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June 2010

Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 11

Malankara Catholic Church St. Mary’s Mission Toronto St. Eugene’s Chapel◊13 Regina Avenue◊Toronto, Ontario◊M6A 1R2

MONTHLY EVENTS  June 5th Women’s prayer meeting (Valsa and Babu )  June 6th English Mass  June 12th Children’s Mass, Adoration 6:30pm  June 16th Sleeha nombu begins  June 19th Monthly prayer meeting (vinoy & Geminy) 6:30pm  June 27th Sunday school final exam

Congratulations Anna, Cyrus, Alvin, Anugrah & Sara celebrated their first Holy Communion

 June 29th Feats of Peter & Paul (Sleeha nombu ends)

Sunday Liturgy 2.30 PM Song practice 3:00 PM Sunday School 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

Inside the Issue Holy Communion


St. John


Mission Edmonton




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Jean-Marie Vianney, a farm boy born during the French Revolution, longed to become a priest. But he could not learn Latin, and it seemed as if the humble, lovable, slow thinking Jean Marie would never be ordained. He did at last become a priest, and such a holy one that St. Jean- Marie Vianney is invoked as the patron saint and a model for parish priests everywhere. To many he is known, not by name, but as simple as “the Cure of Ars”; the parish priest who devoted his life to the little village of Ars and so successfully led his people to sanctity that he became a prime target of the devil. “To save our souls, we must know, love and serve God. How beautiful a life! How beautiful, how great, to know, to love, to serve God! Anything whatever that we do apart from that is a waste of time.” Thus he spoke to his people. His words and

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thoughts were always quite simple, but they went like arrows to the hearts of listeners. Might be said with equal truth that his greatest miracle was the conversion of sinners: “I have seen numerous and remarkable ones,” the Abbé Raymond assures us, “and they formed the most beautiful chapters

of life for Curé d'Ars. He also possessed the gift of reading the soul’s heart and he was famous for his confessionals where he would spend hours or even days hearing people’s confessions. St. Jean Vianney read much and often the lives of the saints, and became so impressed by their holy lives that he wanted for himself and others to follow their wonderful examples. The ideal of holiness enchanted him. He was very strict and firm on the fact that everyone had to fully obey the Ten Commandments with no “loop holes”. Never the less, being the target of the devil himself, he was tempted many times to leave Ars for saving his own soul, which he thought were in danger of not entering heaven. On Aug. 4, 1859, Fr. Jean Vianney gave up his soul to God. He had been parish priest of Ars for 41 years. Joana Mathew

Prayer to Saint John Vianney Almighty and merciful God, Who didst make St. John Mary wonderful in his pastoral zeal and constant prayer and penance: grant, we beseech Thee, that by his example and intercession we may be able to win the souls of our brethren for Christ, and together with them attain to everlasting glory. Through the same our Lord. Amen.

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has been almost 25 years in Canada since our Malankara Catholic Church began its first mission parish in Toronto. Unfortunately, we couldn’t extend our mission thrust to the other areas of Canada, even though we had small Malankara Catholic immigrant communities in several Canadian cities. Now we are going to have a breakthrough in our stagnant mission endeavor, as we are organizing a Malankara Catholic Community in Edmonton, Alberta. It is of great need that we have a mission set up in Western Canada to organize and establish Mission communities, as we have many fellow Malankarites living in western Canadian cities, and many more are expected as immigrants in the days and months to come. We have a very strong presence of around 20 families in Edmonton and there is a keen interest shown by some of the families to have a Malankara Mission there. I visited

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Edmonton in the last week of April, and was extended a very warm welcome. While in Edmonton, I had the opportunity to stay with and visit many of our families. It was a touching experience for me to see that we have a set of vibrant and dynamic people who are proud to be children of the Malankara Catholic Church and determined to have a Malankara Church over there. When the people of God cry out as a community of faith to the Lord, He will work wonders for them. On Thursday, April 29th, we gathered together to celebrate our Holy Qurbono, in which around forty people were present. We established a formal Malankara Catholic community. In order to pray, worship, and to keep the momentum of the movement, it has been decided to come together as a faith community for prayer meeting fort nightly and to begin the catechism classes for the faith formation of the children. In order to organize and

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coordinate the mission further, an elected body has been formed:Cherian Thomas Memana (ph. 780 463 3547) as chair , Saji Varghese Kumbukkattu (780 952 5584) as secretary and Johnson Kuruvilla (780 757 9527) Deepak Chackalamuriyil ( 780 497 0704 ), Maju Sebastian (780 752 7612 ) & Priya Sebastian(780 999 6861) as members. If you know anybody in Edmonton who belongs to our Church or anyone who may be interested to be part of the community, please do contact any of these people. His Excellency Bishop Abraham Mar Julios, the Bishop of Muvattupuzha Diocese, will visit Edmonton to further organize the community there and celebrate the Holy Eucharist with them. Praying together and loving one another are the two basic pillars of any faith community. When we do that, the Spirit of God will guide us to build a community for our Lord Jesus Christ.

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To the Perfect Couple Lincy and Geo Hearty Congratulation



Jesus said, It's time my child For you to pick a Mother So I looked down on earth From one to the other That's the one, Jesus That woman there The one with the smile None other can compare I know I will love her I'm excited that she'll be mine I know she will comfort me All of the time When will it be time for us to meet? I know we will make each other complete Not too much longer, I promise, he said She'll hold you, kiss you and rock you to sleep

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

Coffee Sponsors Shajee & Biji

June 6

Vinoyi & Gemini

June 13

Alex & Omena

June 20

Alex & Omena

June 27

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I see all her beauty How can I compare? You'll be just like her, Jesus said Same smile, same face, same color of hair I feel it in my heart She'll be a wonderful Mother I'll make her special, he said I'll make her like no other One more thing Jesus, before you go How will I find her, how will I know? Will she know me, Jesus? Will she know that I'm hers? And Jesus said......... You will be wrapped in "Lavender and Lace" You will know her By "God's Amazing Grace" By Christine

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The “Pentecost," what does it mean? The word "Pentecost" means the "fiftieth day" after Easter. Yes, seven weeks have already passed since Easter. It seems like Easter was just a couple of weeks ago, but no, it was nearly a couple of months ago. Why do we celebrate "Pentecost?" It is because on that day nearly two thousand ten years ago, the Holy Catholic Church was made known to the world by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains it this way: "The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the 'dispensation of the mystery' - the age of the Church, during which Christ manifests, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, 'until he comes.' [1 Cor. 11:26] In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and the West calls 'the sacramental economy'; this is the communication (or 'dispensation') of the fruits of Christ's Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church's 'sacramental' liturgy." (CCC 1076) Simply put, the celebration of Pentecost signifies the

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fiftieth day on which we commemorate: 1) The Church received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; 2) The founding of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that has the fullness of the means of salvation; 3) The beginning of the age when Jesus communicates His work of salvation through the liturgy of the Church; 4) The beginning of the dispensation of the Church Sacraments; 5) The ordained ministry in apostolic succession; According to our Malankara liturgy, there are three services in the liturgy of Pentecost; each dedicated to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit respectively. The structure of each service is more or less like this: the introductory prayer, enyōno or responsorial, hūsōyo (consisting of pro’miyōn, sedro and hūthōmo), ethro or prayer of incensing, readings from the Scripture, litany, ceremony of kneeling, sprinkling of water and prayer of sealing (Hūthōmo). The third service of the Pentecostal liturgy is the focus in our tradition where we profess our faith in the Holy Spirit. During this third service, there is also the sprinkling of water, which symbolizes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Since this under-

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standing is deeply biblical in character, it would be good to highlight here Christ’s words about the person and activities of the Holy Spirit. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment” (Jn 16:7-8 RSV). In the same passage Jesus added that the Holy Spirit will guide the faithful into truth, will declare the future things and will glorify the Son by continuing the Son’s mission. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it

On Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, they were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those gifts helped them to fulfill their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us, too, those gifts--granted when we are infused with sanctifying grace, the life of God in our souls--help us to live a Christian life. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom Understanding Counsel Courage Knowledge Piety Fear of the Lord By allowing the Holy Spirit to sanctify us in Christ, He who dwelled in Jesus and who raised Him from the dead, surely, by dwelling in us, He will raise us also by giving life to our mortal bodies. In thanksgiving for the blessed hope that awaits us, we are indebted to the Holy Spirit. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not

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in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with sighs too deep for words."134 The Holy Spirit, the artisan of God's works, is the master of prayer. (CCC 741) Jesus and the Father gave us the Holy Spirit so we may be sanctified. Our sanctification is achieved through our daily personal communion with God and the Church. As we spiritually grow in Christ, God is pleased and the Holy Catholic Church benefits. If we receive gifts as the disciples received gifts on Pentecost, it is for the

benefit of the whole Body of Christ. Through the growth of the Body of Christ, we grow alongside the other faithful members of the Church. As our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI said in his Pentecost homily (2009), “Yes, dear brothers and sisters, where the Spirit of God enters, he chases out fear; he makes us know and feel that we are in the hands of an Omnipotence of love: whatever happens, his infinite love will not abandon us”. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s wonderful gift to each one of us. It is not

something we should refuse or be afraid of, but we should embrace and welcome. The Holy Spirit not only comes to challenge and disturb us in our thinking and practice

as individuals and as the Church, but also comes to guide and inspire, to encourage and transform us into the likeness of God. The Holy Spirit is like a two edged sword, cutting both ways, but at the same time working God’s purposes within us, calling us, renewing us, enabling us to become the people God wants us to be. This Pentecost, may we embrace and welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit in to our lives, to be inspired for God’s Glory and Mission. Br. Jobin

Liturgical Cycle Week

Gospel Readings


Old Testament Readings/ Readers

June 6

Luke 9:1-6

Acts 1:15-26 1Cor 1:26-31

Sam 2:27-36 Isa 49: 1-7

Leo Babu

June 13

Mark 6:30-44

Acts 2:37-42 1Cor 9:13-18

Dan 6:1-10 Mk 6:30-44

Vinoy Madathikunnathu

June 20

Luke 6:27-36

Acts 6:1-7 1Cor 10:14-22

Ex 20:1-17 Job 9:1-10 Isa 65:1-9

Leslie Ninan

June 27

Luke 9:57-62

Acts 9:10-19 2Cor 6:14-18

Ex 25:1-9 Hos 14:1-9 Isa 40:27-31

Lynn Babu

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