An orientation programme on the brief marriage annulment procedure was held on 17 November 2016 for Priests working in the Parish along with Parish Council Members and the Religious Sisters. Rev. Fr. Vasant Sojwal, the Judicial Vicar of the Diocese and Rev. Fr. Vilas Sonawane, Diocesan Director of Family Apostolate were the Resource person who guided the participants on the topic. Priests and Nuns along with lay parish council members attended in large number.
The Old St. Anne’s Church which was built in 1945. Later the Nashik Diocese was detached from Poona Diocese in 1987 and the same Church was named St. Anne’s Cathedral. The Church as you see is very small and not very strong. The government’s Town Planning of Nashik took the Church land to widen the public road as so the entrance of the Church was touching the road which disturbed the Mass and Prayer services. Moreover the Church had been renovated several times but as you see the walls, roofs and the full structure is very weak. No use of further repairs. Also the community in Nashik is increasing. Now with much difficulty we have got the official permission from the Government to construct the Cathedral. Kindly pray for the proposed work.
Your precious prayers and support is requested for the long awaited construction of the Cathedral.
The Holy Father has established the new Exarchate of St. Ephrem of Khadki of the Syro-Malankaras and has appointed as its first Apostolic Exarch His Lordship Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil, OIC. The installation ceremony is scheduled to be held in Pune on 30th May 2015. The first Exarch will have his residence and chancery in the city of Khadki, Pune, in the complex which includes St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, which will serve as the new cathedral.
His Lordship Thomas Mar Anthonios Valiyavilayil, OIC, made a personal visit to Bishop Lourdes Daniel in Nashik on 14th May. He was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Scharia Vishal, Parish Priest of St. Thomas Malankara Church and Rev. Fr. George, SAC, from Palloti Dham both from Nashik. The Two Bishop spent few moments of prayer in the Bishop’s House Chapel. His Lordship Thomas Mar Anthonios was felicitated by Bishop Lourdes Daniel.
The air was filled with great joy and thanksgiving on the morning of 29th April 2015, as Fr. John D’Cruz, sj, celebrated his Golden Jubilee of Priesthood in the presence of Bishop Lourdes Daniel, Bishop of Nashik, Fr. Bhausaheb Sansare, sj, Provincial of Pune Jesuit Province, 40 priests and a large gathering of nuns and faithful. The Mass was celebrated in Loyola Sadan Church, Shrirampur.
Born on the 8th February, 1936 in Calcutta, to a family comprising of his parents, two brothers and two sisters, moved shortly to Belgaum where he completed his schooling at St. Paul’s High School. Hearing the call of the Lord he entered the Society of Jesus and completed his novitiate and Juniorate at Vinayalaya Bombay. His elder sister also joined the Holy Cross Congregation. From 1956 – 59 he was sent to Portugal for his Philosophy studies . Later three years of Regency in Goa and then he came to Poona for Theology. He was ordained at Holy Spirit Church in Madgaon on the feast of the Annunciation on the 25th March, 1965. A year of Tertianship and he began his missionary life in the Ahmednagar District serving at various times in Rahata, Kendal, Ghodegaon, Rahuri, Sangamner, Shevgaon, and Songaon. Except for three years as Parish Priest in Beed and three years in Panchgani he has served in Ahmednagar District his entire priestly life. In 2011 he was transferred to Loyola Sadan, Shrirampur, to the present date.
Fr. John treasures his union with the Lord and will not miss his daily celebration of the Eucharist, the recitation of the Rosary, his Breviary and the reading of a spiritual book. He has always been very close to his people and empathetic to their joys and sorrows. His sharp memory assists him to remember the names of the families and the individuals therein. He has a pastor’s heart and has helped innumerable youth to complete their academic and professional studies. He has been encouraging his brother and sister to contribute to his mission work and the help he received was always passed on to help the needy youngsters for their studies. He is a prolific reader and uses the time available to him to read classics and historical literature. He lives a very simple and abstemious life, straightforward in expressing his views but open to corrections.
Fifty years of priestly yeomen service in the mission is a great grace of the Lord and we thank God for having gifted us with such an exemplary priest to imitate. We pray that God may extend to him many more years of fruitful service, good health of mind and body and a peaceful and joy filled life.
AD MULTOS ANNOS
-Joe Menezes, S.J.,
“Bhajan and Bhajan Mandalis to be encouraged
as an important Parish activity” – says Fr. Ashol Ohol, S.J.
The tradition of singing Bhajans (devotional songs) is an ancient one in Indian culture. The Varkari sect in Maharashtra has maintained the tradition since 13th Century till date (for eight centuries!!). The missionaries were fascinated with singing of Bhajan when they arrived in the Ahmednagar district in the mid of eighteenth century. Right from the inception of the mission, the missionaries encouraged Bhajan singing. Night long Bhajans were held whenever Fathers went for village Mass. The priest reached the village previous evening, stayed there for the night and celebrated Mass in the morning as there was no practice of celebrating evening Mass in those days. Singing of Bhajans was the main activity on the yatra night. Groups from villages travelled by bullock carts to the main mission station and after the Mass, joined in the singing of Bhajans for the whole night.
It is only in recent times, with the arrival of modern communication technology and hi tech media, Bhajans have been sidelined. As a traditional medium, Bhajan still remains as an effective means of value education, catechesis and to spread the Good News.
A Bhajan that goes:
Ma̅za ka̅hi na̅hi re deva
Tuzac he sa̅ra
hya̅ srushti soundaryala̅
mi ek ra̅khanda̅r
In this bhajan the singer tells God that he owns nothing in this world, everything belongs to Him. And, he is but only a caretaker of the creation and the beauty.
With commercialization and outburst of consumerism, the Bhajan teaches a value to be a care taker for God’s Creation and not merely to use it for his own purpose.
In another Bhajan the singer says-
Kuni mhano Majala̅ Ka̅hi
Mi baslo prabhucya paee
Meaning: Let anyone say anything but I have assembled at the feet our Lord. Even today’s highly materialistic world, the person has chosen to be at the feet of our Lord. This is something of great value.
In addition, Bhajan is also an effective means of Catechesis as it relies complete on Biblical themes using simple words that a common man can easily understand. Moreover, Bhajans are sung in open where people from other faiths also come forward and take interest in listening. Thus, it is an effective medium of spreading our faith to others who are interested.
Small Christian Communities, Women’s groups and youth groups have been encouraged in every parish. Much time and resources are spent for conducting various activities for these groups. Bhajan Mandalis (Bhajan Groups) being so effective and important also need to be treated as one of the Parish activity. It is heartening to see that in more and more parishes, Priests are now taking keen interest in Bhajan Mandalis. Bhajan Mandalis should be an important part of the parish activities. With collaborated efforts let us bring our people more closer to God, I am sure it will soon be. Amen
Rev. Fr. Ashok Ohol, SJ, is a Jesuit Priest
of the Poona Province. He has been
instrumental in organizing the
Bhajan Groups in the Diocese of Nashik.