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Thank you very much, Dear Fathers! God bless you!

Aug. 7, 2016

On August 7, 2016, we celebrate the Feast of St John Marie Vianney, patron of all priests engaged in the pastoral ministry. This is a day when we priests refl ect on the life of our patron, St John Marie Vianney, his love for his people, his attempts to make his parish of Ars a vibrant family of faith, and his dedication to the Sacrament of Penance, spending long hours in the confessional. It is also the day when our lay faithful get an opportunity to express their appreciation, affection and gratitude to our priests. In a particular way, I invite all to pray often for all our priests, those in active service, those retired and for those who have gone to their heavenly home. We must also pray for good vocations.

May I take this occasion to personally thank all the priests in our Archdiocese who are involved in the pastoral ministry. I am doing this on my own and on behalf of the people they serve. I am personally aware of the great dedication, commitment and generosity with which our priests work for our people, in spite of the numerous challenges involved. At this moment, we specially remember our retired priests in the Clergy Home who have spent decades labouring in the Lord’s vineyard with love and single-mindedness. I know how much our people love the priests. I have had many occasions to witness expressions of this. May God through the intercession of St John Marie Vianney inspire us to continue to give our very best in the priestly ministry, and spend ourselves for Christ and His Church.

I also express my sincere gratitude to all those who support the Archdiocesan Seminary and the Clergy Home at Bandra with their prayers and donations. My gratitude goes to the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master, the Administration and the staff of Clergy Home who dedicate themselves in the service of our retired clergy. I thank the Rector and the Staff of St Pius X College who, together with the Poor Sisters of Our Lady, care for our seminarians. It would interest all to know that this year, there have been fifteen new entrants to the Diocesan Seminary, thirteen of whom are for the Archdiocese of Bombay. I was delighted to meet these enthusiastic new entrants into the Seminary recently.

Right through the year, we receive donations from our lay people for the Clergy Home. All donors receive individual 'Thank you' letters and a receipt. I wish to once again thank each one of them for their continued thought and concern for our retired priests. You are constantly remembered in our prayers and the prayers of the Clergy Home fathers.

The collection at all Parish Masses on Vianney Sunday is to be sent to the Archbishop’s House; this goes towards the Archdiocesan Fund for sick and retired priests. Cheques may please be made out in favour of “Archdiocese of Bombay” and sent to our Finance Offi ce by the end of August 2016.

Feast of St John Marie Vianney                          
August 04, 2016                                                  

Oswald Cardinal Gracias
August 04, 2016 Archbishop of Bombay

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