Friday, September 30, 2016

Child Safety Course for the parents

Hello, 
There will be an annual refreshment session on Child Safety for the CCD parents on Sunday after the mass from 1 PM to 2 PM. The session includes a video segment called 'Safer Spaces' and a discussion led by Mr. Patrick McGuire from NY Archdiocese Safe-Enviornment program. 

All the parents must attend this session. The attendance is part of our compliance to the 'Safe-Enviornment Program' and is subject to audit annually. 

Thanks.

Trustees 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Piano classes starting this week

Hello all,
Piano classes by Angela Argenzio for the year 2016-'17 will be starting this Friday (9/23/16) from 6 pm to 7.30 pm. 

Kids Club

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mary Matha Malayalam School

Hello,
This is just a reminder that the Mary Matha Malayalam School for the year 2016-17 is starting tomorrow (Friday). Class time will be 7.30 PM to 8.30 PM. Those who haven't registered should meet with our new Principal Nirmala for help. 

Welcome back for another great year. 

Kids Club

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Feast dues - Reminder

Hello Presudenthies,

We have a few more payments pending for this year's St. Mary's feast. Presudenthies who haven't paid so far please bring a check of $200 per intention. 

Thanks.

Trustees

Friday, September 9, 2016

Reminder

Hello,
Please bring the choir children an hour before the mass.

Kids Club

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Day of Prayer for our Communities- Sept 9

Dear friends,

Please pray this prayer tomorrow alone with your family.

In Christ,
Thadeus achan


PRAYER FOR PEACE IN OUR COMMUNITIES

Let us pray . . .

O Lord our God, in your mercy and kindness, no thought of ours is left unnoticed, no desire or

concern ignored.

You have proven that blessings abound when we fall on our knees in prayer,
and so we turn to you in our hour of need.

Surrounded by violence and
cries for justice, we hear your voice telling us what is

required . . .
"
Only to do justice and to love goodness,
and to walk humbly with your God
" (Mi 6:8).

Fill us with your mercy so that we, in turn, may be merciful to others.

Strip away pride, suspicion, and racism
so that we may seek peace and justice in our

communities.

Strengthen our hearts so that they beat only to the rhythm of your holy will.

Flood our path with your light as we walk humbly toward a future

lled with encounter and unity.

Be with us, O Lord, in our efforts, for only by the prompting of your grace

can we progress toward virtue.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Copyright © 2016, Therese Wilson-Favors. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Scripture quote taken from the New American Bible, Revised Edition, copyright © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Photo: CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

St.Mary's Feast Presudethies 2016

Hello Presudenthies,

Just a friendly reminder, we have few more payments pending. Presudenthies who are not paid so far please make sure to pay by Friday Sept 9th 2016.

 

Thanks in advance for your kind attention and cooperation in this matter,


Trustees

Monday, September 5, 2016

Final practice

Hello,
Little Angels Choir feast mass final practice is tomorrow (Tuesday) 5.45 PM to 6.45 PM. 

Kids Club

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sermon of Pope Francis at the canonization of St Teresa of Culcutta- For Spiritual reading

Pope Francis' Homily for the Canonization of Mother Teresa: 

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass and Rite of Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Saint Peter's Square, 4 September 2016

"Who can learn the counsel of God?" (Wis 9:13). This question from the Book of Wisdom that we have just heard in the first reading suggests that our life is a mystery and that we do not possess the key to understanding it. There are always two protagonists in history: God and man. Our task is to perceive the call of God and then to do his will. But in order to do his will, we must ask ourselves, "What is God's will in my life?"

We find the answer in the same passage of the Book of Wisdom: "People were taught what pleases you" (Wis 9:18). In order to ascertain the call of God, we must ask ourselves and understand what pleases God. On many occasions the prophets proclaimed what was pleasing to God. Their message found a wonderful synthesis in the words "I want mercy, not sacrifice" (Hos 6:6; Mt 9:13). God is pleased by every act of mercy, because in the brother or sister that we assist, we recognize the face of God which no one can see (cf. Jn 1:18). Each time we bend down to the needs of our brothers and sisters, we give Jesus something to eat and drink; we clothe, we help, and we visit the Son of God (cf. Mt 25:40).

We are thus called to translate into concrete acts that which we invoke in prayer and profess in faith. There is no alternative to charity: those who put themselves at the service of others, even when they don't know it, are those who love God (cf. 1 Jn 3:16-18; Jas 2:14-18). The Christian life, however, is not merely extending a hand in times of need. If it is just this, it can be, certainly, a lovely expression of human solidarity which offers immediate benefits, but it is sterile because it lacks roots. The task which the Lord gives us, on the contrary, is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ's disciples puts his or her entire life at his service, so to grow each day in love.

We heard in the Gospel, "Large crowds were travelling with Jesus" (Lk 14:25). Today, this "large crowd" is seen in the great number of volunteers who have come together for the Jubilee of Mercy. You are that crowd who follows the Master and who makes visible his concrete love for each person. I repeat to you the words of the Apostle Paul: "I have indeed received much joy and comfort from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you" (Philem 1:7). How many hearts have been comforted by volunteers! How many hands they have held; how many tears they have wiped away; how much love has been poured out in hidden, humble and selfless service! This praiseworthy service gives voice to the faith and expresses the mercy of the Father, who draws near to those in need.

Following Jesus is a serious task, and, at the same time, one filled with joy; it takes a certain daring and courage to recognize the divine Master in the poorest of the poor and to give oneself in their service. In order to do so, volunteers, who out of love of Jesus serve the poor and the needy, do not expect any thanks or recompense; rather they renounce all this because they have discovered true love. Just as the Lord has come to meet me and has stooped down to my level in my hour of need, so too do I go to meet him, bending low before those who have lost faith or who live as though God did not exist, before young people without values or ideals, before families in crisis, before the ill and the imprisoned, before refugees and immigrants, before the weak and defenceless in body and spirit, before abandoned children, before the elderly who are on their own. Wherever someone is reaching out, asking for a helping hand in order to get up, this is where our presence – and the presence of the Church which sustains and offers hope – must be.

Mother Teresa, in all aspects of her life, was a generous dispenser of divine mercy, making herself available for everyone through her welcome and defence of human life, those unborn and those abandoned and discarded. She was committed to defending life, ceaselessly proclaiming that "the unborn are the weakest, the smallest, the most vulnerable". 

She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognize their guilt for the crime of poverty they created. 

For Mother Teresa, mercy was the "salt" which gave flavour to her work, it was the "light" which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering.

Her mission to the urban and existential peripheries remains for us today an eloquent witness to God's closeness to the poorest of the poor. 

Today, I pass on this emblematic figure of womanhood and of consecrated life to the whole world of volunteers: may she be your model of holiness! May this tireless worker of mercy help us to increasingly understand that our only criterion for action is gratuitous love, free from every ideology and all obligations, offered freely to everyone without distinction of language, culture, race or religion. 

Mother Teresa loved to say, "Perhaps I don't speak their language, but I can smile". Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer. In this way, we will open up opportunities of joy and hope for our many brothers and sisters who are discouraged and who stand in need of understanding and tenderness.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fwd: Bible Quiz - October 9th (First Round) & November 13th (Final Round)

Dear Parishioners, 

As announced previously in church, there will be a Bible Quiz, open to anyone in 8th grade and above, based on the Acts of the Apostles. Please see the attached rules and regulations for more information. 

If you are interested, please email or phone Ashley Kadamthottu (ashley.kad@gmail.com845-558-6490) or Leenu Vayalumkal (leenuvayalumkal@hotmail.com845-729-5095). Additionally, there will be an opportunity to sign up after mass this Sunday, September 4th. The last day for sign ups will be Sunday, October 2nd

In Christ,
Thadeus Achan 

Time change

Hello, 
Due to the change in mass time, Today's choir practice for the Little Angels will be from 5.30 PM to 7.00 PM. 

Kids Club

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Reminder: parish retreat cancelled

Retreat is cancelled.

Dear friends,
Just wanted to remind you that, as announced a couple of months ago, the retreat scheduled for this Friday to Sunday, Sept 2, 3, 4 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We will have it another time.

I wish all those who observe the 8 day Lent special blessings through the prayers of our Blessed Mother.

Thadeus Achan

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