CCD Students Proudly Presents
THE MIGHTY ONE DOES AMAZING THINGS FOR THOSE WHO SERVE HIM!
A world famous billionaire comes out of his reclusive life to reveal a little secret to the world. The CCD students of St. Alphonsa – from the little ones to the seniors, come together on stage, to present this story to you. This program, filled with music, dance and entertainment is sure to convey a message close to your heart
Join us, as we gather, to celebrate the spirit of Christmas on the evening of Saturday, December 20th 2014 at St. Alphonsa Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Loganville, GA
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)
Registration Form 2014-15 (MS Word Fprmat)
Prepare to Receive the Grace of God
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
We begin our yearly pilgrimage through the events of the history of our salvation starting with the preparation for the birthday celebration of Jesus and ending with the reflection on his glorious “second coming” as judge at the end of the world. We are entering into the Advent season, (Period of Annunciation or Magalavartha Kalam). Advent means coming. We are invited to be messengers of Jesus’ first coming in history as a baby in Bethlehem, as our Savior. We live in a world that denies sin and consequently, denies the need of a Savior. If we have not sinned, we have no need for a Savior. The coming of Jesus doesn’t make sense to those who don’t need Him. To welcome a Savior, we must be convinced of the fact that we are sinners and so need to be saved. If we lost our sense of sin, then it makes sense that we do away with the Savior. Think about the profound image of the baby in the manger: God becoming human, vulnerable, accessible, one like us, to suffer and die for our sins. We are called to a change of hearts during this season of Advent and make known to this world that we need a Savior. Advent wreath, candles and flowers remind us that we have to prepare for the rebirth of Jesus in our hearts and minds, enabling him to radiate his love, mercy, compassion and forgiveness around us.
“Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand” Mt 3:2, “ A voice of the one crying out in the desert, ‘prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his path’ ” Mt 3:3. This is a call to repentance and change of heart to welcome the Savior into our lives. “Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees. Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Mt 3:10), “His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” (Mt 3:12) These words remind us to make changes in our lives during the Advent Season. We need to be messengers of the Savior by offering our daily activities to God for His glory, by practicing more self-control in resisting our evil habits and inclinations and by seeking reconciliation daily with God and our fellowmen. Let us begin each day by praying for the strength and power of the Holy Spirit to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ rebirth into our hearts and minds.
Every morning when we get up, let us pray, “Lord, show me someone today with whom I may share your love, mercy and forgiveness.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, "Whatever you do in your family, for your children, for your husband, for your wife, you do for Jesus." Every night when we go to bed, let us ask ourselves, “Where have I found Christ today?” The answer will be God’s Advent gift to us that day. By being alert and watchful, we’ll be getting an extra gift: Christ himself. St. Thomas Aquinas said the following about our role in our own salvation: "Without God, I can't. Without me, he won't."
To receive the grace God offers us on this Advent an examination of conscience is necessary and that is why celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important part of Advent preparation. As we examine our consciences we recognize that our lives do not model on or reflect Jesus’ life and so we need to ask God for mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that our hearts can become a manger to receive Jesus. Jesus is the light of the world and Advent is a time to come out of the darkness of sin and walk in the light of Jesus. May Christ be born in your hearts.
I wish you all joyful Advent and a Merry Christmas.
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...