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CCD registration for 2016-17

CCD registration for 2016-17 is open from July 19 - August 7.

Please submit form with fees to Francis Nangiyalil or Anju Sebastian

Fees: $80 each with family cap of $220

First day of CCD is August 7th

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New Holy Qurbana schedule from August 14th, 2016

09:00 AM EST: Holy Mass in Malayalam

10:30 AM EST: CCD

11:45 AM EST: Holy Mass in English


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.




THE REDEMPTIVE VALUE OF SUFFERING

My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,

In the month of July we celebrate the feasts of St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, our Father in Faith and St. Alphonsa, the patron of our parish respectively. Those who attended Holy Qurbana and Novena over the last three years prior to the feasts reported to me that they received many graces, blessing and healing from the Lord through the powerful intercession of St. Alphonsa. In this year of mercy it would be a great blessing to enter through the door of mercy to participate in the Holy Mass and Novena. These feasts offer an opportunity to pray for your various needs and to honor and thank the saints for the innumerable favors you have received.

St. Alphonsa had been a victim of suffering throughout her life. She never voiced any complaint. She experienced not only physical pain of great intensity but also the spiritual suffering of being misunderstood and misjudged by others. But she always accepted all her sufferings with serenity and trust in God, being firmly convinced that they would purify her motives, help her to overcome all selfishness and unite her more closely with her beloved divine Spouse. She appeared like a beautiful rose where only the beautiful flower was visible to those around her without the harsh thorns of suffering ever obvious to them. She was always found with a serene smile, her agony gently hidden behind the smile as she knew that it was God’s will that she bore those pains for the glory of God. She even prayed for more sufferings, and God was pleased to grant her wish. “Jesus shows us His love, by giving us crosses. He sends crosses and sorrows only to those whom He loves. As for me, suffering is delightful. I consider that day when I don't have the chance to suffer, as a day which is lost." St. Alphonsa

The striking aspects of her life were her childlike simplicity and her identification with the Crucified Christ. She had lofty esteem for the passion of Christ and was eager to fulfill the will of God. She has held up before a questioning world her conviction of the ultimate triumph of resignation to the Will of God and her tremendous faith in the redeeming value of suffering - physical and mental - endured on behalf of Christ. The keynote of her life was death to self and life to Christ and in Christ.

St. Alphonsa stands as a challenge to the modern world which abhors pain and suffering. She was sent by God to teach us in this pleasure intoxicated world this truth: ‘unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Jn. 12:24) and that “whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple”. (Lk 14:27)

God sent St. Alphonsa, to show us that suffering is not only useful, but necessary. She considered suffering as a gift from God. She teaches us by her example that we must suffer not only for our own sins, but for the sins of others too, as we are all members of the same Body of Christ. "When the grains of wheat are crushed and ground, wheat flour is obtained. We bake it to form the host for the Holy Eucharist. Similarly we too should be crushed in the mill of suffering and transformed to become like hosts. The grapes are crushed in the wine press to get juice. When we preserve and purify this juice, it becomes inebriating wine. Even so, we mature into spiritual fortitude when purified through miseries and sufferings." St. Alphonsa

The secret of her holy life was that she carried on her ordinary duties in an extraordinary manner. Hers was the little way of St. Therese of Lisieux. "I am a daughter of suffering. It is with stones of suffering and sacrifice that we build mansions for us in heaven." St. Alphonsa

I invite all faithful to come and celebrate both feasts in faith and love. Let us acknowledge the favors and graces we have received from God.

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...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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