by Michael Gaikwad
YERWADA-PUNE, APRIL17, 2014: The Chrism Mass of the Diocese of Pune was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Yerwada on the Don Bosco School grounds on April 10, 2014. The Eucharist was celebrated by Bishop Thomas Dabre in the presence of Emeritus Valerian D'Souza along with 150 concelebrant priests of the Diocese of Pune. The faithful who participated numbered approximately 2,500 people. It was for the first time that the Chrism Mass of the Diocese was held outside the Diocesan Cathedral.
The liturgy was well animated and organized. The three oils of Catechumen, Chrism and Infirm were anointed by the Bishops and all the priests. In the homily, Bishop Dabre emphasized on the unity among the clergy and appreciated the work done by the clergy in the Diocese of Pune. He was of the opinion that Catholic Education be imparted to all the students. Bishop Dabre gave the example of the Holy Father Pope Francis and urged the faithful to live upright lives and that the clergy and lay people ought to work for the upliftment of the poor and down trodden, to reach out to those who are homeless and sick.
The English, Marathi and Childrens' Choir sang for the Eucharist in a very prayerful way. The bishop was very appreciative of the Childrens' Choir. After Holy Communion the Manual for workers and domestic staff prepared by Fr. VS Louis was released by Bishop Thomas Dabre; it had the salary structure for all the workers and the domestic staff working in the various institutes of the Diocese of Pune. After the Eucharist the clergy had a fellowship meal in the Parish. The celebration of the Chrism Mass was a great moment of grace for all the faithful.