Papiya or Devats

Papiya or Devats as traditional referred to in the East Indian language is a group of 10 to 20 men. The Devats are associated with the parish they belong to. They hold a lighted candle and carry the traditional wooden ...

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QUATREFOIL: The Inspiration of St. Matthew by Caravaggio (1602)

The word ‘Gospel’ represents a record of Christ deeds and His life. It is equivalent to the Greek word‘euangelion’ which translates as ‘good news’. The origins of this word can be traced to the Romans who designated the date ...

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Fake News: It Can’t Be the First of April Every Day!

“Oh my gosh! Is this really true?” 
“This is unbelievable!” 
“Did he (or she) really say this?”
Fake News and How to Spot It.

These thoughts may have crossed your mind when reading a certain article or post, or on ...

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A lie told a thousand times

A lie told a thousand times - By Fr Warner D’Souza

My sister’s friend picked me up at the airport. I will refrain from naming him, but it is sufficient to say that I consider him a gentleman, a ...

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Not Dead, Only Asleep

 The Experience of Luke (a first person account)


As one who belonged to the medical profession,
I had a special interest in death.
As a believer, however,  I began to see more and more
its significance as an event in ...

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We would like to see Jesus

The Experience of Philip (a first person account)


It was nearing the feast of the Passover.
One evening I was approached by two Greeks
with a request, “we would like to see Jesus.”
Together with Andrew I went to tell ...

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Have I lost my reward?


Every odd season of Lent I feel led to fast for all the forty (six) days. It means eating a very light breakfast, a cup of tea for lunch and a frugal vegetarian meal for dinner. Perhaps you might ask ...

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Murmurings of the Spirit within

The experience of Nicodemus: (A first person account)


Though I was a teacher of the Law, a Pharisee. 
I was brought up not to ignore
the Prophets’ and the Wisdom writings,
so necessary to understand the Torah.
The description of ...

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Temple Tantrums

TEMPLE TANTRUMS: ‘Christ cleansing the Temple’ by an unknown Netherlandish artist (1563 – 69); Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn

 We are in the Dutch provinces of the 1500’s. The Dutch Revolt (1568 – 1648) and the Reformation (1517 – 1648) brought a strain ...

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Metanoia - A Journey to the Heart

Conjectures of a modern-day Jeremiah (a first-person

The Covenant made by the LORD with my people
was referred to as the Tables of the Law,
Engraved in stone tablets, it signifi ed permanence.
We were a people on whose ...

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Death and Dying

Undertaking a spiritual journey is in essence
knowing that one will not complete it
if one does so, immersed as we are all in chronological time.
Abram left Haran with no regrets;
the anticipated joy of reaching a land of ...

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From Loneliness to Solitude

The Devil (a first person account

I love to dwell in lonely places
and the desert is one of my favourite haunts.
Strangely it is in apparent loneliness
that I find I am often in good company.
I know very ...

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Christianity: No Hidden Clauses, No Small Print!

Thursday after Ash Wednesday- DT 30:15-20/PS 1:1-2, 3, 4 AND 6/LK 9:22-25

“IF”, says God! These two letters of the alphabet, when put together, make for a deadly combination with far reaching consequences for ...

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The Jerusalem Road Show - Lent 2017

The Experience of Cornelius (a first person account)


I was a Roman Centurion bound by duty to enforce law and order. Contrary to common perception and beneath the façade of sternness I wasn’t prejudiced against the Jews. In ...

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Death as the parable of Life - Lent 2017

Jesus often taught in parables. The simplicity of a parable can often be deceptive. The familiar metaphor that it uses, can often lead us to presume we have grasped its meaning. Quite the contrary, since Jesus himself tells us that ...

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Vision restored, Power and Glory revealed - Lent 2017

The Blind man at the pool of Siloam had heard about Jesus, but never personally heard him. Yet in his mind’s eye, he already had an image of him. So when one evening he heard the unfamiliar sounds of ...

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Finding Oneself in Jesus: The Samaritan Woman - Lent 2017

“Come for water, all who are thirsty, though you have no money, come, buy wine and milk, not for money, not for a price. Why spend your money on what is not food, your earnings on what fails to satisfy ...

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Pain: the Antidote to Suffering - Lent 2017

“In you LORD, I take refuge, How can you say to me, Bird, fly back to your mountain.” (Psalm 11:1) The psalmist knows the hill country to be a place of refuge for the Lord’s faithful. However, a ...

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The Desert In and Among Us - Lent 2017

The Gospels speak of the Kingdom of God in us and congruently of the Kingdom of God among us. In a similar vein, we also encounter the desert not only among us, but primarily within us. The Kingdom will not ...

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ST. TERESA OF KOLKATA, VIRGIN Optional Memorial --- 5th September


Optional Memorial --- 5th September

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                                                     Cf. Mt 25: 34-35

Come, you blessed of my Father, says the Lord: I was thirsty and you gave me to drink; Behold, now I give you the ...

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Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful ...

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Grievance Redressal Forum

In my Pastoral Letter on the Archdiocesan Consultation, I had spoken of constitution a Grievance Committee of delegates from the following Archdiocesan Bodies: Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Bombay Catholic Sabha and Priests’ Council. Accordingly, each of these Archdiocesan Bodies was asked ...

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Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) is the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Consecrated Persons, Christian Married Couples and all the Lay Faithful, on Love in the Family. It was officially released on April ...

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Ecumenical Prayer Service

The Church celebrates Unity Octave from 17 to 25 January, 2016. The Second Vatican Council has reminded us that the prayer for Christian unity is the soul of the ecumenical movement. A scheduled Prayer for Christian Unity in every parish ...

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The Girl Child Manifesto

The Girl Declaration is a call to action urging global leaders to put the welfare of girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.

 508 young girls living in poverty in 14 countries (including India) across 4 continents were ...

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FAQs on Corrections in Registers

1. Regarding correction of names – what is to be done if:

a) A name has been wrongly spelt.
b) If a name has been changed in the Government Gazette.
c) If a person is commonly known by another name.
d ...

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FAQs on grievances and complaints

With regard to addressing grievances against priests in their respective parishes, what is the procedure that is followed in the Archdiocese of Bombay?

Every parish is like a family. As in every family, at times, there is bound to be ...

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Family Synod 2015 | Survey Questionnaire

Pope Francis has asked the faithful to suggest different ways in which the Church can provide better pastoral care to the families. This questionnaire has been designed to gather your opinion about solutions to the challenges that our families face ...

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Your companion for the journey through Lent

Lent is indeed a special time of grace in Church. The liturgy highlights the need for reconciliation and the faithful practice the discipline of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Parishes organise Missions, Passo Services and Stations of the Cross. While many ...

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ECUMENICAL UNITY WEEK 18 January to 25 January, 2015

ECUMENICAL UNITY WEEK 18 January to 25 January, 2015


DAY 1             PROCLAMATION

John 4, 4: It is necessary to go through Samaria.


Jesus and his disciples travelled from Judea to Galilee ...

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Liturgies, Holy Hours and Way of the Cross (November 28th December 7th)

Liturgies, Holy Hours and Way of the Cross 
November 28th December 7th 2014

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FAQs On Marriage

1. What is to be done when one Catholic party comes to a diocese in India from abroad without bringing any papers and wants to marry a Catholic in India?

Unless the party from abroad brings a letter of free ...

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Liturgy for the nativity of Mary and day of the girl child

Liturgy for the nativity of Mary and day of the girl child


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Special Holy Hour – Laity with the Parish Team

Special Holy Hour – Laity with the Parish Team

prepared for the Archdiocese of Bombay by Fr. Reuben Tellis

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Essay competition

Woman: Oppressed Sufferer or Willing Victim?


Have the increasing incidents of violence against women awakened our collective conscience or desensitized it? How do we respond to the disrespect, brutality and neglect that women face ...

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Liturgy for Vianney Sunday

Liturgy for 9th/10th AUGUST 2014

prepared for the Archdiocese of Bombay by Fr. Reuben Tellis

Theme: PRIESTS – Living in the fullness of the Eucharist in Union with Christ ...

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Liturgy for Parents Day (26th / 27th July)

Prepared for the Archdiocese of Bombay by Fr. Reuben Tellis


Theme: PARENTS – seeking treasure in the Eucharist with the family
1st Reading: 1 Kings 3: 5.7-12  /  2nd Reading: Romans ...

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Liturgies and other Resources - Part 2

Liturgies and other resources for the Year of the Eucharist
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Extraordinary Synod of Bishops

Response to Questions of the Preparatory Document from the Archdiocese of Bombay

Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of Evangelisation 

1. The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the  Church’s Magisterium

a)    Describe how the Catholic Church’s teachings on the value of the ...

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The Year of the Eucharist

The Official Logo of the Year of the Eucharist

The Logo for the ‘Year of the Eucharist’ incorporates elements of the logo created for the 38th International Eucharistic Congress

1. Colour Gold: Celebrating 50 years
2. The ‘new man’ of the previous logo has now been fused into ...

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Prayer for Christian Unity, 2014

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Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

Family life is the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014.

Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the "pastoral challenges ...

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Discussion paper - How the Mumbai gang rape affects us

(A Discussion Paper for Parish groups and families)

Sexual violence affects both women and men, though women bear the brunt of it in our society. In this session we look at a more extreme form of such violence, one that is increasingly being reported and debated in the ...

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FAQs on Funerals

1. Can children, whose parents had intended to have them baptised but who died before baptism be allowed Church funeral rites?

Yes.  According to the provisions of Canon 1183 §2 children whose parents had intended to have them baptised but ...

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FAQs on Eucharist

1. Can Communion and Confirmation be given to the mentally challenged?

The Blessed Eucharist may be administered to children in danger of death if they can distinguish the Body of Christ from ordinary food and receive it with reverence.  Similar ...

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FAQs on Baptism

1. Which are the Oriental Churches/Orthodox Churches, not in full communion with the Holy See, in which baptism is valid?
In general, baptism in all the Eastern Churches is presumed valid.

2. What is to be done if a ...

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Changes in the Eucharistic Prayers

Name of Saint Joseph to be included in the Eucharistic prayers

On May 1, 2013, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments promulgated the decree Paternas vices by the authority of the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis ...

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East Indian Remarks

Requirements for "East Indian Catholic" Remark in the Baptism Register

In order to get the "East Indian Catholic" remark entered in the Remarks Column of his/her Baptism Register, the person concerned could directly approach the Chancellor at Archbishop's ...

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History of the Roman Missal

Explaining the history of the Roman Missal

The Roman Missal is the book containing the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.  Published first in Latin under the title MissaleRomanum, the text is then translated and, once approved by ...

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FAQs On Engagement

1. Is it necessary to have an engagement before marriage?

The CCBI has not enacted any particular law for engagement before marriage, but has left the matter of engagement to the existing practices or to the local customs of the ...

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