First Sunday of Lent

02-18-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

Many see Lent as a ‘Service Check.’ Though this imagery is very fitting, it is not the total picture of Lent. Lent is not a temporary adjustment that we make for a period of 40 days; nor it is a hibernation period for ‘hypocrites and tax-collectors’. The season of Lent is called the ‘Season of Grace’ since the season of Lent brings in a sense of urgency and utmost importance to be near God.

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-11-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

The general focus of the readings today is Love. Popularly we hear that love involves more than one person. Aristotle thought of love as a union, saying “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Annette Baier in her book ‘Unsafe Loves’ writes of love as not just an emotion people feel toward other people, but also a complex tying together of the emotions that two or a few more people have; it is a special form of emotional interdependence.

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

02-04-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

As we continue to count our blessings, this week especially we reflect on the blessing of our children. We are one of the blessed parishes with a Catholic School as part of a parish ministry. And in fact, we are the only Catholic School in our county. In his special letter to parents and guardians our Bishop reminded us that “Catholic Schools Week is not just a week-long event; it is a reminder of the commitment we have made to provide a Catholic education that nurtures the mind, body, and spirit of our young learners.

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-28-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

In the last three Sundays the Church reflected on the baptism, Mission Statement of Jesus, Jesus as the Word (Word of God Sunday), and we see today how Jesus puts those elements in His ministry as ‘The Prophet like Moses’ (1st reading). His announcement of the Kingdom of God was accompanied by God’s love to each and every one of us.

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-21-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

The Universal Church celebrates, as the Church teaches, “The Sunday of the Word of God, instituted by Pope Francis and to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time, reminds us, pastors and faithful alike, of the importance and value of Sacred Scripture for the Christian life, as well as the relationship between the word of God and the liturgy: “As Christians, we are one people, making our pilgrim way through history, sustained by the Lord, present in our midst, who speaks to us and nourishes us.” (Dec 17, 2020, Congregation for Divine Worship & the Discipline of the Sacraments).

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

01-14-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

We just concluded the Season of Christmas. What did we experience as a praying community? “When we assemble for liturgy in the Season of Christmas, then, we are a church haunted by a child with many faces. Each of us brings to the assembly the image of the child within, whether that child be possibility or prison. Each of our local communities brings the images through by our devotional arts, whether those images be of past childishness or future maturity.” (Jennifer Glenn) Thus the sentiments of Christmas expressed in our liturgies proclaim the spirituality of all the Baptized.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

01-07-2024From Fr. Antony's DeskFr. Antony Arockiadoss

Dear Family!

It was wonderful to start the year with the celebration of the feast of the Motherhood of Our Lady. May the blessings of our Lady be upon us throughout the year. As part of the Christmas Season, we celebrate the feast of Epiphany today. The word ‘Epiphany ’ means ‘to appear or shine’. Epiphany refers to the divinity of Jesus ‘shining upon ’the earth. Epiphany refers the manifestation of the Divine Nature of Jesus.

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