Galatians 4:4-5- “When the time came to completion, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
Advent begins from the 28th November 2021. We are almost coming to the end of 2021 and we look forward to a New Year of Prosperity with the Birth of Christ. Advent ushers the New Liturgical Year in our Church Calendar. We will begin to Read and Reflect the Gospel of St. Luke who leans on the side of the poor and the marginalized. The Birth of Christ is to be understood in this context of (God) Jesus becoming poor in order to identify himself with those whom the Society avoids and alienates. Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares for Christmas. It is a season of hope and of longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation. Many symbols and traditions are associated with Advent, especially the Advent Wreath with its four colored candles (three purple and one pink), but also Advent calendars, special Advent music, food, processions, and other traditions that may vary from one culture or region to the next.
OUR CHURCH MATTERS
We stand united as one parish family. As you prepare for this joyful season of Advent and Christmas, we need to remember that we have the responsibility to take care of our parish church. The church was open for in person attendance for a short time. Now again it is only having virtual worship and drive through reception of Holy Communion. The church has to go on meeting at least utility expenses. Now the income is low but the expenses of our parish remain the same. Dear parishioners it is our responsibility to continue supporting the church with our financial support. Of course, there are some who are regular in their offerings to the church. Besides sharing our joy and happiness with our fellow brethren we need to come forward with our financial support to the parish. And the time is now. We thank all of you who are already supporting continuously. Thank you, once again.
Ways to donate/give your offerings:
Mother Theresa- "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
Let us prepare for the wonderful seasons ahead. May God bless you through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Aparecida.
Yours in Christ,
Father Aruldhas Lucas SAC
Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!'
- Henri J.M. Nouwen