Pastor’s Desk

Blessed Trinity

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: God is love. There are Three Persons in the Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Together they represent the fullness of love. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Father. The Holy Spirit is their love for each other. We are made in the image of a triune God: God the Father, who created us, His Son who saved us, and the Holy Spirit who continues to guide us. Our lives should reflect the Trinity. We should be always creative like the Father, compassionate like His Son, and share our talents in the service of others, like the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Jerome

Pentecost

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Pentecost brings to a close Easter season and marks the birth of the church. The apostles, after the death of Jesus, met behind closed doors for fear of the Jews. But with the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they are enlightened and empowered as they go forth to preach the gospel to the whole world and proclaim Jesus as the unique and universal saviour of all mankind. They were touched by the fire of the Holy Spirit and transformed.

Jesus has not left us alone. The spirit has been given to us at Baptism and dwells within us. He has been given to console, comfort and counsel us. When we need consolation, we must turn to the spirit. When we are confused and need counsel, we must turn to the Holy Spirit. He will enlighten and guide us. All we need to say is Come Holy Spirit.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Feast of Ascension

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. This Feast commemorates the elevation of Christ into Heaven, by His own power, in the presence of His disciples on the fortieth day after His glorious Resurrection. Jesus, after His resurrection, spent forty days with His disciples instructing them and encouraging them as they prepared for their mission. The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven completed His earthly work of our redemption. Through His numerous apparitions to hundreds of people between the day of His glorious Resurrection and the day of His Ascension, Jesus proved two things. First of all, He proved that He was the promised Messiah. Secondly, He proved that through Him who overcame death, persons who persevere in their living faith in Jesus shall also overcome death and inherit the Kingdom of God. Jesus has ascended into heaven. But, He has commissioned us to continue His mission on earth. “Go out into the world, proclaim the good news to all creation”, with our frail and fragile humanity. We are to proclaim His message of love to the world not so much by our words but by the quality of our Christian lives. Jesus commissioned the apostles filling them with His peace, power and presence. So too, now He accompanies and confirms us in this mission by the power of His presence.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Love One Another

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: On the previous Sunday, Jesus said,  “remain in my Love, like a branch to vine”. One of the steps is to follow God’s commandments. And today, Jesus will continue to exhort us on this command of Love.

In the second reading, John tells us that God is love. This love of God for us prompts us to love others. Anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love. In the Gospel, Jesus declares that the intimate relationship that the disciples have with Jesus and God the Father, must be translated into the disciples loving one another as Jesus has loved them. Jesus tells His disciples that He has chosen them personally and commissioned them to bear fruit in the Father.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Stay Tuned to Jesus

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: During the Easter Season the liturgy brings us closer to the resurrected Jesus and makes us realize that we are always united to Him and Him to us. He gives the invitation to all of us to enter into the true discipleship. On His mission, He sends His disciples two by two and teaches them to proclaim His kingdom as a community. He tells His chosen ones that where two or three gather in His name, He is present in their midst. He takes the initiative to unite Himself with us. Our true living comes by opening ourselves to God and to the world by becoming persons open to His will. Jesus says in the gospel, I and the Father are one, a close identification. At the same time Jesus invites His followers to identify themselves with Him and His mission. In the gospel we hear Jesus say that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Without His initiative of being pruned, no branch can bear any fruit. He says that each one must bear fruit to the glory of the Father. Let us try to stay connected to Him to bear abundant fruit.          

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Today is Good Shepherd Sunday and Vocation Sunday, and today’s readings present us with two images, the Children of God and the Good Shepherd.

In today’s gospel passage, Jesus emphasizes the self-sacrificing element in His own life in that He is the Good Shepherd who is laying down His life for His sheep. He contrasts the Good Shepherd who owns the sheep, to someone who is simply hired to look after them. The scriptures tell us the extraordinary love of God for us, has taken in Jesus, the form of the Good Shepherd. The image of the Good Shepherd was perhaps the favourite early Christian image of our Savior, and has a long tradition in the history of God’s people. It is one that would be immediately understood by the people of the time. We have the popular images of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, carrying a sheep over His shoulders, or we have a smiling Jesus sitting under a tree, with a little lamb on His lap. This image of the shepherd appeals to us because it shows the tenderness of Jesus and His compassion. Jesus, the eternal Shepherd, sends us out into the world to spread the message of love, to bring back the strayed sheep.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

The Encounter of Jesus

Fr.-JeromeDear friends in our journey through life we are confronted with several problems and difficulties which can make us lose our perspective. We can lose all direction to life and remain helpless. Then left to ourselves we become nothing and tend to remain with uncertainty. In such situations we need positive support, a sincere understanding which can place us on the right path. In the Easter context we see Jesus as a consoler and help to the disciples filled with fear. He comes constantly to them and remains with them, guides them and eats with them. By breaking the bread with the disciples and sharing the meal he makes them experience his real presence. Today we have another account of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter Sunday. The gospel begins with the story of the two disciples who had the experience of walking with Jesus and their recognition of the Lord in the breaking of bread. Jesus remaining close to them drives away all their doubts and unbelief by giving them the gift of peace. He asks the disciples to touch and feel him and experience his real presence among them. He remains as the real friend in their lives, and helps them back into confidence. Let the Easter season bring us Joy as we encounter during these celebrations.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Divine Mercy Sunday

Fr.-JeromeDear friends:  The resurrection of Jesus was a new experience for the disciples. Even though Jesus had constantly explained to them about His rising from the dead, they were unable to grasp the implication of it. It was not something the disciples of Jesus seem to have anticipated, but now they were confronted with a new experience of their master. The gospel narrative of today helps them to move from fear to joy, disbelief to faith. It tells of Jesus breathing on the disciples and giving them the Holy Spirit. Jesus gives them peace and power to forgive sins. The forgiveness that Jesus speaks of is not just the juridical wiping away of sins but a deep reconciliation of people with God and with each other. Christ’s resurrection has won for us a new birth as sons and daughters of God. The church celebrates today, Divine Mercy Sunday, to experience the love and mercy of God given to us in Jesus. Let our experience of the Risen Jesus turn us into His witnesses.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Christ is Risen Alleluia

Fr.-JeromeDear friends: Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, and end of Lent. As we know from the gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day following His Crucifixion, which would be Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. This is one event which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ, will be raised from the Dead. Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God’s promises to mankind, it’s the most important day in a Christian life. The gospel for Easter Sunday morning is from John. It unravels God’s promises that Jesus will be raised on the third day. The empty tomb and rolling away the stone from the tomb brought some anxious moments in the lives of the women and the disciples. Soon they turned into great Joy when Jesus met them. Jesus’ first command was,  go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my father and your father to my God and your God. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, I have seen the Lord. As we experience the Joy of Easter let us go and announce to others. I wish you all a Blessed EASTER and the Risen Christ’s abundant blessings    Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

Thank you: This is how my beloved Mom, Carmin Veigas, went to her eternal home on March 16-2018, at noon, at the age of 91. My sister who is a nun, just reached home from Italy to see her.  As soon as she spoke to her, she recognised her and said, “I want to tell you, I’ m going to see JESUS; pray for me”, and she breathed her last, surrounded by her family. May her soul rest in peace. I thank you all for your outpouring of prayers and words of comfort. I had the opportunity to conduct all the final rituals, funeral Mass and burial. Keep my family in your prayers. Thank you –   Fr. Jerome

“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.

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