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JANUARY 2014

Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 7

Malankara Catholic Church St. Mary’s Mission Toronto

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

After all the hustle that surrounded the month of December, we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! As we move forward into the new year, let us as God to guide us down His path so that we may be a light to others. Here at the Malankara Church in Toronto, God was truly in our presence. From Christmas caroling to Parish Night, from the celebration of the Immaculate Conception to Christmas mass, the events of the month have been nothing short of a blessed experience. In this issue, we have Shanjini Mathew who writes an article titled “New Years Resolutions” in which she explains how to set spiritual new year’s resolutions. Divya Mamootil gives us a flashback experience of our Church’s annual Parish Night. Finally we have St. Juan Diego as our Saint of the month written by Stephina Alexander. We hope that the new year bring much happiness to you and your families. May God bless all of you! - The Editorial Team

MONTHLY EVENTS Jan 2  MCYM quarterly retreat at St. Eugene’s Chapel (1:00 pm) Jan 4  New Altar Servers Training at St. Eugene’s Chapel (10 am) Jan 11  Ladies prayer meeting at Babukutty & Susan’s residence (6:30 pm) Jan 18  Monthly prayer at Biji & Anu’s residence (6:30 pm)

Sunday Liturgy 3:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 3:30 PM Song Practice 4.00 PM Namaskaram & Confession 4.30 PM Holy Mass Contact Information Fr. John Kuriakose Tel: (416) 485-7781 daijuak@gmail.com

INSIDE THE ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: Parish Night 2013

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

Jonathan Mani

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Lynn Babu

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

Amit Mathews

Advisor-------------------

Rev. Fr. John Kuriakose

Got Feedback? Please address to Amit Mathews (Chief Editor) at amitmathews@gmail.com Letters will be published in the next issue of the bulletin © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto

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SHOWCASE: New Year’s Resolutions SAINT OF THE MONTH:

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St. Andrew Kids Korner

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‘SPOTLIGHT’ : CHURCH HIGHLIGHTS

Parish Night 2013 On Saturday, December 28th, our Malankara Catholic community hosted our annual Parish Night at St. Margaret of Scotland’s Parish Hall. This year, we were blessed with the presence of our vicar, Fr. John Kuriakose and honorary guest Fr. Ephraim. The evening was filled with lots of joy, laughter and many good memories. As with every year, the night began with entertaining games for both children and adults to enjoy, such as the ring toss, candle lighting, and card games. We also had a successful raffle in which great prizes were won throughout the night! Soon after the games ended, dinner was served. The community enjoyed a wonderful Kerala style meal and were ready for the main event!

and dramatic but thrilling skits by the youth. The night ended with a finale performance that reflected the birth of Christ and ended with the Indian national anthem.

Overall, Parish Night was another great night and a wonderful opportunity for the Sunday school children, youth and adults to come together and enjoy each other’s company while glorifying God’s name with their incredible talents. With all the hard work from ongoing practices, everyone worked efficiently and put in all their effort in making this occasion a great success. Let us thank the Lord so that He may continue to shower us with His abundant blessings. - Divya Mamootil The parish night programs commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the Fathers, who also gave wonderful speeches, a welcome dance and singing of the Canadian national anthem. Fr. Ephraim delivered a Christmas message on the prophecy and fulfillment of our Lord’s birth which we currently celebrate through song, dance and drama, as one could see through the night’s programs. Performances consisted of beautiful dances performed by our Sunday school children © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto


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Parish Night 2013

(Cont’d)

Liturgy of the Month Week

Gospel Readings

Epistles

Old Testament Readings & Reader

Jan 06

Jn 1:29-34 John Testifies About Jesus

1 Jn 3:19-24 Heb 11:23-31

Gen 2:1-10 Judg 13:8-14 Is 12:1-6

Anil Varghese

Jan 13

Jn 1:43-51 Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

1Pt 3:8-17 Phil 1:15-20

Ex 3:1-15 Wis 7:1-12 Is 1:4-20

Appukuttan

Jan 20

Lk 4:16-22 Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

1Pt 1:13-25 Rom 3:1-8

Josh 4:1-14 Prov 10:1-12 Is 61:1-4

Vinoyi Cheriyan

Jan 27

Jn 3:1-15 Jesus Teaches Nicodemus

1Pt 2:4-10 1Cor 3:18-23

Gen 7:6-16 Jer 31:1-9 Is 43:1-7

Daniel Philip

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SHOWCASE : SHARING OUR FAITH New Year’s Resolutions 5…4…3…2…1…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

2014 is finally here and it is once again that time of the year where people around the world make promises to better themselves. It is a new beginning where many feel they can begin anew with their lives but before the month is even out, most will have likely broken their resolutions. The main reason is because of meticulous and impractical expectations. Many also have the habit of cutting the branches of the tree without realizing that the root is more problematic. For instance, if one’s New Year’s resolution is to lose 30 pounds, oftentimes the individual does not realize the real problem of gluttony. As devoted Catholics, we know that we are far from perfect and anything that helps us to become a better person is definitely worthwhile. And so, instead of making a resolution like losing 30 pounds, it is better to ask God for the strength to eat moderately and to always see our eating as a way of giving God thanks. This year, let us take the time to discern what we really want to change in our lives, instead of hastily jumping into resolutions that will not make much impact. Let us make blessed, productive and life-changing promises that will bring us closer to God. For those who are © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto

looking for help in your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ideas to get you started. The first and foremost is to make time to encounter the Lord each day. Daily prayers are important but finding time to just be with the Lord in whatever task you do is equally as important. This means reciting the rosary or any other prayer when stuck in traffic or riding the subway. Allow His love to transform your daily schedule by having conversations with Him about your joys and troubles because these encounters are what keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ. Next, be thankful for the little things you have been given and express that thankfulness to the Lord. This way, seeing the good in your life and staying positive will allow you to become more compassionate and loving. This leads to the next resolution- to live more simply. If we were to observe the lives of saints, we will see that much of their credibility has come from the fact that they chose to live life simply. We cannot find fulfillment in our possessions but instead in the good works we do. Taking care of the poor and unfortunate is what the Lord expects us to do because for sacrifices like these you will receive extra graces and blessings. All in all, I encourage everyone to add more prayer into your daily life because letting go of yourself in the presence of God through centering prayer is what will enrich your life. Ask the Lord for strength and guidance to achieve all your resolutions and with that I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! -Shanjini Mathew


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Saint of the Month

BIBLE QUIZ

St. Juan Diego St. Juan Diego’s story is a model of humility. Juan, a native Mexican farmer and labourer, woke well before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily mass. He lived a simple life and had a deep connection to Holy Eucharist. One morning as he made his way to daily mass, he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by a rainbow. A woman’s voice called him to the top of the hill where he saw a beautiful young woman. She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the Bishop to build a church on that site. “I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your most devoted mother…to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings.” This was the message given to Juan from Mother Mary. It is believed that the Bishop was first skeptical of this occurrence and asked Juan to bring evidence of our Lady’s identity. On his way to meet with the Virgin Lady again, he was interrupted by the message of his uncle’s illness and thus rushed to his aid, missing his meeting the Lady. Our Lady, however, appeared to him on the way and told him that his uncle had been cured and directed him to the hill top where they first met. It was to Juan’s surprise to find growing flowers in the frozen soil. He then collected those flowers as a proof of the Lady’s apparition. The bishop was in shock to see these Castilian roses, which were not grown in Mexico, and he believed in the apparition. A church was built at the site of this apparition as was instructed by the Virgin Mary.

1. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is _____ life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Rom 6:23 (7 Letters)

2. To whom did God give the covenant of circumcision? (7 letters)

3. From what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments? (5 Letters)

4. Who was King of Israel when Elijah was a Prophet? (4 Letters)

UNSCRAMBLE

Unscramble the letters in orange coloured boxes above to figure out the clue below: A Character in the Bible (5 Letters):

Last Month’s Answers: 1. Sinners 2. Galilee 3. Terah 4. Rome

UNSCRAMBLE Answer: Sarah

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St. Juan Diego is known for his humble and simple faith who said to the Blessed Virgin Mary, “I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf.” Let us look and learn from St. Juan’s humility and imitate his love for the Holy Eucharist. -Stephina Alexander

Jan 6

Babu/Valsa

Jan 13

TBA

Jan 20

TBA

Jan 27

Sara Philip

Altar Servers Schedule—January 2014 Date

Candle 1 Alvin

Candle 2 Samson

Marbahasa 1 Alexi

Marbahasa 2 Jerome

Jan 06 Jan 13

Sarath

Aron

Jerome

Jan 20

Alvin

Alexi

Jan 27

Anugrah

Sarath

Readings

Thurible

Jerry

Bible Reading Cyrus

Chris

Sebin

Anugrah

Chris

Samson

Anil

Lynn

Cyrus

Sarath

Samson

Anugrah

Lynn

Daniel

Aron

Jerome

Cyrus

samson

Sebin

Chris

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