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Catholic Managements to Celebrate Teachers’ Day Together

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BELLARY, SEP. 03: All the Catholic School Managements of Bellary will hold a common function to celebrate the Teachers’ Day at the Kroot Memorial Auditorium, Bellary.


The function being held “to appreciate and express gratitude to our teachers for their dedicated service,” said Fr. Arokianathan, Secretary, Bellary Diocese Board of Education.


The Catholic managements participating in the common programme are: Bellary Diocese Board of Education and the Societies of Education of the Good Shepherd Sisters, Fatima Sisters, Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, Holy Cross Sisters, and Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


The theme of the prgramme is: Education for fostering a civil society.  Over 300 teachers from the different managements are expected to participate in the programme.


The programme has been postponed as mark of respect to YSR Reddy who was a former student of the Diocesan school, St. John’s School, Fort, Bellary.


Novena for Nativity Feast Begins at Bellary Mathe Shrine

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BELLARY, AUG. 30: The nine-day novena in preparation for the annual feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary began with solemnity and fervor at the popular Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine, Bellary.


Bishop Henry D’Souza blessed and hoisted the traditional shrine flag and hoisted it to the music by local folk artistes on Sunday, Aug. 30.


The flag hoisting was preceded by the recitation of rosary around the tastefully built grottoes of the mysteries of Holy Rosary around the shrine.


Later, Bishop Henry D’Souza presided over the inaugural Eucharist at 6.00 PM. Many priests and a large gathering of devotees participated in the solemn celebration.


At the end of the inaugural Mass and the novena prayer, all the devotees were given a meal sponsored by the local philanthropist Francis Babu.


The Vicar General and Rector of the Shrine, Fr. Chowrappa Y. led the novena prayer and later thanked one and all.


The choir of St Anthony Cathedral led the singing during the liturgical celebrations.


Blood Donation in Like Life Donation: Bishop

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BELLARY, AUG. 30: “Blood donation is almost like life donation. And those who donate life contribute to fostering a culture of life around”, declared Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary.


Bishop D’Souza was inaugurating a blood donation camp held by the Past Students’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, Bellary on Aug. 12.


“Life can be like a stagnant pond which only collects; or it can be like a canal which receives and gives. Human beings who have received life from God the source of all life, need to be grateful for the gift of life and share it with others through blood donation for the sick and needy,” urged Bishop.


51 youth, teachers and others who included Fr. O. Vincent and Fr. Ivan Pinto donated blood to the Vivekananda Blood Bank for Poor.

Mr. Basavaraj, Mayor of Bellary City Corporation was the Chief Guest at the inaugural function. He lauded the humanitarian work of the church institutions.


Mr. Madhusudhan, President of the Past Students’ Association of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School led the blood donation camp. He also announced that the newly launched association is planning to take up many programmes for the benefit of the 103-year old school and the public.


Bellary Women’s SHGs to Re-invent Themselves for Development of Women

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Bellary Women’s SHGs to Re-invent Themselves for Development of Women


BELLARY, Aug. 29: The Women’s Self Help Groups of Bellary have decided to re-invent themselves be more active and more organized in order to be more effective” under the leadership of BDDS, the diocesan development society.


The leaders and animators of the Women’s Self Help Groups of Bellary and T.B. Dam met at the BDDS Centre for social development to assess their work and to evolve better strategies in making women stake holders in their own development.


About 50 women from the parishes in Bellary town and T.B. Dam, during a two day workshop deliberated and prepared new ways to enlist more women from the poorer sections in their social development work.


BDDS Director Fr. Paulraj animated the deliberations.


Bishop Henry D’Souza, during the concluding Eucharist urged the women leaders to “bring dignity to women and to bring the fruits of development to the least and the last in the society” through their work.

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Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine

Bellary-Mathe-small The Shrine of Bellary Arogya Mathe was blessed and dedicated on 8th September 2000 on the feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary in memory of the great jubilee 2000 and the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Bellary


Diocesan Diamond Jubilee

This year is Diamond Jubilee of our Bellary Diocese.  It is completing 60 years in the service to God and His people.


Loss of Life and Property due to Flash Floods in Bellary Diocese

 Number of people affected : 151,934
Loss of life : 72
Villages affected : 1,296
Houses destroyed/damaged : 118,833
Relief being distributed to : 3,500 families
No. Catholic houses lost: 560
Number of medical camps held : 22