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.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor