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Holy Qurbono(Mass) Schedule

The Season of the Great Fast/വലിയ നോമ്പുകാലം

As instructed by the bishop of the eparchy, Holy Qurbono on all days (including Sundays) stand suspended until further notice. Please refer to the COVID-19 updates for details.

Sunday

(At St. Norbert’s Church)

Suspended until further notice

Wednesday

(In Chapel)

Suspended until further notice

Friday

(in Chapel)

Suspended until further notice

Pastor’s Message

Msgr. Gigi Philip

THREE-FACED NOMBU (LENT)

The premise of the whole argument of Nombu lies in Mathew 5:48; “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” How can we be a perfect person? Nombu is a biblically designed 40 days of time to train oneself to grow to perfection. Jesus had it and won against the power of evil. Jesus proposes three faced project, almsgiving, praying and fasting (Mathew 6:1-18), three pillars of the spiritual life; in which fasting is the praxis of all.
Fasting is an act of love, an external sign of our inner muscle. Fasting can be done in many ways; abstaining from tastes, necessities, and luxuries, giving up the comforts, etc. It trains us to get grip over our desires and to discipline ourselves. Its goal is to empower the inner self to listen the voice of God in our conscience (prayer) and to open our heart to less fortunate people around us (almsgiving).
Prayer unites others and us with God. It presupposes forgiveness. The condition of our relationship with God is our relationship with others. In Our Father, we pray; “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In other words, “whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone” (Mk 11:25).
Almsgiving is the social face of a person who prays. By almsgiving, a person starts thinking of others and seeks ways to help poor and most vulnerable. The Lord protects and preserves those who have regard for the weak (Ps 40:1-3). Blessed are we, when we fast and pray for someone else, with the intention that the fruits and graces will be showered on them. It is a sacrifice of praise to God (Wis 35:2) and a loan to God Himself (Prov 19:17).

Msgr. Gigi Philip

Events Calendar
Date Important Events
Mar 29, 2020
VI Sunday of the Great Fast
Samio Sunday (Curing the Blind)
Apr 03, 2020
Fortieth day of the Great Fast
Apr 05, 2020
Palm Sunday
Apr 08, 2020
Comm. of Bishop Lawrence Mar Ephrem(1997)
Apr 09, 2020
Maundy Thursday
Apr 10, 2020
Good Friday

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