Second Death Anniversary of Fr.Hugh Fonseca and Daily Reflections- 13th June 2013

He Only Takes The Best
My dear friend its soon to be two years that you left us for your heavenly abode. We miss you but knowing you we know that you are watching over us. While scanning for poems for the new academic year, I came across this and brought you to my mind. Not that we do not think of you, you are in our minds everyday, during our trials and troubles, and even during our joyful occasions.
A Tribute in words

God watched you as you suffered, and knew you had your share.
He gently closed your weary eyes, and took you in his care.
Your memory is our keepsake, with that we will never part.
God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts.
Nothing could be more beautiful, than the memories we have of you.
To us you were someone special. God must have thought so too.
All our lives we shall miss you, as the years come and go,
But in our hearts you will live forever. Because we love you so.
God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around you and whispered “Come with me”
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer, and fade away.
Although we loved you dearly, you were not meant to stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best!

Mass at

1.The Clergy home on Sunday the 16th June 2013 at 7 a.m and also

2.at St Michael’s Church Mahim on Sunday the 16th June 2013 at 09.30 a.m

3.Sacred Heart Church, Vashi, Navi Mumbai on the 16th Sunday at 9.00 am


Andrea lobo- Mumbai

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Posted: 13 Jun 2013 06:39 AM PDT

Today’s Gospel Text:  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. 31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. Matt 5:27-32
ReflectionThere are these Jewish laws which many follow or rather seek to follow even to this day.
Our generation may ignore the laws and may walk in a freedom apart from the law; a freedom in which the conscience is not bound.
Very few realize that to reject the conscience and the law in freedom actually means to enter into a vicious bondage.
We fail to realize that Judeo-Christian faith preserves and promotes the well being of the human race with its strong sense of teaching, fortified with moral codes that are life sustaining in the long run.
In other words, even though in the immediate sense these moral codes at times may seem detrimental for life but in the long run they have a supportive and sustaining action on preserving life.
But to those who do not understand these things, Jesus’ interpretation of these Jewish laws can further burden these fanatics of falsified freedom.
Because Jesus interprets the law much more strictly, with warning of what is in store for the breakers of these laws.
A mere glance at only these teachings of Jesus could present Jesus as a kill joy, hawkish and stone hearted, not understanding the pleasures nor the burden humans who have these problems carry.
Let any human being check his conscience and speak honestly and you will find that we all fall short of the standard which Jesus sets.
But we do not have a Jesus who only sets a standard, but rather a Jesus who warns us of the reality of afterlife and what is more he offers us his eternal presence, now in our midst, through various ways, whether it be through the church or through the sacraments or the close assistance of the angels and saints.
We have a sure hope, no matter how attractive sin at times can be.
A close look at what salvation God offers us in his Son, who out of love for us died the most miserable death, can be far more attractive.
Prayer: He Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; thou holdest my lot.  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I keep the Lordalways before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Ps 16:5, 7-8
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12 Responses to Second Death Anniversary of Fr.Hugh Fonseca and Daily Reflections- 13th June 2013

  1. Jerome Pais- Malad says:

    A great friend and priest.may his soul rest in peace.

  2. May his soul rest in peace.Fr Hugh was a champion of the poor and down trodden, he stood for the right and questioned the Archdiocese administration on financial issues which brought the anger of a section of the administration. He challenged the crooked who went up in arms.One of these did once say when Fr Hugh was transferred ” happy days are here again”. In the recent past its hard to find honest and God fearing clergy like him.He is watching from above.Fr Hugh we miss you.

  3. andrea says:

    Second Anniversary Of Rev. Fr. Hugh A. Fonseca
    Sacred Heart Church, Vashi, Navi Mumbai on the 16th Sunday at 9.00 am

  4. Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

    Hugh was a gem of a person, a jewel of a priest! I remember him – and shall always do so – as a very sincere human being, a very practical Parish Priest and one who could use wit to get across serious messages with ease. Another man with a combination of all that Hugh was would be difficult to come by!

    • Andrea says:

      Yes Lad
      Well said. There will never be another Hugh.
      Rest in peace dear Fr, Hugh and Bless us from your heavenly Abode.

    • Well said Ladislaus. another clergy like Hugh would be difficult to come by.
      Lets say a prayer to him today to help clean the administration of the rot within.He stood up tooth and nail for this cause, and it was this that causes some of the clergy to go against him.
      May his soul rest in peace.

  5. Holy Mass at the clergy home was so beautiful.It was cerebrated by none other than Fr Ubaldo Barretto, another great priest in our Archdiocese.I am told Holy Mass at St Michael’s Mahim was also beautiful.I have still to get feedback of Holy mass at Sacred Heart Navi Mumbai, Vashi. All this just shows how much Fr Hugh Fonseca was loved by the people.At Clergy Home Bandra I interacted with a Non Catholic who say he came to pray for Fr Hugh who was a champion of the poor and needy.So much for Fr Hugh,.praises go on and on.
    Hugh we know you are resting in peace with The Lord, please look down and intercede with The Lord for us sinners who are still on this earth.We hope to join you in heaven one day.

  6. Maxim and Rayna says:

    As no one knows Fr. Hugh Fonseca at Sacred Heart Church, Vashi, we his cousins offered a mass for the repose of his soul on his second death anniversary at 9.00 am. May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Maxim, Rayna, Adrian and Noel.

  7. Maxim and Rayna says:

    We remember you Fr. Hugh and all the good you did for us and our family all these years. I really miss your calls and your comments which always had me in splits. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Maxim and Rayna.

  8. Mervyn J Fonseca says:

    It is just wonderful and inspiring for us, Hugh:s family, to read these comments. To us he was a beloved brother, but to all of you he was a great friend, a champion of the poor and needy and
    one who touched all whom he came in contact with and brought out the best in them. Yet he had his detractors. Lets say a prayer for them, that the good Lord will show them the error of their ways. Lets also pray for our beloved Catholic Church, which for now is rocked by scandal even in the Vatican. Not to worry, Jesus has promised that the “gates of hell shall not prevail against my
    Church and I will be with you until the end of time.”
    May God Bless each one of you and your families.
    Mervyn J Fonseca, New Jersey, USA. mervf98@yahoo.com

    • Ladislaus L D'Souza says:

      I like the attitude – about praying for Hugh’s detractors that the Lord in his wisdom will show them the error of their ways, thus making them realize what sort of a priest they’ve caused the Church in Bombay to lose.

  9. Andrea says:

    Yes lets pray that we can get our church cleansed and most important our shepherds cleansed and remember our dear Fr. Hugh and for what he stood for.

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