My Dear Parishioners,
As I write this Thanksgiving weekend note, I was wondering, what are the things I should be grateful for?
I am grateful to the Lord for calling me, as unworthy as I am, to be his servant to shepherd His flock! Thank you, Lord! I am also grateful for this wonderful faith-filled community of St. Francis Xavier. I am blessed to be your Pastor. Your genuine faith, humble services, caring love and honest efforts to witness to the Lord need to be acknowledged gratefully. As always, we are called to serve the Lord in each other.
This Thanksgiving weekend let me gratefully acknowledge our dedicated staff, Joanita Miranda – our head secretary, Alden Wilson – Business Manager, Marilou Alinea - Receptionist, Raddy Oscan- Custodian, Laura Bell – Youth Minister, and all student staff. I am also grateful to hundreds of our lay leaders who dedicate their time and talents at various ministries. How can I forget Fr. Jim and Fr. Joao – my associates, for their undivided support and hard work. May God Bless you all. Have a happy Thanksgiving.
30 Young Lectors starting in November
I am happy to announce that as part of our new pastoral vision, we have trained 30 young people to join in the Lectors ministry. It was exciting to see that there was a generous response from our young people to become proclaimers of the Word of God. This gives us greater hope as our young people are proud of their faith. Our youth are brave to be witnesses for Christ. It is my prayer that the presence of teenagers and youngsters proclaiming the Lord, might inspire other young people in the congregation. I congratulate the parents of these young people as well.
As we welcome our young people to this ministry, many of our loyal and dedicated lectors might experience the frequency of proclamation will be re-aligned. Some of you are in this sacred ministry for so many years with great deal of devotion and dedication. Many have been inspired by your proclamation, witness and commitment. Thank you for the understanding and welcoming our young people to this ministry. May God bless you and continue to be the face and voice of Christ.
I thank our Lector Co-Ordinator Lynette Vaz and her team leaders who have developed a lector schedule at each Mass starting November, with a mature adult lector assigned to mentor a young lector. This is a great opportunity to develop an intergenerational ministry. On behalf of our Pastoral team, I wish all the best for our Lector team. As was the John the Baptist, may you be the voice of the Lord.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor