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
Mission to Love: Fully Manifested in the Family.
We experience the love of God in the family flowing through our parents, siblings, neighbors and friends. I remember my parents telling me, ‘Jesus loves you’. It was easy for me to relate to Jesus because my parents loved each other and exemplified to us Jesus’ love and showed us how to love one another by sharing and caring in faith. The Church entrusted the family with the mission to love one another and experience the love of God. It is impossible to create a family without mutual love. The Second Vatican Council says that each family is a “domestic church,” a small cell of the larger universal Church. We believe that love is our mission and that the fulfillment of this mission is the only way we can be fully alive and be who we are created to be. We believe that this virtue should be taught, shared, and communicated in and through the family, the domestic church. We believe that the family shares in the mission of the whole Church.
The Bible is filled with imagery of God’s love for mankind in all circumstances of life. God is a father welcoming home his prodigal son and hosting a feast. (Lk. 15:11-32) God is a shepherd searching for his lost sheep. (Lk 15:3-7) God is a mother who comforts her children. (Isa 66:13) God is a friend who lays down his life for others, and who weeps when his friends suffer.(Jn 11:35) God is a teacher, leading us to love and serve one another as neighbors. (Mt 22:39) God is a gardener, tending us, His garden, until we bear good fruit. (Jn 15:1) God is a king inviting us to his son’s wedding banquet. (Mt 22:1-14) God hears a blind man’s cry, and stops to ask: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mk 10:46-52) God is welcoming and is filled with compassion for his people when they are hungry, offering them food. (Mt 14:13-21) “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). On this simple phrase hangs the success of every marriage and family. In the light of Christ’s love we see our family’s divine potential. We love them with all our heart, soul, and mind. And as we do, our ordinary family is transformed into an extraordinary one.
The imagery of marriage is central in describing God’s covenant with Israel and, later, His covenant with the Church. As Pope Benedict XVI taught, “Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love becomes the icon of the relationship between God and His people and vice versa.” God’s covenant is a central theme of the Scripture, and marriage is the Bible’s privileged metaphor for describing God’s relationship with humanity. This marital imagery begins in the Old Testament. Here we learn that God loves us intimately, with tenderness and longing.
St. Paul urges both husbands and wives to “be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.”(Eph 5:21) Christian marriage is, therefore, not a negotiation over rights and responsibilities, but rather a commitment to mutual self-giving. ‘The relationship between the members of the family community are inspired and guided by the law of 'free giving'. By respecting and fostering personal dignity in each and every one, this free giving takes the form of a heartfelt acceptance, union, dialogue, disinterested availability, generous service and deep solidarity. Jesus, while affirming the primacy of faith in God, describes his disciples as brothers, sisters and mothers to him. In Christian life, the family ties are transformed and enlarged as spiritual fathers and mothers, as brothers and sisters to one another, and particularly to those in need. We bring the Father’s love to our world.’ (Pope Francis)
Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk in the family. The greatest joys and sorrows we experience are in family relationships. The joys come from putting the welfare of others above our own. That is what love is. And the sorrow comes primarily from selfishness, which is the absence of love. The ideal that God holds for us is to form families in the way most likely to lead to happiness, away from sorrow.
We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together in love, like family dinner and having fun together. Take time to talk and learn from each other with love. Appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other as we approach God together through family prayer, Bible reading and Holy Mass. “Faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is Love.”(1Cor 13:13)
Let us be united in love also as a community and show it in your whole-hearted participation in the forane family gathering on Saturday, October 31, 2015.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
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...