Schedule for the Stations of the Cross on Fridays of Lent:
February 12 Fri: 06:45 PM St. Thomas (Lilburn/Stone Mountain) and St. Alphonsa (Palli Ward) prayer groups
February 19 Fri: 06:45 PM St. Joseph (Lilburn) prayer Group)
February26: Fri: 06:45 PMSt. ChavaraKuriakose (Snellville) and St. Euphrasia (Cumming/ Alpharetta)prayer Groups
March 04 Fri: 06:45 PM St. Antony (Lawrenceville) and Holy Family prayer Groups
March 18 Fri:06:45 PMSt. Theresa of child Jesus (Grayson), Mother Theresa (Suwanee) and St. Mary’s (Marietta) prayer Group
Schedule for the Stations of the Cross on Sundays of Lent:
February 14Sun: 10:30 AM: Mother Theresa (Suwanee) , St. Mary’s (Marietta) and St. Antony (Lawrenceville)prayer Groups
February 21 Sun: 10:30 AM:St. Theresa of child Jesus (Grayson )and Holy Family prayer Groups
February 28 Sun: 10:30 AM:St. ChavaraKuriakose (Snellville) , St. Euphrasia ( Cumming/ Alpharetta)and St. Alphonsa (Palli Ward)prayer Groups
March 06 Sun: Pothuyogam(General Body) No Stations of the Cross
March 13 Sun 1:30 PM:St. Thomas (Lilburn/Stone Mountain) and St. Joseph (Lilburn) prayer Groups
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
Called to be the Herald of Mercy
The year 2016 is a special year for the world, particularly for Catholics, as Pope Francis has declared 2016 as the Great Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 08, 2015.The love, mercy and forgiveness of God isfully revealed in all the gospels, especially, in the Gospel of Luke which is also called the 'Gospel of Mercy'. "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."(Lk. 6:36)We are called to be heralds of mercy in the world by experiencing the mercy of God ourselves and being merciful to others inour thoughts, wordsand deeds.Our focus should be on forgiveness, reconciliation and doing good in concrete ways for the needy and those on the margins of society.
In the parables on mercy, the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the father with two sons (cf. Lk 15:1-32) Jesus reveals the nature of God as that of a Father who never gives up on his children. God, the loving Father, follows them always, as Francis Thomson says in “The Hound Of Heaven” with ‘unhurrying steps” until He has enveloped them in His loving embrace, wiping away their crippling sense of guilt and rejection. When the sinful woman washed the feet of Jesus with tears and anointed them with oil, those at the table condemned her, even those who had sinnedwith her, but Jesus without any judgment on her, said to her," Your sins are forgiven."(Lk7:48). The call of Mathew: (cfLk 5:27-32): it was a look full of mercy that forgave the sins of that man, a tax collector, whom Jesus chose as his disciple. The call of Zacchaeustoo(cf.Lk. 19:1-10) shows that Jesus came to call sinner to repentance and to seek out and save what was lost. When he came upon the widow of Nain taking her son out for burial, he felt great compassion for the immense suffering of this grieving mother, and he gave back her son by raising him from the dead (Lk. 7:15). Jesus, moved with love, mercy and compassion healed those who were sick and suffering. He healed the woman with a hemorrhage for many years,(Lk 8:43-48), healed a crippled woman,(Lk13:11-13), cleansed ten lepers (Lk. 17:13-19) and healed the blind beggar.( Lk 18:35-43) Jesus, seeing the crowds of people who followed him, realized that they were tired and exhausted, lost and without a guide, felt deep compassion for them (cf. Mt 9:36) and so with just a few loaves of bread and two fish he satisfied the enormous crowd (cf. Mt 15:37). What moved Jesus in all of these situations was nothing other than mercy with which he read the hearts of those he encountered and responded to their deepest needs.
"At the foot of the Cross, Mary, together with John, the disciple of love, witnessed the words of forgiveness for His tormentors spoken by Jesus. This supreme expression of mercy towards those who crucified him shows us the extent to which the mercy of God can reach. Mary attests that the mercy of the Son of God knows no bounds and extends to everyone, without exception." (TheFace of Mercy) 'We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves. At times how hard it seems to forgive! And yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain serenity of heart.
Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person.It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends.”(Excerpt from MISERICORDIAE VULTUS, [THE FACE OF MERCY]
Practical suggestions to live the Year of Mercy Fruitfully
Few suggestions for a fruitful Advent Season:
1. Reflect on and practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
2. Let the family be a source of experience of the Mercy of God. Speak with love and tenderness to one another. “Do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Eph 4:26). “I do not say seven times, but seventy times seven times” (Mt 18:22).
3. Resolve conflicts with siblings and community members."Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,"(Lk 6:27-28)
4. Find the goodness of others by not judging them and gossiping about them."Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned."(Lk 6:37).
5. Read the Gospel of Luke and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently.
I hope and pray this year of mercy will draw all of us to the merciful Father to be merciful to others. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). I wish you all a happy and grace-filled New Year.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
"You cannot conceive of a true Christian who is not mercifuljust as you cannot conceive of God without mercy. Mercy is the key-word of the Gospel. We should not be afraid, we should allow ourselves to be embraced by the mercy of God who waits for us and forgives us everything .”Pope Francis.
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...