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!
SACC Parish, Atlanta
CCD Registration for 2014-2015
CCD Registration: July 13th – July 27th,
Ages: Kindergarten – Grade 11
Registration Fee: $75.00 for each student
CCD 2014-2015 starts on August 3rd, 2014
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Feast of St. Alphonsa, the Patroness of Our Parish
Sponsors: s Jophy Augustine and Ligi Mannacherry, John Mathai and Joby, Shybi and Jolly Vithayathil, Stanley and Rose Punnoose, Zacharias and Swapna Vachaparambil.
Feast of St. Thomas, the Apostle of India
On behalf of St. Alphonsa Syro- Malabar Catholic Church, together with the parish council and the sponsors of the feasts, I invite you all to join us to celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle of India . Let us make this occasions a time of grace and blessing for our parish and its member families.
SATURDAY JULY 05, 2014
SUNDAY JULY 06, 2014
Sponsors: Francis & Lizy Nangiyalil, Johney Jacob & Mini Vadakel and Shaji Mathew & Jancy Srampickal
SUFFERING: A DEAR GIFT FROM GOD
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
As we celebrate the feasts of St. Thomas the Apostle, our father in faith and St. Alphonsa, the patroness of our parish in the month of July, it is one filled with many great blessings for our community. Those who participated in the novena and Holy Sacrifice last year testified to me that they received numerous blessings through the powerful intercession of St. Alphonsa. If you visit her tomb at Bharananganam, Kerala, and the museum which is dedicated to her, you will personally experience her extraordinary power of intercession before her beloved Spouse and Lord, Jesus. Thousands of people from all walks of life irrespective of caste, creed, religion or country flow to her tomb to pay their homage to her, to thank her for the blessings they received and to ask for her intercession for their various needs.
St. Alphonsa is well known for her love, acceptance and welcoming of sufferings. .She was born a premature baby and her mother passed away three months after her birth. St. Alphonsa offered herself to Jesus as a victim of love. Her life was not one of roses, but of sufferings, both physical and mental. Just one incident from her life will give us a taste of the way she handled sufferings.
In July 1945 St. Alphonsa had a severe attack of spasms accompanied by unchecked vomiting which threw her into violent convulsions. Her body became quite cold as if frozen to the marrow. This led to complete exhaustion and a feeling of helplessness which lasted for hours. She was bathed in sweat and seemed to grapple with death. This type of violent convulsions occurred frequently till her death. On those occasions, her thoughts were that her sufferings were nothing compared to those of Jesus on the cross. She was ready to suffer anything for the love of Jesus. Indeed she prayed to God to transfer to her the Malaria of Sr. Thresia, another sister, and of the bishop so that it may not affect their busy and important schedules. God was pleased to grant her prayer. Very soon the bishop and Sr. Thresia were found to be completely cured. St. Alphonsa was stricken with Malaria. Through all her sufferings she hid the thorns of agony and radiated the flower of joy in her serene smile because she knew that suffering was the dearest gift from God for those He has chosen for Himself.
Two distinguishing aspects of her life of holiness were her childlike simplicity and identification with the Crucified Lord. She had great reverence for the passion of Christ and tried eagerly to fulfill in her body what was lacking in the affliction of Christ. She has forcefully demonstrated to a world that derisively questions the value of suffering, her conviction of the ultimate triumph of resigning oneself to the will of God in one’s sufferings because suffering has incredible redemptive value. St. Alphonsa was sent by God as a challenge to this pleasure intoxicated world to face the truth that “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 take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Mt.10:38)
St. Alphonsa considered suffering as a gift from God. She teaches us by her example that we must accept suffering as reparation not only for our own sins but also for the sins of others as we are all members of the same Mystical Body of Christ. As Christ suffered for us, we too must suffer for one another and thus make up for what is wanting in the sufferings of Christ.
I invite all faithful to come and celebrate both the feasts in faith and love. Let us acknowledge the favors and graces we have received from God.
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...