Friday, June 14, 2019

Celebration of Feast of St. Anthony in our Pimpri Parish!!!!!

Two feasts are celebrated on a grand scale with nine days novenas and a lot of spiritual preparations they are the Nativity of Our Lady and St Anthony....the various communities belonging to different states have their special devotion to different Saints.....its really a celebration....people stay away from the church and yet they make their presence felt....nine days novenas means they have to spend a lot of time and even money on travel.....they come out of their faith and love for the Lord Jesus, Mother Mary and st. Anthony.....it is also a big witness to people of other faiths....who stand on the main road and watch or hear the sermons....

 Yesterday i celebrated the festal Mass along with the friars concelebrating....it was also the celebration of the birthday Fr. Amruth who is the parish priest.....

 There was supposed to be a procession from the church to the railway station....but the rain gods began to shower blessings....finally it was decided to cancel the procession....

 some of the parishioners had sponsored food for all the devotees who were around 800....you can imagine .....but the food was more and sufficient....St. Anthony always works miracles....


 Along with the dinner the parishioners young and old began to dance to the latest tunes of Bollywood songs......

 It was a memorable evening filled with devotion, prayers and fellowship.....

 The parish councilors who stand by and support the parish priest....they are ever ready to help and do any work in the parish...




Tuesday, June 11, 2019

So Much Bad going Around!!!!!!!!



We just got to look around, hear the Radio news, watch the TV news, pick up any newspaper what we get to read is the bad that is happening and spreading like a wild fire....bad to human beings, to animals and Nature.....everyone seems to be asserting freedom or proclaiming themselves as the bosses....take laws in their hand....some fight in the name of faith, profession and allegiance to some political parties....killing and looting is the Order of the day....but why take law in hands when Law has its own course....

All major religions teach that Law is divine and spiritual...through law order and justice can be rendered if it is observed and respected by all..one can not interprete the law as one wants....law is Law and it has to be followed....whether it is in the village, city or on the road....


Some break the laws so easily and then they assert their liberty...give excuses that the laws are meant to be broken...but when I break the laws do I deny justice to the poor and well deserved people....do I make the law to serve my needs and interest...in order to promote my happiness and to become rich I use laws as I want....


We easily dictate to others to do this and do that..we easily become imposing authority but when it comes to us to follow the same laws we shirk our responsibilities.....


We have moral laws given by God and civil laws given by our Nations...both lead us to discover truth and to respect other human beings. we enjoy freedom by respecting both the laws and not by rejecting....


Monday, June 10, 2019

The Inauguration of new Academic year at La Vernan, Theology House


Ever since we have started our formation house in the year 2012 we have had four batches of our friars gone out and are now ordained Capuchins working in the province as well as in Italy and SA. The Campus is called mini-Vatican as there are numerous religious congregations of Male and female who have formation houses. The students attend classes at the JDV, Papal Seminary Pune. It has been a blessing for the Capuchins to have a house on the campus and the experience has been very positive. There are about 900 students studying Philosophy, Theology, Masters and other ongoing formation programs. They come from all over India so they bring rich culture and heritage of their own states. There is sharing and exchange of views and spiritual and religious experiences.

Our Fraternity began its monthly recollection on 9th Morning with an hour of Adoration conducted by Br. Michael Fernandes…..shared reflection on the gifts of the Holy Spirit….the difference at the time of tower of Babel and at the time of Pentecost



The fraternity gathered at 9am to listen to the conference delivered by Br. Michael Fernandes on the theme: Francis and Capuchin Franciscan Charism. We had one hour at our disposal to enfold our rich Capuchin spirituality and charism

In the evening at 4.30pm the Provincial Minister Br. Philip Gonsalves delivered a key note address to begin the new academic year 2019-20. The talk was followed by some instructions for the formees. There were many clarification and certain traditions of our Capuchin way of living were once again forcefully reinforced.


At 7pm we began our solemn Eucharist presided by the Provincial Minister and during the Eucharist nine students renewed their vows for one year. The homily preached by Br. Michael touched the aspect of opening the closed and locked doors of our lives with the help of ever present Holy Spirit
The Second year Brothers.....
First year Brothers
 The Deacons...
The Provincial Minister Br. Philip Gonsalves

The second year brothers....

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Let our Lives be beautiful !!!!!!!

Driving through the express Highway from Mumbai to Pune, I read one of the many messages on the highway for drivers....don't speed up your Car....it is good to speed up your life.....speeding life allows us to be beautiful and sweet smelling....our lives depend and are happy on the sweet smelling character and behaviour.....
 Life become beautiful and meaning when we are melted with tears shed by those in difficulty...they are none to us yet we become theirs through lending a helping and supportive hand....Life is enjoying when we feel part of those unknown faces through charity and loving actions.
 In life to shoulder responsibilities there are no defined ages...some shoulder responsibilities when very small, some avoid these responsibilities even at the age of 50 and above.....so make life meaningful by being responsible for ourselves, for others.......

 When we have shower with water....we change our wet clothes and wear dry ones....but those who shower themselves with sweat of their hard work...go to change the history of their own lives as well as of others...this is how we make lives beautiful and sweet smelling...