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We deeply mourn the sudden demise of BR. MORGAN ATAIDE (hailing from Mapusa, Goa). He was a Carmelite for 33 years and served in India and Israel. For many years he was a member of our community at Margao Monastery.

He breathed his last on 4th of May, 2021 at the age of 60. Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral mass was held at Mapusa monastery with only his close relatives in attendance. The burial took place at Margao Monastery on the same day.

While thanking God for the gift and life of Br. Morgan, we request you to pray for the repose of his soul.


A TEARFUL FAREWELL TO BR. MORGAN ATAIDE OCD
Swift and sudden came the call for Br. Morgan Ataide. He was on his way for a routine check-up when he suffered breathlessness and passed away on the hospital bed at Remanso, Mapusa. The community at Mapusa and his close relatives were left shocked. We still cant believe he is no more physically present in our midst. This morning, he was hale and hearty during breakfast, phoned his sister on her birthday and had a long conversation with her. Nobody had imagined his end could come so soon.

Due to COVID restrictions, the funeral had to be strictly conducted in private, with only a few close relatives in attendance. The requiem mass at Avila Jyothi, Mapusa, was presided over by Fr. Ivo Dias, the Superior of the monastery. Fr. Anthony DSouza preached on the Word of God and made a mention of the troubling times, when we have to conduct funerals in a hurry and cannot even console each other with a hand shake or hug. As an Easter people, we believe in the words of Christ, who alone can console us and give us a share in his everlasting life.

At the end of the Mass, Fr. Silvestre DSouza rendered a short eulogy, on behalf of the Carmelite friars. In it he highlighted some of the striking qualities of Br. Morgan and his service to the Order in India and Israel. The prayers before the burial at Carmelite Monastery, Margao, were led by Fr. Silvestre DSouza, on behalf of the Provincial who could not be present on the occasion.

                 

           

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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY CELEBRATED AT MARGAO, GOA
The Carmelite Fathers in Goa have been entrusted with the promotion of Divine Mercy since the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in 2015. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves, the former superior of Margao Monastery, took up this task in right earnest and with the help of Br. Malvino Alphonso managed to form 136 groups in parishes.
Due to the pandemic this year, only a few representatives from surrounding parishes were invited for the annual feast on 11th of April, presided over by Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman. It was telecast live on CCR TV.
We hope to continue with the catechetical formation of the groups and a book on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy is on the anvil.

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

                   

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GOA REGIONAL GATHERING
The second regional gathering of the triennium (Margao, Mapusa, Xellim, Londa and Honnavar communities) was held at Mount Carmel Hostel, Ramnagar on 8th of March, 2021. In all, 21 friars attended.
The day began with a prayer service led by Br. Pranay Pereira and two input sessions. Fr. Silvestre DSouza, offered a few reflections on St Joseph and briefly introduced the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis: Patris Corde. Fr. Jeevan Tauro presented the texts and insights of St Teresa of Avila, regarding the saint. This was followed by sharing of ideas on how this year could be celebrated meaningfully at the personal and community level. Each community was also given an opportunity to give an update on their life and activities.
Fr. Joe Tauro, presided over the eucharist and Fr. Ivo Dias broke the Word of God. All friars joined once again before lunch, to felicitate Fr Joe Tauro who is celebrating his golden jubilee and Fr. Silvestre DSouza who is completing 50 years of life. Fr. Ronald DSouza highlighted the similarities and contributions of the two friars.
Since it was Womens Day the friars met the staff of Mount Carmel School, Ramnagar and wished the women teachers. Fr. Silvestre spoke on the occasion and appreciated the contribution they make to our institution and the society.
All the friars then proceeded to visit the new plot at Ramnagar and the gathering ended with tea at Londa Parish. Three cheers to the Londa community who hosted this gathering and the domestic staff who worked hard to provide for all our needs. It was both a fraternal and fruitful meeting. The next gathering is fixed for 16th of August, 2021, and will be held at Stela Maris Monastery, Matadakeri.

           
           

              

        

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SECULAR CARMEL CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS
St. Therese of the Child Jesus OCDS community, gathered on Sunday, 20th of December 2020, at Lar de Sta. Terezinha for a homely celebration of Christmas. It began with the recitation of the evening prayer. Mrs. Effie Viegas was the compere for the evening. All the members took part in a march past, which was a warm up exercise. Carols were sung by three different groups. Then there was the exchange of gifts to the Christmas friend who was assigned to each member for special prayers during the Advent season. The Spiritual Assistant, Fr. Silvestre D'Souza, delivered the Christmas message exhorting all to put 'CHRIST' back into Christmas and make him the focus of our celebrations.
After a group photo, time was spent in fellowship and all enjoyed the Christmas delicacies which were shared.

At present this OCDS community comprises of:
8 in Definitive Promises
2 in Temporary Promises
14 Aspirants

Anybody wishing to join the community are most welcome to have a "come and see' experience at one of our meetings.

              

              
 

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THE FRIARS OF GOA REGION celebrate the solemnity of ST JOHN OF THE CROSS
The Goa region, comprising the communities of Mapusa, Xellim, Londa, Matadakeri and Margao came together to celebrate the feast of St John of the Cross at Carmelite Monastery, Margao on 14th of December, 2020. There was a recollection in the morning up to noon. Fr Kennet Teles, the director of the Family Service Centre, shared his insights to make our preparation for Christmas more meaningful and fruitful. Confessions followed. Fr. Ronald S. D�Souza, the Silver Jubilarian was the main celebrant at the Solemn Mass, during which three regents (Brs. Pranay Pereira, Elston Monteiro and Bala Praveen), renewed their profession. Fr. Joachim Rodrigues, Superior of Londa, in his homily, indicated how the example and teachings of St John of the Cross, are very relevant to Covid times, though he lived in a different age and milieu. Before lunch, Fr. Ajith Rodrigues wished the Silver Jubilarian on behalf of the region, highlighting some of his sterling qualities based on the alphabets of his name. The postulants, who were guided by Fr. Ronald till a few days back, offered their congratulations in song. Finally the jubilarian gave expression to his sentiments. The Superior of Mapusa, Fr. Ivo Dias, prayed the grace over the meals, which were lovingly prepared by Fr. Jossey Rodrigues. In the afternoon, all the friars gathered to discuss some pertinent issues of the region and exchange views regarding the common programmes and gatherings for the triennium. The get-together ended with the intonation of FLOS CARMELI.

                   

               

                       
 

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HOLY MASS AT A HISTORIC SITE
On 12th of December 1750, the Archbishop of Goa, a Franciscan, Dom Louren�o de Santa Maria, approved the Statutes of the Carmelite Tertiaries of Chimbel. This is the first indigenous Carmelite Congregation in Asia. To mark the 270th anniversary of this event, Holy Mass was celebrated at the ruins, in front of the fa�ade of the historic Church and monastery where the holy and zealous religious lived till 1835. From there they went as pastors and missionaries to various parts of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.

On 12th of December 2020, the State Government of Goa notified the Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Nossa Senhora do Carmo) at Chimbel (within the parish of Ribandar), as a heritage site. The Conservation Committee, comprising locals from the village, who made this petition and pursued the matter for years, participated in the Eucharistic celebration. The Carmelite Friars from Margao monastery and Fr. Eusico Pereira, a native of the village (presently, Parish Priest at S�o Jos� de Areal) led the liturgical service. The local MLA, Mr. Tony Fernandes was also present and spoke at the end of the celebration, assuring all support from the government to preserve this site. We are grateful to the local Panchayat which helped us to organize this event.

                       

                       
 

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On 4 September 2020, there was a meeting at Lar called by Mr Agnelo Fernandes, the additional Collector of South Goa. It was attended by Mr Gaonkar the Fatorda Police Inspector and Mrs. Linette From Women and Child, Panjim along with V. Rev Fr Pius James Dsouza, the Provincial Superior, Fr Sylvestre Dsouza, the new superior and Fr Ronald D'Souza. Fr Archibald Gonsalves, the out going Director of Lar welcomed the guests and gave a historical account of Lar de Sta Terezinha. Then the Collector explained the rules of the institution, which was followed by interventions from both Police Inspector and Mrs Linette. Then the girls raised some doubts and sought clarification. The Collector clearly stated that discipline will not be compromised at any cost. He invite�

              

           

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The new batch of postulants were welcomed along with Fr Ronald D'souza, their fomator. After completing their quarantine period in Shellim, they arrived in Margao.

              

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The Senior Citizens Forum founded by Fr Archibald Gonsalves, gave him a tearful adieu on Friday, 29 August 2020. After the holy Eucharist, there was refreshment, during the program the members had a power power point presentation. They sang and danced. After cutting the cake, on behalf of the group, Mr. Morris and Mrs Farrel spoke in the rich contribution made by Fr Archie to their group and tothe Church in Goa as a whole. Then he was given a gift and a farewell card. Fr Archie remembered thebrokeof all the animators, namely, Chris, Farrel, Morris, Willy, Alice. He also prayed for Benicio and Ida the departed members. Then Fr Archie thanked one and all for their love and concern.

                       

                    

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The Mt Carmel group of OCDS gave a warm sendoff to Fr Archie, their Spiritual Director on Sunday, 23 August 2020. After the holy Eucharist there was a sendoff program.

                 

                 

                 

              

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Send off party was organised by Carmel Food Bank on Saturday, 22 Aug 2020. The volunteers thanked Fr Archie for his dymanic leadership. Each member spoke appreciating Fr Archie for his contribution to the poor and to the migrants. The send off party ended with a light refreshment.

              
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The birthday of Lar Shelter Home animator Philomena (Filu) was celebrated on 17 Aug. After mass in the morning there was luchon celebration in the Hall where all residents of Lar gathered.

     

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Fr. Archie's birthday celebrated in anticipation on 7 July 2020. Communities of Xellim and Mapuca were present....

           

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Lar Day Out: Instead of their annual study tour, Lar children were taken out for a day to visit Bharadi cross and Cabo De Rama. All enjoyed the day.

           

                    

                 

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Lar children during lockdown.

  

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The Chimbel Society visited the Old Goa ruins of the Carmelite Monastery.

        

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The Carmelite monastery garden is given a facelift. Thanks to the hard work of Mr Blascio, Cyrus and Fr Michael along with the community.

     

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Destitute Home construction in Progress. April- May 2020. Contractor Mr Pio Pereira, Architect: Francis and Sharon, Project in Charge: Fr Archie ocd
Lar Retreat Centre interior Cleaned by Leon Salva. The new boy from Hyderabad. May 2020.

                       

              

              

              

              

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Lar Shelter Home for Women under restoration. In April-May 2020. Contractor Mr Pio Pereira. Roof: Mr Robin Santos. Architect Francis Sharon.

  

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Lar Shelter Home for Women. Roof dismantled for a over all repair and maintenance. Due to Corona lockdown, work halted. To recommence shortly before monsoon sets in.

           

     

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Lar Destitute Home Women. Work going on fully swing. To be blessed on 19 April 2020 On Divine Mercy Feast. But due to Corona Lockdown, postponed to July 16, Mt Carmel Feast.

              

              

              

              

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On 23 November 2019, the construction site for the Destitute Home at Lar was blessed, and the stone was laid by Fr Archibald Gonsalves, the Superior. Fr Fantino placed the Benedict medals on four corners. A mass was offered at the Monastery, for this intention at 6.00 p.m. Mr Pio the contractor has already begun the ground work. The first phase of this building is supposed to be completed by 19 April 2020. Mr. Bush has prepared a blogg to raise funds for this project.

        

     

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The annual feast of Little Flower was celebrated at Lar de Sta Terezinha, at Pajifond, Margao on 1 Oct at 4.00 p.m. The Eucharist was solemnised by Fr Amandio Valadares, Parish Priest of the Holy Spirit Parish. Help and Help NGO formally took over the management of Lar by symbolically accepting a Statue of St Therese. Benefactors and wellwishers were present in large numbers.

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

              

        

        

              

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Fr. Silvestre D'Souza


Fr. Ronald D'Souza


Fr. Jossey Rodrigues


Fr. Fantino Pereira


Fr. Anil Veigas


Fr. Jeevan Tauro


Br. Malvino