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Mission Director: Fr. Tijo Mullakkara (703 957 8242) Website : www.stjudenva.org/ Email: email@example.com
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
Prayerful wishes to Mar
Joy Alappatt New Auxil-
iary bishop of Chicago
Syro Malabar Diocese.
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
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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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
1. Bishop Angadiathu Pastoral visit to
2. Inter Regional football match on August
16th and 17th.
3. Family picnic on August 30th.
1. Family life retreat on September 13th.
2. Catechism day on September 26th.
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
1. Family Bible Quiz
2. Renewal of family vows
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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-
Last date for submission is August 27, 2014.
All participants with correct entries will receive a surprise gift.
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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: ______
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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