the Father’s Corner

Padre Lawrence Mariasoosai

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Risen Christ,
May the Love, Joy and Peace of the Risen Lord Jesus be with you all. I wish you all a Happy Easter and pray that the Risen Jesus may fill your hearts and minds with Peace. We trust the architect who builds our home, the pharmacist who gives us medicine for healing, the lawyer who defends us in court and in so many things. But we also need someone trustworthy and knowledgeable where God is concerned. Risen Jesus, the Son of God, is the one who makes God known to us. So I invite you all to have trust and confidence in the Risen Lord by praying, “Jesus I Trust in You.”
Happy Easter and Peace be with you all!

Why Do We Give Up Things for Lent?
The idea behind giving up something for Lent is based on Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” So, essentially it is about self-denial, carrying our cross and following Jesus. It is something that is done in a prayerful way, so that we can wholly renew ourselves in Christ. That is an important part of the process for you as an individual, but also as a family. Whatever you give up for lent like chocolate, ice cream, soda, meat, sweets, coffee, alcohol, internet twitter, Facebook, etc., then that money can be collected and bring forth in the Lenten cards and offer them so that they can be used to help the poor and the Church. Therefore, if you have received the Lenten cards then make sure to bring them during or at the end of Lenten season. Thus, what we give up for Lent will have a real purpose and meaning!

Veterans Day Prayer
Dear Lord, Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country. We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, safety, and our country’s heritage. Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced and for the sacrifices they made. We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them, and pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness. In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs

Birthday Blessing
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all the parishioners, groups, organizations for the beautiful and memorable birthday celebration, wishes and prayers. God bless you all!

Father’s Day Prayer and Blessings
God our Father, We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old. We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; May they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice. We pray for all the Fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; May they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow. We pray for men who are not fathers but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice. We remember fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. May the Almighty Father, bless them all. Amen.

My Dear Brothers Sisters,
I would like to express my sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to all of you for making our 3rd Sacred Heart Festival and Raffle a success. Behind every successful event there are many people, who have given their time, talent and treasure and put their heart and soul in hard work of 100%  and committed to the end. In the first place, I like to say a Big Thanks to the Festival  Committee for their full cooperation and commitment.  Then I thank all the organizations and families who worked hard with  enthusiasm and collaborated to make this festival an awesome one.  At last but not least, all the volunteers, musicians, matachines and parishioners who gave their time, talent and treasure towards this festival. Once again, I say a Big Thanks to All of You!

Prayer for Our Service Men & Women
Heavenly Father, as we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have  followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ in the giving of their lives for others. Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection. Amen.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In the first place, I wish you all A Happy Easter and may the Peace of the Lord fill your hearts and minds. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. Because, we are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song,” said St. John Paul II. “The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.” Basil Hume. The resurrection gives our life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what our circumstances. There may be a hopeless situation in our personal and family life, as a nation and in the world but always; we are called as Christians to live as people of hope. Because, Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life. The message of the Risen Christ is always, “Peace be with you and do not be afraid, I am with you always.” Again, I wish you all a Happy Easter and Peace be with you all.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I wish you all a Happy and Blessed New Year 2017!  A fresh new year is once again upon us.  It’s the time to be thankful for the blessings of the past year and to take stock of all our achievements and failures in our personal and professional life.  At the same time, New Year 2017 is a brand new year to start afresh, to start strong, and yet another chance to do everything we want to do this year right.  A New year brings not only happiness, it makes us happy with a hope to fulfill our dreams or a new beginning our life. So, a new year is very special to  everyone and therefore I wish you all again A Happy New Year 2017.  Also, Pray and bless you all with the words of Moses: “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!” 

My Dear Brothers and Sisters
In the first place, as we welcome this wonderful time of the year, I wish you all Merry Christmas and pray that may our hearts celebrate the true reason for the season and may our homes be warmed by Jesus’ Joy, Peace and Love.  Because of our Golden Jubilee Year of our Parish, this Christmas is a special one for all of us. Therefore, not only we celebrate  Christmas but also we make our commitment to the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ, as a Family of faith to grow in Our faith and share the faith with one another. Thank you for being part of Our faith family and sharing your time, talents and  treasures for the growth our parish family.  I pray that the gift of Love, the gift of Peace and the gift of Joy and Happiness of Jesus be yours at Christmas. Once again I wish you all Merry Christmas. May God bless you!