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As the day follows the night,Jesus' resurrection followed his death. A victory over sin, sickness and death itself is a testimony to Jesus' power and healing. Jesus fulfils what the prophets said and the Jewish law promised. He is the answer to the aspirations of our non-Christian friends who pray: Lead me from untruth to the truth, from darkness to the light, from death to immortality. (Upanishads)

Jesus is the truth, the light and life. In this Easter season, our one desire will be that of St. Paul in his letter to the Philippians, ch 3 v.10-11 "All I want is to know Christ and experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life."

We have tried to cover in this issue some of the many activities that have taken place in the last two months. Besides we have the usual Jesuit saint of the month - St. Peter Canisius and the births,marriages,deaths in the parish. With the summer holidays starting, we wish all our students a fruitful and happy holidays. Parents will hopefully guide their children to make it so. A happy Easter and summer holidays to all of you.


Fr. Leo Soares S.J. 


Editorial Team : Maria Jain, Lionel F. Marietta Azavedo, Felix K, Sr.Lavitha and Fr.Leo Soares S.J.



St. Peter Canisius was born in Holland in 1521 and joined the Society of Jesus in 1543 under the guidance of another Jesuit saint, Peter Faber. Highly educated in church and civil matters, he taught and wrote to enkindle the dying embers of the faith of the German people.His "Catechism" was very popular upto the 19th century and help stem the tide of Protestantism in Europe. Today, we have the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 'You Cat' for youth which are a lucid explanation of the faith. His saintly life was a witness to his life of sincere dealings with people. He saw the need for a well educated clergy and opened seminaries for their training.

During his lifetime, he founded 18 colleges and authored 37 books. His greatest achievement for the church was his preaching and guidance. He was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and declared a Doctor of the Church. He is one of over 40 Jesuit saints -for the greater glory of God.

Fr. Leo Soares S.J. 




Jesus is the Resurrection and Life. What does this mean to us? If we do not believe that Jesus has risen from the dead, and is sharing his life with us? He is not merely a great historical figure who impresses us. But, right now he is alive in us, in others and in the world around us. In the words of a popular hymn inspired by the words of St Paul, we sing, "He lives, and Jesus is alive in me! It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."

We face many aspects of 'living' and 'dying' everyday. When we look at the wonders of God's creation, we marvel at the wonder of being made in the image and likeness of God. Psalm 8 reminds us that we are a part of this creation and this universe. Everything calls us to praise and thank God, the Creator, who holds us in the hollow of his hand. Every human being reveals to us the love and life of the creator. We need to look beneath the veneer of our shape, color and size to discover the Christ living in us and every person whom we meet.

Resurrection is a gift given to us and so it is also a task in the sense that we are to share with others the joy of the resurrection by our daily 'dying' and 'rising'. The Acts of the Apostles speaks to us of the new life; the apostles experienced this and it is meant for us as well. We can have a powerful impact on the world as they did. Isn't it a great challenge to be not only a cross- wearer but a cross- bearer as well?

Sr Lavitha Braggs UFS 


Women's Day

On the occasion of the International Women's Day on 8th March 2015, the members of women cell of our parish had organized the introduction and thanksgiving prayer for all liturgy mass starting from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. At 10.30 am there was a get-together and speaker for the program was Ms. Fiona Almieda who shared her personal experience of being a woman and spoke on the three P's i.e Prayer, Patience and Persistence that with these qualities a timid woman can bring about a great change to achieve her goals in life.

In the evening from the Archdiocesan Women's Commission and the Deanary level of the western ward arranged at St. Stanislaus School Grounds at Bandra (West) from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm, the program was an evening of music, dance and drama and the Theme of the program "She and He" - let's build a humane society from different parish in the outskirt of Mumbai bringing out the voice and message of woman in today's time.

The program was attended by his Lordship Bishop Agnelo Dias and Oswald Gracious.

The program ended with a three cheers to the womanhood and a refreshment.

Agnes Kotta, Women's Cell



Vacation time is fun time for children. Freedom from school, homework and exams. Yet, it can be a trying time for parents to keep their children gainfully occupied. Most children get hooked onto their play stations or ipads or televisions and do nothing else. As we grew up, every May we would take off for my native place Thrissur in Kerala where we would spend two weeks with my paternal grandparents. Another two weeks would be spent in Chennai with my maternal side of the family. Now the family homes don't exist any more and all the extended family members reside in different parts of the world. So there is no native home to go to anymore. This is the case with many urban families where nuclear families and increased urbanisation and migration have weakened the strong family bonds. In such cases what do we do to ensure the children are happy and enjoy the two months they have off?

There are many interesting courses where the children can be enrolled. Speech and drama classes, dance classes, drawing classes can unleash the creativity of the children. It is also good to encourage the children to take up some sport so that their energy can be used and they also learn valuable lessons in team spirit and sportsmanship. Many schools such as Divine Child and Holy Family hold basketball classes and swimming lessons respectively in their premises during May and June especially for children. Parents can also imbibe in the children love for reading and many hot and humid days can be spent indoors curled up with a good book. This is not only engaging for the children but also improves their English language skills and vocabulary. A family vacation should round off the holidays where parents and children spend quality time with each other. Otherwise in the routine rush of life, the joy of playfulness, laughter and relaxation is completely lost. This can help bonding between parents and children and between siblings too. I used to try and attend morning mass during my vacations but I had the advantage of the church being a ten minute walk from my house and no chaotic traffic to negotiate. Today, times have changed and it might not be advisable for children to be coming to church on their own unless accompanied by an adult.

Vacation time is a time for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. So utilise it wisely and still enjoy.

Happy Holidays!




JFC Annual Day ground from 5.30 to 8.30 p.m. on the 22nd Feb. The games were quite innovative and creative which gave the children a check to their concentration, patience and timing. The stalls were set up for one and a half hour. The children then put up skits which were awakening and thought provoking. The Ist std. put up a skit of Noah's ark and presented it in a pleasing way. Skits with strong messages like "Jao Apne Logo KoBatao"reminded us of our duty to the environment and also gave us a glimpse of the plight of Mumbai in the future if we don't care for the environment. The skit put up by the IX th std. on how to reduce ,reuse and recycle was quite amazing. Some skits also gave us the message of family life. The day finally ended with the jam session. This day was a joyful experience.


Joanna Fernandes std. IX




Children are God's gift to us. No matter where they are born or brought up, they are part of our large human family. The youth of our parish organized an annual Balmela (children's day) for the children living on the streets. It was amazing. Children were so vibrant and full of life. Though most of them had no roof over their head, they had brighter smiles and delight-filled expressions on their faces.

The whole program was based on giving and receiving joy and bliss. They were shown a documentary. It was a story which they enjoyed and vibrated with. We joined them in their laughter and excitement. Soon they were arranged in a group and were led to participate in the group games. This day will go down the memory lane not only in their lives but also in the lives of those who organized the day.

At the end of the program we could observe great delight and satisfaction in the eyes of the children and the observers. May God Bless them and Bless our parish too.

Yvonne, PYC 




Indeed, the 'Young at Heart' as they are called, Senior Citizens of our Parish have done so much for us and now it is our time to give them something. Thanking and Being grateful to them for their unending support, care and love. And so, the PYC planned to organize the Senior Citizens programme on the 8th of Feb in their respective clubbed communities with lots of games, fun and snacks.

The program was organized by the Youth of Holy Family Parish at which began in all the communities from 5 pm - 7 pm. We had a count of around 500 senior citizens in our parish. The entire event began by praising and thanking the Almighty. We had exciting interactive games with music. We ended with the game of Housie with the spot prizes.

It was a day of great joy, celebration, and excitement. The whole program bore witness to the effective and efficient ways with which the youth coordinated and organized the program.

Yvonne, PYC 




We were told that we need to attend a pre baptismal course. The following thoughts came to our mind:

  1. What was this pre baptismal course all about?
  2. Why is it necessary?
  3. When should we attend the course?
  4. Where can we do this course?
  5. Who should attend this course along with the couple?

The above questions were well answered at our course held from the 7th to the 9th Feb 2015. Information and instruction was given from day to day life through video clips and personal experience. For us the highlight of the session was an example that was narrated about the importance of the candles on a birthday cake. Blowing the candles represent the darkness in our life. It was a very fruitful session which will help the couples in moulding the child to be a better human being.

Rohit and Victoria Pinto 

P.S. You can contact the parish office or check our website for more details 



Date Name Parents Place
01-FebVenencia Evita D'CunhaVernon & CynthiaRathodi
08-FebEthan FonsecaNikhilesh & NatashaMalad (W)
15-FebJohan FernandesDaryl & AverilGundavli
01-MarFelicia D'SouzaWillie & CelinaBamanwada
29-MarMelvin MakwanaMukesh & RekhaSaiwadi
29-MarMyrah MakwanaMukesh & RekhaSaiwadi
29-MarKenneth FernandesPeter & DorisChakala
05-AprElena FernandesNestor & LovitaChakala
05-AprKeona NaiduAndrew & KarunaChakala

Date Couple  
02-Dec Joel Augostinho Fernandes & Ruth Candida Fernandes


Date Name Place Age  
02-Feb Peter Louis Fernandes Chakala 53 years
04-FebPhilomena FernandesChakala66 years
06-FebMark Archie FernandesGundavli52 years
11-FebAnthony C. D'SouzaChakala80 years
01-MarGracy Bento LopezJ.B Nagar67 years
06-MarPeter DiasChakala76 years
16-MarKenith FernsChakala56 years
24-MarJuliet Francis CoutinhoDeolwadi73 years

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