Monday, April 17, 2017

UNIQUE HOLY WEEK EXPEREINCE


The Sumedhans observed that they found their Holy week experience at Sumedha very special. Many of them said this Holy week was very different from the ones that they were used to. "Unique," "Special," so very meaningful" were some of the words and phrases they used to describe their experience.


Participants of the Sumedha Sadhana attended services on Holy Thursday and Good Friday at the parish church, and enriched especially the good Friday Liturgy through their singing of the Passion of the Lord.

However, they had their own Way of the Cross on Friday morning and the Easter Vigil Service on Saturday night.


At sunrise on Friday morning, Sumedhans went up the Sumedha Hill carrying a large and heavy wooden Cross. This Way of the Cross was composed by Fr. Jose Parappully, the Director of the Sumedha programme. He built it around the Word of God and made reflections at each Station of the Cross applying the Word of God to the existential sufferings of humankind. Participants took turns to lead each Station as well as to carry the Cross.


The Way of the Cross ended at the Calvary on top of the Sumedha Hill. The reflections at each station, the participants said, were very meaningful and helped them reflect deeply on human realities as they trudged up the hill.


The rest of Friday was spent in quiet reflection and prayer. Participants reflected on their one month experiences at Sumedha in the light of the Paschal Mystery.


Saturday was spent in preparing (cleaning, decorating, singing practice) for the great celebration of the Easter Vigil which began after nightfall. After the lighting of the  new fire and the new Paschal Candle, and singing of the Paschal Proclamation, participants sat in the dark in the light of the paschal candle, listening to the great stories of our Salvation History.


Fr. Parappully who was the main celebrant at the Easter , made reflections on each of the stories in the light of the members' experiences at Sumedha in the past one month.

In his homily, Fr. Parappully focused on the theme of newness and transformation that the Resurrection of Jesus represents.


The Sumedha experience of the past one month had concluded with an invitation to reflect (questions had been given) on the Galilee Song (the Sumedha theme Song) which spoke about "voices deep within my heart"  calling me to "leave my boats behind,""leave them on familiar shores," "to walk past horizons that I know," "to walk into evening shadows one more time" and to "set my heart upon the deep" and "follow you again my Lord."



Fr Parappully weaved the words of the Galilee Song into his brief reflection on the resurrection event.

Participants had written their responses to the questions on the Galilee Song and had drawn a picture giving visual representation to the answers their reflection  had provided. These were shared during the liturgy in the context of newness that they had experienced so far at Sumedha and the further newness to which God  was inviting them. The drawing were presented as their offering around the Paschal Candle, along with their prayers.


Listening to the stories of salvation history sitting in darkness around the paschal candle, weaving the Sumedha experience into the meditation on the resurrection of Christ, sharing of their experiences and the invitations they were hearing and expressed in their drawings, and offering them to the Lord in prayer and thus being fully involved in the liturgy made this Easter Vigil celebration "very meaningful" and "different" from the ones the  participants were used. to.



Friday, April 14, 2017

GOD FRIDAY AT SUMEDHA

The Sumdhans made a Way of the Cross at sunrise to the Calvary on top of Sumedha Hill.



this way of the Cross was specially composed by Dr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre. It focused on humanity's perennial way of the Cross, the many ways men and women and children today suffer all over the world, continuing the Way of the Cross that Jesus of Nazareth made to Calvary more than 2000 years ago.


Monday, March 20, 2017

A LONG AWAITED DAY - BLESSING OF FOUNDATIONS OF NEW SUMEDHA CENTRE


Today, 19th March 2017, was a long awaited day- An important milestone toward realization of a big dream!


On this feast day of St. Joseph, the Patron of Sumedha Centre, we held the Ground Breaking Ceremony and Blessing of the Foundation Stone for the new Sumedha Centre buildings.


The Ceremonies began with the Holy Eucharist at 10.30 am.  His Lordship, Most Reverend Dr. Ignatius D’Souza, Bishop of Bareilly, presided. He was joined by Most Rev. Antony Fernandes, Bishop Emeritus of Bareilly, Rev. Fr. Jose Mathew Koorappallil, the Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, New Delhi, Fr. Charles Lobo, former Salesian Provincial of Delhi, Fr. Harry D’Cunha, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Bareilly, Fr. Julian Pinto, the Episcopal Vicar for development in Uttarakhand and former Vicar General, Fr. John Kuzhikottayil, Salesian provincial Economer of Delhi, Fr. Arnold OFM, Cap, four priest participants of the ongoing Sumedha Sadhana, and Fr. Jose Parappully, Director of Sumedha Centre.


Fr. Parappully introduced all the celebrants at the Mass and welcomed them and all the congregation. There were about 30 invited guests, mostly religious nuns from the diocese, besides the 15 participants of the Sumedha Sadhana in the Congregation.


In reflecting on the Word of God for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Bishop Ignatius D’Souza focused on the metaphor of water and how Jesus entered into a very intimate conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well, leading her to reveal her very personal and private life and thus open herself to healing and transformation.

This is a work that Sumedha Centre is engaged in, Bishop Ignatius said. Sumedha participants are encouraged to face up honestly to their inner world, disclose them in their interactions with one another and in the process open themselves to the transforming grace of God.


The participants of the ongoing Sumedha Sadhana had organized the liturgy very beautifully, including a well-choreographed and executed liturgical dance at the Offertory.


At the conclusion of the Eucharist all  to the site where new buildings for Sumedha Centre will be constructed proceeded reciting the holy Rosary, led by Bishop Ignatius. Fr. Parappully carried the Foundations Stone, which had been offered at the altar during the Eucharist to the building site.


The Ground Breaking Ceremony and the Blessings of the Foundation Stone began with Prayer Service led by Bishop Ignatius. He was assisted by Fr. Jose Mathew, Fr. Charles Lobo, Fr. Harry D’Cunha, Fr. Julian Pinto, and Fr. Jose Parappully. These had climbed several meters up the hill to the site where ground would be broken and the Foundation Stone placed. They were joined at the site by Shri Ram Dutt Chaniyal, the Gram Pradhan of Jeolikote, and local police chief.

Fr. Parappully read aloud the “Time Capsule” which would be embedded in the Foundation Stone. 


Bishop Ignatius then blessed the building site and the Foundation Stone and he along with Provincial Fr. Jose Mathew initiated the construction work, breaking ground by shoveling some mud and creating space to place the Foundation Stone.


The Ceremony ended with blessing imparted by Bishop Ignatius on all those gathered at the site.

A festive lunch concluded the day’s celebrations.



This was indeed a long awaited day. Since Sumedha Centre started functioning at Jeolikote on 19th March 2009, from the Pastoral Centre belonging to the diocese of Bareilly, the Salesians had been wanting to have their own buildings for Sumedha Centre. A big step toward realization of that dream was taken today.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

34th Sumedha Sadhana


The 34th Sumedha Sadhana - a Psychospiritual Wholeness journey - commenced on march 13.  There are 15 participants - 11 women and 4 men, from  nine different Religious Congregations. The programme will conclude on may 14.

The first and foundational module - Psychological Dynamics on the Spiritual Journey -- is being facilitated by Dr. Jose Parappully, the Programme Director at Sumedha Centre.


The next module - Jungian perspectives on Personality and Spirituality - will be facilitated by Dr. Ajoy Fernanndes, Programme driector at Prafulta Mental health Services, Matunga, Mumbai from 27th March

Sunday, February 12, 2017

WORLD DAY OF CONSECRATED LIFE IN THAILAND

The World Day of Consecrated Life was celebrated  by the religious of the Archdiocese of Bangkok at the Redemptorist Spirituality Centre in Minburi Thailand on Saturday, 11th February..


The theme of the day was "Promoting Human Integrity vis-a-vis Human Trafficking." The Archdiocese of Bangkok is actively engaged in the campaign against Human Trafficking. It is being led by Sr. Siphim OSU who participated in the last (September -November 2016) Sumedha Sadhana. She introduced the theme of the day.

A number of short films on human trafficking - of children and women into prostitution and men into modern day slavery in the fishing industry in Thailand -- and the efforts to free them were screened.

A former provincial of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, who has worked with the campaign,  gave a talk on the theme.

This was followed by a Eucharist presided over by  Cardinal Francis Xavier, the Archbishop of Bangkok.

During the Eucharist 17 religious who were celebrating the jubilees of their religious profession - diamond, golden or silver - were felicitated.  Among them was Sr, Papaporn  Buacharn (second from the right in the photograph below), who had participated in the Sumedha Sadhana a few years ago.


Two newly appointed Provincials - one few them was the Salesian Father Deparet - were also felicitated.

The programme concluded with lunch.

Fr. Jose Parappully, the Director of Sumedha Centre, who currently is facilitating a workshop on "Midlife and the Spiritual Journey" at Sisters' Centre, Sampran, joined the celebrations along with the participants of the workshop

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sumedha Outreach: Workshop for Seminary Formators

Director of Sumedha Centre, Dr. Jose Parappully, a clinical psychologist, was invited to conduct a one-day workshop for the Seminary formators of all the dioceses of Madhya Pradesh.


It was organized by Fr. Mathew Vallatt, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bhopal and the Secretary of the MP Region Formator’s Forum. It was held at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bhopal on December 4, 2016. There were 16 participants from nine diocese.


Dr. Parappully organized the workshop around the theme “”Formative Accompaniment & Emotional Maturation”


He focused on the kind formation process that facilitated emotional maturation. He covered the following topics in this regard:  the role of trust in healthy emotional development; Importance of meeting basic emotional needs such as relatedness, competence and autonomy; facilitation of an environment that fosters these basic needs; and the need for formators to be credible and enthusiastic about the formation process.


There was ample opportunity for participants to reflect on and share their experiences in the light of the psychological insights presented.


Participants said they found the workshop – content and process- immensely helpful.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sumedha Outreach - Retreats.

Director of Sumedha Sadhana, Jose Parappully, facilitated two spiritual retreats recently.


The first from December 4-9, 2016, was for another group (he had done a group earlier in October) priests of the archdiocese of Bhopal. This time there were 34 priests. The theme of the retreat was “Priest: Mystagogue & Doctor of the Soul.” This retreat was held at Jesu Ashram, on the outskirts of Bhopal City.

The second retreat from December 29, 2016 to January 2017, was for 54 sisters of the congregations of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian sisters) of the Province of Guwahati.


This spiritual retreat was designed as a desert journey modeled on the experience of Jesus in the desert (Mark 1, 12-13). It  provided the participants an opportunity to spend time in the metaphorical desert around the Word of God to experience “Wilderness & Paradise,” to encounter their “inner demons” and their “ministering angels”, to renew the love, the enthusiasm and the passion they had at the beginning of their vocational journey (Rev. 2, 4 ), to recognise their helplessness and surrender in faith and trust to a loving God who calls them to deep intimacy with him (Hosea 2, 16-17) which in turn leads to transformation of their self and their ministry in powerful ways (1Kings 19, 1-8).


Participants of both retreats described these retreats as “different” from what they had been used to and found them very useful. What they found most helpful was the atmosphere of silence and solitude that was created and the time they were able to spend in personal prayer around the Word of God, according to the themes of each day.


A similar retreat is offered at Sumedha Centre in May 2017. Registration is open. Contact sumedhacentre@gmail.com