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 wonderful Wednesday and wish you a happy feast of St John Mary Vianney. (Pastors' Day) (Mt 15, 21-28)
Jesus is God sent Messiah and hence His activity is not limited only to the lost sheep of Israel, but to the entire human race. This has been well noted when two days back he fed over five thousand folks with abundance of loaves and several from the crowds surely must have been heathens. If he was so generous why is it that with this woman he seems to be make a big fuss refusing a "morsel of bread" which the woman is begging for?
Probably He provokes the woman to get a solid faith-response which a Jew (the privileged son of Israel) would never dare to demonstrate. Jesus emphasises the genuine faith of a great mother who is ever ready to go extraordinary lengths at the expense of her own dignity to ensure the wellness of her beloved daughter.
As a Catholic do l realise that l am a privileged person to directly consume the "Body and Blood of Christ" from the Lord's Eucharistic Table than just satisfy myself with the crumbs that fall from the Master's table?
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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.