WELCOME OUR NEW PARISH PRIEST FR.MENDES
It gives me immense joy to join you as your pastor leading this renowned Parish of St. Anthony, Siolim, along with my close collaborators, to greater spiritual heights. Hence, I greet all of you with fraternal love! In our times the immense gift that the Creator has bestowed upon us is none other than the privilege of communicating to one another at the pace of the “speed of light.” Within no seconds we are connected to each other in any remote part of the world and remain updated of all the news and happenings on account of the internet facilities. That is why the entire universe has been reduced to a“global village” and everyone experiences the closest of proximity when communicating with others who are miles and miles away from us. In this most challenging period of Covid-19
Our Profound Gratitude
The Late Mr. Sebastian Lazaro Florentino D’Cruz once wrote in one of his books, “ Just as all Goenkars have a taste for their rice and curry so also all Catholics love their village church. But my love to my church trancends far beyond this saying.” Following in the footsteps of his ancestors who had been working in our Siolim Church as Sacristians, he too dedicated 10 years of service as a Sacristian from 1945 to 1955.
Good morning and wish you a magnificent Tuesday! (Lk 10, 21-24)
Luke the Evangelist gives absolute importance to the PRESENCE of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus. At the beginning of the Gospel he mentions the fundamental role of the Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus, (Chp 1) at the very start of His public ministry (Chp 4) after the joyful return of the 72 disciples from their MISSION (verses 17 to 21 of the passage prior to today's Gospel) and the Pentecost at the beginning and throughout the writings of the Acts of the Apostles. Holy Spirit is the source of joy, He is the main principal of redemption and He remains the HUB of Jesus' entire public ministry. That's the reason why Jesus blesses His Father. Jesus reveals to us that nothing works without the POWER of the Holy Spirit and without the PROVIDENCE of His Father. In this season of Advent, the Church gives importance to the PRESENCE, POWER and PROVIDENCE of the Holy TRINITY in our life. As l invoke the Holy Trinity while tracing the sign of the Cross and when l conclude my prayers again imploring the Holy Trinity, do l do it with immense joy like Jesus?
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.