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From The Desk of Our Parish Priest

My dear friends, one day , a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his  way through school, found he had only one thin dime left and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry, so brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly and then asked, “How much do I owe you?” “You don’t owe me anything.” She replied. “Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness.” He said, “Then I thank you from my heart.”

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit. Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor’s gown he went into see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

 After a long struggle, the battle was on. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words, “paid in full with one glass of milk.”

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly          

Yes dear friends, a kind word, a kind deed or a kind touch can make a lot of difference in a person and in the society.

Fr. Manu Cherumuttathupadi CMI

Parish Priest

S.H Church jamnagar

An Intense Preparation for Easter

Three days retreat in preparation for Easter began on 3rd April 2014. Fr. Jameson Thomas Thekkekara and his team from Bombay Tabor were the preachers.

The official inauguration of the retreat began with the solemn Holy Eucharist. His Excellency Bp. Jose Chittooparambil C.M.I officiated the inaugural Mass and blessed us with his dynamic Homily. Soon after the Mass the retreat began. Most of the faithful participated in the retreat.

The retreat ended on April 5th Saturday evening with the Holy Mass. People throng to make a good confession and prepared well to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus. The serene smile in the face of the participants was a real proof that they got something from these three days of retreat.

PALM SUNDAY CELEBRATION

We began the Palm Sunday celebration at 8.30 am on 13th April . Rev. Fr. Devasia CMI was the main celebrant. The first part of the celebration took place at the entrance of the Church and we all went in procession and entered solemnly in the Church. Rev. Fr. Augustine CMI preached the homily in which he asked everyone to leave our comfort zone and go to the place where Christ wants us to work.

HOLY THURSDAY CELEBRATION

The solemn Mass began with the solemn procession to the Altar by all the Priests together with the Altar boys. Fr. Manu Cherumuttathupadi CMI , the parish priest was the main celebrant. Fr. Sijo Kottarathil CMI preached the Homily saying to all of us to love our brethren as Christ loved us. After the homily Fr. Manu CMI, the Parish Priest washed the feet of twelve council members which resembles the humility of Christ. After the Holy Mass we had the transferring of the Holy Eucharist with the solemn Eucharistic procession, followed by adoration in different languages.

GOOD FRIDAY CELEBRATION

We had the solemn way of the cross at St. Xavier’s School ground at 8:30 am. The youth of our parish enacted the entire way of the cross. It was really a reliving experience of the Calvary.

We celebrated the commemoration of passion and death of our Lord Jesus at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Fr. George Vadakal CMI was the main celebrant and Fr. Josy Kalathil preached the Homily asking people to take up their daily crosses by loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute.

EASTER MIDNIGHT MASS

The Easter Vigil began at 11:30 p.mon 19th April 2014.  Rev. Fr. James Thayyil CMI celebrated the solemn Eucharist who rhythmically chanted the entire Holy Mass. Rev. Fr. Joseph Kattakkyam preached the Homily and asked the listeners to be resurrected in Christ.

FIRST FRIDAY

Being the first Friday of the month, we had the solemn Mass at 6 p.m. followed by an hour of charismatic Adoration conducted by Fr. Manu the Parish priest. Many people experienced the powerful touch of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit through the Adoration.

NIGHT VIGIL

The third Saturday of the month we had our Night Vigil from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Rev. Fr. Sebastian Kalathil conducted the Vigil which was appreciated by all the participants. Many people arrived to offer their burdens unto the Lord.

ADIEU TO Rev. Fr. Devasia and Fr. George Vadakal CMI

On 22nd May 2014 the parish council members gave a warm send off to Rev. Fr. Devasia and Fr. George Vadakal CMI who have been helping our church for many years. Fr. Devasia CMI was also parish priest for six months and he used to come to help us whenever we were in need. And Fr. George Vadakal also rendered his valuable service to us. Thanks to dear fathers and best wishes for your new endeavours.

The 13 Days Novena Devotion to St. Antony

The thirteen days special Novena Devotion to St. Antony began from Sunday from 1st of June. Each day, a small thought about St. Antony was given during the Mass by Fr. Manu. People brought offerings and it was blessed and distributed after the Holy Mass.

THE FEAST OF ST. ANTONY

The solemn  Feast of St. Antony was celebrated on 13th June 2014 with the solemn Eucharistic celebration at 6:00 p.m. Fr. Manu CMI the parish priest celebrated the Holy Mass. It was followed by light food for all. Many of the faithful actively participated in the celebration.

REV. SR. ANATOLIA WAS CALLED FOR HER ETERNAL REWARD

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. ( Is 57: 1-2)

Rev. Sr. Anatolia (S.A) 81 was called for her eternal reward on 21st of June 2014 while she was at St. Ann’s convent Jamnagar making everybody in the community and in the parish sad .Sr. Anatolia was born on 13th November, 1933 at vaikom ,Kerala to Mr. Joseph John and Mrs. Mary , who were deeply Religious . having experienced the stirring of the Divine call to follow Jesus more closely she joined St. Ann’s congregation. She enterd the postulancy on 2nd January, 1954 and received the Holy Habit on 1st January, 1955. She made her first profession on 1st January 1957 and her perpetual vows on 1st January 1963. She served the congregation as teaher and superior. She was a woman of prayer and of great faith.

 Bp. Jose Chittooparambil CMI and Bp. Gregory Karottembrel CMI paid homage to her on the same day. The body was kept there for two days. Many of the people who knew her well came from far and wide to pay homage to her. Her relatives arrived from Kerala on 22nd night.

The funeral service was held on 23rd June 2014 at 9:30 a.m at Sacred Heart Church, Jamnagar. Bp. Jose Chittoparambil CMI the Bishop of Rajkot was the main celebrant. Rev. Fr. Jacob Marangattu CMI the Vicar General of the Diocese, Rev. Fr. Peter Kochalumkal CMI the provincial of St. Xavier’s province was present along with 25 other priests. The church was packed to the capacity.

May her soul Rest in Peace.

AN HOUR OF CHARISMATIC ADORATION IN PREPARATION TO THE S.H. JESUS’ FEAST

Rev. Fr. Manu Cherumuttathupadi CMI conducted an hour of charismatic Adoration in preparation to the Feast of S.H. of Jesus. Many people actively participated in it. It was really a spiritual experience for everyone.

THE SOLEMN FEAST OF SACRED HEART OF JESUS

 The solemn feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus which is also our parish feast was held on 29th June 2014. The solemn Mass began at 6 p.m. with the procession. Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Mananthil CMI the superior of St. Xavier’s CMI house was the main celebrant. Rev. Fr. Thomas Nadakalan the Diocesan social work director delivered the thought provoking homily. All the fathers from Jamnagar zone con-celebrated. The winners of the Catechism exams were rewarded on the same day.

The festal procession after the Holy Mass with accompaniment of Bands added flavour to the celebration. It was followed by meals for all.

THE FEAST OF ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE OF INDIA

The Solemn Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle of India was celebrated on 3rd July in the church. The Solemn Mass was officiated by Rev. Fr. Manu the parish priest. Many of the faithful attended the Solemn Mass. It was followed by snacks and cold drinks for all.

ALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY GATHERING

The pastors and priests of all the Christian communities gathered together in the S.H. Church to discuss about the Hapa cemetery road construction. All extended their support for it. We all met the executive officer and he has given his positive consent for it.

SEMINAR FOR CATECHISM CHILDREN

A seminar for our catechism children was held on 27th July Sunday.  All the children came in procession carrying lighted candles when the choir sang the entrance hymn. The priests blessed each child and then children placed the lighted candles in front of Mother Mary.

          Rev. Fr. Martin Mallathu CMI was the main celebrant. He asked children to be the best leaders in the society. After the Mass all the children gathered in parish hall for the seminar. Fr. Manu the parish priest welcomed Fr. Martin, the resource person of the day. He encouraged every child through his dynamic and challenging sessions. Thanks to those youth, sisters and catechism teachers who assisted the children. The children were very happy and they went back with new vigour and enthusiasm.

HEARTY  CONGRATS DEAR CHILDREN

Four of our Catechism children received prizes for the scholarship exam. Shreya Mathew, Arsha Siby, Riya Raju and Niya John stood second, third, first and second in Std, 3&4, 7&8, 9&10. Congrats dear children. We are proud of you.

THE FEAST OF ST. JOHN MARY VIANNEY

The solemn feast of St. John Mary Vianney was celebrated on 3rd August Sunday during the morning Mass. Parish Priest solemnly proceeded to the Altar while the little kids danced to the tone of the entrance hymn. There were special prayers and offertory procession in which we prayed for all the Priests. After the Holy Mass the youth of the Parish together with the Catechism teachers and children wished Fr. Manu CMI the Parish Priest with bouquet of flowers and gifts.

WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU

On Rekshabandhan day some of our Parish youth went to the deaf and dump school Jamnagar and tied Rakhi to the boys there they also gave them gifts. The children were very happy to see their sisters after a long time.

Articles 

  Trials

No matter what trials come our way,
Goid will see us each day.
If only will. Put our trust in Him,
The light of His love
Will never dim.
Don’t ever think that he is forgotten you,
 It’s just sometimes
We need test or two.
 Far we’ll never be able
To help our brother,
  If we are never tested ,
 One way or another.
Never ask the Lord,
 Far an easy road.
 But only for strength
To carry your load.
For through your sorrows,
You will find,
 The Lord is with you,
 He is loving and kind.
And when your trials all have gone away,
 I’ve been there too, is what you can say.
 For there’ll be times,
 When someone you meet. Will praise God to walk in the steps
 Of your feet.

By

Aplon D’souza

 

Twelve Months I Mean
January and February are so sisterly concerned
Cozy and cheering chill through the winter’s dawn
March and April both set apart for the task
To bestow and ponder a while.
May and June are tuned as though twins
 Either move right or left.
India my country you are the best
I long to embrace you
Through my life’s sweet journey..
As I travel afar
July seems to sweep off the clouded sky
With showers or drizzles through day or nights
With all mosquito bites.
Making echoes all through the dark night.
October so special full of crackers all around
Brightness of lighted lamps in every home.
Whether rich or poor all made humble , meek and mild.
 November so dear to think and remember
Of all ther near and dear ones departed for eternity
For their most merciful souls to rest in peace
December so precious thge anticipation of my redeemer
A Saviour born in every hearet of human race to reign
Forever to give us the joy, peace and grace.
Even while we are far away miles apart
From our beloved ones.

By

Jude Fernandes

 

I Would like to have a Life

I would like to have a life,
 Without fear.
A life which takes me near,
To a place where everything is clear.
I would like to have a life,
Without fear.
This life would have ,
All types of fun, with the true meaning of pun.
A life with lots of fun, i would like to have this fun.
This life would lead to happiness, with people living in cleanliness,
There would be no more passivenesses.
 I would like to have this life, full of loveliness.
By

Shamini Sebastian

 

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