearts to God in thanksgiving for all his blessings. About 70-80 people participated in this special Thanksgiving Mass. This day is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day all over Canada being together with family, having a big Turkey Dinner and giving thanks to God for the produce and fruits of the earth.
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This website was launched in 2006 during the silver jubilee celebrations of the Karnataka-Goa Province of the Discalced Carmelite Order.

The ancient Carmelites founded in the thirteenth century were reformed in the sixteenth by two great doctors of the church, Saints Teresa and John of the Cross. These spiritual geniuses, while re-enforcing the contemplative dimension of the Carmelites, inserted a decidedly apostolic thrust into their spirituality, with special emphasis on the missions.

During the seventeenth century, we find Carmelite missionaries in several pockets along the west coast of the Indian sub-continent : Surat, Diu, Goa, Verapoly. In the eighteenth, Carmelites were appointed vicars apostolic of "the Great Mogul" and Verapoly. They are invited to attend to the pastoral needs of the Catholics in Mumbai. In the nineteenth century, the sees of Mangalore and Quilon were entrusted to the sons of St. Teresa.

Finally, in the twentieth century, the Discalced Carmelites opened their doors to Indian natives, who would henceforth draw more freely from the rich spiritual treasures of Sts. Teresa, John of the Cross, and other Carmelite interreters of the Good News of Jesus.

As Indian vocations multiplied, more and more foundations were made, and grouped into "provinces". Today among more than thirty provinces world-wide, there are five Indian provinces . One of these is the Karnataka-Goa province.

The aim of this web-site is, primarily to acquaint readers with Carmelite history and tradition; to share the spiritual insights of the great Carmelite saints and also give glimpses of the life within the province to all our associates. Articles of topical interest have also been included.




Rev. Fr. Charles


Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza
I Councillor

Rev. Fr. Ronald

II Councillor

Rev. Fr. Oswald

III Councillor

Rev. Fr. Clifford

IV Councillor

Rev. Fr. Sylvestre

Provincial Secretary

We invite you to begin the day with poetic reflections on the day's Gospel composed by our Friar,

Rev. Fr. Paul D'Souza, OCD
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THE WAY LESS TRAVELLED, by Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Dhyanavana Publications, Bangalore 2015, pp. xi + 199.

The new book The Way Less Travelled, is the 31st literary product of Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD. This compendium of 26 articles is a commentary on the Way of Perfection of St. Teresa of Avila, published by the Dhyanavana Publications of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Karnataka Goa Province (India). The Way Less Travelled is reader friendly that summarizes the doctrinal content of the Way of Perfection to make the work of the Saint easily accessible, so that The Way of Perfection may be more often travelled. This book was officially released in India by V. Rev. (Dr) Saverio Cannistra OCD (Superior General of the Discalced Carmelites) during the National Closing ceremony of St Teresa’s V Birth Centenary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni, Tamil Nadu on 3rd of October, 2015 and during the inauguration of our Little Flower Monastery at Fraser Town, Canada on October 15th by Ms. Helen Chua Tiampo, in the presence of Bishops, OCD Friars, Secular Carmelites and a large gathering of friends.

The following homilies have been preached by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD, Parish Priest at Guardian Angels Church, Vancouver Canada.The first three homilies are of his Lenten mission reflections in the parish.

The remaining are Sunday homilies which will be regularly uploaded. All our friends and well-wishers are most welcome to benefit from these reflections.

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You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008

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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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