Wednesday, May 2, 2018


The month of May is the month that the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. It is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love that Catholics in every part of the world pay to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical Mense Maio: On the Month of May, No. 1).

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts that were to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.

The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order. The practice took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesú Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.

The practice was granted a partial indulgence by Pius VII in1815 and a plenary indulgence by Pius IX in 1859. With the complete revision of indulgences in 1966 and the decreased emphasis on specific indulgences, it no longer carries an indulgence; however, it certainly falls within the category of the First General Grant of Indulgences.

This pious practice has been especially recommended by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent references to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy (Mediator Dei) characterized it as one of “other exercises of piety that although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See and by the Bishops” (no.182).

In his 1965 Encyclical Mense Maio, Paul VI used the Month of Mary devotion as a means of obtaining prayers for peace. He urged the faithful to make use of this practice, which is “gladdening and consoling”, and by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honoured and the Christian people are enriched with spiritual gifts.

There are no official prayers or rites for this practice. Many churches have a daily recitation of the Rosary in public or some other prayers in honour of Mary, including the crowning of Our Lady’s statue. For private use, one can follow the format of a liturgy of the Word: entrance chant, opening prayer, Scripture reading, and brief reflection or homily, with a concluding prayer of invocation. The only necessary element in that is that Mother Mary be honoured in a special way.

Blessed Virgin Mary is our loving and caring Mother and Queen par excellence. She is definitely a powerful mediatrix between God and us. She can fulfil all our needs, because God always grants her whatever she asks. Therefore, in great love and humility we need to approach her in our needs. I encourage all the laity, men and women religious and priests of the Diocese of Jamshedpur, to venerate Our Lady in the month of May. We can beg for various favours. In particular, let us pray for two intentions: first, that the Kingdom of God may spread in the Diocese of Jamshedpur; second, that all the families of the Diocese may cultivate deep love, trust and faith in Our Lady.

+Felix Toppo, S.J.
                                                                                                        Bishop of Jamshedpur


Vocation promotion Camp 2018

“Here I am, Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me I will hold your people in my heart.” These words might have echoed in the ears of 27 boys who came for the vocation camp. To know their call 23 boys from Jamshedpur diocese and 4 young boys from Simdega diocese attended the vocation camp held on 9th April to 13th April at Vianney Niwas, Sundernagar, Jamshedpur.


Respected Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J., offered Mass on the first day and prayed for the boys. He helped them recognize God’s call. He highlighted on the unique relationship existing between diocese and province. The boys were helped to discern their vocation. Their eagerness to know about the diocese and attentive listening to Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. was clear sign that they have decided to become a humble steward in God’s vineyard.


Fr. David Vincent spoke about the birth of the diocese, it’s head and religious men and women working in the diocese. The boys were made aware of different pastoral ministries done by a diocesan priest. He invited young hearts to become God’s instrument for the diocese by doing various ministries.

“Through sacrament of baptism we are priest, prophet and king.” It was Fr. Ajay Tiru who told the boys about ministerial priesthood in very simple way. He was happy to use Power Point for the sake of the young ones. Jesus says, “Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Fr. Ajay was confident to speak on Mk. 10:45. Some of the key phrases used by Fr. Ajay were: Priest should be always at God’s work. Priest must be happy.
On the third day, Fr. C. R. Prabhu was happy to celebrate the Mass and give a session to the young boys. Through his life story he encouraged them to dedicate their lives as missionary in this challenging scenario. He convinced them that ‘Prabhu’ is always with them in their life situations.  His priestly life touched the hearts and minds of the young ones.
It was a day for ‘Jamshedpur Darshan’ on 13th of April. We visited Zoo, Jubilee Park, XLRI and Bishop’s House. XLRI and Bishop’s House were ever ready to welcome and provide snacks and tea for us.
Frs. Pascal Toppo and Nestor Soreng were fully engaged in arranging necessary things for the camp. Fr. Ranjit Minz, S.J., Sch. Lievance and Ranjit Kerketta were always with the boys to guide them to discern their vocation. Congrats to Vianney Family for their selfless service. Bro. Nabor also extended his helping hand for success of the camp. Heartfelt thanks to all priests who prayed for us, sent boys for the vocation camp and addressed young boys during vocation camp. (Fr Michael Deogam)
A Workshop on Forest Rights
Forest Rights Act, 18 December 2006, has been enacted to recognize and vest the forest rights and occupation of forest land in forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, who have been residing in such forests for generations, but whose rights could not be recorded.

This Act not only recognizes the rights to hold and live in the forest land under the individual or common occupation for habitation or for self-cultivation for livelihood, but also grants several other rights to ensure their control over forest resources which, include right of ownership, access to collect, use and dispose of minor forest produce, community rights such as  habitat rights for primitive tribal groups and pre-agricultural communities; right to protect, regenerate or conserve or manage any community forest resource which they have been traditionally protecting and conserving for sustainable use.
Many tribal communities are not aware of Forest Rights Act, 18 December, 2006 and as a result they are not able to make use of this act. In Jharkhand church is called as Tribal church because the tribal presence is very much. Thus church also focuses its aim to work with and for the tribals. But the church cannot do so unless and until she knows the acts and laws which are meant for the tribals. Keeping this thought in mind the Catholic Charities organized one day workshop on FOREST RIGHTS on 25th April. 11 priests of the diocese, a nun and 35 staffs of Catholic Charities benefited by this workshop. Fr. George Monipally an expert and experienced on Forest Right from Daltonganj was the resource person. Thanks to all for participating in this workshop.
Celebration of World Earth Day at CKP
The purpose of the world earth day is to remind all of us that earth and its ecosystems play a very vital and fundamental role to support lives of all human beings and all living species in the world.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day was “End Plastic Pollution.”
We are aware of the fact that plastic pollution is killing our planet! It’s choking our oceans, poisoning our food and water supply, and wreaking havoc on the health and well-being of humans and wildlife worldwide. Therefore the Catholic Charities thought of Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens to control and clean up plastic pollution; educating people to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reduce, refuse, reuse, recycle and remove plastics.
On this occasion an awareness rally was organized on 21st April from Railway High School ground to Railway Community Hall. 850 students and teachers participated in this rally.  It was flagged off by Mr K.D. Shah the president of Nagar Parshad and Mr. Ramnarayan Singh the BDO of CKP. At Railway Community Hall program was held where the students exhibited their models, performed Nukkad Natak etc. The Mr. Chhatrasal Singh the DRM was the chief guest who in his speech appreciated the efforts of CCJ and its staff for taking up such a noble and praiseworthy task of educating and mobilizing people on Earth Day. Prior to that Fr C. R. Prabhu welcomed and highlighted the importance and necessity of organizing such a program. On this occasion Mr Anup Hembrom the ADRM of CKP, Fr. Alwin, Fr Johny P.D., Fr. Jayraj, Fr Birendra Tete , staff of CCJ and many others were present. Lasty all the principals were given a memento. Thanks to Fr Alwin, Fr Birendra and staff of CCJ for meticulously planning and executing them. A big thanks to South Eastern Railway for proving all the facilities.  
Annual Evaluation
It is important to annually assess and adapt our activities to ensure they are as effective as they can be. Evaluation can help us identify areas for improvement and ultimately help us realize our goals more efficiently. The Catholic Charities and Samekit Jan Vikas Kendra evaluated their ongoing activities from 23 – 25 April. There were 35 staff present for the same. It provided a very good platform for cross learning for all the staff. Fr. Alwin the director welcomed all and briefed the gathering about the objectives of the annual evaluation.
Thanks to Rev. Bro. Jacob DDS
Catholic Diocese of Jamshedpur expresses its sincerest gratitude to Rev. Bro. Jacob DDS for his selfless service to the Mission for the last 18 years. As he goes to the Southern India for his further ministry, we wish him all the best.
The Diocese welcomes Rev. Bros. Noel Lobo, DDS and Stephan Lobo DDS who will be rendering their services at the place of Bro. Jacob DDS. We wish them all the best.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
MAY
Date
Name
07
Alwin C.V.
13
Fr. Robert Toppo
JUNE
Date
Name
14
Fr. Prince Dibash
16
Fr. Halan Bodra
16
Fr. Baldeo Hembrom
22
Fr. Georage Ekka
24
Fr. Michael Jojo
30
Fr. Roque Cardoza

Bishop's Engagements 
MAY 2018
01
Tue
PM
To Bangalore

02-04
Wed..
AM-PM
Standing Committee Meeting at St John’s
Bangalore
05
Sat
PM
Return to JSR

12
Sat
07.30 am
Priestly Ordination of Dn. Walter Purty
Bordor
20
Sun
07.00 am
First Communion and Confirmation
Goilkera
21
Mon
A.M.
Meeting with Fr. Jagdish Parmer
Golmuri
22
Tue
P.M.
Golden Jubilee of 1968 Batch Jesuits at XLRI
Bistupur
23
Wed
AM
To Rome (Return to JSR by June 2, 2018)

JAMSHEDPUR LEARNING FORUM - CONSORTIUM
Dear Principals/Headmasters/Headmistresses/Parish Priest/Secretaries,

It was on 16.03.2018 at our meeting at Guidera Jesuit Residence, among other things, WE mooted a VISION – the need to UNITE under “Consortium of Minority Institutions” OR “JAMSHEDPUR LEARNING FORUM”. The enthusiastic response to this SHARED VISION is brilliant! The idea of setting up a consortium of Minority Institutions to safeguard our Institutional's interest was reconfirmed on 28.04.2018 at a meeting of the Heads of Schools at Bishop's House, Jamshedpur.

We are delighted to announce - Rev. Fr. G. Pushparaj, SJ, the architect of consortium in TN Minority Institutions and his senior counsel Shri. Issac Mohanlal, senior advocate specializing in Minority Rights have consented to guide and deliberate with US to enable us to CARRY FORWARD the movement.

As a way forward, we are happy to announce that a ONE DAY workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at XLRI (new campus Learning Centre II) from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The coordination committee Frs. David Vincent. Jerome Sequirea SJ and Tony SJ - INVITES all our heads of institutions to attend this WORKSHOP. At the workshop the assent and signature of the Head of the Institution on a memorandum is essential.


Kindly, register your name and institution immediately. Email TO: fr.jilson@gmail.com
  or whatsapp to 8521608509.


Registration is important in view of getting the logistics in place.   Kindly use the following format to complete your registration by 25 May 2018. The Registration Fee is Rs 1,000/- per institution. You can do the on-the-spot registration at XLRI on 16 June 2018. Always contact Fr. Jilson with regard to consortium related matter.

Thanking you, 
Regards,

Fr. P. Tony Raj SJ                                                                         Fr. David Vincent, VG,
(Province Coordinator for Education)                                     (Director of Diocesan Schools )





Saturday, March 31, 2018



The Dignity of Priesthood

 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

God in His infinite Wisdom, beyond the comprehension of man, made man - a priest, His representative, alter christus, on earth. Senses cannot grasp this marvel; it is in faith that we understand the true meaning of alter christus. Hence, the answer to the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’ is the understanding of the person of Jesus in our personal experiences: He is the Son of God, He is the eternal High Priest, the Eternal Truth, the anointed of God, the sovereign Ruler of the world and King of Kings.

In his public life, He not only gave sight to the blind but also cured his spiritual blindness; while curing the deaf, he also gave him the words of eternal life. He made the cripple walk that they may walk towards the righteousness of God. He cleansed the lepers that they may experience the purity of heart. For Jesus, the conversion of a sinner is much grater than raising a dead to life. He sowed the seeds of brotherly love and compassion to the poor and the rich alike. He summarized the whole Torah and gave them the commandment of love.  

Jesus assumed the Kingship after his resurrection from the dead. His kingship is His Cross. He is the ultimate Judge; He will judge us after our demise. And on the Last Judgement Day the whole human race will face the justice of the Lord. On that day, there will be no room for contrition or forgiveness of sins. Jesus, the judge will separate the sheep from the goats, the good from the bad. The good ones will behold the glory of the Lord and enter into His Kingdom and the bad ones will inherit the eternal hell that has been prepared for them.

Jesus, through his suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection gained for us the eternal salvation. However, humans as frail we are fall into temptation and commit sins. Hence, there is a continual requirement for contrition and forgiveness of sins. Jesus instituted the Holy Priesthood that He may continue his works of divine mercy and forgive the sins of the humans. It is the divine mandate of the priests to dispense the forgiveness of God through the sacrament of Reconciliation.   

The greatest work that has been entrusted to a priest is celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Eucharist, in which the Offeror and the offering becomes one is the ultimate expression of Divine Love. In the Eucharist, the bread and wine is transubstantiated into the Body and Blood of Christ through the hands of a priest. The Eucharist in itself is a miracle unfathomable to the human senses. Every priest is to celebrate this great mystery with unblemished and a contrite heart. He needs to be fortified with the faith in the Trinity, instilled with the gifts of faith, hope and charity and guided by the Spirit. He is to understand the divine mystery of God becoming man – to the extent of being a creature, to be with us till the end of the world, in the form of the Eucharist. Humility and sincerity are the pillars on which a priest can raise himself to the altar of the Lord.   

It is not easy to be a priest. A priest is in the world, with all the troubles and difficulties surrounding it; war, homicide, hatredness and malice. He cannot keep himself away from all the issues of the world. Instead, it is his duty to intercede for the people to the Lord on their behalf. At the same time, it is true, that there exists troubles in the Church because of our human frailties and spiritual immaturity. Sometimes the worldly malic and sins creep into the lives of priests and hinter them to carry out his divine mandate; this can lead the people of God astray. Hence, it is the duty of every faithful to pray for Priests. They are the dispensers of God’s grace amongst us. We must pray that every priest, being aware of his frailties, trust in the Lord who called him, and lead a life rooted in the Gospel values preached by Christ. Every priest must reinvent himself, and love God and love the people that has been entrusted to him. The Gospels are his light that eradicate the darkness of life and illumines the path to eternal life. We must pray that every priest remembers his call and reinstate the friendship with Jesus in every day of his life. Let us remember the letter to the Hebrews, 5:1-3, “Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people”.

Your Friend in Christ,
+Felix Toppo, S.J

Gharwapasi of Father Camille Bulcke


A different kind of ‘gharwapasi’ (homecoming) was witnessed in Jharkhand in the month of March, which had support from all sections and was opposed by none. The remains of renowned Hindi and Sanskrit scholar, Father Camille Bulcke was finally brought from Delhi’s Nicholson cemetery and reburied on the premises of Ranchi’s St. Xavier’s College located on Camille Bulcke Path, named after him. He came to India from Belgium in 1935 to spread the teachings of Christ and not only found a spiritual inspiration in Goswami Tulsidas but became one of the best exponents of Ramkatha (the story of Ram).

In a state where religious conversion has always been a highly sensitive and contentious issue and anti-conversion laws have been introduced by the government; where conflict simmers between Christian and Sarna Adivasis, between Hindus and Muslims, between Christians and Hindus and between Christians and Muslims, people of all religions attended the ceremonial reburial of Father Bulcke’s remains to mark his final resting place in his karmbhoomi, Jharkhand, 35 years after his death.

The reburial of his skeletal remains was announced as part of the Adivasi tradition of hadgadi, where the remains of the ancestors are carried as a blessing and reburied, as tribes move from one village to another. Baba Bulcke’s ‘gharwapasi’ has restored a great sense of pride to various communities but will his teachings and scholarly works also inspire a new thinking among the youth in Jharkhand and beyond.  It is befitting that the plaque installed along with his mortal remains and a beautifully sculpted bust, is engraved with the following doha from Tulsi’s Ramcharitmanas.

Parhit saris dharam nahin bhai
Par peera sam nahin adhmai.
There is no better dharma (religious duty) than benevolence; nothing more sinful than malevolence towards others.


Notification on the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Following the inscription of the Obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church into the Roman Calendar, which must already be celebrated by everyone this year on the Monday after Pentecost, it seemed opportune to offer the following directions.

The rubric found in the Roman Missal after the formularies for the Mass of Pentecost, Where the Monday or Tuesday after Pentecost are days on which the faithful are obliged or accustomed to attend Mass, the Mass of Pentecost Sunday may be repeated, or a Mass of the Holy Spirit, may be said” (Missale Romanum, p. 448), is still valid because it does not derogate precedence between liturgical days whose celebration are solely regulated by the Table of Liturgical Days (cf. Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, n. 59).  Likewise, precedence is regulated by the norms on Votive Masses:Votive Masses are in principle forbidden on the days on which there occurs an Obligatory Memorial, on a weekday of Advent up to and including 16 December, on a weekday of Christmas Time from 2 January, or on a weekday of Easter Time after the Octave of Easter.  However, for pastoral reasons, as determined by the rector of the church or the Priest Celebrant himself, an appropriately corresponding Votive Mass may be used in a celebration of Mass with the people(Missale Romanum, p.1156; cf. General Instruction of the Roman Missal, n. 376).

Nevertheless, all else being equal, the Obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is to be preferred.  The texts of the Memorial were attached to the Decree along with indications for the readings, which are to be held as proper because they illuminate the mystery of Spiritual Motherhood.  In a future edition of the Ordo lectionum Missæ the rubric at n. 572 bis will expressly indicate that the readings are proper and, even though it is a Memorial, are to be adopted in place of the readings of the day, (cf. Lectionary, General Introduction, n. 83)

In the case where this Memorial coincides with another Memorial the principles of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and Calendar are to be followed (cf. Table of Liturgical Days, n. 60).  Given that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church is linked to Pentecost, as the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary is similarly linked to the celebration of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, then, in the case where it coincides with another Memorial of a Saint or Blessed, and following the liturgical tradition of pre-eminence amongst persons, the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary is to prevail.

From the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 24 March, 2018

Chrism Mass - 2018


Diocese of Jamshedpur left no stones unturned to make Chrism Mass – 2018 a memorable one. The Chrism Mass was held on 22nd March, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Golmuri. The day began with a Pastoral Clergy Meeting, chaired by Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J. He explained in detail about the current socio-political situation in Jharkhand and their influences in our ministry.

Fr. I. P. Sartho, the resource person, helped the priests to analyze the challenges that priest face today and the expectations of the people of God. The talk was very interactive in nature and informative. In the afternoon, Fr. I. P. Sartho led everyone present to a prayerful recollection.  The clergy and the religious made the best use of the recollection, benediction and reconciliation in the afternoon.

The Holy Eucharist with the blessing of the Holy Oils was celebrated at 5.30 pm. In the Holy Eucharist, Bishop felicitated and prayed for the Jubilarians who are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of their Sacerdotal Ordination. Rt. Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo was also felicitated at this function as he is celebrating his Golden Jubilee in the religious life.

There were more than 120 priests for the Eucharistic celebration; the cathedral was full with the religious and laity. Congratulations to everyone who made Chrism Mass -2018 a memorable one. 

Community College, Mango, Jamshedpur




The community college, Mango, Jamshedpur held its 9th convocation day on 17th March, 2018 in the college premises. Most Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo, S.J was the Chief Guest for the function and Mr. Ratan Prakash (Asst. Divisional Manager, Tata Hitachi) was the Guest of Honor. The Sisters from PDDM Congregation, Sr. M. Cidia Awoki, PDDM, Sr. M. Refugio Saldate, PDDM, General Councilor too graced the occasion. The parents of the students and well-wishers of the college too were present for the function. The students of the 10th batch presented a well-arranged programme. The principal Sr. Tessy PDDM in her annual report spelled out various programs held in the college during the year. The students are trained as heath assistants. Along with this program, the students are also taught a) life coping skills, b) interpersonal relationship and communication skills, c) basic computer skills, d) conversational English, e) Yoga-meditation Skills.

Two students of 9th batch shared their life story which brought tears in the eyes of the audience. A hope of better tomorrow was seen in their eyes. They thanked the sisters and the instructors for motivating them and finding placement for all 21 students. Congratulations to Srs. Tessy, Reshma and Zita for training these students and finding placements for them. (Fr. Edwin Coelho)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
APRIL
Date
Name
03
Richard Miranda
12
Leo John D’Souza
16
Sahaya Thason
19
Paulus Bodra
24
Pascal Minj
29
Sushil Dungdung


BISHOP'S ENGAGEMENTS
APRIL 2018
01


EASTER SUNDAY

02
Mon
09.30 am
Meeting with the Superiors of Communities and Principals and Secretaries of Schools
Golmuri
03
Tue
06.00 pm
Farewell Function of the Seminarians at Pratiksha
Neeldungri
07
Sat
09.30 am
Finance Meeting with the Auditors
Golmuri
08
Sun
07.30 am
Confirmation
Rengra
06.00 pm
Silver Jubilee of Sr. Premlata, A.C. Park View
Bistupur
14
Sat
09.00 am
Youth Programme by Mahila Sangh. Cath. Charities
Sundernagar
09.30 am
JDES GB Meeting
Golmuri
15
Sun
07.00 am
Confirmation
Basahatu
16
Mon
A.M.
Sr. Emelda Soreng, Provincial, DSA, Gumla
Ranchi
PM
To Bangalore

17
Tue
A.M.
Board Meeting of CBCI CARD
Bangalore
P.M.
To Delhi

18-19
Wed..
AM-PM
Hindi Regional Bishops’ Meeting in Goldakkhana
Delhi
19
Thur
PM
Return to Ranchi, JSR

21
Sat
06.00 pm
Golden Jubilee, Sr. Marie Zelie, A.C.
Sonari
22
Sun
07.30 am
Confirmation St. Paul Miki Church
Bordor
29
Sun
09.00 pm
Seminar of Principals
Golmuri