A faith that dared to go and die with the Lord (John 11: 16)
A faith that experienced the risen Christ at the centre of life (John 20: 28)
... that is the legacy St.Thomas, the Apostle of India and our father in faith bequeathed to us. We, the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Bristol try to live, share, and celebrate the rich patrimony of our culture and faith in the challenging circumstances of present day England. Being closely related and actively involved in the life of the local parishes, we are committed to the noble task of treasuring the unique faith and imparting it to our new generation.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, invites us to embrace the call to poverty so that we "might become rich" in his first Lenten message.
As the 265th successor of St Peter, the Pope preaches on the path to conversion challenging us to consider the Apostle's teaching that we were "set free not by Christ's riches but by his poverty."
"By making himself poor, Jesus did not seek poverty for its own sake but, as Saint Paul says 'that by his poverty you might become rich'. This is no mere play on words or a catch phrase. Rather, it sums up God’s logic, the logic of love, the logic of the incarnation and the cross. God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ’s love is different! When Jesus stepped into the waters of the Jordan and was baptized by John the Baptist, he did so not because he was in need of repentance, or conversion; he did it to be among people who need forgiveness, among us sinners, and to take upon himself the burden of our sins. In this way he chose to comfort us, to save us, to free us from our misery."
Pope Francis also challenges Christians to "confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it."
He then highlights three types of destitution - material, spiritual and moral - and highlights the key difference between poverty and destitution.
The Holy Father concludes:
"May the Holy Spirit, through whom we are 'as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything' (2 Cor 6:10), sustain us in our resolutions and increase our concern and responsibility for human destitution, so that we can become merciful and act with mercy."
1. Kurisinte Vazhi (Way of the cross)
Every Friday at 8:15pm from 7th March at St Joseph's
Way of the Cross Rota:-
7/3/14 - St Alphonsa / St Anthony / St Patrick
14/3/14 - St James / St Sebastian / SOUL
21/3/14 - St Jude / St Michael / St Teresa / STYL
28/3/14 - St Augustine / St Mary / St Stephen / Mission League
4/4/14 - St Joseph / Sacred Heart / CLASS
11/4/14 - St Francis Xavier / St Vincent / Catechesis
2. Holy Qurbana Rota
16/3/14 - St Joseph Family unit.
Readings: Gen 7: 6-24, Rom 7: 14-25, Mt 20: 17-28
23/3/14 - St Patrick Family unit.
Readings: Gen 11: 1-9, Rom 8: 12-17, Mt 21: 33-44
6/4/14 - CLASS
Readings: Gen 19: 15-26, Rom 14: 13-23, Jn 10: 11-18
3.Fisrt Holy Communion preparation class
First Holy Communion preparation class started from Saturday, 15th February 2014.
Classes are conducted on 1st, 3rd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at St Joseph's Church, Fishponds
Retreat will be held on 11th, 12th & 13th April 2014 at St Joseph's.
11/4/14, Friday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
12/4/14, Saturday - 9:30am to 5:00pm
13/4/14, Sunday - 12:00pm to 5:00pm