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“Truly this man was God’s Son!”

IMG-20160719-WA0008Passion (Palm) Sunday comes to us so quickly again. The past days of Lent have been a great help for us to know ourselves better. The life and teachings of Jesus have enabled us to know the value of our human life lived in its proper dignity. We would have come to know by this time that the life we live is not our own, rather it has come as a great gift from God and when we live it with all perfection, we become true children of God and close followers of His Son, Jesus. Let us be grateful to God for this time of grace we had in the Church.

On this Passion Sunday we are invited again to have a close encounter with the sufferings, passion and death of Jesus. Every human person has the experience of suffering and pain; so also was the experience of Jesus, the Word made flesh. In His physical body He had to undergo persecution, mockery, scourging and finally a humiliating death on the cross. That wasn’t the end of it; He defeated the greatest of all enemies, death itself.

As we enter into this Holy Week again, let us be united with the Suffering Jesus who is the perfect resemblance of the Servant of the Lord as prophesied by Isaiah. Let us again enter into Jerusalem with Jesus with all praises, but not forget to climb the mountain of Calvary to experience the death of Jesus. Having come to the end of our Lenten journey with our spiritual discipline and religious observances, we say in the words of the centurion “Truly this man was God’s Son!” We learn this from the passion narrative of St. Mark who begins and ends his Gospel with the acknowledgement that Jesus is the Son of God. Filled with the power of the cross of Jesus, let us become His living witnesses as sons and daughters of God in this world.

Fr. Roshan D’Souza, O.C.D.

Preparing for Easter

Fr.-JeromeWe are just one week away from Holy Week, and from our celebration of God’s love shown in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. For us Christians, the Season of Lent is a time of special grace in which we experience the presence of a personal God who cares and loves us. Our response is to transform ourselves and live according to His will. We want to do something new and come to Him in obedience and freedom. Before Him we acknowledge our weakness and we know that He is the one who supports us and builds with us a new relationship. We ought to change our lives during Lent and come closer to Him. Our recent Lenten Mission definitely has moved us a step closer to knowing the redeeming love of God. We appreciate Father Lobsinger for his inspiring talk. I invite you to continue to march towards our final goal of redemption.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

In Christ We Find Fullness

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today, as we enter the fourth Sunday of Lent, we are called upon to renew ourselves and experience the loving invitation of our Lord. This is what the readings remind us. In the early church, those candidates to be baptized, and public sinners, were called upon to understand that Jesus alone is the new life. In the first reading, the house of David seems to have come to an end. Because of their infidelity, the people have suffered. But God’s plan of salvation continues to move forward. In the second reading, Paul overwhelms us with the message of God’s mercy. When we were dead through our sins, He brought us back to life in Christ. The Father has done everything for us in Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus, the giver of new life, tells us of the love of God for humanity, how He sacrificed his own Son. Jesus declares that He must be lifted up on a cross to glorify God and bring salvation to the world.

Once again, I would like to remind you about the parish Lenten Mission and the penitential service on Tuesday this week. I hope you can come, and that you encourage your friends to come and celebrate the sacraments. We find fullness in God’s Mercy.

 Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

A Journey to Holiness

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: The liturgy of the Third Sunday of Lent begins with  acknowledging God’s holiness and His claim on us that we belong to Him. It recognizes the fact that we are His own people, and must live in a way that reflects His holiness. God offers us the gift of faith as our path towards holiness. At the same time, we all want and desire to live a peaceful life in accordance with God’s will. We all want to make sense of our existence. We all desire to live a life where we can make a positive contribution to ourselves, to our families and to those around us. Challenges are always with us, difficulties surround us. However, the more we long for, desire and develop a personal and ultimate relationship with Jesus Christ as our best friend, there is absolutely nothing that we cannot face and overcome. Indeed, we become the “power and the wisdom of God”.


A note on the Lenten Penitential Service: Please make use of the opportunity of doing Confession on March 13th during our Lenten Mission in preparation for Easter. There will be several priests in attendance.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Call to Transfigure and Transform

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: As we are entering the second week of Lent, the readings remind us about listening to God and His son, Jesus, to experience Him closely and be transformed. The Gospel of today speaks of striking intervention by God in people’s lives indicated through the Transfiguration of Jesus on the Mountain. Jesus is transfigured in the presence of His disciples, manifesting to them His divinity to strengthen them in their faith before He enters into His Passion and death on the cross. They are called upon to listen to Him, the one chosen by the Father. In the first reading we hear God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Even though God had promised a great dynasty for him, Abraham shows his obedience and displays complete trust in God’s promise. God preserves his son and also grants him his multiple rewards. Lent is meant for us to repent of our sins by listening to His word. As Christians we have to be transfigured through the word of God, through the sacraments and through our daily Christian living.

As we are fast approaching the week of the Lenten Mission, I request that you mark these dates as important and remind your friends about participating in the mission. I assure you that you will surely benefit from this spiritual nourishment.


Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Season of Lent

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: We are now into the great Season of Lent. During the Season of Lent, the church invites us to examine our lives, to repent of our sins and do penance. By means of fasting, penance and prayers, the faithful obtain strength they need to overcome sinful tendencies. Secondly, the purpose of Lent is to provide that purification by weaning human persons from sin and selfishness through self-denial and prayer, by creating in them the desire to do God’s will and to make His kingdom alive by making it first come into their hearts. The real aim of Lent above all else, is to prepare Christians for the celebration of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Church invites all to repent from evil ways and return to the Lord who is eagerly waiting for each one to come to Him. On this note we will be having a few initiatives during the season of Lent, such as Stations of the Cross on Fridays; reconciliations, and a Lenten retreat preached by Fr. Wayne Lobsinger, Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life. I would encourage all to participate in these celebrations and prepare to encounter the Risen Lord.

Thank you to all for your prayers and wishes on my birthday. My home visit was awesome. I had a good time with the family, and mother was happy to her son

 Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

“I do choose. Be made clean”

IMG-20160719-WA0008We are well aware of the saying “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” We love to keep our houses, churches, offices and all of nature clean. The state of cleanliness enables us to experience peace within us and outside of us.

In the Gospel reading of the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear about Jesus cleansing the man with leprosy uttering those words “I do choose. Be made clean.” The words of Jesus have authority and command. The effect of it is complete cleansing from leprosy. Though it was forbidden by the Law for a leper (unclean) to approach a man who is considered clean, he approached Jesus and there he was cleansed. As St. Mark says, Jesus was moved with pity.

This Sunday is also celebrated as World Day of the sick. We come across a number of people suffering from various illnesses. The ministry and actions of Jesus inspire us to take care of our brothers and sisters in their dire need of sickness. As followers of Jesus today we value any sort of suffering and enable the suffering person to be united with the Lord who suffered for us. Shall we say with Jesus, “I do choose…”

Fr. Roshan D’Souza

Energetic and Enthusiastic!

IMG-20160719-WA0008In the gospel reading of the 5th Sunday in ordinary time, we read about Jesus healing a number of people who suffer from various diseases. As St. Mark records, Jesus did many healings on a single day. What  tremendous energy and enthusiasm Jesus had as a human person! How did He get that energy? Where did He draw that energy from? St. Mark also tells us that Jesus got up before sunrise and spent time in prayer.

All of us are busy one way or the other all throughout the day. We work daily for our livelihood. Most of our lifetime is spent in jobs and earning, which of course provides for the upkeep of family living. We too are filled with such energy and enthusiasm. Wouldn’t it be so nice to spend some peaceful moments in prayer to know and experience the One who gives that spiritual strength and healing?

Rev. Roshan D’Souza, O.C.D.

“Be silent, and come out of him!”

IMG-20160719-WA0008In the gospel reading of the 4th Sunday in Ordinary time, we see Jesus healing the man with unclean spirit. Jesus silenced the unclean spirit with His command, because His teaching had authority. He is the anointed one of God, “the Messiah”.

Silence has a great role in the life of Jesus. As it is said, ‘silence strengthens our soul’. Our daily jobs and activities keep us always busy and do not give us time to be silent. In the course of time, we become part of a noisy world and lose peace of mind and control of our very self. How nice and wise it is, if we say to so many unwanted things and ideas of our life, “Be silent” at the right time!

 Fr. Roshan D’Souza, O.C.D.

“That they may all be one…”

IMG-20160719-WA0008We are entering into the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This need for unity in the Church of Christ is encouraged by our Lord in His prayer to the Father. He prayed, “that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you…” (Jn 17. 21)

In the Scripture readings of the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, we are invited to contemplate on the mission statement of Jesus, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” A true believer of Jesus is the one who follows Him daily. Repentance is the best way to embrace Jesus and be a witness to His good news. As we pray for all our Christian brothers and sisters, we strive to walk in the footsteps of Jesus that we may live in perfect unity and peace.

Fr. Roshan D’Souza, O.C.D.

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