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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SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
July 26, 2015
Through most of Lectionary Cycle B, our Sunday Gospel readings are taken from the Gospel of Mark. Over the past two Sundays, we heard how Jesus sent his disciples to share in his mission. If we were to continue reading Mark's Gospel, we would next hear his report of how Jesus feeds the crowds in the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Our Lectionary, however, leaves Mark's Gospel for the next several weeks and instead presents this event from the Gospel of John. In John's Gospel, Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and the fishes is presented as a sign of his authority and divinity. Jesus interprets the meaning and significance of this miracle as a sharing of his Body and Blood. This chapter is sometimes called the “Bread of Life Discourse.”
In many important ways, John's Gospel uses the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes to teach about the Eucharist. Like the Last Supper, this miracle is said to have occurred near the time of the Jewish feast of Passover. (In John's Gospel three Passovers are identified.) Jesus' language is similar to the language he used at the Last Supper as reported in the Synoptic Gospels. John's description of this event also anticipates the Messianic banquet of heaven, as the crowd reclines and all hungers are satisfied with abundance. This connection is further amplified by the response of the crowd, who wants to make Jesus a king. John is teaching us that each time we celebrate the Eucharist, we are anticipating the eternal banquet of heaven.
Recall that John's Gospel tells the story of the Last Supper differently than the Synoptic Gospels. Instead of describing the meal and Jesus' actions with the bread and cup, John describes how Jesus washed his disciples' feet. We hear this Gospel when we remember the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. This recollection of Jesus' action at the Last Supper complements the institution narrative of the Synoptic Gospels and Paul's Letters that we hear repeated at each Mass.
In both stories about the Eucharist—the washing of the disciples' feet and the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes—the Gospel of John teaches us that the Eucharist is an action. Our word Eucharist is taken from the Greek language and describes an action: “to give thanks.” In the Eucharist we are fed by Jesus himself, and we are sent to serve others.
John's Gospel notes the detail that the bread blessed and shared with the crowd are barley loaves. This is the food of the poor. It reminds us that God feeds and nourishes us, fulfilling our physical needs as well as our spiritual ones. In the Eucharist, we are sent to serve the poorest among us.
The story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes recalls a particular aspect of the Mass. In this miracle, Jesus transforms a young boy's offering of five barley loaves and two fish. In the offertory at Mass, we present the fruits of our labors, represented by bread and wine. These gifts, given to us first by God as grain and fruit, are returned to God in our offering of thanksgiving. God in turn transforms our gifts, making this bread and wine the very Body and Blood of Jesus. We also offer ourselves in this exchange, and we, too, are transformed by the Eucharist.