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Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangalore – January 5
Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, Visited the holy Shrine today noon. As the Shrine, Celebrates the novena masses leading to the annual feast, Siddaramaiah Offered is prayers. Fr. Charles Serrao welcomed the gathering. Fr. Rovel D’Souza, Director of the Shrine, Blessed all the leaders. Mr. Ivan D’Souza, J.R. Lobo, Mithun Rai and many congress leaders were present.

Mangaluru: 'Hore Kanike' procession & feast flag hoisting at Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte
Mangaluru, Jan 04: Ahead of the annual feast of Infant Jesus (Jan 14 & 15) at Bikarnakatte, ‘Hore Kanike’ (offertory procession) witnessing scores of devotees was held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. After having participated in a prayer service held by Rev. Fr Lancy Lewis at the Kaikamba-Bikarnakatte Grounds, Rev. Fr. Charles Serrao flagged off the procession from Kaikamba to the Infant Jesus Shrine. Many faithful participated in the colorful offertory procession, which was made up of offertory materials provided by different community contributors to be used for the noon meals that will be served on all the novena days. Rev Fr Rovel D Souza welcomed the gathering. Rev Fr James D'Souza, Vicar-Forein, led the prayer service ahead of flag hoisting. Shri N Shashikumar IPS, Police Commissioner of Mangalore, hoisted the flag and gave an official node to the novenas and feast of Infant Jesus. Addressing the gathering the commissioner said, “The Carmel hill of Mangalore where Infant Jesus Shrine exists has become a source of peace and serenity. The Christian community at large maintains an ecosystem of peace and brotherhood.” He wished all gathered a pleasant year ahead with the blessings of Infant Jesus.

Annual Feast of Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte to be celebrated on Jan 14, 15
The annual feast will be celebrated at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte on January 14 and 15.The festal Mass on January 14 at 10.30 am will be presided over by Fr Daniel Veigus, OP episcopal vicar, and at 6 pm. Deepak Valerian Tauro, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Delhi, will be the president. The festal Mass on January 15 at 10.30 am will be presided over by Dr Pius James D Souza, definitor general, Rome and at 6 pm will be presided over by Fr Maxim Noronha, vicar general, Mangaluru. There will be Masses all through the day too on January 14. The Mass in Konkani will be celebrated at 6 am and 7.30 am in English, at 9 am in Konkani and 1 pm in Kannada. Mass for the sick and the aged will be celebrated at 10.30 am in Konkani. The festal Mass on the second day (January 15) will be at 6 am, 7.30 am, 9 am in Konkani. The 10.30 am Mass will be for the children. The 1 pm mass will be in Malayalam (Latin Rite) and 4 pm in Malayalam (Syro Malabar Rite). The formal inauguration of the festivity will be held on January 4 at 4 pm with the votive offering procession beginning at Jayashree Gate followed by the flag hoisting. In preparation of the annual feast, nine days of novena prayers will be held from January 5 to January 13 during which period there will be nine Masses every day. In the morning at 6, 7.30, 9 and 10.30 in Konkani. At noon, 1 pm in Konkani, in the evening at 4 in Malayalam, 5 in English and 7.15 in Kannada. The main Mass at 6 pm will be celebrated in Konkani in the open air. Eucharistic Adoration will be conducted daily from 11.30 am to 12.45 pm. Meals will be served to the devotees on all the days of the novena. Meanwhile, the Infant Jesus Shrine calendar was released during the press briefing held on Monday, January 2. Fr Charles Serrao OCD, Superior, St. Joseph's Monastery, Fr Rovel D Souza OCD, Director, Infant Jesus Shrine, Mangaluru, Fr Stephen Lobo, director, Carmel Kiran Media and Stanely Bantwal, Bikarnakatte were present at the press meet.

Naman Balok Jezu January 2023

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Carmelite Brothers celebrate "Carmel Day 2022"
Carmelite theologians celebrated ‘CARMEL DAY 2022’, the annual day of the St. Joseph's Monastery of Carmel hill on December 10, 2022 at 5.45 p.m. at the Infant Jesus shrine campus. The cultural event featured Konkani dance, music, and drama. The guest of honor, Mr. Nellu Permannur, a well-known director and artist, lauded the efforts of young Carmelites in spreading the gospel through dance, music, and drama, where the word is being spread more powerfully than through speeches or Sunday sermons. Nellu Permannur also released a book on St. Joseph written by the brothers. The audience was enthralled by a retro-dancing performance. The Brothers also demonstrated their proficiency in a variety of musical instruments. The Konkani drama ‘Zallebari zata’ penned by Fr. Jocy Siddakatte OCD and directed by Manish Pinto was staged skilfully. Rev. Fr George Santhumayor, the provincial superior of the Carmelites, was the president. Rev Fr Charles Serrao welcomed the gathering and Rev Fr Lancy Lewis rendered a vote of thanks. Brothers Clifford and Elston compered the event in a unique style.

Shrine holds renewal retreat in Kannada
The Infant Jesu Shrine, Mangalore hosted a Kannada retreat on Sunday, October 30 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. With discourse, worship, and praise, Brother Joseph from Potta and his team led the retreatants. Fr Rovel D Souza, Director of the Shrine presided over the Holy mass and led adoration along with Br Joseph. All retreat attendees were anointed with holy oil and covered in healing prayers. One thousand participants made this retreat successful.

The Carmel Hill of Infant Jesus Shrine, Bikarnakatte saw a great multitude joining for 3 days of retreat led by well-known charismatic preacher Br Prakash and Team from Bandra, Mumbai. The Charismatic retreat was held for 3 days from 24th to 26th October from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm in the premises of Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill, Bikarnakatte, Mangalore. The retreat included morning prayers, Rosary, Praise and worship, spiritual talks, Holy Eucharist and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr Rovel D Souza, Director of the Infant Jesus Shrine, along with Fr Noel Mascharenhas, Redemptorist priest from Mumbai Diocese and Fr Melwyn Noronha, Parish Priest of Pakshikere led the faithful into prayer and nourished with the Eucharist. Br Prakash D Souza empowered the faithful with the word of God and led the adoration for all 3 days. Every day lunch was served for all the participants. There were more than 13 thousand faithfuls gathered from far and near to participate in this retreat. Ballok Jezu Kuttom, Carmel Soldiers and other volunteers worked tirelessly to make this retreat a successful one.

Set Yourself Free – Youth Retreat 22
One day of retreat for the youth was organized on October 16, Sunday at the Infant Jesus Shrine from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. A good number of youth participated in this grace-filled retreat. ‘El-Shaddai Burning Bush ministry’ team headed by Fr Rovel D Souza, OCD along with Maria Lobo and Santhosh Walder, facilitated the young minds to set themselves free from all blocks and hindrances they face in the journey of life through preaching the Word of God, Rosary, Adoration and Holy mass. Maria Lobo shared her testimony of God’s marvels experienced in life. Inner healing and adoration were conducted by Fr Rovel D Souza and Santhosh Walder accompanied by music and singing. More than 350 youth benefited from this retreat.

Faithful and fruitful couples for Christ: Special day observed
Special prayers were offered for the married couples on October 13 Thursday at Infant Jesus Shrine at 10.30 Novena Mass to Infant Jesus. Fr Clifford Fernandes, Parish Priest of Kulshekar Parish was the main celebrant and preached a homily on faithfulness and fruitfulness of marital commitment. During adoration to the blessed sacrament, married couples renewed their promises to their spouse and special prayers were offered for the families. Fr Rovel led the adoration and anointed the couples.

Day of prayer for the elderly and the sick
A day of special prayer for ‘the elderly and the sick’ was observed at Infant Jesus Shrine on October 06, Thursday. Fr Tony D Souza OCD celebrated Holy Mass for them at 10.30 am and later Adoration was led by Fr Rovel D Souza OCD. There was a good response from the elderly and the sick. They were anointed with Holy oil and prayed over at the end of the adoration.

Ordained to serve the poor of the church
The diaconate of Br Naveen Lobo was held on 05 October 2022 at Infant Jesus Shrine, Carmel Hill. He was raised to the ranks of the clergy by Rev Dr. Peter Paul Saldanha, the Bishop of Mangalore. The ceremony was held at 4:00 PM and was attended by many Carmelite priests, family, and friends of Dn Naveen. His parents and siblings came all the way from Somarpet, Kodagu – the place from which Dn Naveen hails. Along with the Bishop, Fr Deep Fernandes, Councillor for Spirituality, and Fr Charles Serrao, the Superior of St. Joseph’s Monastery, celebrated the mass in the presence of over 15 other priests. Fr Charles recommended Dn Naveen as an able candidate for the same and the Bishop duly respected and declared him the same. Fr Deep clad the deacon with the dalmatic after which he received the ministry of the diaconate from the hands of the Bishop to preach the Gospel. After the mass, the Bishop wished Dn Naveen strength for his ministry and Dn Naveen in turn thanked the Bishop and all those who played an important part in his formation. The Carmel Choir lent their voices for the melodious singing during the mass.

Vehicles blessed at Infant Jesus Shrine
In the background of festivities around Infant Jesus Shrine held a day of vehicle blessing on October 04 and 05 in the shrine premises. After the Holy Mass at 6.30 am vehicles were blessed. Thereafter, the whole day, every 15 minutes, vehicles were blessed by the Carmelite fathers. Fathers also went to different places to bless the shops, factories, shops etc.

Day of prayer for the children
A grace-filled Thursday was dedicated to praying for the children. Special Mass was offered at 10.30 am for the children on 29 September 2022 by Fr Wilfred Rodrigues OCD and Fr Tony D Souza OCD. Fr Rovel D Souza, Director of the Shrine conducted the adoration. A good number of children along with parents joined for adoration. They were anointed with holy oil and prayed over.

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 About St. Joseph Monastery :    

The Carmelites in Karnataka: The Teresian Carmelites had established themselves in Goa and in Kerala in the seventeenth century. And since the region formerly known as the Carnatic, lies between Goa in the north and Kerala in the South, the Carmelites had inevitably to pass through Karnataka when proceeding by land from Goa to Kerala. And it is not surprising to find them residing at least on a temporary basis, in places like Bijapur, which form part of today's Karnataka. In his ‘Viaggio alle Indie Orientali’ Fr. Vincent Mary of St Catherine, has left us interesting descriptions of the beliefs, customs, feasts of the Canara of his time, and even of the scenic beauties and the cultivation and other aspects of life. But he found the Christians greatly neglected. And, on his reporting the need of the Canara Christians to the Holy See, Mangalore secured its first Vicar Apostolic in 1677. 8 read more


 About Infant Jesus Shrine :    

Infant Jesus has been honored with a magnificent shrine at Carmel Hill, Mangalore. The architectural structure and design of the newly inaugurated shrine is unique in many ways. Carefully planned, it has a rich symbolic meaning and significance derived principally from Biblical themes, of both the old and the new testaments. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. Here below we give in brief its main features. 8 read more

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You are welcome to benefit spiritually from the reflections of our Carmelite Friar - Rev. (Dr) Rudolf V. D’Souza, OCD

Retreat preached on the theme “The Kingdom of God is at hand” at Abu Dhabi, from 26 November to 2 December, 2009.
Day 1: The Kingdom of God
Day 2: The Beatitudes
Day 3: The Seven Sacraments
Day 4: the Ten Commandments
Day 5: Holy Mother, the Church and Mother mary
Day 6A: Family
Day 6B: Love
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Retreat preached at Ruwi – Muscat (Oman) from 20 to 24 January 2008

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Homilies preached on various occasions from 2007-2009 at St. Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, Mumbai (now the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Bombay) when he was Parish Priest.
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