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PK Halli Catholics Celebrate Their Patron’s Feast with Fervour

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BELLARY, SEP. 03: The Catholic faithful of Papanayakana Halli celebrated the feast of their Patron, St. Paul the Hermit with fervor and festivity on Sep. 02.


Over 250 Catholics belonging to the Papanayakana Halli sub-station of Humpi parish solemnized their annual feast with a solemn concelebrated Eucharist, a colorful procession and a community meal.


Bishop Henry D’Souza presided over the concelebrated Eucharist. He urged the faithful to emulate the “rock-like faith of the saint and urged the faithful to strengthen the Catholic families, to fight against the evil of alcoholism and to fight against HIV/AIDS, so prevalent in the area.”


Youthful Fr. Maria Augustine, the local parish priest provided leadership for the meaningful celebrations and Mr. Ignaci and team lead the choir.


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.


Circular 18 Dated Aug. 19, 2009

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Dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers,


Greetings of peace and joy to all of you!


1.      Year of Priests: Workshop on Pastoral Management

The two-day workshop held on Aug. 12-13, with the intention of sensitizing the pastoral clergy to effective pastoral management was a good success. The participants found it useful and inspiring. We thank the team of excellent resource persons led by the Chartered Accountant, Mr. Mark D’Souza from Bangalore. Also, we thank especially our pastors who participated actively and benefited from it. However, we missed a few who could not make it.


2.      Anniversary of Kandamal violence: Urged to pray for peace

At the request of His Eminence Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly and President of CBCI, the Secretary General of CBCI, Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes in his circular dated Aug. 12 has urged “to pray for Peace and Harmony among all communities in our country”. As per the request, on Sunday 23rd August special prayers at Holy Mass, Holy Hours and Adoration may be organized in our churches and chapels “for peace and harmony and for a spirit of reconciliation”.  All are urged to “forgive and forget the past and build a strong and integrated civil society which is not ravaged by the evil designs...”
            The Clergy, Religious and Faithful are hereby encouraged to fast or abstain from a meal, and “the amounts saved may be sent to the yet struggling victims who had to flee their homes which have yet to be rebuilt”.


       3. Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

            It is a matter of great joy that many parishes and institutions in the diocese are celebrating the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary meaningfully on Sep. 8.  In order to foster greater devotion, may we suggest to the Parish Priests, Superiors of Religious Houses and Directors of Boardings to popularize the novena to the Arogya Mathe, wherever possible?

            Also, we urge all the Priests, Religious and Lay faithful to participate in large numbers in the novena, retreat and the solemn celebration of the Feast of the Nativity at the Arogya Mathe Shrine, Bellary, as far as possible.  


       4. Visit of the Internal Audit Team

            We are yet to complete the audit for the year 2008-’09. The Auditor has requested for some more details and records. Hence, a team with Fr. Chaowrappa Y. (VG), Fr. Anthonyraj P. (DFO) and Fr. Arokianathan (Secretary, BDBE) will visit all the parishes, diocesan institutions and schools to facilitate the proper upkeep of the official registers and obtain the necessary details to complete the Audit for 2008-’09. Frs. Chowrappa Y. and Anthonyraj will scrutinize the parish/institution records and Frs. Chowrappa, Anthonyraj and Arokianathan the school records. The visit will take place on Aug. 25-28. For details, please see the attached sheet. We solicit cooperation and understanding from all the priests in the matter and thank you for the same.



       5. Diocesan Retreat for the Pastoral Clergy

            The diocesan annual retreat for the pastoral clergy will be held from Sep. 21 to 25, at the St. Anthony’s Centre. All the pastors are hereby requested to block the dates and participate in the retreat. All the diocesan priests are requested to bring their personal Mass Diaries to present them to the Bishop.


6.      Formation of Parish/Deanery/Diocesan Pastoral Councils

Some of the parishes have already completed the procedures to constitute the Parish Pastoral Councils. All the rest are hereby requested to complete all the formalities, latest by Sep. 08, 2009. The parish priests are requested to send to the Bishop - the list of members of Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Finance Committee along with the names of the office bearers and their date of birth, with a statement that the statutory requirements have been followed while constituting the above bodies.


7.    Charismatic Retreat for Bishops and Priests

            Bangalore Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (BCCRS) in collaboration with National Charismatic Renewal Services (NCCRS) has announced a retreat for the Bishops and Priests of Karnataka from 14th Sep. to 18th Sep. at Carmelaram, Bangalore.


Wishing all of you a happy feast of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and with blessings,








              + Henry D’Souza

               Bishop of 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.

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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