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Dear Rev. Fr. / Sr. /H.M.,

Sub: The celebration of His Eminence’s Birthday

The children of the A.B.E. schools will thank the Lord for the gift of His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias to us and also felicitate him on the occasion of his birthday, which is on 24th December.

It is our privilege to have him with us as the President of the Archdiocesan Board of Education.

In deference to his wishes – the birthday celebration will be very simple.

His Eminence will offer Mass:

on : Thursday, 17th December 2015

       at  :  Holy Name Cathedral, Colaba

Kindly therefore depute three students and one teacher for the same.  Please ensure that they are in the Cathedral by 10.00 a.m.  We will begin with the practice of hymns and a Power Point presentation.

After the Mass, His Eminence will accept spiritual bouquets from each school consisting of Masses, Holy Communion, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Rosaries, etc.

Therefore please:

Do not send any gifts or flowers – only a spiritual bouquet.

After the Mass we will serve light refreshments to all present.

Yours gratefully,


Fr. George Athaide

Secretary, Archdiocesan Board of Education