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Father Saga’s Reflection: Sunday, May 24 th 2020, the Ascension of our Lord

God is with Us Every Moment of Every Day – 24/7

 

Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,

 

The glorious Easter Time continues and we go back over the last days of the life of the Risen Lord Jesus. We are particularly very keen to know where Jesus went, where he is now and about the special relationship he had with the Apostles.

 

There happened a conversation between two little students. One of them asked:

But if I always look at the sky, can I see Jesus? Or

Is there a particular hour when he appears?“.

The other readily replied: “What are you saying!

Did you not hear what the religion teacher said today?

Jesus appears only to the disciples! To those who lived with him two thousand years ago!”.

So Jesus lives in the past?“, asked the other.

 

In effect, we all think that the house of Jesus is heaven and the heaven (the Kingdom of God) is there up above, somewhere beyond the clouds – far far away. Is it really so? Even the apostles, who last saw Jesus climbing to heaven, remained with their faces looking upwards, because they saw a cloud taking him away! Two angels (mark the words) point out that it is useless to continue to stare at the sky, because Jesus will return to be among people! Actually, they do not say where he went, but they guarantee that one day he will return to be among people.

 

The Gospel explores other aspects as well, but in Jesus’ last address to his faithful collaborators he says “… I will be with you till the end of the world.”. At this point, one may ask :

In what way will he be present with his friends?

Does he simply look at them from his abode from heaven?

Does he check to know if they really carry out the things he told them to do?

Well, to answer these questions, let us just remember how he was with them and the times when he forgave them their unfaithfulness … I think this itself is enough to say that he is not someone like a controller and that he is not so far away from people. In fact, Jesus not only promises to be always with his Apostles, but he assures them of his support through the Holy Spirit.

And who is the Spirit – if not God himself who works among us guiding our actions, suggesting thoughts that lead us to God.

 

So we feel the closeness of Jesus, when we forgive others or when we help people in need.

We experience similar joy, when we pray each morning or each night before falling asleep.

Certainly, each of us and all of us feel Jesus is close to us, especially when our heart is full of joy, graceful without bitterness. Therefore the dwelling of God, the place where Jesus lodges is indeed our heart, where he often finds great and welcoming accommodation, sometimes narrow and inhospitable. He never gets tired, for sure, and stays with us always, for we are his creatures that he loves deeply.

 

Another point is the special relationship of the Master with the Disciples (Apostles). Before going back to the Father he asked them to baptize all the people and to teach them everything they had learned from him! Yes, Jesus gave his Disciples, who traveled and lived with him, an assignment to fulfill. In fact, he asked them to continue his mission, that is, to announce to everyone the love of God for all. But there is a special relationship, as said in the beginning, between the Apostles and the Lord: Jesus trusts them and counts on their help. All of us, who are his disciples, have been invested with such a job: to make known the Lord and His message – which means that He trusts us!

 

Dear brethren, today on the solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus, the Church celebrates the promise of God that he always stays close to all of us and we rejoice for the trust he places in all of us. Great is our God!

 

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss

Pastor

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Father Saga’s Gospel Reflection : Sunday May 17, 2020

If We love God, We will keep His Commandments

Easter season is nearing its end and the Church recommends us to listen to the words of Jesus addressed to the Apostles. Since we too are his disciples, his words apply to us equally.

John, the evangelist, offers us today a taste of the discourse given by Jesus during the last Supper. The teachings of Jesus, repeated on that occasion, are particularly important and precious. And Jesus wants that his words are not forgotten.

But what do the words of Jesus actually say? Well, Jesus begins his discourse by saying: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” and then concludes by reiterating: “Whoever accepts my commandments and keeps them, is the one who loves me”.

Reading the words of Jesus, we get the impression of being in front of a circle formed by the words Love and Commandments. In fact, they are closely linked, because without love, the commandments make no sense. I cannot live the way our Lord asks me to live, if I do not have in my heart love for him and my brethren.

On the other hand, I cannot show a concrete sign of my love for Jesus, if I don’t live my life according to the way he has suggested to me. Living according to the commandments, that is – living according to the heart of God, means manifesting my love for him. But if I didn’t have love in my heart, I would never be able to find the strength to accept his invitations. Let us explain this in the following manner.

Let’s think of an example which we often notice in the lives of school children. We are always used to dealing with children at home and we ourselves were children once, right? Therefore it is easy to get the point that the following simple conversation is trying to make.

One day, little Linda, returning home from school, repeats many times to her mother:
“Mom, I love you! I love you so much! I missed you at school! I love being with you!”
Of course, her Mom is very happy to hear these words.
Now, soon after these beautiful expressions, if little Linda throws her shoes away in a corner of the living room and leaves them there, without even noticing how her mother collects the shoes and takes them to their place, what can we tell of her behaviour?
What’s more? After having a snack, Linda starts playing and her mother asks her: “Linda, put away the juice and the biscuits, please”.
And Linda, without stopping to play, says: “Later! Now I’m playing!”
Time passes, but Linda has not put back the things and continues to play.
The mother, tired of waiting, puts back the things and then calls her:
“Look, it’s time for homework! Take your school diary and let’s see what you need to do … ”
Linda, snorts by saying: “Now I’m playing! I want to finish!”
Mom invites her several times, until she gets angry and scolds her.
Linda is offended, whines, makes a lot of outbursts, like:
“And it’s not fair! I’m tired now after school, I don’t want to do my homework … ”
She keeps on screaming for a long time and wasting time in the meantime.

Let us stop the story here. Let us ask ourselves a question: where did all the sweet words, that little Linda said to her mother, go?
The little girl really felt in her heart so much affection and love for her Mom. She was sincere, when they exchanged cuddles, but then a little later her affectionate words slowly disappeared from her behaviour. All her sense of affection for her Mom, slowly became tarnished by her laziness, whims, grumbles, listlessness, disobedience …

Dear brethren, similar thing can happen to us, both in the family and towards God.
Whenever we pray in the Church and participate in the Holy Mass, often we tell God how much we love him, how happy we are to have him as a Good Father … but then a little later when we go back home, get back to our work places etc., we often tend to behave in unchristian and uncharitable ways, thus we risk becoming people of double-standard and dishonesty.

As a reaction to this story, a boy remarked: “But then, if I love someone dearly, why should I feel the weight of fatigue, the annoyance of doing things that I don’t like,…?”. Oh! That’s quite a serious question, because it really touches the heart of our actions.

You know what? If I love, fatigue does not actually disappear. The cost of doing something will continue to cost me. But my way of dealing with them changes. In other words, deep in my soul, I can say to myself: “This thing costs me, but since I love you, I do it even if I don’t particularly like it!”

Dear parishioners, the commandments of God are sometimes difficult to accept, because they demand much from us and hard to live by them. Jesus asks us, for example, to forgive which is not an easy thing to do. But then since he asks me and I love him, I will try to do it! In other words, although it is really hard to be friendly with those who are rude to me, and yet since I love Jesus, I will try to do it. Precisely this is the circle that unites love and commandments together: they cannot be separated.

Let us begin this sixth week of Easter, with full of the desire to demonstrate our love for the Lord Jesus by fully accepting his Commandments and living by them. In this way we will fulfill his words: “Whoever accepts my commandments and keeps them, is the one who loves me”.

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss
Pastor.

Living in the Word for May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Father Saga’s Reflection:

DON’T LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED

Dear brethren in Christ Jesus,
Prayerful greetings to each one of you!

When people all over the world are hit by the covid-19 and everything seems to be collapsing, the words of Jesus in today’s gospel bring us relief and encouragement. Let not your hearts be troubled. What a comforting expression! These are words that we hear a lot from our parents (especially from Mothers whom we honour today) who love us. These are truly the words of Jesus whose love for us never diminishes!

From a very human point of view, it may sound difficult to think of trusting God and feeling ourselves serene, when we do not actually see him and when he is not physically present in our life. But at the same time, we know that for people who love us and show us their affection, we are able to give them our trust and feel it even when they are far away from us, because, in the heart of our hearts, we know what they have done for us and have told us.

With God it is quite different and more difficult, we should say. And yet we can consider ourselves fortunate, because this God of ours did not remain hidden from us and mysterious. Instead God has given us someone special, so that we may know, understand and feel his closeness to us: he is Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Yes, Jesus is that real person who actually has spoken to us and who still speaks to our heart every Sunday, lightens our yoke and above all makes us feel always loved and welcomed, even if we have not known him personally!

This is a wonderful thing and thanks to Jesus for this. It is because of him we come to know God and his great love for us. Above all we are united in this faith with those who, like us, believe in God and want to be close to him.

In this story of friendship with the Lord, we are not alone because there is a place for each of us and each one of us has his/her own unique place – as unique as each of us is! I find this as a beautiful and an important thing to remember, particularly when we lose trust in ourselves. It is an amazing thing to bear in mind, also because Jesus trusts us and this is why it has to be taken as an example for trusting and welcoming those who are different from us.

Some of us may ask: But how to reach this special place? How to get to be a friend of Jesus and get to our place and stay along with Jesus?
Well, in today’s Gospel Jesus clearly indicates to us the “directions” that would lead us to our place, when he says: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
These directions seem difficult to understand and follow, but in reality it is easier than we can imagine, simply because it is something we are already working on.

Following the Way of Jesus is nothing else but following what he says, the advice he gives us, the words that he speaks to us in prayer and also understanding what he suggests (values & ideals) to us in important moments of our life. All this means following Jesus and getting to know the Way of life that he proposes for us.

Why to follow Jesus?
We have to follow Jesus, because he loves us and his are words of Truth.
What better thing can there be than an advice, a word or an encouragement that is based on the truth of him who seeks only our good! How much more value is there for the advice of a person who loves us and who wants our good and wellbeing than of a person unknown to us?

And Jesus is Life because only he can give us the real Life and the beauty & joy of living it; only he can give us the true & noble feeling/sense of always being loved.

Jesus said all this to his apostles before leaving them and undergoing suffering; because with his advice they might be able to walk in truth joyfully at every step taken in love.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
This is what Jesus tells us today: that he is always close to us and guides us towards the path of joy of life. So, let us always allow ourselves to be guided by Jesus. Let us ask him for the strength to have faith in him always and hope in this life that sees us all of us as traveling companions. Let us continue to journey with Jesus, our special Friend.

Today, we remember in a special way all our amazing Mothers and pray for them. Let us make them feel better and happier! Happy Mother’s Day!

Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss
Pastor

Living in the Word Sunday, April 26 2020

The Emmaus Episode Reflects also Our own Condition

 

Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,

 

As we are celebrating the third Sunday of Easter, let us try to see in the light of the episode of  the two wayfarers of Emmaus our own condition reflected.

 

The first two readings (from the Acts & First Letter of Peter) present to us the words of Peter. In his first letter he says: “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver and gold, but the precious blood of Christ, whom God raised from the dead “. It sounds as if to say: those who think they save their soul with their money are under terrible illusion, for salvation cannot be bought. It is a pure gift, to be accepted and translated into one’s life.

 

What is more fundamental is the Gospel of today (Luke 24, 13-35). Let us remember that on the day of the Resurrection, Jesus manifests himself early in the morning to Mary Magdalene and in the evening to the Apostles who were gathered together. In between these two moments is inserted the episode of the two disciples who, ignoring the resurrection, are on their way to Emmaus and do not hide their disappointment for the story of the One in whom they had placed their hopes which also ended. They share it also with the traveler who reaches them and walks beside them; the traveller then reminds them of the passages of Scripture relating to the awaited Messiah and shows how everything came to be true in Jesus. They still do not understand that their special traveling companion is the one whom they are talking about and he, after his crucifixion and death, is now alive. They recognize him only at Supper, when he repeats the following gestures and words that preceded his passion: “he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it and gave it to them“.

 

Here we can certainly note two important things taking place: first the Scripture and then the Bread broken and given as spiritual nourishment. Well, in the episode of Emmaus we find the salient features of the liturgy of the Word and of the liturgy of the Eucharist, that is, the Holy Mass, which he left to his friends to be celebrated everyday and forever. “Do this in memory of me,” he commanded, and since then no other command has ever been so regularly practised for the past two thousand years.

 

It may be puzzling to know how these two travellers immediately do not recognize the One whose disciples they also were, just like it happened to all those to whom Jesus manifested himself after being raised. With all evidence, the Risen One is the same as before, but not exactly the same as before. For example, he is not like Lazarus, who, after the burial, resumed his previous life, but later died like everyone else. The Risen One has a different aspect from the usual one. He suddenly appears and disappears, but he is not a ghost. He demonstrates his physicality by eating in front of everyone and letting himself to be touched, rather inviting Thomas to do it. It is the same as before, but not exactly the same as before: the total inexperience of a single fact does not allow us to define the difference, just as it did not allow those who saw it to recognize him immediately. In this way are noted the initial difficulties of the two on their way to Emmaus, and our interest in their unexpected adventure.

 

The interest also derives from the fact that, in its three phases, our own condition is well reflected with respect to the Risen One.

First phase: as for Christians of every epoch, Jesus walks also beside us and is present in the ways he chooses (just remember one of his sentences: “Whatever you have done to one of my brethren, you will have done it to me“), but then how often do we know how to recognize him?

Second phase: he recalled to them the Scriptures. Well, we all have a Bible at home – don’t we? But how much do we know it? We hear it read & explained during the Holy Mass, but how much attention do we pay to it? And yet, just as we look like the two disciples of Emmaus in the early stages of their meeting, so we can look like them in the third as well: we can recognize him in the breaking of Bread. “Take and eat: this is my body, given you in sacrifice“. The gestures & words renewed in every Eucharistic celebration manifest him, the Risen One, his desire to shower on us with that limitless love, demonstrated by sacrificing his human life for us and making us participate in his divine life.

 

Dear brethren, let us learn from the episode of the disciples of Emmaus by becoming more aware that we are not alone, for the Risen Lord always accompanies us. Let us read and reflect more on the Word of God, for it is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. Let us participate as often as possible in the Eucharistic celebration, for it is the source and summit of our Christian life. Therefore, let us raise our hearts and minds in gratitude to God the Father, to Jesus His Son and the Holy Spirit for the constant and unconditional love poured upon us all.

 

God bless us all!

 

Fr. Sagayaraj Devadoss

Pastor.

Father Saga’s Easter Message

Dear brothers and sisters in the Risen Lord,

Happy Easter!

Of all the Christian feasts, Easter (the Resurrection of Christ) is the greatest and the most complete one. In fact, it is the Paschal Mystery that we celebrate every Sunday, on all liturgical feasts and in the daily Holy Mass. The readings of the Easter Vigil beautifully articulate the faith of our community in the liberation of people from sin, the creation of new humanity and new world in Risen Christ. It is the Risen Lord who gives back to humanity the dignity lost in sin and the possibility for new life. Since then, hope, freedom, joy and human solidarity have become possible in our world.

But all this does not come to us without a price. That is to say, we are invited to collaborate ever more personally with the grace and power of the Spirit and to die with Christ to the “old man”. No wonder why we are asked to work for total conversion: of mentality, of heart and of conduct, as the beginning of a new life. The Christian, risen with Jesus, must seek the things that are above where Christ is and eliminate sin from one’s life, because sin is the old leaven of corruption and wickedness. Only in this way we will become the new dough of the unleavened Easter bread. Let this be our Easter resolution! For this, let us ask the Risen Lord himself to grant us the grace to be able to shun all that is evil and embrace always all that is good, right, noble, honourable, pure and true.

At this point, I would like to THANK ALL of YOU for your prayers, loving acceptance, life of faith, and generous heart to the necessities of the parish. Let me thank the PPC, CWL, SEPC, the many groups, collaborators, volunteers involved in parish ministries. My special thanks to the office staff (Carolyn & Mona), those who help record the Holy Masses (Steven, Gerry, Carolyn, Sandra) and those decorated the Church (Roxanne & Co)., and many others.

Those of our parishioners who are ill, hospitalized, the elderly are always in my prayers. May the Lord turn their sufferings & pains into blessings!

My appreciation and special thanks to all our wonderful parish children and the marvelous youth group.

Let me take this opportunity, to wish all of you, each one of you individually. May the Risen Lord shower upon you and your families the Easter Blessings of New Life: pure heart, inner peace, good health, great prosperity!

Happy Easter!

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss

Pastor.

Good Friday, The Lord’s Passion and His Cross

Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus,

We are in the second day of the Triduum. Good Friday always brings us extremely clearly the tremendous agony & pains, crucifixion & death of our Lord Jesus. So much so the passion narrative immerses us in a very intense sorrowful mood, obviously helping us to mediate on the Passions of Jesus, but also inviting us to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and encouraging us to accept our crosses for the sake of love: love of God and of our brethren. The following points that I share with you, may be of help in this.

 

  1. The Secret of the Cross is Love

Good Friday is a day liturgically polarized around the passion of the Lord and his death on the Cross. Today the repeated announcement made by Jesus in the gospels, of his violent death in Jerusalem, is taking place. The question is obvious: why it had to be like this? Well, the deepest and most valid answer can only be given by God, because we find ourselves on the unfathomable ground of the divine will and of his eternal plan of redemption realised in Christ.

 

Neither the Father nor Jesus wanted suffering, painful passion and violent death, because in themselves they are negative realities without values. But the worth of pain, passion and death of Christ lies in the meaning given from a higher goal: the salvation of people whom God loves. Therefore, the central truth of our faith is this: God loved the world so much that he gave his only son for the salvation of the humanity.

We know very well that the natural repugnance of Jesus, as a man, in the face of his sufferings were severe: they were physical (torture, scourging, crowing of thorns, crucifixion) and moral (betrayal of Judas, denial of Peter, desertion of the disciples, ingratitude of the people, hatred of religious leaders). The agony of Gethsemane is a sufficiently eloquent prologue in this regard.

Nevertheless Jesus accepts the Father’s plan: “Let not my will be done, but yours“. The Father’s will is the salvation of humankind for he loves all people. Jesus takes upon himself the Cross of his passion out of fidelity to the Father and out of love for people, that is, in solidarity with his brothers and sisters. The reason seems to be twofold, but in the end it is just one, because the Father’s will is nothing else but the love and salvation of all humankind.

 

  1. Love repays with Love

The mystery of the Cross in the life of Jesus – and therefore also in ours – is the maximum revelation of love; because there is no other truthful way of expressing love than that of giving one’s life for those one loves. Well, the sublime love poem, which is the life, passion and death of Christ, asks also us for a response of love. “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen” (1 Jn 4,19-20).

We believe that the Cross is the typical sign of the Christian, not for spiritual masochism, but because the Cross is the source of life and total liberation, just like it is a sign of God’s love for humanity through Jesus Christ. If we say we are Jesus’ disciples and follow his example, then the love that bears witness to his Cross is the only force capable of changing the world,

You know what? Jesus could have saved us with triumph, power and glory; that is, from the outside, as a superman. But he preferred to do it from within, from within our human condition; to be one among many, demonstrating it with humility, service, obedience and renunciation, instead of imposing by means of his position and power, as it is in our style. Christ, however, did not come to be served, but to serve; this is the reason why, giving up immediate joy, he endured the Cross and humiliation.

 

Dear brethren,

The Lord invites us to follow him by denying ourselves and embracing with love our daily crosses, which is always present in one form or another, and from which we would try to escape but in vain. To know how to suffer for love is great wisdom. No wonder why Jesus says: “whoever wants to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake, will save it“. The secret of the Cross of Jesus is love, and the only way to understand it and make it become the source of life is to love God and our brethren generously.

Let God give us the Grace and Wisdom to know it and live by it always.

 

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss

Pastor.

 

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Questions

 

  • What feelings does this story of the Passion arouse in me?
  • Which character in the narration struck me most and why?
  • Do I clearly understand why Jesus had to suffer and die for me?
  • What is the cross that the Lord wants me to carry today?
  • Do I see hope behind every suffering, resurrection behind every cross?
  • Am I ashamed of the Holy Cross?

Father Saga’s Reflection on Holy Thursday: The Lord’s Supper

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

As we are entering Holy Triduum, let us focus our hearts and minds on the aspects of the paschal mysteries to be celebrated beginning from today. It is for this reason, I like to share with you some points for reflection either individually or in families. The first one is obviously, the institution of the Eucharist from which the ministerial priesthood and service flow.

Institution of the Eucharist

Today is a remarkable day in the life of Christian community. It is a unique Thursday in the liturgical year. If Eucharistic celebration is the memorial of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, today it is much more. Perhaps, this is why Maundy Thursday demands from us a special attitude and an active festive mood – both of which are the effects of a vigilant faith in special circumstances. Well, for the past forty days we have been preparing ourselves for Easter which begins today with the Holy Triduum – the fulcrum of which is the mystery of human redemption through the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

The Paschal Triduum highlights the inseparable link between the theology of the Cross and the theology of Glory, visible in the risen Jesus who shows his disciples the signs of the Cross on his glorious body. Today we celebrate the institution of the Holy Eucharist, which took place during the farewell dinner of Jesus, on the eve of his passion. Evening full of memories, farewell words, sacramental signs and gestures with a sense of strong brotherly love.

Among the main themes of today’s liturgy (the Eucharist, Ministerial Priesthood and Fraternal Love in the Christian community), the first one that determines the others is the Eucharist, for sure. It is the memorial of the passion and death of the Lord until his return (second reading), and new Easter or sacrificial Banquet of the Christian people, which replaces the Jewish Passover dinner, memorial of liberation (first reading).

Some theologians place the birth of the Church in the Lord’s last supper, because it is there the mandate given by Jesus becomes evident: “Do this in memory of me” which is at the origin of the repetition of the Eucharist and, therefore, of the permanent convocation of the ecclesial assembly through the times. In the same way, this mandate and desire of Christ to repeat his Eucharistic dinner is made possible in the community – thanks to the priestly ministry of the Bishops and Priests in continuity with the Apostles in the Upper Room.

A Testament of Love

In his discourse at the last supper, Jesus said to his disciples: “My children, I will be with you only a little longer…  A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (Jn 13: 13-14). Brotherly love or the commandment of Jesus is visible sign of the Christian community. It is this that will give her identify in the world.

There are two gestures made known at the Last Supper indicative of brotherly love: the washing of the feet of the apostles and the supper with his friends during which Jesus, for the first time, shares his Body and his Blood in the sense of Eucharist. Both gestures are expressions of Service, Love & Self-giving by Christ and also an invitation to us to do the same, because Jesus has asked us to repeat them both in his Memory.

“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (Jn 1: 1). It (love) was a sublime summary of and an introduction to these two final gestures: washing of the feet and institution of the Eucharist, which illuminate and give meaning to the whole life of Christ, centered on this double motivation: love for the Father and love for people, that was everything for him.

The love of Jesus did not stop with words, not even with these two signs, Eucharist and washing of the feet (humble service), but went into action. He gave his life for his friends and for all of us and no wonder he remarked, “no one has a love greater than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13). In fact it is love that gives perspective and depth to the suffering and death of Jesus.

That evening two very different self-donations would took place. Jesus gives himself for his friends in the Eucharist: this bread is my body, given for you; this wine is my blood, shed for you. To this total self-donation without reservations, Judas replies with the betrayal, of which Jesus was already aware of. In fact he said: “one of you will hand me over to my enemies.”

Dear brethren,

Giving oneself“, like Jesus, or “selling one’s brother“, as Judas did, is the alternative that life places before us. Our choice as Christians can only be that of Jesus: to love others as he loved us.

Fr Sagayaraj Devadoss

Pastor.

Questions to ask oneself:

Do I love to go to the Eucharist on Sundays?

How often do I pray for Bishops, Priests and Deacons?

As parishioner, am I directly involved in the service to the poor and to the least?

Do I encourage Vocations to priestly, religious life and to various lay Ministries?

Do I spend some time in adoring the Lord in the Eucharist?