No. 292  *  An Online Newsletter of the Apostolic Sector  * 13 JANUARY 2018

Alberione Speaks...

In our life it is necessary to know how to accept the mortifications that are imposed by our office and we must not use the apostolate to please ourselves. The means of the apostolate are to be exploited for souls (FSP58, p. 265). 

New Delhi World Book Fair

The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), has emerged as one of the most significant events in the publishing world, is held this year in the Capital during 6-14 January, 2018, at Pragati Maidan. The fair, organised by National Book Trust, India, promotes titles, trade, co-publication of titles and – above all – the habit of reading. The fair serves as a meeting point for readers and publishers. Started in 1972 with 200 participants, the event has grown exponentially and had 956 participants this year including major publishers from 35 countries. Considering the ramifications of climate change and in a bid to promote the same, this year the theme of the event is “Environment & Climate Change”. Anyone who walks into the fair will certainly find places like, Authors corner, Seminar halls, Event halls, Exhibition halls, Children’s pavilion, book stalls of your taste and language, Food corner, Sit-Chat corner, well decorated halls and roads etc. After two years of break, this year Better Yourself Books, in collaboration with St Paul International Book Center, Delhi participated in the Book Fair. Fr Joby Mathew, Fr Shinto Devasia, Fr Maria Das along with Fr Sebastian Elavunkal, DGA had taken much trouble to make our presence felt in the Fair. The Paulines who participated in the fair are extremely happy with the number of peoples visited our stall. Unlike the past, this year there was a better demand for our Hindi Titles. One of the visitors Mr Raveendra Singh, a retired army officer looking at our brand name said, “Better Yourself Books have created tremendous change in my life. BYB books are real solid food. Each day of my life, I eat BYB books, I sleep over BYB books and I grow gracefully with the help of BYB books”. We sincerely thank Fr Joby Mathew, and the entire team for making the necessary arrangements and participating in the book fair. We also appreciate the commendable involvement and support of the local community in New Delhi led by Fr Paul Kottackal, the Superior and all the members of the community.

Juniors’ Meet 2017

Come December, and the Juniors Remember – the Annual Juniors’ Meet 2017.  The Annual Juniors’ meet of our Province was celebrated in Mumbai from 26th to 30th December 2017. The programme began with an opening ceremony led by Fr Aneesh, the Formation Director. Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial, Fr Jose Paul, the Superior of Mumbai Community and Fr Thomas M.J., the outgoing Formation Director were present at the inaugural ceremony. Relevant themes like Personality development, personal motivation, inter and interpersonal relationships were skilfully dealt by Fr Thomas MJ, Fr Gilbert and Fr Aneesh, who were experts in the area of human formation and development. Ankur, the Journal of Juniors was released by Fr Varghese, our Provincial. The five-day Juniors meet had its grand finale with a day out outing to Gorai Beach’. The Province and the juniors express their deep sense of gratitude to Fr Aneesh, the chief organizer, who went out of his way to see that this maiden Annual Juniors’ Meet 2017 was a roaring success.


It is an occasion of Grace and recognition that Paulines are being invited to be at the 33rd CBCI General Body Meeting to be organized in Bangalore in the first week of February.

The Plenary Assembly the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India is held every two years in which, this year 203 Bishops from 174 dioceses in India, together with 60 Emeritus Bishops and other expert committees would take stock of the life, activity and growth of the Catholic Church in India. The theme chosen for the Plenary this year is “United in Diversity for a Mission of Mercy and Witness”.

Fr Renold Pascal is invited to be in the Media committee who would be in-charge of Media and Communications at the Assembly, guided by Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of the CBCI. Sr Ujil Seema, PDDM, the Social Media Coordinator of the Secretariat also will be part of the General Body meeting 2018.

While we thank God, that Paulines are stepping into hierarchical church, we also pray for the success and fruitfulness of the General body meeting of the CBCI. Hearty Congratulations to Fr Renold Paschal.

Pauline Paulswave in Jalandhar

Most Rev. Franco Mulakkal, the Bishop of Jalandhar diocese and his clergy gathered together for their first recollection of the new year on January 3rd, 2018. Fr Johny was invited to preach their first recollection of the year with a focus on the Word of God and its importance in the lives of Priests. The talk was well appreciated and we congratulate Fr Johny for making PaulsWave in the diocese of Jalandhar.

New Adoration Chapel at Divine Mercy, Chennai

“The Pauline Family finds its nourishment, its life, its way of working and its sanctification from the tabernacle. Without the tabernacle, there is nothing that we can achieve,” exclaimed our saintly founder Bl. James Alberione.

The XVII Provincial Chapter of our Province realizing the importance of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel gave an Operative guideline ‘to erect Adoration Chapel in our parishes, wherever possible.’ Divine Mercy Shrine in Chennai is the first Pauline Parish in the Province to implement this Chapter operative guideline. The newly built Chapel was blessed and inaugurated at midnight of 31st December by Fr Varghese Gnalian, the Provincial Superior. After the blessing and inauguration, he presided over the Solemn mid-night Mass.

Fr George Chathanatt, the Parish priest, thanked the parishioners for their active involvement in the realization of the Chapel, and exhorted them to experience a deeper devotion to the Eucharistic Lord which will lead them to an improved relationship with Jesus and would lead them to repentance, conversion, and sanctity. It is a matter of great joy to see the constant presence of the people around the Eucharistic Lord. The Adoration Chapel is open for the public from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Saturday. We appreciate the Paulines at Divine Mercy for this achievement.


Mediathon is a Fest of SPICE, Mumbai. Organised annually to bring student fraternity together from various colleges of Mumbai. The Fest is also conducted to promote the Institute with its entire activities, with the aim of getting new admissions.

Preparations for Mediathon began in earnest around mid-November as teams sat together to finalise a date and outline key events like Rink Football, the Fashion Show, the Treasure Hunt etc. Catering to the millennials of today and the media professionals of tomorrow, our theme for 2018 was Popp’n It Up.

Around 70 colleges were personally invited for the Contingent Leader (CL) Meet on 7th December at 11 am. Invite letters were sent with the PG students who visited these colleges and spoke to the respective Cultural Heads and student representatives.

The fest was held on 8th & 9th January 2018. There were 7 events - Dub Charades, Treasure Hunt, Rink Football, Fashion Show, Band, Dance, a Photography Challenge - and three stimulating workshops (Food writing, Advertising and Poetry) in total. Kudos to the UGs from the B.Voc class for winning First place in Beat It - the Band event. Our trophies were sponsored by Lawrence & Mayo and Blunt graciously provided some delightful hampers for the winners of the dance and fashion events.

Congratulations to the SPICE TEAM in Mumbai for the successful organising of the event.

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