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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
Aug  01:
SAINT BERNARD Abbot of Clairvaux 1090-1153:
Bernard was born at the castle of Fontaines, in Burgundy near Dijon, in 1090. The grace of his person and the vigor of his intellect filled his parents with the highest hopes, and the world lay bright and smiling before him. But Bernard renounced it forever to join the monks of Citeaux, a few miles distant. Four of his brothers and a group of friends, thirty young Christians in all, went when he did to Citeaux, leaving the youngest brother, Nivard, to be the mainstay of his father in his old age. “You will now be heir to everything,” they said to him as they departed. “Yes,” said the boy; “you leave me the earth, and keep heaven for yourselves; do you consider that fair?” And he too left the world. At length their aged father came also, exchanging wealth and honor for the poverty of a monk in the monastery of Clairvaux, which Bernard with a band of monks founded in the diocese of Langres in 1115. One sister alone remained behind; she was married, and loved the world and its pleasures. Splendidly clothed, one day she came to visit Bernard, and he refused to see her. He finally consented to do so, not as her brother but as the minister of Christ. The words he then spoke moved her so deeply that two years later she retired to a convent with her husband’s consent, dying later in the reputation of sanctity.
Bernard’s holy example attracted so many novices that many other monasteries had to be built. Unsparing for himself, he at first expected too much of his monks, who were disheartened by his severity. Soon perceiving his error, he led them forward to wonderful perfection by the sweetness of his correction and the mildness of his government.
In spite of his desire to remain secluded, the fame of his sanctity spread far and wide, and many dioceses asked for him as their bishop. Through the help of Pope Eugenius III, his former subject, he escaped this dignity. Nonetheless, his retirement was continually invaded. The poor and the weak sought his protection; bishops, kings, and popes applied to him for advice; and at length Pope Eugenius himself ordered him to preach the crusade. By his fervor, eloquence, and miracles Bernard kindled the enthusiasm of Christendom, and two large armies were organized. Their defeat was only due, said the Saint, to their sins, but many had saved their souls by their dedication to the glory of God. Bernard died in 1153. His very precious writings have earned for him the title of the last Father of the Holy Church and one of its most famous Doctors.
 
SAINT BERNARD pray for us

Source: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894).
Todays Readings & Speciality
August  27:22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME -YEAR --B:

CATHOLIC CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

22nd  SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

28-30 AUGUST 2015



First Reading                                                           Dt 4:1-2, 6-8

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy.      

 

You shall not add to what I command you…Keep the commands of the Lord.

Moses said to the people: “Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.  In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. Observe them carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations, who will hear of all these statutes and say, ‘This great nation is truly a wise and intelligent people.’ For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?  Or what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?”

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

R.  The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.
1.   Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart and slanders not with his tongue. R/

2.   Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; by whom the reprobate is despised, while he honors those who fear the LORD. R/

3.   Who lends not his money at usury and accepts no bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things shall never be disturbed. R/

Second Reading                                      Jas 1:17-18,21b-22,27

A reading from the Letter of Saint James

                                Be doers of word

 

 Dearest brothers and sisters: All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change. He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.


Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.

 

Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.


Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

   

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel                                                 

                                                                          Mk 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark  

 

You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.

When the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.  —For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without carefully washing their hands, keeping the tradition of the elders.  And on coming from the marketplace they do not eat without purifying themselves. And there are many other things that they have traditionally observed, the purification of cups and jugs and kettles and beds.

 

So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”  He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.
You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.”


He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.

 “From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

CELEBRANT : Let us pray to God, the giver of all good gifts, that we may always obey his laws with the free attitude of Christ, and let us say: R/ Father, your will be done.

1.   For the Church, that it may not replace the gospel with rites and laws of human invention but bring people to the freedom, the gentleness and the light of Christ, let us pray: R/

2.  For the leaders of people everywhere, that God's Spirit may inspire them to give their people wise laws that bring them freedom and justice, let us prayR/

3.  For those who do not know Christ, that they may discover God's law written in their hearts and find salvation by the integrity of their lives and the love of their neighbor, let us pray: R/

4.  For those upset by the changes in the Church, that they may learn to appreciate the attempts of God's people to understand and live our faith in a contemporary way that remains true to the gospel, let us pray: R/

5.   For us who share in the Lord's table, that we may learn from Jesus our Lord that love is the heart of the law and that true love knows how to serve, let us pray: R/

CELEBRANT: Lord our God, may we not only hear your word but live by it day after day by the strength of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior forever/ Amen.

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