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 OF LENT CYCLE C
12th, 13th, 14th FEBRUARY 2016
FIRST READING Dt 26: 4-10
The confession of faith of the chosen people
A reading from the book of Deuteronomy.
Moses spoke to the people, saying: “The priest shall receive the basket from you and shall set it in front of the altar of the LORD, your God. Then you shall declare before the Lord, your God, ‘My father was a wandering Aramean who went down to Egypt with a small household and lived there as an alien. But there he became a nation great, strong, and numerous. When the Egyptians maltreated and oppressed us, imposing hard labor upon us, we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and he heard our cry and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. He brought us out of Egypt with his strong hand and outstretched arm, with terrifying power, with signs and wonders; and bringing us into this country, he gave us this land flowing with milk and honey. Therefore, I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.’ And having set them before the Lord, your God, you shall bow down in his presence.”
The Word of the Lord.
R. / Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.
1. You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, say to the LORD, “My refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust.” R. /
2. No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, For to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. R. /
3. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the asp and the viper; you shall trample down the lion and the dragon. R. /
4. Because he clings to me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledge my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and glorify him. R. /
SECOND READING Rom 10:8-13
The confession of faith of all believers in Christ
A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters: What does Scripture say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart —that is, the word of faith that we preach—, for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. For the Scripture says, No one who believes in him will be put to shame. For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The Word of the Lord.
One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
GOSPEL Lk 4:1-13
Jesus was led by the Spirit to the desert and was tempted
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke.
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, One does not live on bread alone.” Then he took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a single instant. The devil said to him, “I shall give to you all this power and glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I may give it to whomever I wish. All this will be yours, if you worship me.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It is written: You shall worship the Lord, your God, and him alone shall you serve.” Then he led him to Jerusalem, made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written: He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and: With their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.
The Gospel of the Lord.
CELEBRANT: Let the Holy Spirit inspire our prayer as we bring before the Father the great needs of our brothers and sisters, of the Church, and of the world. Let us say: R/ Hear us, Lord, and have mercy.
1. That the Lord may give us and all Christians a deep and strong faith, which we profess not only with our lips but which we also live in our deeds, let us pray: R/
2. That we and all those caught up in material tasks and concerns may learn to seek other food than bread alone, let us pray. R. /
3. That we and all those who work to increase their influence and power may learn to seek the Lord and adore him alone, let us pray. R. /
4. That we and all those who are tried by temptations may remain faithful to God and answer his call to serve God and people, let us pray: R/
5. That we and all those surrounded by suffering, injustice, and illness may be made more sensitive by the Lord to the needs of people and love them more, let us pray: R/
CELEBRANT: Loving Father, you stood by your Son in his temptations. Sustain those who hope in you and keep them in your love, now and forever. R/ Amen.