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Qatar is a peninsula bordering Saudi Arabia, with an area of 22,000 sq. km., and 350,000 inhabitants. It gained independence on 3 September 1971. The region is mostly a desert. The meagre incomes earned by traditional occupations rearing of cameis, pearl fishery, production of dates, and dry fish - were given a boost by the discovery of oil in 1949. The oil is collected from the well in Dukhan and piped to Umm Said, which serves both as a harbour and refinery centre. The Sheikhdom is ruled by a hereditary monarch of a royal family, which concentrates all power in its hands according to a constitution written in 1970. Doha is the Capital. The missionaries used to visit the Christian communities of Qatar from Bahrain. A permanent presence began with Fr. Adriano Benini in December 1970.
Christmas Message

Dear Brothers and sisters


“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours!”(Luke 2:13-14)


As we celebrate the birth day of the Babe of Bethlehem, I wish you “A  joyous, peaceful and grace -filled Christmas and a hopeful, prosperous, and promising New Year-2014."  I pen to express my greetings to you and your families. I think not only of those who live within our parish but also your family members, dear and near ones, on this special season of the year.


Christmas reminds us that our God is not a distant God but a God who is with us,-“Emmanuel.”  May the Emanuel God find place in our hearts and homes. During this season, we Christians, remember and celebrate that sacred moment in human history when God entered in our world, becoming part of every one of us and the whole human race. Christmas brings us back to the source of our life and existence.   God has come into the world, with His love, peace and hope that makes us joyful and rejoicing.  His light has shone in our darkness and no darkness can overpower this light.


As a priest, for many years, in this parish of our lady of the Rosary, I feel privileged and so uplifted by the huge number of the dedicated parishioners who minister, in many ways, alongside us, the priests, with dedication and enthusiasm. In truth you are the heart of the parish. Working together we aim to have a parish that is inclusive where everyone is and feels welcome.  This always gives a feeling of a “One Family” which Christ wants to create in us.  On this special season, I wish to leave a note of gratitude for your participation, support and generosity in making this parish a \'Family\'


I pray that the presence of the Christ-Child will grace your home during this Christmas season and throughout the coming year -2014. May God bless you.

 


Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM, Cap.

 


Saint Of The Day
Apr  21:
St. Anselm Bishop and Doctor 1033 – April 21, 1109 Italy, France, England :
Anselm was born in Italy.  As a boy he thought of becoming a priest.  His father, angered by this desire, introduced his son to court life.  This easy life of pleasure made Anselm forget about his vocation.  In 1060, after his mother’s death, Anselm became interested in Lanfranc, a popular spiritual leader of monasticism in Normandy, France.  Anselm entered Lanfranc’s Benedictine monastery, said to be the best school at the time.  Three years later Anselm Became prior and at the request of this community began to publish his writings on the existence of God.  He also became a great preacher.

 
In the monastery Anselm was known for his great virtue, his teaching skill and his patient, sensitive way of dealing with people.  When Lanfranc was made bishop of Canterbury in England.  Anselm was unanimously elected abbot in 1070.  When Lanfranc died in 1089, the English clergy wanted Anselm as their bishop, Rufus, the son of William the Conqueror, would not approve.  Then when he became deathly ill, in fear of being sent to hell, Rufus appointed Anselm refused, until the pope ordered him to accept.

 
When Rufus recovered, he fell into his former sins: taking Church lands and attempting to appoint his own bishop.  Anselm told the bishops to be loyal to the pope and ignore the king’s interference in Church matter.  Frightened, the bishops and priests abandoned Anselm, and he went into exile.

 
In exile, Anselm wrote treatises and took part in a Church council, where he spoke on the Holy Spirit.  After Rufus was killed in a hunting accident, Anselm returned to England.  The brother of Rufus, Henry I, also wanted power to appoint bishops.  When Anselm refused to accept his appointment from the king, Anselm was exiled to Rome for three years.  Pope Paschal worked out a compromise between the king and the bishop.  He ruled that while only the Church could invest a bishop with the ring and the crozier (bishop’s staff), the king would have some influence in the selection bishops.

 
Until his death Anselm remained in England defending the faith.  In 1720 the Church gave St. Anselm the titles Doctor of the Church and Father of Scholasticism because he taught the truths of the faith by the aid reason.

 
St. Anselm pray for us!!

Source: Saints Kit by Sister Mary Kathleen Glavich , S.N.D and oher Sisters of Notre Dame, Chardon
Todays Readings & Speciality
April  21:Monday in the Octave of Easter:

Reading 1 acts 2:14, 22-33

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
raised his voice, and proclaimed:
“You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem.
Let this be known to you, and listen to my words.

“You who are children of Israel, hear these words.
Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God
with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs,
which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.
This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God,
you killed, using lawless men to crucify him.
But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death,
because it was impossible for him to be held by it.
For David says of him:

I saw the Lord ever before me,
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted;
my flesh, too, will dwell in hope,
because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.

My brothers, one can confidently say to you
about the patriarch David that he died and was buried,
and his tomb is in our midst to this day.
But since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him
that he would set one of his descendants upon his throne,
he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ,
that neither was he abandoned to the netherworld
nor did his flesh see corruption.
God raised this Jesus;
of this we are all witnesses.
Exalted at the right hand of God,
he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit
that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.”

 

Responsorial Psalm ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11


R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
or:
R. Alleluia.

 

Gospel mt 28:8-15


Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, “You are to say,
‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

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