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TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


My Dear Parishioners,

Last week I saw Fr. Jim oiling his bike and getting excited to enjoy the last week of summer biking, hiking and kayaking. Fr. Joao already found his walking routs and trails. Some of you were warning me not to do any exercise so that I may look healthy not famished Ha ha ha…

Summer days are coming soon to be a memory. Back to school bells starts ringing. New bags, shoes, and supplies are on the list… Yes, after some time of relaxation, all are getting back to the routine schedules and targets. This year, our parish is going to align with the Archdiocesan guidelines regarding sacramental preparations. The parish, Family, and Schools are going to take the suggested roles in the sacramental preparations. We will update the parents of the First communion and confirmation students time to time in this regard.

Like the schools, all our ministries are re-starting after summer break. As a big parish we need each others wisdom, support and care to grow in Christ. As St. Paul reminds the Romans “So we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another” (Rom 12:5).  Therefore, we are in the process of establishing various consultation bodies which may reflect the aspirations and talents of our faith community with a united spirit. I look forward to the active involvement of our Stewardship, Pastoral, Liturgy, Faith Formation, Finance and Building Committees. I wish and pray that everyone who belong to these committees may serve the Lord in this parish with a joyful spirit. When we are called to serve in such roles, it is important to keep in mind St. Paul’s instruction to the Philippians: “Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also everyone for those of others. Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped” (Phil2:3-6). May the Lord inspire us to serve others with humility and love.

Enjoy the remaining days of Summer and have a blessed week.

Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




My Dear Parishioners,


Many people, over the past few months have complimented me about the good changes that are taking place in our church. I must admit that all hard work been done by our volunteers. Our Custodians, Office Staff, Knights of Columbus, BLD prayer group, Sacristans, CWL and Building Committee are the main groups who have been instrumental in this refreshing approach.

As our community is so large and vibrant with programs and organizational activities, it is bound to get cluttered. Therefore, it is important to take fresh look at our facilities time to time - so that, we may keep the dignity of the House of God. Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant would say: “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now; not for the person we were in the past”.

Yes, as a parish community we are constantly growing and evolving. We are finding new ways to be pastorally effective. Rooted in the glorious past of our founding member’s faith and commitment, we want to dive into the new evangelization initiatives. In this process a lot of de-cluttering is necessary. Again, Marie Kondo will advise us: “We should be choosing what we want to keep; not what we want to get rid of”. Yes, we want to keep great memories which will inspire us for future. Therefore, you have seen some of the plaques are re-arranged to create a Wall of History in the foyer.

In the coming months and years, in consultation with our Stewardship, Pastoral, Liturgy, Faith Formation, Finance and Building committees, will bring more new initiatives to make our parish community vibrant in faith and effective in mission.


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME



My dear parishioners,  


Hope you all are having a good summer break. Though ministries have reduced their activities, our parish life hasn’t changed much. Youth ministry has conducted two successful camps for our kids. Congratulations and thanks to Roberta Skoko and her team for the amazing leadership. Special thanks to all liturgical ministry leaders and volunteers for your commitment to be present at all Masses. May God bless you.

This week I had a personal grief to share. I have lost my eldest brother in law, in India. Sadly, I couldn’t attend the funeral; but will be going for a 40th Day Mass, which is our local tradition in the area I come from. Therefore, I will be away from September 4th to 21st. will be grateful if you may keep me in your prayers.

This school year is going to be very busy and different for many of us due to the catechetical plans we have. Let us trust in the Lord and seek the intercession of our blessed mother that we may do everything for her Son’s greater glory. Enjoy the rest of the summer. May God Bless you all.


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor