Message from Fr Paul Pazhangattu, C.Ss.R
In about a week's time we begin Christmas celebrations. It is a time of universal merriment. Across nations Christmas rings in cheer and goodwill. We come together in peace and bonhomie to welcome Christ Jesus, the Saviouroftheworld.
The church sets aside four weeks to prepare for Christmas. Referred to as Advent, this period is marked by special prayers and distinct scripture readings. Currently, we are in the last week of advent even as Christmas celebrations have already begun among various forums. The festivity of the season spreads into the days following Christmas in various liturgical Observances and ends with the feast of the Epiphany on the 8th of January, 2017.
Here at Holy Ghost the jubilation however will continue, with the flag hoisting for the Church's Annual Feast on the 19th of January, 2017. This will be followed by nine days of novena, culminating in the Feast of our Mother of Perpetual Help on the 29th of January, 2017. These are days of special significance as devotees of Mother Mary will throng the church for a spiritual renewal. In keeping with the traditions of our parish we will pay our attention to the spiritual experience rather than to the external celebrations associated with the occasion. I request you to assist the Parish Council, which is already at work, with yourvaluable suggestions.
As the year 2016 draws to an end, I look back in gratitude to the Lord for His innumerable blessings. ljoin my co-pastors in extending my thankfulness to each of you, my dear parishioners, for your appreciation, involvement and cooperation in the various liturgical programs we have introduced. It gratifies me to see a surge in the number of parishioners coming for the daily Eucharist as well as week—end celebrations. To facilitate the ever growing numbers to our church, the two side extensions to the present church building have been completed. The parking ground has been leveled and strengthened with granite and soil. Three blocks to function as stores for religious books and artifacts and to accommodate St. Gerard's Kitchen have also been constructed. The work on the new Adoration Chapel is almost accomplished and we will soon have its blessing. For all this and more, let us, as individuals, families and parishioners, remember to spend time in thanksgiving on New Year's Eve.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Fr Paul Pazhangattu, C.Ss.R