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)
Jesus: The King of Our Life
My Dear Brothers, Sisters and Children,
“My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here" (John 18:36).
Our parish has gone through another spiritual renewal through the retreat of Fr. Joshy Kochukudiattil VC. I thank him and all participants in the retreat for the renewal of their lives by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Joshy reminded us of setting our first priority on God in our individual and family lives. The word of God and sacraments help us to grow in faith and become conscious of our sins so that we can make necessary changes in our lives. Our community’s move towards constructing an adequate church building is a significant piece of evidence of our renewal of and growth in faith.
The prophet Daniel foretold the power of a mysterious personage set between heaven and earth: “Behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom, one that shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:13-14). These words present a king who reigns from sea to sea, to the very ends of the earth, possessed of absolute power of truth and love which will never be destroyed. The Gospel of John (18: 33-37) talks about the kingship of Jesus and his kingdom. As Christians we participate in the kingship of Jesus through Baptism, when the priest, applying the holy oil on our head, says, “ I anoint you priest, prophet and king.” Thus Christ “has made us a royal nation”( Rev 1:6). Sharing in the kingship of Christ is glorious and challenging: glorious, because it makes us heirs to the Kingdom of God, challenging, because it is demanding. As Christ bore witness to truth, lived by it and died for it, we too, by virtue of the gift of truth received in our hearts at Baptism, are called to speak only the truth.
The Kingdom of Jesus is totally at odds with any display of power in this world. He was born in a stable. True, Jesus was not the kingly, majestic type. When Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and said that they could all be his if Jesus worshipped him (Luke 4:5-7), Jesus replied, “… You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve”. (Luke 4:8). Satan tempted Jesus by displaying the charm of power and possessions. But Jesus resisted that temptation. Jesus avoided all shows of earthly power and authority. Jesus kept company with tax-collectors, sinners and prostitutes, so much so that the authorities branded him “a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners.” (Luke 7:34) You would expect kings to receive important people and dignitaries, but Jesus received the lowly and the rejected of his time. A king expects to receive gifts, but Jesus gave gifts. He restored health to those who were sick. His crown was made of thorns, died helpless on a cross to save the world and defeated darkness by His resurrection. The values in Jesus’ kingdom are those of loving service and humility. If we want to be great, we must be like children (Luke 18:17). We are to carry our cross after Jesus every day (Luke 14:27).
“Jesus’ kingdom is: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace”.(Preface to Holy Mass) We, as Citizens of Christ's kingdom, must, therefore, stand by the truth and witness in love, even when it is hurting and embarrassing to do so. “He must reign in our minds which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to Him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls”.(Pope Pius XI)
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...