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
22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
26-28 AUGUST 2016
FIRST READING Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Humble yourself and you will find favor with God.
A reading from the book of Sirach.
My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise. Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins.
The Word of the Lord.
just rejoice and exult before God;
they are glad and rejoice.
Sing to God, chant praise to his name;
whose name is the LORD..R.
The father of orphans and the defender
is God in his holy dwelling.
God gives a home to the forsaken;
he leads forth prisoners to prosperity..R.
A bountiful rain you showered down, O
God, upon your inheritance;
you restored the land when it languished;
your flock settled in it;
in your goodness, O God, you provided it for the needy..R.
SECOND READING Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a
You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God.
A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.
Brothers and sisters: You have not approached that which could be
touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness and storm and a trumpet blast and
a voice speaking words such that those who heard begged that no message be
further addressed to them. No, you have approached Mount Zion and the city of
the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering,
and the assembly of the firstborn enrolled in heaven, and God the judge of all, and the spirits of the just made perfect, and Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and the sprinkled blood that speaks more eloquently than that of Abel.
The Word of the Lord.
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.
GOSPEL Luke 14:1, 7-14
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one
of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully.
He told a parable to those who had been invited,
noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers
or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Gospel of the Lord
CELEBRANT: Let those who are the last and the least in the eyes of people, be first in our prayers to the Father. Let us say: LORD COME AND SAVE US
1. Lord, in our world the powerful are honored and the humble are looked down upon. Remember the humble, we pray. R.
2. Lord, in our world the poor become poorer and the rich become richer. Remember the destitute and the needy, we pray. R.
3. Lord, in our homes many sick people, the old and the weak and the lonely, are often neglected and abandoned. Remember all those who suffer, we pray: R.
4. In many countries, ours included, there are many homeless and refugees who have no stone upon which to lay their head. Remember all of them, Lord, we pray. R.
5. Many children and old people have only the street to live and to sleep on; also many prisoners are forgotten. Remember all of them, Lord, we pray. R.
6. There are people for whom nobody prays, and there are those who hurt and afflict us. Remember them, Lord, we pray. R.
CELEBRANT: Lord, you listen, to the prayers of those who trust in you. Help us to remember with you the least of our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen....