Dear Fathers and Brothers,
Lent is a time to recapture our true identity. We are God’s sons and as a result all God’s children are co-heirs of our riches. It should be a time that inspires us to share our time, talent and resources with others. In order to be partakers in this sharing there is a need for equality. Discrimination against anybody on the basis of caste or religion is a sin against God and humanity. Today, Church has to take the responsibility to wipe away this discrimination and untouchability. The mission of Jesus Christ was for the poor and the marginalized. Church should come forward to render justice to all. We should aim to review the struggles for dignity, rights and faith. In this regard we see a great need to be reconciled with one another. The season of lent is the best time we can think of that reconciliation with God and with others. We have to get back to our own identity and come together as people of good will for cultivating and nurturing peace in the place of violence and strife, and work together for the possible prevention of conflicts.
When we think of lent, mostly our reflections go with the suffering, passion and death of Jesus Christ. I was thinking of what makes us sad often when we think of this suffering. Is it really because we all want to be on the winning side? We wish to be happy all the time and we do things for that happiness. Do we ever have thought of making Jesus happy? I truly believe that if we are able to make Him happy by our words, deeds and actions during this season of lent; this will surely become the best time for us.
There is also a need to take initiatives and try to restore what is broken or spoiled or interrupted, or sometimes even destroyed. This applies also to one’s relationships with God. Relationship with God is essentially expressed in one’s surrender to Him and to His directions for living our life. There is a need for total surrender. But, is this total and unconditional surrender possible for us human beings? It is possible though it is difficult! The most desirable thing for us is that our relationship with God is never interrupted or broken. But, if and when that happens, reconciliation is the way that is always open for us.God continues to take initiative for man to reconcile with Him. His Son Jesus Christ is always inviting humanity to return to His Father, as He says, “The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news” (Mk 1:15). God is ever faithful in His love and He wants human beings to recognize their unfaithfulness and be ready for reconciliation!
May you have a fruitful season of lent. God Bless, Yours in our Blessed Mother
Fr. Roy Parayil M.S.
Fr. Jince Koothodiyil M.S
Fr. Sanish Poovathinkal M.S
Retreat at SingaporE
The La Salette retreat team is back home after a successful retreat preaching at Singapore. Fr. Baiju Avittapally MS, Fr. Joby Muttathil MS, Fr. Jose Muttathan MS, Fr. James Kalliyath MS and Mr. Jaison were in the team. A four days retreat was conducted for the Malayalee Catholics in Singapore.
La Salette Nikethan
We solemnly began the year of consecrated life on February 2nd with lighting the lamp during the Holy Eucharistic celebration and an hour of a special adoration was also conducted in the community.
HAPPY BIRTH DAY
The birthday of Rev. Fr. Robin Vallattu, MS was celebrated on 6th of February. Community thanked him for all the services, and wished him all the best for his future life.
Our community started Lenten preparations and special devotions on 18th of February.
On 22nd our seminarians had their monthly recollection, facilitated by Bro. Anoop Chakittakudiyil, MS.
On 24th we had two visitors, Rev.Fr. John, from USA doing his doctoral studies in Dharmaram College, Bangalore and Fr. Devadas OFM from Bangalore stayed in Nikethan as part of their visit in Mysore.
Our 3rd year minor seminarians had finished their classes and are in their study leave. They are very busy with their preparations for the board examinations. Our 2nd year seminarians had finished their first year PU final examinations on 27th of February.
La Salette Sadhan
The community gave a farewell to the Superior General Rev. Fr. Silvano Marisa and his councilor Rev. Fr. Henryk on the 1st of February.
The Sadhan community celebrated the birthday of Fr. Biju Chempottical MS on February 2nd and the whole community wished him the blessings of day.
3rd year philosophy students have successfully completed their comprehensive exam and rest of the seminarians had their semester exams.
The community remembered and prayed for the departed soul of our beloved Dn. Binish Muttathil MS on his 3rd death anniversary on 20th February.
La Salette Lay Association Bangalore Unit had their gathering on 22nd February. Rev. Dr. Biju Chempottical MS delivered talk on La Salette and Lenten season and at the end a graceful hour of adoration conducted by Bro. Joyal Narimattathil.
The brothers had their monthly recollection on 22nd February and Rev. Fr. Biju SOLA animated by his talk on Mature Spirituality and Lenten Season and followed by adoration and confession.
La Salette Bhavan
Community participated in the marriage ceremony of the brother of Fr. Joby Kadambattu MS on 1st February.
Fr. Cyriac Mattathilanickal MS made a flying visit to La Salette Bhavan on 2nd February.
Bhavan community celebrated the ordination anniversary of Frs. Benny Thadathikunnel MS and Jiju Valiyakandathil MS on 4th February.
Our new priests Frs. Rijo Muttathil M.S, Saneesh Poovathinkal M.S and Jince Koothodiyil M.S celebrated their Thanksgiving Mass at La Salette Bhavan on 7th February.
Priests, relatives and parishioners participated in the Memorial Mass on the third death anniversary of Dn. Binish Muttathil MS on 20th February.
Community acknowledged the valuable services of Fr. Rijo Muttathil MS as procurator of the house and gave farewell as he is transferred to St. Ann’s Parish, Pettah, Trivandrum.
Community wholeheartedly welcomed Fr. Anoop Manchira MS, the new procurator on 23rd February.
Community celebrated the ordination anniversary of Fr. Joy Chukkananickal MS on 23rd February.
Fr. Superior and director of Postulants together with the brothers visited the houses of Postulants on 26th February.
La Salette Lay Association Parakkadavu Unit had their gathering on 22nd February.
La Salette Vidya Nikethan School
Second preparatory examinations for SSLC students were conducted in Vidya Nikethan from 18th February. Now all the SSLC students are very busy with their studies for their first Public Examination.
SEND OFF PARTY
Vidya Nikethan conducted a sendoff party for our first batch on 28th February. Staff and other students wished them all the best and offered their prayers.
La Salette Nilayam
On 18th February Wednesday we solemnly celebrated Ash Wednesday and began our zealous preparations for the Easter.
Our New Priests, Fr. Jince Koothodiyil M.S Frs. Rijo Muttahil M.S and Saneesh Poovathinkal M.S celebrated their First Telugu Mass on Ash Wednesday. Fr. Jince was the main celebrant and Fr. Roy, Fr. Sibi, Fr. Jobit and Fr. Anil were also the concelebrants. People were excited to have a handful of priests to join with them for the mass and honored the new priests with flowers and standing ovation.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO FR. ANIL
We celebrated the birthday of Fr. Anil Kochuthazhath M.S joyfully on 16th February. We prayed for him and wished him all the best in the future life. Fr. Anil shared his joy by cutting the cake along with the parishioners and the community here.
La Salette Vidyanilayam School
MOST AWAITED ANNUAL DAY…
On 17th February, La Salette Vidyanilayam School celebrated its 3rd Annual Day. ‘Practice makes perfect’, this proverb became true in its effect, producing a magnificent visual treat on the annual day by the diligent practice of our students. Our students from LKG to 3rd Standard have impressed all their spectators and received positive reviews and applause. Thanks to all the staffs and students for the cooperation and team work under the guidance Fr. Jobit Thottumkara M.S, the Principal. We had not less than two thousand audience including invitees, dignitaries, guests, parishioners, friends, parents, etc. Fr. Roy Parayil, MS, the Provincial Superior, was our Chief Guest for the program. This was also one of the best occasions to honor our new priests in the school.
La Salette Ashram
From February 8th to 11th there was the Marian Retreat in La Salette Ashram. Nearly 50 people attended the retreat.
BIRTH DAY CELEBRATION
Ashram Community cordially celebrated the birthday of Bro. Anoop Chakkittakudiyil MS on 15th of this month.
THANKS GIVING MASS OF OUR NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS
Our newly ordained priests Fr. Jince Koothodiyil M.S, Fr. Rijo Muttathil M.S and Fr. Saneesh Poovathimkal M.S celebrated their thanksgiving mass at La Salette Ashram on 14th of this month amidst many people who came to attend the second Saturday program.
GATHERING OF CHARISMATIC PRAYER LEADERS
There was the first gathering of charismatic prayer leaders from Mananthavady diocese and nearly 150 people attended the program. The section included Holy Mass, adoration and talk on Charismatic renewal by Fr. Vincent Pulimoottil.
La Salette Marian Center
Marian community joyfully welcomed our newly ordained priests Frs. Sanish Poovathinka MS and Jince Koothodiyil MS in the early hours of the day on 8th of February and they celebrated their thanksgiving mass in our Panachamoodu Parish on the same day. The parishioners were very happy to see the newly ordained priests and they expressed their gratitude towards them for blessing them with holy mass.
SEND OFF AND WELCOME
On 23rd February the community gave farewell to our dear Fr. Jiss Kunnumpurath MS who served the community as the procurator of the house and the assistant parish priest of St. Jude’s church Panachamoodu and the community accompanied him together with Fr. Joby Payyappilly MS to his newly assigned parish St. Ignatious Church Puthanthoppu. As he was saying adieu to parishioners many were in tears because of his hard work and dedicated service in the parish especially during the construction of their new church above all his dynamic and vibrant dealings with them and many of them expressed it through their words. On the same day Fr. Sanish MS took charge as the procurator and the program co coordinator of the house. The community wished both of them all the best.
Let us pray for the Province of Philippines.
Days to Remember
26 1978 Birthday Fr. Jenson Chendrappinny M.S
26 1975 Birthday Fr. Roy Parayil M.S
30 1983 Birthday Fr. Jeneesh Mundithottiyil M.S
Community Study Days
Date: April 14 to 16, 2015
Place – La Salette Sadhan, Bengaluru
Date: April 26 to 29, 2015
Place – La Salette Novitiate, Hunsur
Fr. Rijo Muttathil M.S. Fr. Jeneesh Mundithottiyil M.S
St. Anne’s Forane Church St. George Church
Pettah P.O. Trivandrum Puthenpally, Varapuzha P.O
Kerala 695 024 Kerala -683 517
Fr. Jiss Kunnumpurath M.S Fr. Jince Koothodiyil M.S
St. Ignatius Church St. Thomas Forane Church
Puthenthope Kanjirapuzha P.O,
St. Xavier's College P.O Palakkad Dt.
Trivandrum 695 586 Kerala – 678 591