Come February, 14th, we are starting our Lenten season.
The season of Lent is about our Lord Jesus’ innocent suffering and death for the sins of the world. It is about our Lord’s sacrifice for all of us. It’s God’s forgiveness and salvation. During the season of lent, God wants us to repent. God does not want an outward display of penitence without true inward repentance (1 Sam 16:7; Matt. 23:1-36). As such, season of Lent is a process. It is a process of return, repent and reform.
First and foremost, season of Lent calls for return. It calls for evaluation, re-look and re-assessment of our values and principles in life and if they are not in conformity with the Gospel vales, we need to take a U-turn. Because the path we go is not the way of the Lord, but may be way of the world. Such values, principles, ways and paths may be our shallow spirituality, lack of commitment, mismanagement of what is entrusted to our care, unwarranted criticism of others, lack of transparency and accountability, lack of fairness in our dealings with others, lack of care etc. Every one of us have some or the other of such things. Return is a realization that what we live and how we live needs change.
Repent is being remorse or penitent. Once we realize that the way we live or our values and principles is not in conformity with the Gospel values, then it calls for repenting. It calls for seeking forgiveness from God and also from those who are affected by us.
Once we return and repent from our ungodly values, then it calls for reform. Often we tend to think that outward exercises of fasting, prayer, penitence, pious exercises, etc., alone is enough. But merely doing these things without real inner change is shallow and empty. Reform calls for change in the wrong principles and values we hold, the wrong paths and ways that we choose, the bias and prejudices, we live with etc. It calls for reformation. Such a reformation will make us good and committed religious. Let this season of lent may not be another event in the Liturgical Calendar. Let this lent make us better religious, more committed, living in accordance Gospel values, radiating the love of God, to all those under our care.
General Chapter XX: MSFS, WAKE UP TO THE BASICS
Procedure to study the papers and submit your findings
- Study the reflection paper personally
- Study the reflection paper in the local community under the guidance of the local superior
- Based on what is approved in the local community, discuss in the apostolic community meeting
Proposed time table for studying reflection papers:
Reflection paper 1: January – February, 2018
Reflection paper 2: march – April, 2018
Reflection paper 3: June – July, 2018
- The convener and the secretary of the apostolic community submits the report to the provincial
- The Provincial submits al the collated findings from the apostolic communities to the secretary of the Superior General by the stipulated date( August 31, 2018)
- The Pre-Capitular commission will work on the collated documents of all the provinces for presentation at the 20th general chapter.
Inter-Secretariat News Letter
Dear confreres, An Inter-Secretariat News Letter is already sent to you via email. Please go through the text and have personal reflection.
Note: Dear fathers you are requested to send the Reflection Paper’s report for the 20th General Chapter on time.
KARIBU SANI…WELCOME TO THE AFRICAN MISSION
Indeed, we were not prepared for what awaited us in Africa! Of course, we made an honest attempt to leave behind and to shed all our prejudices, images, hearsays, opinions about Africa as much as possible and to go there with an open mind. But we were pleasantly surprised and taken aback! It was indeed a great joy and privilege for me and to Fr. Provincial, to accompany our first missionaries, Fr. S. Soosai Raj and Bro. Winner, to our long-awaited African Mission immediately after Christmas. We embarked on our Journey on 28th December 2017 and reached safely on the same day in the evening around 5.45 at Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. We were received warmly by Fr. Robert Soosai Raj, the outgoing provincial Bursar of the East African Province and Fr. William.
Then we drove towards the outskirts of Dar Es Salaam and were received warmly by Fr. Pius. K. in the parish of Mkuza. After having spent that night in the parish and in the Novitiate Community at Kibaha, in the very morning, we were struck by the beauty of landscape, fertility of the land, lively liturgical celebration with various musical instruments and dance, hospitality and warmth of our confreres. From then on, until we left Nairobi, Kenya on 10th Jan 2018, we drove almost 3500 kilometres on road, at times around 150 kilometres on mud roads, visiting all the remotest mission units of East African province, both in Tanzania and Kenya; cherishing the beauty of the various types of landscapes; marvelling the cleanliness on the roads and villages; enjoying the friendly greetings of Tanzanians and Kenyans. Above all, we were impressed with the faith the people, their longing for the word of God, their reverence and respect towards the priests and loving acceptance of even the foreign priests and for their lively participation in the liturgy.
The tremendous hard work of our missionaries of the East African province is exemplary and worth emulating. They have developed each mission unit, from nil into a self-sufficient community. They have implanted not only faith among the people, but have made them self-reliant by providing them with education, medical care and vocational trainings. Thus, they have focussed on the integral and holistic growth of each mission. They have made all the attempts to utilize the natural energy and be eco-friendly, by installing solar panels, rain water harvesting almost on all the houses and planting trees as much as possible. In spite of such a hard work, their communities were marked with simplicity of lifestyle, warmth and cordial spirit in relationships and spent time together as community. There was no house without a parlour. The involvement of the whole community in the mission was something praiseworthy. In 30 years, what they have accomplished is the result of their total commitment to the cause of African mission. It sets us an example and nurtures hope as to what we can achieve, if only we can take the first step in Malawi and go forward with trust and confidence.
So, I would like to express our deep sentiments of gratitude to Rev. Fr. Mathew Thazhathukunnel, the Provincial of East African Province and to Rev. Fr. Johnson Kallidukil, the previous Provincial, for inviting us to visit the East African Province to get the first-hand impressions and information about the pastoral work in Africa. They have initiated the necessary openings for our new venture in Malawi and they are providing us with all the necessary information with fraternal care. Above all, they are spending so much of their time, energy and support for us. A special word of thanks to all the confreres in East Africa, who made our Mission Journey a memorable one, especially to Fr. Robert Soosai Raj, who spent so many days with us, taking us around cheerfully and helping us to get familiar with local customs and traditions. Thank you so much fathers! We look forward for a greater collaboration in the future too.
As per the recommendations and initial dialogues, we would like to open mission in Malawi, the neighbouring country of Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique, where our fathers from various provinces are already working. Through East African province, we have already received invitation to visit and to take up missions in Northern Malawi, especially, in the diocese Karonga, which lies on the shore of lake Malawi. As of now, we have only one confrere, who is already in Arusha, learning the language and the pastoral situation. We would be meeting the Bishop of Karonga on 4th of March, 2018 to initiate the process. Rev. Fr. Johnson Kallidukil, the previous Provincial will be accompanying us, when we meet the Bishop.
To start off with a mission, we would need at least another 4 to 5 confreres, so that eventually we could form two communities. We also need one or two senior confreres, who would provide leadership, and provide care and guidance for the junior confreres. It is indeed a God given opportunity. Courage, commitment and conviction are called for. If we are willing to fathom and venture into the mission, God will surely guide us and support us. Asante! Thank you
Fr. Kanikkai Nathan Daniel, MSFS, Pro. Councillor for Mission
CHURCH BLESSING AT SFS PARISH, THIRUKOGARNAM
I will build My Church…. (Matt 16.18)
A long awaited parish church construction in SFS Parish, Thirukogarnam was complete with the manifold blessings of the Almighty on the Parish on 15th December, 2017. On that day, the church was blessed and consecrated by Most. Rev. Devadass Ambrose DD., LSS. STD (Bishop of Thanjavur) and was opened by Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu MSFS (Provincial Superior, South East India Province) in the presence of Rev. Fr. Sahaya Wilson (Parish Priest), members of Fransalian Family, priests from in and around of Thanjavur Diocese and Religious Priests and Sisters from different congregations and hundreds of faithful from various places.
The function commenced at 5.30 pm with the reception of the Bishop and other dignitaries followed by a prayer dance, performed by the Students of SFS School, Pudukkottai. Most. Rev. Devadass Ambrose DD., LSS. STD (Bishop of Thanjavur) in his address congratulated the parishioners, led by Rev. Fr. Sahaya Wilson (Parish Priest) and said, “This is where the Growth is.” The Holy and Sacred event was accompanied with a fellowship meal. Today the Church remains as a symbol of radiating God’s Love and Gentleness to everyone. May God be praised and glorified
Fr. D. Sheen
HALF – YEARLY EVALUATION AND THE RENEWAL PROGRAM FOR THE REGENTS
On 16th December, 2017, all the regents of our province gathered at Msfs Provincialate for the regent’s meet. The event began with a prayer and reflection. Fr. Santhiyagu welcomed us and gave the orientation talk. On the following morning at 6.30 am, we had the Morning worship and the Holy Eucharist. After the breakfast, Fr. Provincial addressed us and asked us about our wellbeing and concerns. After the coffee break, we had personal meeting with Fr. Santhiyagu. After lunch, we went for an outing and at 9.00 pm with the night prayers, we concluded the program.
Bro. S. Pradeep Jerald
CHURCH BLESSING AT VINAYAGAPURAM
The long awaited dream of the people of Vinayagapuram of Adanur parish became a reality on 2nd January 2018, as the Church was blessed and dedicated to St Antony by the Archbishop of Pondicherry – Cuddalore Most Rt. Dr. Antony Anandarayar. It was a joyful occasion to witness the opening of the Church by Rev Fr Santhiyagu in the presence of many priests and nuns and the lay faithful. The beautiful church was built with the generous contribution of the Archdiocese of Pondicherry, the South East India Province, the well-wishers and finally the cooperation of the people. I sincerely thank everyone for their kind encouragement and prayers.
Fr. A. Antony Christopher
DESALITES EXCEL 2017-18
SFS GROUP OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS (SOUTH – EAST INDIA PROVINCE)
To bring out the talents of our students and to show the oneness, an Inter- School Competition (games, sports and literary), was conducted by the SFS Group of Educational Institutions of the South East India Province on 19th of January 2018 at SFS school Vaniyambadi. The day began with the opening ceremony in the morning at 9.00 am. The inter school competition flag was hoisted, and the Olympic lamp was lit by Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs the General Councilor -in-charge of Education and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the provincial of the Province respectively, followed by the march fast by the schools. The schools’ flags were also hoisted by the conferrers of their respective schools. Then the participants took the Sport’s Oath.
At 10.am the competitions began with Volleyball for the super seniors and simultaneously the literary competitions like speeches, solo singing, drawing and essay writing. After the lunch break, the athletics were conducted. From the neighboring colleges and the schools, the match officials and the judges were invited to conduct the competitions. There was also a three member Central Committee, which supervised the smooth going of the competitions. The members of the committee were Rev. Fr. Simon Msfs, Rev. Fr. Charles Msfs and Rev. Fr. Johnson Msfs. The competitions came to an end around 4.00 pm. After an hour of break, the awarding ceremony was scheduled.
The chief guest Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs, the General Councilor -in-charge of Education, the guests of honour Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs, the provincial of the Province, Rev. Fr. J. B. John Thadews, Msfs, the Councilor -in-charge of Education of the province and the other guests marched to the stage in procession and with the invocation by a classical dance. Rev. Fr. Johnson Sagayaraj, the correspondent of SFS School Vaniyambadi, welcomed the guests and the gathering. The chief guest was honoured by Rev. Fr. Amirthanathan, the Procurator of SFS School Vaniyambadi and the Guests of honour was honoured by the SPL and the ASPL of the School. Rev. Fr. Amirthanathan welcomed the dignitaries with flowers.
During the program, the winners and the runners of the Group dance competition performed the dances and there were also two other dances by the students of SFS Vaniyambadi. The Chief Guest and the Guests of honour addressed the gathering and distributed the medals and certificates to the winners. Rev. Fr. Thadews after his address released his book, which was already published in German and now translated in Tamil. Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, Msfs the General Councilor -in-charge of Education gave good message and declared SFS School, Vaniyambadi as the overall Champion. The SPL and the ASPL received the Rolling Trophy from him. Rev. Fr. Simon Msfs, the secretary of the educational forum gave the vote of thanks.
Various Special Events of the Desalites Excel
- In Remembrance of SFS
Being the 450th birth anniversary of St. Francis de Sales, our Patron, at the entrance of the school, a statue is installed blessed by Rev. Fr. A. Dharmaraj, Msfs on 21st of August 2017. To mark the year a stamp bearing the image of SFS was released. Rev. Fr. Arul Francis Msfs the principal of SFS School Virudhunagar released it.
- Desalites Designs
In the noble task of providing a holistic Education for its children, the SFS School Vaniyambadi creates an atmosphere, whereby every student realizes his/her worth and discovers the unrealized talents. As a mile stone in this effort, the SFS School brings out a quarterly periodical named Desalites Designs, containing the drawings, poems, stories and essays of our children. The first issue is being brought out under the theme “என் பாரம்பரியம்” i.e. MY HERITAGE. Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the provincial of the Province released the first copy of Desalites Designs and Rev. Fr. Doss Msfs and Rev. Fr. Charles Msfs received the first copies of it.
- SFS Geins: Fr. Nicolas, the Province Bursar of South East India Province inaugurated new software named SFSGEINS, which is solely designed for and by us to the office administration. This provides the complete details of the students, Teachers, non-teaching staff and of the parents. It is user friendly. It is designed in such a way that with one click, you can get the complete details of the students. It provides the past history of every student, including his academic and other areas etc.
- SFS for Others
The SFS School, Vaniyambadi together with the FOF (Friends of Fransalians) of the school started a project called SFS for others. Through this project, we helped the local government schools in and around Vaniyambadi. This academic year, we raised Rs.40, 000 and distributed to different schools. This amount was handed over by Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs, the provincial of the Province to the School Pupil Leader. On that day we had a beneficiary with us, Mr. Sathiya Murthi, the Head master of the School at Nethaji Nagar. Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, General Councilor -in-charge of Education handed over to him a Speaker set worth Rs.16, 500. In order to help this project, two donation boxes have been set up in the school and we do encourage the children and the teachers to donate during their birthdays and special days.
Bro. S. Pradeep Jerald
30th ANNUAL DAY AND 450th BIRTH YEAR Of ST FRANCIS DE SALES CELEBRATED AT S.F.S. MATRIC. HIGH SCHOOL, ALANGAYAM
S.F.S. Matric. High Secondary School, Alangayam celebrated its 30th magnificent Annual Day function on 20th January, 2018 on the theme, “To Be Human”. The theme befits the famous quote, ‘Education of heart is the heart of education.’ This program was designed and choreographed by Fr J Stephen MSFS and his team.
The event was graced by Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, MSFS, the General Councilor -in-charge of Education, Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial Superior & the Manager of S.F.S. Schools, South-East India Province and Fr. John Thadews, the PCIC for Education. The principal Fr. Innaci Muthu, formally welcomed the eminent guests and introduced to the audience Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil, the Chief Guest and Rev Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, the Provincial, who was the guest of honour. A floral welcome was given to all the important guests. This was followed by messages from Rev. Fr. George Parampukattil and Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, who, then, gave away the prizes to the academically meritorious pupils of the school.
The scintillating classical dance by the students set the tone for the marvellous evening. The students presented the cultural event with great zest, vibrancy and elation. It was a great blend of social message and exposition of talents. The memorable annual day function came to an end with the national anthem.
Report presented by Rithika XII
THE 450TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF OUR PATRON ST. FRANCIS DE SALES AND THE SILVER JUBILEE OF TWO OF OUR CONFRERES REV. FR. A. LAWRENCE AND S. ALEXANDER
It was a time for celebration for South East India Province as it had the great celebration of the 450th Birth Anniversary of our Patron St. Francis De Sales and the Silver Jubilee of the ordination of the two of our conferrers namely Fr. A. Lawrence, Msfs and Fr. S. Alexander, Msfs. The celebration commenced with the Eucharistic celebration, presided over by two of our Jubilarians and Rev. Fr. Provincial and the Parish priest of Nagamangalam, who was also in his silver Jubilee year. The holy mass began at 10.00 am with a welcome prayer dance by SFS School, Pudukkottai, followed by the procession to the altar. MSFS fathers from our province, fathers from in and around, sisters and brothers were part of the Eucharistic celebration. During the mass, the word of God was broken by Fr. Thomas Msfs from Pune province, highlighting sublime virtues of our patron on the occasion of 450th Birth Anniversary of our Patron.
After the holy Eucharist, there was a felicitation ceremony. The felicitation ceremony was colorful with the presence of Most. Rev. Dr. Antony Devotta, the Bishop of Trichy. The Silver Jubilarians were honored for their 25 years of service as priests and then Fr. Selvaraj, Msfs gave words of appreciation on Fr. Lawrence and Fr. Sebastianraj Msfs gave words on Fr. Alexander. They spoke about their service to the congregation and to the church. Most. Rev. Bishop shared his thoughts and congratulated the heroes of the day. Fr. Provincial expressed his joy to everyone and thanked all for their participation. Then the Jubilarians cut the cake and expressed their happiness to all. It was followed by a meal. It was a great day colorful and memorable one to all of us.
I. Bio-Data of Fr. S. Alexander
Father Alexander was born on 10 May 1963 at Karungal as the first son in the family. He has 7 brothers and a sister. The head of the family are Mr. A. Singarayan and Mrs. G. Victoria. In fact, among the children, there is one more is Msfs Priest. In the year 1981, Fr. Alexander joined the Fransalians at Tanuku. He did his Minor Seminary in SFS Minor Seminary at Nidadavole in 1982-1983. He entered the novitiate at Salesianum in 1983 and made his first profession on 15th Dec, 1984. He did his Post Novitiate in 1985. He did his philosophical studies from 1985 to 1988. He was ordained a priest on 21st June, 1993 at his home parish Karungal. He has specialized himself in B.A, M.A, B.ED and M. Phil
Places of Ministry: At first, he did his ministry as the Assistant Parish priest at Itaga, Tanzania (1993-1994). He was the Vice Rector and Vocation Promoter at Minor Seminary, Morogoro Cum Secretary to the Regional Superior, Africa Region (1994-1996). He was the procurator at SFS, Study House, Janampet (1996- 1998). He was the first parish priest of Holy Trinity Church, Adanur (1999-2001). He was parish priest at St. Antony’s church, Ammapatty (2001-2002) and Sacred Heart Church, Kadayal (2002-2005). He was the Principal at SFS School, Alangayam (2005-2007). He did his pastoral ministry at Germany (2007-2008). He was the Admonitor of the province from 2005 to 2008. He was appointed as procurator of SFS School, Virudhunagar (2008-2010). He was appointed as Superior of Msfs Provincialate, Trichy (2010-2012). He was doing his ministry at Divine Center, Chalakudy (2012-2014). He was appointed as parish priest of Nalattinputhur (2014-2017). Right now he is appointed as mission preacher cum in-charge of land at Manakudy. He holds the authorship for 3 books and Released 3 CDs.
II. Bio- Data of Fr. A. Lawrence
Fr. A. Lawrence was born on 27th May 1965 at Valayampaty as the first son among the 4 children. He has 2 brothers and a sister. His Parents are Late. Mr. Amal Raj and Mrs. Veda Mary. He did his minor seminary at Ettumanoor, Kerala. He entered the novitiate at Salesianum in 1984 and made his first profession on 15th Dec, 1985. After completing his philosophical studies in Suvidya, Bangalore, he was sent to Vaniyambadi Parish for his Regency. He did his Theology in Pune. He was ordained a priest on 12th October 1993. He has specialized himself in B.A, M.A, B.ED and M. Phil
Places of Ministry: His first years as priest were spent at Sacred Heart Parish at Kadayal (1993-1994) and at Msfs minor seminary as the Vocation Promoter and Dean of Studies (1994-1998). From 1998 to 2004, he was the Principal and Correspondent of SFS School, Parachur, Andhra Pradesh. After that, he was in SFS School at Pudukkottai, as principal (2004-2005). Chennai region was born on 24th January 2005. He took charge as the first Regional Superior and subsequently as the first Provincial of South- East India Province in 2008 – 2011. After having completed his office, he was appointed as the Rector of the MSFS minor seminary, Pudukkottai (1911-1914). He was appointed as the parish priest of Sendurai (2014-2017). Right now, he is appointed as the Principal of SFS School, Pudukkottai.
Bro. S. Jerald
ANNUAL GATHERING OF THE DELEGATION OF SOUTH EAST INDIA PROVINCE IN GAH – IN FÜRSTENZELL, GERMANY –2018
The Annual Meeting of our Delegation in GAH (Germany, Austria and Holland) took place for three days from 21st to 23rd January 2018. It was hosted by Fr. Amalraj at Fürstenzell, in the diocese of Passau. Sixteen of our Confreres took part in it and spent time in prayer and discussion. During the main session, the local superiors Frs. Jerry and Victor gave a short report of the activities of their communities, and the confreres shared their life experience in their respective places of ministry.
The subsequent discussion was centred on our life in and contribution to the Province. Fr. S. Joseph, the Bursar of the Delegation presented the financial report of the year 2017. The culmination of the day was the festive, intercultural Eucharistic Celebration in honour of our Patron St. Francis de Sales, in which about 22 priests and a hundred parishioners participated. At the Mass, Fr. Amalraj was installed as the Coordinator of all our Delegations in GAH. Among those present were the outgoing Coordinator Fr. Silvester of Vizag Province, Delegation Superiors, President of the Society and confreres from other Provinces. Then we came together with some of the invited guests, to share delicious Indian cuisine prepared by our confreres. This Annual Gathering served as a fresh impetus to our religious living in GAH and strengthened our bond with the life of the Province.
Fr. A. Joseph Amalraj
ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION AT SFS SCHOOL, VIRUDHUNAGAR ON 27TH JANUARY 2018
St Francis De Sales Matric Hr Sec School at Virudhunagar celebrated its Annual day on Saturday 27th January 2018 with pomp and gaiety. It was indeed a great evening for the management, staff and students. The district collector of Virudhunagar Mr. A. Sivagnanam IAS was the chief guest and Very Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs the Provincial Superior of South East India Province was the guest of honor. The presence of many Msfs confreres and the diocesan clergy and many of the religious sisters added joy and graciousness to the function. A large number of parents and teachers gathered in the school well on time to receive the guests. All the guests were accorded warm welcome and were led to the stage by the school band. The chief guest planted saplings in the school ground as a sign of creating “go green “consciousness in the school atmosphere. After the welcome song, the Principal gladly welcomed the chief guest and the guest of honor.
The chief guest in his address said that the school annual day is a platform for all the students to exhibit their talents and for the parents a time of observation and appreciation of their children. The Chief Guest was requested to honour the teachers, who served the institution in the past year without absenting themselves. Then the result of group activities was announced and Green group was declared as the winner of the year and the Yellow group was declared as runner up. Chief Guest addressed the gathering with his eloquence and he appreciated the school for its academic excellence and widespread chances offered to the students in the school. Proficiency certificates and prizes were distributed by the collector. He appreciated the school for its tremendous efforts for the children in his speech.
The guest of honour Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu distributed the certificates and medals to the students, who attended the school without absenting themselves in the past year. In his speech, he reiterated the importance of discipline, other than the result and mark oriented examination. Rev. Fr. Michael, the correspondent proposed the vote of thanks. Thus the program ended with the national anthem at 08.45 PM.
Fr. A. Michael
MONTH OF FEBRUARY
BIRTHDAYS OF OUR CONFRERES
|Fr. S. Arockia Charles||03|
|Fr. A. Dharmaraj||08|
|Fr. J. Stephen||09|
|Fr. M. Rayappan||14|
|Fr. S. Joseph||16|
|Fr. P. Aloysius||22|
|Fr. Maria John Franklin||27|
We wish them Happy Birthday and God’s Abundant Blessings upon them
ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY OF OUR CONFRERES
|Amirtha Rajan D||04|
We congratulate and pray for them
LET US REMEMBER AND PRAY FOR THE DEAD
MSFS OBITUARY – FEBRUARY
|01||Bro. John Mary Prayraud|
|02||Bro. Emile Maillard|
|Fr. Francois Dougoud|
|03||Bro. Michel Beauquis|
|04||Bro. Lucio Borges|
|07||Fr. Crispin D’souza|
|08||Fr. Patrick Wall|
|Bro. Raphael Schneider|
|Bro. Eugene Oppold|
|09||Fr. Joseph Ducrest|
|11||Fr. Joseph Currat|
|Fr. Francis Hamilton|
|12||Fr. Regis Maniouloux|
|13||Bro. Ignatius D’Souza|
|14||Fr. Francois Sage|
|Fr. Henri Jules Comerson|
|15||Fr. Jean Thvenet|
|Fr. Francois Couturier|
|16||Fr. Henri Fournier|
|Fr. John Kurandiarkunnel|
|Bro. Louis Brunier|
|18||Bro. Alexandre Druz|
|Bro. Innaiah Gali|
|19||Fr. Francois Longerey|
|Fr. Emile Chautemps|
|Fr. Anselme Rey|
|20||Fr. Louis Valluet|
|Bro. Eugene Debons|
|Fr. James H. Lahiff|
|Fr. Adophe Duval|
|Fr. Earnest Lavorel|
|21||Bro. Joseph Sebastin Devaraj|
|24||Fr. Jean Anthonioz|
|Fr. Joseph Charriere|
|25||Fr. Ferdinand Million|
|Fr. Alexis Marrolliat|
|Fr. Francois Gay|
|26||Fr. Joseph Meynet|
Let Us Continue to Pray for the Deceased Members of Our Congregation
LET US PRAY FOR THE DEPARTED
- Mary Asuntha, the Sister of Fr. C. John Britto, aged 62, expired on 18th January, 2018.
- Saleth Mary, the Grandma of Fr. S. Prem Kumar, aged 78, expired on 05th February, 2018.
May I request those who have not fulfilled the suffrages to do the same at the earliest. (Const. No.118; General Directory No.98)
May her soul rest in peace!
|04th||Feast Day Mass, Thirukogarnam Parish|
|10th||Education Forum meeting, Trichy|
|12th||SFS School, Pudukottai|
|14th||Ash Wednesday, Kadayal Parish|
|15th||SFS School, Nalattinputhur|
|26th February to 10th of March||Malawi, Africa|
Yours Fraternally in Christ,
Rev. Fr. K. Ignacimuthu, Msfs
THOUGHTS FOR REFLECTION AND MEDITATION
- BIBLE QUOTE
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
– (Isaiah 40:28-31)
- SALESIAN THOUGHT
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”
– Saint Francis de Sales
- STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART OF FR. PETER MARIE MERMIER
“Continue to form yourself with a great purity of intention and diligence for the exercise of holy ministry which is a vast field. Remember, even men of moderate talent can succeed since the grace of God is always at hand.”
[Letter to Fr. Francois Marie SERMET, 06.07.1849, pp. 45-46]
- A THOUGHT FROM GREAT POET THIRUVALLUVAR
உற்றநோய் நோன்றல் உயிர்க்குறுகண் செய்யாமை
அற்றே தவத்திற் குரு
தனக்கு உற்ற துன்பத்தை பொறுத்தலும் மற்ற உயிர்க்குத் துன்பம் செய்யாதிருத்தலும் ஆகிய அவ்வளவே தவத்திற்கு வடிவமாகும்
To bear due penitential pains, while no offence He causes others, is the type of penitence’
The nature of religious discipline consists, in the endurance (by the ascetic) of the sufferings which it brings on himself, and in abstaining from giving pain to others
Utranoi Nondral Uyirkkurukan Seyyaamai Atre Thavaththir Kuru