Prayer for Corona Virus

After Holy Mass on Sunday, 15th March,20, special prayer for eradicating corona virus from the world and to heal those who were inflicted was made. Rev Fr Ani Zachariah and Rev Sisters of Holy Spirit congregation led the prayers. Special prayer released by KCBC and circulated to all Churches in the Diocese by MCA to be read on Sunday was recited. Rosary of Mercy was also chanted under the initiative of MCYM for seeking mercy from Lord for preventing the spread of the virus and to console and comfort those who are affected.

Parish Day Celebrations 2020

 Parish Day celebrated on Sunday 19th Jan, 20. HE Most Rev Bishop Dr Jacob Mar Barnabas was the main celebrant of Holy Mass.  Four children received First Holy Communion. Very Rev Fr Jose Kuruvilla, OIC, Superior General, Ver Rev Fr Philips Vazhakunnathu,Procurator, Gurgaon Diocese and Rev Fr Jacob, OIC, Procurator, Bethany Generalate, Former Vicar Rev Fr Shoby Mathew OIC, Rev. Fr. Jith John OIC etc  were present.

During the meeting held after Holy Mass, Reports of MCCL, MCYM, Mathruvedi and Pithruvedi were presented.There were cultural and entertainment programs of children, youth, mathruvedi & pithruvedi members. The celebrations ended with sumptuous lunch.

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Catechism Camp of Gujarat Parishes & ‘Kairos’- MCYM Bhopal Region Meet

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”. Matthew 19:14

October, 19 being the Extra Ordinary Mission Month declared by Holy Father call us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with all people, to be in prayers and action and to renew our missionary commitment. Personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in His Church, biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation, missionary charity etc. are the main themes of this month.

Catechism Children of Ahmedabad, Baroda, Vapi & Surat and Youth of Bhopal Region and the entire Malankarites in Gujarat are fortunate enough to observe the Mission Month in a special way. Three days of October, 25, 26 & 27 are remarkable especially for the catechism students and MCYM members of Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Vapi and Surat as it revitalised, renewed and reawakened them through Catechism Camp and ‘Kairos”-   Regional Meet, Retreat and Kaloltsavam of MCYM.  On Sunday, 27th Oct, there was common Holy Mass for all parishes in Gujarat, the main celebrant was Rev Fr R Alexander Kallukalayil, MCYM Regional Director and Rev Fr Devasia Kuthirakallil, MCYM Diocesan Director, Rev Fr Binoy George OIC, Rev Fr Saiju Kurien OIC were the con-celebrants. Rev Brothers from Bethany Ashram, Pune, who led the Catechism Camp assisted the liturgy in a solemn way.

Inspired by the call of Holy Father in the mission month for missionary charity, MCYM members collected a sum of Rs 20k as a token of mission aid and was handed over to Rev Fr Devasia Kuthirakallil, MCYM Director of Diocese.

Surat Parish was proud enough to host this residential mega event wherein 150+ children and youth and parents of Bhopal Region participated. The event is conducted observing Green Protocol as per the Karma Path of both MCA & MCYM and the message –“Say No to Plastic” was conveyed not only in words but also in deeds.

On the concluding day of Sunday, Rev Fr Devasia Kuthirakallil expressed vote of thanks for making the event a grand success and prize distribution to the winners of various games and cultural programs were distributed by Rev Fr Ani Zachariah, OIC, Rev Sr Blessy OSS, official representatives/animators of Catechism, MCYM, MCA etc.

MCYM overall trophy was jointly won by Baroda and Surat. First prize for Catechism won by Surat followed by Ahmedabad.

Delicious food and snacks for all these days were organised under the initiative of Mathruvedi and Pithruvedi of Surat Parish. Copies of the Message to the Youth by Pope Francis –“ Christus Vivit” were given to MCYM members and Student’s Prayer to St. Chavara were given to Catechism students

Benedict Mar Gregorios Memorial Day

25th Anniversary of Benedict Mar Gregorios was celebrated on Sunday ,13th October with Holy Mass, Dhoopa Prarthana and Nercha. The day was special and important since canonisation of Blessed Mariam Thresia being held at Rome

Word of Life- Oct,19

Shine your light

“Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.” (2 Tim 1:14)

Paul the Apostle is writing to Timothy, his “son in faith.” He shared his work of evangelizing with Timothy and entrusted the community in Ephesus to him.

            As Paul feels his time of death drawing close, he encourages Timothy in this demanding task of leadership. Timothy, in fact, has received a “precious gift,” that is, the content of the Christian faith as passed on by the Apostles. He, in turn, is responsible for faithfully communicating it to future generations.

            For Paul this means protecting and revealing the beauty of the gift received, as well as being willing to give his life to spread the good news that is the Gospel.

“Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.” 

Paul and Timothy received the Holy Spirit as light and guarantee for their unique role as pastors and evangelizers. Through their witness and that of their successors, the proclamation of the Gospel has come down to us. 

            In the same way, every Christian has a “mission” in his or her own social and religious community: to build a united family, educate young people, engage in politics and work, care for vulnerable people, enlighten culture and art with the wisdom of the Gospel put into practice, and consecrate his or her life to God for the service of others.

            Indeed, according to the words of Pope Francis to the youth, “Every man and woman is a mission.”[1] We always have the opportunity to consciously renew our commitment to witnessing to our faith, with our hearts filled with evangelical love that generates welcome, encounter and dialogue.

“Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.” 

Every Christian is a “temple” of the Holy Spirit. This enables us to discover and preserve the “precious gifts” entrusted to us, to make them grow and put them at the service of other people. The first of these treasures is faith in Jesus. We Christians need to awaken this and nourish it with prayer, and then communicate it through the witness of charity

Hearty Welcome to Rev Fr Saiju Kurien, OIC

 “He who is not for himself, he is for you.”- St. John Vianney

Heartiest Welcome to Rev Fr Saiju Kurien, OIC to Surat. We thank Almighty for deputing you to serve, lead and guide people of Surat. May the Lord bless you abundantly in all your endeavours

Parish Festival & Holy Lent -2019

Holy Lent of Nativity and Parish Festival of 2019 will be held from 1st Sep to 8th Sep as per the following program schedule:

After the morning prayer on Sunday 1st Sep, Rev Fr Ani Zachariah hoisted the flag to mark the beginning of the feast

Visit to Mission Centres in Chattisgarh

Declare his glory among the nations; his marvellous deeds among all people”- Psalm 96:3

Inorder to fulfill the commitments as per the Karmapath of MCA for 2019-20, mission centres of Odisha Region were visited by Mr Reji Thomas, Secretary of the Parish and President of MCA, Gurgaon Diocese and Mr P.G.James, President of MCA Bhopal Region alongwith the members from Delhi, Bhopal and Raipur during 23rd to 25th Aug,19

As a token of love, T Shirts, educationa/liturgical kits ,dress materials, prayer mats/carpets etc were distributed to the mission centres during the visit and school bags, shoes, etc were also given to the Mission during the school opening time.

Under the leadership of Central Committee of MCA Career Guidance cum Motivational Training program was conducted by Dr Ajit Varwandkar, Director, My Agalakadam Academy of Guidance & Counselling P Ltd, renowned training & guidance firm of the country. 50+ Youth from Odisha, Bilaspur & Raipur participated in the program

Word of Life-Sep 19

“Encourage one another and build up each other.” (1 Thess 5:11)

St. Paul was writing to the Christian community he founded in Thessalonica. He was not able to visit there anymore, having had to escape from the city due to serious difficulties and persecution.

However, through his letters, he continued to accompany the people with love, and indeed he praised them for their constancy and perseverance in faith. They had become exemplary witnesses!

            Paul knew that the community was asking very deep and existential questions. What happens to us after we die? If the Lord is coming back soon, how can we prepare ourselves adequately for his final coming?

            Paul did not answer them with norms they should follow, but made a profession of faith instead: Jesus gave his life out of love for all humanity and is risen from the dead, thus opening the path to life for all people.

            To prepare for his return, Paul advised them to put the Gospel into practice in everyday life, to continue working honestly and build a sense of family in the community.

“Encourage one another and build up each other.”

Paul had experienced this firsthand: the Gospel makes the seed of goodness that God has placed in the human heart sprout and grow.

            This is a seed of hope, which grows through our personal daily contact with God’s love and bears fruit in mutual love. It spurs us to resist the bad seeds of individualism and indifference that cause isolation and conflict, and instead to share one another’s burdens and encourage each other.

            This is a simple Word of Life that we can all understand and put into practice; yet it can revolutionize our personal and social relationships.

            It is a valuable piece of advice that helps us rediscover the fundamental truth of being brothers and sisters, which underlies many cultures. This is expressed by the principle of Ubuntu in Bantu philosophy: “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

            This thought guided the great Methodist leader Nelson Mandela in his political work in South Africa. He said, “Ubuntu doesn’t mean that people should not think of themselves, but rather they should ask, ‘Do I want to help the community around me?’”[1] Mandela’s consistent and courageous work brought about historic change in his country and a great step forward in civilization.

“Encourage one another and build up each other.”

How can we live this Word of Life?

            In a commentary on the September 2004 Word of Life, Focolare founder Chiara Lubich wrote: “By trying to grow in mutual love in our families, in our work environment, in our communities, church organizations, parishes and so on. This Word of Life asks us to have an ever-greater charity that knows how to overcome the lack of generosity and the various barriers that derive from the subtle selfishness within us all.

“It is enough to think of particular aspects of love, such as tolerance, understanding, mutual acceptance, patience, willingness to serve, mercy toward the real or presumed shortcomings of our neighbor, sharing material goods, etc. in order to discover many opportunities to put the Word of Life into practice.

            “Clearly, then, if there is an atmosphere of mutual love in our community, its warmth will inevitably spread to others. Even those who do not yet know the Christian life will be attracted and, almost without realizing it, they will easily become involved and feel part of this family.”

“Encourage one another and build up each other.”

This spirit is what led a group of doctors, nurses, psychologists and other medical specialists to help disadvantaged people in their city Palermo, Italy. “We are a group of doctors and health workers from various Churches,” they said. “The words of the Gospel urge us to see all people as our brothers and sisters, especially those who are ill but have no access to adequate treatment.

“Our patients include people who have very serious illnesses, as well as some who are addicted to gambling and the internet. We see these people in a professional capacity in our own workplaces, thus enhancing the services of the clinics already present in the area. To maintain contact and share the various needs, we have created a WhatsApp group, a Facebook page and a network of email addresses.

            “Although it started recently, our group is already very active. We work a great deal with the immigrant population, in particular the Ghanaian Adventist community in Palermo, which is a large and joyful group. Our contact with them enables us to experience the joy of helping one another as brothers and sisters who are children of one Father.”

[1] From “Experience Ubuntu”; interview by Tim Modise, May 24, 2006.

Vaidhika Dinam -2019