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Media Workshop for Pastoral Fathers


Media Workshop by Fr. Charles Vijay, C.Ss.R.

Centuries down the line people have always communicated with one another through different means. Today the world has changed rapidly and along with the world, the mode of communication has also changed drastically. Where once upon a time people used to send letters and handmade postcards, today with electronic communication and media the message is reached instantly with a click of a button. We can communicate with one another in seconds.

This is why it is very important and helpful to be up-to-date with the modern means of media and communication. We as newly ordained Redemptorists, to know our people and understand their way of life, it is important to understand the modern media. It is only when the Church understands the intricacies of the digital age, can it guide its flock. 

This is the reason Fr. Charles Vijay, C.Ss.R. conducted a five days workshop on media and online communication. I must admit it was really an interesting class to know how much influence can the media have on our lives today. The main aim of the workshop was not to learn everything in a short period, rather it was more of an exposure given to us about modern media. It was more to stimulate our minds to think and venture into the possibilities of modern media. We were introduced to a lot of new software and programs which can be of great help in our ministry and for our priestly life. In our sessions, we learned film making, video editing, production, podcast, how to use google drive and tools like google docs, sites and forms. We learned a bit of graphic designing through a website called Canva.com, and others. Along with this, we had sessions on social media etiquette and the importance of managing online privacy and security.

We as pastoral year fathers on behalf of Fr. Xavier Sanjeevi would like to thank Fr. Charles Vijay and his team for coordinating with us and giving us this informative and interesting workshop. My God bless all his endeavors.


Fr. Juvance Serrao C.Ss.R.

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Fr. Suresh Alphonse Pushparaj


The mortal remains of Fr. Suresh will kept for viewing at St. Gerard's, Armstrong Road, St. Thomas Town, Bangalore, proceeded by Mass at Holy Ghost Church at 3 p.m. on 12th December 2019.


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Saints Enactment on Christ the King Feast in Chennai Parish


Since the month of November is dedicated to all the Saints and Departed Souls. St. Anthony's Church, Chennai requested the Catechism children to enact the lives of Saints.

On 24th November 2019, Feast of Christ the King, we organised this program in Church. The children were dressed in different siants attire, including Redemptorist Saints and enacted the lives of those saints.

This is also to help the parents to bring up the children in Faith and in christian values with saintly characters.



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RYVM Celebration in Pedamanapuram


"I have written to you, young people because you are strong and God's word remains in you and you have overcome the evil one." (1Jn 2:14)

10th November 2019 was a memorable day in Redemptorist parish of Pedamanapuram. Nitya Sahaya Matha Church parish youth came forward and organised RYVM Sunday liturgy. They planned for this event and systematically executed it. They Organised procession to the Church before the Eucharistic celebration. all the faithful participated with great devotion, praying Rosary throughout the procession. 

The youth conducted the entire liturgy (readings, singing and offertory prayers). They had a special prayer for the young people. They even made a special promise at the end of the Euchrist that they would always be loyal to the Lord and to the Church.

The faithful and the elders of the Parishioners were really happy about the youth for their organizing skills and the meaningful celebration of the RYVM SUNDAY LITURGY.

RYVM youth showed their faith in God and expressed their interest in the spiritual celebrations.



Fr. Showraiah C.Ss.R

Parish Priest
Nitya Sahaya Matha Church



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St. Gerard's Feast Celebration at St. Gerard's Chapel - Bangalore


St. Gerard’s Chapel on John Armstrong Rd celebrated the annual feast on 18th October 2019. Prior to this, there were three days of Mass, Novena and preaching in Kannada, Tamil and English. The preachers were Fr. Joseph Abraham for English, Fr. Rajan for Tamil and Fr. David & Fr. Gerald Anand for Kannada.

On 18th October at 5.30 p.m. the statue of St. Gerard and the float was blessed by Fr. Joseph Beck,C.Ss.R. at the Chapel, followed by a solemn procession to Holy Ghost Church where a trilingual Eucharistic celebration was presided by Fr. Peter Balaswamy, C.Ss.R.
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Golden and Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in Kalunga Parish


The Redemptorists confreres and the parishioners of the Risen Christ Church, Kalunga belonging to the Diocese of Rourkela celebrated the Golden and Diamond Jubilee on the 20th October 2019 at Kalunga, Odisha. On this occasion, Rev. Bishop Kishor Kumar Kujur, Bishop of the Diocese of Rourkela, presided over the Holy Eucharist. More than 30 priests were concelebrants. The church premise was very colorful with decorations and more than 8000 faithful were present including religious brothers and sisters. Fr. Edward Joseph, Provincial Superior, and Frs. Ignace Dung Dung and Juventius Andrade, the provincial consultors were present for the celebrations.

The credit goes to the Redemptorist Confreres especially the Parish Priest Fr. Paul Tirkey, CSsR., Fr. Ernius Ekka, the Rector, the Catholic Sabha, Mahila Sangh and the youth Committee for the untiring dedicated service to make the Jubilee celebrations a successful one. The Jubilee celebration was also the occasion to renovate the Old Church which was built in 1951. The parishioners and well-wishers whole-heartedly donated for the cause.

Before the Jubilee Celebration, the faithful of different Sub-stations and villages were welcomed and received in the Church according to the tribal culture. People came with rice bags, and different food items to be used for cooking on the following day. They were welcomed with the prayer and blessing initiated by Fr. Sanjay Tirkey, CSsR., and were led through the main path to the Church with “Sailo” dances singing traditional hymns. Then their feet were washed according to the culture of the place and they unloaded their goods which they had carried on their head and stored in a room. After the refreshment, they went back to their villages.

The Jubilee celebration began with the Holy Mass at 7.30 am by Bishop Kishor. The villagers and the school children danced the entrance song. In his homily, Bp Kishor spoke about the meaning of Jubilee Year in the Bible and the challenges of the faithful people in today’s situation. He encouraged the people to continue to witness Christ in every stratum of life. He further exclaimed that the celebration was possible only because of the Priests, Religious and the people who worked really hard to build the people of God in this place. It is a record to notice that every year many people belonging to different religions have accepted Jesus in faith.

The Holy Eucharist ended at 11 am and then all were given snacks. Then followed the Cultural program presented by different village units and formation houses. During the Programme many former and present-day MLAs of the area and invited guests were present. The cultural programs were really a grand one with various welcome songs and cultural dances. The former parish priests of the Kalunga Parish were honored. The youth of the parish and the Novices and postulants of the Handmaids of Mary Congregation conducted the choir. Finally after the festive meal all returned their homes.

May God continue to bless the work of the Redemptorists to bring plentiful redemption amidst the poor and the abandoned.









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Inauguration of the New Community in Hyderabad


This is a temporary Residence situated at a place called CHAI, Medchal, Hyderabad.

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Bernard, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad. Before the Eucharistic Celebration the house was Inaugurated and Blessed by Fr. Edward Joseph, the Provincial Superior of the Province of Bangalore on the 7th of September 2019. For this celebration the Confreres from Andhra and Telangana were present and few other priests both Diocesan and other religious along with religious sisters and laity were also present.

The Euchristic celebration started at 11 a.m. followed by felicitation and fellowship meal.



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Upcoming Retreats


Four Retreats coming up this year. Please find the details.



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St. Alphonsus Feast Day celebrated with orphans by the Redemptorist Priests of Chennai Parish !


Fr. Periyanayagam, Fr. Staney, Fr. Mahesh Raj and Fr. Michael Kasper celebrated Mass in Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph's, a convent in Egmore run by Sr. Rose. She is locally called 'Mother Teresa'. This convent takes care of all the needs and education of children who have been abandoned by their parents, orphaned and semi orphaned (single parent). Most of the children who grew up in this convent have entered into government service jobs.
After celebrating Mass, the Redemptorists also shared a meal with them. It was a very meaningful and good experience. This whole program was arranged by Fr. Periyanayagam.
In future, we are planning to also help the children with their education.

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Felicitation of Jubilarians – Province of Bangalore


With immense joy and gratitude, the Province of Bangalore gathered together to celebrate and honour the jubilarians at Nava Spoorthi Kendra, Bangalore on 12th July 2019. The jubliarians namely Fr. Raphael Mascarenhas, C.Ss.R. celebrates the Diamond jubilee of ordination, Fr. Patrick Fernandes C.Ss.R. celebrates the golden jubilee of ordination and Fr. Joseph Gnanam, C.Ss.R. celebrates the golden jubilee of Profession as a Redemptorist. 
The celebration began with the Eucharist where the confreres and the family and friends of the jubilarians thanked God for their vocation and for their service to the mission of the Redeemer. After the Eucharist, the jubilarians were felicitated in a public reception. The jubliarians were felicitated and their service to the Congregation was highlighted. The jubilarians then thanked God and everyone who have helped them in their mission. The celebration ended by the blessing of the jubilarians.
We thank God for these three confreres as they are celebrating their jubilee, we gratefully remember their family who have given them to our Congregation. We also thank the jubilarians for their total commitment to follow Christ the Redeemer in the footstep all these years.

Ad Multos Annos!




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Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity, on fire with zeal, in humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and genuine disciples of Saint Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy


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