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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-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.

 


Saint Of The Day
Jun  28:
St. Irenaeus Bishop and Martyr 130?-202? Turkey, France:

How strong is a chain-a watch chain, a tow chain, or even a friendship chain? It is as strong as its weakest link. 

Irenaeus was one of the very strong links in the chain that joined the Church at the time of the twelve apostles to the Church of the second century. He was a link because he wrote and taught the faith handed on by the apostles and preserved it when it was attacked. His chief concern was unity among the churches.
 
We do not know very much about Irenaeus. He was born in Smyrna, a port town in western Turkey, and became a disciple of St. Polycarp, its bishop. For some reason he traveled to Lyons, France, where he was ordained a priest. Eventually he became the bishop of  the growing city.


 
Irenaeus was very concerned about the heretics who were attacking the teaching of the young Christian Church. He realized the importance of guarding the teaching of the twelve apostles from false doctrine. Especially strong was his battle against Gnosticism, one of the worst dangers Christianity ever faced.. This heresy claimed that eternal life could be gained only by receiving special knowledge about God, knowledge that was for only a few chosen people. Irenaeus taught that, according to Scripture, God wished all persons to come to know the truth and to he saved. He and other
Christian writers insisted that knowing God, obeying God’s commandments, and having a close relationship with God were the important things.


 
The name Irenaeus means peace. Irenaeus was true to his name. He worked for peace and promoted respect among Christians. At one time, a group of Christians in Asia Minor, Irenaeus’ homeland, did not want to celebrate Easter at the date the Church in Rome had set. Irenaeus explained to Pope Victor I that this was not a matter of faith. The date for celebrating Easter was an old
tradition for these people. His pleading for them saved the day. Only years later was the date for Easter settled.
 
Irenaeus was one of the most important writers in the early Church. He was a strong witness to the teaching of the Church as it came from Peter and the other apostles. He was probably martyred.
 
St. Irenaeus, pray for peace in our world!

Source: Saints Kit by Sister Mary Kathleen Glavich , S.N.D and oher Sisters of Notre Dame, Chardon
Todays Readings & Speciality
June  25:13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 25 & 26 JUNE 2016:

FIRST READING                                      1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21

Then Elisha left and followed Elijah as his attendant.

 

A reading from the first book of Kings.

 

The LORD said to Elijah: “You shall anoint Elisha, son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, as prophet to succeed you.”
Elijah set out and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he was following the twelfth. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak over him.
Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and I will follow you.”
Elijah answered, “Go back! Have I done anything to you?”
Elisha left him, and taking the yoke of oxen, slaughtered them;
he used the plowing equipment for fuel to boil their flesh, and gave it to his people to eat. Then Elisha left and followed Elijah as his attendant.

The Word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM    

R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

 

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.

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.

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R.

You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R.

 

SECOND READING                             Gal 5:1, 13-18

You were called for freedom.

 

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Galatians.

 

Brothers and sisters: For freedom Christ set us free;
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve one another through love. For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you go on biting and devouring one another,
beware that you are not consumed by one another.
I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

The Word of the Lord.

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life.

Alleluia, alleluia

 

GOSPEL                                                    Luke 9: 51-62

He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you go.

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

 

When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.  When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.
As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him,
"I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him,
"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."
And to another he said, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."

"The Gospel of the Lord

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS:

 

CELEBRANT:  Jesus reminds us today that love is the fundamental law of Christianity. Let us pray to God our Father so that among us love may not remain an empty word, and let us say: R/ LORD, UNITE US IN YOUR LOVE.

 

1.     For the Church, the People of God, that with the strength of our commitment we may be a voice and a force promoting justice and love among people and among nations, let us pray:

2.     For the Churches groping for unity, that one day they may eat together the one bread of the one Lord, let us pray:

3.     For scientists and economists, that by their inventions and endeavors they may promote the quality of life and human freedom and dignity for all, let us pray:

4.     For all people of good will, that they may build up together a just society based on fairness and love, where there is no room for any discrimination, let us pray:

5.     For all of us here, that we may form a community of service, love and hope, open to all needs and all just aspirations, let us pray:

 

CELEBRANT: God of hope, in you we trust. Renew us, our lives and our world through him who is your presence among us, Jesus Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.

 

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