Pastor’s Desk

Heralds of Good News

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: We are already one week away from celebrating Christmas, and the Word of God urges us to become true witness of Jesus. When John the Baptist announced the imminent coming of the Messiah, the religious leaders questioned his authority to speak so boldly in God’s name. They asked him, “Who are you?”, and “What do you say about yourself?” They wanted to know if he was really sent by God. Did he claim to be the Messiah, or one of the great prophets who was expected to return and announce the Messiah’s arrival? John had no doubt and no mistaken identity about his call and mission. In all humility and sincerity, he said he was only a voice calling people to get ready for the arrival of the greatest Ruler of all, God’s anointed King and Messiah. As we read in the scriptures, he is the last of the Old Testament prophets who points the way to the Messiah. He is the first of the New Testament witnesses and martyrs. He is the herald who prepares the way for Jesus, and who announces his mission to the people as we read in last weeks’ gospel, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”. John saw from a distance what the Messiah would come to accomplish – our redemption from slavery to sin, and our adoption as sons and daughters of God. As we approach this Feast of Christmas, let us be heralds of the good news, and witness to his gospel, particularly when we greet people during the Christmas Season.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

Preauthorized giving forms

As of today, we have 35 forms received. Thanks to those who are participating, and also a reminder to others to pray and consider joining this new initiative. I would request you to do it before end of the year 2017

 

 

Making Our Paths Straight

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: We are in the second week of Advent.  Readings of this Sunday, tell us about the concern of God for His people, and at the same time admonish the people to prepare the way spiritually for the coming of the Lord. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that God is ready to intervene in history for the sake of humankind because He is concerned about them. In this passage, normally known as the “Poem of Consolation”, God shows how He cares for each person individually. God extends His hand of healing to the weary people who are exhausted, and He gives them the needed repose. The Gospel of today invites us to prepare the way of the Lord, just as John the Baptist did by proclaiming his coming to all. He called them to prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. He proclaimed the Baptism of repentance and announced the coming of Jesus. So let our preparation be a time of recollection, reconciliation and change of our old ways.

 

A note on preauthorized giving

As of today, we have 30 forms received. Thanks to all, and a friendly reminder to others to pray and consider joining us.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Preparing for the Coming of the Lord

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today we begin the Season of Advent. Advent means waiting or coming, and we wait for the coming of someone we love. During this season we focus on waiting for the Lord, waiting for the coming of Jesus. We have the three fold waiting. We know that Jesus has already come in history, and we remember that during the week before Christmas our waiting changes to waiting for our celebration of the birth of Jesus. We also wait for His final coming at the end times when He will take all to Himself. We also experience His daily coming into our life through the Eucharist, Word of God, and also in the various persons and events of life. In our daily routine of life we wait for something to take place, maybe we wait for a friend, for a bus or train, and there is the eagerness within us that makes us look forward to something new that will take place. During Advent we look forward to Jesus who will come in a total gesture of love: God becomes man. In order to receive our LORD with great Joy and Peace we need a good preparation which includes confession, reading the Word of God, and of course participating in the Eucharist. So, I encourage you to follow these steps faithfully.

Preauthorized giving forms

We are in the second week of receiving pre-authorized giving forms. As of today we have 21 people signed up, Looking forward your support. God bless!

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

Jesus the King of Heaven

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today is the last Sunday of this Liturgical year.  Next week we begin the Season of Advent in preparation for Christmas. The readings of today once again remind us of the end of time, and for accounting and judgment. If we have done good, we will be rewarded, as the Gospel of Mathew narrates the shepherd separating sheep from goats.  Let us remember that Jesus, the King, has given us the command to go and make disciples of all nations. I invite you to make some extra effort to share the message of JESUS with our neighbors during the coming weeks culminating the birth of Jesus, the King of heaven and earth.

A note on preauthorized giving

The first week we had 13 people submitting the completed preauthorized forms. Thanks. I encourage the others to pray, reflect and decide about joining us because it important to begin this new initiative as parish community

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Making Use of Our Talents

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today in our liturgy, we are reminded not just of the end of the liturgical year, but of the end of all things and the preparations we need to make. The Bible tells us that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and He has placed on us multiple gifts and blessings. He expects us to utilize these blessing for His kingdom, and for His people, and also develop the talents He has given us. He wants us diligent and watchful for the coming of the Lord who will take into account all that we have done. The Gospel of St. Matthew focuses more sharply on the Christian attitude towards earthly life as we live in expectation of the Master’s return. The implicit responsibility of each servant is to work and to multiply the talents entrusted to him. It is not enough just to preserve what one has been given. The Master expects results from the person who has been given special talents. The time is up; therefore, let us try to use our talents for the good of all.

Fr. Jerome                           

                                               

Be Ready and Prepared

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Christian spirituality has always insisted on the need to live this life as a clear and certain preparation for the future eternal life. The mere desire of eternal life is not sufficient, but the life a person lives must show in practical ways this preparedness, and the worthiness for the Kingdom of Heaven. The message given to us today is one of watchfulness and to be ready to receive the Lord. As we approach the end of the Liturgical Year, the Church seems to place these very mysteries before us. We have to be alert to the signs God gives us in our lives. When troubles overtake us, we have to build our lives on the practice of faith, hope and love. We are called upon to keep the light burning in our lives

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

 

The Greatest Rule of Life

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: The greatest rule of life is to love God and your neighbor as you love yourselves. There is no other greater rule than this. God, who loves us in His entirety, sent us His only begotten Son who died on the cross as sign of His love for the world.  Therefore, let us learn to put that rule into our lives.        

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Give to God what belongs to God

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: What do we owe God and our neighbor? Scripture tells us to give to everyone whatever is their due. On this note, the Jewish authorities sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state issue. The Jews resented their foreign rulers and despised paying taxes to Caesar. They posed a dilemma to test Jesus to see if He was loyal to them and to their understanding of religion. If Jesus answered that it was lawful to pay taxes to a pagan ruler, then He would lose credibility with the Jewish nation who would regard Him as a friend of Caesar. If He said it was not lawful, then the Pharisees would have grounds to report Him to the Roman authorities as a political trouble-maker and have Him arrested.

With this topic Jesus teaches us a deeper meaning as well. We too have been stamped with God’s image since we are created in His own likeness. God created man in His own image: male and female, He created them. We, therefore, rightfully belong not to ourselves, but to God, who created us and redeemed us in the precious blood of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  That is why we all belong to God.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

They would not come to the Feast

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: The Parable of the Wedding Banquet tells us about how the invited guests refuse to come for the celebration. God always desires our friendship, so He invites us time and time again into His relationship. We sometimes fail in our response. The lame excuse we give is no time. Let this parable remind us all to recommit our relationship with God in prayer, particularly having family prayers.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Good Tenants

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Why did Jesus’ story about wicked tenants cause offense to the scribes and Pharisees? It contained both a prophetic message and a warning.
This parable speaks to us today as well. It richly conveys some important truths about God and the way He deals with His people. First, it tells us of God’s generosity and trust. The vineyard is well equipped with everything the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God likewise trusts us enough to give us freedom to run life as we choose. Secondly this parable also tells us of God’s patience and justice. Not once, but many times He forgives the tenants their debts. But, while the tenants take advantage of the owner’s patience, His judgment and justice prevail in the end. As the parable invites us to be faithful and responsible to our daily duties as followers of Jesus.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great time with your family. God bless!

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