Pastor Speaks

Fr. Melvin

My Dear Parishioners,

Greetings to all of you! We are gradually coming out of this pandemic that has taught us the value of life, family, friends, work, workplace, church, and God. The digital world with the ‘Connect’ factor has become the new norm. During this pandemic, we have been exposed to a variety of forms of worship, liturgies, education, work life, meetings, etc. and have been challenged to move from maintenance mode to missionary mode. During this pandemic, we have also experienced God’s protection in our life; and for this let us always be grateful to Him. Some of us also lost our near and dear ones. My heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families. We fondly remember and prayer for them. May the Lord grant them eternal bliss.

Fr. Melvin

My Dear Parishioners,

Greetings to all of you! We are gradually coming out of this pandemic that has taught us the value of life, family, friends, work, workplace, church, and God. The digital world with the ‘Connect’ factor has become the new norm.

During this pandemic, we have been exposed to a variety of forms of worship, liturgies, education, work life, meetings, etc. and have been challenged to move from maintenance mode to missionary mode. During this pandemic, we have also experienced God’s protection in our life; and for this let us always be grateful to Him. Some of us also lost our near and dear ones. My heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families. We fondly remember and prayer for them. May the Lord grant them eternal bliss.

On 10th of October 2021, Pope Francis solemnly inaugurated the Synod in Rome. This Synod will culminate with the assembly in October 2023. The word “Synod” means Walking Together. The theme of the Synod is “Synodal Church”. We are called upon for Communion, Participation and Mission. It is based on the first Christian community about which we read in the Acts 2:43-47, “All who believed were together and had all things in common… and day by day, the Lord added to their number.”

For the last 4 years, it was my dream to open The Food Bank for the poor in our Parish. I am glad that on 14th of November “World Day of the Poor we inaugurated “St. Joseph’s Food Bank”. It is the Parish’s initiative to feed the poor. I want all the parishioners to support this cause and bring a smile to many faces. This goes well with the Vision of our Parish, “Sharing, Caring and Bearing” as well as the Mission of our Parish “Anointed to empower the Last, Least and the Lost”.

As the church is reopening in a phased manner, I am glad to see you back. Hope to see each and every one of you including children and youth. Now we need to restart, one by one, the activities that we engaged in before Covid, of course following all SOPs. This year too we could not have our regular parish events like the Parish Sports, Foundation Day and other activities. As we are heading to the New Year, I hope 2022 will have new things and good things in store for us, because we believe in the Lord “who makes all things New.” (Rev25:5). Newness and new life are very much the need of the hour; and this is the theme of our Tidings this season.

On behalf of our Parish Team, I wish you all a grace filled Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

God Bless you all.

Fr. Melvin D’Cunha.

Parish Priest

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