Fr. Joy Alappat, was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Chicago July 24, 2014.
Pope Francis on Thursday named Father Joy Alappat, 57, the vicar of Mar Thoma Sleeha Cathedral in Bellwood, Ill., to become an auxiliary bishop of the Syro-Malabarese Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Chicago.
Congratulation’s and May God bless his ministry!
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The Rosary: A Powerful means of Grace and Peace
“Rosary is my favorite prayer.” St. John Paul II
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
I grew up seeing my mother praying the Rosary when she cooked food for the family and workers and even when she walked to church. I realized later that it was her prayers and devotion to Mary that helped me to have deeper Marian devotion and carry a rosary always with me and pray it every day multiple times. Whenever there are problems and difficulties, sitting before the Blessed Sacrament and praying the Rosary has brought grace and peace to me. In the apostolic letter, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, Saint John Paul II exhorts the faithful of the need of praying the rosary for peace.
Here are some excerpts from the apostolic letter: “The Rosary is by its nature a prayer for peace, since it consists in the contemplation of Christ, the Prince of Peace, the one who is ‘our peace’ (Eph 2:14). Anyone who assimilates the mystery of Christ – and this is clearly the goal of the Rosary – learns the secret of peace and makes it his life's project. Moreover, by virtue of its meditative character, with the tranquil succession of Hail Marys, the Rosary has a peaceful effect on those who pray it, disposing them to receive and experience in their innermost depths, and to spread around them, that true peace which is the special gift of the Risen Lord.” (cf. Jn 14:27; 20.21).
The Rosary is also a prayer for peace because of the fruits of charity which it produces. When prayed well in a truly meditative way, the Rosary leads to an encounter with Christ in his mysteries and so cannot fail to draw attention to the face of Christ in others, especially in the most afflicted. How could one possibly contemplate the mystery of the Child of Bethlehem, in the joyful mysteries, without experiencing the desire to welcome, defend and promote life, and to shoulder the burdens of suffering children all over the world? How could one possibly follow in the footsteps of Christ the Revealer, in the mysteries of light, without resolving to bear witness to his “Beatitudes” in daily life? And how could one contemplate Christ carrying the Cross and Christ Crucified, without feeling the need to act as a “Simon of Cyrene” for our brothers and sisters weighed down by grief or crushed by despair? Finally, how could one possibly gaze upon the glory of the Risen Christ or of Mary Queen of Heaven, without yearning to make this world more beautiful, more just, more closely conformed to God's plan?
As a prayer for peace, the Rosary is also, and always has been a prayer of and for the family. At one time this prayer was particularly dear to Christian families, and it certainly brought them closer together. It is important not to lose this precious inheritance. We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families, continuing to use the Rosary. The Holy Rosary, by age-old tradition, has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together. Individual family members, in turning their eyes towards Jesus also regain the ability to look one another in the eye, to communicate, to show solidarity, to forgive one another and to see their covenant of love renewed in the spirit of God. The family that recites the Rosary together reproduces something of the atmosphere of the household of Nazareth: its members place Jesus at the centre, they share his joys and sorrows, they place their needs and their plans in His hands, they draw from Him the hope and the strength to go on.
I heartily recommend and earnestly request every family to take into heart the message of St. John Paul II. If you pray the Rosary daily in your family, you will find solutions to the family problems with God’s grace.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs
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...