Fr. Ravi is leading a pilgrimage in May to Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. If you are interested, please pick up the flyer from the parish office. .

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Dearly beloved,


This past week was bit tough for us. We lost two faithful members from our community. Ernesto Lacsina and Stephen Harvey. Ernesto the father of Christina Gamo was living in the nursing home for the longest time. Stephen Harvey on the other hand was so involved in the parish as an Usher, Current President of St. Vincent de Paul, Past Grand Knight and a daily communicant. Both Ernesto and Stephen are remembered by their families as great Dads. Many of the parishioners witnessed their faithfulness and dedication. As a parish community we extend our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the sorrowing families. May their souls rest in peace.

As some of you are aware, I will be leaving for a month’s vacation to India on January 28 and will be back in the first week of March. The winter weather looks like is getting harsher; therefore, it is good to escape to a hot place for some time. Don’t be jealous, hahaha. I am sure, our two seasoned associates Fr. Ravi and Fr. Jim will look after your spiritual needs at its best. Please don’t find more work for them, I already given them enough.
 
Wishing you all a blessed week,

Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD



Dearly beloved,

This weekend we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord which brings an end to the Christmas season. This feast, began to be celebrated on the octave (eighth day) of the feast of Epiphany, with the miracle at Cana celebrated on the Sunday after that. In the current liturgical calendar, the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6. In the Eastern Church this feast is called Theophany because at the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan God appeared in three persons.

Many of the incidents which accompanied Christ's baptism are symbolical of what happened at our Baptism. At Christ's baptism the Holy Spirit descended upon Him; at our Baptism the Trinity took its abode in our soul. At His baptism Christ was proclaimed the "Beloved Son" of the Father; at our Baptism we become the adopted sons and daughters of God. At Christ's baptism the heavens were opened; at our Baptism heaven was opened to us. For us baptism is the gateway to all the sacramental graces. Therefore, the Church encourages child baptism to instill that faith in people from the very young age. Let us pray for all young parents and little ones who are getting ready for the awesome gift of faith through baptism.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all members of our baptism team who spent so much time in preparing and coordinating this wonderful ministry.

In Christ,

Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor

The Epiphany of Our Lord




Dearly beloved in Christ,

It was my first Christmas here at St. Francis Xavier and must admit that it was beautiful. Thanks to your undivided support, prayers and gifts and cards. As it was the first, it was a learning time as well. To learn the wonderful ways that we celebrate Christmas here and to know who does what and the how of things.  In addition to all the burdens of parish administration, Joanita – our parish secretary has taken the lead role of Christmas decoration with her team and did a great job. The Christmas novena Masses was a faith affirming experience. The church was packed with faithful and sumptuous breakfast and the great fellowship among people was amazing. Thanks to all the leaders and members of various ministries and choirs who did a marvelous job. Almost 20 priests came out to hear confessions and remained for almost two and half hours. Without you all it would have been impossible. May God bless you.

I would like to join Fr. Ravi, Fr. Jim, Deacon John and Anthony with our office staff to wish you all a blessed, happy and healthy New Year.

Yours in Christ,


Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor