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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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 Mar 24th, 2018
EZ 37:21-28
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    Mar 24th, 2018 EZ 37:21-28 Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Lectionary: 256 Reading 1 Thus says the Lord GOD: I will take the children of Israel from among the nations to which they have come, and gather them from all sides to bring them back to their land. I will make them one nation upon the land, in the mountains of Israel, and there shall be one prince for them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. No longer shall they defile themselves with their idols, their abominations, and all their transgressions. I will deliver them from all their sins of apostasy, and cleanse them so that they may be my people and I may be their God. My servant David shall be prince over them, and there shall be one shepherd for them all; they shall live by my statutes and carefully observe my decrees. They shall live on the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where their fathers lived; they shall live on it forever, they, and their children, and their children's children, with my servant David their prince forever. I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Thus the nations shall know that it is I, the LORD, who make Israel holy, when my sanctuary shall be set up among them forever. Responsorial Psalm JER 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13 R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, proclaim it on distant isles, and say: He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together, he guards them as a shepherd his flock. R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. The LORD shall ransom Jacob, he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror. Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to the LORD's blessings: The grain, the wine, and the oil, the sheep and the oxen. R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. Then the virgins shall make merry and dance, and young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into joy, I will console and gladden them after their sorrows. R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock. Verse Before The Gospel EZ 18:31 Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Gospel JN 11:45-56 Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation." But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish." He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, "What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?"
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