DIOCESE OF VARANASI

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Dear Parish Priests and Sister Superiors,

May the mercy, peace and joy of the Lord Jesus Christ reign in your heart!

I am happy to announce result of the Biblical Competitions conducted in the diocese. Bishop Eugene J. and I express our gratitude to the priests, nuns and lay persons who were involved in preparing the participants, children and youths of parishes in the diocese of Varanasi for the competitions. It has been an encouraging sign and we could perceive hard work put in and enthusiasm exhibited in the presentation of the competition-items. I profoundly thank Rev. Fr. S. Joseph for his whole hearted co-operation using his competent computer/technological knowledge to make it a successful event. I am grateful to the judges for utilizing their knowledge, skill and competence to judge the items of the competitions; they have been competent, prompt and selfless in their service.

RESULTS:

1.BIBLE GROUP SONG : Theme: Jesus, the Healer in the Present Context.

Judges: Rev. Fr. Christopher, Composer and Singer, from Delhi;

Rev. Fr. Saji Augustine, Composer and Singer, from Muzaffarpur;

Rev. Sr. Amita Mascarenhas, PDDM, M.A. in Hindustani Music, from Mumbai.

Parish                                                             Points (out of 300)                 Position

Ish Mata Mandir, Shivpur                                    260                                          I

St. John the Baptist Church, Marhauli             257                                          II

St. John the Baptist Church, DLW                      245                                          III

Our Lady of Poor Church, Mariabad                 237

St. Thomas Church, Shahganj                             228

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Hartmannpur  217

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ramnagar           217

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Francispur          209

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Varanasi                            207

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Tajopur                 183

St. Alphonsa Church, Gagran                                182

 

2.BIBLE GROUP FOLK OR SEMI-CLASSICAL DANCE: Folk style: Indian Folk Dance or Semi-Classical Dance.

Judges: Rev.Sr. Silvy Mary, Daughters of St. Paul, M.A. in Bharatnatyam, from Trichy;

Miss Yashi Maria Wesley, M.A. in Bharatnatyam, from Doha;

Mrs. Veronica Gabriel, M.A. in Bharatnatyam, from Dehradun.

Parish                                                             Points (out of 300)                 Position

Lourdu Mata Church, Ghazipur                     261                                          I

St. Francis of Assisi, Francispur                     246                                         II

Ish Mata Mandir, Shivpur                               242                                          III

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Varanasi                       241

St. John the Baptist Church, Marhauli        222

St. John the Baptist Church, DLW                 222

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ramnagar     219

Our Lady of Poor Church, Mariabad            214

St. Alphonsa Church, Gagran                          199

St. Thomas Church, Shahganj                         196

Sikenderpur ICC                                                     170

 

3.SKIT: Theme: Jesus is the Protector, Shelter, Refuge and Fortress; He will deliver us from the deadly pestilence.

Judges: Rev. Fr. Saji Palamattom, President, Signis Agra Region, from Agra;

Rev. Fr.Mathew Joseph, Director, Diocesan Social Communication,                    from Gorakhpur;

Rev. Fr. Arul Anuroop, IMS, Manager, SMCSS, from Panipat.

Parish                                                             Points (out of 300)                 Position

Ish Mata Mandir, Shivpur                                         213                                          I

Our Lady of Poor Church, Mariabad                     202                                          II

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Hartmannpur     188                                          III

St.John the Baptist Church, Marhauli                   171

St.Thomas Church, Shahganj                                   144

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Francispur               134

The cash award for the First, Second and Third Rs. 4000, Rs. 3000 and Rs.2000 respectively will be given to the Parish Priest on the occasion of the Clergy Meeting on December 17, 2020. My hearty Congratulation is to all, especially for the winners.

Considering the excellent response and quality of performance, we are happy to open another opportunity to children for celebrating Christmas with CAROL SONG AND CHRISTMAS DANCE ACTIVITIES. This will create a mood and experience of ADVENT and the NATIVITY OF JESUS.  The guidelines are given below:

Points to remember:

The last date to submit the recorded items is December 20, 2020 to Rev Fr. S. Joseph.

Kindly, submit the names of the participants along with the item mentioning the parish.

The declaration of the Result will be on December 25, 2020.

The winners’ items will be streamlined on the day of Christmas.

Cash award Rs. 4000, Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 will be given to First, Second and Third respectively.

Technical Aspects:

  1. One Shot with Single Camera; there should not be any editing of video.
  2. Proper Framing: All group members should be visible from the beginning to end in CAROL SONG AND DANCE.
  3. Kindly, submit VIDEO FILE FORMAT IN MP4.
  4. You may submit video through PEN DRIVE OR DVD OR GOOGLE DRIVE.
  5. Video Quality should be 150 MB or above.
  6. Video can be shot in outdoor or indoor.
  7. There should be clarity of audio-video.
  8. There should be proper lighting and good sound
  9. Kindly, contact Rev. Fr. S. Joseph for technical advice; his contact Mobile Number: 7880550690; His E-mail: [email protected]

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS – 2020

Guidelines for Items:

  1. CAROL SONG : Only One Entry from a Parish
  2. Maximum Number in the group -10
  3. Time limit: 5 minutes.
  4. Musical accompaniments are permitted; Language is Hindi
  5. Laypersons are allowed to accompany with the Musical instruments. Fathers and Sisters are not permitted to accompany with the Musical instruments. This is to encourage our laity participation in this event.

 

  1. CHRISTMAS DANCE: Only One Entry from a Parish
  2. Folk style or Semi-Classical or Classical style.
  3. Language should be Hindi.
  4. Maximum number in the group – 7
  5. Time limit: 6 minutes.

Marking Criteria

  1. CAROL SONG
Composition

(15)

Lyrics

(15)

Voice

(15)

Expression

(15)

Orchestra-tion

(15)

Clarity

(15)

 
Background

       (05)

Creativity

      (05)

Total

(100)

  1. CHRISTMAS DANCE: FOLK OR SEMI-CLASSICAL OR CLASSICAL STYLE
Movements

(Steps) (25)

Costumes

(25)

       Expression

 (20)

Rhythm

(20)

Creativity

 (05)

 
Background

(05)

        Total

(100)

The Result of CATECHISM EXAM – 2020 was published in March 2020 and its certificates are ready. I request the Parish Priests to collect it at the time of Clergy Recollection and Meeting on Dec. 17, 2020. The Cash Award for the Rank Holders of Diocesan Catechism Exam – 2020, i.e. for the Fifth, Eighth, Tenth and Twelfth class students, will also be given at the time of the Clergy Meeting.

We are under the spell of CORONA PANDEMIC situation. The schools were closed and gatherings were not permitted. Hence, it would have been difficult to have the regular catechism classes as usual. However, some parishes made effort to conduct it, when it has been permitted to gather. If you have conducted classes according to the syllabus of Catechism of the diocese, I request you to conduct the exam orally based on contents of the book and the prayers printed in the last four pages of the book. Kindly, send me the marks of the students with the certificate name and their marks, placing the seal of the parish and the signature of the Parish Priest. I am grateful for your diligence and co-operation.

 

 

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