Udupi bishop urges all faithful to cooperate with guidelines issued by govt

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Udupi, Mar 19: Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, bishop of Udupi, has urged all faithful to completely cooperate with the directive issued by the government of India and state goverment and support it fully in its letter and spirit.

In a circular, the bishop said, “On the occasion of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, I send my cordial greetings to each one of you for health and blessing.

“Keeping seriously in mind the declaration of a complete lockdown announced by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for 21 days across the country from Tuesday midnight (March 24 to April 14) in order to check the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus, I hereby appeal to all, the clergy, religious and lay faithful to fully and completely cooperate with the directive issued by the government of India (and State Govt. as well) and support it fully in its letter and spirit.

“Public holy Masses / liturgical celebrations shall not be held in all parish churches and chapels within the diocese of Udupi until further orders. Priests are permitted to celebrate holy Mass daily but in private and not at the scheduled timings of the church and without the presence and participation of the faithful. Masses are being telecast on TV by Daijiworld and Divya Vani. Timings may be made known to the Catholic faithful of your parish to follow them with due reverence. Time has come for all of us to be closer to God in prayer, penance and fasting now more than ever before and to be on our knees imploring God’s mercy, forgiveness and healing as He alone knows what is best for all of us. In this regard therefore, I appeal to you for the recitation of the Holy Rosary daily in presbyteries, religious communities and
families and surrendering ourselves to Divine Mercy through the recitation of the Divine mercy Rosary and its litany. Along with these traditional spiritual exercises, I strongly exhort especially the priests and religious men and women in this diocese to undertake the Way of the Cross since we are in the holy season of Lent, spend as much time as possible before the Blessed Sacrament in meditation and adoration since we all as specially anointed, consecrated men and women are set apart for a ministry of prayer, penance and intercessions for all.

“People all over the world are in shock and turmoil, pain, anxiety and insecurity. The Governments alone cannot do everything and Health care givers / workers do wonders and miracles. They all need our support, understanding, cooperation and solidarity. Let us all be therefore generous in being responsible citizens and People of God by abiding Government and Church directives respectively. These are extreme testing times of our generosity, charity, love and service for one another and let us be genuinely magnanimous. The daily labourers, the poor and the needy are the ones who have been / are already affected for their daily bread to earn and have it. Let us also seriously keep them in our mind when we provide the daily needs and necessities of life for ourselves without counting the cost. Human life at all
levels is precious and hence let us protect it and promote with utmost respect, care and concern. Let us see how best we can reach out to these vulnerable and suffering brothers and sisters of our society keeping in mind the restrictions before us, but nothing is impossible for God as He will surely show us the way as He alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

“Pope Francis on Sunday, March 22, has called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”. On Wednesday, March 25, the feast of the Annunciation, he has invited us all to recite the prayer Our Father at 4.30 pm (Indian Time). He has invited everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication in the moments of Prayer, Eucharistic adoration and Blessing on Friday, March 27 which the Holy Father will preside over on the Sagrata of St Peter’s Basilica at 10.30 pm (Indian Time).

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). When we stand with one another in unity, solidarity, love, service and charity, God is surely with us and no one and nothing can dare to be against us. Prayer is the key and not fear. Let us all join hands with the Government initiatives in combating coronavirus and succeed because God is with us (Emmanuel),” the bishop stated in the circular.




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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    The carelessness, overconfidence, by European countries in preventing n curtailing this infectious plague, has caused untold deaths n suffering in Italy, Spain, Germany and other nations in the European union !!! They are moaning and repenting now, for not locking down those nations !!! India were wise to clamp down, before the pandemic became unmanageable !!!!!

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  • Ivan Saldanha, Mangalore.

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    It is indeed exemplary to note that religious leaders of several groups wish people well and ask to toe the line. Good they have also discontinued all rituals which are only religious and not spiritual. As they have little to do now, it is time they initiate serious active support to govt and people by using the vast resources at their command, which are actually were given and belong to the ordinary people. Let God work through their holy hands now.

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  • James Fernandes, Barkur Chicago

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Let us not regret.. We should have heeded.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    God The Father on Virus, Prayer and I am with you

    Message to Maureen

    March 24, 2020

    Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: "Children, I speak to you, today, as one - the heart of the world. Make of your hearts a private chapel, wherein I will dwell and listen to your prayers. Confide in Me - your Creator. Understand the need now more than ever to obey My Commandments. While many succumb to this virus, I invite all to come closer to Me, so that I can be your strength and take away your fear. Give Me each present moment. Do not let your faith fall victim in this time of crisis. Escape the fears of the world in the little chapel of your heart. I am with you."

    Read 1 John 3:24+

    * The Messages of Holy and Divine Love at Maranatha Spring and Shrine.

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  • Praveen dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Plz help the poorer in the society through the diocesean funds..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    We are all faithful to our Leader & Lord Jesus Christ ...

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