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Hi AFHM Team,


THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all your prayers, help, cooperation and support in making this Retreat such a grand success. May Our Dear Lord Bless all our efforts abundantly as we continue to work together as a team for HIS GREATER GLORY!

Find below some pictures from the event!

Also Vinay has already done a fabulous job on updating our website, created a flyer and registration forms on Eventbrite directly for Fr. Vallooran’s upcoming retreat in a few weeks

Please do go online – – (open it on a laptop or pc for full effect!) check out the details and spread the word – so that more and more people will be touched by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God Bless us ALL

Sunita T (aka. President)

Information: Mr. Peter Jadav

Update on Mr. Khushalbhai’s Health

** Update on Mr. Khushalbhai’s Health **
Mr. Khushalbhai Makwana is doing very well.

We are very thankful to all well-wishers, family and friends for your prayers and support.  He is at home with his son VK Macwana at Morrisville PA. He is resting and getting ready for a treatment.

At this time the doctor has advised no visitor, so please respect privacy. Family is very appreciative of your love and urging you to keep him in your prayers.

Thank you for your prayers and support.

“The prayer offered by those who have faith will make you well. The Lord will heal you. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.”

James 5:15

આપણા સર્વેની પ્રાર્થનાઓનો જવાબ આપનાર ઈશ્વર પિતાનો પુષ્કળ આભાર માની છીએ. શ્રી. ખુશાલભાઈ ની તબીયત ઘણી સારી છે અને તેઓ ઘણું સારું અનુભવી રહ્યા છે.

હાલ તેઓની દાક્તરી સારવાર ચાલુ છે અને તેઓ ઘરે તેમના પરિવારજનો સાથે આરામ ફરમાવી રહ્યા છે. ડોક્ટર તરફથી મુલાકાતીઓને મનાઈ ફરમાવા આવી છે તો પરિવારની લાગણીનું માન જાળવવા નમ્ર અરજ છે.

પરિવાર તરફથી આપ સર્વેનો હૃદયપૂર્વક આભાર માનવામાં આવે છે સાથે પ્રભુ તેમને જલ્દી સંપૂર્ણ સાજાપણું બક્ષે એ જ પ્રાર્થના કરવાની વિનંતી છે.

“વિશ્વાસથી કરેલી પ્રાર્થના બીમારને સાજો કરશે. પ્રભુ તેને તંદુરસ્તી પાછી આપશે અને તેનાં પાપની ક્ષમા આપશે.”

યાકોબનો પત્ર ૫:૧૫

પરેશભાઈ મકવાણા ( ફેઈથફુલ કેમિસ્ટ) 91 94287 99093

વિકે મકવાણા 215-310-8493


Mr. Khushalbhai Makwana originally from Palaj and currently living with his son VK Makwana in Morrisville, PA. He was not well so he was taken to the doctor who did all different tests. After reviewing all those tests the doctor diagnosed him with lung cancer and it has metastasizes to the brain. They are still waiting the result of the lung biopsy.

Starting next week he will go under treatment for the brain and once the lung biopsy result and review are completed he will go under treatment of lungs too.

The healthcare professionals will do their best to treat him with best medicine and equipment. We his relatives and friends needs to pray for him. May our living God shower his blessings on him, his healing touch grant him speedy and full recovery.

Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”

Psalms 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

Thank you on behalf of VK Makwana, Pareshbhai Makwana (Faithful Chemist, Petlad-94287 99093) and family.

શ્રી ખુશલભાઈ મકવાણા મૂળ પાળજના અને હાલમાં મોરીસવિલ, પેંસિલ્વેનિયામાં તેમના પુત્ર વી.કે. મકવાણા સાથે રહે છે. તેમની તબિયત નાદુરસ્ત હતી તેથી તેમને ડૉક્ટર પાસે લઈ જવામાં આવ્યા હતા. તેમણે વિવિધ પરીક્ષણો કર્યા હતા. તે તમામ પરીક્ષણોની સમીક્ષા કર્યા પછી ડૉક્ટરે તેમને ફેફસાના કેન્સરનું નિદાન કર્યું અને જે મગજ સુધી પ્રસરી ગયું છે.  તેઓ હજી પણ ફેફસાના બાયોપ્સીના પરિણામની રાહ જોઈ રહ્યાં છે.

આગામી સપ્તાહથી તેઓ મગજની સારવાર હેઠળ જશે અને ફેફસાના બાયોપ્સીના પરિણામ અને સમીક્ષા પૂર્ણ થાય તે પછી તે ફેફસાંની સારવાર હેઠળ જશે.

હેલ્થકેર વ્યાવસાયિકો તેમની શ્રેષ્ઠ દવા અને સાધનસામગ્રી સાથે સારવાર માટે તેમના શ્રેષ્ઠ પ્રયાસ કરશે. આપણે તેમના સંબંધીઓ અને મિત્રોએ તેમના માટે પ્રાર્થના કરવાની જરૂર છે. આપણો જીવંત તારણહાર પિતા પરમેશ્વર તેમના પર આશીર્વાદ વરસાવે, તેમના હીલિંગ ટચથી તેમને ઝડપી અને સંપૂર્ણ સ્વાસ્થ્યની પુનઃપ્રાપ્તિ મળે.

ગીતશાસ્ત્ર ૪૬:૧ “દેવ આપણો આશ્રય તથા આપણું સાર્મથ્ય છે; આપણે અનુભવ કર્યો છે કે, સંકટ સમયનાં તેઓ સાથી, ત્વરિત મદદ કરનાર હાજરાહજૂર છે. “

ગીતશાસ્ત્ર ૩૪:૪ “યહોવાને મેં પ્રાર્થના કરી અને તેમણે મારી પ્રાર્થનાનો ઉત્તર આપ્યો. તેમણે મને જે બધી બાબતોનો ભય હતો તેમાંંથી છોડાવ્યો.”

આભારવશ – વિકે મકવાણા પરેશભાઈ મકવાણા (ફઈથફુલ કેમિસ્ટ, પેટલાદ – ૯૮૨૮૭ ૯૯૦૯૩) અને  કુટુંબ.

GCSofUSA invite all member and faithful for a holy mass in Gujarati celebrated by Fr. Lawrence Martis.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA invite all members an faithful for a holy mass in Gujarati celebrated by Fr. Lawrence Martis. He was here last year around the same time and he participated in our annual picnic of last year and we were fortunate to have his company again this year for the 4th of July annual picnic. We were not able to arrange a Gujarati mass last year but this year it all worked out well.

Fr. Alex is also in town and he will be joining us for the mass and get together. 

Day & Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018

Time: 2:00PM mass followed by  get together with light refreshment.

Place: St. Anthony of Padua

615 8th Street

Union City, NJ 07087

We are thankful of Fr. Aro Nathan for his unconditional support as always. 

SERGEANT CALVIN R. CHRISTIAN 2018 Recipient of CSM Doug Russell Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence.

It is not only a proud moment for the family but for the Indian American community and especially for the Gujarati Christian Community. Many congratulations to Sergeant Calvin R. Christian for his courage, Services and intelligence.

Sergeant Calvin R. Christian son of Mr. Robin Christian and Desdemona Christian, grandson of Rev. Manubhai Christian and Ruthben Christian was awarded “The Command Sergeant Major Douglas Russel J. Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence” award for the year 2017 on June 29, 2018 at The US Army Fort Huachuca, AZ.

SGT Christian was born in Manama, Bahrain in 1982 and graduated high school in Colonia, New Jersey, in 2000. In March 2014, he enlisted in the United States Army as an All-Source Intelligence Analyst (35F) and graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

After completing Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, SGT Christian served as a Long Range Artillery Analyst with the 8th Army Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion in Yongsan, Korea. After completing the Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to the famed 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as an Intelligence Analyst in the Battalion Intelligence Section. During this assignment, he served as the Future Operations Analyst during Operation Swift Response at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. In October 2016, he earned the rank of Sergeant and was re-assigned to Delta Company (MICO), 127th Airborne Engineer Battalion as an All-Source Intelligence Sergeant and Team Leader.

Shortly after reassignment to Delta Company, SGT Christian participated in the Brigade Culminating Training Exercise in preparation for combat operations. He deployed with Combined Task Force Devil Strike Brave Hearts to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan from July 2017 to March 2018 in support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL 17-18. He served in the Kandahar Intelligence Fusion Center as the Lead Analyst for the Vehicle-Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) Targeting Team. He led the effort to interdict VBIEDs as they entered the Kandahar Ground Defense Area and identify key Taliban VBIED staging and support zones, resulting in nearly 30 VBIEDs and VBIED facilities destroyed.

SGT Christian earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in March 2017 from Maryland University College. Additionally, he graduated the United States Army Advanced Airborne School Jumpmaster Course in April 2017, distinguishing himself as an Airborne leader. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in National Security Studies at the American Military University.

SGT Christian’s awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NATO Medal. SGT Christian has also been awarded the Parachutist Badge, Combat Action Badge, and his company received the MG Oliver W. Dillard Award as the best Brigade Combat Team MI Company in US Army Forces Command for 2017.

WHAT IS CSM Doug Russell Award:

The CSM Doug Russell Award was established in 2000 to recognize the outstanding achievements of Soldiers within or on behalf of the Military Intelligence Community.  In 1943, Mr. Russell entered the United States Army and began a lifelong career of military service to his country.  He served in the Armed Forces during WWII, the Korean Conflict, as well as two tours of duty in Vietnam. In 1975, after 32 years of service, Mr. Russell retired from the United States Army with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. During his distinguished military career, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other commendations. He then moved to Washington, DC where he became the Director of Enlisted Services for the AUSA, a position he held from 1979 to 1993. From 1995 until his death in 2009, he held the position of President of The American Military Society, also in Washington, DC.

To be eligible, a candidate must be a Soldier in the rank of Sergeant (E-5) or below in the Active Army, Army Reserve or National Guard. While it is not mandatory that the candidate hold an MI Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), he/she must have performed actions that directly contribute to the MI Corps during a calendar year.

Eligible candidates must meet the following criteria:

(1) Be a Soldier in the grade of Sergeant (E5) in the US Army during the period of eligibility.  The MI Corps CSM may approve SSG packets if accomplishments were made as a SGT within the covered period.

(2) Be fully eligible for continued service for at least one year after award presentation. Award cannot be given posthumously.

(3) Must not be under unfavorable personnel action or UCMJ.

(4) Meet height and weight standards specified in Army Regulation (AR) 600-9.

(5) Maintain a current passing grade on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). The APFT requirement is waived for deployed nominees who are unable to take the APFT.

Nominations are accepted only for individual Soldiers (no unit or group nominations). Soldiers cannot self-nominate.