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Natural Family Planning Awareness Day (16th July 2017) and Week (16-23 July 17) Celebrations 2017

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To make aware the beauty the science of Natural Family Planning as a healthy alternative to artificial methods and to promote it as the God’s given way to plan our family the world celebrates World Family Planning Day and week.

Plan a session of NFP by engaging NFP approved teachers from DFSC (call on 0832-2224140 to organise the same)

The following resources may be used to plan programmes at Parish/Village level.

Letter to Priests for NFP day 2017 Celebration

Points for Celebration NFP Week 2017

Overcoming threats to Fly thro NFP 2017




Practice Saved Sex by Fletcher Doyle





11th July De-population Day: To make aware the perils of depopulation


WPD 2016 English n Konkani

WPD Letter to Priests 2016

WPD Letter to Schools 2016


As you are aware, World Population day is observed around the world on the 11th of July every year to bring awareness about the so called Population explosion and the issues related to the same. But is there an actual population explosion? Are the resources of the world getting exhausted due to the so called ‘ever increasing population’? There is more respect to animal life than to human life. The laws of the country are very strict with animal life on one hand while abortion, contraception is promoted. Keeping this in mind, the Diocesan Family Service Centre (DFSC), Goa have decided to title the day ‘World Depopulation Day’, to highlight the adverse effects of depopulation on the human race.

The world population is on the decline. In fact the total fertility rate (TFR: average number of children that will be born to a woman in that particular geographical area) and the growth rate (GR) in most parts of the world have plummeted down to such an extent that from now on it seems near to impossible to even maintain the existing population. To replace our population we require a TFR of at least 2.1. In the World it is 2.42 (2015 est.), and in India it is 2.48 (2015), while in Goa it is 1.7 (2015) with only Uttar Pradesh and Bihar having a higher TFR of 3.1 and 3.3 respectively. Average age in the world is 29.9 (2015 est.) the highest population in the world being in the age group of 25-54 years: 40.98%, while in India it is 40.74%, not far behind. Who will sustain this population in the next decade if there are no more kids?

The TFR of some villages in Goa (2013/2014/2015) are as follows: Khorjuem = 1.0/0.9/1.05; Aldona = 0.85/0.65/0.65; Saligao= 1.35 (2012); Pilerne = 1.47 (2012); Socorro = 1.1/1.15 (2014/2015), Moira 1.6/1.55 (2014/2015) and Penha de Franca = 1.2/1.2 (2014/2015). All below the replacement level of 2.1 which is required for the sustainment of the population. Even if our married couples, from now on, bring forth 5 children per family, it won’t be just enough. Besides the infertility rate is also on the rise, estimated to be more than 20% in Goa.

The primary and high schools in Goa see more migrant than local children enrolled. The reason is not that most of our children are going to the so called ‘top class schools’ but that we do not have enough of our own children in our villages and cities for enrollment.


In the last year’s Pastoral letter, our Archbishop expresses his concern and makes a clarion call, “parents, having these teachings before them (the teachings of the Church), should fulfill their responsibility, even by making place for one more child. Thus, they are called to uphold their integrity and health by turning away from abortion, the use of contraceptives and of other means of exclusive sexual pleasure.” (PL 2015-16, No. 4.2). Hence we are called to promote not small but big families for better development as there will be more working hands and brains for development, in its true sense, of the nation. We are called to give up our contraceptive mentality and be open to life.


Fr. Kennet B. Teles

Director, DFSC



Dor vorsa, sonvsarant,dor vorsa, Julaiache 11ver, vaddtolea lok-sonk’kea voir ani taka lagu zatolea sogllea addkholli / proxnnam vixim, lokam modem zagrutai haddunk Ontoraxttrik Lok-Sonk’kea dis somorombhtat,. Punn khorench mon’xancho ankddo vaddta kai? Amkam soimban favo zal’leo vostu, sovloteo, hea vaddtolea ankddeak lagun khorench kobar zait vetat kai? Hacher barik niyall korun ani hea adhunik kallachi poristhiti monant dovrun, hea vorsak ami, Goy Dhormprantik Kuttumb Seva Kendran, hea disak, “Denvtole Lok-Sonk’kyecho Dis”. oso mhatallo  diunk ieujilam. Tor oxem kiteak kai?

Hea adhunik kallar, mon’xanchi sonk’kea hispa bhair denvot gel’li ami polletanv. Khorench mhollear zolmotolea bhurgeancho ankddo zor ami pollet zalear, to itlo denvlolo amkam disun ieta ki aichi lok-sonk’kea asa toxich pasun urteli mhonn disona. Mon’xancho ankddo vaddtolo zalear tor dor eke ostore fatlean  tin tori bhurgim zolmak haddunk zai. (Pikallponnachi Raxichalicho ankddo 2.1 asunk goroz). Ak’khea sonvsarant sod’sea asa to 2.42 (2015), Bharotant 2.48 (2015) , ani Gõyant  1.7 (2015). Fokot Uttar Pradesh ani Bihar-ant ho ankddo matso subez asa: 3.1 and 3.3.

Amchea Gõychea kaim ganvamnim ami pollet zalear, Pikallponnachi Raxichalicho ankddo (2013/2014) hea vorsamnim oso asa: Khorjuem = 1.0/0.9/1.05; Aldona = 0.85/0.65/0.65; Saligao= 1.35 (2012); Pilerne = 1.47 (2012); Socorro = 1.1/1.15 (2014/2015), Moira 1.6/1.55 (2014/2015) and Penha de Franca = 1.2/1.2 (2014/2015). Zorui amchea lognik zoddpeamnim, aiz thaun, panch pasun bhurgeank aplea kuttumbamnim zolmak haddlim zalear pasun ho denvtolo ankddo voir kaddunk pavchem nam,. Hache bhair, bhurgeanchem dennem nasloleam kuttumbancho ankddo vaddot veta to amakm dista. Amchea Gõyantuch odmaas kaddla to vis tok’kea voir asa mhonn gomun ailam.  Lokachi pirai sonvsarant (on an average) 29.9 (2015 est.) zaun asa, sogllea von chodd 25-54 vorsamche piraiechim: 40.98%, tor Bharotant ti chodd fattim na, 40.74%. Tor he pindkek fudlea dha vorsamnim, bhurgeamcho ankddo vaddona zalear,  konn postolo?

Amchea Gõychea iskolamnim Gõyam bhailea bhurgeancho ankddo amchea bhurgeam von odik asa. Amchim bhurgim vhodd-vhodd xhallamnim xiktat. oxem nhoi,  bogor amchea kuttumbamnim hea iskolamnim dhaddunk bhurginch nant.

Fatlea vorsa, aple Gonvllik Chittint, amcho Arsebisp, hea denvtolea lok-sonk’keacher usko dhakoun oso ulo korta “Kuttumbik mog ghov-bhailechea koblantintlean suru zata. He koblaticho ek bhag mhollear novea jivitachi seva: bhurgeank zolmak haddpachi. Az-kal amcheam ghorabeamnim bhurgeancho ankddo denvlolo ami polletanv… mhonntoch amcheam kuttumbamnim jivitachi sonskrutay fulounk vavrum-ia. Amchem Kuttumb Seva Kendr soimba pormonnem kuttumb-yevzonnecheam upayancho prochar kortanam osli vollokh dita; ani hache voir lokx ghalun, avoi-bapui apli zobabdari palltolim ani aplea kuttumbant anik eka bhurgeak tori zago dovortolim mhonn ast ballgita. Oxem, zolm-bondi vixim addeche upai, gorbhpatt ani her fokot lingi dhadosponn ghevpache upai nam vaprun, promannikponn ani bholaiki samballat mhonn tench kendr ulo korta” (GC 2015-16, No. 4.2).

Hakach lagun lhan nhoi punn vhodd kuttumb ghoddun haddunk amkam apoileant. Oxem kelear amkam odik hat ani chotolim monam (brains) mellteleo ani tea vorvim amchea desachi udorgot odik bore bhaxen zaunk pavteli. Amkam jivit kobar korunk nhoi bogor jivitachi sonvskrutay fulounk apoileant. Tor ugttea monan jivitachi sonvskrutay fuloupacho nirnnoi gheum-ia ani herankui xikoum-ia.


Pri. Kennet B. Teles

Sonchalok, DKSK



  1. Denvtole Lok-Sonk’kyecho Dis

Adhunik kallar ami zor pollet zalear, ak’khea sonvsarant monxancho ankddo zaitoch unno zait gela. Zorui tor dor’torer aslolea sogllea sat billion lokank Indonesia dhaddlole zalear, dor eka mon’xak donxim satt ani tin (273) sq.metr, ravunk suvat melltoli asli. Ani zorui tor tankam hache suater Amazon-ar vhelole tor dor ekleak ravunk sovai (3/4) kilometr zago melltolo aslo.


  1. Ontoraxttrik mollear mon’xancho ankddo hispa-bhair denvot gela

Ami zor bariksannen chintun pollelear, aiz amchim panvlam eka eksurea planet-a vatten vetat mhonn ami polletanv, zhoim bhurgeanchea hanxea suater moneponn astolem; kainch avaz ascho nam. Amkam amchea kuttumbantlea toddlolea sombondha khatir khub sonsche poddtolem ani fokot itlench nhoi punn fuddarak amchea zannteancho samball korunk tornni pindka pasun amkam mellchinanam.


  1. Vhodd Kuttumb – Khuxal kuttumb

Povitr Xikounn ani Firgojeche sonvskrutaient pollelear, vhodd kuttumb zaun asa Devachea axirvadachi toxench avoi-bapaichea udarponnachi nixannim. (CCC 2373).

Dor ek bhurgem zaun asa ut’tom dennem eka kazari jivitachem / sombondachem. (CCC 2378)


  1. Pikallponnachi Raxichalicho ankddo

Mon’xancho ankddo zor vaddtolo tor dor eke ostoren, tin tori bhurgeank zolmak haddchi goroz. (Pikallponnachi Raxichalicho ankddo 2.1 asunk goroz).





  • World Depopulation Day

The world is underpopulated. If all the 7 billion people residing on this earth were transported to Indonesia, each would get 263 sqm, space to live on. If they were taken instead to the Amazon, each would have ¾ of a Kilometre. Sq. Space for each of them. There is enough space for all.


  • World Population is on its way to an alarming decline

We are heading towards a more lonely planet, where the laughter of children will be replaced by silence, where we will suffer from a breakdown of our main support system (i.e. our families), where we have less young people to care for our aged.


  • Large Families- Happy Families

Sacred Scripture and the Church’s traditional practice see in large families a sign, of God’s blessing and the parent’s generosity (CCC 2373)

Every child is the ‘supreme gift of marriage’ (CCC 2378)


  • For a population to eve replace itself, every woman should have at least 3 children (i.e. TFR Total Fertility Rate should be at least 2.1)


Seminar/Workshop on Child Sexual Abuse n intervention at School by DFSC held on 21st May 2016: Summary

Child Sexual Abuse & Intervention at School              -Rev.Dr.Jose Puthenveed

International, National and State Laws promote three goals for child protection namely: Safety, Permanency and Child and family well-being.

Children spend a large portion of their time in school, which gives educators more access to students. Each individual who is involved with children has the obligation of knowing the basics of how to protect children from harm.

The protection of children is not only an individual issue, but a community concern.  . Educators are trained to recognize and intervene when children are not able to benefit fully from their educational opportunities.

The law requires educators to report child abuse and neglect, provides protection for those educators who become involved, and penalizes those who fail to meet their obligations.

Prevention programs are now designed to inform children about good, bad, and confusing touch.

Currently, over half of the States have legally prohibited the practices of hitting, paddling, or punishing children with physical force.

The child protection mandate must be reflected not only in the policies but also reflected in every aspect of the school administration and management.

To protect children from some all forms of violence or abuse various legislations enacted in India.

Goa Children’s Act – its Implementation in Goa.                 – Adv. Emidio Pinho

The Goa Children’s Act 2003 (GCA) came into being after a number of deliberations from all sections of society. It was passed by the legislative assembly of Goa on the 30-4-2007. The Government of Goa under powers of appointment has appointed all Mamlatdars as special officers to look into violations and enforcement of the provision of the GCA.

Child under this act has been defined under section 2(d) as any person who has not completed eighteen years of age. But variations do exists in the GCA i.e. for child labour it is 14 years, for rape it is 16 years and for other offence it is 18 years.

This Act has given a holistic approach to the victims in cases of Child abuse. Inspite of this act, at the police station the victim is repeatedly questioned about the incident. It’s only after the police inspector and other investigating officer are convinced, that the NGO is called in for assistance in supposedly counseling the child and to help in recording of the statement.

The statement which is meant to play an important role in conviction is not recorded in child’s language and sometimes not in the sequence narrated by the victim.

This act has banned corporal punishment in school and has made education providers liable to provide, safe drinking water, sufficient toilets, counseling and admission for all children in absence of relevant documents under the principal of zero rejection. This act provides for liability and punishment to care givers in cases of abuse of children their custody

All children who have not completed the age of 14 are prohibited from all forms of work. This act provides for stringent punishment to the offenders.

Juvenile Justice Act 2000

This act is a central legislation and applicable to the whole of India. The Juvenile Justice Act 2000 is primarily governed by the principle of rights to privacy and confidentiality

Goa Children’s Act 2003

This act is a state legislation applicable to the whole of Goa. The main tenet of this Act also is the right to Privacy and confidentiality9. Goa Children’s Act 2003 (GCA) plays an important role in advocating the rights of the victim.

Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012

This is a Central Legislation and is applicable to the whole of India except Jammu and Kashmir. POCSO Act intends to protect the child’s right to privacy and confidentiality through all stages of a judicial process involving the child.

The Role of a School Counselor & Teacher in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention in School                                                                       -Sr Josephine  Libi  Arakkal

There are four primary forms of abuse that can be reported. They include: Physical abuse, Child neglect, Emotional abuse, and Sexual abuse

When talking with the child the educator should not appear shocked as a strong reaction may affect the child’s comfort level and the child should be put at ease, and the educator should sit near the child. The educator who talks with the child should be the designated person to handle such matters. The child may be afraid that either he or she will be taken from the home or the parent may be arrested. It is important that the educator abides by the promise to protect the child’s right to confidentiality. There are various consequences of child abuse and neglect and these consequences affect largely a child’s educational activity and they become a hurdle to make a children have an excellent academic record.

Report should be made with the special juvenile police or the local police. If not reported shall be punished with imprisonment of either description which may extend to 6 months or with fine or with both.

When the child returns – the role of a teacher never discuss the matter in the class room and if the Child is treated as any other child encourage the child to go for professional counseling

The role of a school counselor is building rapport skills, helping the pre-school children have difficulty with spontaneous recall.


The question of Child Sexual Abuse from the Journalist lens

                                                                                  -Ms Rajeshree Nagarsekar

Media have been essential to the task of placing the problem of child abuse in the minds of the public and on the political agenda. Significantly, the media have appeared, at times, to have more influence on child protection policy and practice than professionals working in the field

While acknowledging that the media’s portrayal of child abuse and child protection can have negative consequences for children and their families, it is argued that media coverage is vital if public concern for children is to remain on the political agenda, and if child protection services are to remain accountable.

Media representations are the primary source of information on social problems for many.


Outcome of the group discussions

Polices for Physical Abuse 

  1. Management should have awareness sessions for teachers regarding various issues with an aim to create greater sensitivity and awareness about issues, to enable them to protect children from potential abuse.
  2. Corporal punishment should not be accepted. Teachers who adopt corporal methods for dealing with disciplinary issues should be harshly dealt with.
  3. In case of disobedience, the child should be given detention, it may be given one day of detention or a week. Typically, one classroom will be set aside for detention, and a teacher or administrator will supervise, the student can read or do homework but not talk to anyone or play games. Students, might be given an assignment like writing lines or an essay. There will be additional consequences if the child does not show up for detention
  4. In addition to detention, the parents of the child will be informed. The counsellor will speak to the parents and the child to ensure that the mistake is not repeated.
  5. Various posters and circulars related to the topic of physical abuse should be displayed on various notice boards in and around the campus.
  6. Whenever a matter of physical abuse is reported against a teacher, severe action should be taken. The school board/committee should be immediately notified and a meeting should be scheduled.


Policies for Sexual Abuse 

  1. All the personnel or faculty members employed in the institution must be carefully screened and selected.
  2. The faculty should undergo various training programs to sensitise them on the issue of child sexual abuse.
  3. There must be a Zero Tolerance Policy against any form of sexual abuse.
  4. There must be a full time counsellor present in the campus. There must be a male and female counsellor present to deal with sensitive issues.
  5. There must be CCTV cameras installed all over the campus to monitor the daily functioning of the institute.
  6. Preferably, there must be CCTV cameras installed in the buses as well. If the buses are not monitored by these cameras, there must be another adult present to monitor the children and get them home safely. These bus safety attendants also have to report student behavior or concerns to the school, diffuse arguments between students and provide seating arrangements if required.
  7. Awareness programs should be conducted regularly for parents
  8. There must be written affidavits taken from the management, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, bus drivers, conductors and all other members involved in the functioning of the institute while making the policy.

Policy on Child Care 

  1. Every school must constitute a child protection committee headed by a child protection officer. Formation of these committees will help tackle the problem of child abuse at a grass root level.
  2. Volunteers, should be selected with the support of the faculty and counsellors to anchor the child protection activities in the school. These volunteers are to be selected during a parent teacher interaction meeting, which provides the volunteers a mandate from the institution.
  3. Regular trainings should be held for the volunteers, students, lecturers, counsellors and other faculty members, with special focus on child protection.
  4. Awareness posters are to be displayed on buses and to be advertised on the school premises.
  5. There must be a female physical educator present along with a full time doctor in the campus.
  6. There must be a full time male and female counsellor present in the campus.

Policy for a Counsellor in School

1. The counsellor must have a degree from a recognized university.

2. The counsellor must have a degree in Psychology and not Social Work in order to be employed.

3. The counsellor must be approachable and have soft skills.

4.   The counsellor should be working in one school and not several schools at once.

5.   A room should be provided to the counsellor where the student can converse privately.

6.   The child should not be sent for counselling for any silly reason.

7.   The counsellor has to be aware of his/her boundaries.

8.   The counsellor must keep all interactions with the students private and confidential.

9.   There must be a good rapport between the counsellor and the teacher.








Practice Saved Sex by Fletcher Doyle




Natural Family Planning awareness week (19th to 25th July 2015)

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The Diocesan Family Service Centre sends a letter each year to make aware in the parishes the reason and beauty of NFP.

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.

The Church teaches that the sacrament of marriage symbolizes Christ’s relationship with His Church. What is this relationship but one of total, faithful, permanent, and fruitful love! This is exactly what Our Archbishop wants us to reflect this pastoral year through his Pastoral Letter.
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The DFSC conducted the first of its kind in Goa and India a Deanery Conference on Natural Family Planning for Clergy and Religious Sisters on the 25th of August 2014. This conference was held at the Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Benaulim for the Deanery of Benaulim from 4pm to 8pm. The conference had in attendance all together 18 Priests and 14 Religious Sisters. The first session for the conference was delivered by was conducted by Valentine and Ana Coelho, Directors of Couple to Couple League, India Branch. They strongly put forth the view of how the Clergy/Religious could talk NFP in their day to day life. Continue reading