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THE FEAST of ST. ALPHONSA

July 19th – July 27th, 2015

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

10:00 AM: Flag hoisting, followed by Ladeenju, Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Very  Rev.  Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam MSFS, Forane Vicar)

Monday, July 20th, 2015

07:00 PM: Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Rev. Fr. Jemy Puthuseril, Pastor, Holy Family Knanaya Catholic Church, Atlanta)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

07:00 PM: Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Rev. Fr. Jojo Chettiyakunnel M.S., Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Smyrna, GA and

Rev. Fr. Joseph Mullakara MSFS, Parochial Vicar of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Johns Creek, Atlanta)

Wednesday,  July 22nd, 2015

07:00 PM:   Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Rev. Fr.  Joseph Pottemmel MSFS , Superior of MSFS community in Atlanta )

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

07:00 PM: Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Rev. Fr. Sunny Punnakuzhy MSFS, Pastor, St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Snellville, Atlanta)

Friday,  July 24th, 2015

07:00 PM: Holy Qurbana and Novena

(Rev.  Fr. Andrews Kollannoor M.S, Pastor, Our Lady of La Salette Church, Sulphur, Louisiana)

Saturday,  July 25th, 2015

05:00 PM: Thirunal  Holy Qurbana and homily

(Mar Joy Alappat, Auxiliary Bishop,  St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago)

07:30 PM: Procession

08:00 PM: Dinner

08:30 PM: Rhythm Divine Christian musical program By Anju Joseph and Team

Sunday,  July 26th, 2015

10:15 AM: Solemn Holy Qurbana and  homily

(Mar Joy Alappat,  Auxiliary Bishop,  St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago)

12:00 Noon:   Procession followed by lunch.

Monday,  July 27th,2015

07:00 PM:   Holy Qurbana in commemoration of the deceased.

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Holiness and the Love for the Word of God

My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,

July is a month of great blessings for our church as we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the Father of Our Faith and that of St. Alphonsa, the patroness of our church . Greater number of devotees are attending the Holy Qurbana and the Novena of St. Alphonsa. Many of them have told me that they have received numerous graces and blessings, including healing of ailments, from the Lord through the powerful intercession of St. Alphonsa.  I strongly believe that these people received graces and blessings not just because they just attended  the novena, but by trying to live by the Word  of God experienced in their prayer.  So if we love the word of God and live by it, God will provide us with what we need, and thus we can become holy and righteous. "If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you." (Jn. 15:7).

The Word of God is a powerful medicine in making salutary changes in people’s lives.  I’ve seen alcoholics and addicts get their lives sobered as they started reading the Bible. I’ve also seen God’s Word changing self-centered, narcissistic men and women into godly husbands and wives, wonderful dads and moms, and outstanding citizens in the community. "If you remain in my Word, you will truly be my disciples,   and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."  (Jn.  8: 31-3)  The  Word of God works mysteriously in our personal lives to give us a positive outlook on ourselves  and others.  We become more aware of the indwelling of God in our hearts helping us to understand the plan of God and work for our sanctification.  "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." (Jn. 14:23) "Whoever keeps His word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we know that we are in union with Him." (1 Jn. 2:5)

This month we celebrate the feasts of two great saints who held the Word of God very deep in their hearts. They proclaimed it publicly and privately in their lives.  St. Thomas, in a moment of utter realization of who Jesus is, proclaimed, "My Lord and my God." (Jn. 20:28)  St. Alphonsa said, "My only desire is to love my Lord to perfection". This means to live and to know the word of God and to practice it in humility and simplicity. Living by the Word of God we become friends of Jesus and will be willing to lay down our lives for Him. "No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. " (Jn. :15:13) "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)  Both of these  saints produced a  hundred fold for the  Lord and His Church, living the word of God in an extraordinary way.

A Few Steps to Keep the Word of God Alive in Our Lives

1. Read everyday Word of God and reflect on it.

2.  Remember that the Lord is dwelling within you.

3. Try hard to practice the Word of God in humility.

4. Think positively of people and events.

5. Accept  sufferings as special gifts from God to His beloved.

Prayer of St. Alphonsa

"O Lord Jesus, hide me in the wound of your sacred heart. Free me from my desire to be loved and esteemed. Guard me from my evil attempts to win fame and honor. Make me humble till I become a small spark in the flame of love in your Sacred Heart. Grant me the grace to forget myself and all worldly things. Jesus, sweet beyond words, convert all worldly consolations into bitterness for me. O my Jesus, Sun of Justice, enlighten my intellect and mind with your sacred rays. Purify my heart, consume me with burning love for you, and make me one with you."

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

 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar

St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.


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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