Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me;
yet not My will, but Yours be done
Pope John XXIII
Pope John Paul II
Book of Jeremiah 13:1-11.
தீய மக்கள், எதற்கும் பயன்படாத இந்தக் கச்சையைப் போல் ஆவார்கள்.
இறைவாக்கினர் எரேமியா நூலிலிருந்து வாசகம்
ஆண்டவர் என்னிடம் கூறியது இதுவே: ``நீ உனக்காக நார்ப் பட்டாலான ஒரு கச்சையை வாங்கி அதை உன் இடையில் கட்டிக்கொள். அதைத் தண்ணீரில் நனைக்காதே.'' ஆண்டவர் சொற்படி நான் கச்சையை வாங்கி அதை என் இடையில் கட்டிக்கொண்டேன்.
எனக்கு ஆண்டவர் வாக்கு இரண்டாம் முறை அருளப்பட்டது: ``நீ வாங்கி உன் இடையில் கட்டிக்கொண்டுள்ள கச்சையை எடுத்துக்கொள்: எழுந்து பேராத்து ஆற்றுக்குச் செல். அங்கு அதனைப் பாறை இடுக்கில் மறைத்து வை.'' ஆண்டவர் எனக்குக் கட்டளையிட்டபடி நான் சென்று பேராத்தில் அதனை மறைத்து வைத்தேன்.
பல நாள்களுக்குப் பின்னர் ஆண்டவர் என்னிடம் கூறியது: ``எழுந்து பேராத்துக்குச் சென்று நான் உன்னிடம் மறைத்து வைக்கக் கட்டளையிட்ட கச்சையை அங்கிருந்து எடுத்துவா.'' அவ்வாறே நான் பேராத்திற்குச் சென்று, அங்கு மறைத்து வைத்திருந்த இடத்திலிருந்து கச்சையைத் தோண்டி எடுத்தேன். அந்தக் கச்சையோ எதற்கும் பயன்படாத அளவில் இற்றுப் போயிருந்தது.
அப்போது ஆண்டவரின் வாக்கு எனக்கு அருளப்பட்டது: ``ஆண்டவர் கூறுவது இதுவே: இவ்வாறே யூதா, எருசலேமின் ஆணவத்தை அழிப்பேன். என் சொற்களுக்குச் செவிகொடுக்க மறுத்து, தங்கள் இதயப் பிடிவாதத்தின்படி நடந்து, வேற்றுத் தெய்வங்களைப் பின்பற்றி, அவற்றிற்கு ஊழியம் செய்து வழிபட்டுவரும் இத்தீய மக்கள் எதற்கும் பயன்படாத இந்தக் கச்சையைப் போல் ஆவார்கள். கச்சை ஒருவரது இடையோடு ஒட்டியிருப்பதுபோல இஸ்ரயேல், யூதா வீட்டார் யாவரும் என்னோடு ஒன்றித்திருக்கச் செய்தேன். அவர்கள் எனக்கு மக்களாகவும் பெயராகவும் புகழாகவும் மாட்சியாகவும் இருக்கச் செய்தேன். அவர்களோ எனக்குச் செவிசாய்க்கவில்லை" என்கிறார் ஆண்டவர்.
இது ஆண்டவர் வழங்கும் அருள்வாக்கு.
Book of Deuteronomy 32:18-19.20.21.
இச 32: 18-19, 20-21 (பல்லவி: 18ய)
பல்லவி: உன்னை ஈன்ற பாறையைப் புறக்கணித்தாய்.
`உன்னை ஈன்ற பாறையைப் புறக்கணித்தாய்; உன்னை உருவாக்கிய கடவுளை மறந்துவிட்டாய்'. தம் மைந்தரும் தம் மகளிரும் தமக்குச் சினமூட்டியதை, ஆண்டவர் கண்டு அவர்களை இகழ்ந்து ஒதுக்கினார். பல்லவி
அவர் உரைத்தார்: எனது முகத்தை அவர்களிடமிருந்து மறைத்துக் கொள்வேன்; அவர்களது முடிவு என்னவென்று நான் கவனித்துக் கொள்வேன்; ஏனெனில், அவர்கள் கேடுகெட்ட தலைமுறையினர்; நேர்மை அறவே அற்ற பிள்ளைகள். பல்லவி
இல்லாத தெய்வத்தால் எனக்கு எரிச்சலூட்டினர்; அவர்களின் சிலைகளால் எனக்கு சினமூட்டினர்; ஒன்றுமில்லாத இனத்தால் அவர்களுக்கு எரிச்சலூட்டுவேன்; மதிகெட்ட வேற்றினத்தால் அவர்களுக்குச் சினமூட்டுவேன். பல்லவி
நற்செய்திக்கு முன் வாழ்த்தொலி
யாக் 1: 18
அல்லேலூயா, அல்லேலூயா! தம் படைப்புகளுள் நாம் முதற்கனிகள் ஆகும்படி உண்மையை அறிவிக்கும் வார்த்தையால் நம்மை ஈன்றெடுக்க அவர் விரும்பினார். அல்லேலூயா.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
Saint Matthew 13:31-35.
கடுகு விதை வளர்ந்து வானத்துப் பறவைகள் அதன் கிளைகளில் வந்து தங்கும் அளவுக்குப் பெரிய மரமாகும்.
மத்தேயு எழுதிய நற்செய்தியிலிருந்து வாசகம்
அக்காலத்தில் இயேசு மக்களுக்கு எடுத்துரைத்த வேறு ஓர் உவமை: ``ஒருவர் கடுகு விதையை எடுத்துத் தம் வயலில் விதைத்தார். அவ்விதை எல்லா விதைகளையும் விடச் சிறியது. ஆனாலும், அது வளரும்போது மற்றெல்லாச் செடிகளையும் விடப் பெரியதாகும். வானத்துப் பறவைகள் அதன் கிளைகளில் வந்து தங்கும் அளவுக்குப் பெரிய மரமாகும். விண்ணரசு இக்கடுகு விதைக்கு ஒப்பாகும்.''
அவர் அவர்களுக்குக் கூறிய வேறு ஓர் உவமை: ``பெண் ஒருவர் புளிப்பு மாவை எடுத்து மூன்று மரக்கால் மாவில் பிசைந்து வைத்தார். மாவு முழுவதும் புளிப்பேறியது. விண்ணரசு இப்புளிப்பு மாவுக்கு ஒப்பாகும்.'' இவற்றை எல்லாம் இயேசு மக்கள் கூட்டத்துக்கு உவமைகள் வாயிலாக உரைத்தார். உவமைகள் இன்றி அவர் அவர்களோடு எதையும் பேசவில்லை. ``நான் உவமைகள் வாயிலாகப் பேசுவேன்; உலகத் தோற்றமுதல் மறைந்திருப்பவற்றை விளக்குவேன்'' என்று இறைவாக்கினர் உரைத்தது இவ்வாறு நிறைவேறியது.
இது கிறிஸ்து வழங்கும் நற்செய்தி.
SAINT OF THE DAY
Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (1910-1946)
Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception was born in Kudamalur, the Arpookara region, in the diocese of Changanacherry, India, on the 19th of August 1910, of the ancient and noble family of Muttathupadathu.
From her birth, the life of the Saint was marked by the cross, which would be progressively revealed to her as the royal way to conform herself to Christ. Her mother, Maria Puthukari, gave birth to her prematurely, in her eight month of pregnancy, as a result of a fright she received when, during the sleep, a snake wrapped itself around her waist. Eight days later, the 28 of August, the child was baptised according to the Syro-Malabar rite by the Fr. Joseph Chackalayil, and she received the name Annakutty, a diminutive of Anne. She was the last of five children.
Her mother died three months later. Annakutty passed her early infancy in the home of her grandparents in Elumparambil. There she lived a particularly happy time because of her human and Christian formation, during which the first seeds of a vocation flowered. Her grand-mother, a pious and charitable woman, communicated the joy of the faith, love for prayer and a surge of charity towards the poor to her. At five years of age the child already knew how to lead, with a totally childish enthusiasm, the evening prayer of the family gathered, in accordance with the Syro-Malabar custom, in the "prayer room".
Annakutty received the Eucharistic bread for the first time on the 11 of November 1917. She used to say to her friends: "Do you know why I am so particularly happy today? It is because I have Jesus in my heart!". In a letter to her spiritual father, on the 30 of November 1943, she confided the following: "Already from the age of seven I was no longer mine. I was totally dedicated to my divine Spouse. Your reverence knows it well".
In the same year of 1917 she began to attend the elementary school of Thonnankuzhy, where she also established a sincere friendship with the Hindu children. When the first school cycle ended in 1920, the time had come to transfer to Muttuchira, to the house of her aunt Anna Murickal, to whom her mother, before she died, had entrusted her as her adoptive mother.
Her aunt was a severe and demanding woman, at times despotic and violent in demanding obedience from Annakutty in her every minimal disposition or desire. Assiduous in her religious practice, she accompanied her niece, but did not share the young girl's friendship with the Carmelites of the close-by Monastery or her long periods of prayer at the foot of the altar. She was, in fact, determined to procure an advantageous marriage for Annakutty, obstructing the clear signs of her religious vocation.
The virtue of the Saint was manifested in accepting this severe and rigid education as a path of humility and patience for the love of Christ, and tenaciously resisted the reiterated attempts at engagement to which the aunt tried to oblige her. Annakutty, in order to get out from under a commitment to marriage, reached the point of voluntarily causing herself a grave burn by putting her foot into a heap of burning embers. "My marriage was arranged when I was thirteen years old. What had I to do to avoid it? I prayed all that night... then an idea came to me. If my body were a little disfigured no one would want me! ... O, how I suffered! I offered all for my great intention".
The proposal to defile her singular beauty did not fully succeed in freeing her from the attentions of suitors. During the following years the Blessed had to defend her vocation, even during the year of probation when an attempt to give her in marriage, with the complicity of the Mistress of Formation herself, was made. "O, the vocation which I received! A gift of my good God!.... God saw the pain of my soul in those days. God distanced the difficulties and established me in this religious state".
It was Fr. James Muricken, her confessor, who directed her towards Franciscan spirituality and put her in contact with the Congregation of the Franciscan Clarists. Annakutty entered their college in Bharananganam in the diocese of Palai, to attend seventh class, as an intern student, on the 24th of May 1927. The following year, on the 2nd of August 1928, Annakutty began her postulancy, taking the name of Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception in honour of St. Alphonsus Liguori, whose feast it was that day. She was clothed in the religious habit on the 19th of May 1930, during the first pastoral visit made to Bharananganam by the Bishop, Msgr. James Kalacherry.
The period 1930-1935 was characterised by grave illness and moral suffering. She could teach the children in the school at Vakakkad only during the scholastic year 1932. Then, because of her weakness, she carried out the duties of assistant-teacher and catechist in the parish. She was engaged also as secretary, especially to write official letters because of her beautiful script.
The canonical novitiate was introduced into the Congregation of the Franciscan Clarists in 1934. Though wishing to enter immediately, the Blessed was only admitted on the 12th of August 1935 because of her ill health. About one week after the beginning of her novitiate, she had a haemorrhage from the nose and eyes and a profound organic wasting and purulent wounds on her legs. The illness deteriorated, to such a point that the worst was feared.
Heaven came to the rescue of the holy novice. During a novena to The Servant of God Fr. Kuriakose Elia Chavara - a Carmelite who today is a Blessed- she was miraculously and instantaneously cured.
Having restarted her novitiate, she wrote the following proposals in her spiritual diary: "I do not wish to act or speak according to my inclinations. Every time I fail, I will do penance... I want to be careful never to reject anyone. I will only speak sweet words to others. I want to control my eyes with rigour. I will ask pardon of the Lord for every little failure and I will atone for it through penance. No matter what my sufferings may be, I will never complain and if I have to undergo any humiliation, I will seek refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus".
The 12th of August 1936, the feast of St. Clare, the day of her perpetual profession, was a day of inexpressible spiritual joy. She had realised her desire, guarded for a long time in her heart and confided to her sister Elizabeth when she was only 12 years old: "Jesus is my only Spouse, and none other".
Jesus, however, wished to lead His spouse to perfection through a life of suffering. "I made my perpetual profession on the 12th of August 1936 and came here to Bharanganam on the following 14th. From that time, it seems, I was entrusted with a part of the cross of Christ. There are abundant occasions of suffering... I have a great desire to suffer with joy. It seems that my Spouse wishes to fulfil this desire".
Painful illnesses followed each other: typhoid fever, double pneumonia, and, the most serious of all, a dramatic nervous shock, the result of a fright on seeing a thief during the night of the 18th of October 1940. Her state of psychic incapacity lasted for about a year, during which she was unable to read or write.
In every situation, Sister Alphonsa always maintained a great reservation and charitable attitude towards the Sisters, silently undergoing her sufferings. In 1945 she had a violent outbreak of illness. A tumour, which had spread throughout her organs, transformed her final year of life into a continuous agony. Gastroenteritis and liver problems caused violent convulsions and vomiting up to forty times a day: "I feel that the Lord has destined me to be an oblation, a sacrifice of suffering... I consider a day in which I have not suffered as a day lost to me".
With this attitude of a victim for the love of the Lord, happy until the final moment and with a smile of innocence always on her lips, Sister Alphonsa quietly and joyfully brought her earthly journey to a close in the convent of the Franciscan Clarists at Bharananganam at 12.30 on the 28th July 1946, leaving behind the memory of a Sister full of love and a saint.
Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception Muttathupadathu was proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in Kottayam, India, on the 8th of February 1986. She was canonized on the 12th of October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. With that Canonisation, the Church in India presents its first Saint to the veneration of the faithful of the whole world. Faithful from every part of the world have come together in a single act of thanksgiving to God in her name and in a sign of the great oriental and western traditions, Roman and Malabar, which Sr. Alphonsa lived and harmonised in her saintly life
Saint Victor I Pope and Martyr († 198) Third Class
Pope St. Victor governed the Church in the time of the Emperor Severus. He confuted Theodotus Coriarius and wrote on the question of Easter.
Crowned with martyrdom, he was buried on Vatican hill on the fifth day before the Calends of August
Saint Pedro Poveda Castroverde Priest and Martyr, Founder of the Teresian Association (1874-1936)
Pedro Poveda was born on 3 December 1874 in Linares, Spain, to a solidly Christian family. From early childhood he felt called to become a priest, and in 1889 he entered the diocesan seminary in Jaén. Because of financial difficulties, he transferred to the Diocese of Guadix, Grenada, where the Bishop had offered him a scholarship. He was ordained a priest on 17 April 1897.
After ordination Fr Poveda taught in the seminary and served the diocese in many other ways. In 1900 he completed a licentiate in theology at Seville and later began an apostolate among the "cave-dwellers", those who lived in dugouts in the hills outside of Guadix. Here he built a school for children and workshops for adults that provided professional training and Christian formation. He was misunderstood, however, and had to leave this special ministry.
So Fr Poveda headed for the solitude of Covadonga, in the mountains of northern Spain, where, in 1906, he was appointed canon of the Basilica of Covadonga in Asturias, where the Blessed Virgin is venerated under this title.
In Covadonga, he devoted much time to prayer and reflected particularly on the problem of education in Spain. He understood that the Lord was inviting him to open new paths in the Church and in the society of his time. He began to published articles and pamphlets on the question of the professional formation of teachers and was also in contact with other persons who felt the need for the presence and action of Christians in society.
The opposition between faith and science was becoming more and more evident in the culture of his day, which carried with it a de-Christianization of the public education system. Fr Poveda, after his apostolic experience in Guadix and his years of reflection and prayer in Covadonga, understood better the need to provide Christian formation for teachers who work in the State school system. He believed that a solid faith and professional qualifications were both needed to keep the Gospel message alive.
In 1911 he opened the St Teresa of Avila Academy as a residence for students and the starting point of the Teresian Association, dedicated to the spiritual and pastoral formation of teachers. The following year he joined the Apostolic Union of Secular Priests and started new pedagogical centres and some periodicals.
To further his work Fr Poveda moved to Jaén, where he taught in the seminary, served as spiritual director of Los Operarios Catechetical Centre, and worked at the Teacher Training College. In 1914 he opened Spain's first university residence for women in Madrid.
Meanwhile, the Teresian Association continued to develop, spreading to various groups and areas, and leading to its ecclesiastical and civil approval in Jaén. Fr Poveda offered the Teresian Association as a new path of Christian life and evangelization created with and for lay persons, forming them to be witnesses of the Gospel, according to his expression: "To believe firmly and to keep silent is not possible". He wanted the adherents to be ready to give their lives for the faith and in fact, expressed the same desire himself.
In 1921 Fr Poveda moved to Madrid and was appoined a chaplain of the Royal Palace. A year later he was named a member of the Central Board against illiteracy, but most of his time was devoted to the Teresian Association, which received papal approval in 1924. Although he did not direct the Association, as its founder he worked to consolidate and promote the various dimensions of its mission as it spread to Chile and later to Italy (1934).
It was during the religious persecution in Spain that Fr Poveda would be called to the martyrdom he so desired. At dawn on 28 July 1936, when told by his persecutors to identify himself, he said, "I am a priest of Christ". He died a martyr for the faith, and was beatified on 10 October 1993 and canonized on 3 May by Pope John Paul II
HISTORY OF PARISH
This mission was started as a sub-station by the Capuchins of Ashok Nagar parish in 1984. In 1989 five grounds were acquired by the Catholic welfare association and a parish church was erected. The new church was erected in the year 1996. This church dedicated to Infant Jesus was raised to the status of an independent parish in the year 1989. The first parish priest was Rev. Fr. Cyriac Illimoottil.
DURATION PASTORAL WORK.
Rev,Fr. GERARD MAJELLA
2013 - Till Date
2008 - 2013
Rev.Fr. FRANCIS MICHAEL
2003 - 2008
Rev.Fr. M. LOUIS
1996 - 2003
Rev.Fr.G. M. JOSEPH
1991 - 1996
Rev.Fr. CYRIAC ILLIMOOTTIL
1989 - 1991
Geographical Location:Infant Jesus Church is located at the heart of the city of Chennai,Tamil Nadu, INDIA. Landmark for the church, nearby Koyambedu mofussil bus Terminus reachable from 100 feet road on Jawaharlal Nehru high road at the North, from Arcot road at South, from Porur at the West and from Vadapalani to the East are its boundaries. The Nearest Railway station is Villivakkam , 7.5 Kms away from the church. 13 Kms to reach the Church from Anna International Airport (MAA) at Meenambakkam , Chennai. The climate around is hot & humid during the summer and pleasant during the spring and rainy season – from September to December.