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CARMEL HILL – BLESSING CEREMONY

CARMEL HILL – BLESSING CEREMONY OF THE FORMATION HOUSE CONSTRUCTION SITE


The Blessing ceremony of the construction site of the Little Flower Formation House cum Spirituality Centre was solemnly conducted by Rev. Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza on his 28th Priestly Ordination Anniversary on February 24th at 11.30 am. Alfred Horie Construction Company had its equipment at site, and Mr. Steve Paone the chief Managing Director directed the cranes to uproot approximately 100 mighty trees symbolically to begin the construction work at the site immediately. Members from Guardian Angels Parish, Secretary Riz Geronimo, Oscar and Heidi; members from St. Edmond’s Parish and Secular Carmelites Molly Dias, Marylynn, and Susan – Larry were present. Mr. Francis Wong the accountant and Mr. Stewart Hayashi the investment in charge were present to grace the occasion. Representatives from the First Nation Indian Community were present too. Fr. Rudolf’s benefactor Miss Helen Chua Tiampo was specially honoured on this occasion and she advised that the construction be successfully completed before October 15th this year for its inauguration on the Birth Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila on the same day. We are grateful to all the members present including Fr. Steny Mascarenhas and Bro. Josef Giroux who made fine arrangements for the blessing ceremony. We are grateful also to lawyers Mr. Darrel Wickstrom, Mr. Jim Leith and Helen’s Secretary Mr. Steve Creighton for their support and advise in this great venture.

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Inauguration of the Stained Glass Windows of Our Guardian Angels Parish

It is a great joy to announce to you the inauguration of the Stained Glass Windows of Our Guardian Angels Parish (Vancouver – Canada) on the 3rd July 2011. Archbishop Michael Miller will celebrate the Solemn Mass at 9 am and will bless all the 25 Stained Glass Windows and declare them open to public. This is landmark the Parish history of 62 years as we have done this job perfectly importing the European technology and manufacturing the Stained Glass windows in Toronto. The Parishioners have been generous in this venture and it gives great joy to all. We have installed four Carmelite Stained Glasses depicting: Our Lady of Mount Carmel; St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux. Hence, these four windows will perpetuate the presence of the Carmelites in this Church as well as in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

I warmly invite you for the ceremony and thereafter for a sumptuous party at the Rectory basement hall. All are invited.

Thanks for your prayers and support.

Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza OCD
Parish Priest
Guardian Angels Church

 

MONTI FEST IN CANADA

The annual Montifest in Vancouver – Canada was celebrated solemnly at Guardian Angels Parish at downtown. There was an unexpected crowd of more than 150 Magalorean families coming from far away Richmond, Surrey, IC Dealt and North Vancouver. The celebration began blessing of “Novem” at the entrance of the Church by the parish priest Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza followed by a procession to the statue of Blessed Mother and honouring her with the hymn “Sokkod Sanatha Melyam ani laghim soryam”. After this short procession and honouring Mother Mary with flowers with “Moriyek Hogolsiyam” the Eucharistic celebration was presided by Rev. Fr. Boniface Cyril D’Souza and concelebrated by Frs. Mario, Jerome, Jerry and Fr. Rudy. Rev. Fr. Jerald D’Souza preached a spiritually packed homily with anecdotes and lovely message to families and children. After the Holy Eucharistic celebration, the cultural program held and a mouthwatering meal was served in the Knights of Columbus Millennium Hall of the Parish. During this celebration Fr. Rudolf V. D’Souza was felicitated for his forthcoming 25th Jubilee year of Priesthood by Fr. Jerald D’Souza highlighting some salient features of his personality. Fr. Jerome Mascarehnas prayed the grace over the meal and the celebration continued with dance, singing, bingo, housie games etc. The lay people who generously contributed to the success of this celebration were: Mr. Joe Fernandes and Mr. Davidam Pinto. Miss Amanda D’sa was the MC and Rianna Pinto provided DJ for the occasion.

 

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CANADA REGIONAL MEETING: Monti Fest 2011

CANADA REGIONAL MEETING :
The Canada Regional Meeting of the Carmelites of KG Province was held at London Ontario at St. Andrew’s Parish. Rev. Fr. Provincial arrived at 9 am and the Community wished him for his 50th Birthday and congratulated him for being elected Provincial for the Second Term. Then we proceeded to Bless the newly furnished chapel of the community, followed by the Meeting which lasted 2 hours. We had our lunch and then off to a short picnic to Niagara Falls. On the 22nd we all celebrated mass and Fr. Provincial presided over and gave a message and encouraged the community to be faithful to the renewal of the Carmelite Charism. Then we welcomed Bishop Ronald Fabbro who had a wonderful time with us followed by lunch prepared by Fr. Ranjan (Superior and Parish Priest) and Fr. Vijay Martin (Assistant). In the afternoon we had fun in the Church campus. On 23rd Fr. Provincial visited Hamilton and St. Catherine Dioceses to meet the Bishops in view of the future expansion of the Region.

FIRST CONGRESS – WESTERN CANADA OCDS And SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATION OF FR. RUDOLF D’SOUZA OCD

On March 24, 2012 St. Edmunds’s Church, North Vancouver, B.C. was filled with excitement and anticipation. History was about to be created! The First Congress of Western Canada OCDS was to take place on this auspicious day.

It was an occasion also to congratulate Fr. Rudolf D’Souza OCD, Pastor of Guardian Angels Parish, on his Silver Jubilee which was celebrated with a grand function in India on February 24, the day of his ordination. Participating in the event were OCDS Community members of Western Canada with family, parishioners and guests who attended to learn more about the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order.

Everyone gathered in the church with the parishioners for the Morning Prayer led by Fr. Jerald D’Souza OCD, Pastor and Provincial Delegate of Western Canada OCDS and Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas OCD, Assistant Pastor. A Eucharistic Celebration followed with Fr. Rudolf D’Souza as the main celebrant and con-celebratants Fr. Jerald D’Souza and Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas. Fr. John Alex Pinto OCD, Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Calgary, Alberta arrived just in time to grace the occasion.

In his homily, Fr. Rudolf reminded everyone about the fruitfulness of our spiritual exercises. He said they must help us to grow interiorly and foster love toward God and our neighbor; otherwise, these spiritual exercises would be in vain. Fr. Jerald expressed his best wishes to Fr. Rudolf and Fr. Jerome presented him with a beautiful bouquet of red roses. The OCDS Members of Western Canada also extended their best wishes and congratulations with a bouquet of bright yellow roses presented by Bella Castillo of the St. Joseph OCDS Community, Vancouver.

After Mass, Congress attendees proceeded to the school gym for registration and fellowship over a delightful breakfast spread prepared by the Catholic Women’s League of St. Edmund’s Parish before the much-awaited talks of Teresa Martinez, the guest speaker. Teresa Martinez joined the OCDs 26 years ago and is a well respected member of the OCDS Secretariat, Mid-Eastern Jurisdiction and a pillar of the OCDS Communities.

Touched by the hospitality extended by the OCDS members, Teresa thanked and congratulated everyone for achieving a historical event in our jurisdiction – a milestone to be proud of – the First Congress of the Western Canada OCDS. The theme of the Congress, “Following St. Teresa in the Secular Life” was chosen to allow us to reflect on the aspects of the writings and teachings of St. Teresa of Jesus as they relate to lay people.

The topic of the morning session was “Correct Formation equals Survival” and the afternoon topic was “Living St. Teresa in the Secular World”.

“Vocation in Carmel is a personal gift from God!”, Teresa said. “The vocation in Carmel assists us to live our faith in a more authentic manner and teaches us how to be holy, both of which prepare us for our mission. We are not called just for ourselves to be holy. We are called to Carmel to make our people holy by our example to bring people to God. It is every member’s personal obligation to conscientiously participate in the whole formation to enable us to sanctify the world by our prayers as well as by our example.”

Everyone joined in for an Italian buffet lunch before the afternoon session. Teresa’s inspiration in her second talk, “Living St. Teresa in the Secular World”, came from the Collected Works of St. Teresa de Avila, on Prayer, Interior Disposition in Prayer, Attitudes that Facilitate Mental Prayer, Making a Recollected Prayer, Discursive Reflection and Infused Contemplation. St. Teresa’s writings rose out of her personal story and encounter with God. They bring joy to a soul that’s thirsting to know God, to love and serve Him better.
Each of Teresa’s talks was followed by an opportunity for questions and answers. Our hope is that the experience of the Congress will enliven and deepen our Carmelite life, not only as individuals, but also as communities across Western Canada.

Fr. Jerald thanked Teresa for her words of wisdom, support and encouragement as well as all attendees for their participation in the First Congress of Western Canada OCDS. Molly Diaz, President of the Secretariat, also expressed her gratitude to Teresa and made a presentation to her on behalf of all members.  The Congress concluded with a Sunday Anticipated Mass.

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REV. FR. JOHN GRENNEN, DEFINITOR GENERAL’S VISIT TO VANCOUVER

Rev. Fr. John Grennen the Definitor General from Rome visited the Carmelite Community on 26th October at 3.30 pm with Rev. Fr. Paul Konig from California Province. Their short visit helped us understand the mind of Rev. Fr. General regarding our mission in Canada. He was very appreciative looking at the rapid progress of this region with a Formation House and with our 12 priests working in 7 parishes in 5 dioceses and in one major hospital in Canada. Rev. Fr. Grennen was impressed to know about the Formation House and the probable two Canadian vocations to our Carmelite community. As a part of his pastoral visitation he wrote his report in our Pastoral Visitation Book. He also visited St. Edmund’s Church and Fr. Jerald D’Souza explained the various programs he conducts for people and briefed him about the ongoing progress of the Secular Carmelites in Canada. Fr. Boniface D’Souza also spoke about his unique ministry at St. Paul’s Hospital which left Fr. Definitor amazed at the great work he is doing with the sick and old in the Archdiocese. The Definitor left for Seattle after a grand dinner at Empire building “CLOUD 9” restaurant at 49th Floor.

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The annual Canada Regional Members’ meeting

The annual Canada Regional Members’ meeting was held on 12th September 2012 at Harrison Hotsprings Agashi (British Columbia) an exotic healing spa and springs that were discovered by the native Indians in the 15th century. Later this became a tourist attraction for hundreds of thousands in North America. People flock to this place mainly for holidays and for healing therapies through the naturally heated volcanic water flow from the mountain springs: http://www.harrisonresort.com

The meeting began in the Hotel Board Room at 8 am with Morning Prayer followed by the Holy Eucharistic Celebration. The Homily was shared by all the members. The members had a grand breakfast at the Lakeside Cafe of the Hotel and the meeting continued till 2.30 pm. A number of matters discussed including vocation promotion in Canada; future of Carmel Hill Property and the Little Flower House; the future constructions at the site; the functioning of the Canadian Carmelite Charitable Society; finances and future expansion of Carmelite Houses in Canada. Rev. Fr. Provincial briefed us about Pushpashrama New Building Block; Bajjodi Church; Belur School and Bellary (Hoovinahadagalli) School projects in the course of being realized in the Province through the contributions sent by the Canada Region. The members were delighted to know that a lot of good has been done in the province through their work. Fr. Provincial with the consent of all the members also finalized the Canada Regional Funds to be pooled at Vancouver community. The meeting ended with a prayer by Fr. Provincial who flew to USA the next morning.

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EASTER VIGIL AND CELEBRATION AT GUARDIAN ANGELS CHURCH

Guardian Angels Parish Easter Vigil began with dinner to all the Volunteers who work at different sectors of the Parish. Then the celebration of the Vigil took place with the blessing of fire, lighting of Easter Candle, a procession and all that followed until the final wishes of a Happy Easter to all present.

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