Thoughts for November

We enter the month of November, thinking that in two months we will see the close of 2022, which is true. However according to the Liturgical Calendar (the church calendar), November is actually the last month of the year. The 4th Sunday of November is the 1st Sunday of Advent and the start of the New Liturgical year.

The Liturgical year begins with the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, followed by the Epiphany, 8 weeks of the Ordinary Times, Lent, Passion of Our Lord, Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost (the birthday of the church). Another 24 weeks of Ordinary Times follow, ending with the kingship of Jesus on the 3rd Sunday of November. The calendar is designed to begin and end with Jesus Christ. The Church takes us through the events in the life of Jesus Christ in the very order Jesus had predicted to the Apostles and came to pass. Read more

Vatter Gozal – Nov 2022

Simao : Baba Tadev, tuka Dev boro dis dium
Tadev : Tukai dium Simao Titiv
Simao : Tumkam hea disanim suttio dileat dekhun tumi khuxal asat nhoim?
Tadev : Oi, Titiv, porikxa somptokuch matxe visov gheunk borem dista
Simao : Hea disanim, sokallchea vellar tum Igorjent Misak ieta tem polloun borem dista
Tadev : Misak ghelear amkam faideachem mhunn hanv sodanch somzotam.
Simao : Xabaski tuka. Novembrache poiler Ani dusrer,sogleanim Misak vochunk zai . Tuka khobor asa nhoim?
Tadev : Khobor asa tor? Soglea Santam-Bhoktancho Ani soglea Otmeank bhettoilolo Dis ami pallttanv
Simao : Oi, Kai bori porampora amchi Read more

Singing Competition

Singing Competition

St. Sebastian Church, Aqem Alto Margao Goa in association with St. Sebastian Sports Club is organizing “kantaram Lharham” a konkani  solo and duet singing competition for  Margao Deanery and other invited Parishes. Person aged 15 onwards can participate in the completion. The last date of submitting the entry forms is 10th November 2022. The auditions will be conducted on 15th Nov 2022 and the finals will be held on 27th November at 6.00 pm. All Participants will receive a participation certificate and the winners will we awarded with a trophy and cash prizes as follows solo category: First Place Rs. 8000/-  Second Place  Rs. 6000/-  and third place Rs. 4000/- . For duet category: First place Rs. 7000/-  and  second place Rs. 5000/-

Entry forms are available at the respective Church/Chapel office or can be downloaded by clicking here


Mogall Firgozkaramno,
Zaitea dhormik vavram modem, Missanv-acho vavr mhollear ek kherit sondhi ani kaido dor ek kristanv mon’xacho. Jezun Apunn sorgar choddun vechea poilim nimanni xikounn dili ti mhollear, “Mhonntoch vochun sogllea raxttrank Mhoje xis korat; Bapache, Putache ani Povitr Atmeache Nanvim tankam snan diat; ani Hanvem tumkam dileat teo soglleo adnia pallunk tankam xikoiat.(Mt.28/19-20). Osle he xikounnek lagun Igorzmat sobavanuch Missionar. Jezuk dusreank porgottcho ho kaido ani soeg dor ek Kristi mon’xacho. Read more

EDITORIAL – October 2022

We all face so many different types of sicknesses, as well as deadly diseases. The milder ones are easily treated with medication or even with home remedies, whereas in serious cases people tend to suffer, specially when they become chronic and need to be treated by doctors on regular basis. More often than not, it’s a nightmare for the patient and the family as well when we fall sick and we all know the consequences if it’s left unattended. Read more

Gandhi Jayanti

Who was Mahatma Gandhi
Born on 2nd October 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was India’s tallest leader of the independence movement. He successfully led India’s non-violent movement against the British, which in turn inspired many civil rights movements across the world.

Gandhi had studied law and he went to South Africa to represent a client. Upon return, he joined the Indian National Congress and led nationwide campaigns for farmers, peasants, and labourers. He also fought against caste discrimination and fought for expanding women’s rights.

He led some of the most historic movements in India’s freedom struggle. He led Indians to break the salt law, through the Dandi March in 1930, which helped Indians believe that they can challenge the might of the British. He also led the Quit India movement in 1942. Read more

Mass Media Influence across ages

Mahatma Gandhi once said – “A man is a product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.”
Today there is a lot of mass media awareness, which can be harnessed to bring about good change in the world; at the same time it could also be misused.

As can be seen from the graph given here, the mass media source with maximum and growing influence is Social Media. Direct sources are a close second, however the percentage influence in old and young alike is gradually reducing. The percentage of men and women in the age group of 15-49 yrs. who, at least once a week, read newspaper/magazine, listen to radio and watch TV is 31.8% (men) and 24.4% (women). As per National Family Health Survey 2019-2021, the current trend shows that the habit of reading newspapers and magazines, has drastically decreased. Read more

Exercising your way through mental health

Over the past two decades the global burden of disease has shifted from communicable to non-communicable diseases such as cancers, heart diseases, orthopaedic problems and diabetes, especially among older adults. People with these conditions are often prone to experiencing depression, stress and anxiety.  Mental health conditions can occur at any point in life and require long-term support. Intervention is usually in the form of medication that is prescribed for a prolonged period of time and known to have side effects.  Moreover, in our society, we stigmatize the concept of mental health and avoid talking about it openly, but do we consider taking other measures that also have remedial effects on mental health? People prefer quick results or aren’t aware of other alternatives most of the times. Although medications give instant relief, which is necessary in times of extreme distress, we ought to consider other alternatives which are gaining interest in the past few years. Physical activity is receiving much research attention in this domain.  Read more


5th October

St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Blessed Sacrament was born in Poland as Helena Kowalska on Aug. 25, 1905. Young Helena had no intention of entering religious life, but at age 19, while attending a dance with her sister Natalia in Lodz, she had a vision of a suffering Jesus, who asked her, “How long shall I put up with you and how long will you keep putting Me off?” After praying at the Cathedral she departed for Warsaw, where she joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. On April 30, 1926, at the age of 20, she was clothed in the habit and received her religious name.

Faustina wrote that on the night of Sunday, Feb. 22, 1931, while she was in her cell in Plock, Poland, after partially recovering from tuberculosis, Jesus appeared wearing a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart. According to her diary, Jesus told her to “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: ‘Jesus, I trust in You’. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and then throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.” Read more

Vatter Gozal – October 2022

Tadev: Dev boro dis dium, Simao Titiv. Aiz sokallim fuddem khoim vochunk bhair sorlai?

Simao: Dev tuka kurpa dium, Tadev. Amchea Ward-achea protinidik mellunk vetam, mhojem nanv borounk.

Tadev: Nanv borounk ?Anink kiteak Titiv?

Simao: Fuddlea mhoineant, 13ver Otubrache -san, Saininnichi Murti bhair sorchi asa, dhor eka ghorabeak bhett korunk. Zankam hi bhett svikar korchi asa tannim aplem nanv aplea protinidhi lagim diunk zai.

Tadev: Oi Titiv, ami kalchea disa amchem nanv boroun ghetlam. Read more