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April 2017

From the Desk of Rev. Samuel M. P.

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18) 
We are in the days of great lent. It is the me to meditate upon the way of life of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are reflecting upon the suffering and death of Christ in the Passion Week meditations. It tells about how cross, an instrument of death became the instrument of salvation. St. Paul, here, emphasizes that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing and it is the power of God to those who are being saved. How do we understand the message of cross?
Cross gives us the message of divine love. In Christ, we see the kenotic love (self-giving love) of God. It is the love of God alone, nothing else in the world, that brought human and God together. With the death of Christ on the cross, it became a symbol of the sacrificial love and perfect giving. The cross also serves as the symbol of peace and reconciliation. It is the death of Christ on the cross that brought peace and reconciliation in the broken relationship.
This cross challenges us to live in relationship and to love each other. It proclaims the message of forgiveness. It may be foolishness in the sight of the world. But it is the nature of God that we experienced through the life and death of Jesus Christ. This message of the cross should influence us in our Christian living. May this lent observance and the Holy week services help us to understand the message of the cross and to express that message in our day to day life.
Our diocesan Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Isaac Mar Philoxenos Episcopa visited us on March 12, Sunday. It was a blessed occasion and I express our sincere thanks to Thirumeni. Our 13 children received the First Holy Communion and entered into the full communion of the church. I thank their parents, god parents, teachers and all others who helped them to grow in faith.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Abraham Mar Paulos Episcopa will visit the parish on the April 9, the Palm Sunday. I request the parcipation of all the members at that occasion. I also request the sincere parcipation of all the members in all activities of the church. I once again seek the parcipation of all members in the financial needs of the parish.
May God Almighty bless us and help us to lead a blessed parish life.
Wish you all a ‘Happy Easter”.

 With love and prayers,
Rev. M. P. Samuel

April Birthdays
01 Chitra Varghese
04 Annie Jacob
04 Suku George
04 Thomas Mathai
06 Alex B. George
06 Juliet J. Thomas
06 Neethu A. Varghese
08 Sheena Varghese
09 Stephanie Koshy
10 Alexander Thomas
11 Jensen Abraham
11 Rinu S. Sabu
13 Elizabeth Jacob
13 Mariamma Johnson
14 Eben Samuel
14 Mathew Alexander
14 Pearl Jacob
17 Philip Mathew (Shibu)
19 Jocelyn M. Joseph
19 Nidhi Susan Kurian
20 Mariamma Kurien
21 Sunil V. Kochukunjan
22 Abraham Abraham
23 Anitha E. Ninan
23 Jeremy G. Thomas
23 Rashmi Chacko
24 Rashmi Agrawal
25 Joju S. Abraham
25 Sarah George
27 Merin George
27 Reuben T. Varghese
28 Benal John Thomas
29 Samuel Thomas
April Anniversaries
05 Mr. Abraham Abraham & Mrs. Mariamma Abraham

05 Mr. Alex Samuel & Mrs. Shirley A. Alex

11 Mr. Sam Koshy & Mrs. Saramma Sam

11 Mr. Thomas Mathai & Mrs. Jessy Thomas

13 Mr. Biju M. Koshy & Mrs. Dency P. Thomas

14 Mr. Nibin John Mathews & Mrs. Minu Maria Johnson

16 Mr. Varghese Abraham & Mrs. Seema Varghese

17 Mr. Michael N. Esso & Mrs. Saramma Jacob

18 Mr. Jithesh Thomas & Mrs. Hope Thomas

20 Mr. Tiji Mathew & Mrs. Rashmi Agrawal

22 Mr. Jacob Cheriyan & Mrs. Kunjamma Jacob

22 Mr. Titus Mathew & Mrs. Bobbina Titus

23 Mr. Abraham John & Mrs. Merly S. Abraham

27 Mr. John Thomas & Mrs. Gracy J. Thomas

29 Mr. Benny George & Mrs. Jessy B. George

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