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Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation launched at Old Goa HERALD CORRESPONDENT OLD GOA, NOV 22

The Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation (DCMA) was recently launched at Old Goa. Archbishop Emeritus Raul Gonsalves opened the main door and lit the signboard of the Centre. In his message, Archbishop Gonsalves said he wanted this place to be used for some important purpose and was delighted that the Centre has taken up the challenge of the New Evangelization proposed by Pope Benedict XVI in his Motu Proprio promulgated on 21 September 2010 establishing a new Dicastery: The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao then blessed the premises. In his message during the Prayer Service, Archbishop Ferrao said the new centre matured through the two Missionary Congresses held at Pilar in 2009 -- the Goa Mission Congress and the Western Region Mission Congress -- which were organized under the direction of Fr Mario Saturnino Dias. Earlier, Director of the Centre Fr Mario Saturnino Dias welcomed the invitees gathered in front of the Centre in the campus of the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Among them were some of the Heads of the Diocesan Bodies of the Archdiocese, many priests, religious and a significant number of lay people.

Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao blesses the premises of the Diocesan Centre for Missionary Animation (DCMA) at Old Goa.

He explained the vision of the Centre for Missionary Animation as well as the vision of the Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC), which are housed together. "Our vision is not just to proclaim the Good News by word of mouth, but to witness the Good News through our life of love and service in the footsteps of Apostles, drawing inspiration from Saint Francis Xavier and Blessed Joseph Vaz," he said. Fr Dias remarked that people of other faiths flock in thousands to Old Goa daily to see Saint Francis Xavier's relics in the Basilica.

"They want to know more about Jesus, Christianity and Catholic Church. The CEC is for these people, many of whom have distorted knowledge about Jesus, Church or Christianity and are eager to know the truth," he said. Fr Dias said the CEC will maintain correspondence with the willing enquirers, conduct Bible Correspondence Course, show slides on Catholic faith throughout the day during the Office hours,. "The CEC will also make available a counsellor to clear doubts about faith and start a helpline (Ph: 2284149 during

SS holds taluka-wise meets to address people’s woes HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 22

Shiv Sena has detailed various activities carried out by its adhoc committee headed by Convenor Ramesh Naik after the party was handed over the task of looking after the affairs of Goa by its High command on August 13, 2010. In a press note, Convener Ramesh Naik and Ad-hoc committee member Philip D’Souza stated that the ad-hoc committee members organized talukawise meetings and had detailed discussions about the problems faced by the people, with the Shiv Sainiks addressing the local issues. “During the course of last three months, Shiv Sena took up the issue of garbage menace a t M a p u s a , Pa r r a , C a n c a , Calangute, Vagator and Vasco with the concerned authorities,” states the press note. “Shiv Sena also submitted memorandum to the Director of Tourism bringing to his notice the non-functioning of tube lights in the coastal areas of

Tawadkar demands compensation for farmers

Calangute and Vagator and with the persistent follow up, got the areas lit up.” “ The memorandum was also submitted to the police department to abate the nuisance of beggars, lamanis and other quacks in Goa. The PWD was petitioned to give regular water supply to Calangute.” “Issues of the KTC bus stand at Mapusa and Mapusa Municipal market were taken up strongly with Kadamba Transport Corporation and Mapusa Municipal Council. In the interest of the people, safety issues of dangerous electrical installations were also taken up with the electricity department at Mapusa.” “The Kamgar Sena Workers Union was launched successfully and hardships and injustice to workers were redressed by starting legal proceedings. The casino workers grievances were also looked into,” added the press note. Ramesh Naik and Philip D’Souza further stated that the

postal department was urged to give first preference to the locals while recruiting the staff in their department. Irregularities at petrol pumps at Vasco were taken up with the oil companies. Shiv Sena also opposed strongly the handing over of two islands to the Navy. Besides, social events like ‘dahi handi’, vegetable carvings classes and competitions, mother’s day celebrations, children’s day celebrations were organized by Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena opened its branch offices in Mapusa, Ponda and Pernem and other strategic places in the State. “Lot of people have recognized the work of Shiv Sena and expressed willingness to join the party. Shiv Sena has been successful in developing faith in the minds of the general public that their party is fighting against injustice, pursuing demands and needs of the people of Goa and striving to preserve the culture of Goa,” states the press note.

office hours and Ph: 2285850 after office hours) to express the love of God for those who find no meaning in life and in desperation are on the brink of committing suicide," said Fr Dias. Rector of the Bom Jesus Basilica Fr Savio Barreto and member of the Committee appreciated the efforts of the new Centre, that includes the Basilica Committee. The function began with a prayer led by Sr Bromadine Palokaran, SCC, a member of the DCMA Executive Committee, while Sr Adrianne H.C. compered the proceedings.

Workshop on Pranic healing HERALD NEWS BUREAU PANJIM, NOV 22

Dr Anjali Shackleton will conduct a basic and advance workshop on Pranic healing at Porvorim and Miramar. The basic workshop will be conducted on November 27 and 28 at Defence Colony, Porvorim, while the advanced and psychotherapy workshop will take place on January 21, 22 and 23, 2011 at Clube Gaspar Dias, Miramar, Panjim. The workshops will be conducted between 10 am and 5 pm. Following the workshop, there will be free regular skill enhancement sessions and group meditations. "The workshop aims to bring about positive results to help people in their everyday life. It will teach self healing, distant healing and meditation techniques for physical, mental, emotional and psychological well being," says Dr Shackleton. Further details are available with Dr Anjali Shackleton on Ph: 2451080, 9987062209 and 9769967835.

Teachers are guiding lights: Vishwajeet


Poinguinim MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has submitted a memorandum to Canacona Forest office, demanding an immediate solution to the losses caused to families in Canacona taluka due to the presence of wild animals. Submitting the memorandum to Canacona range RFO Narayan Phal Dessai, Tawadkar also submitted another 50 claims of the affected farmers, whose plantations like Kulagars, paddy and sugarcane fields, etc, containing plantations like banana, pineapple, coconut, papayas, etc, are regularly destroyed by monkeys, wild boars, peacocks, rats, etc. Tawadkar informed Herald that 300 applications were collected by forest and agriculture officers from the affected people of Canacona taluka two weeks ago. It may be recalled that the animal menace prompted Tawadkar to convene a meeting at Poinguinim with the Forest and Agriculture officers, a month ago. The officers were asked to chalk out ways and find means to curb or minimize such menace in future. The concerned departments reportedly responded positively to the pleas. Later, departments concerned accepted compensation claims from some of the heavily affected farmers and households, whose plantations, crops, fruits and roof ceiling were destroyed.

Students performing on the stage on the occasion of 13th Cultural Event Day celebration of Taught to Teach Music School Society, Mapusa, at Parra. Photo by Anil Shankhwalker HERALD CORRESPONDENT PORVORIM, NOV 22

Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane said teachers play an important role in shaping and developing the personality of the students. He was speaking after inaugurating the 13th Cultural Event Day celebration of Taught to Teach Music School Society, Mapusa, at Emerald Lawns, Parra. “Teachers are like guiding lights imparting knowledge and preaching students to become independent and strong individuals,” said Rane. The health minister further said the Taught to Teach Music School Society deserves compliments for organizing the event and thereby providing an opportunity to the students to showcase their talents. “The dedication of the teach-

ers is of paramount importance to bring out the talents in the students,” added Rane. Speaker Pratapsing Rane said music not only gives happiness to viewers, but also helps to develop confidence in the students. Apart from studies, the parents should encourage their children to learn music also. Chairman of El Shaddai Pastor Mathew Kurrian said teachers should impart good moral values to the students so that they become the citizens of good character. “The focus of the teachers should be on all-round development of the students to enable them to face the challenges of life,” said Kurrian. Founder of Taught To Teach Music School Society San Antonio said about 1,000 students

are studying in their four schools at Mapusa, Porvorim, Margao, Bicholim and Siolim. “We are imparting training in various music courses like Piano, Drums, Violin, Guitar, Trumpet, Flute, Saxophone, Tabla, etc. The students are prepared for the exams conducted by Trinity College and Rock School, London,” informed Antonio. Earlier, Health Minister Rane lighted the traditional lamp. The prizes to the students who stood first in examination of various music courses were distributed by Vishwajeet Rane, Pratapsing Rane, Mapusa MLA Francis D’Souza, Pastor Mathew Kurrian and Economic Development Corporation Vice Chairperson Nitin Kunkolienker. Avina Madeira compered the function.

Foundation Day celebration at Anjuna HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, NOV 22

The Congregation of Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth, Sancoale, will celebrate its 75th Foundation Day at St Michael’s High School Hall, Anjuna, on November 24 from 10 am. The day is also marked as Founder’s Day. The Sisters of the Congregation and over 400 downtrodden children will celebrate the 75th anniversary of

its Foundation. St Michael’s High School, Anjuna, Headmistress Sr Libia Fernandes said the day has been celebrated as Founder’s Day marking the 75th Anniversary of the Holy Family of Nazareth Congregation. On the occasion, the Founder’s life qualities will be put on stage through songs and plays, besides entertainment programmes, informed Sr Fernandes.