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THOMA CUP 2022 - St. Thomas Forane Church – Jalahalli
30-Aug-2022

St. Thomas Forane Church – Jalahalli: In commemoration of the 1950th Jubilee of the holy martyrdom of Apostle St Thomas, St. Thomas Forane Church, Jalahalli in association with STARS Pithruvedi initiated a new sporting event - "THOMA CUP: Interparish Volleyball Tournament." 

The initiative provides a healthy platform for various units of the diocese to come together and nurture a good bonding amongst the members. During this inaugural year, on 28 August 2022, a total of 12 teams participated from the diocese. Rev. Fr. Sunny Matthew CMF, the Forane Vicar, inaugurated the event. The competition itself was intense and spirited keeping the purpose of the tournament. The winner of Thoma Cup 2022 is St Thomas Forane Church, Jalahalli. The First Runner-up is St Joseph Church TC Palaya and the Second Runner-up is St Velankanni Matha Church, Muthanallur. Rev. Fr. Thomas Thennadiyil CMF awarded all the winners with the respective trophies and prizes. The whole event was organized by the members of STARS Pithruvedhi of Jalahalli Forane Church under the leadership of its President, Shri. Thamby Alappat and Executive Team. The Parish appreciates and congratulates all the organisers and participants for this meaningful event which makes the parish more vibrant.

Earlier during the month, 47 Students from the parish church attended the Angels Meet 2022 that was held in Christ School (ICSE). The event was organised by Commission for Bible and Catechetics of the Diocese of Mandya. Teachers Mrs Hena Jose and Mrs Rosy Theresia accompanied the students for the Angels Meet.

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That They May See Better
13-Aug-2022

Tenali, Guntur: Celebrating the International Youth Day, on 12 August 2022, the Youth wing of Red Cross Society and L V Prasad Eye Institute organised an Eye Screening Camp at the Mukti Tribal Residential School, Tenali.

For the young students of the Mukti School, it was a blessing. Through this opportunity the School was able to identify those wards who need special care and attention. Six of the students were identified for further eye check-up and treatment; two of them would need immediate medical intervention to improve the eyesight.

Mukti, Society for Tribal Integration is ever grateful to Dr L V Prasad and his team and the Youth wing team of Red Cross headed by Mr Johnny. The society thanks Mrs Bhanumati, the Chairperson of the Red Cross Society, Tenali for organising a free Eye Camp for the students on the occasion of the International Youth Day. This indeed was not just an even but celebration of love and care.

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Renewed to be Rooted and Audacious
05-Aug-2022

Bengaluru: As part our Spiritual growth and nurishment, Province of Bangalore organised the second Annual Retreat for the members. The retreat started on 31 July and concluded on 05 August 2022 at Claret Nivas Carmelaram. This time there were 53 priests who participated in the retreat animated by Rev. Fr. Benny Koottanal MSFS.

 

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Health is Wealth
30-Jul-2022

MUKTI, Tenali: On Friday, 29 July 2022 MUKTI Residential School for Tribal Children had the joy of receiving the gift of a new Mineral Water Plant. It was made possible through the generosity of Young Group of Mission Ruah. Most Rev. Chinnabattini Bhagyaiah, the Bishop of Guntur blessed and inaugurated the new facility.

The need for the RO Mineral Water at Mukti Tribal Residential School, was felt and generously accepted by the initiative and support of Rev. Fr. Vunnam Kiran Kumar, who is an International Corona Warrior Award winner and Dr. Kanapala Joseph, the Vice-Principal of Andhra Christian College, Guntur.

This new facility, RO Mineral Water Plant, is of great help in providing clean and healthy drinking water to the poor children of Mukti School, of the Yanadi Tribal community. On the occasion, the School children put up a short programme to express their gratitude to the generous donors, the Young Group of Mission Ruah. We Claretians thank our collaborators in the mission.

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Common Novitiate Programme 2022-2023
26-Jun-2022

BENGALURU: 25th June 2022 was a remarkable day; it was the solemnity of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the inauguration of common novitiate programme. All the novices from different novitiates gathered along with their formators at Claret Bhavan chapel. Rev. Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil CMF, the provincial superior, presided the Eucharistic celebration and encouraged the novices and the formators to have a fruitful year of formation. Around 57 novices and 14 formators participated in this joyful event. To begin with, the novices had a group dynamic session animated by Bro. George Xavier FSP. The formators also had a planning session.

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Claretian Vocation Day – Professions and Renewals
31-May-2022

Bengaluru: 31st May 2022, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Claretian Vocation Day, was indeed a joyous day for all the Claretians in India. On this day all the Major Organisms in India have their Professions and Renewals; so some celebrate their Jubilees too.

Province of Bangalore had the special privilege of having the presence of Rev. Fr. Joseph Mbungu-Mutu, the General Prefect of Formation, who presided at the celebrations of Entry to Novitiate, First Profession and Renewal of Professions. On 30th May nine Postulants from different Major Organisms of India entered Novitiate at Claret Bhavan Carmelaram.

At the same venue, the next day four Novices of the Province of Bangalore made their First Profession and thirteen students renewed their vows (eleven from Bangalore and two from St. Thomas).

Indeed it was a renewed enthusiasm as for the past two years, due to the pandemic, such celebrations were not possible. Many Claretian conferrers, neighbouring priests and religious, well-wishers and families of those making their first profession were part of the solemn celebration.

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IGNITING THE FIRE ANEW Young Priests’ Encounter
13-May-2022

Bengaluru: As part of the Ongoing Formation, Province of Bangalore organized a Renewal Encounter for its young priests ordained between 2014 and 2020. The renewal programme took place at Provincial Curia from 11th to 13th May 2022. There were 14 young Claretians who took part in the renewal encounter.  The main purpose of this coming together was to renew and refresh the young members engaged in different ministries in various mission centres of the province. The three day encounter consisted in sharing the joy of missionary life and some sessions of refresher inputs. Fr. Anil D’Sa, SDB helped the young Claretians to equip with enhanced methods of ministry with the youth. Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF guided the group to understand the prudence needed in ministry with minors and vulnerable adults. Fr. Sebastian Theruvanmoola, CMF shared the modern ways of family ministry in the apostolate. The young priests were also able to spend half a day in Sumanahalli Campus visiting the persons affected with leprosy and HIV and understanding the concept of shared and collaborative ministry in apostolate. Provincial Superior, Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil, inspired the young Claretians in understanding the missionary vocation and community living.

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Jubilee Renewal Programme
03-May-2022

Bengaluru: Province of Bangalore organized a Renewal Programme for the jubilarian members at Provincial Curia from 3rd to 5th of May 2022. During the past two years, due to Covid-19, the province could not organize such coming together and several times such gatherings had to be cancelled.  There were 24 members who celebrate their 50 Years of Religious life, 25 Years of Priesthood and 25 Years of Religious Life; however only 20 could be physically present for the programme.

As Claretians, men who are rooted in Christ and adore God in spirit, initiated the renewal with some time spent together in Eucharistic Adoration. Fr. Jacob Parappallil, MSFS guided the jubilarians to reflect on Religious Life and Mission. Fr. Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF inspired the group to reflect as Claretians marching towards growth. The jubilarians had ample time to share life and mission. The coming together itself was a joy of belonging. The programme was concluded with the solemn Eucharistic celebration and fellowship meal where other Claretians also joined to thank God and appreciate the jubilarians.

 

 

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Lenten Prayers at Village Chapels
22-Mar-2022

Bhattiprolu, Guntur: As part of Spiritual Formation and Nourishment and to prepare the faithful for the solemn celebrations of the Holy Week, Christ the Redeemer Parish Bhattiprolu conducted Lenten Prayers in the different village chapels of the parish on different days – Abbanagudavalli, Chavali, J.J. Colony, Juvvalapalem, Peravalipalem and Surepalle. In general the celebrations of the day included praying Way of the Cross, Praise and Worship, Preaching, Adoration, Confession, and concluding with the celebration of Holy Eucharist.  The faithful shared their joy for having such spiritual experience.

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Annual Day Celebrations
22-Mar-2022

Peeranwadi, Belagavi: On 22 March 2022 Claret Niketan Minor Seminary at Belagavi held its Annual Day Celebrations for the year 2021-22. It was the official concluding of the academic, literary and cultural activities of the seminary. The function was solemnised with the presence of Dr Antonio Carvalho (Psychiatrist, KLE Medical College Belagavi), Dr Vilma Carvalho (Paediatrician, General Hospital Belagavi) and Fr. Paschal the Spiritual Director.

In his keynote address Dr Antonio Carvalho stressed on strengthening the aspect of faith among the modern seminarians. Fr. Jose Kattath, the rector of the seminary appreciated the students for their hard work and dedication during the academic year. The day’s celebrations were more colourful with various cultural programme staged by our students.  Presence of all the formators and priests of the community encouraged the young seminarians on this eventful day.

 

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Sharing the Joy of Belonging
18-Mar-2022

Bhattiprolu, Guntur: On 18th March 2022 St. Claret Youth from Christ the Redeemer Church Bhattiprolu made a visit to the Home for the Destitute run by the Sisters of Charity at Guntur. The youth spent some time interacting with the inmates and sharing some light moments with them. As a gesture of Lenten charity the youth contributed ? 5000 to the centre for a full meal to the inmates. The inmates expressed their joy and happiness for spending time with them and listening to them. This short visit was an eye opener for the youth to know the realities and struggles of the poor people; this helped them to take a decision that they will not allow their parents to face such situations rather they will take care of them till their death. As part of the pilgrimage, the youth group also visited St. Antony's Shrine, Guntur and Infant Jesus Cathedral Church at Pirangipuram.

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“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow” Women’s day Celebration
13-Mar-2022

Carmelaram, Bengaluru: International women’s day was celebrated on 13th March 2022 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Carmelaram. The parish had a solemn Eucharistic celebration to mark the day. All the arrangements were taken care by the women of the parish. The activities of the day included a get-together to exchange gifts, sharing of ideas, election of new office bearers felicitation of women who contribute to the growth of the parish and ending with a fellowship meal.   This is a special day for all especially for the men folk in the house and society to acknowledge the gift of a mother, sister, wife and a daughter whose presence and contribution beautifies and brightens up every home. They are the morning light in the house when they wake up; the sun as they open the door for the new dawn; and they become the end too as they welcome the moon to shine in the darkness along with evening rosary and night prayer. It is the duty of each one of us to thank our mothers and daughters, wife and sister, for being wonderful persons in the life of each one; at home and in the society. It is our duty to acknowledge their services even in their illness and difficulties, as they never forget to feed the family. They are the presence of guardian angels. According to UN, the theme for 2022 international women’s day is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. So acknowledging and celebrating the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading to bring changes in the science and society as well for women to lead a life of dignity. We need to take note of that enormous contribution which is remarkable and must be appreciated. Today women are leading the march on climate change – adaptation, mitigation, and response to build a more sustainable future for all. Women are trying to help one another to restore the dignity of womanhood. Voluntarily many women have sacrificed their happiness and wealth in serving the lesser privileged women. Women chose to be in the frontline ministry and that is why many of them fought with COVID-19 to protect themselves as well as to protect the others. It is the women who show the solidarity when things go wrong in the family, neighbourhood and society.  While there are women who go on to perform well in their chosen fields outside their homes, there are many who sit at home and still own the world. The last, but definitely not the least, every Indian mother is an achiever, who needs back up and support from her household and community.

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Break The Bias - International Women’s Day 2022
09-Mar-2022

Gauribidanur, Tumkur: On 8th March 2022 The Project Vision Rural Eye Care Campus, Gauribidanur, Karnataka celebrated the International Women’s Day. The day was observed by honoring and acknowledging the services of women in the different fields. On this occasion The Project Vision felicitated Ms. Sumaya BA.LLB (Field of Law), Mrs. Chandrakala (Panchayath Member), Mrs. Gangadevi (Field of Health), Mrs. Kalavathi (ASHA worker) and Mrs. Narasamma (Village Rehabilitation Worker). Around 50 women participated in the program.

The purpose of the programme was to promote a gender equal world, a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, a world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive, a world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we forge women’s equality. Collectively we all #BreakTheBias.

International Women’s Day is a Global event celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political and socio-economic achievements of women. It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

 

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Animation of Superiors
26-Feb-2022

Bengaluru: Province of Bangalore organised Superiors’ Meeting from 22 to 26 February 2022 at Claret Nivas Bengaluru with the main purpose of animating the local superiors in the province. The meeting consisted of different input sessions, presentations, sharing and discussions for the growth of the life and missionary activities. Fr. Joseph Lobo, SJ guided the members on understanding the Synodality in the contexts of religious communities and parish ministry. Fr. Thomas Kalariparambil, MSFS animated the superiors through the topic - Challenges of Religious Leadership Today. Fr. Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF inspired the members on how best the exhortations of XXVI General Chapter, “Querida Congregacion” can be integrated in the life and mission of the province. Provincial Superior, Fr. Sabu George Koottarappallil, urged all the superiors to understand the role of leadership in local communities by presenting the draft of the handbook for superiors. Each superior as well as the council members shared about the journey so far in the province after one year of X Provincial Chapter which invited the members to Journey Together to Transformation. It was a fruitful and inspiring time together for the leaders of the province in praying, discussing, evaluating and planning. On the occasion a book was released from the Consecrated Life Series – “Called You by Name” written by Fr. Arul Jesu Robin, CMF.

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EMPOWERING RURAL WOMEN
17-Feb-2022

Gauribidanur, Tumkur: The Project Vision took yet another step forward in empowering the local women at its Rural Campus near Gauribidanur. On 17th February 2022, inaugurated the Tailoring Unit as part of its Vocational Training Programme for rural women, mainly for family members of children with disabilities. This project is supported by the HID India (Powering Trusted Identities).  Mr. Anand and Mr. Prabhu Raj from HID India represented and inaugurated the project in the presence of Mr. Ramkrishnappa, the Gram Panchayath President. The project aims at training 100 women in two batches during the next 4 to 5 months. At the end of the training period, each trainee will be given a tailoring machine to make them self-employed; thus making them self-reliant.

 

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Love, Light and Life to Leprosy Patients : Bangalore Claretians
02-Feb-2022

Sumanahalli Society was conferred the best Non Government Organistaion award for work among the leprosy affected in the Sate of Karnataka by the Government, in Bangalore, India. Sumanahalli is managed by the Claretians of Bangalore Province since 1987, probably the only intervention of the Claretians with the leprosy affected persons anywhere. The award was handed over by Dr Parimala S Maroor, Director, State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, at the Anti Leprosy Day program on the 31st of January jointly organised by the Government of Karnataka and Sumanahalli Society. Mr Mastan Saheb, senior most staff of the Sumanahalli society, working for leprosy since 40 years, received the award on behalf of the Society. Sumanahalli was started by the Archbishop of Bangalore in 1976, responding to the request from the Chief Minister of Karnataka who was convinced that only a Christian Center would provide the  compassionate service needed for the leprosy affected persons. Archbishop brought in various religious Congregations to work together and later entrusted the Claretians to lead the activities from 1987. Presently St Joseph’s of Tarbers (SJT), Franciscan Sister’s of Immaculate and Montfort Sisters render their service in the society, coordinated by the Claretians. There are also large number of lay staff, belonging to different religions, thus making Sumanahalli a beautiful example of “working with others”. Conferring the Best NGO Award for Sumanahalli, on behalf the Health Department of the Government of Karnataka, Dr Parimala said that “Sumanahalli Society has done commendable work for the cause of the leprosy affected in its 45 years of service.” The program was organised in the Sumanahalli Campus on the Magadi road, where more than 100 persons from leprosy background are provided with treatment and rehabilitation facilities. 

Welcoming the gathering, Fr George Kannanthanam, Director of the Sumanahalli society said, “Sumanahalli society has provided dignified life to over 11,000 leprosy affected persons through an integrated rehabilitation program consisting of education, vocational training, job placement, housing and family settlement.” This is in line with the theme of Anti Leprosy Day by WHO for 2022, “United for Dignity”.  Four Claretian Fathers are involved with the Sumanahalli project. Provincial Fr Sabu is the Vice Chairman of the Society, with the Archbishop being the Chairman. Sumanahalli has been providing support to leprosy patients living in all 11 colonies in the city of Bangalore. It has built about 600 houses for the leprosy cured persons. Sumanahalli runs a school in the campus for children from leprosy, HIV and disabilities background. Various vocational training programs are provided for them to get employed. A garments manufacturing unit provides them employment. Sumanahlli has become a hub of various social activities with projects for orphans, street boys and juvenile delinquents apart from those affected by leprosy, HIV/AIDS  and disabilities. The motto of the society is Love, Light and Life. 

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CHRIST FORMATION – Book by Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF
17-Dec-2021

Bengaluru: Fr. James Kannanthanam, CMF publishes book on Initial Formation. The book titled “Christ Formation” was officially released in Bengaluru on 17th December 2021 by Rev. Fr. Richard Britto, the Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary Bengaluru. The book is seventh in the series of books on Consecrated Life brought out by Institute of Consecrated Life (Sanyasa). 

Formation is an effort to form every candidate into another Christ. The book “Christ Formation” is written as a Hand Book for the purpose of the beginners in vocational journey to Priesthood/ Consecrated Life for forming in the values – Human values, Christian values, Values of Consecrated Life and Priesthood. The book outlines the basic values required from the candidates, those that they have to aim at during the stage of early formation. For every value the author provides a short description, practical suggestions to grow in, inspirational quotes and Bible words and an anecdote to make the value explicit existentially.  It is also to help those adolescents and young men and women, who show signs of priestly or religious vocation to discern the call they receive and respond to it appropriately. The book also contains the basic prayers the candidates need to learn, some practical guidelines for meditation and prayer, etiquettes and good manners that they need to develop.

This modified version of “The Forge” published by the Claretian Province of Bangalore for the minor seminarians will benefit all in formation universally.

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Annual Feast and First Holy Communion
03-Dec-2021

Oleru, Guntur: St. Francis Xavier’s Parish Oleru celebrated its Annual Feast on 3rd December 2021. Rev. Fr. Pasala Thomas, the Director of the Social Service Center, Vijayawada Diocese presided the solemn Eucharist. On the occasion nine children of the parish received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Along with the large number of faithful, a good number of Claretian conferrers, neighbouring priests and religious joined the solemn celebration.

Keeping up with the tradition of the place, the faithful joined by a large number of devotees had a solemn procession with the image of the Patron, St. Francis Xavier, which lasted for hours. It was a beautiful day celebration of spiritual renewal and of family and community building for all the members of the parish.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
03-Dec-2021

Gauribidanur, Bengaluru: On 3rd December 2021, to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Project Vision Rural campus celebrated it with Special Children and their families. The day was colorful with cultural activities performed by the Children with disabilities. It was an opportunity for the children to exhibit their God-given talents and tell the world that, they are just ‘differently ABLE’. The event was graced by Dr. Venkatasubramanian, the director of Rangalakshmi Nethralaya Yelahanka, Rtn Jayaraman, Arasapur Panchayath President Rama Krishnappa and VRWs. The children were given prizes and Food kits.

The Project Vision in collaboration with CHAI-LF (Catholic Health Association of India, Liliane Fonds) and FNF (Fidelity National Financial) is supporting 250 children with disabilities, providing the intervention in Health, Education, Social and livelihood to these children and their families. Let us bring smiles they are the Treasures of the Society’.

The observance of the International Day of Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness for an ‘Inclusive Society’ in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The theme of this year is, ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post- COVID-19 world’. Every year the International Day of persons with disabilities (IDPD) is marked on December 3. As per World Health Organization (WHO), More than one billion people experience disability and this figure is predicted to rise, due in part to population  aging and an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. 

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Christ the King Church Chodavaram Celebrates Silver Jubilee
25-Nov-2021

Chodavaram, Vishakhapatnam: Year 2021 has been a historic year for the members of Christ the King Parish, Chodavaram as it completed the silver jubilee of the establishment of the parish. The celebration was solemnized on 25 November 2021. Most Rev. Mallavarapu Prakash, the Archbishop of Visakhapatnam, Most Rev. Bhagyaiah Chinnabathini, Bishop of Guntur, and Rev. Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil CMF, the Provincial Superior of the Claretian Province of Bangalore were the dignitaries of the day.

The solemn holy Eucharistic celebration, procession, cultural programmes, felicitation of the dignitaries and fraternal meal for the whole parish community marked the events of the day. In his homily, his eminence most Rev. Chinnabathini Bhagyaiah, applauded the Claretians for their missionary zeal and commitment that they have shown in the mission and the parish. Indeed, it was an expression of faith and witness by the parish community. The unity, sacrifice and hard work of the parishioners was appreciated by all.

Earlier Chodavaram was a mission and a substation under the Madugula parish. It was entrusted to Claretians in the year 1993, and erected as a parish in the year 1995 and was given to the Claretians on a permanent basis. At present, the parish covers five administrative blocks and a number of villages. Over the last 25 years, the mission has grown pastorally, structurally and socially, due to the various initiatives and efforts of Claretian Missionaries.

This jubilee year is occasion to remembers and thank all the pioneer missionaries as well the present for their missionary commitment and dedication. Yet, it is the parish community of the faithful who deserve the appreciation for following the path of the Lord in their personal and family lives.

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State Level Competitions for Visually Challenged
14-Nov-2021

Sneha Jyothi Centre, Athani: 14th November 2021 marked a very historical day for Sneha Jyothi Centre. On the occasion of the Children’s day in the country, the Centre hosted first ever state level competition for the visually challenged students on 13th and 14th of November. The initiative received a very positive response from various similar centres as well as from the collaborators. 128 Students from 14 centres across Karnataka participated in the event. The purpose of this competition was to provide opportunities for the visually challenged to showcase their talents and abilities and to encourage them to come forward in the society.

Sri Amareshwara Swamiji of Kavalgud Mata was the Chief Guest for the function. Mr Ravasab Aihole presided over the function. There were also many other invitees. The competitions included group as well as individual categories for singing and quiz. The winners were awarded with medals, certificate and cash prizes. 

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St Thomas Church Jalahalli gets the Status of Forane Church
07-Nov-2021

In 1984 to meet the spiritual requirements of Syro Malabar Catholics in and around North Bangalore, mainly Yesvanthpur, Mathikere and Jalahalli areas, St Thomas Catholic Association Jalahalli was formed under the leadership of the Claretian Missionaries.

On 17th February 1985, His Excellency Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy, the then Bishop of the Diocese of Mananthavady blessed the new chapel and Rev Fr. Mathew Keechira, CMF was appointed as the priest-in-charge. On 1st March 1989, St Thomas Church, Jalahalli was raised to the status of a full-fledged parish under the jurisdiction of Bangalore Archbishop, by His Grace Most Rev Dr Alphonse Mathias, the then Archbishop of Bangalore. The parish has since grown tremendously and is today a community with more than 2700 members under the Diocese of Mandya.

On 7th November 2021, the parish was elevated to the status of a Forane Church based on a request by the Parish Priest and the entire body of the faithful. His Excellency Mar Sebastian Adayantharth, Bishop of Mandya, preside the Holy Eucharist on the occasion. Provincial Superior of Claretian Province of Bangalore, Fr. Sabu Koottarappallil, Msgr. Fr. Mathew Koikara, Msgr. Fr. Thomas Thennattil, Chancellor of Mandya diocese, Fr. Jomon Kolenchery, diocesan Procurator Fr. Saji Pariyappanal, were also present during the celebration.

Fr. Jomon Kollenchery, Chancellor of Mandya Diocese readout the decree for elevating St Thomas Church Jalahalli to the status of Forane Church. On the occasion, Fr. Sunny Mathew CMF, gave a brief history of the parish.

St Thomas Forane Church, Jalahalli will have all the rights and privileges accorded to Forane Churches as per the Eastern Code of Cannon Law and will be a place of communion for all the churches under its umbrella and a key centre to promote Christian charity and above all lead the church to strengthen the bonds of Christian unity.

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Perpetual Profession and Diaconate Ordinations in Bangalore
24-Oct-2021

Bengaluru, INDIA: The celebration of the Feast of Father Claret, our Founder, added more joy to Bangalore Claretians. On 24th October Student Male Gunnanna made his Perpetual Profession in the congregation. The next day, on 25th October four perpetually professed Students received the Order of Diaconate during the solemn Eucharistic celebration presided by Most Rev. Peter Machado the Archbishop of Bangalore. Both the events took place at Claretian Seminary in Bengaluru. Owing to the Covid-19 protocol, the participation was restricted only to the local Claretian Fraternity and a few associates.

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The Claret Way Youth Activities
17-Oct-2021

To mark the historical inauguration of the Claret Way Globally on the Feast Day of Claret, the Youth Ministry of Bangalore Province at different places on different dates, actively conducted various activities for the Youth at the local level. The General Prefecture of Youth and Vocation Ministry has introduced Claret Way to be conducted in every organism of our congregation.

On Sunday, 17th October, Barikhajuri Parish along with other centres of our Province, celebrated a full day seminar for the Youth on the occasion of the inauguration of the Claret Way +18 Network Globally. Various activities involved were, introducing the Claret Way to the Youth, Claret our lifestyle and role model, what and why of Claret Way, group dynamics, action songs, and so on. The purpose of celebrating the Claret Way locally is to get the Claretian Youth connected globally.

The youth participated actively in the celebration of the Claret Way locally and pledged with the lighting of candles to have a network of Claretian Youth Globally.

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“Love Your Eyes” – World Sight Day Celebrated
14-Oct-2021

Bengaluru: On 14th October 2021, on the occasion of World Sight Day, The Project Vision organized Blind Walks in multiple locations in Karnataka, Kerala, and Chandigarh to express solidarity with 40 million visually challenged people globally. Participants pledged to donate their eyes to give them sight. ‘Love Your Eyes’ was the theme for this year World Sight Day.

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