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The Feast of Mary Help of Christians is celebrated on May 24.

The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary. The great battle of Lepanto occurred on October 7th 1571. For this reason this date has been chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary. In 1573 Pope Pius V instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the decisive victory of Christianity over Islamism.

Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200,000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna, but a great victory occurred thanks to Mary Help of Christians: on September 8th, Feast of Our Lady's Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle. On September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out "Mary, Help!" and praying the Holy rosary.

In 1809, Napoleon's men entered the Vatican, arrested Pius VII and brought him in chains to Grenoble, and eventually Fontainbleau. His imprisonment lasted five years. The Holy Father vowed to God that , if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honor of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope, and on May 24th 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians, be kept on the 24th of May.

St. John Bosco (1815 - 1888) was a dynamic priest who founded the Salesian Order in the XIX century in Italy. His many prophetic dreams, beginning at age nine, guided his ministry and gave insights on future events.

On May 14, 1862, Don Bosco dreamed about the battles the Church would face in the latter days. In his dream, the Pope of those days anchors the 'ship' of the Church between two pillars, one with a statue of Mary (Auxilium Christianorum or 'Help of Christians') and the other with a large Eucharistic Host

St. John Bosco wrote about his congregation, the Salesians: "The principal objective is to promote veneration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Mary Help of Christians. This title seems to please the august Queen of Heaven very much."

The Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco or Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, are the sister order of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

St. John Bosco, himself, on June 9 1868, dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians, the mother church of his congregation at Turin (Italy). The Salesian Fathers and their Sisters have carried the devotion to their numerous establishments.

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Announcements for the week - 24th, 25th and 26th May 2019

On Friday, 24th May, the Konkani Community will be organizing a Konkani drama called "Sikeram Driver" at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium from 7.00 pm onwards. Entry tickets are available at the Church compound, with Konkani Community Coordinators, at the Parish Office or with Fr. Darel. All proceeds will go towards the construction of the Cathedral in Awali.

The Closing of the Marian month with the Feast of Our Lady’s Visitation and FLORES DE MAYO devotion will be celebrated on Thursday, 30th May at the 6.00 pm Mass in the Sacred Heart Church. The Rosary and offering of flowers will be held immediately after the mass in the Church compound. Parishioners who have statues of Mother Mary which are not blessed may bring them for blessing after the mass. Flores De Mayo and First Holy Communion children should wear their all-white attire and attend with fresh flower offerings. Petitions may be dropped in the heart box which is placed near the Altar of the Sacred Heart Church. Please do not put cash and valuables in this box.

The Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord will be celebrated on Friday 31st May, Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June.

There will be a 2000 Hail Mary prayer devotion on Wednesday, 5th June from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Mother Church. All parishioners are welcome to join in this powerful intercessory prayer conducted by the Legion of Mary.

The Solemnity of Pentecost will be celebrated on 7th, 8th and 9th June. The Novena in preparation for the Solemnity will commence from Wednesday, 29th May as per the schedule on the Notice Board.

Parishioners, mark this date! For the first time ever, there will be a special retreat for the Married Couples and Single Spouses, which will be held from 10th June to 12th June in the evenings. We also invite those aspiring to marry to attend this retreat. More details will be announced by next week.

The Christeen Retreat led by Fr. Jose and team, from Logos Retreat Center, Bangalore, will be held in our church from 29th June to 2nd July. This Retreat is compulsory for all Catechism Children from Standards 1-12. The Registration Fee is BD.11 per child, inclusive of breakfast & lunch on all 4 days. Registration Forms are available at the Parish Office, Religious Gift Corner and Jesus Youth Help Desk.

We are looking for parishioners who can volunteer their time and talents by singing or playing the keyboard for Obligation Masses. Those who would like to participate may meet Br. Callum before 31 May.

We have a shortage of Multimedia operators for the masses. Parishioners who would like to volunteer to display the Mass Slides at obligation masses may submit their names and contact details at the Parish Office before 31 May. Knowledge of Powerpoint is essential and training will be provided.

Our parish is organizing a 17-day pilgrimage to Europe from the 5th of August. Those who need the entire itinerary and Registration Forms, please contact Fr. Xavier, Fr. Darel or the Parish Office at the earliest. Those who have already taken the Forms are requested to return the duly filled in form before 30th May.
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Fr. Xavier M. D’souza, OFM Cap.
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Announcements for the week - 17th, 18th and 19th May 2019

First Holy Communion for the Parish Children will be held on Friday, 17th May at the 10.15 am Mass in the Sacred Heart Church.

Due to the above, there will be no mass at 10.30 am in the Sacred Heart Church.

The Flores De Mayo – devotion to Mother Mary by her children during the month of May is being held in our parish every Friday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. We invite parents from all parish communities to bring their children in white attire to join this celebration. For more details, please refer to the Parish Notice Board.

There will be a Marriage Preparation Course on Friday, 24th May in the St. Dominic Savio Hall from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm. Those who want to attend this course have to register their names at the Parish Office and submit their Baptism Certificate along with the Application Form before 22nd May. The course fee is BD. 7/- per person, inclusive of lunch and the Certificate.

The Lectors Ministry is accepting new candidates. Those who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and are willing to proclaim The Word may fill in their details at the Parish Office. The last date for registration is Friday, 24th May.

The Konkani Community will be organizing a Konkani drama called "Sikeram Driver" on Friday, 24th May at Our Lady of Arabia Auditorium from 7.00 pm onwards. Entry tickets are available at the Church compound, with Konkani Community Coordinators or with Fr. Darel. All proceeds will go towards the construction of the Cathedral in Awali.

The Wedding Anniversary Mass for May celebrants will be held on 25th May at 6.30 pm in the Sacred Heart Church. Celebrants, please register your names at the Parish Office before 23rd May and occupy the front bench in the church which is specifically reserved for you.

Parishioners mark this date! For the first time ever, there will be a Married Couples Retreat from 10th June to 12th June in the evenings. Further details will be announced in due course.

Our parish is organizing a 17-day pilgrimage to Europe from the 5th of August. Those who need the entire itinerary and Registration Forms, please contact Fr. Xavier, Fr. Darel or the Parish Office at the earliest. Those who have already taken the Forms are requested to return the duly filled in form before 30th May.

Parishioners are advised to refrain from bringing their old belongings, clothes and dumping them in the church premises. The church premises and toilets need to be kept clean at all times. We need your cooperation in this matter.
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Fr. Xavier M. D’souza, OFM Cap.
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