Wish you all a Happy Easter!

I am excited to inform you that I am having my annual holidays to my home in India. I will leave on Wednesday 27th of April and reach back on 1st of June. It is a long journey. I earnestly request your prayers for my safe journey in both ways. Easter 2022

Fr Juniper Jones Thomas, a friend of mine over three decades will be here on those days. So we are happy that weekend and weekday Masses will continue as usual. Father Thomas worked in the diocese of Rockville Center, New York over 2 decades. Thanks to Fr Thomas who travels all the way from India to come and help us. After my return he would go to New York. He has visited Holy Land a few times and he wrote a book titled “The Quest for Jesus of Nazareth.” He might make a few copies available for you to buy. You will enjoy reading his book. Father will certainly enjoy your hospitality of either bringing him food or taking him out to eat.

You have two Easter Jokes:

Loaned for a weekend: Joseph of Arimathaea was a very wealthy Pharisee, a member of the Council, and a secret follower of Jesus. It was Joseph who went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body after the crucifixion. And it was Joseph who supplied the tomb for Jesus’ burial. I wonder if someone pulled him aside and said, "Joseph, that was such a beautiful, costly, hand-hewn tomb. Why on earth did you give it to someone to be buried in?"  "Why not?" Joseph may have answered.  “He only needed it for the weekend."

Resurrection in election: Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee was once asked if he believed in the Resurrection. “Of course, I do,” said Huckabee. “Dead people vote in every election we have in Arkansas. Resurrection is very real to us!”

Yes, Resurrection is real to us if we had seriously done the Lenten preparation in a meaningful way.

Wish you all Happy Easter!

In the Service of the Lord,
  Fr Thainese Alphonse


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