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
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C
29 APRIL – 1 MAY 2016
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29
It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.
Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the
brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic
practice, you cannot be saved.” Because
there arose no little dissension and debate by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders
about this question.
The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
decided to choose representatives and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas, and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them.
“The apostles and the elders, your brothers, to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia of Gentile origin: greetings. Since we have heard that some of our number who went out without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings and disturbed your peace of mind, we have with one accord decided to choose representatives and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. So we are sending Judas and Silas who will also convey this same message by word of mouth: ‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”
The word of the Lord.
R. O God, let all the nations praise you
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations,
your salvation. R.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the
earth you guide. R.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the
ends of the earth fear him! R.
SECOND READING Rev 21:10-14, 22-23
The angel showed me the holy city coming down out of Heaven.
A reading from the book of Revelation.
The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites. There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
I saw no temple in the city for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb.
The Word of the Lord.
Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.
GOSPEL John 14:23 – 29
The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”
The Gospel of the Lord
CELEBRANT: While we wait for and await the happiness of Heaven, let us pray for the strength to live well a life of faith. Let us say: R/ Fill us with your joy, O Lord
1. That we as people of God, may embrace the cross of Christ and be a living message of hope to people to whose care we are entrusted, let us pray:
2. That those who are discouraged may experience the joy of God’s sustaining power, let us pray:
3. That those who suffer may be strengthened and be able to bear their pain, let us pray:
4. That through our caring ways, the sick may find spiritual strength and consolation, let us pray:
5. That the dead may rest in God’s peace, let us pray:
CELEBRANT: Lord sustain us in our trials by the example of your son. Help us through the grace of your Spirit to endure the sufferings of this life with joy, knowing the happiness that awaits us in Heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.....