A WARM WELCOME
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
Fr. Socorro Mendes
St. Anthony Church Siolim
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 Holy 3rd Sunday of Lent. (Jn 2, 13-25)
For the Jews, the temple was the most revered place. It was respected because it was a symbol of unity for the Hebrews, and it was the dwelling place of God's presence (Shekinah). It had the Holy of holies, the nave and esplanades (courtyards) which were like the premises of the temple. It was in this place that the exchangers of money, the sellers of oxen, lambs and birds were trafficking and trading. There was a big commerce that took place there and the place had lost its awe.
Jesus is raged with Holy anger to defend the SHEKINAH. And that is why He expresses His emotions because He himself is that Shekinah, that very presence and power of God and He knows that no power on earth can destroy Him.
What about my body which was made the temple of the Spirit through baptism? In Lent can l strive by way of prayer, fasting and alms-giving to purify my body and augment its holiness?
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.