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New Old Age Home Blessed and Declared Open In Bellary

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Bellary, 22 JULY 2017: A home for the aged persons from economically poor background has been blessed and declared open on 22 July in Bellary.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed and dedicated the new home, named Gnanamma Vriddhashrama, to the poor and neglected elderly persons of Bellary Diocese.

During concelebrated thanksgiving inaugural Mass in the chapel of the old age home, Bishop Henry said, “Grandparents play a very important role in the families in the upbringing of children. They also tenderly pass on the Faith and meaning of life to the younger generations.”

Bishop affectionately recalled the tender love and care received from his own grandparents at the occasion.

He regretted that elderly persons are neglected in the society today, with “use and throw culture”.

Named after their founder Servant of God Gnanamma, the Sisters St. Ann of Phirangipuram will take care of the new house built by the Bellary Diocese.

Addressing the gathering Bishop Henry said “In order to commemorate the “Year of Mercy” 2015, the Diocese of Bellary decided to construct a Home for poor and neglected elderly persons of this area.

Mr. Justice Michael D’Cunha, Judge of Karnataka High Court along with his wife Mrs. Usha D’Cunha declared the new house open. He congratulated the Diocese of Bellary for providing such a facility for the poor and neglected senior citizens of the place. He recalled the plight of elderly in the families of the present day society.

Sr. Anthoniamma CSSA, Superior General opened the new chapel and Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj and Sr. Ignatius Suman CSSA, Provincial superior, unveiled the plaques.

Built as a memorial of the Year of Mercy, the home is to show God’s Mercy by providing a dignified, peaceful life to the elderly poor at the evening of their life.

Built with the help of many generous donors, the home will serve all, with a preference for the catholic elderly. Initially the home can house about 50-60 elderly men and women.

Bishop felicitated Sr. Antoniamma the Mother General, Sr. Ignatius Suman, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary Mathew the local Superior for shouldering the responsibility of autonomously run the home.

Gnanamma Vriddhashrama is situated by the Mother Teresa – OPD Road, Bellary. It is just across VIMS Medical College Hospital and besides St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann’s Pharangipuram was founded by a lay widow, the Servant of God Gnanamma. The Sisters trace back their very beginning of the Congregation to Bellary as early as 1871 to Bellary, with their first candidates Arulamma and Agathamma trained by the Good Shepherd Convent Sisters in Bellary under the direction of Fr. Arogyanathar the then priest of Bellary.

Many Priests, Religious and hundreds of people particularly the elderly, were present at the occasion.

Mother Antoniamma thanked all those present.

The architect and engineer Balasamy, contractor John Antony and Venkatesh and others were honoured at the occasion.

Fr. Maxim Dias, Diocesan PRO anchored the program. Fellowship meal followed at the end of the function. 


Motivation And Prayer for Evangelization Held

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BELLARY, JULY 12: The Bellary Diocesan Commission for Evangelization organized a day-long sensitization programme on Evangelization at St. Antony’s Community Centre, Bellary on July 12.

It was well attended by about 200 participants, who included priests, religious and lay leaders from different parts of the diocese.

The seminar began at 10.00 a. m. with invocation prayer service led by Bro. Innaci Muthu and Bro. Joseph.

Archbishop  Vincent Concessao, Emeritus Archbishop  of Delhi, Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary, Isaac Montero, Alwyn D’Souza, Vijay Bhatti of UCPI were the resource persons.

Archbishop Vincent Concessao while addressing the gathering stated, “As Catholics we are all meant to evangelize. We need not be the best theologians to spread the Good News. But our deep Faith in Jesus sustains us”.

“Also we need to team up our efforts to set the blaze of Evangelization”, he added.

Bishop Henry D’Souza in his keynote address said “Mission mandate is for all and for all times”. Quoting Pope Francis he said, “Missionary impulse is capable of transforming everything and the entire Church should be in a permanent mode of mission”.

Urging the priests, religious and lay leaders to be in permanent state of mission mode and appealed to them to be missionary disciples.

Bishop Henry applauded the initiative of the UCPI members and the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization for taking initiative to organize the seminar and appealed to continue.

Fr. Antonyraj P. is the Chairman and Fr. Lourdu Basilraj is the Secretary of the Diocesan Evangelisation Commission.

The participants evolved plans to reach out to active Catholic, inactive Catholics and people of other faiths with the Good News in our life-time.

The seminar concluded with the Holy Eucharist.


Cardinal Ivan Dias Goes To His Eternal Home

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ROME, JUNE19: Cardinal Ivan Dias passed away in Rome on June 19, 2017.  He was 81.

His  mortal  remains  were  laid  to  rest  on  June  22,  at  Verona Cemetery, Rome.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, 21 June. It was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of College of Cardinals, joined by several Cardinals, including the CBCI President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo and others. The final prayers of the funeral Rites were offered by Pope Francis.

Cardinal Ivan Dias entered into diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1964. He was ordained Bishop in 1982. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See as Nuncio in Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Korea and Albania.

He was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 1996 and was raised to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Prefect of the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples on 20th May, 2006, the post he held with distinction till he retired from active service in 2011.

Cardinal Ivan Dias was an illustrious son of India, who served the Universal Church as a prelate and shepherd.

After his retirement, he continued to live in Rome till his death. May his soul rest in peace!


Renovated 200-Year Church Rededicated In Bellary

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BELLARY, JUNE 18 (Sagaya): Large number of priests, religious, lay faithful and well-wishers joyfully witnessed the bicentenary celebrations and blessing of the renovated Christ the King Parish Church in Bellary on June 18.

Two hundred years of Christian worship rooted in deep faith in God was celebrated meaningfully while praising God.

Built and blessed as an Anglican church in 1816 at a cost of Rs. 4,000 and handed over to Bishop J.F. Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary, the beautifully renovated church was blessed by Bishop. The historic event was attended by Sri N.Y. Gopalkrishna, Bellary Rural MLA, Shri. J. R. Lobo, MLA & Chairman, BCM Commission, Sri Venkatramana, Mayor, Smt. Deena Manjunath, Chairperson, Zilla Panchayat, Smt. Matilda D’Souza, Minority Commission and many other dignitaries.  Bishop particularly thanked Sri JR Lobo and the Govt. of Karnataka for the much needed grant. He also lauded the services of Fr. Y.S. Peter, Parish Priest Dean for his leadership in the renovation work, ably assisted by the Parish Pastoral Council and parishioners.

When the British made Bellary a Military Station with a Cantonment in 1801, Christ Church (Christ the King Church) was constructed for worship purpose for the army personnel, their families and auxiliary workers.

Christ the King Church is just across Cantonment Railway station beside VIMS Medical college, Bellary and old Garrison buildings.

Christ Church was under the control of Anglican   Church till 1939. It was transferred to Bellary Roman Catholic Mission in 1939.

It is to be noted that the consecration of Bishop Ambrose Yeddanappalli ofm, the second Bishop of Bellary took place in this historical church.

The magnificent church Alter was used during the consecration of Bishop Henry D’Souza, fourth Bishop of Bellary.

A grand felicitation program followed the Eucharistic celebration.

Guests Shri N.Y. Gopala Krishna, MLA Bellary Rural, Shri. J.R. Lobo,MLA Mangalore, Shri Venketaramana, City Major, Smt. Deena Manjunath, Chairman Bellary Zilla Panchayat, Christian Development Council committee members represented by Smt. Matilda D’Souza, Shri. Wiljit Singh, Shri. Mahendra Jain, Rev. Fr. Paulraj, Vicar General, Shri. T.H.M. Basavaraj, Member, State History Academy and Fr. Sam Nalan, Diocesan Finance Officer, Fr. Devanesan, Diocesan Estate Manager and large numbers of priests and people were present at the occasion.

Bishop Henry D’Souza lauded the services of Shri J.R. Lobo in facilitating to get funds from Govt. of Karnataka.

Bishop appreciated and thanked the efforts of Fr. Y. S. Peter, Parish Priest, Parish Council members and all those assisted him to renovate the church. He also gratefully recalled the pastoral works done by formers priests, who served this parish since its inception.

At that occasion the Bishop appealed to everyone particularly parents to build solid families nurtured in faith and word of God.   He also said that parents and elders are duty bound to live in harmony, respect with the people of other faith and to teach their children to live accordingly.

While addressing Shri J.R. Lobo said, every worship place is sacred and must be honored  with due respect and particularly  each Christian must reflect Christ in our daily live. The society and the people whom we live with must recognize Christ in us.

Golden Couples and Sr. Patricia, Miss Sugantha, Mr. Xavier, Mrs. Fatima of the Parish were honored for their extraordinary services to society were  honoured.

There are number of Religious & Diocesan Charitable, Social and Educational institutions are in this parish.

Saint Mother Teresa visited this place/parish thrice and founded a home for the destitute in 1967.

The Parish Youth and children presented a meaningful cultural program. Fr. Gnanapragasam T. and Miss Evelyn anchored the program.

Fr. Peter, Parish Priest of Cantonment Parish thanked one and all.

Festive dinner was served  for everybody at the conclusion of the program.

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