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Cardinal Oswald Gracias has appointed Dr Fio Mascarenhas SJ as Secretary of the newly constituted Commission for Bible of the Archdiocese of Bombay. The Commission is organising two special Advent events:

1. A Short Introductory Course on the Old Testament to be held on December 1 (Sat.) at The Retreat House, Bandra, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The resource persons will be Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ and Dr Renu Silvano OCV of the Catholic Bible Institute. Registration Cost: Rs 200 per person, including lunch and teas. Two more sessions are planned for Jan and Feb 2019. 

Last date to register: November 15. The purpose of this event is to teach a familiarity with the informational content of the books of the Old Testament.

2. A Symposium on New Testament Spirituality: "My words are spirit and life" (Jn 6:63) to be held on December 9 (Second Sunday of Advent), at St Joseph's Convent School Hall, Hill Road, Bandra, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with eminent speakers: Fr Gilbert de Lima, Fr Michael D'Cunha, Fr Fio SJ and others, and inaugurated by Bishop John Rodrigues.

Invitation passes are available at Rs 20 per person.

The purpose of this event is to teach our people that the Bible is not just a "book of information" about our Christian heritage, but it is "daily bread," intended by God to "nourish" every Catholic spiritually, and to "transform them in spirit, mind and body" so that they become joyful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ in our modern world.

Every Catholic must personally discover that the word of God is a fecund source of grace.

The office of the Commission for Bible is located at The Retreat House, Bandra. Contact Ms Niku Fernandes (mobile 9930976167) to register.


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