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August 2010

Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 2

MONTHLY EVENTS

Malankara Catholic Church

 August 1st 15 days lent begins

St. Mary’s Mission Toronto

 August 8th Bishop Jacob Mar Barnabas visits the Parish

St. Eugene’s Chapel◊13 Regina Avenue◊Toronto, Ontario◊M6A 1R2 www.stmarysmalankaracatholicchurchtoronto.ca torontomalankaramission@gmail.com

 August 14th Parish Picnic  August 15th Holy Qurbono in English, General Body Meeting

lankara Catholic Exarchy. The

Bishop-Designate

Holy Father also appointed

Thomas

Msgr.

 August 21st

Naickamparampil Children’s Liturgy Rev. Dr. Thomas Naickam- was ordained a priest on parampil as the Apostolic December 29th, 1986, & he Visitor for Canada & Europe. has a doctorate in philoso-

 August 28th Monthly prayer meeting at (Babu Thazhamon and Kunhumol’s) 6:30pm

The Mar Ivanios Malankara phy from the Pontifical GreCatholic Center in New Hyde gorian University in Rome.  August 29th

- New Academic year for

Park, New York will remain He is also very well known Sunday School begins as the Bishop’s residence, to some of us in Toronto. Our

Syro-Malankara and the principal church of D u ring F r. A nto ny Catholic Church has the Apostolic Exarchate will Chethipuzha’s tenure as moved one step closer to be St. John Chrysostom Vicar of our mission, Bishopits dream of forming the Church in Long Island. first diocese outside of

Designate

Msgr.

Thomas

Naickamparampil came to

India. On Wednesday, July The ordination of Rev. Dr. Toronto for a few months to 14th, 2010, our Holy Father Thomas Naickomparampil conduct research for his Benedict XVI erected an will take place on September doctorate at the Lonergan Apostolic Exarchate for 21st, in conjunction with the the Syro-Malankara Malankara Reunion activi-

Research Institute. Let us continue to pray for our

Catholic Church in the ties, and the official installa- new exarchate & BishopUnited States and ap- tion is to take place at the designate Naickamparampil, pointed Rev. Dr. Thomas beginning of October. & let us also thank our AlNaickamparampil as the mighty God for the wonder-

Sunday Liturgy 4.00 PM Prabhatha Namaskaram ( Prayers before the Holy Mass) 4.30 PM Holy Mass 3.30 PM – 4.15 PM – Confessions

Contact Information: Fr. John Kuriakose, 222 Ridley Blvd, Toronto, ON, M5M 3M6 Tel: (416) 485 7781 daijuak@gmail.com

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ful blessings He continues to

chate. The official declara-

shower upon our Malankara treat Church! Archbishop Mar

tions were announced at a solemn ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Pat-

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Scott Mission Volunteering

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Call to Greatness

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This month, His Excellency Abraham Mar Julios came to visit the Malankara community in Canada. It was a blessing to be in his presence for more than 2 weeks. He did many programs for us including the Parish day, took classes for the Youth Retreat, and gave the sermon for the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church perunnal. Even though the main purpose for His Excellency's visit was to do Mission Appeals, he extravagantly spent his time among

The school year has ended and as the summer vacation is about to start the youth gathered for a retreat to thank the good Lord for the wonderful year He has given us. The retreat was held on Saturday, July 10th at beautiful Mount Alverno. Mount Alverno is situated in the picturesque Caledon Hills with 102 acres of forest, hills, trails and a beautiful pond. Ideal for walking, celebrating, and reflecting, Mount Alverno is a place where people of all ages might experience the love and peace of Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of

us. Prior to his arrival in Toronto, he went to Edmonton to visit the Bishop there, regarding Malankara faith services being established in the region. The Malankara community got a positive response from the Diocese and further action is under way. May the good God bless our bishops and our Malankara church unceasingly. - Sebin A.

Assisi. The building and grounds are consecrated to God for the purpose of supporting Christian faith through prayer and practice. The theme for this retreat was unity, “How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!” Psalms 133:1. The retreat consisted of classes from His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Julios and Very Rev. Dr. Antony Chethipuzha. The bishop’s class provided the youth with a fundamental understanding about the unifying elements within the Church and more specifically the Malankara Church. Listening to the Bishop and being able to spend the morning with him was a privilege and more importantly a blessing.

the youth were given a talk by Antony achen, which was a continuation from where the Bishop left off. It was a valuable class; he helped us find unity outside the Church and how we fit in as humans made in the image and likeness of God. The class was followed by a moment for reflection and a time for the sacrament of reconciliation at the Mount Alverno chapel. This had concluded all our activities at the retreat centre so we headed back to Toronto.

The spirit of the retreat was brought to St Eugene’s Chapel as we celebrated the Holy Qurbono and participated in Adoration. The theme of unity was brought together as we received the final blessing at the end of the adoration. Through the grace Before lunch, the youth were split of God the retreat was an enlighteninto two groups, to prepare a skit ing experience, providing the youth based on verses from the Bible that with a renewed spiritual strength. stemmed from the understanding of - Leo B. unity. Both groups came up with creative ideas that help put unity into perspective. In the afternoon

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As many of us may know, the feast of the Founder of the Malankara Catholic Church was commemorated this month on July 15. On this day we remember our beloved Father, who lived a life of peace, understanding, unity and surrender to God, 57 years ago.

started his high school education in M.D Seminary High School, Kottayam. From then onwards his inclination to priestly life gained strength. On September 15th 1908 Geevarghese Semasen was ordained a priest with a vision and mission. Mar Ivanios, then, Fr. P.T. Geevarghese, being the most

Mar Ivanios was born as Geevarghese Panickeruveetil in Mavelikkara on September 21, 1882, into a zealous and prayerful Orthodox family, which was of priestly succession. During his childhood he has shown an extraordinary inclination for a fervent spiritual life and was also described as an extra ordinarily “intelligent, observant and considerate boy” in his academics. During this time a significant event marked a turning point in the life of young Geevarghese. On one fine evening Pulikkottil Mar Dionysius arrived at Puthiyakavu Church, the native place of Geevarghese. The Metropolitan happened to learn about the cour a g e o us n a tu r e of young Geevarghese, which enabled him to take any risk for the cause of the church. The Metropolitan was happy to take him to Kottayam for high school education. Thus from 1897 he

educated clergy, was appointed by Syrian Orthodox Synod to engage communication with Rome, with intention of possible reunion. The desire for reunion became ardent when the chances of losing a legal battle called the ‘Vattippanam Case’ became evident. Unexpectedly, they won the lawsuit and they backed off from the idea of reunion, but Mar Ivanios stood firm for reunion. With his intense effort and by the grace of God, Mar

Ivanios secured reunion with Catholic Church, with the provision a new rite. On September 20, 1930 Mar Ivanios and Mar Theophilos along with Rev. Fr. John Kuzhimepurath OIC, Deacon Alexander OIC and Mr. Chacko Kilileth made their profession of faith before Bishop Benziger OCD of the Diocese of Quilon and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church. Under the spiritual, intellectual and pastoral leadership of Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios the Malankara Catholic Community grew rapidly and strongly in India and abroad. After a period of 22 years of strenuous and exhausting service to the Malankara Catholic Church Mar Ivanios, the Pioneer of the Reunion Movement, passed away on July 15, 1953. The life of Mar Ivanios inspired thousands and thousands of people. He was the Moses of the Malankara Catholic Church. His life was a testimony of divine choice guided by the providence of God. The growth of the Syro Malankara Catholic Church is a sign and miracle that the Lord gives to his people through the life of Mar Ivanios. - Neil T.

Liturgy of the month Week

Gospel Readings

Epistles

August 8

Matthew 21: 28-32

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

August 15

Luke 1: 39-56

Rev 12: 13-18 Heb 11: 1-7

August 22

Luke 18: 9-14

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

August 29

Mark 10: 35-45

1 Pet 4: 1-11 Phil 2: 1-11

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Old Testament Readings & Readers Ex 14: 19-31 1 Kings 18: 36-46 Isa 43: 1-7 Gen 3: 14-19 Josh 4: 1-14 Isa 45: 14-19 Gen 6: 1-12 Eccl 5: 1-7 Ps 12: 1-8 Deut 18: 1-8 2 Chro 19: 8-11 Ezek 47: 1-9

Babu P. K.

Rajesh Jacob

Joshua Joseph

Raju Mamootil


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On Friday, July 2, thirteen MCYM members volunteered at Scott’s mission from 9:00 -12:00 pm. “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done” (Proverbs 19:17). Although Christian principles teaches us to help the needy, it is important from a social standpoint in that it gives those who are less fortunate than us a hope for a brighter future. Those afflicted with misery will be uplifted when they realize that there are people out there who will help them out in their greatest time of need. Scott’s mission is a Christian Ministry that focuses on helping the poor and the needy, and seeking to bring physical, spiritual and emotional wholeness to the downtrodden. At this mission, despairing men and women who were impacted by the current economic downturn through lost jobs and lost opportunities can find real solutions to what they thought were insurmountable problems. The MCYM volunteers were responsible for taking care of kitchen duties and for organizing donated outfits for cleaning and distribution at their free clothing room. Most of the youth got an opportunity to cook and serve meals for the guests, and connect to other individuals on a personal basis. MCYM President, Leo, commented "It was a lot of fun, for most of us this was a new experience. We met a lot of people and we really have to appreciate the staff that work there everyday. Giving back to the community like this is very rewarding and we hope to do it again...". - Lynn B.

Liturgical Cycle Ariyippu Kalam

Nov 1 – Dec 20

Deneha Kaalam (Elda kalam) Valiya Nombu Kalam

Dec 21- Feb 21 Feb 22 – Apr 11

Kyamtha Kalam

Apr 12 – May 30

PentiKosthi Kalam

May 31 – Aug 5

Tejaskarana Kalam

Aug 6 – Sept 13

Sleeba Kalam

Sept 14 – Oct 31

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Let Him In There is a mother, crying and pleading for you and me every day, the pearly drops falling from her lovely eyelids to rosy cheeks makes her even more beautiful! But my mother is in tears and I feel helpless she tells her children to stop the fight, but they continue to battle frustrated with all the hustle. Such a horrible sight it is! Behold my child, thou art not alone, she says my son will help you, trust in him he has already finished the race and won the victory. Believe in him child! Blood; He shed on the cross for thy sins no one, I say, no one will do that for thee not even thy mother, who carried thou in her womb Nor thy earthly father who provides thee everything. Jesus’ passion is much more Trust in Him my child! He is waiting and knocking at the door of thy heart Open and let Him in! A perfect tailor he is, who can fix all pain; don’t be in vain anymore child. For when there is peace, there is unity and in unity, there will be love. To love my child, you must forgive a task not so easy, she said Neither is Life an easy game my child! Look at her face, lovely She is pleading and crying too: Welcome Jesus into thy heart child and spread the love He showers upon thee; For it is just and pleasant when brothers live in unity with faith in Trinity. - Deepthi W.


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You know it’s inside you. It’s that feeling of discontent of just being part of the masses, or instead, being someone who sticks out, someone who is a leader. Question is, do you answer the call, or ignore it? Each person has a call to greatness. From the loud, outspoken socially adept butterfly, to the quiet person who tries their best not to stick out, deep inside is a feeling that ‘I can be better’. For some people, this translates as being famous, or more popular. For others, it’s what drives them to be volunteers. However one translates this call, there are certain things that must be understood by it. The call to greatness is something rather unique to humankind. Certain animals have a desire for dominance, but that just isn’t the same. The call to greatness is what started the creation of civilizations, and perhaps judicial law as well. Once the uniqueness of it is understood, then the question arises: How did humans receive the call to greatness? The answer can be found it Genesis. When God created every other creature, he simply created them. When it came to man though, “HE breathed HIS breath into him.” This is what made us different from animals. God gave us both a spirit and a body unlike any other creation, and it is this fusion which registers to us, even if only subconsciously, that we are great, and are destined to be great.

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So God is the one who instilled in us this call, or longing for greatness. This seems all fine and dandy, until you realise that like any gift from God, this gift can be accepted or rejected. Many times, in this day and age especially, the call is not quite rejected, but definitely ignored or drowned out. Other times it is not understood.

their mind from understanding so that they don’t have to stand out or be considered as snobbish. They may be extremely kind people, but when they see a fight, they walk the other way instead of doing what could have been the greater thing. They may want to make a difference in the world, but never get started for fear of opposition, or fear of not knowing what to do. Worse still is the person who wastes away their life on drugs, sex, and gambling when their true happiness lies elsewhere. God knows what is best for each person. He created you, and He knows the vocations that fit your personality and true longings out of life, whether you can recognise them or not. He knows which career, which person, which vocation will truly make you happy. There is only one you. God created you for greatness, He created you to stand out and show your undeniable uniqueness, as well as your uniqueness in Him. Don’t be mediocre when you know you can be great. The best part is, you don’t need to be famous first to do great things. Be great first, God will decide about the fame. So…

The call to greatness is not something too abstract that can’t be understood. Although it needs patience, this call has always been in us. We know what this call is, because it is our deepest longings out of life. The call to greatness is the vocation in each human being: the vocation to a particular career where we will shine, the vocation to a human rights issue, the vocation to better and keep bettering humanity. God has given us this basic Do you choose to answer the call? vocation, and it is when this basic vocation is understood and acted upon - Nisha T. that suddenly, the higher vocations of married life, single life, consecrated life or priesthood become clear. I know people who are afraid to be great. They may be extreme geniuses, but they don’t study, or they block

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Let Them Come to Me! Matthew 19: 13-15 Then the people brought their little children to Jesus, so that Jesus could put his hands on them and pray for them. When the followers saw this, they told the people to stop bringing their children to Jesus. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me. Do not stop them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people that are these children.”

Artwork by Anna Shajee Age, 10

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Help others like Jesus helps you. Artwork by Arena Joseph Age, 5

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel Artwork by Alvin Mamootil Age, 7

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Eucharistic Consecration Illustrated by Alan Cheriyan Age, 6

The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ Artwork by Anugrah Shajee Age, 8

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