Village Church

On 17th February, 2015 was a day of rejoicing and celebration for the Catholic community of Challongpathar village under St. Peter’s parish, Woka, which was established On 17th February, 2015 was a day of rejoicing and celebration for the Catholic community of Challongpathar village under St. Peter’s parish, Woka, which was established On 17th February, 2015 was a day of rejoicing and celebration for the Catholic community of Challongpathar village under St. Peter’s parish, Woka, which was established

Seminar on Pastoral Care of the Family

01 Feb 2017 Dibrugarh: Seminar on "Pastoral Care of the Family" was organised at Mancotta Christashram. It covers all aspects of the Pastoral care of the Family. The function was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Joseph Aind sdb, Bishop of Dibrugarh. The main resource persons are: Fr. Kuriakose Poovathumkudy, Fr. Timothy Saldanha and Fr. Albert Hemrom.

The seminar was attended by about 60 participants from the Diocese comprising of the priests of the Diocese and the other priests and religious working in the Diocese.

New Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal

23 January,2017

In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed H. E. Most Rev. Giambattista DIQUATTRO, till now Apostolic Nuncio in Bolivia, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal.

This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Saturday, 21st January, 2017, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.

The Most Reverend Giambattista Diquattro was born in Bologna (Italy) on March 18, 1954. He was ordained a priest in Ragusa on August 24, 1981. He received his Master’s Degree in civil law from the University of Catania, his Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, and his Master’s Degree in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He joined the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on May 1, 1985, serving continuous missions in the Pontifical Representations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad, the United Nations (in New York), and later in the Secretariat of State of His Holiness – Section for Relations with States, and in the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy.

On April 2, 2005, Saint John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of Giromonte and Apostolic Nuncio to Panama. His Episcopal Ordination took place on June 4, 2005, in the cathedral of Ragusa, and he began his mission in Panama on July 12, 2005.

On November 21, 2008, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia.

He is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

We thank God for the gift of Most Reverend Diquattro to the Church in India and assure him our collaboration and prayers.

Assuring you of my prayers,

Yours Sincerely in Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas SFX

Secretary General, CBCI

State Catholic bishops adopt tough stance against immoral activities

DIBRUGARH, May 18 - In a significant move, the Catholic bishops of Assam have taken a serious stand on punishing priests and other clergymen who are found involved in immoral and antisocial activities.

The bishops have stated that the religious heads would in no way protect any member of the church if accused and convicted of any crime such as paedophilia and other offences under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, a release stated.

In a meeting held at St Clement College, Nagaon, the Assam bishops said that the perpetrators of such crimes must know that the superiors would never protect them from civil and ecclesiastical sanctions. The bishops, who are apprehensive about the abuse of women and others in church institutions, said that they are bound to report to the civil authorities if such offences are committed. The bishops resolved to initiate serious action against the perpetrators of such crimes by way of dismissal, suspension or legal proceedings. Any demands for compensation against such crimes by the victims will have to be met by the perpetrators and the diocese will not be responsible for it, the bishops resolved.

During the daylong meeting presided over by Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati Archdiocese, the Catholic heads of the State also stressed the need of maintaining transparency and accountability in the use of church resources. All church resources must be properly used and no consecrated person should stain himself by misuse of church money and other resources, the meeting resolved. The other Catholic heads in the meeting included Bishop Joseph Aind of Dibrugarh, Bishop Thomas Pulloppillil of Bongaigaon, Bishop Michael Akasius of Tezpur and Bishop Paul Mattekatt of Diphu.

The meeting further resolved to promote skill-based and job-oriented higher education, including coaching for various State and national-level competitive examinations among the youths of the State.

The meeting adopted a resolution to encourage the local youths to go for various civil services including administrative, managerial and banking jobs.

There are about 200 schools run by Catholics in the State, but there are very few institutes of higher education. The bishops recently started a coaching institute – Guwahati Insight Academy – to train youngsters for various competitive exams.

The bishops felt that value-based education among future bureaucrats, administrators, managers, etc., is a must for good governance. The bishops also discussed networking with the churches of other Christian denominations and building cordial relationships with them as stated by Staff Correspondent (The Assam Tribune).

Month of the Immaculate Heart

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.

Excerpted from The Prayer Book by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A.