Jan 1: Liturgical Prayers

A. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Option 1) 
God sent his Son, born of a woman,
to enable us to become God's children.
Through the Spirit of the Son we can cry out to God:
"Father, my Father!"
May Jesus, this Son, be always with you.

R/ And also with you.

January 1: Mary, Mother of God - 2: Tony and Jude

From Frs. Tony Kadavil and Jude Botelho:

Synopsis of Mary Mother of God Sunday (Jan 1) & New Year's message

Introduction: Since we celebrate the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God on New Year’s Day, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year?  I pray that the Lord Jesus and His mother Mary may enrich your lives during the New Year with an abundance of God’s blessings.  Today’s Feast of Mary, the Mother of God is a very appropriate way to begin a new year, reminding us to rely on the powerful intercession of our Heavenly Mother. The Church observes this day also as the World Day of Peace and invites us to pray specially for lasting peace in the world throughout the New Year.

MOTHER - Illustrations

No man is poor who has had a godly mother.
Abraham Lincoln.

An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.
Spanish proverb.

When Robert Ingersoll, the notorious skeptic, was in his heyday, two college students went to hear him lecture. As they walked down the street after the lecture, one said to the other, “Well, I guess he knocked the props out from under Christianity, didn’t he?” The other said, “No, I don’t think he did. Ingersoll did not explain my mother’s life, and until he can explain my mother’s life I will stand by my mother’s God.”
James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited, Tyndale, 1972, p. 381.

NEW YEAR - Illustrations

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth
Proverbs 27:1. 

Come now, ye that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the next day. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away
James 4:13-14.

Jan 1: Mary, Mother of God

Christmas - liturgical Prayers

Greeting (See Second Reading)
    In our own time God has spoken to us
    through his own Son,
    the radiant light of God's glory
    through whom he made everything.
    May this Son, Jesus the Lord, be with you.
    R/ And also with you.

Christmas - Midnight, Dawn & Day - Fr. Tony Kadavil

Christmas: (Lk 2:1-14): Why do we celebrate Christmas with great rejoicing?  
1:First, Christmas is the Feast of Gods sending us a Savior :God undertook the Incarnation of Jesus as God-Man to save us from the bondage of sin. The Hindu Scriptures describe ten incarnations of God “to restore righteousness in the world whenever there is a large-scale erosion of moral values. But the Christian Scriptures teach only one Incarnation, and its purpose is given in John 3: 16: “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that every one who believes in Him may not die, but have eternal life.”We celebrate the Incarnation of God as a baby today as Good News because we have a Divine Savior. As our Savior, Jesus liberated us from slavery to sin by his suffering, death and Resurrection, and he atoned for our sins.

Chritmas Day A: 2016

Jesus sells: One never tires of Jesus as a subject. The cover stories of Time, Newsweek, and US News and World Report regularly mark His nativity. One reason for featuring Him so often is that their circulation invariably increases. Born twenty centuries ago, Jesus still sells. Mel Gibson broke all records with his DVD of The Passion of the Christ. He sold nine million copies in three weeks at $22 a clip. The first book published by Pope Benedict XVI is called "Jesus of Nazareth." It quickly found a home on the Best Seller list of The New York Times. Artists at their easels struggle to paint His portrait again. Have you seen Andy Warhol's Nativity? Composers struggle to salute Him with a fresh musical score. Will it ever be otherwise? I believe not. Tell others of Jesus. But firstly allow Him to be born in you. He can't be born again, but we can. (Fr. James Gilhooley)


Advent 4 A - Liturgical Prayers

Liturgy Alive 4th Sunday of Advent (A) Emmanuel: God With Us

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Greeting (From the Second Reading)
To you all, who are God's beloved
and called to be saints,
grace and peace from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 1:7). 

R/ And also with you.

Joseph's Struggle - Advent 4 A - A Dialogue

Fr. Tommy Lane:

The following is an edited version of a "A Rough Ride For The Righteous" - Sermon from Ross Bartlett, as shared for the morning of Sunday Dec 24, 1995 on the TELOS INFORMATION SERVICE. I found an edited version of it at Rev RJ Fairchild's site for Fourth Sunday of Advent 1998. A link to that site may be found on my page of links. It appeared as a monologue and I have shortened it considerably and interspersed the questions.
Recently I interviewed St. Joseph and this is how the interview went.
My name is Joseph. I’ve been at your celebration of Christmas for quite a while but I suspect you don’t know me too well. I feel sort of like the father of the bride at a wedding. Nobody pays much attention to him but he gets to pay the bills. I want to tell you, your Christmas cost me a great deal!
Where did you grow up?

Advent 4 A: Joseph's Faithfulness

Gospel Text: Matthew 1:18-24

Michel de Verteuil
General Comments

The story of the virginal conception of Jesus is historical but is also deeply symbolic, and your meditation will reveal to you that this is how Jesus Christ always comes to be born into the world, in all the various ways in which this happens.

Vatican Redesigns Formation Program for Priests

Kerala nun scripts success story in Garo Hills sans Govt

Apart from rubber cultivation, Sister Rose has also encouraged farmers to go for large-scale coconut plantation, dairy and poultry farming. 

Sr Rose examines assists workers in examining rubber sheets at Mendipathar Multi Purpose Co-operative Society.
Shillong:  At a time when the State government’s ambitious Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme (IBDLP) is yet to reach the grassroots, Sister Rose Kayathinkara, who introduced rubber cultivation in Garo Hills, remains an unsung social worker for empowering Garo villagers by helping them take up livelihood initiatives without much assistance from the government agencies.

Apart from rubber cultivation, Sister Rose has also encouraged farmers to go for large-scale coconut plantation, dairy and poultry farming, besides helping them tap agri-horticulture produces.

A Smart Wild Lizard among a bunch of Ferocious Snakes

Car Broken - Who'd Repair

Boy with Cancer

Advent 3 A - Liturgical Prayers

A. There Shall Be No Poor Among YouB. Joy in the Lord's Coming

Is 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11
Greeting (From the Entrance Antiphon)
Rejoice in the Lord always:
the Lord is near.
He is here among us.
May the Lord Jesus always be with you.

R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. There Shall Be No Poor Among You

Humorous Two-liners

Brevity is the Soul of Wit 🤗

*Fresh Two-liners with some Genuine Observations* :

🎉The difference between in-laws and outlaws?
Outlaws are wanted.

🎉Alcohol is a perfect solvent:
It dissolves marriages, families and careers.

Advent 3 A: Gaudate Sunday: Rejoice

 Third Sunday of Advent
The joy of the kingdom is anticipated. The signs of the kingdom already come are given to the messengers of John the Baptist, and they are familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah. Patient waiting for the fulfilment is our Christian duty. There should be no complaining, no giving up or losing heart. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise the Christian community.
Gospel Text : Matthew 11:2-11