Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 5/22/21
The general dispensation from attendance at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation will be ended as of Sunday May 23, 2021 – the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Masks are optional for those who have been fully vaccinated. They are required for those who are not vaccinated.
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Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 4/05/21
Happy Easter! May God shower on you the choicest blessings of joy and peace! Normal life is sprouting out in our society and church. As nature greets Spring with smiles of greens and flowers, we should welcome this budding new life with proper preparations. People thirst for gatherings, socials, ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 3/25/21
Dear Parishioner, Love and greetings from Fr. Peter! During these ‘pandemic’ days, we have been speaking so much about “Light at the end of the tunnel.” That light signifies life and the same light gives hope. Life and hope are blissfully mingled in the Paschal candlelight. The resounding of the ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 3/11/21
It felt strange to be amidst 75 + senior citizens awaiting my first shot. On February 12th I was in Essex townhall. However, I felt at home as I could see at least 4 of our parishioners, members of the staff, helping us. I also saw some parishioners waiting ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 12/31/20
God smiled at Time; A New Year was born.
God wrote with His finger:“Wish you a ‘Healthy’ New Year.”
Like ‘Office 365’ this is ‘Life 365;’Unlike ‘Office 365’this is not purchased; but gifted.
We receive with gratitude this ‘Gift of life’from the Creator;We welcome with confidence various Vaccinesfrom the ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 12/21/20
Tsunami Song by Frs. Peter and Roby
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 hit the coasts of several countries of South and Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004. The earthquake that caused the tsunami lasted almost 10 minutes. Nearly 230,000 people died.
I wrote this song visualizing 3 children ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 11/28/20
As we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, there are many people in our world who would not accept Jesus Christ as their king. We, Christians do accept Christ as our king. It is a matter of faith. How do we understand Christ ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 7/30/20
On June 8 weekday Masses were resumed. Masses were celebrated at St. Joseph’s church Monday through Saturday at 8.30 am. On the very first day 23 people showed up enthusiastically. Eventually the average attendance slimed down to 7 to 10 persons. On the 4th of July weekend Masses began. ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 6/27/20
‘Take up your cross and follow me.’ Every individual comes across many crosses – some from birth, some from nature, some from others and some self-made. This Coved 19 itself is a big cross to bear. We respond to cross in various ways. Some ignore it; some are terrified ... Read More »
Posted by Arul Rajan Peter on 6/20/20
“Fear no one” says Jesus. But we have a lot of fears. In fact, the whole world is in fear – fear of Covid 19. Death is our biggest fear. All other fears stem from the fear of death. Everyone is dealing with many such fears. What does fear ... Read More »