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Nov. 28, 2014

On this day, 50 years ago the 38th International Eucharistic Congress was inaugurated with a solemn Mass at the Oval Maidan. As you are aware the Archdiocese of Bombay is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of that event of grace that showcased the spiritual life of the Church in India.

On November 6th, we began with the CIRCLE OF LIFE as the Blessed Sacrament visited the length and breadth of the Archdiocese where the faithful spent hours in adoration. The photographs of the same can be seen on the webpage of the Archdiocese of Bombay.This evening the parishes have been requested to celebrate a special mass where a video message of His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias will be screened.

Tomorrow the Exhibition of the Congress will be inaugurated at the St. Joseph’s Convent in Bandra and will be kept open for viewing from 30th November to 14th December. Do try and join your parish groups or even go as a family for the same.

During the week ahead there are rallies for
Altar Servers (Nov. 30th) at Holy Name Cathedral
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, (Nov. 30th) at St Pauls Parel
Youth (Dec.1st) St John the Evangelist, Marol
and Sacristans, (Dec. 6th) St. Pius College, Goregaon
the Sacraments of Baptism, (Dec. 6th) at 3 centres
First Holy Communion (Dec. 7th) Holy Name Cathedral
Confirmation (Nov. 30th at 5 centres)
and Anointing will be administered. (Deanery wise)

On Tuesday, 2nd Dec. activities in the parish on the Eucharistic theme have been suggested

On Wednesday, 3rd December which is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, a special blood donation drive has been organised at various hospitals, the details of which will be displayed on the Notice Boards of the parishes. This Blood Donation is to symbolise the blood shed by Our Lord which saved us all and our blood donated that can save at least three lives.

On Thursday, 4th is the day when the priests and religious of our Archdiocese will be prayed for specially. There will be a recollection for priests and religious at St. Michael’s Church, Mahim. At the parish level the faithful are requested to pray for priests and religious as they renew their commitment to serve.

On Friday, 5th there will be special Stations of the Cross.The script of the stations is from the original that was used by Blessed Paul the VIth during the Eucharist Congress 50 years ago. Parishes have been asked to reach out through acts of mercy as even the Cardinal and his auxiliaries will be visiting hospitals, the prison and the hospice. The faithful are exhorted to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Sunday 7th Dec, parishes have been asked to drop the Children's Mass and have a Mass for families where the members of the family can renew together their commitment to the Eucharist.

The Jubilee will end on Sunday, 7th December with a solemn Thanksgiving Mass at 5.00 p.m. at Don Bosco’s Ground’s Matunga followed by a cultural programme.

You are requested to pray for the success of these programmes and for the renewal of the Faith in the Archdiocese.

Do make inquiries with your parish regarding the Exhibition at St. Josephs, Bandra as well as the Mass and Cultural programme at Don Boscos.

Let's celebrate the fact that "We are Catholic and we are alive."

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