The feast of St Stanislaus Kostka, which falls on the 13th November was celebrated with much fervour and fun. The senior Jesuits of the MSJ community made the Novices happy with songs and skits and everyone had a hearty laugh. [OV]
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019
On 20th October 2019, the parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Kalena Agrahara celebrated the Mission Sunday. The Church Campus bore a spectacular look with people and stalls. This Third Sunday of October was devoted to raise the awareness that every baptized Christian is a missionary and everyone has a share in sharing the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As part of the Mission Sunday, the parishners came together along with their parish priest Fr Arun Kumar SJ in raising money to the missions of the universal Catholic Church. A good amount of preparation was done in order to make this day as a parish day. From Catechism children to seniors in the parish took active part in day's program. Various games were played. Each ward of the parish had its own stall to raise money in a creative way. After each Sunday Mass auctioning was followed.
A number of parishners took active part as volunteers and bringing things for auction. Mount St Joseph community too contributed from its farm home-grown chicken, ducks, bananas, nati koli eggs, etc. In order to attract children, house horse, Pulsi the labrador dog and a sheep with its little lamb took part in it. Children enjoyed either cuddling these pretty animals or by clicking photos with them. In sum, the days events and activities showed the unity of the wards in particular and as a parish in general. [OV]
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
October being the Extraordinary Missionary Month we were privileged to commemorate the 300th death anniversary of the servant of God, Pujya Rajendra Swami. A zealous missionary of the Mysore Jesuit mission.
The whole of the Mount Saint Joseph community travelled to Chikkarasinakere to witness and be part of the celebration. It was a time of grace to pray for his beatification. The spiritual atmosphere was deepened by the presence of the Bishop of Mysore Dr. K. A. Willam.
On this auspicious day we gave thanks to God in the Eucharist. Many religious and faithful were present. Fr. Stanislaus D’souza SJ provincial of the Karnataka Province preached over the Eucharist. Indeed the milieu was grace filled talk given by Fr. Freddie D'Silva, SJ. This extraordinary celebrations was witnessed by many Jesuits from various communities.
We still continue to pray for the Beatification of Rajendra Swami and for his intercession.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Pathways to God: Formation of the Constitution of the Society and Integration of Candidates in Letter and Spirit
MSJ, 12th September, 2019: Fr Francis Pudhicherry, SJ, Editor of Ignis and Head of the Department & Director of Spirituality at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth (JDV) gave a talk on "Pathways to God: Formation of the Constitution of the Society and Integration of its Candidates in Letter and Spirit" to the community. The talk shed light on deliberations of the First Fathers (St Ignatius of Loyola and his companions) in Venice, Italy, in 1539, which led to the formation of the Society of Jesus and later drafting of its constitution.
Fr Francis highlighted the importance of quality of men to the Society which was the conscience decision of Ignatius and others in order to fulfil the apostolic effectiveness. Therefore, Francis dealt extensively on the fourth chapter of the constitution which speaks of examen of the candidates to the Society. Fr Olvin Veigas, SJ, moderated the session. This talk was part of community's ongoing intellectual and human formation. [OV]
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
As part of the Diamond Jubilee of Mount St Joseph, 22 August 2019, an exhibition on the life and legacy of Fr Pedro Arrupe, SJ was held at the house Aula. Archbishop of Bangalore, Peter Machado along with Fr Stany D'Souza, Provincial of the Jesuits in Karnataka inaugurated the exhibition. Fr Arun Kumar, SJ gave a brief description at the beginning on the aims and objectives of the exhibition as well as a short note on Fr Pedro Arrupe. In the following brief video you will find all that we try to communicate on this great man of the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus, Fr Pedro Arrupe, whose cause is opened recently by declaring him the Servant of God. May he intercede for us in all our endeavours to propagate faith and promote justice of our Lord. [OV]
Friday, September 6, 2019
On the 22nd August 2019, MSJ witnessed the celebration of Diamond Jubilee of its existence with a large number of Jesuits and non-Jesuits in attendance. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore Archdiocese presided over the Mass and preached a homily. A sumptuous meal prepared by Mr Joachim Vaz, the dad of Fr Joyson was served to around 325 people.
A short program was organized after the Mass. On this occasion,
i. an exhibition on Fr Pedro Arrupe was held at the Aula;
ii. Shalom Jesuit Listening Centre marked the beginning;
iii. "My Soul Magnifies the Lord," souvenir of the jubilee was released;
iv. 7 of our co-workers who worked at Mount for more than 25 years were honored;
v. “Mount Melodies” a new hymnal saw its light;
vi. www.dhyanashrama.in website of the Dhyanashrama Retreat House inaugurated.
Every member of the community worked hard in one way or the other to make this occasion smooth, solemn and stupendous. [OV]
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
In view of the feast of the nativity of Our Lady, Mount St Joseph Community has started 9 days Novena. There is a lot of creativity each day while conducting the prayer for 20 minutes. As part of the tradition, flowers are offered to Mother Mary as a token of our devotion and filial love towards her. [OV]
Monday, August 26, 2019
The Archbishop Peter Machado opened the diamond door ceremoniously for us to enter. Thus the visitors could have glimpse of this great Jesuit, who visited this very Aula 53 years ago on 2nd January1966. [AK]
As we celebrate 60 years of the existence of Mount St Joseph, the community members have come forward to help the faithful in listening to them. The yearning to be heard, the need to be understood, sacred space to share the confidential matter, to reveal the struggles of faith, the worries of life and thereby be healed, to grow in one’s faith, maturity, integrity are some key features of this Listening Centre.
The essence of good listening is empathy and it helps relationships. Through depth dialogue the deeper aspirations of life send their roots deep and spread their wings wide. Spiritual conversation has become our way of proceeding in all our ministries and initiatives. Besides, one of the Universal Apostolic Priority approved by Pope Francis and promulgated by the Superior General Arturo Sosa, is “to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment”. The Listening Centre is a new venture to bring wellness, a discerning attitude and wholeness and ultimately peace and reconciliation among our target groups. We are grateful to Anthony Joseph our Rector and the members of Mt St Joseph community for allotting rooms 14 & 15 at MSJ for this purpose.
The listeners’ list as of now is five.
Fr Clarence D’Souza -Spirituality & Scripture
Fr Jossy Rodrigues -Psychology & Spirituality
Fr John Pradeep -Spirituality & Psychology
Fr Olvin Veigas -Theology & Scripture & Research
Fr Arun Kumar - Counseling & Pastoral concerns
The Beneficiaries of this listening centre are; Parishioners, Schools and College staff members, parents and students. [AK]
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Dhyanashrama is the only Ignatian retreat house in Bangalore run by the Jesuits in Karnataka. The new website of the house was inaugurated on the 22nd of August 2019 when Mount St Joseph celebrated its Diamond Jubilee of its existence. The URL of the website: https://dhyanashrama.in [OV]