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Good News Seminar for Teachers

 

The COFE team conducted a Good News Seminar on 19 Apr 2016 for teachers of St Francis School, Tarn Taran, Amritsar. The team comprised of Mathew Antony and Bernadette Mable Morris.  The Principal was very pleased with the outcome of the Seminar and the overall response of the teachers.

Year of Mercy

 

Traditionally, there are holy doors only in the four basilicas of Rome: St. Peter's, St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls.

But Pope Francis has rewritten the rules and said that every Catholic cathedral in the world may designate a holy door to be opened for a year, so that even those who can't come to Rome can participate in the church's Jubilee Year of Mercy by walking through the doors.

Until 1975, the Holy Doors in Rome were enclosed by a cement wall that the pope broke down using a hammer. When cement fragments fell too close to Pope Paul VI during the opening of the Holy Door on Christmas Eve in 1974, this practice was abandoned, and now bronze doors have replaced the wall.

Holy Doors symbolically represent Jesus, who said, "I am the door." (John 10:7)


What happens when Catholics walk through Holy Doors?

Walking through the Holy Doors means that you receive an indulgence, which is a lessening of the consequences attached to sin.

According to the Catholic Church, when you sin, you must go to confession and you are forgiven. But forgiveness only applies to the guilt of your sin; there may still be consequences of your sin that you may have to pay for in this life or after you die. An indulgence is a way to lessen that penalty.

 

                

As an analogy, if someone commits a crime, he is sentenced to jail time as punishment. He may be sorry for his crime and apologize, but he still must serve his sentence and deal with the consequences of his crime.

To receive a full indulgence (called a plenary indulgence), you must:

1. Walk through the Holy Doors.

2. Go to confession.

3. Receive communion.

4. Pray for the intentions of the pope.

Special sins

In another first, Francis will directly appoint special missionaries from all over the world who will receive from the pope the power to forgive sins usually reserved to the Holy See. Those sins are:

1. Desecration of the Eucharist.

2. Absolution of accomplice in a sin against the sixth commandment.

3. Ordination of a bishop without the pope's approval.

                          

Retreat at Vinay Gurukul

 The COFE team conducted a retreat for the young seminarians of the Vinay Gurukul seminary of the Archdiocese of Delhi located in Gurgaon. The retreat was attended by 28 Brothers which began on 11 Nov and ended on 14 Nov 2015. The team comprised of Ashish John Kerketta, Bernadette Mable Morris and Mathew Antony. Many testimonies of healing and deliverance were reported by the seminarians. COFE extends its gratitude to Fr. John Monterio - Rector, Fr. Jais Jose - Vice Rector and Fr. Lancy Paul - Spiritual Director for all their initaitive and encouragement in organsing this retreat.                                                                                                 
   

                

 

Evangelium 2015

COFE organised the annual Bible writing competition Evangelium. This year the Psalms had to be hand written by the participants. The competition drew a very encouraging response from the lay and religious alike from all over the diocese. We received 170 registrations this year and the number of complete submissions was 115.

The first prize went to  Mrs. Arul Mary - Dilshad Garden Parish, the second prize was shared by Ms. Roseline Doss( Dilshad Garden) and Miss Angel Mathew (St. Mary's School, Mayur Vihar Ph III). Two participants won Special Mention awards - Shristi Bilung (Old Delhi) and Sunita Kullu. 

The prizes were given away by Fr. Mathew Koyickal, Chancellor Archdiocese of Delhi.

   
   

Good News Seminar at Our Lady of Fatima School, Gurgaon

The COFE team conducted a three day programme called the Good News Seminar, as part of the induction ceremony for the parents of newly admitted students of Our Lady of Fatima School, Gurgaon from 30th March to 1st April 2015. This three days orientation programme was based on the foundation of parenthood and its importance in the life of a child, in order to help a child grow in a balanced form, thus also guiding the parents to surrender their lives and the lives of the children into the hands of God. Mr. Mathew Antony gave a talk on parenting children and helping children believe in themselves throughout their various roles in life. The team then led the gathering into prayer, after which students presented magnificent performances.

 

Recollection in Holy Family Institute

The COFE team conducted aLenten Recollection for 400 nursing students of Holy Family Nursing Institute. The recollection was conducted on two consecutive evenings of 16th& 17th March, 2015 at the Holy Family Auditorium.

The recollection began with a time of singing followed by a session on the need for Reconciliation with God and our brothers. The evening ended with a time of Adoration. On the second evening, the students were prepared to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Despite the short time, the two day recollection was well received by the nursing students. Fr Arockia Das, the Asst. Priest at Holy Family said that he was hopeful of having follow up programmes in the near future.

 

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