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Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Greetings in the exalted name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent" ( Mk 6:12). Jesus called and commissioned His disciples with unique purpose and specific plan. Jesus was very clear in this verse about the purpose of the ministry which was entrusted to his disciples. Once again Jesus is affirming the disciples that they are sent to this world to carry out the ministry. We have entered the third quarter of this year and let us thank God for His countless blessings and guidance that we have experienced in the last seven months of the financial year 2018. I express my sincere thanks to all parishioners for your support and prayer towards the fruitful ministry in our church.

During the month of August, our church set apart two Sunday’s to meditate up on the sacrament of Holy Marriage and Holy Baptism. The sacramental nature of marriage is in the fact that it is instituted by God, not by human. Marriage is a divine call and those who enter in to it should accept the fact that the love of God is the basis of their union. As per the Christian understanding Marriage is not a contract between two people but a covenant between God and themselves in front of a worshipping community. The sacrament of Holy Baptism is known as a Dominican sacrament because it is instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Christian Baptism, a candidate is not only united with Christ, but one is also united with the Church, which is the body of Christ that constitutes the whole people of Christian believers.

When the British thought of giving independence to India, they of course in consultation with the Indian National Congress leaders, chose August 15 as the day of Independence for the nation. In fact, the day was chosen deliberately. This is the day of assumption of St. Mary. When we are in the ministry, the message that we witness and proclaimed is the message of repentance, which is the freedom from the bondage of sin. The disciples proclaimed the message of repentance. Repentance and return to the experience of salvation is the message of the gospel. As a parish our duty is to witness and proclaim the experience of salvation.

Our parish has been entered a phase of summer season and a lot of programs await us. Parish Picnic, Parish Convention, Harvest Festival etc... Let us pray that all these programmers be a meaningful one to each and everybody. As we move on, I seek your whole-hearted cooperation and support towards our parish and its forth coming activities. Let us work together and make our parish a living one.

With Prayerful Regards
Rev. Jogy Thomas

Our Parish History

The first approved congregation in North America started as the Mar Thoma-Church of South India prayer group. The congregation, the Mar Thoma Church of Greater New York, met for worship service at the All Saints Lutheran church in Jamaica in the borough of Queens in New York City. After conducting worship services briefly at a worship place in Manhattan, the congregation moved in 1974 to a Presbyterian Church near 174th Street in Fort Washington, at the north end of the Manhattan borough of NYC, and it was its abode until the congregation was divided into four parishes.

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