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Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 2

Malankara Catholic Church St. Mary’s Mission Toronto

St. Eugene’s Chapel◊13 Regina Avenue◊Toronto, Ontario◊M6A 1R2

Dear Readers,

MONTHLY EVENTS Aug 8-11  MCYM 4th National Youth Conference of North America Aug 17  Altar Servers Meeting (9:00 am) Aug 18  Sunday School Reopening

Welcome to another hot summer edition of the St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Mission’s bulletin. In this edition, we got some great articles for you to read while you’re cooling off indoors. Last month, six of our parish members were privileged to attend the ordination of Fr. Michael Edathil, who is the first American-born Malayalee to become ordained in the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Neil Thazhamon takes us through the journey of this blessed event in his article An Ordination of Momentus ‘First’. Taking a turn we look at another article, Volunteer On A Daily Basis: 4 Steps to Positive Change. Some of us may think volunteering is just for children who are in high school, but Jonathan Mani challenges us to think otherwise. He connects spirituality and volunteer work in such an inspiring manner. He teaches us to understand our mentality when doing things, understanding what we’re offering ourselves for, being patient, and keeping prayer along the way. We hope that this article inspires you to volunteer some of your time for something worthwhile. As always we have some beautiful work from our little ones featured in our Kids Korner and also our Saint of the month role model. This month we celebrate sainthood of St. Bonaventure. Find out by reading the article how St. Bonaventure and St. Francis of Assisi are connected. We wish you a blessed rest-of-the-summer and we’ll be back with special backto-school and back-to-work edition of our bulletin.

Aug 24  Monthly prayer at Saji & Laly’s residence (6:30 pm) Aug 31  Ladies prayer meeting at Shajee & Biji’s residence (6:30 pm)

Sunday Liturgy 2:30 PM Sunday School 3:30 PM Song Practice 4.00 PM Namaskaram & Confession 4.30 PM Holy Mass Contact Information Fr. John Kuriakose Tel: (416) 485-7781

INSIDE THE ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Ordination of Rev. Fr. Michael Edathil

God bless! - The Editorial Team

Table of Editors Editors -------------------

Sebin and Stephina Alexander


Lynn Babu

Chief Editor-------------

Amit Mathews


Rev. Fr. John Kuriakose

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SHOWCASE: Volunteer On A Daily Basis: 4 Steps to Positive Change


Parish Picnic 2013




St. Bonaventure Kids Korner


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An Ordination of Momentous ‘Firsts’ Taking place at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa near Philadelphia – Fr. Edathil’s hometown, the ordination service began with a solemn reception to Bishop Eusebius, as well as, four visiting bishops. The bishops present each helped Fr. Edathil on his journey to this moment of ordination: Bishop Mar Chrysostom of the Eparchy of Pathanamthitta, the first parish of Fr. Edathil’s home parish – St. Jude’s Malankara Catholic Parish, who helped Fr. Edathil realize his inner calling, Bishop Mar Thomas of the Eparchy of Bathery, then Apostolic Vistator to North America who entered Fr. Edathil into the seminary, Auxiliary Bishop Brennan of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, representing His Excellency Bishop William Murphy, who supported Fr. Edathil during his On the sixth of July of 2013, His Excellency Most time in seminaries in New York. Reverend Dr. Thomas Mar Eusebius ordained Reverend Father Michael Edathil. Fr Edathil is the first priest to be ordained by Bishop Eusebius, the first priest of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Apostolic Exarchate in the United States, and the first priest to be ordained for an Indian Catholic community in the United States.

Facilitating the occasion was Monsignor Peter Kochery, Vicar General of the Exarchate, accompanied by many of the Exarchate’s priests and close to a thousand people made up of the congregation. During the celebration of the Holy Qurbono, His Excellency Bishop Eusebius gave an exhortation of the sacrament of orders and what it meant to be a priest, drawing from the wealth of the Catholic tradition and his own experiences. The solemn service of ordination was conducted after the Service of the Saints and concelebrated by the other bishops. (Cont’d on page 3)

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An Ordination of Momentous ‘Firsts’ This blessed occasion was not only a milestone for Fr. Edathil, Bishop Eusebius or only the Exarchate, but the entire Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. Thanks and praise must be given to St. Jude’s Parish for forming his faith and facilitating the event, all those who inspired and guided Fr. Edathil to this great calling, his family for the wonderful upbringing of love and sacrifice that brought him to this point, the prayers of many and Almighty God for hearing our plea. Let us continue to pray for the Church, that more young people may answer their call and live out their vocations. Fr. Edathil celebrated Holy Qurbono in his home parish the next day, Sunday. The following week, he attended a retreat and just recently he returned from World Youth Day in Brazil. - Neil Thazhamon

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Volunteer On A Daily Basis: 4 Steps to Positive Change


you think of a volunteer, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of someone who gives themselves selflessly? Or maybe it’s someone who doesn’t get paid for what they do. According to, a volunteer is someone who offers themselves for some service or undertaking. I believe that the key aspect here is the word “offer” and it should be an aspect that runs to the very core of our being for us to be true volunteers of our lives and our society. Attached are some tips to develop this nature within you. 1. Understand your mentality when you do things. Let’s say you were volunteering at a soup kitchen and the coordinator assigned you to the kitchen to wash dishes. There are about 30 plates along with the entire cutlery. For most of us in this situation, we would probably roll up our sleeves and get to work. Now take a step back. You’re in your home and in the sink you find about 30 plates along with the entire cutlery. For most of us in this situation, we either run in other direction or hope that there is a clean plate nearby to use. What’s the difference here? The dishes and the amount of work are the same. The difference lies in how we prepared ourselves to work. In the first scenario, we offered ourselves for the sake of the community. Even if another plate was added, you would be willing to wash it because you had given yourself up to the task at hand. At home, the task is what we call a “chore”. We don’t want to do it, neither will we ever want to because we haven’t offered ourselves up for it. Same task. Two distinct ways of approaching it. 2. Understand what you’re offering yourself for. In the first situation, you were offering yourself for the community. You knew that your work would help the staff and maybe even the people visiting the soup kitchen. But at home, what is it for? Yes, it’s for the © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto

sake of cleanliness, but from a spiritual standpoint, it’s for your soul. The only way for our soul to be receptive to God is if we offer ourselves. We do it in Mass and Adoration, so it may seem strange that it can be done while doing common things. Actually, the saints we read about did this every day. They were able to offer themselves in the everyday activities of their time, and soon enough, took delight in doing them. 3. Be patient so that you can see beauty. For those of you that know or remember how photography worked in the past, you will know that it was a very time consuming process. Upon taking a picture, an image would be imprinted on a film strip which were known as negatives. Negatives presented an inverted image of colours and often looked very strange upon first glance. The negatives then had to be exposed to light and carbon in the air to develop the picture into positives. Life is like a negative image; an inverted image of beauty. To the untrained soul, it’s an ugly, less than adequate experience. The only way to develop the “film strip” of our lives is to be open to God’s grace. Offer yourselves up constantly, and in due time, you will see the real picture. 4. Pray. An obvious but often overlooked aspect to any lifestyle is prayer. At the core of volunteering is offering, but it’s not like this can be turned on like a light switch. Some days will be harder than others, and when that happens, pray that you are able to offer yourself in what you do. This should be in your daily prayers. I don’t think I can stress enough how important it is to offer yourselves. Not only will you see your life from a whole new perspective, you will begin to see changes in yourself that you didn’t think were possible. Volunteers do this all the time. What’s stopping you? - Jonathan Mani

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Parish Picnic 2013 Saturday July 27th, St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic spoon race, dog and the bone and water-balloon fights! Meanwhile, the adults kept themselves busy with Church held our annual Parish Picnic at Huron Park in Mississauga. The day can best be described as activities including Anthakshari, Kabadi, Volleyball, and


‘unforgettable’ with a frenzy of rain and thunderstorms

Cricket. Our hungry community was in for a treat with

threatening to spoil our plans. However, with patience numerous options of traditional Kerala meals prepared by our families for lunch and barbequed steak and and perseverance, our Malankara community made the best of the situation and filled it with joy, laughter and chicken for dinner. Overall, it was a wonderful priceless moments. A great number of families attended

opportunity for our parish community to grow in

this event along with the grace of our parish priest, Fr. fellowship and solidarity. May God continue to shower His abundant blessings upon us and keep us happy and John Kuriakose. The Sunday school teachers and MCYM safe this summer. members organized several activities and games for the kids to enjoy which included musical chairs, lemon and

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- Divya Mamootil

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Saint of the Month


St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure, known as "the

1. Which angel appeared to Mary? (7 Letters)

seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi, when, in response to the pleading of the child's mother, the saint prayed for John's recovery from a dangerous illness, and, foreseeing the future greatness of the little John, cried out "O Buona ventura"-O good fortune!

2. _____ comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. -Rom 10:17 (5 letters)

3. To whom did Jesus say "Get behind me, Satan"? (5 Letters)

At the age of twenty-two St. Bonaventure entered the Franciscan Order. Having made his vows, he was sent to Paris to complete his studies under the celebrated doctor Alexander of Hales, an Englishman and a Franciscan. After the latter's death he continued his course under his successor, John of Rochelle. In Paris he became the intimate friend of the great St. Thomas Aquinas. He received the degree of Doctor, together with St. Thomas Aquinas, ceding to his friend against the latter's inclination, the honor of having it first conferred upon him. Like St. Thomas Aquinas, he enjoyed the friendship of the holy King, St. Louis. At the age of thirty-five he was chosen General of his Order and restored a perfect calm where peace had been disturbed by internal dissensions. He did much for his Order and composed The Life of St. Francis . He also assisted at the translation of the relics of St. Anthony of Padua. He was nominated Archbishop of York by Pope Clement IV, but he begged not to be forced to accept that dignity. Gregory X obliged him to take upon himself a greater one, that of Cardinal and Bishop of Albano, one of the six suffragan Sees of Rome. Before his death he abdicated his office of General of the Franciscan Order. He died while he was assisting at the Second Council of Lyons, on July 15, 1274. The feast day of St. Bonaventure is celebrated on July 15.

4. The Law was given to Moses at Mount ______. (5 Letters)


Unscramble the letters in orange coloured boxes above to figure out the clue below:

A Character in the Bible (4 Letters): !

Last Month’s Answers: 1. Rome 2. Blasphemy 3. Faith 4. Desires

UNSCRAMBLE Answer: Herod

Altar Servers Schedule—August 2013 Date

Candle 1

Candle 2

Marbahasa 1

Marbahasa 2


Bible Reading



AUG 04 AUG 11 AUG 18 AUG 25

Issac Sarath Alvin Anugrah

Alvin Aron Alexi Sarath

Alexi Jerome Cyrus Aron

Cyrus Anugrah Issac Jerome

Jerry Chris Samson Neil

Chris Samson Anugrah Deepak

Neil Anil Deepak Sebin

Sebin Lynn Daniel Chris

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Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month

Aug 4

Saji & Lali

Aug 11

Jaison & Jessy

Aug 18

Siju & Sincy

Aug 25

Jijo & Shiny

AUGUST 2013 ….

General Intention: That parents and teachers may help the new generation to grow in upright conscience and life. ..

Missionary Intention: That the local Church in Africa, faithfully proclaiming the Gospel, may promote peace and justice.

Liturgy of the Month Week

Gospel Readings

Aug 4

Mk 6:7-13 The Mission of the Twelve

Jas 2:14-26 1Cor 14:34-40

Lev 19:13-18 Josh 23:1-13 Mal 4:1-6

Anugrah Shajee

Aug 11

Mt 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons

Jas 4:1-10 2Cor 3:12-18

Ex 9:13:21 1Kings 18:36-46 Isa 43:1-7

Cyrus Jaison

Aug 18

Mk 12:28-34 The Question About Resurrection

Jas 5:7-12 Phil 4:10-14

Ex 23:20-26 Josh 1:10-18 Hos 11:1-6

Divya Mamootil

Aug 25

Lk 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

2Pet 3:1-7 2Cor 12:1-10

Gen 6:1-12 Eccl 5:1-7 Ps 12:1-8

Raju Mamootil

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Old Testament Readings & Reader

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