My dear parishioners,
“Train the young in the way they should go; even when old they will not swerve from it” (Proverb 22:6). I am so happy to announce that St. Francis Xavier Parish has successfully completed our inaugural sacramental preparation for all school children in the parish. Three-hundred children completed their parish based First Holy Communion and Confirmation program. We don’t claim it as the best or most foolproof; but we are happy that with the grace of God we were able to initiate it. It is a mandate given by the Lord: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).
As a parish we are committed to the faith formation of our young and old. We are constantly looking for best possibilities to nourish our faith and foster it. I am so grateful to our team of catechism teachers who generously gave their time on Sundays for this first ever noble initiative; without knowing the hurdles and challenges they dove in. Moving forward, we will make necessary amendments based on the recommendation of this team. We especially appreciate the inspiring and unassuming leadership of Mrs. Caroline Athaide our principal who was instrumental in handling all the turbulence of this initial catechetical launching and execution. Our fabulous team of teachers: Beryl DeSouza, Branda Gidinski, Brenda Pais, Carol D’Souza, Cyrus Del Rosario, Daphne Britto, Denise Passanha, Delphine Del Rosario, Deborah Roberts, Filomena Jaques, Florine Pinto, Griba Furtado, Ivan Menezes, Jane Nwakoby, Jo-anne Howland, Joseph Michael, Julieta Santos, Margaret Nicdao, Monette Malconian, Nicola Pereira, Pomela Dominguez, Sharon Borges, Sharon Fernadnes, Sarita Gomes, Savio Leon DeSouza, Zapour Radinski and N Hycienth. Thank you for your faith and commitment. I thank the BLD group for their dedication and commitment to provide music for all the Masses celebrated at the school.
I am also grateful to Mr. Thomas K. Thomas the school board trustee, Mrs. Gina Pedroso, Principal of St. Valentine school, all the young volunteers from St. Francis Xavier School and St. Marcellinus School; my associates Fr. Jim Zettel who drove across the U.S. border to get the books in time, Fr. Joao Ferreira for timely help, Joanita Miranda, our parish secretary, for doing the mounds of documentation, communication and scheduling to make this program a joyful experience for our children.
We are looking forward to doing it in the coming year as well; we need more teachers and assistants. Don’t fear to join: the work is joyful, and the reward is out of this world.
Fr. James Cherickal, Pastor