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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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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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O U R   T E A M

Fr. Silvestre D'Souza

Fr. Ronald D'Souza

Fr. Jossey Rodrigues

Fr. Fantino Pereira

Fr. Anil Veigas

Fr. Jeevan Tauro

Br. Malvino