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Commemoration of the Name of St. Joseph in the Syro-Malabar Holy Qurbana

Commemoration of the Name of St. Joseph in the Holy Qurbana

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St Joseph

Letterhead George Cardinal Alencherry

Dear Archbishops and Bishops,
The XXU(2014) Session 1 decided to include the commemoration of St. Joseph in the invariable
part of the Onitha d’Raze with prior approval of the Apostolic See. The Apostolic See has given
the recognition for this decision as follows:
By a letter of 26 February 2014 (Prot. No.383/2014), Your Beatitude sought the
recognitio of the Holy See for the introduction of a commemoration of St. Joseph, Spouse of
the Holy Mother of God, into the pre-anafora (invariable part of the Onitha d’Razey of the
Taksa of the Qurbana of Mar Addai and Mari. This proposal corresponds to the deeply rooted
devotion to the Guardian of Our Lord that is already found among the Syro-Malabar faithful.
After due consideration, this Dicastery has no objection to the request, which seems
particularly timely in our day as evidenced by a similar step recently taken in the Latin

Name of St Joseph in Holy Qurbana

All Saints Day, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Nov 02

Remembering all saints becomes a reminder that God can be, and in fact is at work in the time, place and life which I live.

All Saints Day

Matthew 5:1-12

1 Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him.

2 Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

3 How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4 Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.

5 Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.

7 Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 ‘Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.

30th Sunday of the Year, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Oct 26

The law of Christ is simple. Love. Love God by loving your neighbor. And your neighbor is anyone close enough to be loved, anyone in the world.

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year (A)

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together

35 and, to put him to the test, one of them put a further question,

36 ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’

37 Jesus said to him, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.

39 The second resembles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself.

40 On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets too.’

29th Sunday of the Year, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Oct 19

We Christians have been shown Christ, the image of God, so that we can proclaim that image to all the world. In order to do so, we must clear away whatever mars that image in us.

Twenty-Ninth Sunday of the Year (A)

Matthew 22:15-21

15 Then the Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap him in what he said.

16 And they sent their disciples to him, together with some Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in all honesty, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because human rank means nothing to you.

17 Give us your opinion, then. Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’

18 But Jesus was aware of their malice and replied, ‘You hypocrites! Why are you putting me to the test?

19 Show me the money you pay the tax with.’ They handed him a denarius,

20 and he said, ‘Whose portrait is this? Whose title?’

21 They replied, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Very well, pay Caesar what belongs to Caesar — and God what belongs to God.’

28th Sunday of the Year, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Oct 12

In the Eucharist, in the worship and service of the community of good and bad folks that Jesus invites to the banquet of God’s Kingdom, I am offered a foretaste of heaven. How could I do other than rejoice?

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of the Year (A)
Matthew 22:1-14

1 Jesus began to speak to them in parables once again,

2 ‘The kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who gave a feast for his son’s wedding.

3 He sent his servants to call those who had been invited, but they would not come.
4 Next he sent some more servants with the words, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, my
banquet is all prepared, my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready.
Come to the wedding.”
5 But they were not interested: one went off to his farm, another to his business,
6 and the rest seized his servants, maltreated them and killed them.
7 The king was furious. He despatched his troops, destroyed those murderers and burnt their town.
8 Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy,
9 go to the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come to the wedding.”
10 So these servants went out onto the roads and collected together every

27th Sunday of the Year, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Oct 5

There is one other thing we must do. We must hear and heed the messengers God sends to us workers in the vineyard. For we, too, need to be converted throughout our lives.

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year (A)

Matthew 21:33-43

33 ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad.

34 When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce.

35 But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third.

36 Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way.

37 Finally he sent his son to them thinking, “They will respect my son.”

38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.”

39 So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’

41 They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver

26th Sunday of the Year, Gospel Reflection with Fr Bill Grimm, 2014 Sept 28

The test of Christian faith is not merely whether or not we are in church on Sunday. Going to church is the renewing of our “yes” to the call of God. But, do we follow through on the promise?


Twenty-Sixth Sunday of the Year (A)

Matthew 21:28-32


28 ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.”

29 He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went.

30 The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go.

31 Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

32 For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.