from Fr Satheesh

My dear Parishioners,

Last Friday we celebrated the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as you know Fr Shiju, Fr Biju and I belong to the Oblates of the Sacred Heart so this is a special feast for us. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the second popular Catholic devotion among Catholics, the first being the Rosary. On Saturday we remember the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We are blessed in our Parish to have many people who have a devotion to Our Lady, they spend many hours praying for this community and we are grateful to them. Everyday, after Mass some of our parishioners gather and pray the Rosary at OLGC, we appreciate their prayers and devotion.

This is the 13th week in Ordinary Time, so what is Ordinary Time? While not regarded as a specific season, the weeks that are outside the periods of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter are known as Ordinary Time. There are 34 weeks of Ordinary Time which, for the most, part incorporate semi-continuous readings of the Gospel of each liturgical cycle. They feature a presentation of the teachings and mission of Christ: in Cycle A: Matthew, Cycle B: Mark and John, and in Cycle C: Luke. The weeks of Ordinary Time, like all in the Liturgical Year, revolve around the central day of Sunday, the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

My dream is that our Parish will be more hospitable. Hence, I would like to encourage all our parishioners to be welcoming and hospitable especially to those who visit our Parish churches or who are new to the area. It is hard to move into a new area and so it would be very special if we, as a church community, can make sure that we welcome all members of our community. Find time to meet and chat with everyone and it will enable you to know others and become friendly and connected. Our morning teas serve as a good way to do this, but even at the evening Masses let’s show what a hospitable, welcoming, and caring community we are. I wish to form a hospitality team, and if you are interested, please let me or the Parish office know. Also, if you know of anyone in the community who is lonely or housebound, please let us know and maybe take the time to visit them or give them a call.

Thank you to all of you for your support and assistance in the Parish, we appreciate everything that you do for us and for the community.

God Bless you,
Fr. Satheesh Antony OSH