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Very Nice God bless You everyone

I praying For all fans 🙏

4 months ago

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After the mass we had a get together in the basement hall of the church. The refreshment and beverages were Provided by Mr. Rakesh Mecwen of Jersey City. We thanked Fr. Aro Nathan who is always ready to provide one of his church in Union City for every time we reach out to him. We ate and has conversation with each other and left in peace around 6PM. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I am glad to see my former principal Fr. Lawrence.

4 months ago

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On a beautiful afternoon on Saturday, July 28, 2018 the members of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA were gathered at St Anthony of Padua Church in Union City, NJ. We were blessed to have two visiting priest from Gujarat to celebrate a Gujarati mass. Fr. Lawrence Martis was the main celebrant and Fr. Alex was co-celebrant. Fr. Lawrence delivered a very meaningful sermon during the mass. The mass started at 2:30PM and ended at 3:45. We were blessed

Fr. Alex explained his decision to give up the teaching job at big university in Pune and selecting a small tribal town to serve poor people and build a shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He was in New City for 10 years and completed his PHD and decided to go back to homeland. He served as a professor at National Vocation Service Center, Pune, Maharastra for five years. Now he is at Kadvath in Pahadiya parish. The land is stony and uneven no water available. He has drilled the bore with the help of donation from Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA. He was walking around two to five miles radius on daily basis so we provided fund for him to buy a motorcycle. He was very thankful to the members of GCSofUSA. He needs more help in order to complete his mission to build a shrine. We should try to help him out in his mission as he helped us all while he was here in New York.
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ઓ ખ્રિસ્તના આત્મા પવિત્ર મને કર.....

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Nice 👍 Hello Fr How Are you Nadiad

4 months ago

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4 months ago

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Very nice picture.

Garba during 4th of July celebration by GCSofUSA.

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4 months ago

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Great time lovely

4 months ago

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GCSA-2018 - PICNIC . ( બીજા થોડા ફોટોગ્રાફ્સ અલગથી મુકેલા છે.) ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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GCSA-2018 PICNIC. : વિવિધતા માં એકતા ના ભાગરૂપે 4 થી જુલાઈ અમેરિકાના સ્વતંત્ર દિન ની ઉલ્લાસભેર ઉજવણી ગુજરાતી કેથોલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએ દ્વારા કરવામાં આવી. આ સમાજના આમંત્રણથી અન્ય મિત્રો પણ આ પર્વની ઉજવણીમાં જોડાતા ખાવા-પીવા સાથે અંતાક્ષરી તથા ગરબા-ડાન્સ ની રમઝટ સાથે આનંદપૂર્વક લગભગ 120 લોકોના સમૂહ સાથે આ ઉજવણી કરવામાં આવી. આ પર્વ ની ઉજવણીના થોડા ફોટોગ્રાફ્સ. ( બીજા થોડા ફોટોગ્રાફ્સ અલગથી મુકેલા છે.) ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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Awesome memory!!!

good. to see u indians in USA a dream country

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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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Great going god bless you and your association.

very nice attempt for get together .

It's nice to have a fellowship of believers to enjoy the creation of God the Almighty . Thank God.

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6 months ago

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Dear Friends,

Sundays are a holy day in Christianity, and Trinity Sunday is particularly holy.

Pope Gregory IX instituted Trinity Sunday in 828 CE. This day is notable for being the only major Christian festival that celebrates a doctrine of the church rather than an event in its sacred history. It is dedicated to the Christian belief in the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and falls on the Sunday following Pentecost each year. The belief of one God in three elements is a distinctive of the Christian faith but the early church was plagued by contrary views. Trinity Sunday spread throughout the western church around the 14th century.

In some churches, the liturgical color is white on Trinity Sunday. Images of the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit depict that there are three elements of one God. The Trinity is sometimes symbolized by a triangular shape formed by three overlapping oval rings or loops, each featuring the one of the following images: the crown (father) within the top loop; the lamb (son) within the second loop (clockwise); and the dove (spirit) within the third loop (clockwise). Other shapes depicting the Trinity include Borromean rings and the triquetra.

The Borromean rings feature three overlapping round circles forming a triangular shape, and in the center, inside all the circles is the word "unitas". The Borromean rings are named after the crest of the Borromeo family in 15th-century Tuscany. The triquetra symbol uses shapes similar to one of the oldest Christian symbols. In the triquetra, the three equal arches of the circle express the equality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The union of the arches represents the unity of the Godhead. Their continuous form symbolizes eternity. Their interwoven appearance denotes the indivisibility of the Trinity. In the center of the triquetra is an equilateral triangle, one of the most ancient Trinity symbols, and each pair of arches formed an ellipse, the symbol of God’s glory.

The 4th and final Rosary prayer service was held at Mr. Alex (Ashok) Rathod’s home on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
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Dear Friends,

Pentecost (Whitsunday), with Christmas and Easter, ranks among the great feasts of Christianity. It commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event: the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations.

For those who need a quick and basic understanding of what Pentecost Sunday is, below is listed 10 things you should know about the holiday.

1. Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.

2. Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter.

3. The Bible records the Pentecost in Acts 2:1-13.

4. Pentecost comes 10 days after the Ascension of Jesus Christ.

5. Pentecost is also known as "the birthday of the Church".

6. Pentecost fulfills Jesus' promise to send the "Counselor" and "Spirit of Truth" in John 16-5-15.

7. Pentecost launches the large-scale spreading of the Gospel after Jesus' ascension. Acts 2:41 records that after Peter spoke to the crowd after receiving the Holy Spirit, some 3,000 people were baptized.

8. The Pentecostal movement derives its name from the New Testament event in Acts 2.

9. Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. The celebration by Jews of Pentecost is to observe God giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai 50 days after the Exodus. The Pentecost in Jewish tradition takes place 50 days after Passover.

10. In Western Churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit.

The third Rosary prayer service was held at Mr. Amit Macwan’s home on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
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6 months ago

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA

Dear Friends,

Wish you all mothers a very Happy Mother’s day.

We all love our mother so dearly every moment of our life. But especially on this particular day each and every child praises his or her own mother in a special way. It is obvious, necessary and important. It is said in Upnishad: मातृ देवो भव।, पितृ देवो भव।, आचार्य देवो भव।, अतिथि देवो भव॥ Be one to whom a Mother is as God, Be one to whom a Father is as God, Be one to whom a Teacher is as God, Be one to whom a Guest is as God.

So what is wrong when we praise Mother Mary the Mother of a savior living Lord Jesus Christ? When we pray to Mary we are not worshiping her, rather we are honoring her and asking for her intercession on our behalf — in fact, more than praying “to” her, we pray “with” Mary, asking her to pray with and for us. Please review the five simple facts to justify what we do:

1. God chose Mary to send our savior on earth - Out of all the ways that Jesus could have come to earth, why was Mary chosen? If Mary was important to God, shouldn’t she mean something to us?

2. Jesus performed His First Miracle at Mary’s Request – “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4). Our Lord decided that His time had now come. Don’t you think Jesus is trying to tell us something? Isn’t it probable that Jesus waited until Mary’s request, in order to show us her intercessory power? When we ask Mother Mary she requests to Jesus.

3. Jesus Gave Mary To John From The Cross - When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27).

4. Jesus’ First Graces Were Given through Mary - After accepting God’s offer to become the Mother of the Savior, Mary traveled “in haste” to visit her relative, Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41). “For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:44)

5. Our Prayers to Mary Are Spoken in the Language of Love – Please note that the rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus. It begins with the Apostles creed. In The next prayer, the first part “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you” comes straight from Luke 1:28. The next part is taken from Luke 1:42 “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus”. The last part of the Hail Mary prayer is simply asking Mary for to pray for us – “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen”.

The second Rosary prayer service was held at Mr. Ketan Christians home on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
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OMG now reached at abroad. Best wishes to all members. Happy Mother's Day as well. God bless

Very nice. Pray for everyone mother Mary.

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Feast Days of Mary

January 1 — Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God *
January 8 — Our Lady of Prompt Succor
February 2 — Presentation of the Lord
February 11 — Our Lady of Lourdes
March 25 — Annunciation
May 13 — Our Lady of Fatima
May 21 --- Mother of the Church (added this year 2018)
May 31 — Visitation
June 27 — Our Mother of Perpetual Help
July 16 — Our Lady of Mount Carmel
August 15 — Assumption *
August 22 — Queenship of Mary
September 8 — Birth of Mary
September 12 — The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 15 — Our Lady of Sorrows
October 7 — Our Lady of the Rosary
November 21 — Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8 — Immaculate Conception *
December 12 — Our Lady of Guadalupe
* Holy day of Obligation
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Feast Days of Mary
 
January 1 — Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God *
January 8 — Our Lady of Prompt Succor
February 2 — Presentation of the Lord
February 11 — Our Lady of Lourdes
March 25 — Annunciation
May 13 — Our Lady of Fatima
May 21 --- Mother of the Church (added this year 2018)
May 31 — Visitation
June 27 — Our Mother of Perpetual Help
July 16 — Our Lady of Mount Carmel
August 15 — Assumption *
August 22 — Queenship of Mary
September 8 — Birth of Mary
September 12 — The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 15 — Our Lady of Sorrows
October 7 — Our Lady of the Rosary
November 21 — Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8 — Immaculate Conception *
December 12 — Our Lady of Guadalupe
* Holy day of Obligation

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Dear Friends,

May is the Month of Mother Mary. What is new this year?

This year we'll celebrate three Marian feast days during May. On May 13, we honor Our Lady of Fatima on the occasion in 1917 when Our Lady first appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal. This May, for the first time, thanks to Pope Francis, the Church will celebrate Mary's role as "Mother of the Church" on the Monday after Pentecost - this year it's May 21. Pope Francis added the memorial to the Roman Calendar to encourage growth in "the maternal sense of the Church" and in "genuine Marian piety." Then on May 31, we celebrate the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - when Mary heard that her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, was expecting a child, she hurried to her to help.

The first rosary prayer service was held at Mr. Raj Macwan’s home on Saturday, 05, 2018.
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AMEN

હે પરમેશ્વરની પવિત્ર જનેતા અમારે માટે વિનંતી કર, કે ખ્રિસ્તના વચનોને યોગ્ય અમે થઈએ!

પ્રણામોરાણી દયાનીમા......

Madhuri Mata Amari Prabhu ni pase araj lai jaa..Amen

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7 months ago

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Lent Bhajan Sandhya એક ગાલ પર તમાચો મારે, ધરજે બીજો ગાલ
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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Lent Bhajan sandhya એકલવાયો ચાલ્યો રે
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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Lent Bhajan sandhya તમે વેઠ્યા દુઃખો કેમ ભારી
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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Lent Bhajan sandhya કહે મારા ઈસુ તારા હસ્તોને બાધવા
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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Lent Bhajan Sandhya મારા ઈસુ માફી આપો
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
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March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
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March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
વીડીયોઃ રોબિન્સન જોન્સ
વૃત્તવર્ણન: ઈલા અને કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનજોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણ...
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Lent Bjajan Sandhya પ્રેમ ઇસુનો છે અવિનાશી
March 24, 2018
જોશ ફાઊન્ડેશન ના સૌજન્યથી
ગુજરાત કેથોલિક સમાજ રજૂ કરે છે
તપઋતુનાં ગુજરાતી ભજન
ગાયકઃ ઉમેશ પટેલ
તબલાઃ મોન્ટી લાલાણી
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Shri. Josephbhai Belated happy birthday.

All photos are very beautiful. But no live video?

આ સુર અને તાલ નો એક અદભુત સમન્વય હતો. તપઋતુમાં ઈસુની પીડાના કરુણ ભજનો સાંભળી ઉપસ્થિતઃ રહેલ બધા ઘણા ભાવ વિભોર થઇ ગયા હતા. આ કાર્યક્રમની ખાસ વાત એ હતી કે એક બિન-ખ્રિસ્તી એવા શ્રી ઉમેશ પટેલ ના સ્વરમાં આ ભજનો રજુ કરાયા. અને તેમને તબલા પર સંગત મળી શ્રી મોન્ટી લાલાની ની. ગાનાર તથા સાંભળનાર બધાની આંખો ભીની થઇ હતી. વર્ષો પહેલા જેના મનમાં આ કાર્યક્રમ કરવાનું બીજ રોપાયું હતું તેવા કેતન ક્રિશ્ચયન દ્વારા આ કાર્યક્રમનું સફળ સંચાલન કરવામાં આવ્યું અને એમને આ સંચાલનમાં સાથ આપ્યો એમના પત્ની ઈલા ક્રિસ્ચ્યને. તેમને સાંભળવા એ પણ એક અદભુત લ્હાવો હતો. આ દંપતીએ ગીતને અનુરૂપ બાયબલ ના વચનો નું ભાવવાહી વાંચન કર્યું. ખરેખર એક અવિસ્મરણીય કાર્યક્રમ. કાર્યક્રમ ના પ્રણેતા તમામ ને ખુબ ખુબ અભિનંદન. જય ઈસુ.

Sorry I missed this event. But there is no video? Congratulation to all.

Pravinkumar Taylor Pravinbhai there are 10 Videos posted here please check them out.

Very nice. Happy Easter.

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8 months ago

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અદ્દભુત અનુભવ. પવિત્ર અઠવાડિયાની શરૂઆત આનાથી વધારે સારી હોઈ જ ના શકે. આયોજકો ને ખુબ ખુબ અભિનંદન.

Ava progarm mate bolvo vala...

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8 months ago

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA

પ્રિય મિત્રો,

ઘણાં વરસોથી, તપઋતુ દરમ્યાન ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએના સભ્યો અઠવાડિયે એક વખત ભેગાં મળીને ક્રૂસના માર્ગની ભક્તિ કરે છે. આ વરસની છેલ્લી ભક્તિ શુક્રવાર, માર્ચ ૨૩, ૨૦૧૮ની સાંજે શ્રી. જોનસન મક્લિનના નિવાસસ્થાને યોજાઈ હતી.

સમૂહ-પ્રાર્થનાનો મહિમા.......

માથ્થી ૬:૯-૧૩ “હે અમારા પરમપિતા, તારા નામનો મહિમા થાઓ, તારું રાજ્ય આવો, સ્વર્ગમાં તેમ જ પૃથ્વી પર તારી ઇચ્છા પૂર્ણ થાઓ. આજ અમને અમારી રોજની રોટલી આપ. અમે જેમ અમારા અપરાધીઓને માફી આપી છે, તેમ તું અમારા અપરાધોની માફી આપ. અમને પ્રલોભનમાં પડવા દઈશ નહિ, પણ અમને અનિષ્ટથી બચાવ.”

આપણા તારણહાર પ્રભુ ઈસુ ખ્રિસ્તે આપણને ઉપરની “આદર્શ પ્રાર્થના” કરતાં શીખવ્યું છે. આખી પ્રાર્થનામાં ક્યાંય “હું” નથી, પણ અમે એટલે કે એકવચન નહિ પણ બહુવચનનો ઉપયોગ કરવામાં આવ્યો છે.

માથ્થી ૧૮:૧૯-૨૦ “વળી હું તમને કહું છું કે, તમારામાંથી બે જણ કોઈ પણ માગણી કરવામાં એકમત થશે તો તે માગણી પરમપિતા મંજૂર રાખશે. કારણ, જ્યાં બે કે ત્રણ જણ મારે નામે ભેગા થયા હોય ત્યાં હું એમની સાથે જોવાનો જ.”

એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો સામર્થ્ય બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો આનંદ બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો ઈશ્વરનું ઐશ્વર્ય બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો ઈશ્વરનો પ્રેમનો સંદેશ બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો શ્રધ્ધાળુઓમાં ઐક્ય સધાય છે અને બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો શ્રધ્ધાળુઓમાં ધર્મપરાયણતા વધે છે અને બેવડાય છે.
એક કરતાં વધુ હોય તો પરસ્પરની તકલીફોથી વાકેફ થઈ સહાયરૂપ થવાની ભાવના બેવડાય છે.

સમૂહ-પ્રાર્થના જરૂરી છે, ફળદાયી છે, તો આપણે પ્રયત્નપૂર્વક ભાગીદાર બનવું જોઈએ. જેથી જાતને ફાયદો થાય છે, જોડીદારોને ફાયદો થાય છે અને ઈશ્વરનો મહિમા થાય છે. હવે પછી જ્યારે પણ સમૂહ-પ્રાર્થનાનું આયોજન થાય તો આનંદપૂર્વક ભાગ લેજો.
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આ વખતે છ જુદા જુદા ઘરે ક્રુસના માર્ગની ભક્તિ કરવામાં આવી. પરદેશમાં આ સમૂહ એકતા જળવાઈ રહી છે એ એક કૃપા છે. મારી દીકરીના ઘરે આ છેલ્લી ભક્તિ હતી. ભક્તિ બાદ સમૂહ પ્રાર્થના અંગે ચર્ચા થઇ. સમૂહ પ્રાર્થનાથી બધું બેવડાતું જ હોય છે.પ્રેમ, મનની શાંતિ. તપઋતુ દરમિયાન ભક્તિનો સારો માહોલ રહ્યો. બધાયે ભક્તિપૂર્વક ભાગ લીધો. પ્રભુ ની આ કૃપા બદલ આભાર.

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Dear Friends,

The fifth Stations of the Cross prayer service was held at Mr. Alex Rathod’s residence on Saturday, March 17, 2018. During the prayer service the Sunday Gospel reading was read from John 12:20-33.

Dying to Live – A Sermon on John 12:20-33 by Fr. Michael K. Marsh

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

If we want to see Jesus then we must look death in the face. To the extent we refuse to acknowledge the reality of death, to the degree we avoid and deny death, we refuse to see Jesus. Really looking at, acknowledging and facing death is some of the most difficult work we ever do. It is, as Jesus describes, soul troubling. It shakes us to the core.

There is a temptation to want to skip over death and get to resurrection. So it is no coincidence that this week and last week the Church points us towards Holy Week and reminds us that death is the gateway to new life. Death comes first. Death is not always, however, physical. Sometimes it is spiritual or emotional. We die a thousand deaths every day. There are the deaths of relationships, marriages, hopes, dreams, careers, health, beliefs. Regardless of what it looks like, this is not the end. Resurrection is always hidden within death. There can be, however, no resurrection without a death.

To the extent we avoid death we avoid life. The degree to which we are afraid to die is the degree to which we are afraid to fully live. Every time we avoid and turn away from death we proclaim it stronger than God, more real than life, and the ultimate victor.
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અમારા ઘરે પાંચમી ક્રુસના માર્ગની ભક્તિ હતી. આ રીતે બધા ભેગા મળે છે તેથી આનંદ થાય છે. ગઈકાલે બે વ્યક્તિને મળવાનું થયું ત્યારે એમને જણાવ્યું તમે આ રીતે મળતાં રહો છો એ સારી વાત છે. અમારે તો આવું ખાસ કઈ હોતુંજ નથી. એનું એમણે દુ:ખ વ્યક્ત કર્યું. આપણે આવી રીતે મળતા રહીએ છીએ એ સારી વાત વાત છે. અને એનો આપણને આનંદ હોવો જ જોઈએ.

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8 months ago

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Dear Friends,

The fourth Stations of the Cross prayer service was held at Mr. Amit Macwan’s residence on Sunday, March 11, 2018. We remembered Late Mr. Hariharbhai Maneklal Dave and prayed for his eternal peace. During prayer the Sunday Gospel reading was read from John 3:14-21. Let’s emphasize on John 3:16.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.”

This is the core of Christianity: that God loved the world enough to come as Jesus, and to die for us, so that anyone who trusts in Him will be saved from sin. This is certainly the most well-known verse in the Bible. It is probably the best-known and most-memorized part of any holy text in human history. The verse is a one-sentence summary of the gospel, and the subject line of the entire Bible. John 3:16 also reflects another important aspect of the gospel: the essential idea is extremely clear, but there are layers of meaning and knowledge inside of it.

The opening phrase is traditionally translated as "God so loved the world that…" and is typically understood to mean, "God loved the world so much that…" There is nothing incorrect about that idea, but the actual phrase means "God loved the world in this way," with emphasis on what God did, more than why. Jesus is an expression of God's indescribable love for "the world," meaning all of mankind (1 John 4:9–10).

The phrase translated as "One and Only Son," or "only begotten Son" uses the Greek word monogenes. This is a very precise word, and one which John uses in other places in this gospel (John 1:14; John 1:18; John 3:18). While the English term "begotten" often makes people think of biology, monogenes does not imply it. The word literally means something of the exact same "stuff." In other words, the Son is of exactly the same nature as God the Father. This makes John 3:16 an important part of proving the biblical concept of the Trinity.

The life offered to those who believe in Christ is "eternal," from a Greek word meaning "never ending." The alternative to life in Christ is destruction: to "perish." Verse 16 and 17 explain that the purpose of sending Jesus was our salvation, but verse 18 reminds us that those who don't believe are condemned. There is no question that, according to the Bible, people can be saved only through faith in Jesus.

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8 months ago

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The third Stations of the Cross prayer meeting was held at Mr. Ketan Christian's resident on Saturday, March 03, 2018. There were more attendees including visiting friends from India Mr. Cornelius (Kanubai) Chauhan and his daughter Johnny. During the meeting we heard the gospel reading about “Ten Commandments”.

Throughout history, the Ten Commandments have been used as a framework for expounding all of our ethical responsibilities.

1. You shall not have other gods besides me. - LOYALTY
2. You shall not carve idols for yourselves. WORSHIP, SAYING NO
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain. - PLACING PRIORITY, COMPLETE CONVICTION
4. "Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day. – TIME, RELATIONSHIP
5. Honor your father and your mother. – RESPECT FOR INHERITANCE, HERITAGE & SUCCESSION
6. You shall not kill. – RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE, DIGNITY
7. You shall not commit adultery. – PURITY IN RELATIONSHIP, FIDELITY
8. You shall not steal. – HONESTY, OWNERSHIP
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. – TRUTHFULNESS, VERACITY
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, 11. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife. – DESIRE VERSUS GREED
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ત્રીજી ક્રૂસનાં માર્ગની ભક્તિ કેતન અને ઈલા ખ્રિશ્ચીયન ના ઘરે રાખવામાં આવેલ . મોટી સંખ્યામાં લોકો હાજર રહ્યા હતા. કેતન દ્વારા વેદીની સજાવટ પ્રસંગ અનુરૂપ સુંદર રીતે કરાઈ હતી જે ધ્યાનાકર્ષક હતી. વિદેશમાં આ રીતના આયોજન ઓછા થતા હોય છે. ઘણું સારું લાગે છે, ભક્તિના વાતાવરણ સાથે બધાને મળી શકાય છે. ક્રૂસનાં માર્ગની ભક્તિમાં ઈસુની પીડાનું જે વર્ણન છે સાથે જે પ્રાર્થના છે એનો એકપણ શબ્દ કે એકપણ વાક્ય જો કોઈને સ્પર્શી જાય તો એનું જીવન ચોક્કસ બદલાઈ શકે. તેથી સાંસારિક વાતોને થોડી ક્ષણો તિલાંજલિ આપી ભક્તિમાં મન પરોવવું ખુબ જરૂરી છે. અને જયારે આપણે ભક્તિ બાદ ઘરે જવા નીકળીએ ત્યારે મનમાં કંઈક મેળવવાની લાગણી થાય તો આપણી ભક્તિ સાચી સમજવી. આ રીતના આયોજન માટે ગુજરાતી કોથોલિક સમાજનો આભાર. જય ઈસુ.

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The second Stations of The Cross prayer meeting was held at Mr. Prasann Christian's resident on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The weather was perfect and there were more attendees. During the meeting the president Mr. Shantilal Parmar talked about the sacrifices from old testament.

The world renowned and influential preacher Billy Graham who just passed away on February 21, 2018 at the age of 99, explained it well: Why did God command people to do these, when they wouldn't completely take away their sins, like Jesus' sacrifice did?

I suspect many people wonder about this—but God never does anything by accident, and He had a purpose in giving those sacrifices to His people in the Old Testament.

His purpose was to teach them some important truths—truths they needed to understand so they could serve Him. They also needed to know those truths so that they would be prepared for the time when God would send His Son into the world. The Bible says the Old Testament Law was like a teacher or schoolmaster, “put in charge to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24).

What was God teaching them through those sacrifices? For one thing, He was teaching them the seriousness of sin. Sin isn’t insignificant or easily excused; blood must be shed to atone for it. God also was teaching them that He is holy and pure, and sin must be judged. But God was also teaching them about His grace and mercy, because instead of being put to death for their own sins, He was willing to accept a substitute.

But those sacrifices are no longer needed, because by His death on the cross Jesus made the final sacrifice for sin! The Bible says, “But now he has appeared once for all… to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Are you trusting Him for your salvation?

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9 months ago

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The first Station of The Cross prayer meeting was held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Mr. Raj Macwan’s residence. A snow storm dropped 4 to 5 inches of snow in and around Middlesex county of New Jersey. 15 adults and 4 children were present including the host family despite of the inclement weather. We are never able to measure all that God is doing when his people gather to worship and share the gospel. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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very nice...keep it.up..God bless u all...Praise the Lord..

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As we are approaching the Lenten season 2018 we review our past, we repent, we reconcile and recognize and respect the sacrifice made by son of of God our savior Jesus Christ. We prepare for our journey for this life to the eternal life that God has promised us. During this process we need to pray and pray with one another, pray for one another. Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA proudly continue the tradition of having The Stations of The Cross prayer meetings once a week during the Lenten season. Please find below the schedule and try to attend.

Please find below the message from our Holy Father Pope Francis for Lent 2018.

Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2018, 06.02.2018

The following is the Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2018 on the theme: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).



Message of the Holy Father

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.

False prophets

Let us listen to the Gospel passage and try to understand the guise such false prophets can assume.

They can appear as “snake charmers”, who manipulate human emotions in order to enslave others and lead them where they would have them go. How many of God’s children are mesmerized by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness! How many men and women live entranced by the dream of wealth, which only makes them slaves to profit and petty interests! How many go through life believing that they are sufficient unto themselves, and end up entrapped by loneliness!

False prophets can also be “charlatans”, who offer easy and immediate solutions to suffering that soon prove utterly useless. How many young people are taken in by the panacea of drugs, of disposable relationships, of easy but dishonest gains! How many more are ensnared in a thoroughly “virtual” existence, in which relationships appear quick and straightforward, only to prove meaningless! These swindlers, in peddling things that have no real value, rob people of all that is most precious: dignity, freedom and the ability to love. They appeal to our vanity, our trust in appearances, but in the end they only make fools of us. Nor should we be surprised. In order to confound the human heart, the devil, who is “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44), has always presented evil as good, falsehood as truth. That is why each of us is called to peer into our heart to see if we are falling prey to the lies of these false prophets. We must learn to look closely, beneath the surface, and to recognize what leaves a good and lasting mark on our hearts, because it comes from God and is truly for our benefit.

A cold heart

In his description of hell, Dante Alighieri pictures the devil seated on a throne of ice,[2] in frozen and loveless isolation. We might well ask ourselves how it happens that charity can turn cold within us. What are the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool?

More than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money, “the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10). The rejection of God and his peace soon follows; we prefer our own desolation rather than the comfort found in his word and the sacraments.[3] All this leads to violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own “certainties”: the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us, or our neighbour who does not live up to our expectations.

Creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing His praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.

Love can also grow cold in our own communities. In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I sought to describe the most evident signs of this lack of love: selfishness and spiritual sloth, sterile pessimism, the temptation to self-absorption, constant warring among ourselves, and the worldly mentality that makes us concerned only for appearances, and thus lessens our missionary zeal.[4]

What are we to do?

Perhaps we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs I have just described. But the Church, our Mother and Teacher, along with the often bitter medicine of the truth, offers us in the Lenten season the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception,[5] and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Almsgiving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbour as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like almsgiving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! How I would like us, as Christians, to follow the example of the Apostles and see in the sharing of our possessions a tangible witness of the communion that is ours in the Church! For this reason, I echo Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians to take up a collection for the community of Jerusalem as something from which they themselves would benefit (cf. 2 Cor 8:10). This is all the more fitting during the Lenten season, when many groups take up collections to assist Churches and peoples in need. Yet I would also hope that, even in our daily encounters with those who beg for our assistance, we would see such requests as coming from God Himself. When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of His children. If through me God helps someone today, will He not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.[6]

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbour. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.

I would also like my invitation to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church, and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice. Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!

The fire of Easter

Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.

One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration. In 2018, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March. In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.

During the Easter Vigil, we will celebrate once more the moving rite of the lighting of the Easter candle. Drawn from the “new fire”, this light will slowly overcome the darkness and illuminate the liturgical assembly. “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds”,[7] and enable all of us to relive the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. By listening to God’s word and drawing nourishment from the table of the Eucharist, may our hearts be ever more ardent in faith, hope and love.

With affection and the promise of my prayers for all of you, I send you my blessing. Please do not forget to pray for me.

From the Vatican, 1 November 2017

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As we are approaching the Lenten season 2018 we review our past, we repent, we reconcile and recognize and respect the sacrifice made by son of of God our savior Jesus Christ. We prepare for our journey for this life to the eternal life that God has promised us. During this process we need to pray and pray with one another, pray for one another. Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA proudly continue the tradition of having The Stations of The Cross prayer meetings once a week during the Lenten season. Please find below the schedule and try to attend.

Please find below the message from our Holy Father Pope Francis for Lent 2018.  

Message of the Holy Father Francis for Lent 2018, 06.02.2018

The following is the Message of the Holy Father for Lent 2018 on the theme: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12).

 

Message of the Holy Father

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24: 12)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”.[1] Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.

With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (24:12).

These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.

False prophets

Let us listen to the Gospel passage and try to understand the guise such false prophets can assume.

They can appear as “snake charmers”, who manipulate human emotions in order to enslave others and lead them where they would have them go. How many of God’s children are mesmerized by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness! How many men and women live entranced by the dream of wealth, which only makes them slaves to profit and petty interests! How many go through life believing that they are sufficient unto themselves, and end up entrapped by loneliness!

False prophets can also be “charlatans”, who offer easy and immediate solutions to suffering that soon prove utterly useless. How many young people are taken in by the panacea of drugs, of disposable relationships, of easy but dishonest gains! How many more are ensnared in a thoroughly “virtual” existence, in which relationships appear quick and straightforward, only to prove meaningless! These swindlers, in peddling things that have no real value, rob people of all that is most precious: dignity, freedom and the ability to love. They appeal to our vanity, our trust in appearances, but in the end they only make fools of us. Nor should we be surprised. In order to confound the human heart, the devil, who is “a liar and the father of lies” (Jn 8:44), has always presented evil as good, falsehood as truth. That is why each of us is called to peer into our heart to see if we are falling prey to the lies of these false prophets. We must learn to look closely, beneath the surface, and to recognize what leaves a good and lasting mark on our hearts, because it comes from God and is truly for our benefit.

A cold heart

In his description of hell, Dante Alighieri pictures the devil seated on a throne of ice,[2] in frozen and loveless isolation. We might well ask ourselves how it happens that charity can turn cold within us. What are the signs that indicate that our love is beginning to cool?

More than anything else, what destroys charity is greed for money, “the root of all evil” (1 Tim 6:10). The rejection of God and his peace soon follows; we prefer our own desolation rather than the comfort found in his word and the sacraments.[3] All this leads to violence against anyone we think is a threat to our own “certainties”: the unborn child, the elderly and infirm, the migrant, the alien among us, or our neighbour who does not live up to our expectations.

Creation itself becomes a silent witness to this cooling of charity. The earth is poisoned by refuse, discarded out of carelessness or for self-interest. The seas, themselves polluted, engulf the remains of countless shipwrecked victims of forced migration. The heavens, which in God’s plan, were created to sing His praises, are rent by engines raining down implements of death.

Love can also grow cold in our own communities. In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, I sought to describe the most evident signs of this lack of love: selfishness and spiritual sloth, sterile pessimism, the temptation to self-absorption, constant warring among ourselves, and the worldly mentality that makes us concerned only for appearances, and thus lessens our missionary zeal.[4]

What are we to do?

Perhaps we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs I have just described. But the Church, our Mother and Teacher, along with the often bitter medicine of the truth, offers us in the Lenten season the soothing remedy of prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

By devoting more time to prayer, we enable our hearts to root out our secret lies and forms of self-deception,[5] and then to find the consolation God offers. He is our Father and he wants us to live life well.

Almsgiving sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbour as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone. How I would like almsgiving to become a genuine style of life for each of us! How I would like us, as Christians, to follow the example of the Apostles and see in the sharing of our possessions a tangible witness of the communion that is ours in the Church! For this reason, I echo Saint Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians to take up a collection for the community of Jerusalem as something from which they themselves would benefit (cf. 2 Cor 8:10). This is all the more fitting during the Lenten season, when many groups take up collections to assist Churches and peoples in need. Yet I would also hope that, even in our daily encounters with those who beg for our assistance, we would see such requests as coming from God Himself. When we give alms, we share in God’s providential care for each of His children. If through me God helps someone today, will He not tomorrow provide for my own needs? For no one is more generous than God.[6]

Fasting weakens our tendency to violence; it disarms us and becomes an important opportunity for growth. On the one hand, it allows us to experience what the destitute and the starving have to endure. On the other hand, it expresses our own spiritual hunger and thirst for life in God. Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbour. It revives our desire to obey God, who alone is capable of satisfying our hunger.

I would also like my invitation to extend beyond the bounds of the Catholic Church, and to reach all of you, men and women of good will, who are open to hearing God’s voice. Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyzes hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!

The fire of Easter

Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.

One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration. In 2018, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, 9 March to Saturday, 10 March. In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession.

During the Easter Vigil, we will celebrate once more the moving rite of the lighting of the Easter candle. Drawn from the “new fire”, this light will slowly overcome the darkness and illuminate the liturgical assembly. “May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds”,[7] and enable all of us to relive the experience of the disciples on the way to Emmaus. By listening to God’s word and drawing nourishment from the table of the Eucharist, may our hearts be ever more ardent in faith, hope and love.

With affection and the promise of my prayers for all of you, I send you my blessing. Please do not forget to pray for me.

From the Vatican, 1 November 2017

Solemnity of All Saints

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Its nice to see all together..... Spcl Shantilal mama n Anita mami...

Abhinandan to all organisers .

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Blessed happy day..

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Its nice to see all together..... Spcl Shantilal mama n Anita mami...

Abhinandan to all organisers .

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Blessed happy day..

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Great. Have Fun.

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Gujarati mass celebrated by Fr. Jeba Malai and Fr. Savari Nathan on Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017. Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA organized this event. There was a get together after the mass to say thank you to Fr. Jeba for his prayers spiritual guidance and celebrating Gujarati mass for our community here in NY/NJ tri-state area. After completing three years of his services in New York he has been asked to go back to Gandhinagar archdiocese to serve that parish. We said thank you, best of luck in your God's work in Gujarat. May God guide you to the path in glorifying God's Love and peace. Farewell Fr. Jeba Malai. We hope and request you to visit again, once a year or once in two year. Take care and keep us all in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

Dear Friends - members of GCSofUSA,

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans.

It’s also the Month of Mary.

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month.

The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity.

In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA has also created a tradition to pay homage to mother Mary by reciting Rosary prayers at least once a week during the month of May. We go to different household who invites for the prayers.The very first prayer meeting will be held at Mr. Ketan Christian's residence at 202 Caffery Terrace, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. Time to gather 8:30-9PM. 9-10PM prayer service.

પ્રિય મિત્રો – ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએના સભ્યો.

ગુજરાતના સ્થપના દિવસથી મે મહિનાની શરૂઆત થઈ ગઈ છે. મે મહિનો એટલે વસંતનું આગમન. રંગબરંગી ફૂલોનું મહોરવું અને લીલોતરીનો માહોલ. કાચી કેરીને કાપી એમાં જીરું, મરચું અને મીઠું ભભરાવીને ખાવાનો સમય, અથાણું આથવાનો સમય. એજ રીતે કેથલિક શ્રધ્ધાળુઓ મે મહિનો માતા મરિયમના મહિના તરીકે મનાવે છે. માતા મરિયમનું ભક્તિભાવ પૂર્વક અભિવાદન/પ્રાર્થના કરવાનો મહિનો.

ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએના સભ્યો પણ આ મહિના દરમ્યાન મા મરિયાની સ્તુતિ માટે સપ્તાહના એક દિવસ અલગ અલગ સભ્યોના ઘરે ભેગા થઈ રોસરી બોલે છે. આ વરસની પહેલી ભક્તિસભા શ્રી. કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનના ઘરે (202 Caffery Terrace, South Plainfield, NJ 07080) શુક્રવાર, મેની પાંચમી તારીખે રાખવામાં આવી છે. લગભગ સાંજના ૮:૩૦ થી ૯ દરમ્યાન ભેગા થવું અને ૯ થી ૧૦ પ્રાર્થના.

સામાન્ય રીતે પ્રાર્થનાનો દિવસ શુક્રવાર નક્કી કરેલો છે પણ જેને માફક ના આવે અને શનિવારે રાખવી હોય તો એ આવકાર્ય છે. જે કોઈ સભ્યોને આવી પ્રાર્થનાસભા પોતાના નિવાસસ્થાને રાખવી હોય તેઓએ ઈમેલનો જવાબ આપી જણાવવું. તમારી અનુકૂળ તારીખ/વાર, સરનામું અને ફોન નંબર.

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Dear Friends - members of GCSofUSA,

May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics, and making vacation plans. 

It’s also the Month of Mary. 

For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month. 

The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. 

In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms. 

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA has also created a tradition to pay homage to mother Mary by reciting Rosary prayers at least once a week during the month of May. We go to different household who invites for the prayers.The very first prayer meeting will be held at Mr. Ketan Christians residence at 202 Caffery Terrace, South Plainfield, NJ 07080. Time to gather 8:30-9PM. 9-10PM prayer service. 

પ્રિય મિત્રો – ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએના સભ્યો.

ગુજરાતના સ્થપના દિવસથી મે મહિનાની શરૂઆત થઈ ગઈ છે. મે મહિનો એટલે વસંતનું આગમન. રંગબરંગી ફૂલોનું મહોરવું અને લીલોતરીનો માહોલ. કાચી કેરીને કાપી એમાં જીરું, મરચું અને મીઠું ભભરાવીને ખાવાનો સમય, અથાણું આથવાનો સમય. એજ રીતે કેથલિક શ્રધ્ધાળુઓ મે મહિનો માતા મરિયમના મહિના તરીકે મનાવે છે. માતા મરિયમનું ભક્તિભાવ પૂર્વક અભિવાદન/પ્રાર્થના કરવાનો મહિનો.

ગુજરાતી કેથલિક સમાજ ઓફ યુએસએના સભ્યો પણ આ મહિના દરમ્યાન મા મરિયાની સ્તુતિ માટે સપ્તાહના એક દિવસ અલગ અલગ સભ્યોના ઘરે ભેગા થઈ રોસરી બોલે છે. આ વરસની પહેલી ભક્તિસભા શ્રી. કેતન ક્રિશ્ચિયનના ઘરે (202 Caffery Terrace, South Plainfield, NJ 07080) શુક્રવાર, મેની પાંચમી તારીખે રાખવામાં આવી છે. લગભગ સાંજના ૮:૩૦ થી ૯ દરમ્યાન ભેગા થવું અને ૯ થી ૧૦ પ્રાર્થના.

સામાન્ય રીતે પ્રાર્થનાનો દિવસ શુક્રવાર નક્કી કરેલો છે પણ જેને માફક ના આવે અને શનિવારે રાખવી હોય તો એ આવકાર્ય છે. જે કોઈ સભ્યોને આવી પ્રાર્થનાસભા પોતાના નિવાસસ્થાને રાખવી હોય તેઓએ ઈમેલનો જવાબ આપી જણાવવું. તમારી અનુકૂળ તારીખ/વાર, સરનામું અને ફોન નંબર.     

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