Always Be Honest Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another 1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another 1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted Ephesians 4:32
Father George’s Address in India. Father George has returned to his homeland. If you would like to send him a note, his address is printed below. We wish for him only the best in his retirement. Check with the Post Office for postal rates, it takes more than one stamp!
Fr. George Kallumkalkudy
Carmel Provincial House
P.O. Box No. 34
Muvattupuzha - 868 661
I hope that all is well with you. In this weekend’s bulletin, you will see an insert describing a new initiative in the parish to raise funds to install new stained-glass windows as well as improve the insulation in the church. Having obtained different proposals and bids, discussed and voted upon it as a parish and finance council, and having raised some money already from this past year’s Mardi Gras and other generous contributions, we are excited to open the opportunity to all of you to contribute to this project more directly. I hope you will agree that this will be a great way to continue to improve the appearance of the church, the house of God. It will be great to have the remaining windows turned into stained glass that matches the other windows, especially as they are the most visible windows in the church to all of you sitting in the pews.
While the Church is more than the building, throughout the Scriptures and throughout the Church’s history, the people of God have recognized the importance of maintaining their sanctuaries and trying to create visible reminders of God’s presence in their midst, reminders of the sacredness of His sanctuary, and reminders of what God has done for them. Whether they are the grand cathedrals in Europe or small chapels, we try to keep our churches sacred and beautiful, because we are physical beings and need visible, tangible reminders of our faith. This is a small but important way that we can continue to show our love for the Lord, our love for the parish, our love for the house of God, and hopefully help many people encounter God even more deeply in their prayer during their time at our church, whether they stop in for a brief visit or come here regularly.
You will see more information in the insert today and will hear more about this project, the windows, and more in the weeks ahead, but I hope that we can all discern how we can come together as a parish to give to this project to help continue to bring even more beauty to the church and sanctuary. God bless you. I hope all is well.
5 Cardinal Rules for Life
1.) Make peace with your past....so it won’t disturb your present.
2.) What other people think of you...is none of your business.
3.) Time heals almost everything....give it time.
4.) No one is in charge of your happiness....except you.
5.) Don’t compare your life to others.....and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about.