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The Annual Feast of INFANT JESUS was celebrated on the 14th of January, 2014.
The solemn concelebrated mass was at 6.00.p.m.
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Eight Carmelite Priests Ordained!
April 23, 2014, was a special day in the life of the Karnataka-Goa Province of Discalced Carmelites, as three more members were added to the Priestly tribe! The Solemn Mass with the rich ceremony of Priestly Ordination began at 10.00 am as around 72 Priests processed in the beautiful Infant Jesus Shrine at Bikarnatakatte, Mangalore. Most Rev. Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary was the ordaining minister.  The three new priests are: Rev. Fr. John Pinto from Arva Parish. He joined the Carmelites after some years of work experience and completed his theological studies at St. Pius X Seminary, Goregaon. Rev. Fr. Richard Francis Saldanha from Pakshikere. He is the eldest among the two sons of William and veronica. Rev. Fr. Robert Rayan Pais from Madanthyar is the third among the four children of Henry and Rita Pais.
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CANONIZATION of two great POPES and the ELECTION is around the corner!

And here comes Naman Ballok Jesu - Konkani Monthly SPECIAL issue on the same. Very informative articles on the subject and regular columns from the great stalwarts of Konkani Literature.

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Golden Jubilee celebrated at the Shrine
March 25, 2014 Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Carmelite friars along with the Pinto family celebrated the golden jubilee of the religious profession of Rev. Fr. Berchmans Pinto, OCD. The celebration commenced at 5 pm at Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore with the thanksgiving Holy Eucharist presided over by the jubilarian along with other 25 con celebrants. Fr Deep Fernandes preached a thought provoking homily highlighting the consecration of the religious in the modern society.
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General Meets Pope Francis
His Holiness Pope Francis received in private audience Fr Saverio Cannistrà, the General of our Order. They spent 40 minutes together, from 11 a.m. to 11.40. Afterwards came the ex-French President, Giscard d’Estaing. Fr Saverio related, more or less in confidence, to the community of the General Curia that he felt as a brother who was speaking with a brother. First of all he declared the love and closeness of the Order to Pope Francis, for the work he is performing through his words and deeds. The Teresian Carmelite Order feel very honoured and he can rely on our unfailing prayer to bring to fruition the work he is doing. Afterwards, they spoke about and discussed our sisters, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, searching for the common good of our Order, which is for the good of the Church.
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Kalvarir Rajisandaan - book released
Kalvarir Rajisandaan - a book containing reflections on the Way of the Cross was released on 12th March, 2014 by Rev. Fr. Pius James D’Souza, Carmelite, the Episcopal Vicar for Religious, Diocese of Mangalore at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte - Mangalore. Young poet and writer, Br. Joseph Cyril D’Souza, a Carmelite theology seminarian, known by his pen-name ‘Jocy Siddakatte’ has penned three sets of reflections on the Way of the Cross which is a Christian penitential practice of the season of Lent. Since this year is the Year of Reconciliation in the diocese of Mangalore, this book contains reflections centred on the theme of Reconciliation. 
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Blessing the Foundation Stone of the New Church and Monastery @ Gorwa, Vadodara
A good number of Carmelite friars along with the faithful of the Gorwa parish and some parishioners from Mira Road, Mumbai, assembled at the new property of the Carmelites in Gorwa, Vadodara on March 1, 2014. Frs. Melwin Rosario and Sunil Monis organized the prayer service near the construction site. First of all the Carmelite friars were welcomed in traditional Gujarati style. Later Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, Provincial superior led the prayer and blessed the foundation of the new church and monastery. The new Church will be dedicated to the Infant Jesus and the Monastery will be placed under the protection of the Little Flower. After the blessing Fr. Melwin Rosario (Superior) acknowledged the financial support of all the donors, and especially the Mira Road parishioners. He also thanked all those who made it to this ceremony.  8 read more

FIRST CARMELITES FROM GUJARAT ORDAINED PRIESTS!!!
March 1, 2014 was a memorable day for the Discalced Carmelites of the Karnataka-Goa Province as the first two deacons from Gujarat, namely Kaushik Parmar and Daniel Christian were raised to the Order of Priesthood. Though this territory was assigned to us in 1981, we could set our feet in this state only in 2004 and had to wait another decade for the first fruits! The ordination ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Church, Nadiad, Gujarat at 4-00pm. Most Rev. Dr. Godfrey Rozario, SJ Bishop of Baroda Diocese – a good friend of the Carmelites, was the ordaining minister.  8 read more

Son of the Soil was raised to the Order of Priesthood at Mira Road
Mira Road: Feb.27th 2014 was indeed an auspicious day for the Carmelites of Karnataka Goa Province and for St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road. On this gracious day the son of the soil, Deacon Nitesh Rodrigues was raised to the Order of Priesthood by his Excellency Most Rev. John Rodrigues, the Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay. Fr.Nithesh haild from Rajodi, Vasai diocese (second Carmelite Vocation from the Diocese). The bishop in his homily highlighted the duties and responsibilities of the priest and invited the faithful to pray for priests and also to pray for vocations in the vineyard of the Lord. About 40 priests concelebrated at the Eucharistic banquet and a large number of faithful took part in the Liturgy with greatest devotion. Fr. Ivan D’souza animated the Liturgy. 8 read more

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INFANT JESUS ANNUAL FEAST - 2014
Festal Theme: Prayer, the Core of Christian Life
(in preparation for the 5th Birth Centenary [1515-2015] of Carmelite Mystic, St. Teresa of Avila)

Feast Day : Tuesday, 14th Jan, 2014

The annual feast of Infant Jesus was celebrated in a grand manner at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte here on Tuesday January 14. The mass this year involved a creative liturgical sermon enacted in parts. The sermon revolved around the life of St Theresa of Avila, which was also related to the theme of the feast 'Prayer, the core of Christian life'. As many as 60 priests took part in the mass, which was led by Bishop of Ajmer diocese Dr Pius Thomas D’Souza. The bishop wished everyone a blessed feast and said, "Infant Jesus came as our saviour. The nine-day novena has prepared us for this final mass on feast day. Just as water is an elixir to human life, so is prayer for our spiritual life." 8 read more

Novena Day - 9
Monday, 13th Jan, 2014
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Novena Day - 8
Sunday, 12th Jan, 2014
Theme:

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Novena Day - 7
Saturday, 11th Jan, 2014
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Novena Day - 6
Friday, 10th Jan, 2014
Theme: Sufferings contribute to transformation

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Novena Day - 5
Thursday, 9th Jan, 2014

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Novena Day - 4
Wednesday, 8th Jan, 2014

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Novena Day - 3
Tuesday, 7th Jan, 2014
Theme: Virtuous life builds up Prayer
Readings: 2 Pet 1: 3-9; Ps 1; Mt 7: 21, 24-27

Carmelites at the Infant Jesus Shrine are gearing towards the FIFTH birth centenary (1515-2015) of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Mystic. Keeping this historic event in mind, this year of Novena reflections are centered around the theme “Prayer, the core of Christian Life.” Third day of the Novena was centered on ‘Virtuous life builds up prayer’. St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Mystic says, “I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me.” If we compare our life of prayer to a tree, virtuous life is like the roots and prayer is the fruit. To enter into a love relationship with God, fraternal life with our neighbours is a must. 8 read more

Novena Day - 2
Monday, 6th Jan, 2014

Theme: Word of God and Sacraments Nourish Prayer

Second Day of Novena in preparation for the Annual Feast of Infant Jesus was focused on the theme ‘Word of God and Sacraments Nourish Prayer”. To build a love relationship with God through prayer, knowledge about him is a must. This is gained through the reading and meditating of the Word God in which God reveals Himself. Sacraments, institued by Jesus, will give us the grace to grow in this relationship.
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Novena Day - 1
Sunday, 5th Jan, 2014
Theme: Jesus the Model of Prayer

Nine days Novena in preparation for the Annual Feast of Infant Jesus started at the Shrine on 5th Jan, on the feast of the Epiphany. It was a Sunday and people flocked in great noumber for the Novena Masses. Fr. Deep Fernandes, Carmelite priest from the St. Joseph’s Monastery celebrated the Holy Eucharist at 6 am.
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 About St. Joseph Monastery :    

The Carmelites in Karnataka: The Teresian Carmelites had established themselves in Goa and in Kerala in the seventeenth century. And since the region formerly known as the Carnatic, lies between Goa in the north and Kerala in the South, the Carmelites had inevitably to pass through Karnataka when proceeding by land from Goa to Kerala. And it is not surprising to find them residing at least on a temporary basis, in places like Bijapur, which form part of today's Karnataka. In his ‘Viaggio alle Indie Orientali’ Fr. Vincent Mary of St Catherine, has left us interesting descriptions of the beliefs, customs, feasts of the Canara of his time, and even of the scenic beauties and the cultivation and other aspects of life. But he found the Christians greatly neglected. And, on his reporting the need of the Canara Christians to the Holy See, Mangalore secured its first Vicar Apostolic in 1677. 8 read more

 
 About Infant Jesus Shrine :    

Infant Jesus has been honored with a magnificent shrine at Carmel Hill, Mangalore. The architectural structure and design of the newly inaugurated shrine is unique in many ways. Carefully planned, it has a rich symbolic meaning and significance derived principally from Biblical themes, of both the old and the new testaments. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. 8 read more



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REFLECTIONS IN KONKANI (Audio)

You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008
THEME: JESUS CAME TO GIVE LIFE, LIFE IN ABUNDANCE (JOHN 10:10)

1. ABUNDANT LIFE - GOD
2. FORGIVENESS
3. LOVE
4. SUFFERINGS
5. 7 WORDS FROM THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION
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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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