March 2013 Bulletin

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Date: March 1, 2013

Bulletin Vol. V111 # 3

Christian Values of Suffering

Before Christ, cross was a folly to pagans; it was a sign of disgrace. But, Christ made it a sign of grace and a means of salvation. Now let us see the Christian values in suffering:

  1. Blessings:

The life Christ suffered is the same life He offers to us. The mourning, the persecution and hunger Jesus described are given us in proportion to our perception of the love and mercy of God. Our sufferings are the blessings from Him. So, be happy in suffering, because great reward is kept for us in heaven ( Lk. 12, 32)

  1. Peace & Happiness:

When we say ‘No’ to self-seeking and self-will, i.e. when we mortify our instincts and desires which prompt us to touch, taste and handle the forbidden things, we say with St.Paul that it is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us. There, we can enjoy the real peace and happiness with Jesus who prayed, “Not my will, but Thy will be done” (Lk.22, 42).

  1. Birth-Right:

Fulton J. Sheen says “Every human being is born to live, but Christ was born to die”. “I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”(Jn.10,11). St. Paul says that suffering is a God-given right for Christians: “By baptism, He has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but also to suffer with Him as well” (Phi. 1, 29).

4. Sign of Growth:

      According to Bernard Shaw, one of the greatest thinkers, “There is no life without sorrow, without pain and

      without suffering”. Life is mixture of sorrows and happiness. For example, a child takes pain to walk; 

      people work hard to enjoy life; the religious mortify themselves by their religious vows to find happiness; 

      gold is melted out in fire.

Suffering has a great value in the history of salvation. So, without cursing upon sufferings, let us accept them as God-given means for our glory in this world and in the world to come. “No crown without cross” (St.Augustine).

Holy Land Tour

 

A Pilgrimage to Cairo-Jordan-Holy Land on September 23 to October 02, 2013 is arranged. Please contact Michael Mathew for details at 774-277-0336 / 508-533-4314

Prayer Meetings & Way of the Cross

 

Mar.1, Fri: H.Qurbana and Way of the Cross by Infant Jesus Unit at 7.00 p.m.

 Mar. 8, Fri: H.Qurbana and Way of the Cross by Sacred Heart Unit at 7.00 p.m.

Mar. 9, Sat: Prayer Meeting in Little Flower Unit at James and Alice by 7.00 p.m.

Mar. 15, Fri. H.Qurbana and Way of the Cross by Marian  Family Unit  / Retreat by 7.00 p.m.

 Mar. 22, Fri: H.Qurbana and Way of the Cross by CCD Students & Youth at 7.00 p.m.

Mar.23, Sat: Prayer Meeting in Infant Jesus Family Unit at Geo & Liny Pallikara by 7.00 p.m.

Mar.23, Sat: Prayer Meeting in Divine Mercy Unit at Teelar & Anne by 5.00 p.m.

 Mar.29, Good Friday: Passion Service and Way of the Cross by Divine Mercy at 3.00 p.m.

Liturgical Schedule

 

Mar.1, Fri:     Third Friday of Great Lent. H.Qurbana & Way of the Cross by Infant Jesus at 7.00 p.m.

                       Readings: Rom.8, 1-6 / Mk. 12, 18-27

Mar.2, Sat:    1. H.Qurbana & Novena at 10.00 a.m.

                      2. Safe Environment Training for CCD Teachers from 11.00.a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

                      3. H.Qurbana in Nashua at 5.30 p.m.

Mar.3, Sun:    Fourth Sunday of Great Lent / Assignments by Infant Jesus Family Unit.

                       Malayalam Qurbana & CCD at 10.00 a.m. / English Qurbana at 11.30 a.m.

                       Readings: Gen.11, 1-9  /  Rom.8, 12-17  /  Gospel Mt.21,33-44

                       Parish Council Meeting at 1.00 p.m.

Mar.8, Fri:     Fourth Friday in Great Lent / H.Qurbana & Way of the Cross by Sacred Heart Unit at 7.00 p.m.

                       Readings: Rom.11, 25-35 / Jn.7, 1-13

Mar. 9, Sat:   1. Memorial Qurbana & Novena at 11.00 a.m, for N.K. Mathew (4) F/o Nelly

                      2. World Peace Day from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Carmel Marthoma Church, Hudson.

Mar. 10, Sun: Fifth Sunday in Great Lent. / Assignments by Little Flower Family Unit

                      Malayalam Qurbana & CCD at 10.00 a.m.  /  English Qurbana at 11.30 a.m.

                      Readings: Gen. 16, 5-16   /  Rom.12, 1-11  /  Jn.7, 37-52

Mar.15: Fri:   Fifth Friday in Great Lent: H.Qurbana & Way of the Cross by Marian Family Unit at 7.00 p.m.

                       Readings: Rom.13, 8-14  /  Jn.8, 49-59

                       Parish Annual Retreat starts by Fr.George Panackal VC

Mar.16, Sat:   2nd Day of Retreat / H.Qurbana at10.00 a.m / Assignments by Little Flower, Marian, D.Mercy

                       One Day Retreat & Confession for CCD students by  Dollyachan from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Mar.17, Sun:  Sixth Sunday in Great Lent.  /  Assignments by  Thirukudumbam, Sacred Heart, Infant Jesus

                      Third Day of Retreat / Only one Qurbana at 10.00 a.m.  /  NO CCD / Retreat ends at 5.00 p.m.

                       Readings: Gen.19, 9-26  /  Rom.14, 13-23  /  Jn 10, 11-18

Mar.22: Fri:   Sixth Friday in G. Lent: H.Qurbana & Way of the Cross by CCD students & Youth at 7.00 p.m.

                       Readings: Rom.15, 7-13   /   Jn.11,38-44

Mar.24, Sun:  Seventh Sunday of G.Lent  /  Palm Sunday  /  Assignments by Divine Mercy Family Unit..

                      CCD  at 10.00 a.m. /  Only One Qurbana at 11.15 a.m.

                      Readings: Gen.49, 8-26  /  Zech.9, 9-12  /  Rom.11, 13-24 /  Mt.21, 1-17

Mar.28, Thu:  Pesaha Thursday  /  Service at 7.00 p.m. / H.Qurbana & Washing of the feet / Adoration /

                       Appam Murickal. /  Readings: Ex.12, 1-20 / Mal.1,10-14 /  1Cor.11, 23-29 / Mt. 26, 1-5, 14-30

Mar.29, Fri:   Good Friday (Today Fasting & Abstinence) / Passion Service at 3.00 p.m.

                       Way of the Cross by Divine Mercy Family Unit.

Mar.30, Sat:   Easter Vigil   1.  Service at 7.00 p.m. /  Blessing of New Light / New Water / Resurrection

                                                    H.Qurbana /  Gen.22, 1-19 / Jon. 2, 1-10 / Rom.6, 3-11 / Mt. 28, 1-20

                                               2.  Bible Month Inauguration by Rev.Fr. Antony Thundathil, Vicar General.

Mar.31, Sun:   HAPPY  EASTER    /    Only One Qurbana  at 10.00 a.m.

April 1, Mon. to April 5, Fri:  Fr.Varghese will be in Retreat in Vincentian Retreat Center, NJ.