My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
Almost five months are over since we are under restrictions and without community Holy Qurbana and common gatherings. It is a challenging time for all of us. Many of our well-made plans for this year have already become impossible to carry out. As health concerns surrounding, we made the difficult and painful decisions to cancel our public Holy Qurbana, CCD classes at the parish, solemn parish fest, parish picnic, Onam celebrations, etc. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to join more in family-centered prayers, family-centered faith formation programs and now all our families have become the real Domestic Church. We are called to a witness of strength, courage and faith and to be a calm, non-anxious presence in times of fear. God does not abandon us, and he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing.
The Catholic Church dedicates the month of August to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Just as the Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for humanity, the Immaculate Heart represents the Blessed Virgin desire to bring all people to her Son. On August 15th, we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary, the immaculate Mother of God, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. Mary's assumption gives us hope, for we too are called to remain united in Christ and members of His body. Let us hope what God has done for Mary; God will also do for us. In this time of need, let us seek the maternal intercession of Our Lady of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
By the end of August, we will start a new Academic year for our Faith Formation Program. Because of the current situation, in-person faith formation at the church is not possible, so we start the virtual classes for the next academic year. Virtual classrooms lend themselves to content delivery but may not sufficiently provide for students' spiritual needs. In faith formation, the community itself has considered a formative and educative means of student formation and development. Students learn Catholic values by being exposed to Catholic values-primarily by witnessing adults and others with whom they interact. Parents' special effort is needed to maintain these essential aspects of faith formation.
Let us welcome our new associate pastor Rev. Fr. Rajeev Valiyaveettil. I wish him a very fraternal welcome and the very best to continue his services for our parish community. Let us hope that he will energize our youth and parish community closer to our spiritual traditions and faith.
My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, in our daily Holy Qurbana and adoration, I will pray for all of you and your families. May good God protect all of us, and Blessed Virgin Mary intercedes for us.
Fr. George Danavelil