Aquem - Alto, Margao - Goa
OTHER MARY HAPPY BIRTHDAY M “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.”
Happy Mother’s Day
Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love. - Mother Teresa
Happy Girl Child Day
Winning Laurels Miss Alia Colaco from Aquem, Alto Ward 1, bagged the 1st place at the All Goa Inter School Solo Singing Competition organised by Don Bosco Past Pupils Association on 21st July 2019 at Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda Miss Benicia Colaco from Aquem, Ward 1, secured second place in English singing category for the age group of 20 and above at the All Goa Singing Competition organized by the Capuchin Friars along with the Youth group of Padre Pio Seminary, moddi on 7th of July 2019. Miss Clama Afita Barreto from Aquem participated in the AllGoa Singing Competition GOENCHO AVAZ - 2019, organised by Herald. She was one amongst the last sixteen finalist.
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: Fr. Andre Pereira : Fr. Movin Menezes : Mrs. Claty S.Dias : Mr. Roy P. Rodrigues : Mr. Dean N. D'Souza : Mrs. Theresa E. Dias : Mr. Clifford Dias. Office timings (Monday to Saturday) : 9:00am to 1:00pm. Telephone no. : 0832-2713092. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Pormoll Email : email@example.com Website : www.stsebastianaquem.com Mass Timings:Sunday : 6:15am, 7:30am, 8:45am & 10:00am (Eng) Sunday : Eng masses on 2nd & 4th Sundays at 8:45 am Weekly : 6:45am. Friday : 6:00pm (Mass and Holy Hour) Saturday : 6:45am & 6:00pm (Sunday anticipatory mass) Holy Communion for Sick and old : Every First Friday morning Confessions : Before and after mass and whenever required Baptisms : Every First & Third Sunday of the Month Baptism Instructions for Parents &Godparents: 9:30am Every First & Third Thursday of the Month PORMOLL EDITORIAL BOARD Co-ordinator Parish Priest : Fr. Andre Pereira Asst. Parish Priest : Fr. Movin Menezes Editor : Felix Dias Secretary : Otilia Clovis Members : Rosarito Coelho : Tony Dias : Neville Fernandes : Nancy Fernandes Cover Designing : Neville Fernandes
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Gonvlleacho Sondex Apovnnem tin (3) bhaxen asunk zata, Kazari jivitak, ankvari jivitak ani dhormik jivitak. 99 % lok fattim-fuddem polloinastanam kazar zata. Thoim legun kazari jivitak apovnnem asunk zai. Ek boro avoi/bapui vo boro ghov/bail zaunk ek dennem Devachem. Dusre bhaxechem apovnnem mhollear atam-atam zaitim zannam sodun ghetat tem mhollear ankvari jivit sarchem. Haka novoch nett mell'la, karann zaitim zannam, odik korun cheddvam sirvis kortat ani tim konnacher poddun nant. Tisre baxechem apovnnem mhollear adinch thaun asa ani tem mhollear dhormik apovnnem. Hanga gozal kortat ti fokot dhormik jivitachea apovnneachi. Haka chodd korun ami apurbaien “Dev apovnnim” mhonntanv. Konnui eklo cheddo, padri vo cheddum, madr zaunk ieujita. Tankam aplem apovnnem sodun kaddunk favo to adhar diunk zaiteo suvato asat. Dev Apovnnim zaite bhaxen ek-ekleak ietat. Chodd korun tim mon'xam vorvim ietat. Thodde pautt ghoddnea vorvim, ani kednaim aplech ostongim. Konnui ekleak Dev apovnnem asa mhonn zaite pautt tanchea sobhavacher vo vagnnukecher disun ieta. Tednam anik konn eklo taka hi khobor sangta. Dekhik: Bhagevont Inas de Loyola hannem Francis Xavier-ak tench, tench sangun tachem mon bodol'lem. Vo konnui tornatto/tornattem dusreak polloun aplo nomunno koso gheta ani apleakui tache baxen zaunk proitn korta. Atam halinch iskolamnim vo igorzamnim vocation promotion mhonn zaite program zatat. Kariavolli korun, zaiteo goxtteo sangun, sports program korun, camps korun bhurgeank oddun haddtat. Tankam Devachi ani zaitea santam-bhoktanchi khobor sangun umed ditat. Thodde pautt vaddloleank aplea jivitachea ghoddnnea vorvim vo onnbhova vorvim apovnnem asa mhonn disun ieta. Bhagevont Inas de Loyola zhuzant zhuztanam tachea paim-ar nalli poddun ghaiall zalolo. Tednam to zaite dis hospitalant urlo ani kaim onnbhovank lagun Jezucho pattlav korunk laglo. Bhagevont Francis Assisi tosoch zhuzak ghel'le kodden vatter ranant ujeant xirkolo ani apleak Devan vattailear aplem jivit Jezuk bhettoitolo mhonn angvonn keli. Apovnnem mhollear English baxen mhonnum-ia “The courage to take a risk for God's promise.” Hea apovnneant Dev zaitem basaita ani tem amche koddlean Aple porjek pavo sarkem korta. Padrink ani madrink-uch nhoi, punn soglleam loukikank apovnnem asa. Aiz chodd ani chodd lok hem mandun gheta. Jezuchea vavrant zaito loukik khand martat. Taka ami “Lay apostolate” mhonntanv. Somazant koslem-i kam (profession) korum. Punn teach kamantlean Jezucho vavr korunk zata. Ho vavr Igorjent vo Igorje bhair legun korunk zata. Hem-i ek kherit apovnnem. Oslim apovnnim zonn eklean ollkhun gheun Jezucho vavr fuddem vochunk sohokar dium-ia. Tumcho Padr Vigar Fr. Andrew Pereira 2
EDITORIAL Several times, we have found trust in Divine Providence to be a source of comfort to all of us in times of exigencies. It is God's mercy that has saved us of the disastrous consequences of the recent cyclones, floods and landslides which left trails of destruction in many of our neighbouring states. Several places of our own, especially in the north and the coastal areas of Goa, have also been badly affected after the recent rain fury. The month of August was welcomed with heavy incessant rains. It not only rained and rained, but it poured, disrupting normal life converting some areas into islands with water all around. Hundreds of people suffered as never before with all the concerned government departments and officials playing the 'blame games'. Faulty planning and greed to make a fast buck has seen the nature's fury in full blast. Crops and vegetation cultivated with great sacrifices, have been washed away causing huge losses. Some areas were in darkness as there was no electricity whereas snapping of water pipe line has left people without water supply for days on end. We are fortunate to be living in one of the cities which are not effected badly by the recent rain fury. We need to thank God for being so kind and protective. You might be aware, that the printing of our monthly magazine, 'PORMOLL', is being done at Kolhapur, as the printers' rates are quite competitive compared to the local ones. Due to the recent floods, Kolhapur was totally submerged in water, disrupting normal life and everything was at a standstill. Printing of our August issue was in doubt shops and buildings were full of water and traffic was totally paralyzed. The state highways were closed as roads were totally washed away and no vehicles could enter Goa, thereby causing shortages of essential commodities like milk, fruits, vegetables, etc. Although our August issue of 'Pormoll' was printed and ready, after the initial delay, there was no transport available and we were in a hopeless condition. It was only after the partial resumption of traffic, we were able to get the copies by 15th of August. Due to the unforeseen circumstances, we were left with no choice as the situation was beyond our control. We sincerely apologize for the delay. Let us pray for the safety and well-being of all those effected by the rains / floods and contribute in whatever way possible to alleviate their hardships. Until we meet again. Felix Dias Editor 3
Every Sinner Has a Future On 21st September, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist. His life is an example and a beautiful reminder of the words of Oscar Wilde: "Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Meeting Jesus was the best thing that happened in his life. After his first encounter with Jesus, Matthew was not the same man anymore. He undergoes a total transformation in his life: from being despised to being loved; from being corrupt to being just; from being a traitor to being a faithful follower; from selfishness to selflessness; from being a sinner to being a saint. Matthew was not a popular man during his time. His profession was looked down upon by the general public. He was employed as a tax collector for the Romans. The Romans ruled Palestine and the Jewish people in the time of Jesus. They forced the Jewish people to pay taxes to them. Many of the tax collectors cheated the people by charging more taxes than required and keeping the extra money for themselves. The Jews considered tax collectors to be traitors. That is why many people felt that he was unworthy to be a chosen as a follower of Jesus. Matthew, a sinner, should be condemned, may have been the popular opinion. In Chapter 9:9-13 of his Gospel, Matthew tells us the story about his calling. And how the Jewish people felt about tax collectors. In this story, the Pharisees, a group of Jews who strictly followed all the laws of their religion, call tax collectors “sinners." This is exactly Matthew was known as: a sinner. But Jesus doesn't look at Matthew as a sinner. He looks at Matthew as a person who can be a saint. That is why, a simple call “Follow me” is enough for Matthew to leave everything behind and follow Jesus. From that day he dedicates his life for Jesus – living with him, learning from him and doing what Jesus did. Matthew wrote his Gospel for Jewish people who had become followers of Christ. He wanted his audience to know that Jesus was the Messiah that God had promised to send to save all people. Matthew's Gospel makes clear that Jesus is the fulfillment of everything said by the prophets in the Old Testament. Matthew is also the only Evangelist who shares the eight Beatitudes with his readers. His Gospel faithfully reports how Jesus described who will be truly blessed by God in the Kingdom and the attitudes and actions that are required for those who follow the new Law that Jesus came to establish. After Jesus' Ascension, Matthew preached the Gospel, as Jesus asked his disciples to do. It is believed that he established Christian communities in Ethiopia and other sections of the continent of Africa. Tradition tells us that he died as a martyr. Matthew's life gives us a twofold teaching. On a personal level, he teaches us that it is never too late to follow Jesus. We can begin today. “Follow me” is the call that each one of us have received from Jesus. It is upto us now, to leave everything behind and follow Him. On a communitarian level, Matthew teaches us that every sinner has a future. Like Jesus, we need help others transform their lives. We need to help others to be the best versions of themselves. Let us learn from St. Matthew and be agents of change around us. St. Matthew, Pray for us!! Fr. Movin Menezes 4
MAMA Mary a Blessing to US We celebrate the birthdays of great leaders, sometimes even after their death. On such occasions we remember their origin, their person, and with reverence express our gratitude for the work they have done for the country and for mankind. The thought that such zealous and great men existed or exist, evokes in us, a sense of pride and hope. Similarly, we rejoice on the birthdays of our family members, relatives and friends. By offering them birthday gifts and greetings we wish them well and express our gratitude for the love and fellowship which we have experienced through them. In the family, mother's birthday is very dear to the children, for it reminds them of her tender motherly love, care and concern. In her, they see the source of life and love of goodness and the meaning of life. This is also true of Mary, our heavenly Mother. In celebrating the birth of the Mother of our Saviour, on 8th Sept we are celebrating the approaching proximity of our salvation. Meditation on her birth reminds us of the unique place she holds in our Christian life, the love and protection we, the Church, have experienced through her. In the birth of Mary, we see the unfolding of God's plan, the approaching nearness of our salvation. Now, we realise the significance of the birth for the whole human race. It was one of the great events of salvation history. Though one of us in every respect, except sin, she was destined by God to be the Immaculate Mother of the Redeemer. Her birth fills heaven and earth with joy. In the fullness of time, she would bring forth the Saviour who would drive away the darkness of sin. By offering her Son for the salvation of mankind, she was instrumental in bringing about a profound transformation of the world. Her birth was the starting point of a new humanity, a new world, renewed in Christ. Therefore the Church joyfully sings her praises: Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, heralded a joy to all the world: for from you has risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God. Destroying the curse, He gave blessing; and damning death, He bestowed on us life everlasting. In celebrating Mary's birth we are celebrating our God-given solidarity, our faith that God saves us in Christ through other persons, that each one of us is bound to others as brothers and sisters. How much we, Indians, need this faith awareness and conviction! Today on Mary's birthday how shall we express our devotion to her? Certainly birthday gifts express our love and appreciation for the person celebrating the birthday. What gifts shall we offer to Mary our Mother? Love and sacrifice should characterize any birthday gift of children to their mothers. Perhaps the greatest joy that children can give to their mother on her birthday is to emulate in their lives, those virtues and values which characterize her life; that is a concrete and practical way of responding to mother's love. To reproduce in our lives Mary's values and attitudes, is to put on Christ, to love and serve and sacrifice ourselves, as Christ loved, served and sacrificed Himself. Mary our blessed Mother, obtain for us and for the whole Church this great grace. Sr. Appolonia (H.C.) - St. Joseph Convent, Aquem 5
St. Theresa of Kolkata Any mention of Mother Teresa always brings to mind the untiring services she rendered to the poor, the needy, the destitute, the down-trodden of Kolkata. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize but people still remember her more for her noble services. She received worldly acclaim for the Nobel Peace Prize, which many would have soon forgotten; but for her noble services to the poor and needy, she received heartfelt and last gratitude from the persons who mattered to her. Someone once asked Mother Teresa what she did when she was in Kolkata. She said “Every day I see Jesus Christ in all His distressing disguises”. Mother Teresa's charisma has not been her sole monopoly. Rather, she radiated it to the sisters of her congregation. When my eyes fall on these nuns, my thoughts are, that they are humble, caring and nurturing. The city I used to live formerly, they attend Sunday and feast Day Masses with the differently challenged children who were always clean, well-dressed and well-behaved, lending a helping hand to each other. The nuns were peaceful and so were the children. At the Parish feast concert in the evening, they did the welcome dance, and later, even a dance, sitting on wheel chairs – a sign of someone's love and patience. Mother Teresa has left a legacy of love and compassion to her beloved sisters. Her famous quote is “Peace begins with a smile. We shall never know all the good a simple smile can do”. We too shall never know what our random acts of kindness can do. th On 5 September the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Teresa of Kolkata. I would like to share below, her very effective healing prayer. “Heavenly Father, I call on you right now in a special way. It is through your power that I was created. Every breath I take, every morning I wake, and every moment of every hour, I live under your power. Father, I ask you now to touch me with that same power. For, if you created me from nothing, you can certainly recreate me. Fill me with the healing power of your spirit. Cast out anything that should not be in me. Mend what is broken. Root out any unproductive cells. Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild any damaged areas. Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection. Let the warmth of your healing love pass through my body to make new any unhealthy areas, so that my body will function the way you created it to function. And Father, restore me to full health in mind and body, so that I may serve you the rest of my life. I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.” Wishing you healing and health, through the intercession of Mother Teresa. J. Rodrigues. 6
The 10 MONEY MANTRAS TO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE By Dr. Celso Fernandes Securing the future is on everyone's mind today. We plan and save and invest in order to meet the rising expenses and future life events. But aren't we stressing ourselves too much today to make our tomorrow better? Many would say, yes! Financial stress is the major cause of unhappiness among adults in our country. Most of us find ourselves sticking to jobs we don't love, just to pay the bills. What if you wake up tomorrow and don't have to work for a living! You can play a musical instrument instead of punching numbers, or teach poor children instead of writing codes â€“ whatever your heart pleases! Remember how Kevin and Stacy found their calling in life, and Shawn geared up to building a financially independent future (stories in the previous editions)? They all committed to creating an additional, passive source of income! MONEY MANTRA #3 Never remain dependant on a single source of income, create assets that will generate you a passive income.
Rebecca the Rebel' her friends called her. At 17 years, Rebecca was trying to understand herself, the world around her, and nothing seemed to make sense! A perpetual rage burned inside her, and she questioned everything, challenging the traditions and customs and quashing stereotypes. Her parents loved her but were finding it increasingly difficult to calm her down. While everyone saw Rebecca's rebellious nature, only her family and close friends knew that her heart was in the right place. Rebecca couldn't see the plight of the poor, especially children. After college, she often visited the slums, reading storybooks to the semi-clad, hungry poor children. She seldom ate her lunch, as she preferred feeding a hungry child at the footpath. Once, she caught a terrible case of pneumonia while helping a poor labourer family fix their roof as it rained incessantly. Rebecca couldn't understand why the world was so partial, so blind to see the suffering of their own race! A part of her youthful rage came from the apathy of the rich towards the poor. If only she had the money, she would have tried to nurse every malnourished child to health and help every poor family to live with more dignity. No one knew this, but she had resolved 7
‘I will finish my education, get a job, and spend all I can on making the lives of the poor better,' she often told herself. However, in her heart, Rebecca knew that even if she started working, she would only be able to make enough to meet her own living expenses and a little more to help, maybe a child or two. She had seen her parents slogging long working hours to make ends meet. And these thoughts frustrated her even more. Little did she know that her life was about to change. One nippy November evening, Rebecca accompanied her father to a charity award event in the city. Rebecca's father's childhood friend, Carlos, who ran an impactful program on enhancing the lives of poor children, was the Chief Guest at the function. Rebecca was thrilled to meet and talk to Uncle Carlos. During their discussion, Rebecca told Carlos about her passion for social work, and also shared her predicament of not having enough money to help more and more people. In response, the man told Rebecca his story. “I worked in a bank, a regular 9 to 5 job for several years. My pay was decent, but not enough to pay for my family and take care of my social work. I, too, wanted to be rich so that I could help as many street children, find a brighter future as possible. Yet, riches eluded me until I had a revelation.” Taking a sip of water, he continued, “I realized that to grow rich, you must not depend on only one source of income. You must have two or more sources of income so that with one income you take care of your living expenses and the other you invest to accumulate wealth.” Carlos further told Rebecca that he was introduced to the concept of mutual funds, where one could invest small amounts of sum – as low as Rs 500 per month – through monthly SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans). “I started investing small portions first, and then, as my salary increased, I increased the SIP sum. Irrespective of the market condition, I kept investing in a few good funds, without withdrawing anything. In 15 years, I couldn't believe that I had created a portfolio, which was growing each month without having to invest anything at all!” Carlos told Rebecca that while she was still at college, she can start building her passive income with monthly SIPs. And as she starts earning, after securing a job, she must increase her SIP amount and accelerate her wealth creation process. That chance encounter with Carlos changed Rebecca's life. to dedicate her life in service of others. 8
The very next day, she met Carlos again and started a SIP worth Rs 500. She studied hard and kept serving people and making poor children laugh and learn. ******************************************************* “I can't believe it is the same Rebecca who was always smashing things and confronting everyone,” her father said incredulously, while her mother nudged him to stop talking and to enjoy the moment. It was an award night in Singapore, and Rebecca was being recognized for her contribution towards uplifting the lives of underprivileged children in India. She had also become a think tank and a strategist in the area of access to education for every child. Her models and strategies had proven successful in India and other developing countries. The most remarkable thing about Rebecca's social endeavours was that they had all been initially funded from her pocket. After gracefully accepting the award, Rebecca gave a little speech: “Ten years from a night like this, a wise gentleman taught me to be selfreliant and resourceful. He taught me to build more than one source of income, a piece of advice that enabled me to nurture my dream projects without seeking charity money. A little advice gave me the freedom to do what I wanted in life. I thank you, Uncle Carlos, and my patient parents, for channelizing my emotions and rage into constructive, tangible solutions to help others. Thank you!” Rebecca walked through the dazzle of camera flashes to her parents and gave them a big hug. Over the ten years, while Rebecca studied and later worked with UNESCO and World Bank, she kept building a passive income. Her focus towards her goal of creating wealth was infectious and her parents also started investing through SIPs. Having taken voluntary retirement from their jobs, they now work with Rebecca; their combined passive income is enough to meet their living expenses and to fund new social projects during initial stages. Together, the trio happily works towards giving wings to the dreams of underprivileged children. --------------------------------------P.S. In the next edition, find how to make money work for you instead of you slaving for it. Dr. Celso Fernandes can be reached at +91-9422058741. *How did you like the story? Tell us your experiences and share feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Feast of Our Lady of Dolours is commemorated on 15 September. You may wonder as to why this day is earmarked. It should have found its place in Lenten season as Mother Mary suffered most during this period. But the Church has set aside 15th September, as this day, and we recollect the pain and suffering that Mother Mary went through in her life, after her conception of baby Jesus or rather said “yes” to the will of God. The title of ‘Our Lady of Dolours’ or ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ given to Mother Mary focusses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord. It comprised the seven sorrows which were foretold by the PRIEST SIMEON, who proclaimed to Mary that this child “JESUS” is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed, and you, yourself shall be pierced with a sword. Similarly other incidents too pierced her heart. There are in all seven sorrows: 1. The Prophecy of Simeon already written above 2. The flight to Egypt 3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem and finding Him too. 4. Mary meeting Jesus on His way to Mount Calvary (Via Dolorosa) 5. The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary as she stands at the foot of the Cross. 6. The piercing of the side of Jesus with a spear and 7. The Descent from the cross as she holds Him in her arms (Our Lady of Piety) as He was taken down for burial. All these pains and sufferings have pierced her heart as swords. All these sorrows are well narrated in the scriptures and well defined by the Gospel writers. The Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Dolours soon th after the feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross which is celebrated on 14 September. These two days are correlated with Mother Mary's relationship with Jesus as she partakes in His pain and suffering. The close connections between Jesus passion and Mary's sorrow is a devotion in our churches and with people who contemplate and meditate on the seven sorrows. This devotion is a necessity in our times as it fills it with filial love to Mother Mary. We will all follow the way that Mother Mary followed and we will be one with Jesus. Rosarito Coelho 10
Aspirants for Righteous Living Does God expect us to unite as per the title given above, to be motivated and to live righteously, so that: 1) Our prayers are powerful and effective 2) Experience personally the kingdom of heaven (i.e., peace, joy ---) here and now and Eternal Blissful life hereafter. 3) Members of the family, Society, our state of Goa, our country India and finally the whole world stand to gain. Few quotes from the Bible are: a) The prayer of the Righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16. b) Prayers of a Righteous person God listens. 1 Peter 3: 12. c) The way of the Righteous is level; Just One, You make smooth, the path of the righteous. Isaiah 26: 7.Also, please refer, Amos 5: 24. Let us examine the Instruction given by St. James (5: 16) "Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective". "Confess your sins to one another." 'Sin and its various dimensions. Direct and Indirect.' When an Offence/Sin is committed, there is an Offender and a Victim. The victim who is directly affected, suffers various types of injuries, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Loss of wealth/ reputation, and any other. All of us agree that besides the victim, his/her family members are also adversely affected, but indirectly. So, St. James asks the wrong doer, to seek forgiveness from the victim, by acknowledging/ confessing the offence committed. i.e., for the sin dimension against the victim, who is directly affected. Own up the responsibility and pay compensation if damage has occurred. Do not try to justify the wrong done, as Adam and Eve did while in the Garden. Other dimensions of the same offence are, against the Society, against Environment, etc. For the same offence, there is a sin dimension against God, because the victim is also a child of God. The Sacrament of confession instituted by Lord Jesus Christ (John 20:23), is for forgiveness from God, for the sin dimension against God. Another reason for St. James to use the word 'confession' could be, because, the nature and circumstances of some offences are such, the victim doesn't know who caused his suffering/loss. In such cases, the offender is asked to reveal to the victim that he/she is the wrong doer. Does not this disclosure amount to 'confession'? The above given teaching by St. James, 'confess your sins to one another' may be based on Jesus's Teaching, (revealed through inspiration or otherwise) given in Matthew 5: 23, 24 "- - - If you (the offender) remember your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go, first be reconciled to your brother or sister and then come and offer your giftâ€?. 11
25."Come to terms with your accuser quickly- - -". A valid inference. Don't you think, even if the victim doesn't go to a court or to an appropriate Authority, the Offender is asked to be reconciled with the victim? Is the Offender also a victim? Yes, the Offender is also a victim. Because his sin dimension against God blocks God's grace and blessings offered to him (to everyone). He also moves away from God's protection and care. By true repentance, he removes the block he himself placed. Inspiration to write this article received because of the 1st Reading (Genesis 18: 16-33) during the Holy Mass on the 1st July. There is a dialogue between God and Abraham. At the end of the dialogue God says "For the sake of ten Righteous people. I will not destroy it. (Sodom) Encouraged to write this article: st 1. While listening to the homily (St. Sebastian Church, Aquem) on Sunday the 21 July, we were asked to pray, (and we ought to pray continuously) so that: a) All the People in our country may be governed righteously and justly in all matters. (St. Paul also urges us to pray for our Civil Authorities and Religious Authorities) b) Rights and Privileges given to the Minorities through our Constitution and otherwise, are not curtailed. An example is, certain provisions in the New Education Policy introduced by the Central Government. For God to grant us the above petition also, should not our living be righteous? 2. In the editorial column of Pormoll for the July 2019 edition, the Editor published the last sentence he received from a message. It says “…. Heaven could end up a ghost town”. Two teachings from Jesus, a) one given in Mathew 7: 13, 14 “For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life and there are few who find it. And the other, b) in Luke 18: 1- 8 “And yet when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”, validates that message. Among other things, the Editor also urged us for more intercessory prayers to prevent calamities – Natural and man-made. Dear co-parishioners, All of us are aware that to live righteously is difficult. But it becomes possible if there is a strong desire. So, if a person does not have a strong desire that person's responsibility is to pray for a strong desire till he/she receives it. Are we not rightly taught that God looks into our intention, commitment and our efforts? The result is in God's hands. N.B. When and how, our living is righteous – shall be dealt with in the next issue. Marceline Rebello
Diabetes Mellitus Diabetes Mellitus comprises of a group of metabolic disorders that share the common feature of hyperglycemia (increased sugar level in blood) Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is currently classified on the basis of the pathogenic process that leads to hyperglycemia. Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by insulin deficiency and a tendency to develop ketosis (which includes nausea, vomiting, polyuria, thirst, abdominal pain, altered mental functions or frank coma.), whereas Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2DM) is a group of disorders characterized by variable degrees of insulin resistance, impaired insulin secretion and excessive production of glucose in liver. Type I Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1DM) results from autoimmune destruction of pancreatic beta cells which produce insulin. It is also known as juvenileonset diabetes because of its peak prevalence in children and adolescents. The commonly discussed disease and simply known as diabetes is the Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2 DM). The prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is increasing rapidly, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus frequency in particular is rising in parallel to obesity, which mostly arise out of life-style changes in the society. Between 1985 and 2013 the world- wide prevalence of DM has risen more than 10 fold in spite of the fact that the significant portion of Diabetes Mellitus are undiagnosed. In India more and more people are being diagnosed to be suffering from the disease because of wider net of screening for the same. It is estimated that in less than 3 decades from now our country, India will be labelled as "The world capital of Diabetes". The common presenting symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) include polydipsia (an urge to drink more) polyuria (an urge to urinate more often), weight loss, fatigue, weakness and poor healing of wounds. In early Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus the classical symptoms are either absent or are so subtle that, more often than not, results in delayed diagnosis of the same. Many patients are diagnosed based on screening or during blood test for other reasons. 13
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is attended with serious morbidity (state of illness) and mortality. It is the fifth leading cause of death world-wide and hence needs greater attention towards diagnosing the illness as early as possible. Commonest among the investigation are the fasting plasma (blood) Sugar level and post- prandial (2 hours after a full meal) plasma/blood sugar level. Screening with a fasting plasma/blood sugar is recommended every 3 years for individuals over the age of 45, as well as younger individuals who are overweight and have one or more additional risk factors (viz First degree relative with diabetes, physical inactivity, hypertension or history of vascular disease etc...) Optimal treatment of Diabetes Mellitus requires more than plasma/blood glucose management. Comprehensive diabetes care should also detect and manage DM-- specific complications and modify risk factors of Diabetes-- associated diseases. Patients with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus should educate about nutrition, exercise, care of Diabetes during illness and medications to lower plasma/blood glucose in general. Patients with Type 1 DM require insulin divided into multiple doses, the quantity depending upon the weight of the patient. Patients with Type 2 Diabetes may be managed with diet and exercise alone in borderline cases, or in conjunction with oral glucose lowering agents, insulin or a combination of oral agents and insulin. Take home message: (a) The importance of diagnosing Diabetes Mellitus et very early stage and manage accordingly. (b) The importance of regular exercises and consumption of healthy food. (c) Avoiding or stopping smoking and pan-chewing completely. There are no known benefits of the same.
Dr. John C.S. D'Costa M.B..B.S.(Bom) Aquem-Alto Margao Goa. 14
“One cannot forget mother and remember God. One cannot remember mother and forget God. WHY? Because these two sacred persons, GOD and MOTHER, partners in creation, love, sacrifice and services are as one.” - Thomas S. Monson For women, the greatest gift and blessing in life is being a ‘Mother’. It is a great responsibility, a challenge she accepts. Carrying a child in her womb for nine months is a beautiful experience with moments of joy and pain. Only mothers are fortunate enough to cherish these moments. She builds a unique and strong bond with her child, right from the womb. She understands her child by every little gesture, emotion and feelings shown. To bring up her child, she shares in many professions like being a chef, teacher, nurse etc. She is the first friend to her child. A mother is the whole universe for her child; without whose presence their survival becomes a matter of question. She protects her child from the violence of the outside world while giving them a peaceful, safe, and lively environment at home. A mother is a child’s strength and motivator. She is the one who always pushes her child to achieve their dreams. She doesn’t put any pressure but walks along every step side by side, to ensure that her child is in the right path towards achieving the goals. In any circumstances, she will always stand by her child. She works 365 days of the year without any holiday. Even on a vacation she will be the one still working while other family members enjoy themselves. A mother’s love is unlike any other. It is unconditional. Her sacrifices made for her family are just incomparable. She faces all challenges of life with a smile on her face. She will never let anyone know of the pain she bears. We dedicate only one day of the year for our mothers but for us they dedicate 365 days of a year. A journey of motherhood is a beautiful experience with its joys and sorrows. Y Respect your mother until your last breathY Y wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mothersY Janice Fernandes 15
MAI TUJEA MOGAK MHOZO SALAM Kusveant ti tuka svikarta, Aple vengent tuka khelloita, Tichem Kalliz tujea kallzak, Toddunk zaina tosli ghantt zoddta. Tujea sukant ti uddnam marta, Tujea dhukant dhukam gholloita, Bhuzvonnechem kalliz ugoddta, Vengent gheun porot tuka hansoita. Huskean Tujea ti veta bhavun, Dhukh lipoita ti hansun, Konnakuch vochona sangunk, Dhukachem lhar sonsta eklich apunn. Vhodd chuk kelear pasun, Kednach vaitt tujem chintinam, Kaklutichi maya dhakoun Chuk tuji bhogxita. Mog sodanch sonvsarant astana Titloch odhik sonvsar soddlea uprant, Teach mogan hat dhorta Fuddli vatt tankunk uzvadd dita. Mai tujea mogak mhozo salam!
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BIBLE QUIZ Take this New Testament Bible quiz to see how well you know the New Testament! 1. When was the New Testament written? 2. What language was the New Testament originally written in? 3. What does "Christ" mean? 4. What religion did Jesus practice? 5. Who wrote most of the books in the New Testament? 6. Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles? 7. Which is the first gospel to be written? 8. Which famous missionary did Luke travel and teach with? 9. Visit of Gabriel to Mary or the Annunciation mystery is found in which book of the bible? 10. How many times is Paul's conversion mentioned in the bible?
Answers for the August 2019 issue 1. St. Damien 2. St. Thomas Aquinas 3. St. Francis of Assisi 4. St. Joseph of Arimathea 5. St. Thomas Winner is: 6. St. Stephen 7. St. Gregory 8. St. Michael 9. St. Zita of Lucca Jeremiah 10. Lightning Mazarelo
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Ghora Portoleant 23rd August 2019 – Antonio Francisco Gregorio Coutinho
Happenings · During the Parish Pastoral Council meeting, held on 05/08/19, the following members were elected as the Ex-co of the PPC for the current term. President Fr. Andrew Pereira, Moderator: Mrs. Socorina Fernandes, Vice-Moderator: Mr. Alex Rodrigues, Secretary: Mrs. Nancy Fernandes, Jt. Secretary Mrs. Philomena Cardozo and Treasurer: Mr. Armando Gomes. · The Bible Quiz competition was held for the Catechism children on 11/08/19. The winners are: Junior Category: O. L of Perpetual Succour group (Jason Gracias, Sarah Gomes & Leonel Fernandes). Senior Category: O.L of Lourdes group (Noela Fernandes, Wenona Edward & Lynn Vaz). · 16 participants took part in the Sweet Dish competition, for parents of the Catechism children, held on Sunday, 18th Aug. '19. The prize winners were: Merlyn Pereira – Wheat Halwa (I place), Vienna Fernandes – Alle / Belle – (II place) and Julie Baptista – Soji (III place) · The 3 aside Football Tournament was organised by the Parish Youth on Sunday 18/08/19. In all 32 teams participated. Winners: Kingfisher Strikers. Runners up: St. Khuris boys, Raia. The Chief Guest was Mr. Digambar Kamat, MLA Margao, who gave away the prizes. · The 9 Wednesday Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, started on Wednesday 21/08/19, with Rosary at 5:30pm followed by the Holy Eucharist. th st Similarly, 30 Aug '19, is the 1 day of the Novena to O. L. of Mount Mary. Novena Masses as usual at 6:00pm, preceded by Rosary at 5:30pm.
Dor Aitarachea Misachi Manddavoll: ZababdarI September 2019 1st September 2019 Poilo Aitar 6:15am Ward 14 7:30am Ward 9 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 3rd Novena of Our Lady of Mount Mary 10:00am English Mass – Ward 3
8th September 2019 Dusro Aitar 6:15am Ward 15 7:30am Ward 10 8:45am Ward 4 10:15am Dotonichim Bhurgim Feast of Our Lady of Mount Mary
15th September 2019 Tisro Aitar 6:15am Ward 16 7:30am Ward 11 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 5
22nd September 2019 Chovto Aitar 6:15am Ward 17 7:30am Ward 12 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 6
29th September 2019 Panchvo Aitar 6:15am Ward 18 7:30am Ward 13 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 7
October 2019 6th October 2019 Poilo Aitar 6:15am Ward 19 7:30am Ward 14 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 8
13th October 2019 Dusro Aitar 6:15am S.S.V.P 7:30am Ward 15 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 9
20th October 2019 Tisro Aitar 6:15am St. Sebastian Sports Club 7:30am Ward 16 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 10
27th October 2019 Chovto Aitar 6:15am St. Sebastian parish youth 7:30am Ward 17 8:45am Dotonichim Bhurgim 10:00am English Mass – Ward 11
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SETEMBR-ACHEA MHOINEANT Somar 6.45 am Joycifa Dias Mungllar 6.45 am Saloni Fernandes Budvar 6:45 am Lucy D'Costa 5:30pm 3rd Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour / Mount Mary (Catechism Children -13 years) Brestar 6.45 am Cidalia Pereira Dias Sukhrar 6.45 am Sumathi Dias 6:00 pm Melita Cotta Sonvar 6:45 am Leon Pereira Somar 6.45 am Filu Dias Mungllar 6.45 am Neville Fernandes Budvar 6:45 am Gracy D'Costa 5:30pm 4th Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – Ward 5 & 6 Brestar 6.45 am Snowvia Baptista Sukhrar 6.45 am Antonette Colaco 6:00 pm Wency Gonsalves Sonvar 6:45 am Cheryl Mendes Somar 6.45 am Indira Colaco Mungllar 6.45 am Fatima Rodrigues Budvar 6:45 am Bosco D'Costa 5:30pm 5th Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – Ward 7, 8 & 9 Brestar 6.45 am Gladys D'Silva Sukhrar 6.45 am Valerie Carvalho 6:00 pm Julie Baptista Sonvar 6:45 am Valantina Fenandes Somar 6.45 am Linzie Mendes Mungllar 6.45 am Janice Fernandes Budvar 6:45 am Antonette Fernandes 5:30pm 6th Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – Ward 10 & 11 Brestar 6.45 am Sarita Fernandes Sukhrar 6.45 am Leonilda Pereira 6:00 pm Rita D'costa Sonvar 6:45 am Vency Fernandes Somar 6:45 am Luiza D'Costa OTUMBR-ACHEA MHOINEANT Mungllar 6:45 am Jeanette D'Costa Budvar 6:45 am Savion Fernandes 5:30pm 7th Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour – Ward 12& 13 20
The Parishioners of Aquem
Congratulate the SEQUEIRA siblings for their outstanding per formance at the
ALL GOA CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP Held at Tilak Maidan, Vasco (16th to 18th Aug 2019)
Alex Sequeira Won the 1st prize in under 13 Open category Jennica Sequeira Won 1st prize in under 9 Girls category.
Jensina Sequeira Won 1st place in under 7 Girls category
CONGRATULATIONS ! ALEX-JENNICA-JENSINA and the proud parents:Custodio Sequeira and Jennifer Fernandes e Sequeira
Bible Quiz Competition
Goan Traditional Sweet Dish Competition
3-a-Side Football Tournament