Praise the Lord!                                                                                                                         19 July 2020

 Dear Friends, 
As I write to you, Covid cases are rising steeply everywhere, especially in Bangalore. Many of our close friends, relatives and well-wishers have already succumbed to this virus. For the corona infection, neither the digital world nor the first world matter very much. Our daily routines have been interrupted indefinitely including business and pleasure. “For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void that stops everything as it passes by. We feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost.” These are the words Pope Francis. 


The pope also states that this crisis period caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is “a propitious time to find the courage for a new imagination of the possible, with the realism that only the Gospel can offer us.” 


The thick darkness, then, allows us to find the courage to imagine. We are used to the probable, to what our minds suppose should happen. However, right now we need a vision of the possible, which is sometimes confined to the world of the imagination. As we are in the Ignatian month, St Ignatius of Loyola could inspire us. He was a man of imagination, a saint who would think out of the box, something new, something creative and something more for the greater glory of God and always for the good of others. The imagination which explores new vistas is possible only by breaking our fixed or failing patterns, modes and structures: Be it praying, cooking, studying, behaving, jobs or working at home/working from home. These and others, have to have a new imagination. We need to ponder reflectively and prayerfully for the dawn of new imagination. Shall we then ask ourselves the following questions at this point of time in our lives?


1. What does God want of us to do in this crucial situation (LISTING TO GOD IN PRAYER)? 

2. How best can we strive ourselves to be (our inner BEING)? 

3. What is the best we can do individually and collectively (our external DOING)? 

4. How can we help one another in easing the present situation (HELPING)? 

We’ve to delve deep with these four and more questions. Only then as the last book of the Bible, Revelation says, we can imagine a different world and a liberating situation in the days ahead which is “making all things new” (Rev.21:5). 


May I request every parishioner to spend some time and reflect on oneself then with the family members, as a Ward using zoom and other connecting devices? Similarly, SSVP, Choir Groups, Catechism Teachers, Jesuit Volunteers, Legion of Mary, Altar Servers, Youth, Families in the same apartment, Religious communities, etc. This would help us to have a spiritual union of hearts and minds and come out with some clear, concrete and creative suggestions for ourselves and for others. Any change or growth has to begin with the reflective thought, insightful imagination with one’s self and shared with others. Hence deep thinking, intense communion with God through prayer and hearty conversation with one another and faith sharing will help us as friends in the Lord among the faithful of IHMC. 


The pastoral care of our parish is looked after by the Jesuits. The feast of St Ignatius of Loyola is on 31st July. Both Karnataka http://karnatakajesuits.org/quiz-1.php and Chennai https://forms.gle/s3RioeC51pHFeXMeA Jesuit provinces have planned some activities and quizzes. You are most welcome to take part in them and win the prizes as well. 


I request all of you, to take good care of your health especially the seniors and the children. You could build up a good immune system by taking Kashayam and other means. 


You could also find creative ways and means to engage your children through games, creative faith formation and adults could find some quality time to read and refresh yourself with better knowledge. 


The daily online masses are available on our IHMC parish website: www.kalenaagraharachurch.org English Mass is at 6.30am and Kannada Mass is at: 7.10am. On Sundays-English Mass is at 7.00am and Kannada Mass is at: 8.30am. Please subscribe our YouTube channel so that you are updated with mass schedule and other official information of the parish. You can send the mass intentions to Jude Britto through WhatsApp: 9880655831. 

The ration is still distributed to the most needy specially the migrants and those who don’t have BPL card. If you wish to support the poor you can visit our parish website and find bank details of our parish. 


Finally, personal and family prayer, reading the Word of God and finding meaning & joy even during these lockdown situations are absolutely essential of being Catholics. Let’s be joyful Christians even in the thick darkness! May the light of Christ shine in and around us and enlighten others through us. 


God bless you and your family members. 


Praying for you during online masses and offline prayers 


May you be online with God sometime during the day 


Yours in Christ 


Fr Arun Kumar SJ 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 

Kalena Agrahara

Bannerghatta Road

Bengaluru-76

PS: For more details about the parish, please contact the Parish Priest:

Fr Arun Kumar, SJ.

Mob: 99721 37656;

Email: kjarunsj@gmail.com

Praise the Lord!                                                                                                                         25 March 2020

 

Here we are with iCatholic, the news bulletin of our parish. I am glad to introduce this new initiative of the parish, which would help in informing and improving our faith life and its practice. I believe that this new venture will certainly enhance to improve in decimating the news, events and other aspects of our parish life to all our parishioners and well-wishers. I thank all the parishioners and in a very special way those helped in making this iCatholic possible by giving us a short description of some of the significant activities which take place on  a regular basis in our parish, through Wards and Associations.

 

Our Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHMC) is a vibrant and active Jesuit parish in the Archdiocese of Bangalore. Our parishioners come from different parts of India. It’s absolutely incredible to see how we work together to make space for everyone in our parish, organizing various events and other creative programs. The Mission Sunday, Christmas Get together, Outreach programs, lively liturgies, etc. are the best witnesses to see how each one is doing one’s best to make  others  feel at home in our parish. This way our parish community is really a community of fellowship (Koinonia). 

 

As a parish we can do much to learn more about our faith and our scriptures. The passionate zeal for our Lord Jesus Christ will make us true witnesses to what we profess and live. 

 

The parish community is blessed with a number of religious communities of both men and women: Jesuits (Mount St Joseph), Trinitarians (Trinity Ashram), Salesians (Don Bosco Renewal Centre), Alverna Sisters (Alverna Bhavan), Holy Spirit Sisters (Convernt of the Holy Spirit), Salesian Sisters (Nirmal Jyothi), FSI Sisters (Jyothi Bhavan) and Holy Mary Convent. The commitment of these religious communities in making our liturgies vibrant and devotional, as well as participation in the Ward meetings active is certainly admirable. 

 

 A parish community will thrive when all involve themselves in making or creating a space for everyone, in developing a sense of “WE” feeling. Jesus, since the beginning of his teaching, preaching and healing ministry, he built up a band of community of apostles, disciples and friends. They were very important partners in carrying out his ministry. We cannot think of Jesus’ ministry without this community of varied persons.

 

My sincere wish and humble prayer is that we involve ourselves more and more in the life of our parish and make our faith more alive and active given the present political and economic scenario.

 

May Mary, the Immaculate Heart to whom this parish is dedicated to, help us to say YES to life and respond wholeheartedly to all the challenges of life.

 

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness 

that I can show to any human being, 

let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. 

- Stephen Grellet

 

You may download iCatholic here

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 

Kalena Agrahara

Bannerghatta Road

Bengaluru-76

PS: For more details about the parish, please contact the Parish Priest:

Fr Arun Kumar, SJ.

Mob: 99721 37656;

Email: kjarunsj@gmail.com

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IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CHURCH,  KALENA AGRAHARA 

Mount St Joseph Campus

Bannerghatta Road

Bengaluru - 560076

Karnataka - INDIA

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