Fr. Antony Alexander Maria Doss, HGN
Effective July 1, 2015, he has been appointed parochial vicar at the Parish of the Precious Blood in Caribou. Born in 1982, Father Antony Alexander Maria Doss, HGN, attended school in Annamangalam, a village panchayat located in the Perambalur district of Tamil-Nadu, India, graduating from Little Flower Higher Secondary School in 1997.
After graduation, he remained in India and attended minor seminaries from 1997 to 2000 before pursuing philosophical studies at major seminaries from 2000 to 2003.
In 2004, he began theological studies at St. Joseph’s Major Seminary in Khammam. On June 6, 2007, he made his final promises to become a permanent member of the Heralds of Good News, a clerical missionary society of Pontifical Rite. Then on July 6, 2007, he was ordained to the transitional diaconate in 2007. On January 21, 2008, he was ordained to the priesthood by Most Reverend S. Singaroyan, Bishop of Salem, at St. Mary’s Church in Attur, India. Since his ordination, he has served as an administrator at a seminary in Melavalady, India; as an assistant parish priest in Mylapore, India; as a pastor for the Diocese of Dara Kiunga, Papua New Guinea; and as a provincial treasurer for the Heralds of Good News Provincialate in Trichy, a city in Tamil-Nadu.
Welcome Fr. Antony Alexander Maria Doss, HGN
INSTALLED AS ACOLYTE
Thirteen candidates for the permanent diaconate, including Carl Gallagher of the Parish of the Precious Blood, were instituted as acolytes by Bishop Robert Deeley on Saturday, June 20. The men come from parishes from Aroostook to York
County. Please join in congratulating them and praying for them as they continue their formation.
'I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy! This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy.'
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FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 5, 2015
This Gospel immediately follows upon last week's stories of the raising of Jairus's daughter and the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage. It sets the context of our Gospel readings for the next two weeks in which Jesus will extend the work of his ministry to his disciples.
Today's Gospel describes what many believe to have been the typical pattern of Jesus' ministry: teaching in the synagogue followed by acts of healing. In his hometown of Nazareth, the people are amazed by what they hear, but they also cannot comprehend how someone they know so well might move them so powerfully.
In this Gospel, we learn some interesting details about Jesus and his early life. Jesus' kinfolk know him to be a carpenter, an artisan who works in wood, stone, and metal. He probably learned this trade from his father. Family members of Jesus are also named. Mark describes Jesus as the son of Mary, which is an unusual designation. Adult males were more typically identified with the name of their fathers. It is unclear why Mark deviates from this custom.
Brothers and sisters of Jesus are also named. Scholars are divided on how to interpret this. As Catholics, we believe that Mary was and remained always a virgin, thus we do not believe that this Gospel refers to other children of Mary. Some have suggested that these family members might be Joseph's children from a previous marriage, but there is little evidence to support this. Others explain this reference by noting that the words brother and sister were often used to refer to other types of relatives, including cousins, nieces, and nephews.
This Gospel tells us that Jesus is hampered from performing miracles in Nazareth because of the people's lack of faith. Jesus is said to be surprised by this. He did not predict or foresee this rejection. In this detail we find a description of the very human side of Jesus.
This passage unfolds a continuing theme of Mark's Gospel: Who is Jesus? His kinfolk in Nazareth might know the carpenter, the son of Mary, but they do not know Jesus, the Son of God. Mark is foreshadowing Jesus' rejection by his own people, the people of Israel. He is also reflecting on and trying to explain the situation of the community for which he wrote. While many of the first Christians were Jewish, Christianity took hold and flourished in the Gentile community. Mark's community was mostly a Gentile community, who may have been experiencing persecution. By showing that Jesus himself was rejected, Mark consoles and reassures his first readers. He also prepares us to accept this possible consequence of Christian discipleship.
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Parish of the Precious Blood
November 25, 2014
Dear Visioning Participants,
It is with a profound sense of pride and gratitude as we reach out to all of you who participated in the Parish Visioning Process. Wow, what an outcome! In the next few days, I will put out e-mails to 80 participants. The excitement is felt in our Pastoral Council; help us to keep that excitement alive!
We feel we should share some of that excitement with you. Highlights of our Pastoral Council meeting consisted of comments such as: The presence of the Holy Spirit was most powerful; worship sites came together to share faith; a vision of our Parish Life was presented; the ability to connect a name with a face gave us a sense of community and unity. The testimonies given by some of you were powerful and easy to relate to. Father Labrie was amazed at how two sessions (Nov. 1 & Nov. 8) had the same concerns and insights. He felt that all of you were concerned and engaged in these sessions. He also shared that ‘we are together more than we realize’.
Where do we go from here? Only forward because whatever we do will help us to grow stronger as a parish community.
A lot of work still needs to be done; don’t be scared to continue to share your ideas and gifts with us. Join your Church Councils, be part of your Church Committees, come to a Pastoral Council Meeting, and as we develop a new way of reaching out to all parishioners; BE INVOLVED, MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Attached, you will find a copy of the results of the data collected in the 5 major categories (Communication, Internal Hospitality, External Hospitality, Sharing the Faith and Strengthening the Family) and the action plan that was formulated by all of you.
On November 15, 2014, you and all of us together made it happen! We, the Pastoral Council want to thank each of you for your willingness to participate in moving these plans forward.