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The Church of North India invites for their Golden Jubilee celebration.

The church of North India was formed through uniting six different denominations, including the Anglican Church, the Brethren Church, the Church of the Disciples of Christ, the Baptist Church and the Presbyterian Church. The General Secretary said that the Church of North India today was an ecumenical expression of how they are still working together as one. God has blessed and led this Church while it celebrated its unity, witness and service through all these years.


Three MMA fighters from Vadodara selected to represent India in world championship at Bahrain.

Three MMA fighters from Vadodara selected to represent India in world championship at Bahrain

First time two girls from the city selected for the championship. Jishal Parmar is a daughter of Catholic parents, Mrs. Hansaben & Mr. Anilbhai Parmar from Anand. 

It’s a matter of pride for Vadodara as three MMA fighters from the city are selected to represent India in the world championship at Bahrain. The fighters are part of the 11 member team representing the country at the international stage. First time two girls from the city are selected for the championship to show their skills are the world arena.

Akash Paulkar, Jishal Parmar and Khushi Gohel are going to represent the city at International level as the trio are selected for the MMA world championship at Bahrain from 10 to 17 November. Supported by Vikas Sports and Charitable Trust the players are getting rigorous training for the tournament and ready to face their opponents. After showed their prowess at the national tournament in Bangalore they are now eager to repeat the performance at the world stage.

Alembic CSR foundation helped the players for their Visa, fees and traveling expenses. Ami Lifesciences Private Limited helps them in their diet and nutrition.

Coming from humble background the players specially the girls are excited to show their power in the game dominated by men. “Its a good opportunity for us to show the women power to the world and beat our opponents for the medals. We want to show everyone about women empowerment and show the world that we are not far behind from anyone,’ said Khushi Gohel daughter of a tailor and pursuing B.Sc in Chemistry from SP University Nadiad.

Both the girls Jishal Parmar and Khushi Gohel are fresh from their gold medal victories at National championship organised in Bangalore and now fight in various categories in the world championship. Jishal will play in 61.2kg, Khushi in 70.3kg and Akash Paulkar in 52kg. Paulkar was selected for his 10seconds record knockout victory over his opponent in the nationals held recently. “I not visit my home for more than a year now with a challenge to become a champion one day in this sport. My father always support me and I will fulfill my dream soon,” said Paulkar son of a security guard in Pune.

All the three players are leaving for Bahrain and fight in their categories. “Jishal is good in striking which includes kicking and punching. Khushi strength is ground game and Akash has all round abilities to show against their opponents in the championship. We hope for a good show in the championship at Bahrain,” said Babloo Sawant chief coach MMA Gujarat.

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IMMAF-WMMAA Senior World Championships 2019: Here are the athletes from India:

Surbala Devi Laishram – Women’s Atomweight 47.6 kg (105 lbs)

Mahboob Khan Mohammed – Men’s Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Dinesh Naorem – Men’s Flyweight 56.7 kg (125 lbs)

Jishal Parmar – Women’s Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs)

Karan Nitin Chauhan – Men’s Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs)

Athul D Hotker – Men’s Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

Balakrishna Satyaprasad Patange – Men’s Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs)

Vaibhav Vaman Shetty – Men’s Middleweight 83.9 kg (185 lbs)

IMMAF-WMMAA Junior World Championships 2019: Here are the athletes from India:

Arjun Pundir – Men’s Jr Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Akash Paulkar – Men’s Jr Strawweight 52.2 kg (115 lbs)

Khushi Gohel – Women’s Jr Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs)

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation and World Mixed Martial Arts Association have released the list of athletes competing in the 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Junior World Championships of Amateur MMA. A total 29 junior national teams will be participating in the combat sports event.

Hosted by the Bahrain MMA Federation (BMMAF) under the auspices of the Bahrain Olympic Committee, the five-day tournament takes place at Khalifa Sports City Arena in Isa Town, Bahrain. The action will be streamed live internationally at IMMAF.TV and audience entry to the arena is free.

The Junior tournament is for 18- to 20-year-olds only, providing a competitive pathway with heightened opportunity for younger adults who have not yet peaked physically and whose experience does not yet match that of their maturer counterparts. It will run alongside the Senior Championships from November 10-16, 2019.

On November 10, 2019, there will be a tournament draw. The competition days will run from November 11-14, 2019 and on November 16, 2019 starting at 11 a.m. (UTC +3) each day.

All 2019 IMMAF-WMMAA Junior World Championships of Amateur MMA matches will take place under Unified Amateur MMA Rules. Please find below who they will be competing against. We wish the best to all Indian athletes and hope they will win the championship. 

Silver Jubilee celebration of Priestly Ordination of Fr. Mari Joseph organized by GCSofUSA on October 12, 2019.

Silver Jubilee celebration of Priestly Ordination of Fr. Mari Joseph celebrated by Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA on October 12, 2019.

Ten diocesan priests celebrated together the Silver Jubilee of their Priestly Ordination (1994–2019): Frs. Arulanandam Alankaram, Alex Clement and Savariraj Savrimuthu, from the archdiocese of Gandhinagar and Frs. Francis Kulandai, Lawrence Aruldoss, Lukas S., Maria Joseph, Peter Lopes, Xavier Amalanathan and Varuvel Gnanadhas from the diocese of Ahmedabad. As the ordination batch of 1994, they decided to have a common celebration of their Silver Jubilee on 27th January 2019 at Our Lady of Forsaken Shrine (Anathoni Mata Thirthadham), Khambholaj.

Fr. Mari Joseph has been visiting USA since 2009 and he has always spend few days with us and celebrated a mass for us. He was planning a visit to Lourdes to provide his services and then he included Canada and USA to his Itinerary. Fr. Salvador D’Britto also accompanied him to Canada and USA. He informed us that he will be with us for 3/5 days in New Jersey. So we decided to celebrate first ever 25th anniversary of a priest of our mother diocese Ahmedabad.
Mr. Ketan Christian arranged a church and a cafeteria hall for our celebration. On October 12, 2019 at 6:30 around 75 members of the Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA gathered at The Church of the Sacred Heart, South Plainfield for a celebration of Eucharist. Fr. Mari Joseph was the main celebrant and Fr. Salvador D’Britto and Fr. Pervaiz Indrias, the parochial Vicar of The Church of The Sacred Heart, South Plainfield. On this auspicious occasion, Fr. Salvador D’Britto preached a meaningful and enriching homily. He explained that this type of celebration are not to glorify the priest or nun but God and only God.

At the end of the Eucharistic celebration all were asked to go to nearby school cafeteria for a dinner and felicitation program. The hall was nicely decorated with the a banner of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA and a special banner made for the 25th anniversary of priesthood ordination of Fr. Mari Joseph. People enjoyed the food and settled down. The program was started with welcome of Fr. Mari Joseph, Fr. Salvador D’Britto, Fr. Pervaiz Indrias, Mr. Shantilal Parmar, President of GCSofUSA, Mr. Joseph Parmar the founder and first president of GCSofUSA and a well-known preacher and bible study organizer Mr. Vinubhai Macwan from Vadodara. They all were greeted with a flower bouquet.

Fr. Mari Joseph was presented with a plaque of appreciation – “Fr. Mari Joseph Arogyapaa, Rejoice in your accomplishments! God is surely smiling on you today as you celebrate 25 years in service to our Lord! May God Bless you to continue His work in serving His people. Thank you for being part of our Community.” He was also gifted a wrist watch with his name and ordination date imprinted on it.

A nice decorative cake was cut by Fr. Mari Joseph with huge round of applause and cheers. He was very much pleased and appreciated the effort by GCSofUSA. He thanked everyone and assure all that he will cherish this moment throughout his life and will pray for all of the members of GCSofUSA. Fr. Salvador also thanked everyone and gave his blessings.

The program ended with a small 3 minutes of play played by four children Saloni, Alayana, Aaryan and Braxton called “ THREE DOLLARS WOTH OF GOD” .
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep,
but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk
or a snooze in the sunshine.
I don’t want enough of God to make me love a black man
or pick beets with a migrant.
I want ecstasy, not transformation.
I want warmth of the womb, not a new birth.
I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack.
I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.
— Wilbur Rees
Please find below pictures of the above event taken by Robinson Jones, Johnson MClin, Raj Macwan & Hensu Macwan. Thank you for your service.