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Greetings to all you dear parishioners. The New Year that we started two months ago is a sheer gift of God to each one of us. This year has so many blessings in store for us and day by day they are unfolding. One such blessing is the "Year of Mercy". This year should become an 'Oasis of Mercy' to each one of us. All of us should experience the forgiving love of the Father and in turn we need to become the channels of that love and mercy to each other.

The Holy season of Lent is another blessing for us. The word 'Lent', comes from the Anglo Saxon word “Lencten” which means spring time. The speciality of this season is change, new life, transformation. Lent is the spring time of the church expecting change in each one of us. Of course Change is a part of every living creature. Whether it be birds, animals or human beings, there is a continuous change. For example, plants and trees shed off their old leaves once in a year and put on new ones. Snakes, reptiles lose their old skin and put on new. Science says once in 7 years, the body of a human being changes itself because of the renewal in our blood cells. The best example of transformation is a silk worm. The scary, ugly silk worm goes through a process of transformation for few days in the cocoon (caterpillar) and comes out as a beautiful butterfly attracting everyone. In short, the season of Lent calls us for a newness of life; that is to give up all that is bad and take up all that is good. In other words, we are called upon to fast and feast. Fast from anger, hatred, injustice, and all that is sinful and feast on love, mercy, forgiveness, prayer, fasting, almsgiving and all that is good. As part of the Lenten program, we have retreats held in different languages, walking pilgrimage to Bhate Bunder on March 5th and 24 hours of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on March 21st . Ultimately, all this should lead us to a new life in Christ that is Easter. For Christ has destroyed sin and death by rising from the dead so we too will rise with Him, for his Resurrection is our Resurrection too.

On February 7th, two hundred adults of our parish received the sacrament of Confirmation at the hand of Bishop Dominic Savio and on April 23rd and April 30th  more than two hundred children will receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. I congratulate each one of them and thank all the catechism teachers for their dedicated service. As Easter is coming closer, I wish you and your family Happy Easter. May the Love, Joy and Peace of the Risen Lord be yours.

Fr.Melvin D’Cunha, OCD

 
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 May 23rd, 2019
ACTS 15:7-21
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    May 23rd, 2019 Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter Lectionary: 288 Reading 1 ACTS 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters, "My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the Holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts. Why, then, are you now putting God to the test by placing on the shoulders of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they." The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened while Paul and Barnabas described the signs and wonders God had worked among the Gentiles through them. After they had fallen silent, James responded, "My brothers, listen to me. Symeon has described how God first concerned himself with acquiring from among the Gentiles a people for his name. The words of the prophets agree with this, as is written: After this I shall return and rebuild the fallen hut of David; from its ruins I shall rebuild it and raise it up again, so that the rest of humanity may seek out the Lord, even all the Gentiles on whom my name is invoked. Thus says the Lord who accomplishes these things, known from of old. It is my judgment, therefore, that we ought to stop troubling the Gentiles who turn to God, but tell them by letter to avoid pollution from idols, unlawful marriage, the meat of strangled animals, and blood. For Moses, for generations now, has had those who proclaim him in every town, as he has been read in the synagogues every sabbath." Responsorial Psalm PS 96:1-2A, 2B-3, 10 R.(3) Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations. or: R. Alleluia. Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all you lands. Sing to the LORD; bless his name. R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations. or: R. Alleluia. Announce his salvation, day after day. Tell his glory among the nations; among all peoples, his wondrous deeds. R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations. or: R. Alleluia. Say among the nations: The LORD is king. He has made the world firm, not to be moved; he governs the peoples with equity. R. Proclaim God's marvelous deeds to all the nations. or: R. Alleluia. Alleluia JN 10:27 R. Alleluia, alleluia. My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel JN 15:9-11 Jesus said to his disciples: "As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. "I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete."
     
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