Shivamogga Nov 7, 2022 : Diocese of Shimoga Constituted its first Diocesan Service of Communion on November 6th at Pastoral center for renewal 'Sannidhi' at Shivamogga. Program was organised by Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal office for two days.  

On November 5th; the day began with Rosary.  At 10am Fr Franklin D'Souza, Spiritual Director of Charismatic Renewal of Diocese of Shimoga, led the Praise and Worship. After the tea break Fr Franklin D'Souza gave the keynote address. He explained the need for the formation of DSC.

At 12pm Bro. Joy Anthony, former Coordinator of National Service of Communion (NSC) spoke on "Catholic Charismatic Renewal is the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church".  

After the lunch at 1:45pm Fr Franklin D'Souza led the Praise and Worship. Then Bro. Joy Anthony spoke on the importance of "Life in the Spirit Seminar"(LSS)

At 3:30pm Fr Franklin D'Souza celebrated Holy Eucharist. In his homily he made known the "Importance of Sacraments".

After the Tea Break at 5pm Bro. Joy Anthony spoke on "formation of Prayer Groups in the Parish".

At 6pm Bro. Joy Anthony spoke on "Intercession and Prophetic Intercession", followed by Workshop on Prophetic Intercession.

After the dinner at 8.45pm Blessed Sacrament was exposed for the Adoration.

On November 6th at 6am Blessed Sacrament was exposed and Fr Franklin D'Souza led the intercessors Rosary and prayed for the Success of the formation of the DSC.

At 6.30am Fr Franklin D'Souza prepared participants for the confessions. Fr Duming Dias, Fr Pius D'Souza and Fr Franklin D'Souza helped participants in the confessional. Then Fr Franklin D'Souza and Fr Pius D'Souza together with Bro. Mahime Raj & Bro. Thomas Chinnappa led the anointing session.

After breakfast at 8:30am, Bro. Thomas Chinnappa- Secretary of Karnataka Regional Service of Communion (KRSC) led the Praise and Worship.  Then at 9am Bro. Mahime Raj, representative of Karnataka in National Service of Communion (NSC) and also observer for the DSC election by NSC spoke on "Charis Statutes and Call of God".

Ar 10:30am Bro. Thomas Chinnappa spoke on "Election Process".

After the tea break at 10:45pm self Introduction was initiated by Bro. Thomas Chinnappa. Then the participants wrote Seven names as inspired by the Holy Spirit on the given ballots.

Bro. Mahime Raj, Bro. Thomas Chinnappa, Fr Franklin D'Souza were in the Discerning Team.  Meanwhile participants prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament.

Following leaders were selected by discernment for the year 2022 to 2025.

Mr. David Raj as Coordinator, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shivamogga.
Ms. Elveera Fernandes as Secretary, St. Jude' s Church, Anandapura.
Mr. John Lobo, St. Joseph's Church,  Sagar.
Mr. Francis Lopis, Montis Mary Church,  Talaguppa.
Mr. Wilson, Immaculate Conception Church, New Town Bhadravathi.
Mr. Francis D'Mello, Sacred Heart Cathedral,  Shivamogga.
Ms. Mary Louis, St. Joseph's Church, Sagar.

At 12pm Most Rev. Dr Francis Serrao SJ Bishop of Diocese of Shimoga offered Holy Eucharist together with Fr Franklin D'Souza and thanked Almighty God for formation of DSC in the Diocese. In his homily he spoke in "Resurrection of Jesus and how we have yo be faithful to him". He also appreciated the prayer warriors who are gifted by the Holy Spirit and he said that the Diocese needs to build strong intercessory prayer Groups. "We need to witness the Mission and mandate of Jesus through sincere prayer and with a deep faith like his disciples".

After the profession of faith, Bishop led the appointment of New DSC as well as Oath taking ceremony. Then he prayed over them by laying his hands on the leaders.

At the end of the Holy Eucharist, KRSC Secretary Bro. Thomas Chinnappa thanked the Diocese of Shimoga for the Constitution of DSC. Mr. David Raj thanked Jesus and sought help of prayer from all to lead the DSC. Spiritual Director of Renewal Movement of the Diocese of Shimoga Fr Franklin D'Souza thanked God, Bishop as well as all the resource team and the participants. He specially thanked Fr Duming Dias,  Director ofSannidhi & the Staff of Sannidhi for rendering their services for the successful completion of DSC formation.

There were thirty participants from all over the Diocese. It is unanimously accepted by participants that from 2023 January every fourth Saturday Night Vigil will be organised to pray for the intentions of the Diocese of Shimoga at Sannidhi. 

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