Retreat for Middle School and High school Children on July 8th – July 10th
by Sehion US Youth ministry
We welcome you all to join us as we can begin this journey to Heaven together! BE HOLY! BE ON FIRE!!
Registration mandatory : Click to Register
All your children shall be taught by the LORD;
great shall be the peace of your children. ISAIAH 54:13
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
Sunday 10:00 AM : Holy Mass (No CCD during the summer months)
Monday 6:30 PM : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (Malayalam).
Tuesday 6:30 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (English), and Novena of St. Anthony.
Wednesday 6:30 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (Malayalam).
Thursday 6:30 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (Malayalam) and Novena of St. Jude.
Friday 6:30 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (Malayalam),
(First Fridays - 9:30 AM: Holy Mass, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration continues until 7:00 PM) .
Saturday 9:30 AM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Holy Mass (English), and Novena of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
CCD registration for 2015-16
CCD registration for 2015-16 is open from July 19 - August 9.
Please submit form with fees to Bindhu John.
Fees: $80 each with family cap of $220
First day of CCD is August 9th
New Holy Qurbana schedule from August 16
09:00 AM EST: Holy Mass in Malayalam
10:30 AM EST: CCD
11:45 AM EST: Holy Mass in English
Committed to Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children in Christ, We make numerous commitments to God and others and work hard to keep those commitments, but many times either we find it difficult fulfill them or altogether fail to keep them. A commitment to Christian living comes with a lot of responsibilities; to have our faith in the Lord Jesus, to follow his teachings, be faithful to the Church, to love and take care of the family to which one has made a covenant in marriage. The Lord commanded, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength. Take to heart these words which I command you today" (Dt. 6:4-6). This calls for an undivided love for the Lord and his words, keeping the goal of life focused on Him alone. When Joshua told all the tribes of Israel to “decide today whom you will serve” the people replied, “We will serve the Lord, our God, and will listen to his voice”. (Jos 24:24) “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him completely and sincerely”. (Jos. 24:14)
If we say we are committed to God as children of the Father, how faithful are we in observing the Ten Commandments? We are called to be faithful to Christ especially when we are pushed to the wall or when we are ready to quit. Someone once said that “Obstacles are the frightening things you see when you take your eyes off the goal". When peter was walking on the water, for a moment he was frightened by the strong wind and lost focus on Jesus and began to sink. But he sought the help of Jesus and was saved. (Mt:28-3) In those moments when our faith is challenged or when some storm threatens to destroy us, we must not fix our attention on the problem but on the person of Jesus Christ. Our goal is eternal life and as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, take up our cross each day, and follow after Him, obstacles will melt away or be turned into blessings, and we will achieve the promise of everlasting happiness.
A farmer had been inconvenienced for many years by a large, flat rock in one of his fields. He always had to plow around it, but in the process had broken several plows and a cultivator, which annoyed him greatly. Finally, one day, after breaking yet another piece of farm equipment on the rock, he decided to get rid of it once and for all. When he put his crowbar under the rock, he discovered to his surprise that it was only about six inches thick, and that he could break it with a sledge hammer rather easily. As he was carting away the pieces, the farmer shook his head over all the trouble the rock had caused him, thinking that if only he had done this, years earlier he could have saved himself a lot of aggravation (Roy Zuck, The Speaker’s Quote Book, p. 269).
Through Baptism we have clothed ourselves in Christ, which means we must try to live by His values, and not by those of the world. This can be a difficult and frightening road to travel but those who seek to imitate Jesus will be given the necessary grace, courage, and strength to succeed. All of us face obstacles in our committed life; people who are bad influence on us, failures and disappointments, poor health and physical limitations, financial worries, doubts and fears, and our own sinfulness and personal weaknesses. All these can make our cross seem unbearably heavy at times, but Jesus calls us to persevere, promising that “whoever loses his life for my sake will save it”. (Lk. 9:24) In other words, if we put all this world’s enjoyments and attractions and temptations in their proper place, and keep our eyes fixed on Christ, we will be given the courage we need to follow Him, one day at a time. This requires, among other things, praying on a regular basis, and not just when we need or want something; reading the Bible and other spiritual books, so as to learn more about our Catholic faith, and participating in the Mass and receiving the Church’s sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation regularly.
Hence, if we are committed to Christ, we must be committed to his Church, the people of God. It is in order to renew our commitment to one another and deepen our love for each other in Christ, that we gather every week in the church for the Eucharist. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus in this Year of Mercy and live our commitment to Jesus by fulfilling our commitment to our family and our Church.
Dear friends, I request you to pray for me that I may do the will of God and remain faithful to Him always. Thank you for your prayers and love.
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
"You cannot conceive of a true Christian who is not mercifuljust as you cannot conceive of God without mercy. Mercy is the key-word of the Gospel. We should not be afraid, we should allow ourselves to be embraced by the mercy of God who waits for us and forgives us everything .”Pope Francis.
What is Forty Hour Adoration?
Forty hour Adoration is a special period of continuous prayer during which the Eucharist is exposed in a monstrance for adoration. The devotion begins with a Mass followed by continuous adoration over a 40-hour period, and it ends with a Mass and Benediction. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a monstrance. During the next 40 hours, the faithful gather for personal or public prayer in adoration of our Lord. The Blessed Sacrament is reposed in the tabernacle for the daily Mass and then returned for exposition after Mass. At the end of the devotions, the Mass of Reposition is offered, again concluding with a procession, benediction and final reposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle.
Mar George Alencherry was born on 19th April 1945 in the parish of Thuruthy in the archdiocese of Changancherry as the sixth child of the ten children of Mr. Philipose and Mary Alencherry of whom two others are priests (Fr. Jose Alencherry and Fr. Francis Alencherry, SDB) and one, a religious sister (Sr. Cherupushpam, S.A.B.S.). Geevarghese is his baptismal name. Mar George Alencherry had his primary schooling at St Mary’s School, Thuruthy and secondary education at St Berchman’s High School, Changanacherry read more...