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
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT YEAR B
20th FEBRUARY – 22th FEBRUARY 2015
A reading from the Book of Genesis 9:8-15
God’s covenant with Noah when he was delivered from the flood.
God said to Noah and to his sons
with him: “See, I am now
establishing my covenant with you and
your descendants after you and
with every living creature that was with you: all
the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the
ark. I will establish my covenant with you, that
never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to
devastate the earth.”
God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come,
of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth, and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the covenant I have made between me and you and all living beings, so that the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all mortal beings.”
The Word of the Lord.
R. Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.
1. Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths, Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior. R.
2. Remember that your compassion, O LORD, and your love are from of old. In your kindness remember me, because of your goodness, O LORD.R.
3. Good and upright is the LORD, thus he shows sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, and he teaches the humble his way. R.
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter 3:18-22
The water of the flood prefigured baptism, which saves you now.
Beloved: Christ suffered for
sins once, the righteous for the
sake of the unrighteous, that he
might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit. In
it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison, who had once been disobedient while
God patiently waited in the days of Noah during
the building of the ark, in which
a few persons, eight in all, were saved through water. This prefigured baptism,
which saves you now. It is not a removal of dirt from the body but an appeal to God for a clear
conscience, through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand
with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him.
The Word of the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia! One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Alleluia, alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:12-15
Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels ministered to him.
The Spirit drove Jesus out
into the desert, and he remained
in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and
the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the
gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
CELEBRANT: Let us answer the call of Christ our Lord to repent and to believe in the Good News. Let us say:
R/ Lord, hear the cries of your people.
For the community of the Church, that it may let the Spirit renew it all the time, reject the temptations of power and greed, and bring Good News of God's forgiveness to all, let us pray: R/
For those who have stopped practicing their faith, that they may find the way back to church, and return to the Lord and his Gospel, let us pray: R/
For people facing important choices in life, that they may choose the ways of justice and love, and in everything seek the Lord's will, let us pray: R/
For young people and adults who are preparing for baptism and for those who help them in this preparation, that the Lord may give them peace and joy, let us pray: R/
For those who are passing through deserts of suffering, failures, and disappointments, that the Spirit may give them the strength to overcome their troubles, let us pray: R/
CELEBRANT: Lord our God, touch the heart of each and all of us to make us turn fully to you and to live the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord.