“Our parish is a common community of Faith, Prayer and Witness. It is a family of God in which we find the Holy Spirit in each other. This is where we are spiritually fed by worship, celebration and fellowship. “
Fr. Jerald D’Souza , OCD Pastor
Fr. Rajesh D'Souza , OCD Pastor
Deacon Dale Laing
Deacon Norman Dumais
Saint Thomas More
Patron Saint Of Lawyers
Beheaded on Tower Hill, London, July 6, 1535, St. Thomas More steadfastly refused to approve Henry VIII’s divorce and remarriage and establishment of the Church of England.
Described as “a man for all seasons“, More was a literary scholar, eminent lawyer, gentleman, father of four children and chancellor of England. An intensely spiritual man, he would not support the king’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Nor would he acknowledge Henry as supreme head of the Church in England, breaking with Rome and denying the pope as head.
More was committed to the Tower of London to await trial for treason: not swearing to the Act of Succession and the Oath of Supremacy. Upon conviction, More declared he had all the councils of Christendom and not just the council of one realm to support him in the decision of his conscience.
Four hundred years later, in 1935, Thomas More was canonized a saint of God. Few saints are more relevant to the 20th century. The supreme diplomat and counselor, he did not compromise his own moral values in order to please the king, knowing that true allegiance to authority is not blind acceptance of everything that authority wants. King Henry himself realized this and tried desperately to win his chancellor to his side because he knew More was a man whose approval counted, a man whose personal integrity no one questioned. But when Thomas resigned as chancellor, unable to approve the two matters that meant most to Henry, the king had to get rid of Thomas More.
CARMEL (ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES): WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?
Mt. Carmel in Holy Land, symbol for prayer, silence and solitude, has always attracted god-seeking people.
The Carmelite Order is one of the five ancient Religious Orders in the Catholic Church, and first one to be dedicated to Mary, who sought God’s will in profound silence and did it with all her heart and thus became the mother of all the disciples of Jesus. There were always solitary hermits or communities of monks on Mount Carmel, living a life of prayer and contemplation, inspired by the life and spirit of prophet Elias… read more