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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
New Life in The Risen Lord; To Be Lived Daily
"Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised" (Lk 24:5-6)
We have been empowered by the Holy Spirit during our Lenten retreat and many of you saw with your eyes the power of the living God working among us and leading us to deeper faith in the Risen Lord. Through the resurrection of Jesus darkness is turned into light, sin and death are defeated, the suffering find healing and comfort, the world finds joy, hope, love and forgiveness in His words. I wish you all a Happy Easter. Christ is Risen and indeed He is Risen!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: 651 “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” The Resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings. We are commissioned to proclaim the message of the Risen Lord in our daily life. New life in Christ signifies a new beginning and a radical and total departure from our past. All those who met the Risen Lord, were filled with a new hope, courage and strength to face the future. Think for instance of the disciples. They all ran away when Jesus was arrested. Peter, was so afraid that he denied that he ever knew Jesus. However, after the Resurrection they were filled with new hope and new strength, and began to publicly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and profess without fear that Jesus Christ is Lord. Their meeting with the Risen Christ brought some deep and profound changes in their lives. If we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that he has triumphed over sin, evil and death, then we should face the future with hope.
As Easter people, we are called to live a life of hope which is filled with positive optimism about ourselves, our world and our future. This does not mean that all our problems and challenges will disappear, it means that we can no longer run away from our problems or allow them to wear us down, because we can hold on to the Risen Lord, to give us the courage to soar above the challenges of life. Our lives need to become the salt and light to the whole world.
Some practical ways of living the new life in Christ:
In the jubilee year of mercy, we need to remove the wooden beam from our eyes first; to see clearly and to remove the splinter in our bother's eye. (Lk 6:42). Examine our own flaws and take necessary steps to correct it.
The Risen Lord is asking us to love our enemies and to do good to those who hate us.(Lk6;27) . Take initiative to talk to the person who has differences or problems with you.
Be a tree that produces good fruits; "The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks"(Lk 6:45). Always see the goodness of others and speak well of them. Stop judging and be compassionate to others.
Have a conviction about the presence of the risen Lord in our neighbors, and in all those with whom we come into contact. This belief should encourage us to respect them, and to render loving, humble and selfless service to them.
We may even have to die to our own dreams, so that God can do what He wants to do with our lives. Resurrection is about seeing our world in a new way. So let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection. Let us be renewed by God’s mercy and love. Let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives and become agents and channels of His mercy.
"Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life! If up till now you have kept him at a distance, step forward. He will receive you with open arms. If you have been indifferent, take a risk: you won’t be disappointed. If following him seems difficult, don’t be afraid, trust him, be confident that he is close to you, he is with you and he will give you the peace you are looking for and the strength to live as he would have you do".(Pope Francis)
May the Risen Lord embrace you with His Love, Joy, Peace and Forgiveness.
Christ is Risen! Indeed he is Risen!
I wish you all Happy and Hope filled Easter.
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...