Pastor’s Desk

Always be alert and prepared

Dear friends: Today is the second last Sunday of the Church liturgical year. As the church brings its liturgical year to an end, it traditionally presents the knowledge of the end times. This gives us the message that Jesus is the beginning and end of all things, all things exist in and through Him. He is the Alpha and the Omega and He is the source of all things. Today when we look around the world, we see so much suffering, hardship and pain. There is much corruption, terrorism and poverty. The world experiences the hardships of what is generally termed as the climate change. But, here we have a message of hope in the words of Jesus. We visualize the Kingdom of God that offers love, compassion, kindness and mercy, the sign of new hope of the future. Even in the midst of suffering and hardship, the word of God continues to be alive and active, as we wait for the fulfillment of the kingdom of God in Christ, and look forward to a just, loving and peaceful world. In the first reading of today we are presented with a holy person seeing the vision of God. He sees that God’s faithful people will rise to eternal life. In the second reading we are reminded that Christ’s sacrifice has accomplished the forgiveness of all sins. We have been consecrated to His Father and made perfect in God’s sight. Today’s gospel anticipates the dramatic events that will take place at the end times. It speaks of a time of suffering, the sun being darkened, the moon not giving its light, the stars falling from heaven, and the powers of heaven being shaken. It will be a time when heaven and earth will pass away forever.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Do little things with great Love

Dear friends: God loves a cheerful giver, the one who is willing to part with things without any hesitation. Compassion and cre for others surely prompt our own giving. To give to the other involves sacrifice on the part of the giver. God created this beautiful world and God the creator of all, is responsible for all the blessings we enjoy. Life in this world was given to each of us as an undeserved, free gift. We have different kinds of physical talents, features, and abilities, plus diverse spiritual and intellectual gifts as well. They vary a lot from person to person, but what they all have in common is that they come as free gifts from God who didn’t have to create any of us. God invites us to live a sincere and honest life in accordance with the will of God and share them with others generously.

In the first reading, a prophet offers life to a poor widow and her son. The woman only has to respond in faith and God will take care of her needs. She generously and willingly gave to the prophet what little she had and God blessed her abundantly.

In the second reading, we learn that Jesus offered the one necessary sacrifice to take away sin. He offered Himself once and for all to take away our sins. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that we must learn to give not only from the surplus, but even from what you have as a necessity to give generously. That is what the poor widow contributes and Jesus rightly appreciates before the people.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

The Commandment of Love

Dear friends: The first and the greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. The second is this; you must love your neighbour as yourself. We can’t love God if we do not love our neighbour. If we do not love our neighbour whom we see, how can we love God whom we can not see? But to love our neighbour we must first love ourselves. The attitudes we develop towards our neighbour are the ones we have towards ourselves. If we are kind, understanding, and forgiving to ourselves, the chances are that we will be kind, understanding and forgiving towards others. Jesus’ calling is to be selfless and generous towards oneself and others. If not, this is what is – for example,  selfishness is like trying to fill a sack with big tear at the bottom. The more you fill it, the more it empties out. That is why selfish persons are never satisfied.

                   

 Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

I Might See Again

Dear friends: Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, teaches us many things. He has deep faith, knows his own poverty, and also knows Jesus’ healing power. He believes that Jesus can restore his sight and bring him back into the light. His persistent prayer led him to receive his sight. How about us? Often we are blinded by pride, prejudice and selfishness. Healing from such weakness begins only when we accept and acknowledge our need. When our prayer becomes persistent, Jesus stops to hear us. That is what we read in the gospel of today. Jesus stopped to see the need of the blind beggar. He asked him “what will you have me do for you?” A strange question, but what else would a blind man ask other than his sight be restored?

There is wisdom in that simple question. Jesus will not do for us what we do not want Him to do. At this moment Jesus asks us all the same question. What do we want Him to do for us?

I might see again   

Fr Jerome Mascarenhas

Lord, make me a servant like you

Dear friends: The disciples asked Jesus to allow them to be seated at the first place. But Jesus said to them, to sit at first place is not mine to grant, but it is reserved for the heavenly Father. In spite of being so close to Jesus, having lived and moved with Him, they had failed to understand Him, to comprehend His teaching to follow His example. This can happen to us too. We have practiced and professed the faith, spent so many hours in prayer, participated in several Masses, received Jesus in Holy Communion, and yet our attitudes, our priorities,  and our choices can be so very different from His. Jesus was Son of God, yet He became servant of all. That is why He said, “I have come to serve and to give life as ransom for many.” Therefore, let us pray that He may make us as His servants.        

Fr Jerome Mascarenhas

Arrival of Fr Venil D’ Souza

Fr Venil D’Souza, OCD was born on 6th March, 1980 as a second child among three sons of Mr. Robert and Delphin D’Souza in Kundapur, Karnataka, India.  Fr Venil joined the Carmelite Order after his 10th grade in 1995. Following four years of seminary training, he made his religious profession in 1999. He graduated with a B. A. in philosophy from the University of Mysore and further he pursued his theological studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Mangalore where he obtained a degree in Theology. He was ordained as a priest on 7th May 2008. Post ordination while serving in the novitiate in Kushalnagar, Karnataka he pursued his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Human Resources from Mysore University, Karnataka.

After three years of his service at the novitiate, he was been assigned as the Principal of Mount Carmel CBSE School, Ramnagar and also served as an Assistant Parish Priest in Londa, North Karnataka. In his 6 years of service to the School, as well as to the local communities he achieved success by taking it to great heights and won the hearts of people

Later on, he was assigned as Assistant parish priest at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga, Karnataka. After rendering his service for a year, the Discalced Carmelites assigned him the Canadian Mission and sent him to St Aloysius Parish Kitchener on 4th October 2018 and he is looking forward to serve with great enthusiasm and zeal.

 

Made for Ever

Dear friends: the Word of God today addresses a situation which we know and experience at times leaving us with deep wounds and hurts. Marriage has been designed by God, and in His infinite wisdom and power has decreed that man and woman come together in a Covenant of Marriage, a loving, and lifelong relationship only to be separated in death. A man and woman are incomplete in themselves. As a male and female, they complete and complement each other. Man was not made to live in a void of separation and seclusion, but in the warmth of companionship and community. The scripture affirms that what God has joined, let no one separate. We pray that all the men and women who enter into a covenantal relationship find fulfillment and joy in the Lord.

Fr Jerome Mascarenhas

Made for Heaven

Dear friends, talking about hell is not popular. Yet it is necessary because Jesus himself speaks of being thrown in to hell in today’s gospel. The teaching of the church affirms the existence of Hell and its eternity.. This is a strict warning from Jesus not to separate ourselves from God. Hell is eternal separation from God. But it is not God who wishes, but rather we make that bad choice. In fact we were made for God, made for heaven, made to live in His presence for all eternity, made to behold Him.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

The Greatest

Dear friends: Jesus asked His disciples, “what were you discussing on the road?” Perhaps they had understood by now the prophecy of the passion and were preparing themselves as to who would take over the leadership. But Jesus said to them, “if you want to be great, you must become servants of all.” In fact, the disciples were on the road with Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. Sadly, while they walked with Him, who was leading them to achieve greater things, they failed to follow His way. Like the disciples, we too often fail in our pursuit of greatness thinking only about popularity, publicity and power.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

On the weekend of September 29/30, our Provincial Superior, Fr Charles Serrao from India, will be doing his pastoral visitation. He will stay three nights here. We welcome him.

Who is Jesus for me?

Dear friends: Who do you say I am? That is the same question that Jesus asks you and me today. Who is Jesus for me? Is He merely a great leader who served those in need? A wise teacher who taught the path of the beatitudes? A wonder worker who performed great miracles as He healed the sick and even raised the dead back to life? Who is Jesus for me? Here is what the apostles said: Peter, “you are the Christ”; Thomas, “My Lord and My God”; so what is my answer?

Christianity is not merely a set of rules, pious practices, a collection of truth. Christianity is Christ; Christ crucified, nothing more and nothing less. To be Christian means to open my heart to Jesus, to let Jesus enter my life, to let the values of the gospel enter into my being, so that I may follow Him all the way right up to Calvary.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

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