Your Pastor Speaks
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