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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
May  28:
SAINT AUGUSTINE of CANTERBURY Apostle of England 605:
Saint Augustine was prior of the monastery of Saint Andrew on Mount Coelius in Rome, when he was appointed by Saint Gregory the Great as Superior of the forty missionaries he was sending to England. The Christian faith of England, more than that of any other nation of Europe, was the fruit of the labors and spiritual conquests of the ministry of monks. Its deepest Christian roots are more ancient than Saint Augustine and his companions, and date from the era of the Apostles. England, in the first century, furnished its contingent of martyrs during the persecution of Diocletian. England sent its bishops to the first Councils held after the religion of Christ became that of the Empire in 313. But in the time of Saint Augustine, the Anglo-Saxon conquest had cut down almost all the branches of the tree.

 
When Saint Augustine arrived, ruined churches, scarcely a Christian to be found to narrate a tradition, attested to the sacrilegious and incendiary hand of paganism, despite the labors of Saint Palladius and Saint Germain d’Auxerre in the fifth century. The last Christian Britons had taken refuge in the mountains of Wales. And England, the land of the Angles, had become a land of infamous slave-traders for the continent, including Rome; its merchants did not spare their own people when profit was at stake. In this way did Saint Gregory the Great come to purchase the English boys he saw marketed at the Roman Forum, and raise them in his house, which he had transformed into a monastery. Thus the definitive conversion of England began, in his compassionate heart, when in the sixth year of his pontificate he chose the prior of his own monastery for the mission to England.

 
Saint Augustine and his companions during their journey heard many reports of the barbarism and ferocity of the pagan English. They were alarmed and wished to turn back. But Saint Gregory sent word to them saying, “Go on, in God’s name! The greater your hardships, the greater your crown. May the grace of Almighty God protect you, and permit me to see the fruit of your labor in the heavenly country! If I cannot share your toil, I shall yet share the harvest, for God knows that it is not good-will which is wanting.” The band of missionaries went on in obedience, after halting briefly to deliver letters of Saint Gregory at the Abbey of Lerins, and to the bishops of Aix, Tours, Marseille, Vienna, Autun, and Arles, as well as to obtain translators for the mission of the monks.

 
Landing at Ebbsfleet, they sent ahead of them their translator-emissaries, to say to the king of those lands that they had come from Rome, to announce to him not merely good news, but the Good News of all ages, with its promises of heavenly joy and an eternal reign in the company of the living and true God. They met with the Saxon King Ethelbert who had been reigning for thirty-six years, and with his barons under a great oak tree at Minster in the present county of Kent, and announced to him the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was predisposed to listen to the missionaries; his Christian wife, Bertha, was a great-granddaughter of Saint Clothilda and Clovis. He wished to deliberate for a few days nonetheless, and when they returned in procession, chanting and preceded by the Cross, he promised only to give them liberty to practice their faith unmolested. He gave them a residence in Canterbury and provided for their needs. Their good example brought many to them for instruction and then Baptism, and at Pentecost 597, the Anglo-Saxon king, too, entered into the unity of the Church of Christ. His example was followed by the greater number of his nobles and people.

 
By degrees the Faith spread far and wide, and Augustine, as papal legate, set out on a visitation of Britain. He failed in his attempt to enlist the Christian Britons of the west in the work of his apostolate, but his success was otherwise triumphant from south to north. He died after eight years of evangelical labors, but his monks continued them and perpetuated them. The Anglo-Saxon Church which Saint Augustine founded is still famous for its learning, zeal, and devotion to the Holy See, while its calendar commemorates no fewer than 300 Saints, half of whom were of royal birth.

 
SAINT AUGUSTINE of CANTERBURY PRAY FOR US!!

Source: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 6.

Todays Readings & Speciality
May  26:THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, SOLEMNITY:

FIRST READING                                       Genesis 14: 18 - 20

Melchizedek brought out bread and wine

 

A reading from the book of Genesis.

 

In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine, and being a priest of God Most High, he blessed Abram with these words: "Blessed be Abram by God Most High, the creator of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand." Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

The Word of the Lord.

 

RESPONSORIAL PSALM    

R. You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek

 

The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand

till I make your enemies your footstool."; R.

The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion: "Rule in the midst of your enemies.”
R.

"Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor; before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you. R.

 

The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent: "You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek." R.




SECOND READING                             1 Cor 11: 23 - 26

For as often as you eat and drink, you proclaim the death of the Lord.

 

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians.

 

Brothers and sisters: I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,  that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,  took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

The Word of the Lord.

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia

I am the living bread that came down from Heaven, says the Lord whoever eats this bread will live forever.

Alleluia, alleluia

 

GOSPEL                                                    Luke 9: 11b – 17    

They all ate and were satisfied

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

 

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms

and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here." He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people." Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty." They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

 

GENERAL INTERCESSIONS:

 

CELEBRANT:  Let us pray with the fullest trust to God our Father, for he has chosen us as his partners in life set free by the blood of his Son. Let us say:

 R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.

1.For the pope, for bishops and priests, that they may give to their people not only the bread of the Eucharist and the word of God but also the bread of themselves, let us pray:  R/

2. For all Christians Churches, that they may become one at the table of the Lord, let us pray: R/

3. For the nations who have more than others in food and human resources, that they may consider it a task of justice to share with others peoples that have less and help them forward on the road of human and economic development, let us pray: R/

4. For our Christian communities, that rich and poor, high and low, tenants and landlords, may share alike in the Eucharist and become responsible for one another covenant of justice, love and peace, let us pray: R/

5. For all of us, that the Eucharist may become more and more the source of our strength and unity and of our commitment to one another, let us pray: R/

CELEBRANT:  Lord God. Be close to us. Keep nourishing us with the body and blood of your Son that we may grow in your everlasting life, now and forever. R/ Amen.

 

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