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⛪ LIVE MASSES IN THE SHRINE
Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna Matunga-Mumbai goes Digital with Fr Edwin D'Souza Shrine Rector inviting the Devotees to participate in live-streamed Masses.
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Year of St. Joseph - Dec. 8, 2020 – Dec 8, 2021
Pope Francis through an Apostolic Letter titled Patris Corde, (with a Father’s Love) about Saint Joseph, marked the opening of a Year of Saint Joseph, which runs from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. This recognises that all 4 Gospels refer to Jesus as "the son of Joseph", even though Joseph was not his biological father. Some of you will have seen Pope Francis’ Meditation in the Time of Pandemic, when he recognised the contribution being made "by ordinary people, people often overlooked.” What he praised in them is not only generosity, but a willingness to work patiently spreading "not panic, but shared responsibility" and, in many cases, praying and encouraging others to pray. Joseph’s approach can allow miracles to happen in our lives, and "encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak (cf. 1 Corinthians 1, 27)".
If we respond positively to this challenge, we are continuing Joseph’s mission. A father is a real father "when he becomes like Joseph, who always knew that his child was not his own but had merely been entrusted to his care". Genuine fatherhood has nothing to do with possession; a real father is a shadow on earth of our heavenly Father, "a shadow that follows his Son".
Pope Francis concludes his Apostolic Letter with a prayer to Saint Joseph:
Place your petitions / intentions / thanksgivings and the Rector of the Shrine will lift you in prayer.
From the Rector's Desk
It was Mary Help of Christians who inspired, directed and encouraged Don Bosco to offer himself in the service of poor youngsters and she blesses and protects all those who help these youngsters to grow and mature.
MASCHIO MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
"If you wish, remember me only as a kind and gentle priest who always wanted to reach out and help many in pain and need." - Rev. Fr. Aurelis Maschio
The Fr. Maschio Memorial Foundation was established on 9th September, 1997 on the occasion of the first death anniversary of late Rev. Fr. Aurelius Maschio, having a Mission statement as under:
Fr. Maschio Memorial Foundation is named after late Rev. Fr. Aurelis Maschio, who in imitation OF Don Bosco worked tirelessly for the welfare of the poor and the young. Fr. Maschio Memorial Foundation strives to strengthen the participation of the young and the poor, with preference for the marginalized, in developing processes that affect their well-being. The new forms of urban and rural poverty today call for more innovative interventions from the Salesians. It is an extension of the Salesian charism in the areas of activities that the Salesians have not been able to reach. MORE