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May 2013

Newsletter Volume 4, Issue11

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

Dear Readers, As the month of April began, Holy Week services and celebrations were just coming to an end. Filled with fervour and zeal, our parish community prepared for their biggest event thus far. Gaana Gandharva Vijaya Sandhya was the culmination of the dedication, time and effort put in by the members of our parish on April 13th, 2013. It was an honour to be the host of such a successful event in the presence of musical icons KJ Yesudas, his son Vijay and their musical entourage. God willing, the determination to have a church of our own will be fulfilled in the near future. Francis Thazhamon leads us into a scope of this event through his article ‘Musical Night – Experience of Divine Providence’. In the midst of preparations for the music concert, April was a busy month for university students preparing to write their final exams. Stephanie Alex talks about our saint of the month, St. Joseph of Cupertino – patron saint for success in examinations. Daniel Philip gives a look at the

MONTHLY EVENTS May 4  Womens’ prayer meeting at Kochumol’s residence (6:30 pm) May 19  Feast of Pentecost TBD  Youth Regional Conference May 25  Monthly prayer meeting at Babu & Valsa’s residence (6:30 pm) May 26  Year of Faith Quiz Competition

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

leadership and direction of the Catholic Church in 21st century from Blessed John Paul II to our current Holy Father, Pope Francis. And as we enter the month of May, we begin to prepare for the feast of Pentecost and spiritual renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit. Betty Thazhamon gives us a reflection on the significance of the Feast of Pentecost in the Catholic Church. May you be filled

INSIDE THE ISSUE SPOTLIGHT: The Pilgrim, The Enforcer & The Jesuit

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Pentecost-The Catalyst for the Universal Catholic Church

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with the Holy Spirit and bear witness to our Lord Jesus Christ SHOWCASE:

during this month and the many to come! God Bless! The Editors

Music Night-Experience of Divine Providence

SAINT OF THE MONTH: St. Joseph of Cupertino

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Showcase: Sharing our Faith

The Pilgrim, The Enforcer, & The Jesuit st The Evolution of the Catholic Church in the 21 Century

It has been over a month since Pope Francis was elected in the Papal Conclave by his fellow cardinals and elevated to the position of Holy Father of the Catholic Church. In the days since March 13 th, the newly selected Pope and spiritual father of more than 1.2 billion Catholics has acted methodically and in accordance with his Jesuit background in embodying the change many of the faithful wish to see in the Church. Pope Francis, who took on the name of the Saint from Assisi, has truly sought to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John Paul II. More specifically, Pope Francis has proven to be headstrong and welcoming in his efforts to raise the spirit and foundation of the Church across the world by addressing its struggles and shortcomings, particularly to the faithful. Much of the immediate interest in the selection of this new Pope and his approach can be attributed to the Holy Father that led the Church into the 21st Century, Pope John Paul II. When Pope John Paul II began his papacy in 1978, he sat at the helm of a Church caught in the crosshairs of global ambiguity. John Paul II changed the role of the Papacy by becoming “the Pilgrim” Holy Father, as he engaged the faithful all over the world and called on Catholics all over the world to respond and act on their duty to their fellow mankind. He emphasized the international character that should resonate from the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people from different countries, languages, and societies. Instead of governing and acting from his seat within the Vatican state, John Paul II travelled to over 50 countries within his first decade as Pope, and became a model for ecumenism amongst the Catholic faithful. Pope John Paul II called upon the world to realize that it wasn’t merely through doctrine and theory that the faithful should live their lives, but rather through deeds and acts to raise the wellbeing of their neighbour. John Paul engaged the faithful where no other Pope before him had chosen to go where he went. He reconciled the Church’s wrongs against Muslims and Europeans, and embraced the diseased and impoverish in slums all over the world. John Paul’s work as Holy Father was further reinforced through Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s papacy, during which he acted as “the Enforcer” Holy Father.

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Pope Benedict XVI was selected in 2005 following the passing of Pope John Paul II, and many looked to him to address many of the internal issues facing the Catholic Church. Where John Paul II emphasized the external efforts of the Church amongst its faithful, Benedict XVI emphasized the internal discipline and structure of the Church for its faithful. Pope Benedict XVI assumed the seat of the Bishop of Rome at a time when the Catholic Church faced scandals surrounding sexual abuse by its clergy, issues on its structure and internal organization, and the infallibility of the clergy and officials who led the Catholic Church across the world. Benedict XVI, who was known for his doctrinal expertise and attention to detail, chose to emphasize the application of our Faith and our religious beliefs to our everyday lives. He emphasized the value of our Catholic morals in our daily lives and published many works setting out a path for growth and self-renewal of the Church. Again, much like John Paul II before him, Benedict XVI acted for the Church in the only way he truly knew how – by utilizing his strengths to elevate the relevance of the Church and its principles in an ever-changing world. Pope Benedict XVI adhered to the strict doctrines and theological teachings of the Catholic Church while applying them to its daily functioning – setting both an example and a continuous platform of development to build on. (continued on page 4)

Liturgy of the Month Week

Gospel Readings

Epistles

May 5

Jn 16:12-24 The Work of the Holy Spirit

Col 3:1-11

May 12

Jn 16:5-11, Jn 17:1-5 Jesus Prays For His Disciples

Eph 1:15-23

May 19

Jn 14:15-31 The Promise of the Holy Spirit

1Cor 12:4-11

May 26

Jn 6:1-15, 25-33 Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

Rom 8:1-11

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Old Testament Readings & Reader Deut 16:10-12 Prov 10:1-13 Isa 28:23-29 Ex 6:1-8 Wis 12:1-11 Isa 44:21-28 Ex 19:1-15 Prov 2:1-15 Joel 2:28-32 Gen 41:37-45 Josh 5:1-9 Jer 29:4-14

P.K. Babu John Thomas Roji Thomas Jessy Jaison


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With the election of Pope Francis I, the first Jesuit to be selected as Pope of the Catholic Church, the faithful are under the guidance of a man who treats the least of his brothers and sisters with as much dignity and respect as the most visibly powerful and respected. The newly selected Holy Father has worked immensely with the people of the Catholic Church in his home country of Argentina, and has become highly renowned for his work with the poor and less fortunate. He has been described as a man who does not elevate himself but rather his brothers, sisters, colleagues and friends. He does not cherish or revel in the finer luxuries of life; rather he is content in striving to provide the simplest pleasures and opportunities for those living with nothing in poverty. Pope Francis I drew immediate attention for his decision to avoid long-standing traditions involving the installment of a new pope, instead opting for a humble, simplistic approach to leadership. It is this unique approach of individual strengths in efforts to strengthen the whole Church as a collective that was set out by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Each of the Holy Fathers of the 21 st Century sought to strengthen the Church by emphasizing the needs of the Church through their ability to act as and apply an example. We must take heed to the lessons imparted upon us by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and seek to humble ourselves and learn the humility of Pope Francis I in order to elevate the Church worldwide. Just like St. Francis of Assisi worked for the people, let us pray that Pope Francis I will lead and act with the blessing, strength and vigour of the Holy Spirit, to impart gifts of development and growth amongst all facets of the Church. Daniel Philip

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Pentecost: The Catalyst for the Universal Catholic Church Fifty days after Easter, the Apostles found themselves all in one room for the Jewish feast of Pentecost, which commemorates Moses receiving God’s Law, the Torah on Mount Sinai. None of the Apostles could have possibly foretold that exactly on this day, the Lord would have fulfilled the promise He made many times regarding the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. After receiving the gift of the Spirit, the Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all the languages of the Jews who were gathered there and about 3,000 people were converted and baptized that day. This is why Pentecost is often called "the birthday of the Church." The disciples spoke in the language of every nation. At Pentecost God chose this means to indicate the presence of the Holy Spirit; whoever had received the Spirit spoke in every kind of tongue. We must realize this is the same Holy Spirit which pours love into our hearts. It was love that was to bring the Church of God together all over the world. As the Apostles who received the Holy Spirit in those days spoke in all kinds of tongues, today the Church, united by the Holy Spirit, continually speaks in the language of every people. This also gives meaning to the name of the one true church, in which Catholic means ‘universal’ or ‘all-embracing’. Therefore if somebody should say to one of us, “You have received the Holy Spirit, why do you not speak in tongues?” our reply should be, “I do indeed speak in the tongues of all men, because I belong to the body of Christ, that is, the Church, and she speaks all languages. What else did the presence of the Holy Spirit indicate at Pentecost, expect that God’s Church was to speak in the language of every people?” This was the way in which the Lord’s teaching was fulfilled: “Nor do people put new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the wine pours out and the wineskins are ruined; but they put new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) So when the disciples were heard speaking in all kinds of languages, some people were not far wrong in saying: They have been drinking too much new wine. The new wine of the Holy Spirit filled them, so that their fervor brimmed over and they spoke in multiple tongues. By this specular miracle they became a sign of the Catholic Church, which embraces the language of every nation. As we prepare for the Season of Pentecost, during this 10 day fast before the Great feast on May 19th, let us meditate about what occurred in the “Upper Room” and imitate the Apostles in prayer within the closed door of our hearts. For even the Apostles lost faith but with intercession of our Holy Mother, ardent prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit, we can all do awe-inspiring things. Betty Thazhamon © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto


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Spotlight: Share Our Faith Musical Night – Experience of Divine Providence The very first fund raising event hosted by St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Mission, Toronto: Ganagandharva Vijaya Sandhya was a great success only by the special providence of God. Only around the end of 2012, our parish began to explore the possibilities of hosting an entertainment night for raising funds towards achieving our dream of having our own place for worship. Under the strong and prayerful leadership of our Vicar – Rev. Fr. John Kuriakose, each and every member of the parish, including youth and children, contributed to the success of the event. While some worked hard on planning and organizing the event, others were focused on selling as many tickets as possible to benefactors and people of good will. In the meantime, many were continuously praying for His blessings and divine providence. Like any event, we had many challenges in selling tickets and organizing the event. Even on the day of the event, the weather was not much in favour of the program. Irrespective of all these challenges, the program becomes one of the best entertainment events ever hosted in Toronto as per the experience of many individuals. First of all, it was a house full event! Everyone who attended the program complimented that it was a very enjoyable and well organized event. Singers sang very well, artists played excellent, venue was very professional and the audience were very receptive throughout the program. Unlike many events of this kind, our program started with a prayer surrendering the whole event to God’s mercy. Large number of committed and well trained volunteers totally dedicated to make the event most enjoyable to our esteemed guests was another uniqueness of the program. As one respected commented, there was always professional volunteer with the guest from the parking lot to the seat to help them with a great smile. (continued on page 7)

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We cannot overemphasize the sincerity and sacrifice exhibited by many volunteers, especially those who organized the guests in the parking lot with a warm heart and welcoming smile in the cold weather worsened by rain and storm! The event helped our parish to raise a good amount of money by the sincere support of our beloved guests, contribution of many great sponsors and the generous giving of many donors. This is our conviction: When we surrendered our dream to the divine plan and entrusted everything to His divine providence it became a great program and a blessed event. We would like to thank God Almighty and each and every one contributed to the success of this event in cash and kindness, from the bottom of our hearts. Francis Thazhamon

Altar Servers Schedule Marbahasa Marbahasa

Bell

Epistle Reader

Deacon Reader

Thurible

Date May 05

Candle

Candle

Issac

Alvin

Alexi

Cyrus

Jerry

Christopher

Neil

Sebin

May 12 May 19 May 26

Sarath

Aaron

Jerome

Anugrah

Christopher

Samson

Deepak

Lynn

Alvin

Alexi

Cyrus

Issac

Samson

Deepak

Renish

Daniel

Anugrah

Sarath

Aaron

Jerome

Neil

Samson

Sebin

Lynn

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St. Joseph of Cupertino St. Joseph was an Italian Franciscan friar, who is honored as a mystic and a saint. He was born in the town of Cupertino on June 17, 1603 into a family of poor artisans. His father's debts caused Joseph to be born in a

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shed behind the house, which was in the hands of bailiffs. He was sick and often at death's door during his childhood, and at age seven he developed an ulcer which was later cured by a religious man. Even worse, he was known to be a very unclever boy and always despised by his companions who called him a fool. Even his mother was tired of him and abandoned him for his lack of any human value. His mother considered him a nuisance and treated him harshly. Joseph soon became very slow and absentminded. He would wander around, going nowhere, his mouth gaping open. But he had a bad temper, too, and so, he was not at all popular. He tried to learn the trade of shoemaking, but failed. He asked to become a Franciscan, but they would not accept him. Next, he joined the Capuchins, but eight months later, they sent him away because he could not seem to do anything right. He dropped piles of dishes and kept forgetting to do what he was told. His mother was not at all

His Excellency Most Rev. Thomas Mar Eusebius

pleased to have the eighteen-year-old Joseph back home again, so she finally had him accepted as a servant at the Franciscan monastery. He was given the monks habit and put to hard work taking care of the horses. About this time, Joseph began to change. He grew more humble and gentle, more careful and successful at his work. He also began to do more penance. Now, it was decided that he could become a real member of the Order and start studying for the priesthood. Although he was very good, he still had a hard time with studies. The examiner happened to ask him to explain the only thing he knew well, and so

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he was made a deacon, and later a priest.

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After this, God began to work many amazing miracles through St. Joseph. Over seventy times, people saw him rise from the ground while saying mass or praying. Often he went into ecstasy and would be completely wrapped up in talking with God. He became so holy that everything he saw made him think of God, and he said that all the troubles of this world were nothing but "play" battles children have with popguns. St. Joseph became so famous for the miracles that he was kept hidden, but he was happy for the chance to be alone with his beloved Lord. On His part, Jesus never left him alone and one day came to bring him to heaven on September 18, 1663. Pope Clement XIII canonized him in 1767. He is recognized as the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and especially poor test takers, for which there’s a special prayer for success in examinations. With many university exams completed and coming up, let us pray that St. Joseph is interceded by students around the world! As St. Joseph help the

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flocked to him in droves seeking help and advice in the confessional, and converted many to a truly Christian life; he continues to do so with his exemplary life on Earth and with his prayer in heaven. Stephanie Alex

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.

The Ascension (may 9)

“But truly I tell you, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you” (John 16:7)

Amen.

Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month May 2013 ….

Administrators of Justice. That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience. Seminaries. That seminaries, especially those of mission churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel.

Table of Editors Editors —————---———————- Neil Thazhamon & Divya Mamootil Layout——————-———————- Jonathan Mani Chief Editor———————————- Amit Mathews Advisor—————————————- Rev. Fr. John Kuriakose Got Feedback? Please address to Amit Mathews (Chief Editor) at amitmathews@gmail.com

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