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Mangaluru : Papal ambassador for India launches Catholic worship software


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Nov 29: There has never been any Catholic presentation software in the entire world. With the guidance and support of Bishop of Mangalore, 'Team Ephphatha’ that consist of four young Catholic priests and M P Noronha,secretary of Pastoral Council of Mangalore diocese,have developed first Catholic version of Presentation Software.

On 27th November, 2014 on the occasion of dedication of Shrine of John Paul II at Bajpe, Mangaluru, the first ever Catholic worship software was launched by Papal ambassador for India and Nepal,Dr Salvatore Pennacchio.








It is the first software developed for worship and presentations in the Catholic Church and it contains all the 73 books of the Bible in three languages like Konkani, Kannada and English. The software has unique features like Bible word search, overlay scroll bar, liturgical contents etc. This is the first catholic software to get permission from Ignatius Press, California and Harper Collins Publishers, San Francisco.

The website of this software www.catholicworship.org was inaugurated by Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza during the same occassion.


Fr Vishal Monis, team Coordinator for Ephphatha, M P Noronha and Prakash Lobo, the software designer, were present during the launching.

Later Team Ephphatha met Apostolic Nuncio Dr Salvatore Pennaccio at the Bishop's House in Mangaluru to brief on the new software.


For More details: www.catholicworship.org

 

EPHPHATHA CATHOLIC WORSHIP SOFTWARE Information

Today many things have become digital. There is nothing untouched by the digital media. To move with the pace of the world and to make our worship in Catholic Church appealing to the present day generation we need to digitalize our Liturgy and Worship.

Isn’t it Today’s Need?

Everything in this world has place in digital media and software world. In this regard we ought to develop an Application for our church Worship and Liturgy. Today many Churches are using LCD screen or TV presentations. We do lots of presentations to our people without proper use of media and technology. Catholic Church does not have software which supports our Sunday Liturgy and Catholic Church presentations. Even though most Retreat preachers use presentation facilities there are no software supporting their needs as well. So it is a high time that we have Catholic Presentation software. We need proper presentation gadgets for our church presentations.

Why Catholic Worship Software?

There are many worship and presentation software programs available in the market which costs more than twenty five thousand rupees. But most of these software programs are Protestants. The Bible versions used in it are not Catholic. Secondly our need is Eucharist and worship based material which will not be provided by the other protestant or commercial based presentation software. So Catholic Worship software looks into the need of approved Catholic Bible, Liturgy, Eucharistic Celebration and Catholic Content in it.

What are the primary Features of this Catholic Worship Software?

• Church Presentation program where a computer window will have a secondary monitor output window for display purpose. Secondly you could continue working in the computer without disrupting the presentation on the screen.
• Konkani, Kannada and English Bible with Catholic Versions. We use RSV- SCE (Lectionary Version Approved for India) and NRSV English Bibles
• Konkani, Kannada and English Hymns
• Sunday readings with Psalms
• Media files playing facility with Power Point and Word importing facility
• Daily Prayers, Rosary Prayers, other Catholic Prayers ready for display
• Bible Word search option and Overlay scroll bar

Who is this Team Catholic Worship?

The team working behind this production of software is Four Catholic Priests of Diocese of Mangalore ordained in the year 2011 ( Fr Vishal Monis, Fr George Crasta, Fr Sunil Pinto, Fr Clifford Pinto) and M P Noronha, Charismatic Catholic and a well known lawyer in the Diocese of Mangalore.

Who is the designer Team?

This software is fruit of eleven months work. The software designer is Pacesoft Technologies, Mangalore.

Is it First initiative in the Catholic Church?

Yes. In all sincere searches we feel this software is a first in Catholic Church. Certain catholic churches use presentation software which is not designed for our Liturgy, Eucharist and Worship. In the field of presentation and also with regard to the authentic Bible version ‘Ephphatha Catholic Worship Software’ is first in the Catholic Church.

Why EPHPHATHA?

We name this software as ‘EPHPHATHA’ (Mark 7:34). At Baptism every Catholic is blessed to open up for the WORD OF GOD. As a Baptism call it would help us to proclaim the WORD OF GOD at liturgy, Prayer Services, Retreats as well as for the individuals in their homes.

What is first in Catholic Worship?

· First Software with approved Catholic Bible version

· First application with Bible Word Search option in a presentation software

· First Software with all books of the Bible

· First software which contains vernacular languages like Konkani and Kannada

· First software with overlay scroll bar

· First Indian based software to attain permission from Ignatius Press, California and Harper Collins Publishers, San Francisco.

· First software with Liturgical Year features

How does it help?

· It helps you have any presentations in a more attractive manner

· In power point presentations you are to prepare every slide and you do not have control over the prepared program. But in Catholic Worship you can have any presentation with a better hold over the screen. Because it works in a secondary window.

· Any quotations from the Bible when quoted it would appear in the peoples screen just by typing the verse number.

· It will also help in Bible study.

· You can prepare, schedule and present at any liturgical celebrations, Bible classes or any other presentations.

· In any computer presentation you can avoid distracting people with the use of this software.

Comment on this article

  • victor vas, mangalore/ Bidar

    Mon, Dec 1 2014

    great work dear Fr. Vishal and team. congratulation to you all. sure it is needed in the modern world. let all use it and experience GOd's Love

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  • BENJAMIN D SOUZA, PUTTUR-MUSCAT

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Congratulations! Fr.Vishal & team EPHPHATHA. May the almighty Lord shower his choicest blessings on each one of you.All the best.

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  • sr jyothi fernandes,UFS, mudarangady i/Mysore

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Congrats to fr Vishal and his team! it is a great service to all of us. im also looking for a catholic software for get retreat material and for the ministry of the Word of God. good luck and God bless you. v religious sisters r getting computer friendly

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  • fr. andrew leo, mangalore

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Congratulations Dear fr. Vishal and all he tema members who worked day and night to lauch this website. It is really great work. may God bless your efforts. May this website be a means to spread the good news to all.

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  • Fr. pascal Cuthina, Mangaluru, presently in Jamaica.

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Congratulations to our dear Catholic worship Team for accomplishing a great Task and bringing new life to our worship. God bless you all.

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  • Fr. Raymond Santhanaz ocd, Mangalore/Tanzania

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Congratulations to the EPHPHATHA team!!! Its really a great and fruitful work!!! Surely it will help every one and hope it will bear abundant fruits!!!! May God bless your hard work.

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  • Jude, mangalore/warsaw, poland

    Sun, Nov 30 2014

    Fr. Vishal, Mr. Prakash
    congratulations! !!!
    On a commendable job well done.
    may god bless you and your team abundantly.
    Best wishes

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  • Fr.Vincent D'Souza, Bela- Kasargod

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    Congratulations to Fr.Vishal and Team . Great work for the dear Lord.Really I feel very proud of you. May Grace and peace of God multiply in our lives through the love of Lord Jesus.

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  • Fr. sunil , bejai

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    congratulations to you EPHPHATHA team.

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  • Irine Rebello, Anil Dcunha Kulshekar, Kulshekar, mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    congratulations Fr. Vishal & team,
    You have taken lot of pain in making this dream a reality. May the Almighty God bless you for your efforts, zeal and vision. All the faithful including the clergy and lay people are now equipped with this software to praise the Lord Almighty for which the credit goes to your efforts. All the best.

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  • Glany Fernandes, Manglaore / Dubai

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    Great work Fr. Vishal and Team. Word of God should be accessible to everybody and in any means of channels. If the complete Liturgy is available in the software, that's a great news.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • Leo Victor, Hubli/Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    The Link not working. I think the website link is mistyped or the website is down.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [6]

  • Fr Vishal Monis, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    Website is working .

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [1]

  • Vinod Wilfred Tauro & fly, Madanthyar, Dubai

    Sat, Nov 29 2014

    Congratulations to Diocese of Mangalore, yes, to the present generation, software with complete details is required, and it need of the hour. Great idea, and let us know how we common people can use this software.

    Reply Report Abuse Agree [20]

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