Almost one year has passed, since the faithful Catholics, as a whole, were
not able to gather as a community in our Parish Church for the celebration of the Holy Mass. Still more, it increases their spiritual pain due to the fact that they are not able to receive the Holy Communion. COVID–19 has forced us to celebrate the Masses in a different way. In this challenging time, it is our hope that the New Year 2021 would bring us a better situation. With
confidence let us take heart in what the Psalmist says, “Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil for thou art with
me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

Let us remember one truth, that God has created us for a purpose. Even though our life is happy because of our talents, skills, gifts, education, wealth and health, our life is based on God’s loving mercy and our response
to him. Whatever we do and however we live, God has his plan for each of
us, because he has created us in love to be a loving reflection of him. Our
response to his love is to live the vocation of life in the service of others, and
thus to grow in holiness and to bring glory to him.

As we begin this New Year, let us commit ourselves to renew our faith, so
that in the midst of the existing Pandemic situation, we may grow in
relationship with Jesus. We can foster our relationship by way of finding
some time to pray at home, either as a family or as an individual. May this
New Year inspire us not only to fulfill our spiritual activities, but also to take care of those who are in need of our help, through simple service which we can render. May the New Year bring us a lot of God’s blessings and make this year happy and peaceful.

God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.

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