The India Sri Lanka Catholic Apostolate’s first ever, Children’s Rosary Rally, 17 May 2015.



The India Sri Lanka Catholic Apostolate’s Rosary Rally took off to a flying start with mother nature providing us with a nice sunny day to celebrate our Blessed Virgin Mary’s Rosary Rally, despite there being a very severe thunderstorm and rain the previous evening.


St. John Neumann Church was the perfect picturesque location for this unique event, put together for the 1st time through the Apostolate, a brilliant suggestion in hindsight by our Director and leader Fr. Anthony Arockiadoss. We thought the Rosary rally would certainly set the stage to promote the recital of the daily rosary amongst families and participants. It was about six months back that this thought was put into action. The Apostolate Secretaries worked tirelessly to ensure that this event had the participation and enthusiasm to make it a success. Fast forward six months later to May 17, 2015, the Secretaries arrive promptly at 12 noon and started in earnest to get things organized for the congregation arriving at 2pm. Pastor of the church, Fr. Abraham Orapankal, gave us a warm and gracious welcome. He was most kind and generous in opening up his Parish Church, including the kitchen and beautiful lawns for our use. The Rosary rally started promptly at 2pm.


Every participant was given the holy rosary that was made available by Fr. Anthony. Opening remarks were given by Fr. Abraham, who welcomed all of us. One of the secretaries, Ronald D’Souza, addressed the gathering and explained the program for the rally. There certainly was a feeling of sanctity as children assembled carried the Crucifix, posters and flowers and took their positions in readiness for the procession. The children from various communities sang hymns as they processed from the Church to the lawns, followed by the rest of the congregation including the two priests, Fr. Abraham and Fr. Anthony. Each community group recited a decade followed by children singing the devotional song Ave Maria. The rosary then concluded with the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At this point the procession made its way back to the Church. There was an added sigh of relief as the congregation enjoyed the welcomed air-conditioned facility, as it was a very hot and a sunny afternoon!


After a short break with cold beverages, people were preparing themselves for the start of Mass, celebrated by Frs. Abraham and Anthony. The cantor and the children’s choir comprised from the Mangalorean Catholic and Tamil Associations, did a fantastic job.


The Organizing Committee comprising the Secretaries of the Apostolate did an outstanding job inspiring and coordinating the proceedings. Their practices bore great fruit as the celebration of the Mass was enhanced in such a wonderful way. The Organizing Committee comprising the Secretaries of the Apostolate did an outstanding job inspiring and coordinating the proceedings.


The readings were presented by representatives from various organizations. Fr. Abraham’s homily was a special one as he spoke about the role of media and how we could use it to our advantage – spiritually and for a better understanding of the word of God. St John Neumann Church has four large monitors and Fr. Abraham made sure he used these monitors all through his homily. Father was very happy with the Flag that the Apostolate put up at the altar of our Blessed Saint Joseph Vaz . He informed us that this great Saint was born in Goa and traveled to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and is popularly known as the Apostle of Ceylon. Fr. Joseph Vaz traveled throughout the island bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments to groups of Catholics. At the time of his death, Fr. Vaz managed to rebuild the Catholic church on the island. On 21 January 1995, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Colombo.


For the offering, there was a line of children who eagerly took up the gifts of fruit, vegetables and other food essentials. The Mass ended with a solemn blessing from both Fr. Abraham and Fr. Anthony.


After Mass the congregation moved from the church to the luscious lawns where the Secretaries and their spouses were ready with refreshments. Hot dogs, samosas, potato chips, tea, coffee and juices were made available to the attendees, which everyone enjoyed. Fr. Abraham then took us for a tour of the beautiful acreage surrounding the church which included a walk down to the river that bordered the grounds.


The rally started to wind down around 5 pm so people could return home at a decent hour.


The event was well attended, with so many of the groups being represented participating in all aspects. There was a great sense of devotion and reverence befitting to our dear Mother Mary. For those that attended, there were blessings in abundance.


Saying the Rosary at the rally was solemn and a testimony of our solidarity as Catholics from different backgrounds and ethnicity coming together as one people in prayer. This Rosary rally has certainly been etched in our memory as a unique spiritual experience. May everyone, and even those who could not attend, be blessed and touched by our Blessed Virgin Mary. Our special thanks to all the children who did an outstanding job all through the event.


Our thanks to Fr. Abraham, Fr. Anthony, the Secretaries and spouses, and to all those who so generously gave of their time, talent and treasure to make this rally an outstanding tribute to our Lord’s precious Mother.


Report by Mr. Felix Menezes – Pictures: Mr. Anton Asoka Ranasinghe – TP Photo Video Media
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Mr. Victor Macwan is back home after 5 months and five days of hospitalization.

ATT_1432523542068_20150524_195707પ્રભુ છે ભલાઈનો ભંડાર…. શ્રી. વિક્ટર મેકવાન પાંચ મહિના અને પાંચ દિવસ પછી બિમારીથી મુક્ત થઈ મેની ૨૩ તારીખે પોતાના ઘરે પરત આવ્યા છે એનો અનહદ આનંદ છે. ઈશ્વરની કૃપા, મિત્રો-સંબંધીઓની પ્રાર્થના અને હોસ્પિટલના કુશળ સ્ટાફની સારવાર થકી તેઓ સાજાપણું મેળવી શક્યા છે. રવિવાર મે ૨૪ ના દિવસે હું મારા પપ્પા શ્રી. જોસેફ પરમાર, મારો ભાઈ કેતન અને તેના પત્નિ ઈલા, વિક્ટરભાઈની મુલાકાતે ગયા હતા. વિક્ટરભાઈને તંદુરસ્ત જોઈને ઘણો આનંદ થયો. આ મુલાકાત દરમ્યાન શ્રી.વિક્ટરભાઈ અને આલ્બીનાબેને બધા મિત્રો અને સંબંધીઓની પ્રાર્થના, મુલાકાત, ફોન કોલ્સ, ઈમેલથી બતાવેલી લાગણી અને પ્રેમનો ગદગદીત ભાવે આભાર વ્યક્ત કર્યો હતો.


હજુ એમને સંપૂર્ણ સ્વસ્થ થતાં થોડો સમય લાગશે. દવા અને તાત્વીક ખોરાક થી તેઓ સંપૂર્ણ સ્વસ્થ બને એવી ઈશ્વરને પ્રાર્થના.


Congratulation Monsignor Charles Cicerale on your 40th Anniversary of Priesthood.

Msgr. Charles W. CiceralePriest and Pastor – Servant and Shepard


Congratulation to Msgr. Charles for completing 40 years of priesthood. He is the pastor of my parish St. James. He is a very kind, generous and holy person. He has always offered the church and hall for our Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA. We are very grateful for his generosity.   


Msgr. Charles Cicerale was born in New Brunswick, NJ to Lucile M. and Louis Michael Cicerale. He has one sister, Mary Alice Cicerale. He attended St. Mary of Mount Virgin School, New Brunswick and was a member of the first graduating class of St. Joseph High School, Metuchen, in 1965. He earned a bachelor’s  degree in philosophy and Master of Arts degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y., according to the press release, which was written by Carolyn Hughes of the Catholic Sprit diocesan news-paper.


He also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a Master of Sacred Theology degree in marriage and family counseling from the New York Theological Seminary, New York City. He attended St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Conn., earning an associate degree and Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y.


He was ordained May 17, 1975, by Bishop George W. Ahr in St. Mary Cathedral, Trenton. He served as associate pastor in the parishes of St. Ann, Lawrenceville; Immaculate Conception, Somerville; and St. Ambrose, Old Bridge. He served as administrator of St. Ann Parish, Raritan, for three months, and at St. James Parish for more than six years, until he was installed as pastor Jan. 04, 2009.


He served as first director, diocesan office of Vocations, and worked from 1984-89 in the formation of future clergy at Theological college, Washington, D.C. He was appointed the first director, Office of Ministry to Priests, by Bishop-Emeritus Edward T. Hughes, a position he held for 12 years. He also served as dean of the Arthur Kill Deanery in 2009, and now is dean of the Cathedral Deanery.


He is on the diocesan Council of Priests and Board of Consulters. A licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey, Msgr. Cicerale is a member of Social Workers and the Association of Christian Therapists. He sists on the board of directors for the Center for Great Expectations, Somerset, and the Dombol-Vogel Foundation. He is also chaplain for the Knights of Columbus Council No. 857, Woodbridge, and assist the ministry to East Jersey State Prison in Rahway, by offering the sacraments to the men behind the walls.


He was bestowed with pontifical honors as part of the Diocese of Metuchen’s 30th anniversary celebration on January 29, 2012.


Source: Woodbridge Sentinel, February 16, 2012.


Congratulation to Joaquina & Prabodh on their silver jubilee wedding anniversary.



GuddyPrabodh05211990આજથી પચીસ વર્ષ પૂર્વે ૨૧ મે ૧૯૯૦ ના દિવસે મારી લાડલી અને સૌથી નાની સાળી જૉકિના (ગુડ્ડી) એ લગ્નસંસ્કાર મેળવી પ્રબોધચંદ્ર સાથે પોતાનું વૈવાહિક જીવન શરૂં કર્યું. સંજોગોને કારણે હું કે મારી પત્નિ એ પ્રસંગે હાજર રહી શક્યા નહીં એનો આજે પણ અફસોસ છે. જીવનમાં આવતી પરિસ્થિતિ પ્રમાણે આપણે ચાલવું પડે છે. આજે પચીસ વર્ષ પછી અત્યારે ગુડ્ડી અને તેની ત્રણ દિકરીઓ અમારી સાથે અહીં રહે છે. જ્યારે તેના પતિ પ્રબોધચંદ્ર પોતાની નોકરી ના નિવૃતિકાળને પૂરો કરવા આણંદમાં છે.


લગ્નસંસ્કાર વખતે લીધેલી પ્રતિજ્ઞાઓ નું પાલન કરી તેઓ ૨૪ વરસ સુધી એક સાથે એક ઘરમાં રહ્યા.  ત્રણ દિકરીઓના આગમનથી એમનું કુટુંબ પૂર્ણ થયું. બાળકોનો યોગ્ય ઉછેર અને કેળવણી માટે પુષ્કળ મહેનત કરી. થોડા સમય પછી ફરી પાછું આખું કુટુંબ સાથે મળી એમનો જીવનરથ આગળ ધપાવશે.


ક્લેરા અને હું તથા મારો દિકરો રોડની અને મારું સઘળું કુટુંબ આજે ગુડ્ડી અને પ્રબોધચંદ્રને એમના લગ્નજીવનનાં ૨૫ વરસ પૂરાં કરવા માટે ખૂબ ખૂબ અભિનંદન પાઠવીએ છીએ. પ્રભુ એમનો દિવ્ય પ્રકાશ અને આશિર્વાદ હંમેશા એમના પર વરસાવતો રહે એવી પ્રાર્થના.



Clera, I and Rodney along with our entire family congratulate Guddy & Prabodh on their 25th wedding anniversary. We wish them best of luck. May God continue to shower his divine light and blessing on both of them and their family.        


Navkranti issue 20 – 2015 – નવક્રાન્તિ અંક – ૨૦ – ૨૦૧૫

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Garavi Navkranti issue 20 – 2015 – ગરવી નવક્રાન્તિ અંક – ૨૦ – ૨૦૧૫

આ અંક વાંચવા ઉપરના લોગો પર ક્લિક કરો.

આ અંક વાંચવા ઉપરના લોગો પર ક્લિક કરો.

Navjeevan News – April 2015

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Garvi Navkranti Issue 19 – 2015 – ગરવી નવક્રાન્તિ અંક ૧૯ – ૨૦૧૫

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Congratulation to Prerna Paul Macwan for earning PHD.