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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
Apr  28:
St. Peter Chanel Priest and martyr July 4, 1803 – April 28, 1841 France, Oceania Canonized 1954 Patron of Oceania:
Peter Chanel was born of a French peasant family.  The Parish priest, noticing Peter’s unusual intelligence and prayerful spirit, helped him enter the seminary.  After ordination Peter’s first assignment was to be a pastor of a parish in a run-down district.  Through endless patience and perseverance in showing kindness to the sick and needy, he revived the parish.  More than anything else Peter wanted to be a missionary to a foreign land.  After Three years of parish work, when he was twenty eight, he joined a new organization, the Society of Mary (Marists).

 
Peter was not sent to the foreign missions immediately, but taught in the seminary for five years.  Then he was\\s sent with Bishop Pompallier and others to islands in the South Pacific.  The Bishop left |Peter and a\\brother on the island of Furuna, promising to return in six months.  It was five years before the bishop return.  Peter and the brother were accepted by some of the natives, and their ability to heal the sick was respected.  Missionary work difficult, though.  Cannibalism still existed on these islands, and the language was almost impossible to learn.

 
A brother described Peter. “He was often burned by the heat of the sun and famished with hunger, and he would return home wet with perspiration and completely exhausted. Yet he always returned in good spirits, courageous and energetic almost every day.” Peter worked with faith even though only a few natives came for instructions and Baptism.  The mission seemed a failure.

 
Then the chief’s son asked to be baptized.  This made the chief so angry that he sent warriors to kill Peter.  The warriors surrounded Peter’s hut, clubbed him to death, and cut up his dead body.  Peter was the first martyr of Oceania.  The chief had thought the missionary’s death would crush Catholicism.  Instead, within two years the whole island was Catholic.

 
St. Peter Chanel 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  23:4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER:

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER

24 - 26 APRIL 2015



First Reading

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 the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 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.

 

Responsorial Psalm

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.

 

Second Reading

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.

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel

 

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.

 

 

GENERAL INTERCESSION:

 

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.

 

 

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