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
CCD Registration Form 2014-15(PDF Format)
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Word of God Has Transforming Power
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”(Mt:24:35)
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
God has given our parish another opportunity to hear and to know God’s Word and be transformed by it. Out of all the words known to man, there is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. Philosophy, with its unending questions, fails in comparison to the Word of God to transform the world. Science, with its concepts and fundamental beliefs, cannot move a single soul to do an act of kindness. “By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the Word of God so that what is visible came into being through the invisible”.( Heb11:3) For it was by His word that worlds came into existence, “God said, “Let there be light, and there was light”.(Gen:1:3). His Word has the power to change lives, lift up bowed down heads, and soothe our moments of misery.
God's Word has power to transform our lives, to heal our wounds, to deliver us from slavery to sin, to give us necessary wisdom and counsel. “In their distress they cried to the Lord, who saved them in their peril, sent forth the word to heal them, snatched them from the grave.” (Ps107:19-20) The Gospel of Mathew ( 8:5-13) explains to us the healing of a centurion’s servant, “Only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Jesus defeated Satan's temptations by quoting God's Word. All through the Bible we come into contact with the transforming power of God’s Word.
As children of God we are responsible for not just being hearers of the Word, but doers also. “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his own face in a mirror. He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.” (James 1:22-24) We are called to bear witness to the power of God’s Word and to be aware of the impact that it has on our lives. So it is imperative that we spend more time in reading the Word of God and assimilating it into our personal lives. It’s amazing that we have access to this awesome power of the Word of God through the different modern media of communications, but we fail to use them effectively. We spend more time on gossip and silly talk, in watching TV and using other social media than on reading the Bible and other inspiring books. By the power of God’s Word sinners become saints, dismal lives are transformed into glorious ones and enemies turn into ardent disciples. The power of His Word is the key that unlocks the hardened heart.
The more you absorb the Word, the more Word-like, the more Christ-like, you become. The poorer you are in the Word , the less Word-like, the less Christ-like, you become. I invite all the parishioners to make an earnest effort to come and listen to the Word of God during our parish retreat and become doers of the Word and be transformed by It.
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...