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Dear Friends,
The MCA-EC and the  Goan Association of New Jersey are organizing a Lenten Retreat at Our Lady of Peace Church, North Brunswick, New Jersey.
Detailed Schedule:
Day & Date: Saturday, April 06, 2019
Place: Our Lady of Peace Church
1740 US-130, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 
11 am  to 11.30 – Welcome with Tea and snacks
11.30 to 11.45 – Praise & Worship.
11.45 to 12.00 – Prayer of deliverance by Deacon Francis.
12 to 1.00 pm Talk
1 to 1.45 Break for lunch
1.45 to 2.45 – Talk
2.45 to 3.00  – Tea break
3.00 to 4.00 – Talk.
4 -5 pm-Interactions with Dr. Jayanand (Personal Healings )
Parish Mass in the church is at 5:30 pm.
Please refer to attached  flyers for further details.
All are welcome to attend, please share this with your family, friends and relatives.
FREE : Breakfast, Lunch and evening coffee/tea/snacks.

GCSofUSA organized a group prayer meeting online through Facebook messenger – March 30, 2019.

GCSofUSA organized a group prayer meeting online through Facebook messenger – March 30, 2019.

GCSofUSA organized a group prayer meeting online through Facebook messenger – March 30, 2019. It was an innovative and unique attempt to organize the prayer meetings. GCSofUSA has been organizing The Stations of The Cross prayer meetings on Saturday night since its inception during every lent season. We get together at different home of one of the member of GCSofUSA. For some reason there was no family was able to host on the Saturday, March 30 2019. We were disappointed but God gave us an idea and on Friday night we discussed and decided to have an online meeting. We made an announcement on next day Saturday, March 30, 2019 around 12:25PM. We are pleased that we got an overwhelming response and we had 17 adults and two children participated from beginning to end and joined by 4 adults and two children later. Above all we had pregnant Angelina Rathod along with her to be born child who is ready to arrive to this world any day now. We used the social media in a positive manner and benefited from it.  
Thanks to be God and thanks to all participants. May God bless us all! Praise the Lord.  
Please find below the invitation of the event and some pictures of the event and a small video ending our prayer meeting with the traditional evening prayers.  
Stations of the Cross – ક્રુસના માર્ગની ચોથી ભક્તિ – 2019. Live online through Facebook messenger.
Social media has completely transformed a range of our life experiences. People are becoming so addicted to social media that they are spending most of their time on it instead of doing any productive or significant work. Lots of people now prefer online conversations rather than meeting in person, which is weakening their relationships. Social media can give you fantastic returns if you use it positively, on the other hand, you can waste a big chunk of your time on social media if you are doing it just to pass the time.
But at the same time many people truly believe that social media has the power to make the world a better place. 98% of nonprofit organizations have a Facebook presence, and 72% are establishing themselves on Twitter (source). Whether you’re a nonprofit or a for-profit organization, you can successfully use social media for awareness of your cause, fundraising, community growth, engagement, and more.
We the Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA are using the social media-bringing community together. We have decided to use social media to conduct the Stations of the Cross prayer meeting on Facebook messenger group video chat.
Once you get the Facebook event notification select “Going” if interested by 8PM. We will create a Facebook messenger group for this purpose only. This group will be dissolved once the prayer service is over so no one can use it for any other messages or purpose.
Please use your laptop or PC to join so all your family member can join us together. Keep in mind that you may not be able to connect if your phones aren’t connected to the Internet.
Note: Placing calls through the Messenger app may use your existing data plan. Please contact your mobile operator if you have questions about data charges for calling. Sharp 9PM we will start our prayer service.
Day and Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
The invite will be sent at 8:45 to those who wanted to participate and who has a Facebook account.
8:45-9:00PM – some instructions and chitchat. Those who join after 9PM requested to please join us quietly. Please do not send any messages in this group during the prayer service.
Thank you
Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA

Increasing demands of child day care center-The necessity and benefits.

Increasing demands of child day care center-The necessity and benefits.  

Daycare is a necessity for most parents because many families require two incomes to get by financially. Others have made a personal choice to combine working and a supportive home life for the benefit of all members of the household. Single parents usually don’t have the capacity to raise their young ones and hold down a job at the same time.
While the inability to do it all is often stressful for many parents, they can rest assured daycare is a viable option. It offers long-lasting social, economic and academic benefits for kids and their parents. Studies have shown that children, including babies and infants from the ages of 6 months to 4 years, benefit from the daycare environment, including its quality instruction, structure and social lessons.
1. Regular Schedule and Activities:
2. Academic Advancement:
3. Time With Peers:
4. Interaction With Other Adults:
5. Smoother Transition to Kindergarten:
6. Social and Economic Benefits for Parents:
7. Daycare May Help Your Family Thrive:
While choosing daycare may be a heart-pounding option for many parents, there is clear evidence children will benefit over the long term. Finding a quality daycare center where children are supported, engaged, encouraged and exposed to a positive attitude can help babies and toddlers set the groundwork for later intellectual strides. As kids learn to problem-solve and interact positively with other kids and adults, their parents can get to know one another and increase the social capital they hold in their community.
Indian Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017
Under a newly amended law, many employers in India are required to increase paid maternity leave and offer on-site day care services; some of the new standards await clarification.
Providing crèche (day care) facilities is now mandatory for employers with more than 50 employees.
Paid maternity leave has been doubled for women working at companies with at least 10 employees.

Mrs. Arti Gautam (niece of my sister Mrs. Minaxi Sharma) Is a director of “Crawlers to Flyers pre-school and Day Care” in Vadodara, Gujarat. She was invited by VNM TV, Vadodara to discuss about the necessity and benefits of children day care centers and the new mandate by Indian government about providing mandatory facility for child care on site for the company with more than 50 employees.  

DSWD celebrated 55th anniversary and 25 years of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne at Elsie Gaches Village, Philippines.

DSWD celebrated 55th anniversary and 25 years of Sisters of Charity of St. Anne at Elsie Gaches Village, Philippines on February 06, 2019.
We are very proud and thankful to Sr. Savita Parmar from Ahmedabd who is serving in this center. Sr. Savita Parmar belongs to the Sisters of Charity of St. Anne congregation. 

Department of the Social Welfare and Development celebrated 55 years and The Sisters of Charity of St. Anne celebrated 25 years being their partners in this center, Elsie Gaches Village.
The celebration started with a thanksgiving Mass, celebrated by the Somascan Fathers, The provincial superior  Rev. Father Javier Angeles P. San jose CRS, the parish priest Fr. Melchore H. Umandal CRS, and assistant parish priest Fr. Prudy  Tria.CRS
Besides the clergy there were government officials, current staff, retired staff of the facility. Various companies, donors, sponsors, volunteers were present too. The Friends of Elsie Gaches Village ( group of ladies and a gentle man who brought The Sisters of Charityof St. Anne in this center) Besides The sisters Charity of St. Anne Congregation there were other sisters from various congregations to witness the event. Certificates of appreciation was given to the staff of EGV. Some of the donors were presented with awards – plaque of appreciation The sisters of Charity of St. Anne “FUNDACION JUAN BONAL” received a plaque which was received by The General Councilor Sr. Gladys  Velendia who came from Spain The Provincial superior Sr. Philomina Maliakkal.
There was a presentation (dances) by the children and staff of Elsie Gaches Village.
Nearly 1,000 people were served a delicious dinner catered by the sisters.
It was a really very great day of rejoicing and thanks giving to the Almighty God and to the people who are helping the center in various ways to give dignified life to those children, youth and adults who are abandoned by their own.
This institution needs our support. You can help out by sponsoring a house parent or donating medical supplies. If you are interested to help, please call their office at 817-2225. Time to give back to those who need it most!
Picture album of the event

By Comboni Missionaries Ireland on 14th December 2018
When Sr. Mary Varguese, a nun who used to work with special children in India, arrived in the Philippines to take care of a centre of mentally-challenged persons, the conditions were so bad that she was “completely shocked.” However, after some years of hard work, the situation has greatly improved. We visited the place.
When Sr. Mary Varguese of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne was sent to the Philippines in 1994 to work at a government-run centre for mentally-affected persons, the Indian nun did not foresee the kind of challenge she would get into.
A professional special education (SpEd) teacher in India, Sr. Mary was sent to Elsie Gaches Village (EGV) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City in Metro Manila, to do missionary work. Sr. Mary said she was “completely shocked” when the EGV then appeared to her more like a prison than a centre for mentally-challenged persons.  “They were all locked up in a room with grills from ceiling down to the floor. They were like prisoners who are acting very wild and not behaving properly. Nobody were calling them by their names but bulag (blind), negra (black), unggoy (monkey), or baboy (pig),” she shared.
“When I first came in here at EGV, I was completely shocked.  There are no wheelchairs; the children are smelly and infected with scabies. Most of them were naked and had none but lampin (dirt cloth) to wipe their faces with,” she said. “I just could not swallow it. The children were all abandoned. They had absolutely nothing and nobody to begin with,” she said.
Although it took Sr. Mary six gruelling months to adjust to her new environment at the EGV, she nevertheless found her “very challenging” mission to be worth all of her effort for the past 18 years.
“This work is definitely hard but I love it. I have learned to love these children who I saw growing right before my very eyes. They may not have anybody in their lives but I am here for them,” she said.
Sr. Mary has witnessed how the EGV developed as an institution and a community since the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne partnered with government social workers to care for the mentally-challenged persons at the centre. She was one of the first nuns from the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne who came to the EGV in 1994. “The situation then was very bad, but EGV now has improved a lot,” she said.
From a 16-hectare residential compound, the EGV now is a well-maintained centre that cares for the sick, abandoned, orphaned and neglected mentally-challenged Filipinos housed in 14 cottages. The centre has patients as young as five and as old as 79.
Sr. Savita Parmar, other sister working in the EGV admitted that the nuns’ work at EGV is hard but “When you see God in these children, everything becomes easy. They don’t have demands like normal people, they don’t complain and are always appreciative of what is given to them. They are angels because they don’t have malice and are very satisfied people,” she said.
Sr. Savita pointed out the nuns also take pride in seeing the special children grow healthy, athletic, competitive and functional. “Deaths are few recently compared to the previous years and the children are active in sports. They even compete in special Olympics that are organized outside EGV,” she said.
Sr. Savita added that they bring in nuns who are professional nurses and Special Education teachers to work at the EGV to give dignity to the otherwise neglected part of the society. “Even if they are in this kind of situation, we want to bring them up, lift their standard of living through therapy and education so that they would not remain as is,” she said. (Kris Bayos)