Bible Week, Bangalore

 

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

With this attitude we the young Paulines of the community of Bangalore spent our Diwali holidays, by lighting a small lamp in the hearts of all the parishioners of the Sacred Heart Church. Therefore with faith and enthusiasm we began the family visits from 18th of Oct. The Sacred Heart Church is one of the famous Parishes in Bangalore city; it consists of 2500 Parishioners, who are very active and collaborative in Church activities.

Fr. Martin Kumar is the parish priest of this huge parish, where he works tirelessly knowing the hearts of all the parishioners. He is a very well known friend of our Bangalore community. He and his team were very approachable and co-operative in our mission. We thank them for their collaboration and understanding towards us.

Indeed our visit to all the families in the parish has had a great impact on the lives of the people and we could see and feel how welcoming they were towards us. It was an enriching experience for all of us to know and understand the hearts of the people, specially their life of pain and suffering, stress and depression, loneliness and poverty. Of course, some of the families did not welcome us but it was a unique experience for us to know and understand the attitudes of the people around us. Though some of us did not know the language of the place in order to communicate, our very presence was a blessing to the people whom we encountered with the language of smile best tender looks towards them.

In the 1st week we visited all the families and invited them for the Bible week celebration in the church. In the second week we organized the various programmes for the Parishioners.

We began our Bible week on Mission Sunday with the Holy Eucharist, highlighting the importance of the Bible in our life .We had invited different preachers from other parishes who spoke well on the theme, “growing in faith with the word of God”. His grace Ignatius Pinto presided at the Holy Eucharist at 8.30a.m. At the end of the holy Eucharist we had the releasing of our new 2 MP3’s on Mary.

After the Eucharistic celebration we conducted the Bible Quiz and Bible housie for the Children. There were around 150 children present. In Tamil, we conducted the hour of adoration on Friday and helped them to trust and cling to the Lord always in prayer, for prayer is our strength and our support in life.

We concluded the Bible week on Sunday 27th Oct, highlighting the theme, Bible and family. The priests, who were invited for the celebration of the Eucharist, spoke well and encouraged everyone to build up their family life and their relationships on the word of God which is the foundation of our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration the Priests implored God’s blessings upon all of us and upon the holy Bibles that were carried by all the faithful in the Church and the pledge was taken in order to lead and form our Christian life on the word of God and through the word of God which is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ.

We sincerely thank God and all the sisters of our community who gave us this beautiful opportunity to do something for our people, who were in need of our presence, our smiles, our look, our words of encouragement above all the importance of the word of God that we were able to make known to them through our mission of giving Christ to the world without any boundaries and barricades.

May God bless us and all the people of Sacred Heart Church so that we may value the word of God and be transformed in our life as the Lord always wants us to be.     

Sr. Sagaya and Junior Sisters, Bangalore

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Blessing and Re-opening of Pauline Book & Media Centre

IMG_7925 Dr. Abdul Kalam says, “The dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is which does not let you sleep”. Yes dear friends, we had a dream and a great desire to make our centre more spacious, more attractive and a place of light and warmth. And this dream didn’t let us sleep until it is accomplished. And today our hearts are full of gratitude to God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us to make this dream a reality.

On 29th September 2013 at 5p.m we had the blessing of our renovated centre by Most Rev. Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara. The ceremony began with the welcoming of the bishop with an aarathi after which Sr. Elsa welcomed the gathering  with the words of our Founder Bl. James Alberione  saying, our Centres must be centres of light  and grace to enlighten  and animate people. It is also a Holy place where the proclamation of the Word is done through various means. Our pre-postulants welcomed the gathering with a melodious welcome song.

Sr MAtilda gives a message to the assemblySr. Matilda D’Souza the M.C of the day made the people aware of the choice we had to make 28 years ago when we were invited by the two bishops i.e Bishop Valerian of Pune and bishop Leobard of Nagpur. We made a choice of leaving behind the 50,000 Catholics and opted to serve the people of Nagpur. It had been indeed a struggle and a journey of faith to bring up to this stage. After the brief introduction we had the lighting of the lamp followed by enthroning and honouring the Word of God.

Bishop in his short message appreciated the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul, and thanked the sisters for their dedicated service to the diocese. We thank Sr. Ancy for her message and the team for all the moral and financial support extended to us. We are very grateful Sr.Matilda for all the help and valuable suggestions given to us. At the end of the programme Sr. Nancy proposed the vote of thanks and introduced the membership card.  As a take away gift all were offered a copy of the Hindi N.T. and light refreshment was served. We also offered special discount on books and Bibles on this auspicious day. All were very appreciative of the new set up. Once again we are very grateful to Fr. Luciano and some of the communities for providing us financial help. We are indeed indebted to all of you.

Sr. Nancy D’Souza, Nagpur

Book Exhibition – Larsen & Toubro, Powai

Unlike other years, this year too we were privileged to have been invited by the HRD department of Larsen and Toubro, for the annual book exhibition. The exhibition was held for two days from 24th Oct -25th Oct 2013. The inauguration was on the 24th Oct at 10 am. At the inaugural function the guest of honor spoke well encouraging people to read books. He said, “ science and technology is rising swiftly while, the reading habit is gradually dying off”. However, he is very positive and hopeful that  the reading habit will never die in spite of the development in technology.

 This is the fifth year of our venture to Book Exhibition L&T. We are grateful to the organizing team for being kind to make us part of the exhibition. Our exposure to a company like this, is an aperture to cater to more and more people thirsting for knowledge. In this way we could widen our horizon of being committed to nourish the mind, strengthen the will and purify the heart. The kind hospitality that Larsen & Toubro extended to us was truly memorable.

They honoured the Pauline Stall as the Best Stall among 26 different Stallslarsenand toubro 2.

Sr Sushma Kullu

CHAI – CATHOLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF INDIA

CHAI Celebrates  its 70th birthday on 29 July

CHAI is a charitable, voluntary, non-profit Catholic Christian organization working for the promotion of physical, psychological, social and spiritual health of all people irrespective of caste, creed and sex, rendering service, education and research.

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Logo for the 70th anniversary of CHAI
Prepared by Sr Helen Albuquerque fsp

The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) with its motto “Love of Christ Compels usis completing 7o years of its service to the Nation. It is one of the world’s largest non-governmental organization in the health sector. CHAI upholds its commitment to bring health for all. Founded in 1943 by Sr. Mary Glowrey, an Australian sister-doctor, CHAI  is today one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Adopting Community Health as its focus, CHAI has been successfully implementing community health interventions throughout India. CHAI has an expansive base of over 3,410 Member Institutions (MIs) including 484 large hospitals, more than 2000 medium as well as small hospitals and health centres, 121diocesan social service societies, 27 Nursing schools and 52 Leprosy centers. CHAI’s massive network comprises 11 Regional Units, 1000 sister-doctors, 25,000 sister-nurses and 10,000 plus para- professionals who effectively render succor and support to the needy and the poor.

Vision : Commitment to bring ‘health for all’. It views health as a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being, and not merely the absence of sickness. People are assured of clean air, water and environment, they do not suffer from any preventable disease, are able to manage their health needs, are able to control the forces which cause ill health,  enjoy dignity and equality and are partners in decisions that affect them, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or economic status, and respect human life and hold and nurture it to grow into its fullness.

Mission :  In order to realize the vision, CHAI endeavours to Promote COMMUNITY HEALTH, understood as a process of enabling the people, especially the poor and the marginalized, to be collectively responsible to attain and maintain their health and demand health as a right, and ensure availability of health care of reasonable quality at reasonable cost. Control communicable diseases as they cause a huge public health burden as well as take a heavy toll of  human life in the country; Provide relief to disaster victims in the country and bring the affected to normal level of functioning. Ensure relief and rehabilitation to persons with disabilities.

Goal: “Together We Create  a Healthy World!

Goal: “Together We Create  a Healthy W