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Papal Honours
Father Terence F. D'Souza, Founding Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish now Monsignor Terence F. D'Souza
Archdiocese of Toronto 4 May 2004
News Release- Papal Honours May 2004 - Excerpt
The Archdiocese of Toronto is glad to announce that the title of Chaplain of Honour has been conferred on Rev. Terence F. D'Souza, Pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, by the Holy See at the request of Aloysius Cardinal Ambrozic.
Fr. Terence is one of the five priests in the Toronto Archdiocese on whom this title has been conferred.
The Investiture Celebration will take place at St. Michael's Cathedral, Shuter and Bond Streets, Toronto, on Monday, 31 May 2004, at 7:30 p.m..For more text click here.

Canada's Public service mired in racism, Senator charges
Canada's public service is racist and the Martin government should appoint a commissioner, similar to the one enforcing the Official Languages Act, to make sure more visible minorities are hired, a black Conservative senator charges. In a blunt speech in the Senate recently, Senator Donald Oliver said there are major hurdles in the public service preventing the advancement of "Canadians of colour.". See Full article in "Jobs For Goans"

Immigration to Canada - New Regulations for Paid Representatives
The new regulations state that paid representatives must be authorized: in order to conduct business on behalf of clients when dealing with the Government of Canada in immigration and refugee matters; or to provide advice or assistance. For full text click here.

Celebrating Our South Asian Heritage
May 5, 1838 is the earliest recorded arrival of people of South Asian heritage in Canada. In December 2001, the Government of Ontario enacted Bill 98 to recognize May as South Asian Heritage Month.
This celebrations pays tribute to the accomplishments and contributions of people of South Asian descent towards the social, economic, cultural and political life of the community.
For South Asian Heritage Month Events go to

The entire cast of the fabulous play "CHUKH" (meaning "mistake") arrives here from London, U.K. on the 20th of May. Miguel (Mike) Alphonso and his five brothers or as they call themselves "The A Team", together with nine other members form the entire cast of "Chukh". Originating from the beautiful tropical Indian Island of Goa, the troupe are now settled in the U.K, having grown up either in Africa or in Goa. They all share a deep and enduring love of the Konkani language and their common goal is to make sure that the language is not forgotten once Goans go beyond the shores of their beautiful island. Read more at: Article for Goan Voice
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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Churchill & Shripad to represent Goa in the lok sabha
South Goa Congress candidate Churchill Alemao defeated his nearest rival BJP candidate Ramakant Angle by a margin of 50,524, to emerge victorious in South Goa, while former Union Minister of State for Finance Shripad Naik created history by winning the North Goa seat for the second time by polling 1,44,842 votes to defeat NCP?s Dr Wilfred de Souza by a margin of 56,213 votes. For full text click here.

Award for Rodney
Dr Rodney Fernandes has been awarded the INSA Young Scientists (2004) Award ( Chemical Sciences) by the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi. The award is in recognition of his significant contribution to organic synthesis of bioactive molecules and newer synthetic reactions. He has 16 international publications, 4 US and Japan patents. Dr Fernandes is a resident of Agonda, Canacona.

Nuke power alone can last
Delivering the VM Salgaocar Memorial Lecture ?Securing our Energy Needs: Role of Nuclear Power?, at Goa Marriott Resort in Panjim on May 12, renowned scientist and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, Dr Anil Kakodkar, opined that ?radiation is a friend of society provided one understands and uses it correctly?. . For full text click here.

Goan iron ore exports touch a new high
The iron ore exports from Goa have touched an all time high, in terms of quantity, during the financial year 2003-2004, to 30.7 million tonne, a net increase of over 50 per cent of the total iron ore exported from the country amounting to 60 million tonne. A Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association source pointed out that the rise in iron ore exports was mainly due to the increase in demand from China?India is the third largest exporter of iron ore after Australia and Brazil, who together constitute almost 70 per cent of the total iron ore exports in the global market.

Foreign investors? interest in Mopa airport
Foreign-based private parties visited Goa recently showing keen interest in the proposed Rs.800 crore Mopa International Airport. Representatives from five different companies and consortiums from France, UK, Netherlands, Australia and Canada visited Mopa in Pernem taluka and toured the area to be acquired for the mega project.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Goan Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php

Chai Latte Anyone?

Chai Latte is a politically incorrect social satire about integration and assimilation of South Asians into Canada. This comedy, performed in ten acts, is a unique opportunity to show interaction between Canadians of all backgrounds, with a gentle and humorous reminder that there is UNITY IN DIVERSITY
Do not miss this rare opportunity to have some fun at our own expense. Head for the Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga on Saturday May 22, 2004

Two shows at 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM (Not recommended for children under 12, and adults without a sense of humour!!) It is being presented under the umbrella of the South Asian Heritage Foundation.

For tickets call:905-306-6000 or toll-free at 1-888-805-8888.

Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Event: A Marian pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankani
Organised by Goan Association of NJ

The Goan Association of NJ, Inc. is planning a Marian pilgrimage to Our Lady of Velankani at the Basilica of the National Shrine in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 22. The pilgrimage will include mass, rosary, a tour of the Cathedral and its crypt and the adjoining John Paul II Museum.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30 AM and return by 9 pm from Central New Jersey.
Pick up will also include Delaware residents.
Cost will be $24 per seat if all 49 seats are taken. The bus company needs to know by March 8, 2004.
If you are interested, please send your check to the Goan Association of New Jersey Inc, P.O. Box 335, Cranbury, NJ 08512, by March 1, 2004.
If the required seats to fill one or two buses are not taken, we will still go on the pilgrimage, but car pools will need to be organized. Lunch is available at the Shrine cafeteria or can be brown bagged. If you have never been on this pilgrimage or taken the tours, they are well worth your investment in time and money. So sign up and give your spiritual side a lift.
For details call Mike Alvares at (302) 239-3147 or email

Saturday May 22nd, 2004
Event: Konkanni Drama - "Chukh"
Organised by D?Costa Financial Group
Time 2.00 p.m.
Proudly presents for the second time in Canada
Another Scintillating International Konkanni Production "CHUKH"( MISTAKE)
Written and Directed by Mike J.Alphonso
Produced by: Francis D
Chukh is a popular Konkanni drama staged thrice to rave reviews in London, England.

Venue Stephen Leacock CollegiateInstitute
2450 Birchmount Road, [North of Sheppard] Scarborough

Sunday May 30th, 2004
Event: The Feast of the Holy Spirit
Organised by Celebrated by the Villagers of Margao

Venue: International Banquet Hall
5835 Kennedy Road, Mississauga
(East of Kennedy/South of Britannia

Live Band "Shade" & DJ "Fatz"

For tickets contact:

Rosie Cabral 416-494-4540 Tony Fernandes 416-568-3289
Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609 Tony D'Cunha 905-567-6460
Ethena Silveira 905-785-1505    

Saturday June 05th, 2004
Event: "Annual Walk A Thon"
9:00 a.m.
Lakeshore Promenade
(in Mississauga)
click here to view the map.
  • Free BBQ
  • Free refreshment
Download Pledge Form.

Have a great time and help your brothers and sisters in need in our community

For More on the Goan Charitable Organization click here
Please make a pledge : send e-mail to with you name & pledged amount

Saturday June 12th, 2004
Event: Toronto Siolim Village Social
Taj Banquet Hall
4611, Steeles Avenue West
(just west of Hwy 400)
Holy Mass 6.00 p.m followed by the usual festivities. During dinner or thereabouts there will be a short performance by Portugese dancers/singers.
Band: Frederick Barretto (one-man)
Tickets: Adults
Youth ( 6 - 12yrs )
  Under 6yrs free
Donation or gift for the raffle would be very welcome
Requests for tickets may be made to me by phone at 416 231 8751 or by email at
Cheque for tickets to be made out to SIOLIM ASSOCIATION and mailed to me at:
55, Fairlin Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario
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Sunday June 13rd, 2004
Event: The Feast of St. Thomas 29th Annual Aldona Social
Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke, OntarioMass: 12:00 p.m. sharpDance to the music of DJ Fatz
Tickets: (Purchased before May 27)  
Adults: $27.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $10.00 (3 and under free )
Tickets: (Purchased after May 28)  
Adults: $37.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $15.00
Appetizers Onion Bhajias/ Pakoras
Caldo Verde SoupVeal ParmagianShrimp MasalaHot & Spicy Chili Chicken Singapore Style NoodlesVegetable Fried RicePlain RiceEggplant Curry Tossed SaladRoast PotatoesItalian Mixed VegetablesVegetable TrayDinner rolls
Assorted Fruit Platter Caramel Pudding Pineapple Pluf Assorted Cakes Jello Coffee & Tea
Children's menu
Ticket Order
For further information contact:
Fiona Pinto-De Souza - President 905-278-1403
Trevor De Souza - Treasurer 416-497-4386
  Click to download & print ticket order form.

Villagers of Navelim
Friday, August 6th, 2004
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members......... Click for details 
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
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People Places and Things

Anita is Queen of the Hoops
Anita de Menezes a 6'.1"forward is the latest import recruit of the Preik Jumpers Netherlands Women's basketball league First Division team. With impressive statistics in most rebounds, she is poised to make a difference on the boards for her new team.

Preik Jumpers have been in the finals of the league for the last three years. At mid point this season they have had a slow start. Coach Sybe Melis is making changes to boost Canadian import Rhona McKenzie from crosstown rivals Calgary's SAIT Trojans, and two locals formerly with University of Calgary point guard - Natalie Hudec and guard Julie Smulders.

Anita, 23, is a Kinesiology major. She was captain of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, in 2002 and 2003 and among others was:

$ selected to the 2003 Canada West "All Star" Women's Basketball Team.

$ co-winner, in 2002, of the 'Lethbridge Women's Associated Canadian Travellers-Athlete of the Year' Award.

$ gold medal winner in the 2000 CCAA National Basketball Championship with the Calgary's Mt. Royal College Cougars

$ silver medal winner in the1998 CCAA National Basketball Championship with the Calgary's Mt. Royal College Cougars


Excerpt from Toronto Star
4th May, JULIA CARVALHO, Passed away peacefully at her residence in Mississauga in her 101st year. Survived by her loving sons Greg (Emily) and Anthony. Predeceased by her son Allu and daughter Philomena.
Survived by daughter-in-law Louisa. Proud Mai to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Julia will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and many family and friends in Canada and abroad Funeral Mass at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish on Saturday, May 8th, 2004 at followed by interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Mississauga.

2 May, JOHN P. DE SOUZA, Surrounded by his beloved wife, Olga, loving children, grandchildren and nephew, John passed away peacefully at his home. A loving father who will always be remembered by his children, Deanna, Wayne and his wife Naila, Ava, Debra and her husband Nello Fernandes, Sonja and her husband Joseph Glyn-Williams, Odis and his wife Karen. Caring grandfather to Nicole and her husband Shawn Da Costa, Kareen and husband Geoff Francis, Troy, Craig and wife Jennifer, Ryan, Steven, Jessica, Alysha and Courtney.Funeral Mass held on Thursday, May 6 at Annunciation Church, 3 Combermere Dr., Toronto. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

2 May, STEPHEN FERROS (ex-Mombasa, Goan School class of '57 and ex-St.Pauls High School , Belgaum) Edgware, Middlesex, UK. Husband of Dina. Father of Jason, Kevin, Desmond and Trevor. Son of the late Fedelis and Mary Ferros. Brother of Peter/Clara, Nita/Custa Correia, Rev. Sr. Eulalia, Aurelia/Mark Mendes; Angelica/Mike Fernandes. Son-in-law of Irene D'Souza. Brother-in-law of Eugenia/Orlando D'Souza. Condolences to



Fr. Joe Moniz.
From :Ralph Figueiredo.
President - Los Angeles G.O.A.
http://www.goacom.com/goa-la Email :

Fr Joe Moniz will be celebrating 40 years of being a priest on 9th May 2004 (Coming Sunday) at the 9.15am mass at his church - St. Philip the Apostle.
Address: 151 South HIll St, Pasadena, CA 91106.
There will be a reception / lunch in the school hall following the mass that everyone is invited to.
On behalf on the Los Angeles G.O.A, I congratulate Fr. Moniz & wish him all the very best for the years to come

Saturday June 19, 2004
Event: Feast of St. Anthony - 10th Annual Dinner & Dance
Organized by: Monte De Guirim Annual Social Committee
The Monte-De-Guirim Social Committee is celebrating its 10th anniversary. You are invited to join us in celebrating this special event with your family and friends. Lots of Prizes and surprises.
The feast of our patron St. Anthony will be celebrated with a Mass at 5.00 P.M.
For full text click here.

A Thank You Note
The "That's What Friends are For Committee" would like to thank all those of you who overwhelming supported our fundraising dinner/dance for Alison D'Silva on April 24, 2004. We couldn't have done it without you.
We would like to thank all those who so generously donated prizes and cash, and our guest artists for their wonderful performances.

We would especially like to thank our volunteers who were happy to be part of the team. It was heart warming that Alison was present along with her parents Rolina & John & sister Caroline. Alison's speech touched all our hearts.

The love, warmth and support we felt in the room that night and through out the time we were organizing the function was amazing.

A very big thank you to my Committee who worked tirelessly to make this happen. - Sara & Raymond Ferrao, Clara & Danny Fernandes, Antoinette Fernandes, Jules Fernandes & Norman Da Costa.

Once again, thank you for your support.

Delfine Da Costa

Seniors Association East GTA
A new Seniors Association serving the East GTA has been formed and will be holding a series of events this spring and summer. Watch this space for details.
All those fifty-five plus living in the
Scarborough/Pickering/Ajax/Markham/Thornhill/North York/Richmond Hill and York Region , are invited to join .
An enrolment form giving details of the Association can be downloaded from the internet at goanvoice.ca/seniorsassneast/seniorsmay11.doc or by clicking the image shown.

Health & Wellness

Canadian Immigration Representatives
Who May Represent You?
Are you:

  • Applying for a visa or making any other application under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act?
  • Undergoing a proceeding or hearing for an immigration or refugee matter?

For full text click here.

The Benefits of Beer
From: http://www.healthyontario.com/english/index.asp
Web site by Ontario Government voted best in world for Health Information
Beer drinking may lead to more than just a beer belly.
According to the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, beer contains high levels of an ingredient that helps deposit calcium and other minerals into bone tissue.
And a recent study found the antioxidants present in dark beer help prevent clogged arteries, which should reduce the risk of heart disease.
Most research showed the optimum benefits can be reaped with up to one drink a day for women and up to two a day for men.
Still, it's a good idea to take a look at the size of your beer belly before you knock back a pint or two. The extra calories found in beer may cancel out any health benefits.

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