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September 2011

Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 3

MONTHLY EVENTS

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

St. Thomas Day Ecumenical Celebration in Toronto The origin of Kerala's Christians dates back to 52 AD, when St. Thomas the apostle came to the region landing in the port of Cochin. He visited different parts of Kerala and converted local inhabitants including many from the upper sect known as Namboodiri Brahmins. St. Thomas established Churches in seven places in Kerala: Kodungallore, Palayur, Paravur, Kokkamangalam, Niranam, Chayal, Korakkeni, Kollam, and a chapel (half church"Arappalli") at Thiruvankottu. Over time, the churches grew and the Christian population that has grown today is known to be descended from the early St. Thomas Christians who were the first converts. After a number of years, there are Christian denominations that have formed after separations and reunions. Because all the Christian denominations are linked together in the Christian faith even though they are separate rites, many of the churches come together to celebrate St. Thomas day through ecumenical © St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Toronto

gatherings. For around 25 years in Canada, ecumenical gatherings have been taking place twice a year with the participation of over 12 churches who share the ecumenical passion. In celebration of St. Thomas and his work, the ecumenical churches present songs and dances to glorify God in a wonderful and unified atmosphere. This year ecumenical was celebrated on July 30th with the involvement of almost all the 12 churches, including our Malankara Catholic Mission Toronto. Our mission presented 2 songs (one Malayalam and one in English) which was a wonderful experience for everyone. Not only was there the participation of adults, there was a great input by the children of our parish through instrumental and vocal contributions. We are proud to be St. Thomas Christians and gladly use the blessed opportunity to praise and glorify God. We thank Achen for encouraging us to partake in the wonderful occasion. - Christine J.

Sep 1 - 8  Ettu Noimbu Prayers (schedule on page 8) Sep 4  Sunday School re-opens after vacation Sep 10  Parish Retreat (details on page 2) Sep 11  Perunal (details on page 5) Sep 17  Women’s monthly prayer meeting at Alex and Omana’s residence (6:30pm) Sep 24  Monthly prayer meeting at Saji and Laly’s residence (6:30pm)

Sunday Liturgy 2:00 PM Malayalam Class 2:30 PM Sunday School 3:30 PM Song Practice 4:00 PM Prabhatha Namaskaram 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM Confessions 4:30 PM Holy Qurbono Contact Information: Fr. John Kuriakose, 222 Ridley Blvd, Toronto, ON, M5M 3M6 Tel: (416) 485 7781 daijuak@gmail.com

Inside the Issue Assumption

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St. Augustine

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Newcomers’ Meeting

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Kid’s Corner

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Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month GENERAL INTENTION That all teachers may know how to communicate love of the truth and instill authentic moral and spiritual values. 

MISSION INTENTION That the Christian communities of Asia may proclaim the Gospel with fervor, witnessing to its beauty with the joy of faith. 

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Saint of the Month — St. Augustine St Augustine of Hippo (Nov 13, 354 – Aug 28, 430), also known as St. Augustine, St Austin, St. Augoustinos, Blessed Augustine, was the bishop of Hippo Regius (present day Annaba, Algeria). He was a latin-speaking philosopher and theologian who lived in the Roman Africa Province. St. Augustine is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break. His writings were very influential in the development of Western Christianity. This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvellous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion.

Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. "What are we doing?" he cried to his friend Alipius. "Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!" Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, "How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?" Just then he heard a child singing, "Take up and read!" Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life. After his conversion to Christianity and baptism (AD 387), Augustine developed his own approach to philosophy and theology, accommodating a variety of methods and different perspectives. He believed that

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the grace of Christ was indispensable to human freedom, and he framed the concepts of original sin and just war. When the Western Roman Empire was starting to disintegrate, Augustine developed the concept of the Church as a spiritual City of God (in a book of the same name), distinct from the material Earthly City. His thought profoundly influenced the medieval worldview. Augustine's City of God was closely identified with the church, the community that worshipped God. In the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion, he is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church, and the patron of the Augustinian religious order; his memorial is celebrated 28 August, the day of his death. - Tom M.


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Newcomers’ Meeting - Let’s live and grow together... On a warm Saturday evening on the 20th of August, Fr. John Kuriakose called in all the new comers’ and their families to our parish. The objective was to help the newcomers get integrated well into the day to day church activities and help each other. The evening started with a photo shoot of the families to build the e-directory of the church members. 19 families participated and a total group of around 40 people attended the gathering. Like St. Thomas the Apostle who went far to setup a church, the members have travelled far to build a home in Canada. This was the introductory message from Achan and opened the floor for discussion. The participants introduced themselves to the group. During the group discussion that followed, members

brought out the various challenges and struggle they went thru while settling into the new country. Job search was the primary concern for the new comers and there were detailed discussion on how the members could help each other. There were a lot of good words from newcomers about how they were warmly welcomed into the church community by the existing members. This was

quoted as a speciality only to our church. The next discussion was how to connect members online. Brother Jobin, our web administrator had been able to take part in listening to the suggestions made about how our church web-site could leverage the knowledge base of our church to help newcomers. An active blog page or portal was recommended to ensure quick

dissemination of information. Experienced people like Francis and Alex gave valuable inputs to the newcomers about how they had overcome similar challenges. Fr. John closed the meeting by emphasising the fact that we were a community with a mission which will instil religious values for the entire community and our children. To effectively bring this benefit, members were invited to be actively involved in church meetings like the monthly prayer, catechism and the upcoming retreat. The evening was brought to close with prayer and dinner. Fr. John has triggered a fire of togetherness for the newcomers and they have all confirmed to keep the glow burning forever. - Renish T.

Altar Servers Schedule - September

Coffee Sponsors

Date

Candle 1

Candle 2

Marbahasa 1

Marbahasa 2

Bell

Readings

Thurible

Sep 4

Saji & Laly

Sep 4

Samson

Christopher

Neil

Reuben

Deepak

Br. Jobin

Lynn

Sep 11

Saji & Laly

Sep 11

Reuben

Samson

Deepak

Christopher

Neil

Lynn

Br. Jobin

Sep 18

Vincent Thomas

Sep 18

Samson

Christopher

Deepak

Neil

Lynn

Br. Jobin

Leo

Sep 25

Alex & Omana

Sep 25

Neil

Reuben

Samson

Deepak

Christopher

Lynn

Br. Jobin

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His Exc. Abraham Mar Julios and His Exc. Jacob Mar Barnabas visited Toronto Mission In the last couple of months, we were truly blessed to have the presence of two of our beloved Bishops in our parish. His Excellency Most. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Julios, Metropolitan of Muvattupuzha, had come to Toronto for mission preaching and visited our parish and celebrated the Holy Qurbono with us on July 31st. He is currently initiating many

projects in the diosece of Muvattupuzha such as the Cathedral and many more. He has reminded us of the constant work of God, which the SyroMalankara Catholic Church is doing, and inspired us to do more of what we can for the Kingdom of God. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Jacob Mar Barnabas, Apostolic Visitor to Extra Territorial

Region in India, had come to Toronto for mission preaching, as well, and visited our parish and celebrated Holy Qurbono with us on August 8th. His Excellency had also joined the monthly meeting for the MCYM, wherein he contributed his experience of the MCYM in E.T.R. and his wisdom and thoughts on how the MCYM can be better. He explained how our youth must shift from a social paradigm to that of a more spiritual one. We also understood from him, that the Church relies on our generation to be more active in spirituality, on a personal and communal level. After His Excellency’s sharing with us, I believe all of us could feel the great love our Church has for us. The MCYM Toronto truly appreciated the presence of our beloved Bishops in our parish. - Neil T.

Liturgy of the Month Week

Gospel Readings

Epistles

Old Testament Readings

Reader

Sep 4

Luke 18: 18-30 The Rich Man

Jas 1: 2-8 Heb 13: 1-6

Deut 9: 25-29 1 Sam 12: 16-25 Isaiah 40: 1-11

Rajesh Jacob

Sep 11

Luke 21: 34-38 The Need to Watch

Jas 2: 18-26 2 Cor 11: 12-15

Gen 4: 1-7 1 Chr 29: 1-19 Isaiah 43: 16-28

Justin Joy

Sep 18

Mark 13: 24-31 The Coming of the Son of Man

1 Jn 5: 1-5 1 Cor 10: 1-13

Gen 45: 4-15 Sir 15: 11-20 Isaiah 57: 14-21

Christine Jaison

Sep 25

Luke 16: 19-31 The Rich Man and Lazarus

1 Jn 3: 11-18 Rom 15: 1-6

Deut 6: 1-15 Prov 3: 25-35 Isaiah 48: 12-16

Shiju Thomas

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First Anniversary of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius

s on hes o i t la Wis ont u t ra ful Tor g r n Co raye CYM dP eM n a th m fro

September 21 Most Welcome to Rev. Msgr. Peter Kochery to Toronto Mission (Founder Vicar of the Toronto Malankara Catholic Mission)

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Liturgical Cycle Ariyippu Kalam Nov 1 – Dec 20 Deneha Kaalam (Elda Kalam) Dec 21- Feb 21 Valiya Nombu Kalam 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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The Malankara Re-union Day September 20

MCYM Toronto mourns the Passing (August 26, 2011) of Cardinal Aloysius Matthew Ambrozic (Former Archbishop of Toronto)

September 28 Commemoration of Bishop Zacharias Mar Athanasios

Ettu Noimbu Prayer Schedule Date

East

West

September 1 (8 pm)

Amith/Prathiba

Joshy/Italia

September 2 (8 pm)

Rajesh/Bindu

Alex/Rosily

September 3 (8 pm)

P.K. Babu/Suma

Vincent/Moti

September 4

Holy Mass at 4 pm

September 5 (8 pm)

Babu Mamoottil/Valsa

Saji/Laly

September 6 (8 pm)

Babukutty/Susan

Teny/Asha

September 7 (8 pm)

Vinoy/Jemini

Thomas/Bindu (Hamilton)

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Holy Mass at Church


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