No Masses

As  a preventive measure for CORONA VIRUS, There will be no masses/events in the church for the general public, but the priest will celebrate mass daily for the intentions of the parishioners. This will continue till further notice.

Easter Message from the Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,
Time flies by so quickly. Since the beginning of Lent season on Ash Wednesday where we enthusiastically began with a long journey of 40 days of prayer and penance, little did we think that the situation would change so drastically, that we would almost live the biblical days of the Old Testament and slowly move on to the New Testament. On the night where the Hebrews would set out for freedom, they had their last meal. For the supper they would kill a lamb and smear the blood on their door posts. Whoever house the blood of the lamb was not put, that night the first born in the family would die. Even the mighty Pharaoh’s first born son was killed that night. The angel of death knew no preferences and differences. Read more

Gonvlleacho Sondex

Mogall Firgozkaramno,
Ap-aplea ganvchea askareachi porob lagim ieta mhollear soglleank ganvant kuxalkai bhogta. Vorsam fattim ghorant lhan bhurgeank vorsacho ek vistid vo kalsanv meuta mhonn jiv khuxal zatalo. Atam mhonn tuka mhoineak ek vo don tori xinvche poddtat, ani te bi tosleach somoiar ghalpache. Ganvchem fest mhonntoch soirim bhurgeank gheun thodde pautt don dis adinch ieun ravtalim ani fest zalea uprant don disamnim porot vetalim. Ferient bhonvunk mhonn mai-pai bhurgeank 2 vo 5 rupoi ditalim. Ani ghora portotanam chonneacho donno ani kaddeo-boddeo hatant dhorun nett’tan choltalim. Atam urleat teo fokot osleo adleo teo iadi. Read more

Fullness of Life

“I have come in order that you might have life – life in all its fullness.” (Jn 10:10)

All of us are constantly on a search; a search which will lead us to the better. For some the search is at a basic level of their living, a search for daily sustenance. For others the search is at a much higher level, a search to find meaning in life, a higher purpose. This search leads us to take different paths in life. Some search for meaning in the worldly things, while others move up the order to find meaning in spiritual things.

We have examples of two people who set out on a similar search. On the one hand, Alexander the Great thought that he could be happy if he has the whole world, and he set out to conquer the world. On the other hand, Francis of Assisi thought that he could be happy if he loses even what he has and he renounced all his possessions. A search for happiness leads these two men on different paths. But now when we look back at the lives of these two men, we realize who actually found true happiness, true satisfaction. Alexander may have died an unsatisfied man, but Francis of Assisi experienced the fullness of Life. Read more

Editorial – March 2020

The festive days are here again. Time to be joyous and wish everyone a very happy and blessed Feast of our patron, St. Sebastian. May our protector, manifest his healing prowess and heal those suffering from deadly sicknesses and viruses and always protect and save us from all evil. Read more

Carnival

The very word Carnival brings lot of excitement in our mind adrenaline triggers within as we used to do many things during these three days. The things were really exempted for the general life. One used to eagerly wait for carnival as there used to be amusement, entertainment, fun and frolic.

All these things I am going to write are my memories of 55 years ago. Fondly remembering and recollecting too.  I will definitely miss some but as you finish reading you may add more and make this story bigger.

As a child in 1960’s, primarily we had the feast of St. Sebastiaò in our Chapel which was very important to all AQUEM-cars including people from Davorlim, Aquem-Baixo and Navelim too, as we belonged to Navelim Parish. On the Fama day we had the procession which came via Margao, and vending through the streets of Aquem. The entire route from Navelim to Aquem was well decorated with Bamboo arches and bursting of crackers all the way. Read more

Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus

In the 4th week of Lent, on 25th March, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation. The cause for this celebration is something I did not know, but was enlightened by our Parish Priest Fr. Andrew, who revealed in his homily last year on 25th March, that from 25th March to 25th December comprises the 9 months for the birth of Our Lord Jesus.

The Gospel of St. Luke (Ch. 1) begins with the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist. Zechariah and Elizabeth were both old and could not have a child. But, “with God nothing is impossible”. The impossible happened. Elizabeth became pregnant. (vs.24) and “for 5 months she kept to herself remaining at home”. God respected Elizabeth’s feelings and waited till the sixth month to reveal this secret to Mary at the annunciation of Jesus, to confirm ‘the impossible” and strengthen her faith. Read more

Why did Jesus Christ say: 

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. So that you may be children of your father in heaven”

(Mathew 5: 43 to 48 and Luke 6: 27to 28,  32 to 36)

Because, our enemies are also the children of the one and only Living God. The wrong doer is a child of God and the victim is a child of God. Let us examine the seriousness of the above Teaching of Jesus with an appropriate example.  Read more

Start with what you have, Don’t wait on what you don’t have.

You already have been given what you need to begin to create your future. Don’t find yourself saying, “If only I had this… if only I had more money… if only this were different…. then I could do what I am supposed to do”.

People constantly overstate the importance of things they don’t have. Never let what you think you can’t do keep you from doing what you can. Prolonged idleness paralysis initiative for the resistant mind everything is impossible because it seems so.

Do not wait for special circumstances to act, use ordinary situations. We don’t need more strength, ability or opportunity. Use what you have been given. Read more

Benefits of Walking

Is it possible to walk your way to fitness? Sure it is – provided you walk daily, consistently and with proper technique.

Morning walk is better than evening walk, because the immediate benefits continue through the day and you get a load of vitamin D from the morning sun.

Regular, brisk walking has many benefits. Read more