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-2015." 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 -2015. May God bless you.
With Prayers and Blessings
Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Selvaraj Arockiam OFM, Cap.
CATHOLIC CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
24 - 26 APRIL 2015
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12
There is no salvation through anyone else.
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said: “Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
The Word of the Lord.
R. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
1. Give thanks to the lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. R.
2. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have been my savior. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. R.
3. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me and have been my savior. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his kindness endures forever. R.
A reading from the first Letter to the John 3:1-2
We shall see God as he really is.
Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
The Word of the Lord.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 10:11-18
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Jesus said: “I am the
good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired
man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a
wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the
wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay
and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know
mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will
lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this
fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there
will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father
loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one
takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have
power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
CELEBRANT: We are saved in the name of Jesus, our Good Shepherd who is alive and prays for us to the Father. Let us say to him:
R/ Lord, keep us in your love.
1. For all ministers of the Church, that they may care for those entrusted to them with unselfish dedication, we pray: R/
2. For the leaders of nations and all public servants, that they may place the interests of those entrusted to them above private gain and their own comfort, let us pray: R/
3. For all Christian Churches, that they work untiringly to become one under the one Shepherd, Jesus Christ, let us pray; R/
4. For those who do not yet know Christ that they may encounter him and hear his voice through missionaries and other people who make Christ visible by the way they live his life, let us pray: R/
5. For those abandoned by others, for victims of injustice and poverty and for all others who suffer, that they may encounter dedicated people who give them hope and leadership, let us pray: R/
6. For all our Christian communities, that we may live as we believe and make the gospel credible in our time, let us pray: R/
CELEBRANT: Lord Jesus, our shepherd and brother, keep us in your love. May we always know you and respond to you, for you are our Lord for ever. R/ Amen.