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Chimur, St Claret School
CHIMUR, ST CLARET SCHOOL Independence Day celebration: The 67th Independence Day celebration was marked by a number of programmes that highlighted patriotism and responsible citizenship. Rev. Fr. Dennis Joseph, cmf, manager of the school, hoisted the national flag. In his address he enjoined the Claretines to be responsible citizens and to contribute their share towards the nation building. Investiture Ceremony: The Investiture ceremony for this academic year was held on 02 September, 2013. Mr. Praveen Dange, Sub-Inspector of Chimur, was the chief guest and presided over the function. In his address, he enlightened the students to cultivate leadership qualities and exhorted the newly elected office bearers to lead their companions to greater heights with commitment and responsibility.
Claret Nilayam Bangalore: Care Home
Care Home: Caret and Support for the Persons living with HIV/AIDS CARE Home is a charitable organization providing Counselling and Rehabilitation of persons living with HIV\AIDS & imparting Social Awareness and Education on HIV/AIDS. We have two centres: one in Bangalore and the other in Kollegal. Care Home-Bangalore: There are 80 beneficiaries. 43 are regular for self-help group meetings conducted on every 2nd Sunday of the month. We give medical help and provide them with nutrition kit. We also offer counselling for the patients and arrange treatment and accommodations for those who are very weak. In the month of August we conducted a one day picnic for them to Bennarghatta National park which everyone enjoyed. Care Home-Kollegal:  Here we have 412 registered patients. Out of them 252 are regular in self-help group meetings. During the meetings conducted on the 2nd Thursday of the month, we give inputs and during discussion time information is exchanged about the benefits they can get from the government. The doctor gives instructions about health and hygiene and the need to prevent epidemics. Over the years we see that the beneficiaries of our mission have benefited a lot and their psychological state has really improved. They feel that there is somebody to care, to listen and to love them. More than 80 patients regularly receive free supportive medicines from the centre. The nutrition kits prepared by our staffs that are supplied to them are in high demand. It boosts their general health.  The meal provided after the meetings of every month give them the feeling of sharing and oneness. Apart from the supply of medicines and nutrition food, they are also provided with study materials like note books, pens & pencils for the children of the patients. This year in the month of June, we could give note books, pens and pencils to 60 students. We also conduct awareness classes about HIV/AIDS at the schools and colleges in the nearby area. There are many innocent victims especially children who need our care, love and support.
Mathikere St Sebastian's Church
BANGALORE, CLARET NILAYAM St. Sebastian’s Church, Mathikere: Pilgrimage to the Seven Churches Established by Apostle Thomas: As part of the year of faith celebrations, the parish organized a pilgrimage to the seven churches established by St. Thomas the Apostle, in Kerala. Thirty seven members from the parish community including the parish priest and the assistant visited the churches at Kollam, Niranam, Nilackal, Kokkamangalam, Paravoor, Kodungalloor and Palayoor on 15-16 October 2013. This pilgrimage was a time of grace for all the members as they could visit, pray and get the blessings of St. Thomas. It was really a faith strengthening trip for us and we could pray for ourselves as well as for our parish community. The pilgrimage will surely bring many blessings of God to the parish through the intercession of St. Thomas, the apostle of India. Annual Retreat for the Catechism Students: A retreat was conducted for the catechism students of our parish on 10-11 August 2013. About 250 students participated in the retreat. Rev. Fr. Tomy Urumbumkuzhiyil, cmf guided the two days prayers, liturgy and the sessions focusing on the themes such as: the importance of prayer and word of God in our life, aspect of faith, etc. For the participants, the days remain unforgettable in their life. All the children were spiritually strengthened and nourished by his inspiring talks.
Provincial Speaks
Provincial speaks … My dear brothers and friends in Christ Jesus During this season of the greatest grace and the kindest mercy of God our Father and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, it is indeed a unique privilege for us to be able celebrate again the feast of our founder St. Anthony Mary Claret. St. Claret and the large company of our beatified Claretian brothers bear witness to the fact that the gift of faith, lived and witnessed in love and communion in the fellowship of the community, is the best guarantee to be and to become authentic witnesses of Jesus Christ in today’s world. The persuasive invitation of Pope Francis in his World Mission Sunday Message is worth repeating. “The men and women of our time need the secure light that illuminates their path and that only the encounter with Christ can give. Let us bring to the world, through our witness, with love, the hope given by faith! The Church’s missionary spirit is not about proselytizing, but the testimony of a life that illuminates the path, which brings hope and love.” “You will be my witnesses … to the ends of the earth”. This post-resurrection command of Jesus to his disciples in Acts 1:8 has been faithfully followed by the Church down through the centuries. She sent missionaries to the remotest corners of the earth. The Holy Father is emphasizing the need of it in his message mentioned above. The Claretians too have done it dutifully. But the martyrs invite us to understand and put in to practice Jesus’ command not only spatially or geographically but much more in a temporal sense as well; i.e. ‘Be my witnesses till the end of the world; till the end of your life; till your death’. Bearing witness to faith in Christ and love of Christ at all costs, not running away from trials, suffering and pain must also be understood as martyrdom, but one of a different kind. That indeed will go a long way in advancing the New Evangelization. All those baptized and consecrated are earnestly invited to such a style of witnessing. In the company of the Claretian martyrs of Sigüenza, Fernán Caballero and Tarragona who were beatified on 13 October 2013 let us thank and praise God and resolve to do everything possible to give Him greater glory through our life. Very Rev Father Superior General reminds us that in the heart of each of the 23 martyrs they found a strong movement of those loves that made them brothers - the love of the Word of God, the Eucharist, the Heart of Mary, the Founder, the Congregation and the mission. The very same loves lived in fellowship and communion with our brothers in community and in the province will go a long way to be authentic Claretian Missionaries. All the members of the community must help one another to be faithful to Christ and to the Church always. October, dedicated to devotion to the Holy Rosary, is an acceptable time to grow in our filial relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our mother and formatrix. One of the most efficacious means for the New Evangelization is indeed the Holy Rosary. Of the various promises granted to St. Dominic for those who recite the rosary I want to highlight two: All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven. As we recite the rosary daily let us keep these alive in our mind. Let me wish a very happy feast of our father founder St. Anthony Mary Claret to all my brothers and students, to all our benefactors and friends and to all the recipients of our mission!
ASCLA West Meet August 2013
The ASCLA West provincial council meet was conducted at Claret Nivas, Bangalore from 08-10 August 2013. Fr. Vincent Anes, cmf provincial superior of the province of Chennai, President of ASCLA West, welcomed all the participants. Fr. Gabriel Mathias, OFM oriented the participants towards, how to deal the cases of sexual allegations. The drafting committee presented a prepared draft to deal the cases of sexual allegations and in the assembly it was discussed and with further modifications the final draft presented was approved by the council to be implemented in the organisms of ASCLA West. The report of the last ASCLA West meeting held in Shillong was presented together with the action taken report. All the organisms shared the new developments in their respective organisms, evaluated the common programms conducted in different organisms and arranged common programms for the coming years. The final day was dedicated for a trip to the Lal Bagh visiting the flower show and in the evening the members were back to Claret Nivas. On 11 August the new chapel of the instituted of Sanyasa was inaugurated and blessed by Fr. Vincent Anes, cmf, the members joined with them for the prayers and celebrated the Holy Mass presided over by Fr. Anes.  
Marthidi: Holy Communion and confirmation
The first Holy Communion and confirmation was celebrated at Christ the king church Marthidi on 9 June Mar Joseph Kunnath, Bishop of Adilabad conferred the sacraments to 33 parishioners, including 15 children and 18 elders from seven families. The parishioners where well prepared in Christian faith and devotion under the guidance of sisters and brothers and a special session and Eucharistic celebration was also organized for the parents. Fr. Mathew Keechira cmf, the parish priest and Fr. Jijo Pulinkunnel cmf, the assistant, thanked Mar. Joseph Kunnath for his graceful presence.
Summer Programme for the Professed Students
The summer programme for the professed students was held at the Provincial House, Karukutty from 13-25 May 2013. Begun with the introductory session by Fr. John Thadathil cmf, the next four days from 13-17 were engaged by Fr. Cyriac Njayarkulam cmf, who is at the service of Sri Lankan Dependent Delegation, on the Claretian Charism.  The professed students enjoyed a day out on 18 May. They visited and prayed at Mar Thoma Shrine, Kodungalloor. They also spent time at Cherai Beach and visited Lulu Mall, Ernakulam. The next two days were spent for classes on various relevant themes like ‘The Impact of Computer on the Religious’, ‘Claretian Apostolate’, ‘The Significance of Faith Year’, ‘Community Life’ and ‘The Effective and Efficient Administration of Communities’ by Rev. Fr. Provincial and the Provincial Council. There was time for discussion on the Conclusions derived from the Encounter of the Prefects of Formation and on ‘The Instruction Given by the Synod of Syro-Malabar Church on the Rights and Duties Assigned to the Orders of Karoya, Heupadiyakono and M’samsana’  The annual retreat was conducted from 20-25 May by Fr. Anselmus cmf from the Chennai Province.  The retreat was very fruitful and spiritually nourishing. The summer course which culminated with the retreat came to end by 25 evening. Secretary for the Professed Students
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