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  • St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 14640 Soucy Place, Centerville, VA-20120

    Our Vision is to create a vibrant Syro-Malabar community that nurtures spiritual growth, celebrates the sacraments, and fosters community ties and leadership

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    August 2014

    Mission Director: Fr. Tijo Mullakkara (703 957 8242) Website : www.stjudenva.org/ Email: parish@stjudenva.org

    Trustees: Jophy Jose (585 750 9202) | Sujith Abraham (703 310 9985)

    Mass Schedule: TUESDAYS : 7:30 PM | FRIDAYS : 7:30 PM | SATURDAYS : 8:00 AM | SUNDAYS : 3:00 PM

    Sunday School : SUNDAYS : 1:50 PM

    Thank you His excellency,

    Most Reverend Bishop

    Jacob Angadiyath for his

    first pastoral visit to St.

    Jude Syro Malabar Catho-

    lic Church , Northern

    Virginia.

    Congratulations and

    Prayerful wishes to Mar

    Joy Alappatt New Auxil-

    iary bishop of Chicago

    Syro Malabar Diocese.

    http://www.stjudenva.org/

  • Message from Tijo Achan

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    Dear Saint Jude Family,

    Praise Jesus and His most holy Mother!

    Wishing you all a very happy independence day and the glorious feast of Assumption of Our

    Blessed Mother. Congratulations to all the children who received the sacrament of First Holy Com-

    munion and Confirmation this month.

    I would like to share some thoughts about St. Thomas, the apostle often less thought about.

    Why did St. Thomas travel to India to preach the Gospel?

    Jesus commanded his disciples to go to Jerusalem in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of

    the earth (Acts 1:8).

    Jerusalem signifies the Jews. Jesus himself once said I am sent to the Jews (to the Canaanite

    woman). This means that the gospel was to be preached to the Jews first, irrespective of which part of the world they were.

    Due to persecution of the Jews in the early centuries many Jews migrated to Kerala. Further existing strong trade relations

    between Middle East and Kerala made it easier for Jews to migrate there. St. Thomas may have possibly used these trade paths

    to come to Kerala and first preach to the Jews as commanded by Jesus.

    Two important traits of St. Thomas to always remember:

    A. A philosopher: St. Thomas presented a strong personality a philosopher. It was St. Thomas to whom our Lord said I am the

    way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He was always quick to enquire with Jesus about things that he did not understand. It

    was truly out of his love for our Lord that he always wanted to understand what Jesus said. This shows that he was a man of

    presence and reason.

    B. A man of courage: It was St Thomas who said let us go and die with him. He loved Jesus so much and was ready to die for

    him. Jesus himself has said that this is the greatest form of love (John 15:13).

    Why we should refrain from calling St. Thomas Doubting Thomas?

    A. The practice of addressing St. Thomas as a doubting Thomas is largely western influenced which has been blindly followed by

    us, Syro-Malabar Catholic. It is a grave mistake to address St. Thomas like this without understanding his deep faith for our

    Lord.

    B. If we dare to address and label St. Thomas as a doubter, then we should use the same title for all the other disciples, except St.

    John. For all the disciples doubted and left Jesus.

    C. It is true that St. Thomas expressed a strong request for his belief. However, this mere instance is not a good enough reason to

    call St. Thomas a doubter. If so, then Moses needs to be called the murderer as opposed to the greatest prophet; David needs to

    be addressed as the planned murderer rather than of Gentiles and so on.

    Where was St. Thomas at that time of Jesus' apparition?

    A. There has been several theories and arguments based on the different assumptions regarding where St. Thomas was at the

    time of Jesus apparition. Like I said earlier, St. Thomas was a man of great courage and so from the time he heard about the

    news of Jesus appearance to Mary Magdalen and other disciples, he might have possibly decided to go outside and look for

    Jesus. Unlike the other disciples who were afraid and chose to sit in a closed room.

    B. There may be endless theories regarding this. However my dear friends the real question that we should consider is why did

    Jesus appear when St. Thomas was absent? God always has a plan; the time and manner of Jesus apparition was not a mere

    accident. Jesus would have wanted to show Thomas his sacred wounds and heart. He would have only wanted St. Thomas to

    touch it. Surely, St. Thomas must have done something special to be worthy of such great love from our Lord.

    Analyzing the personality of Thomas and Jesus' purposeful apparition during Thomas absence does not provide us with a

    valid reason to draw conclusions that Thomas was a doubter. Instead, it all happened for Jesus to personally show Thomas and let

    him touch the sacred wounds because of Thomas zeal to see the resurrected Lord.

    It is this very zeal that allowed Thomas to travel to the farthest place among all disciples, to go and proclaim the Gospel to the

    Jews as Jesus had commanded. My dear friends let us be just to the zeal of our father of faith and refrain from calling him a doubt-

    er. Let us all stop using this unjust title of a Doubter and remember him as the only apostle who was so loved by Jesus that he was

    chosen by our resurrected Lord to see and touch His sacred wounds and heart.

    May Christ Bless you all always.

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    Popes Tweets

    Jesus, help us to love God

    as Father and our

    neighbor as ourselves.

    Pope Francis @Pontifex July 1

    To live as true children of God means to love our neighbor and to be close to those

    who are lonely and in difficulty.

    Pope Francis @Pontifex July 8

    With God, nothing is lost; but without him, everything is lost.

    Pope Francis @Pontifex July 10

    Do not be afraid to cast yourselves into the arms of God; whatever he asks of you,

    he will repay a hundredfold.

    Pope Francis @Pontifex July 19

    The Lord loves a cheerful giver. May we learn to be generous in giving, free from

    the love of material possessions.

    Pope Francis @Pontifex July 31

    May each family rediscover family prayer, which helps to bring about mutual un-

    derstanding and forgiveness.

    Family Year 2014

    Family Year Prayer

    Dear Father in Heaven, we humbly

    see Your blessings upon our family

    and our St. Jude family, as we cele-

    brate family year. Make our family

    rooted in Your Mercy. Renew our

    families with faith, hope and love.

    Help us to make resolution to follow

    Your only Son, our Lord with our

    whole heart. Give us the grace to

    understand our family members

    than being understood, to forgive

    them than being forgiven. All Glory

    and honor is Yours through our

    Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

    Holy Family: Pray for us

    Saint Jude: Pray for us

    August

    1. Bishop Angadiathu Pastoral visit to

    family units.

    2. Inter Regional football match on August

    16th and 17th.

    3. Family picnic on August 30th.

    September

    1. Family life retreat on September 13th.

    2. Catechism day on September 26th.

    October

    1. St. Judes novena, veneration of the

    Relic in family units on each Saturdays

    in preparation to the Feast of St. Jude

    2. Feast of Saint Jude

    November

    1. Family Bible Quiz

    2. Renewal of family vows

  • Volume 5 Issue 8 S t . J u d e S y r o - M a l a b a r C h u r c h O f N o r t h e r n V i r g i n i a Page 4

    Kids Corner

    http://www.dltk-bible.com/

    Please provide your completed entry to any of the bulletin team members. All

    the school age kids 3rd grade and above are eligible to participate in this activi-

    ty.

    Last date for submission is August 27, 2014.

    All participants with correct entries will receive a surprise gift.

  • Volume 5 Issue 8 S t . J u d e S y r o - M a l a b a r C h u r c h O f N o r t h e r n V i r g i n i a Page 5

    Kids Corner

    Please provide your completed entry to any of the bulletin team members. Kids 2nd grade

    and below are eligible to participate in this activity.

    Last date for submission is August 27, 2014. All participants with correct entries will re-

    ceive a surprise gift.

    Name of participant:

    Age of participant: ______

    FIND THE DIFFERENCES AND RECEIVE A SURPRISE GIFT!

  • Volume 5 Issue S t . J u d e S y r o - M a l a b a r C h u r c h O f N o r t h e r n V i r g i n i a Page 6

    Summer Bible Study (stjudenvaschool.org)

    As we all know that during the final hours of Pope John Paul II, one of his last request was to

    Read me the Bible. A priest read him nine chapte