His Grace, The Archbishop of Bangalore, the Clergy, and the Faithful, Wish All Indians on the Occasion of the 50th Year of India's Independence , Peace, Joy, Friendship, Love, and the Blessings of Our Lord Jesus, and Welcome the World to Join in this Celebration at Bangalore in India, on 15th August, 1997.
The Archbishop of Bangalore, sends his Blessings and Good Wishes to all Christians in Bangalore, India and the World on the occassion of the Feast Of Our Lady, Mary, Mother of God, being Celebrated on 8th September, 1997 at Bangalore.
The Archbishop of Bangalore in a Condolence Message and Press Release, has expressed deep sorrow on the passing away of Mother Teresa who is considered as a Living Saint by millions of people in India and abroad. She personifies God's Love for the Poor humanity. All her works of Mercy spread over 125 countries and served by over 3000 Sisters called the Missionaries of Charity would be the evidence of a Christian Message of Love and Mercy. She literally took the command of Jesus to "Love God and to Love Neighbour" as the only way to eternal salvation. She must be considered as the best Disciple of Christ in our Country, India. She must also be considered as the best Disciple of Christ in our Century.
The Archdiocese of Bangalore will be paying highest homage by holding a Memorial Mass followed by a Condolence Meeting in the open air on Tuesday, 9th September, 1997 at 5 p.m. in the St. Joseph's Indian High School Grounds, Bangalore. A large gathering of delegates including the Head of State, Ministers of the Karnataka Government and others are invited to take part.
Archdiocese of Bangalore
Archbishop's House, P.B. No: 2, Bangalore 560 046
Circular 1/1998 Dated: 4th February, 1998
Dear Rev. Father/Brother/Sister,
1. CLERGY MEETING:
The Clergy Recollection and the Chrism Mass will be held on Wednesday, 1 st of April 1998 as usual at 10.00 a.m. Please come prepared for the Eucharistic Celebration.
2. CLERGY RETREAT 1998
I Batch - 20th April to 24th April 1998
II Batch - 27th April to l st May 1998.
Preacher - Rev. Fr. Anthony Swamy, St. Thomas Junior Seminary, Chennai.
3. KRISTA JAYANTI 2000:
As you are well aware, the year 1998 is dedicated to the Holy Spirit in the course of preparation for the forthcoming Jubilee 2000. It should be our effort to understand more deeply and teach others about the devotion to the Holy Spirit, to grasp better the mission of the Holy Spirit in continuing the work of salvation brought by Christ and help the community to live in His active presence within individuals and in the parish community in particular, and the human community in general.
As I have left it to each parish priest's initiative to foster the Jubilee preparation in the waytheyfind bestforthe parish community, I would only make the following suggestions:-
a)To devote the Lenten Sunday's preaching on the theme of the Holy Spirit. Among other sources like the Holy Scriptures, the Council Documents, Tertium Millennium Adveniente (T.M.A) Catechetical Text Books, you may refer to the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" (see the index under Holy Spirit).
I personally feel it will be worthwhile introducing a hymn to the Holy Spirit as an Entrance Song for the Sunday Eucharist throughout the year. It is bound to draw the constant attention of the worshipping community to the third person of the Blessed Trinity.
c) Parish Missions or Feast Novena/Triduums to centre round this theme.
d) A serious and systematic preparation for confirmation.
4. LENTEN CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER AND DISEASE
Lent is a time specially suited for making sacrifices, and the Church, year after year, appeals to us to share with others the good things God has given us. It is a genuine way of showing our concern for our less fortunate brethren. Posters connected with the Lenten campaign against hunger and disease will be sent to you before Lent begins. Please make a special effort to promote contributions towards the fund meant to relieve hunger and disease in the world, especially in our own country.
All collections/donations for this cause may please be sent to the Director, Bangalore Multipurpose Social Service Society (Director, B.M.S.S. Society), Archbishop's House, 75 Miller's Road, Bangalore 560 046, before the end of May 1998. The cheque to be written as "Archbishop's Charities - Hunger and Disease" for the purpose of audit.
a) Recording the Renovation of the Sacred Heart Church: Rev.Fr. John Solomon took the full responsibility of renovating the Sacred Heart Church, raising the required resources, planning and supervising the work to get it ready for the Centenary Celebrations in December 1995. This renovated Church has the rare distinction of the visit of the late Mother Teresa on 24.10.1995. The Church was blessed by me on 15.12.1995. I wish to heartily congratulate and thank Rev. Fr.John Solomon for the immense work and sacrifices he had made in undertaking and completing this task. I also record my appreciation for the cooperation given by the parish council and the parish community to give a new look to the Church. I regret very much for having failed to record this fact in my earlier Circulars.
b) The new church and the presbytery at Uftarahalli, devoted to St. Anthony, was blessed by me on 30th November 1997. This imposing and beautiful church, financed bythe Archidiocese, isthe work of Rt. Rev. Msgr.TJabamalai, assisted by Rev. Fr. Simon D'Silva. Both of them deserve our congratulations and gratitude.
c) A new Primary School Building and the renovated Church at Soosepalya, was blessed by me on 21.12.1997. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. T. Jabamalai, assited by Rev. Fr. J. Arokiadas, have completed this work financed partly by Manos Unidas and the Archdiocese. I congratulate both of them.
d) A new Church dedicated to St.Anthony has been built at Kaval Bairasandra, a sub-station of the Holy Ghost Parish by the Archdiocese, assisted by the parish community. It was blessed by me on 13.1.1998. Congratulations to Rt. Rev. Msgr. T Jabamalai and to Rev. Fr.Daniel Jeya Singh C.S.S.R.
e)The renovated Church of our Lady of Lourdes, Ulsoor, was blessed by me on 25.1.1998. I wish to congratulate the Building Committee of the Parish and Rev. Fr. Rajkumar, Rev. Fr. Mathew, CMF (Assistant), Rev. Fr. C.Moses, and the present Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Jerome Rego.The Rt. Rev. Msgr.T Jabamalai planned and supervised the renovation work.
YESU KRIST JAYANTI 2000
Towards A New Society
MEETING OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN PRIESTS' COUNCIL
llth March 1998
Members present - 16 Members absent,- Rev. Fathers Edwin Kagoo, Sagayanathan, M.Arogyaswamy, Antot CMI, D.S. Arokiaswamy.
The Meeting of the Archdiocesan Priests' Council was held at the Archbishop's House on llth March 1998 at 10-00 a.m. The Archbishop said the prayer.
The Items on Agenda
a) The Better World Movement model being organized in the K.G.P, Deanery.
b) The Neo-catechumenate model followed by some parishes in the city.
c) The basic christian communiy model followed in the Kolar Deanery.
d) Individual. models followed in some other parishes.
The Archbishop made it clear that a'uniform model for the whole Archdiocese was clearly found not feasible and that :ls,why freedom with responsibility was allowed to each parish, so that,each one may suitably prepare themselves for the celebration of Krista Jayanti 2000.
In order to intensify the preparation for the Yrista Jayanti 2000 and to reach out to all the parishes and to help them, a Central Archdiocesan Committee was proposed to be set up for this purpose, consisting of Rev. Fr. A. Michael (Convener), Rev. Fathers Joseph Abraham, George Puraidam msfs, George sdb, T. Bernard, Zacharias sdb with some lay members co-opted by the Committee.
It was also suggested that suitable posters be printed and exposed in all our Institutions, Churches, Schools, Hospitals, Religious Houses, etc. Suggestion, also was made to have T-shirts with the emblem of Krista Jayanti 2000. it was further recommended that there be public celebrations towards the end of the year when the whole Archdiocese or a group of parishes hold a public celebration in order to high-light the Krista Jayanti 2000 and to bring it to public knowledge.
a) to promote faith formation;
b) to organise liturgy and worship;
c) to share concern by works of charity;
d) to promote mission and evangelization.
Concluding the Meeting at 12-00 noon,.the Members oined the Archbishop in concelebrating the Chrism Mass in which the Holy oils were blessed.
Fr. T. Fransz , Secretary
ARCHDIOCESE OF BANGALORE
Archbishop's House, P.B.No.2 Bangalore 560 046
Phone : 3330438 , 3330838
TO THE CLERGY, THE RELIGIOUS AND THE FAITHFUL OFTHE ARCHDIOCESE OF BANGALORE
Dear Rev. Fathers/Brothers/Sisters and dear Faithful,
My RESIGNATION FROM THE OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF BANGALORE:
His Holiness Pope John Paul II has graciously accepted my resignation submitted for reasons of health. Ever since I underwent the bypass surgery, I do not have the required stamina and energy to meet adequately the heavy demands of my office and to sustain the stress and strain of heavy pastoral responsibilities. Instead of compromising my commitments, I decided to lay down my burden and the Holy Father acceding to my request has directed the Apostolic Nuncio to write to me as follows:
My Lord Archbishop
I hasten to.confirm that our Holy Father the Pope has accepted your resignation. Considering Your Grace's delicate health, he is relieving you from the pastoral governance of the archdiocese to which you have selflessly dedicated yourself since 1986, after having successfully headed the diocese of Chikmagalur since 1963.
The news will be made public in Rome on Tuesday 24 th March 1998 at noon local time, corresponding to 16.30 hours Indian time.Till then it has to be kept secret.
I would ask your Grace to be so kind as to arrange for the publication of the news in Bangalore. As for my part I shall inform the heads of the three Hierarchies.
There is still one other matter to attend to: on the day of the announcement your diocesan consultors will have to elect an administrator to govern the Archdiocese till the appointment of your successor. His name should be communicated to the Apostolic Nunciature.
Your Grace has carried out episcopal duties for 35 years and this with the greatest dignity and distinction. The merits you have gathered are known to all. I hope that you will now - without the burden of the office - feel better. For the Archdiocese, I am suure, you will continue to pray. May Christ, the Good Shepherd grant your Grace long life in this new form of His service.
With cordial regards and every best wish, I remain, as always.
Yours fraternally in Christ,
Most. Rev. Dr. GEORGE ZUR
To His Grace
Most Reverend Alphonsus Mathias , Archbishop of Bangalore
The above letter of the Apostolic Nuncio, was made public at 4.30 p.m. at the Archbishop's Office on the 24th March 1998, in the presence of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese.
As directed by the Apostolic Nuncio, the College of Consultors met at the Archbishop's Office and held the election of the Administrator.
I am happy to inform you that the Rt. Rev. Msgr. T. Jabamalai has been unanimously elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Having made the Profession of Faith, he took charge of the Archdiocese of Bangalore as the Administrator with all the rights and duties as assisgned in the Code of Canon Law, with effect from 5.00 p.m. of 24.3.1998.
While congratulating him on his election and wishing him abundant divine assistance and success, I plead with one and all to give him your unstinted cooperation and support in word and deed.
Expression of profound gratitude:
Having laid down my office, it is my privilege and joy to express my profound gratitude to the Clergy, the Religious and Faithful of the Archdiocese of Bangalore, for your constant prayers, cooperation, support, appreciation and affection throughout my episcopal ministry in the Archdiocese. I thank God for the call He gave me to serve this Archdiocese, and I thank the Holy Father who assigned the Archdiocese to my pastoral care and now promptly acceded to my request and freed me from the burden. I also thank the Apostolic Nuncio for being a brother and a trusted friend to me during all these years. A special expression of deep appreciation and gratitude to Rt. Rev. Msgr. T Jabamalai for shouldering efficiently more than half of my burden as the ever-hardworking Vicar General, and to Rev. Fr. Caetano Menezes, the Finance Officer of the Archdiocese for flawlessly maintaining the accounts, obliging everyone in time and out of time and for being a motherly minister of the Archbishop's House. My thanks are due also to my Secretaries Rev. Fr. S. Jayanathan and Miss. Flossie Saldanha for their ever obliging service and availability.
Finally, as I take leave of you, let me lighten my conscience by asking all those whom I have offiended, knowingly or unknowingly, to forgive me. I beg all of you to support my fading years by your prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His love.
Hello To You All, I met His Grace, Archbishop Alphonse Mathias on Saturday 28th March 1998, and he sends you all His Blessings, and requests you to keep him in your prayers. Also he requests you all to keep visiting the Bangalore Archdiocese Home Page for updates from time to time from the Archdiocese. He regrets that due to this sudden change, he is not in a position to reply to your individual mails. On my part, I will try to meet His Grace's successor and carry on with updates as and when I receive them from the Archdiocese. God Bless, Ronnie
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