Sunday, August 05, 2007

BOMBAY: Vianney Sunday - Archbishop's Wishes

Vianney Sunday (Aug 5) in Bombay Archdiocese

On Sunday, August 05, we celebrate the feast of St John Marie Vianney, patron of priests engaged in the pastoral ministry. I invite our clergy, religious and faithful to pray very specially for our priests and seminarians, for vocations to the sacred priesthood, for our retired clergy and for those priests who have already gone to their heavenly home.

May I take this occasion to thank all the priests in our Archdiocese who are engaged in the pastoral ministry. I know the dedication and commitment with which you work for our people. May God through the intercession of St John Marie Vianney inspire you to give your best in your priestly ministry.

I express my sincere gratitude to all those who support our Diocesan Seminary, Goregaon and the Clergy Home, Bandra with their prayers and their offerings. I thank the Administrators and the whole Staff of the Clergy Home who together with the Pious Disciples of the Divine Master dedicate themselves so selflessly for the service of our retired clergy. I thank the Rector and Staff of St Pius X College who together with the Poor Sisters of Our Lady care for our seminarians. It would interest all to know that this year there have been eighteen new admissions to the Diocesan Seminary, five being candidates for the Archdiocese of Bombay. God willing, we should have six Ordinations to the Priesthood for our Archdiocese next April.

The collection at all the Parish Masses on Vianney Sunday and cheques made out in favour of “Archdiocese of Bombay” are to be sent to the Diocesan Fund, for sick and retired priests, at Archbishop’s House by the end of August 2007.

+Oswald Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

July 28, 2007


On Sunday, 5 August 2007, Archbishop Oswald Gracias will celebrate mass at:

9.30 a.m.: Feast Mass, St Ignatius Church, Jacob Circle

6.30 p.m.: Vianney Sunday Mass, Holy Name Cathedral, Fort

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