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Diocesan Pastoral Council inaugurated

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Dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Brothers,

Warmest greetings of peace and joy to all!   

1.     Diocesan Pastoral Council inaugurated

The newly formed Bellary Diocesan Pastoral Council was inaugurated Oct. 2 at the Bishop’s House. 36 members attended the first meeting. Samuel Saladin of Gangavathi was elected Second Vice President of the Council. Ms. Sagaya Rani of Lingsugur was elected as Secretary and Ms. Regina Mary as Joint Secretary. As per the statutes, Bishop is the President of the Council and Vicar General is the ex-officio First Vice President.

In the inaugural message by the Bishop stated, “In the Church community, the Lay faithful are not second class citizens, rather they are equal collaborators in the church.” The members were called upon to rise to the occasion and work unitedly for the all round development of Christian life in the diocese.

 

The members suggested to have training programmes for the newly formed Parish Pastoral Council members and to organize an association of lay faithful to foster leadership among the laity. 

 

2.     First death anniversary Mass for Fr. Joachim Tinneny Nov. 22 is the first death anniversary of Fr. Joachim Tinneny, ofm. There will be a concelebrated Eucharist at 11.30 am in Bethany chapel. All the priests of the Diocese are hereby invited to join the concelebration.

 

3.     India Communications Day

 

The India Communications Day will be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 16. The theme of this year's World Communications Day – “The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word” - is meant to coincide with the recently concluded Church's celebration of the Year for Priests. It focuses attention on the important and sensitive pastoral area of digital communications, in which priests can discover new possibilities for carrying out their ministry to and for the Word of God. Church communities have always used the modern media for fostering communication, engagement with society, and, increasingly, for encouraging dialogue at a wider level. Yet the recent, explosive growth and greater social impact of these media make them all the more important for a fruitful priestly ministry.

In his message, the Holy Father has renewed the invitation “to make astute use of the unique possibilities offered by modern communications”.  

4.     Highlights of Regional Youth Survey

The following are some of the highlights of the Karnataka Statewide survey of Catholic youth conducted in July-Sep. 2010:

Ø A majority (72%) are in the age group of 15 – 21 Years.

Ø A majority (84%) are from their Native Dioceses.

Ø 53 % are from Villages.

Ø 40% are from Single Children Homes.

Ø 50% are from homes that have 2 – 3 Children.

Ø 80% do not have either of the Grand Parents.

Ø 26% of the respondents’ fathers are involved in Agriculture / Plantation.

Ø 23% of the respondents’ fathers are Daily Wage earners.

Ø A majority (65%) of the respondents’ mothers are Home Makers.

Ø A majority (71%) live with their parents.

Ø A majority of 67% have migrated due to educational reasons.

Ø 38% are doing Pre University studies.

Ø A majority 66% of the respondents are Students.

Ø 46% are employed in Private Sector.

Ø A majority (85%) earn an income below Rs.10,000/-

Ø 66% attend Mass once a week.

Ø 45% make confession once a month & 33% once a year.

Ø 43% go for retreats once in a year whereas 36% rarely go.

Ø 76% of the youth families have daily family prayers.

Ø Average of 12% is actively involved in parish activities.

Ø A majority (84%) feel that the church needs to focus on Spiritual Activities and Building up the Community.

Ø A majority (76%) are part of any one of the Youth Groups.

Ø A majority (66%) are happy about their groups.

Ø Only an average of 9% has felt the benefits of the youth group.

Ø 30% want the youth groups to be Active and Participatory.

Ø 22% expects the youth movements to help them to come together.

Ø A majority (71%) find prayers to be meaningful & helpful in their life.

Ø 27% of the youth want to serve the needy.

Ø 42% freedom is to “Live and let Live”.

Ø Average of 24% is worried about Corruption, Social Injustice and Increasing Crime Rates.

Ø 13% worries about Communal Disharmony & Gender Discrimination.

Ø Average 21% have individual worried about their Career, Identity, Future and Meeting others Expectations

Ø 46% approach their Parents in times of need.

Ø 27% see Stress and SMS as a Life Hazard.

Ø 23% are victims of Eve Teasing and Peer Pressure.

Ø 13% are victims of Abuse, Substance abuse and Gender Discrimination.

Ø 21% want to be entrepreneurs and an average 10% want to be IT Professional, Teacher, Doctor and Nurse.

Ø 28% expect Justice and Peace from the church.

Ø On an average, 15% expect Respect & Dignity, Fellowship and Religious Harmony from the church.

Ø 41% prefer Priests as youth group leaders.

Ø Average 25% expect Regular Trainings and Spiritual Help.

Ø Average 17% expect Regular Visits, Camps, Rallies and Nites.

 Based on the survey findings the organizers have made the following recommendations:

 i.  The youth should be recognized and encouraged to participate in all church activities. There should be a certain percentage of representation reserved for the youth at all levels within the church.

ii. Mere recognition and participation of the youth in the church is not enough. There should be participatory approach in decision making, which ultimately results in collective ownership.

iii. Youth cannot be treated as one homogeneous group (Age 15 – 30 years), their needs, issues and challenges are divergent and these must be addressed with constant and focused interventions. A classification of the youth must be made into different age groups. (For E.g.: High school and pre university students, college students and employed youth)

iv. The mass media and technology (TV, Internet, Mobile etc) should be creatively used in reaching out to today’s youth.

v. With more of educated youth in the church, they naturally tend to question (reason out) everything. The church needs to reflect how far are we prepared to face this and continue to provide knowledge of God and faith consistently.

vi. The Church also needs to focus on research in tune with the emerging trends within and outside the church. This should result in more creative and participatory approaches in addressing faith issues among youth and also create a platform for knowledge sharing.

vii.  As for the church, there is a significant population of the youth which is the future of the church, now is the time to reflect on the formation of priests and religious and see how far we are preparing them to face these challenges of today and the ones emerge in the future.

5.     Half yearly audit of accounts 2010-11

With the cooperation of all the priests and heads of institutions, the audit for the year 2009-10 was completed by Oct. 15. As we had newly introduced the Tally System, it took a pretty long time! The extension of the deadline for filing of annual returns with the IT Dept. from Sep. 30 to Oct. 15 helped us indeed! Hence, in order to avoid inordinate delay in auditing, the Auditors have suggested completing the half yearly audit of our schools and institutions by November itself.

Therefore, we hereby request all the diocesan schools and institutions to keep their half yearly accounts ready by Nov. 15. The Auditors will visit the schools and institutions and facilitate the work. We thank you for the kind cooperation and understanding.

6.  Obituary

·    Stephania Menezes (91), mother of Fr Walter Menezes died on Sep. 04 at Bolkunje, Mangalore. The funeral was held on Sep. 09.

·     Mary Amma (75), grandmother of Fr. Gnanaprakash L. passed away on Oct. 19 at T.B. Dam. Her funeral was held on Oct. 20.

·     Ignatius Pinto (84), father of Fr. Ivan Pinto passed away on Nov. 02, 2010 at Karkala. Funeral was held on Nov. 5.

We pray for the repose of the souls of the dear departed and express our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved. May the Risen Lord bring consolation to our priests who lost their loved ones.

7.      Programmes in November

Nov. 02      : All Souls Day: Mass at cemetery.

Nov. 03      : Visit to Lingsugur and Yelburga

Nov. 4-5    : Meeting of Asst. PPs

Nov. 7       : Mass at Deeksha Bhavan

Nov. 7-15  : Priests’ Retreat, Nagpur

Nov. 16     : Visit to Jawalgera Farm and Shaktinagar

Nov. 17      : Silver Jubilee Mass, Kurugodu convent

Nov. 21      : Mass at Cantonment church

                 : Meeting Manos Unidas team

Nov. 22      : Fr Joachim’s first death anniversary Mass

                : Bishops visit

Nov. 23      : Deans’ Meet

Nov. 25      : Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women: Dhama

Nov. 27-28  : Pastoral Visit to Kowtal

Nov. 29      : Pastoral Visit to Jawalgera Farm

Nov. 30      : Pastoral Visit to Burma Camp

Thanking you, with best wishes,

 

+ Henry D’Souza

Bishop of Bellary

 
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