FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




My Dear Parishioners,
Hope you have noticed the second set of stained glass been installed. It is a continuation of the major work done during the time of our founding pastor, Msgr. Terence D’Souza. The scenic images are part of the original sermon on the mount depictions created by the same artist. This project has become the primary priority to protect us from the disturbing sun glare during worship and add beauty and honour to the House of the Lord. The next phase of the of the stained-glass installation will be for the glass beside the presider’s chair.  This scene will depict the Old Testament history of salvation in majestic vertical panes.  This we hope to complete by the summer.
St. Francis Guild:
I am also very grateful to so many men and women who have responded generously and positively to form a team of volunteers to keep our church clean. To date, we have 23 people working on Mondays and Fridays, co-ordinated by our custodian, Rady Ocsan. It is amazing to see their joy in doing this. I am quite impressed and inspired by their act of faith. Some have asked for flexible hours from their work to join this! It is generally two hours of prayer and work (Ora et Labora) starting 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Moving forward, this team will be known as the St. Francis Guild. It is open for anyone who desires to clean the House of the Lord, as time and health permits. All that is needed is love for the House of the Lord and a willing spirit. As they arrive the volunteers generally sign in a log sheet, take direction from Radi, or other team leaders. There is opportunity for coffee, social, and small sharing of faith.
I am grateful to these pioneers who have made a huge difference in the life of the Church. Peter Jagula known as PJ, Norma Tan, Maria Paz Rolda, Luz Suclan, Mary Benedicto, Paulina Campell, Owen Mcintosh, Joy Fahdi, Zelia Mascarenhas, Helen Xavier, Irwin Mascarenhas, Myrna Camacho, Tien Nguyen, Cynthia Abagi, Shirley Fernandes, Roccio Castaneda, Joselina Bella, Tien Dong Nguyen, Gloria Enoka,  John Rodriguez, Jenny Soong, Celia Nicado, and Sharon Soares. It was a herculean task for one person to keep this vast area clean. Now, together, you made it a spotless place. As we pray in Psalm 69:9 “the Zeal for your house has consumed me”. Thank you, friends, for your witnessing service. May I invite all families to make an effort to glorify the Lord in your own unique way. May God Bless you all.

Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor