FOLLOW ME – PASTORAL LETTER

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The XVI (Sixteenth) Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in the year 2023. In this regard, we have started this synodal journey keeping our focus on three important concerns, i.e. Communion, Encounter and Participation. In order to remain in tune with the Synodal Theme, Our Archbishop-Patriarch chose ‘Follow Me’ as the Pastoral theme for this Pastoral Year (2022-23) and once again emphasised his deep concern and love towards the family life. While doing this, he has tried to highlight some concerns which were voiced during the Diocesan Pre-Synodal Meeting held at St. Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre in Old Goa on 18th and 19th March this year. In his Pastoral Letter, our Archbishop has highlighted his concern towards families in relation to Participation and Mission. I will focus on ‘Participation in the Family’ in my presentation 

PARTICIPATION IN THE FAMILY:

Jesus came into this world with a mission. In order to fulfil this mission He sought man’s participation and for this reason he chooses his first disciples. Be being with Jesus, the disciples receive formation and become participants in his mission of salvation. Those whom he chose had their own families and from there he called them to participate in his mission. Every Christian family is a ‘domestic Church’ (LG 11) and a ‘school of deeper humanity’ (FC 21). Considering this basic teaching of the Church, the participation of the family with regard to service of life, formation of the family and upholding the dignity of family members is stressed in the Pastoral Letter.

Participation: Service of Life: In the book of Genesis we read that in the beginning God created male and female unto his own image and likeness and gave them this command: ‘be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.’ They became close collaborators with God, the Creator, to bring to birth new life. During the holy Sacrament of Matrimony, the bridal couple offer their total self to each other as they exchange their vows and expresses their willingness and desire to participate in the divine will of God which is at the service of life. However, it is sad that today in some of our families there is not enough respect to life (SDS 59). In today’s world there are countless challenges before couples, resulting in multiple temptations to destroy life through abortion and by making use of means not approved by the Church. The human person has forgotten his God-given responsibility to participate in the work of creation and has become an obstacle to God’s mandate to be fruitful and to multiply. In such situations, it remains necessary that the spousal couples remain faithful to the teachings of the Church and becomes true witness by being at the service of life. They should remain united to fight against the culture of death and hedonism which is destroying many families. 

Participation: Formation of the Family: To be at the service of life will become a priority when the spousal couple is open to the formation of the family. In our Archdiocese, our Diocesan Family Service Centre has undertaken diverse initiatives and is continuing to organize various programmes for the strengthening of the families. Some of the initiatives and programmes include Marriage Preparation Programme, Responsible Parenthood, Family Mission based on the teachings of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which can be conducted in the Parishes during the Novenas as a meaningful and spiritual preparation for the Parish Feasts, Parish Family Service cells, Lenten Family Reflections, etc. The family members need to participate in such programmes for the genuine growth of their family life.

Participation: Upholding the Dignity of Family Members: The fruit of the genuine growth of the family life is upholding the dignity of family members. The fact that each family member is a loving and important person in the family cannot be undervalued. Unfortunately, in some families this is not happening. Our families have major concerns in modern times. Some of these include consumerism, greed and property disputes, violence with the family, excessive insistence on competitiveness which destroys the spirit of collaboration and participation (SDS 59). Due to the surge of worldly standards of living, the sacred fabric of our families has often become tainted. We have people with disabilities in our families, or members who are seniors, the homebound and the widows. How do we treat them? While we are on the synodal journey, we believe in journeying together considering that all are equal. Every person deserves respect and is to be treated with dignity. As we follow Christ keeping the focus on our synodal journey, let us uphold the dignity of each and every family members.

Each family is God’s gift and every member of the family is precious and important. We pray that every family may understand its mission to build a happy, healthy and holy family. The reading, reflecting and living the Word of God will bring this mission to fulfilment in our families. Thanks you and May God bless our families and each member of the family. 

MHOJE PATTLEAN YE – GONVLLIK CHITT

Apurbayechea bhavam-bhoinimno,

2023 vorsa Bispanchi Porixodik Sobha zaupachi asa hem monant dovrun ami porixodik yatra suru kel’li asa. He porixidicho mukh’hi vixoi monant dovrun – Ekchar, Sohobhageliponn ani Misanv, amche bhov manest Gonvlli Bapan Gonvlik chitt bhair kaddlea ani Kuttumbik jivitacher khollayen usko dakhoila. Hea vorsachea Marsache 18-19ver Goy-Damanvchea Mhadhormprantachea don disamche Pur-Porixodik boskent zaiteamin dakhoilolea huske monant dovrun, Gonvllik chittint thoddeam vostumcher uzvadd ghatla. Gonvllik chittint don mukh’hi kollponacher Kuttumb dolleam mukhar dovrun nhiall kel’lo amkam dixtti poddta. Tem mhonnlear Sohobhageliponn Kuttumbant ani Missanv ani Kuttumb. Hanv Sohobhageliponn kuttumbant hacher lokx ghaltolom.

SOHOBHAGELIPONN KUTTUMBANT:

Kristi kuttumb mhonnlear ‘Ghorchi Povitr Sobha (LG 11) ani odik mon’xall zaunchi xalla (FC 21) mhunn vollkhun gheun kuttumbachem sohobhageliponn, jivitachi rakhonn korun, kuttumbik akarni gheun ani vangddianchem vhorteponn ballgun disun yeunk zai mhunn Gonvllik chittint bhor ghal’lo asa.

Sohobhageliponn: Jivitachi Rakhon Korun: Devan, dadleak ani bailek apnna sangati rochneche sevek sohobhageli korun ek novi monis-jinn zolma haddunk kurpa ani dennem dilem. Utpotichea Pustokant, Devan apna sarkeachim ani aple rupachim dadlo ani bail rochlim ani “Choddat ani vaddat, prithum bhorat’ mhunn adesh dilo.  Logn Sonvskar eka-mekak ditanam ani ghetanam, apnachem ap-dan eka-mekak korun jivit rochun haddchea vaurant Rochnar Devachim sohobhegeli zaunk tim apli khuxi dakhoitat ani utor ditat. Punn, hea adhunik kallar ghov-baile mukhar torekvar avhanam ubim zatat ani haka lagun jivitacho nas korunk paul marchi tallni uprasta; ghorbat korun ani Povitr Sobheche xikovnnen addvarlole upai vapdun, rochnechea vaurant apleak dil’lem sohobhageliponn monis visorla ani Povitr Sobha choddounk ani vaddounk ek vhodd addkholl to zala. Osle poristithint lognik mog jivitache sevek ani tacho haves mhollear Devache yevzonnek aitim ravun, novo jiv rochun haddunk Lognacho Sonvskar zoddloleamin ghott monant dovrunk gorjechem. Ani jivita add ji mornachi ani apsuvarthi kuddichi dadoskay bhogpachi sonskrutai vaddot asa ti nattak korunk vaurunk soglleamni upai gheunk zai. 

Sohobhageliponn: Kuttumbik Akarnni Gheun: Hem sohobhageliponn jivem ani chalu urunk kuttumbik akarnni gheunk mhotvachem. He dixen Dhormprantik Kuttumb Seva Kedran mhotvachim paulam marleant ani sobar kariavolli manddun haddloleo asat. Teo mhonllear Logna adim akarnnechim xibiram, zobabdarik avoi-bapaiponn, kuttumbank lagu zatolea vixoyam vixim, zagrutay haddunk, firgojent porbek bori toyari korche passot ‘Amoris Laetitia’ hacher aslole xikovnecher adarloli kuttumbik missanv, firgoz molar Kutumb Seve Pongodd ani kuttumbik jivitacher xikovnn. Hea kariavollincho labh amchea kuttumbank mellcheak ani khorim Kristi kuttumbam koxim akarun yeuncheak, tantunt sohobhageli zaunk gorjechem.

Sohobhageliponn: Vangddianchem Vorteponn Ballgun: Sohobhageliponnachi buniad ghott zata jedna vangddianchem vorteponn ballgun dovortanv tedna. Kuttumbacho dor ek vangddi mogacho ani mhotvacho hem kednanch visrunk zaina. Punn, aiz amchea kuttumbanim vhodd huske vaddleat. Hispa bhair duddu moddop ani asonui noveo vostu ghevop, bhattank lagun kestanvam, axea ani gorv, familint fodd-modd korop, gorjeche bhair spordhechem mon ani okmanachi vagnuk. Hea soglleak lagun kuttumb jin’savar tufanank sampoddta (SDS 59). Sonvsari mon vaddot gelam dekhun kuttumbik mon’xachea jivitant marekar poristhiti mirmann zal’li amkam dixtti poddta. Amchea kuttumbant opangull vangddi asom yeta vo utar pirayek paulolim ani vidva zal’lim astat. Oslea vangddeank ami koxim lekhtanv zait? Porixodik vatt choltanam soglleamcheo gorzo ukhlun dovorunk ani dor ekleachem vhorteponn ballgunk kitlem gorjechem tem uzvaddak ail’lem asa. Pordexi bhavam-bhoinim sovem boreponn dakhoun, opangul vangddeam sovem monxallayen vagun, utar pirayek pauloleank sobhavikponnim jieunk ani vidvank odik promannan mon’xalo man ani sangat diun sohobhageli zaum-ia.

Dor ek kuttumb Devachem dennem ani dor ek kuttumbacho vangddi mogacho ani mhotvacho. Aplem kuttumb jivall (bolaiken bhorlolem), khuxal ani povitr korunk, apnank ek kherit misanv ani vhodd zababdari asa mhunn vollkhun, dor eka kuttumbachea vangddean bharim vaurunk amchi vinonti. Devachem Utor kuttumbant vachun ani niyallun, teach Utranlean Kristi kuttumb ek mogachi ghorchi Povitr Sobha zaunk amcho usko ani anvddo.Dev borem korum ani Devan dor eka amchea kuttumbacher ani kuttumbachea vandeacher axirvadd ghalun. 

Satanic Evil Finally Overturned

One June 24, Feast of the Sacred Heart, the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned with a 6-3 decision Roe v. Wade, the murderous ruling that introduced abortion in the USA.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. The Mississippi case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was the occasion for it. Since 1973, Roe has “allowed” abortion during the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

As a result of this decision, almost half of the U.S. states are expected to outlaw or severely restrict abortion. Missouri became the first state to end abortion moments after the Supreme Court’s decision.

The Department of Homeland Security has been communicating for days with Catholic Churches and pregnancy centres, telling them to be prepared for a “Night of Rage” by criminal pro-abortion groups who have pledged “extreme violence.”

Parishes all over the USA have elaborated security plans

Read more at https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-supreme-court-ends-constitutional-right-to-abortion-3097733

KUTTUMBACHEM VORTEPONN VOLLKHUN GHEUN, TEM SAMBALLUM-IA

Opurbayechea bhavam-bhoinimno, amchea Gonvlli Bapan hea gonvllik vorsa ‘Amche-xim rav’ (Stay with us) ho vixoi kaddun, sogllea Yadnikank, Dharmikank, Loukik bhavarteank ani borea kallza-monachea monxank gonvllik chitt boroilea. Veg-veglle vixoyamcher aplem lokx ghaltanam, kuttumbam sovem axil’lo usko tannem dakhol kela. Gonvlli Bapan kuttumbak oso ulo kela; ‘Kuttumbachem vorteponn vollkhun gheun, tem samballum-ia’. Hea uleacher ami aiz nyall korum-ya.   Dusre suvater, Pap Saib Fransiskan ‘Amoris Laetitia Kutumb’ mhonn hem voros prokaxit kelam ani tem ‘Ghorabea’ khatir bhettoilam. Hem voros Marsache 19ver, 2021 tem Junhache 26ver, 2022 passun chalu astolem. Hem monant dovrun, Pap Saib Fransiskan ami soglleamnim ‘Amoris Laetitia’ ho dakllo vachunk ani tantunt aslole xikovnnecher niall korunk vinonti kelea. Hem monant dovrun ‘Amoris Laetitia’ hem dakhleacho adar gheun ho nyhall ami fuddem vhortoleanv.

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APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF FAMILY LIFE AND PROTECT IT

Dear brothers and sisters, our Archbishop has written a Pastoral letter to Priests, Catholic Faithful and all people of good will on the Theme ‘Stay with Us’. In this pastoral Letter, he has shared some of his pastoral concerns and one of them is related to families –‘Appreciate the beauty of family life and protect it. You might also be aware that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has inaugurated the ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’ year in March 2021, which started on 19th March 2021 and will end on 26th June 2022. In view of this, in his inaugural message he appealed that we all should reread the document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which was written five years ago and to reflect on important teachings highlighted in the document. Keeping this mind, I will try my best to make this reflection which I humbly hope will be meaningful to all of us. 

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Lent: A Season of Grace in suffering for the Individual and the Family

Lent A Season of Grace in Suffering for the Individual and Family

-Fr. Kenneth Teles Director, DFSC

Lent is the period of forty days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing the forty days of Lent, the Christian replicates Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for forty days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.

Pope Francis says Lent is “a new beginning… a season which urgently calls us to conversion, to return to God, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord, a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through the means of sanctification offered us by the Church: fasting, prayer and almsgiving.”

“Return to me your God – gracious and compassionate with your whole heart” (Joel 2: 12-13) is an invitation to penance. In times of hardships, public fasts were proclaimed in Israel. People would wear mourning clothes with sack-cloth, or they would cover their faces with ashes. In the Gospel, Jesus does not say that the signs of physical penance, like fasting to express sorrow and to accompany prayer are useless, but He makes it clear that these external signs of penance are not everything.

St. Mathew in his Gospel gives us a secret without which we shall not see God: work for Him alone without wanting anyone to know and in such a way that we ourselves will immediately forget what we have done. This will enable us to enter into the secrets of God.

Jesus neither justifies nor condemns fasting. He himself remained without food for forty days. For Jesus fasting is unworthy when done to obtain human approval rather than God’s. All religions accept fasting. It is a way of calling upon God when one is under the burden of sin, when one faces problems and difficulties and especially when misfortunes fall on us. It helps the sinner to move towards God who is compassion and love, a God who forgives. It helps the individual to exercise self-control and to be ready for divine communication.

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