St. Sebastian Church will throw open the doors for public masses from 16th November 2020. The Weekday and Sunday masses will be regulated through and organized by the marked wards. Parishioners are expected to follow the program set by the Parish Pastoral Council. Please follow the Standard Operating System.
Psalms are songs, but a different kind of songs. Some of the Psalms praise God for His faithfulness and power, some songs are of God’s historical acts on behalf of the people of God, some give us hope and encouragement in the love God has for His people, and some lament over a certain tragedy or discomfort they are experiencing. Psalm 42 is a psalm of lament, focusing more on the “thirsting or yearning or longing of the Psalmist”. Laments are heart-felt cries to God while in pain or suffering, sometimes in the midst of the times when we feel God is absent. It is said that Pss 42 and 43 make one song. In both these psalms we can see the longing of the psalmist and asking for help. Why and for what the psalmist is longing? Read more
We are living in a world full of uncertainty, anxiety and fear.The impact of the Corona virus has been so severe that the extent of unimaginable damage to mankind has been stretched by the day.Adding to the misery are the huge scams and bulldozing of unwanted projects in the guize of progress and development.Today’s world is characterized by a loss of moral values and a lack of integrity.There is an absolute need for more integrity, whether it be in one’s personal life, the workplace or in society.Only integrity can save us as a nation and the whole human race.In the midst of it all,we need to thank the Almighty for being with us in these difficult times.We have come thus far with hope and confidence in God.Hope that things will turn out for the best…constantly looking forward to that positive outcome. Read more
On November 14th Children’s Day, we celebrate all children across the board, and loveable they all are. As the poet Wordsworth says Children when they come into this world are
“But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy”
The Shades of the prison house are what the child is subjected to in his / her growing years. As parents we need to examine whether we are the shades of the prison house ‘ that ‘ crib, cabin and confine – hinder our kids from growing up to be the men and women they are meant to be. Thomas Harris in his best seller ‘I’m OK. You’re OK’ speaks of 4 life positions viz:
We believe in GOD, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints and forgiveness of sins. This is the doctrine of the Holy Catholic Church and we all accept it as a part of our life and salvation of our soul.
The month of November is a month beginning with the 1st date as we remember all the saints, all holy people who did the will of GOD, totally sacrificed and enjoyed to do the will. They fully believed in Him and gave their 100% to our GOD, and GOD in turn rewarded them with Heaven. They live in communion with Saints. Read more
In January 2020, WHO declared International Concern at the outbreak of the Coronavirus. In March 2020, it declared it a pandemic, since it had spread worldwide.
WHO and public health officials, including India, are on a war footing, trying to contain the spread, and find an effective treatment n vaccine. In the meanwhile however, people are much stressed and anxious with the new way of living. The WHO’s Department of MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE has come up with some considerations for people of different groups.