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Bishop Checchio has designated the week of October 6-13 as our Diocesan “Week of the Rosary.”

Bishop Checchio has designated the week of October 6-13 as our Diocesan “Week of the Rosary.” During this week, all people of the diocese, young and old alike, are encouraged to pray the Rosary daily, confident that her intercession directs us to her Son, Jesus, and our call to discipleship.  What better way to show our love for the Blessed Mother?

We begin our Week of the Rosary on October 6th which is Respect Life Sunday. This is a day when people from across the Diocese will join others from across the nation to take part in Life Chain, a peaceful, prayerful, public witness in support of the sanctity of all human life.  This is an opportunity for us to pray to the Queen of Mercy, rosary in hand, for all those babies lost to abortion and for all those in our society who are vulnerable.
October 7th marks the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Here at Church of the Sacred Heart, the Rosary will be prayed at the Marian shrine after the 7 pm. On this day and the days that follow, let us meditate on the mysteries of our salvation as we ask her to set our hearts on fire as we prepare to be consecrated to her maternal care.
On Saturday October 12th, after the 9 am Mass, please join us outside to pray the International Rosary – the Rosary prayed in different languages – highlighting our unity in turning to our Blessed Mother.
Our Week of the Rosary will culminate on Sunday, October 13th, which is the 102nd anniversary of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun.  Let us pray in solidarity with people across the country who will gather for Rosary rallies coast to coast (https://rosarycoasttocoast.com/) begging for the return of our nation to God and to holiness.
Together, let us pray that an ever increasing number of faithful turn to Mary as a means of growing closer to our Lord.  Mother of the Americas and Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us!

GCSofUSA proudly invites all to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Fr. Mari Joseph Arogyapaa.

GCSofUSA proudly invites all to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Fr. Mari Joseph Arogyapaa.

Dear Friends,

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA proudly invites all to celebrate 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Fr. Mari Joseph Arogyapaa. He was ordained on April 28, 1994.

Fr. Mari Joseph has been visiting USA since 2009 and with every visit he has spent few days with us and blessed us with holy Eucharist, spiritual guidance. He has invited any member of our GCSofUSA visiting Gujarat, to his place for lunch or dinner.

Fr. Britto Salvadore is also on a US tour with Fr. Mari Joseph. So Fr. Mari Joseph will be the main celebrant of the Holy Eucharist and Fr. Britto will assist him.

Place: The Church of the Sacred Heart
149 South Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Saturday, October 12, 2019 sharp 6:30PM.

Dinner and rest of the celebration will take place after the mass in the nearby school cafeteria.

The Church of the Sacred Heart
Holy Savior Academy Gym & Cafeteria
149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Please note dinner will be served so please let us know your intention of participation so we can manage the food and beverages accordingly. This is a must attend event.

Fr. Mari Joseph was born in a small village called Shetti halli, in Hassan District of State of Karnataka on March 17, 1962. Out of seven children of Mrs. Amruthamaa and Mr. Arogyappa, he was the Benjamin of the family. He did his elementary schooling in St. Mary’s School, in Shetti Halli then after high school in a neighboring town Hassan. After completing 12th standard in 1989 he joined St. Michael’s seminary Belgauam, St. Joseph’s seminary Ahmedabad, philosophy in St. Pius Seminary Mumbai. He continued his college studies at St. Xavier’s college and finished M.A. in economics, and did his B.Ed in Vallabh Vidyanagar.

He completed his Theology studies in Mumbai with Fr. John. He was ordained on April 28, 1994 as priest. While working in a parish as an assistant, he continued his studies and obtained a degree in Indian Civil Laws and he is registered in Bar Council of Gujarat as a lawyer. He also completed his licentiate in Canon law and was appointed a judge in the inter-diocesan tribunal. He is helping people with trouble marriages to reconcile and make a happy family. 

He served in Vatva School then he worked in legal aid center for some years and assistant priest. Later he was appointed as a parish priest at St. Mary’s Church, Nadiad. Currently he is serving as a parish priest in St. Joseph Church Parish in Karamasad. (Thank you Vicar General Fr. Paresh Parmar for the information)

He has visited us several times since 2009 and with every visit he has spent few days with us and celebrated Holy Eucharist. He has invited any member or our GCSofUSA visiting Gujarat to his place for a lunch or dinner.

Through the mercies of God, we the members of the Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA would like to take this precious moments to wish you God’s blessings as you mark 25 years since you were ordained as a minister of the gospel, May the love of God be with you and be filled with wisdom and knowledge so that you can serve the people God has placed in your hands. Happy anniversary.

There are total 10 priests this year including Fr. Mari Joseph from Gujarat completed 25 years in holy priesthood. One combined celebration was organized in be beginning of the year on January, 27, 2019 in Khambholaj.  There are two other priest among these 10 has visited us in the past. Fr. Xavier Amalanathan, previous principal of St. Mary’s Mariampura. & none other than our own who spent 11 years with us and who was our good Shepherd, Fr. Alex Clement.

Congratulations to all of them and may God guide them bless them.

Please click here to read the report in “DOOT” March 2019.

Please click here to read the report in “TAM” March 2019.

Fr. Salvador D’Britto.

Fr. D’Britto was born on March 08, 1960 in Nanbhat Village in Vasai, Maharastra. He was ordained on May 01, 1993. He was assistant parish priest at Maninagar and Thasra after ordination. After that he was a parish priest in Christ the King Church, Mission Road, Nadiad. Then he was a parish priest at St. Joseph Church, Maninagar and was also looking after the CTM are with 120 families.  Then he was transferred to St. Mary’s Church, Nadiad and from there to Holy Family Church, Gomtipur. From June 2018 he is at St. Paul Church, Matar.

He was a spiritual advisor to Society of St. Vincent-de-Paul, area council of Ahmedabad from 2007 to 2012. He is very energetic with dynamic personality. He encourages youth, women and help the needy people and does charity work. He does church renovation with latest facilities.

At present Bishop of Ahmedabad Rev Rethna Swamy had appointed him in Laity Apostolate committee. (Thank you Br. Cyril Martin Macwan CTM)

He completed his 25 years as priest in 2018. On February 04, 2018 there was a big celebration in Holy Family Church, Gomtipur. More than 50 priest and more than 30 nuns along with his family were present.

Please click here to read the report of the celebration in “DOOT” March 2018.

Mothers day – Baptism to welcome Damien to Church and Farewell Sr. Ruth

Mothers day – Baptism to welcome Damien to Church and Farewell Sr. Ruth.

“Ultimate Sacrifice would produce the Ultimate Reward”
During the Holy Week We just experienced again the ultimate sacrifice and ultimate reward of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Motherhood is an ultimate desire/dream of the most women and that choice also brings the ultimate sacrifice and ultimate reward. But some woman join the religious life and becomes mother of the society they serve.
On this auspicious day when we are celebrating “Mother’s Day” the most new mom from our community Angelina and Robinson are inviting all members of GCSofUSA to attend a baptism ceremony for their precious gift of God Damien.
Place: ST. CECELIA CHURCH
45 Wilus Way, Iselin, NJ 08830
Time: 11:00-12:00PM regular Sunday Mass
Baptism after Mass:  12PM – 12:30PM
After the baptism ceremony we will go to the Church of the Sacred heart for lunch.
Place: Church of the Sacred Heart
Holy Savior Academy Gym & Cafeteria
149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Time: 12:45- 01:45PM (Lunch sponsored by Angelina & Robinson)
After lunch we will have a farewell program for Sr. Ruth Bolarte as she will be leaving the Diocese of Metuchen by the end of June 2019. She has helped and loved our community as mother loves her children.  
Sr. Ruth Bolarte, IHM:
A native of Peru who came to the U.S. to pursue a vocation to religious life in 1988. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration on Adult Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Ministry from the Catholic University of America. She also holds and Masters on Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary. She studied Greek and Hebrew at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ruth was the Director of the Catholic Institute for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for more than six years. She is now the Director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Ministry at the Diocese of Metuchen, NJ.
As director of the Office for Multi-Cultural Ministries, Sister Ruth supports the different coordinators of the ethnic apostolates within the diocese — African-American, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese etc. She worked and helped all different communities in Metuchen Diocese
She has been a big supporter and guide to our Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA. She helped us to organize Gujarati Mass in different church in different parishes of the Metuchen Diocese. She helped us to find nice suitable halls in different parishes for our Christmas celebrations. Over and above she has always participated in all our events from her busy schedule. She has blessed us with her visit to some of our member’s homes and shared our food on dining table with our guest priests from Gujarat.
There will be a big void after she is gone by the end of June 2019 to serve different Diocese with different responsibilities. We wish her all the best in her future assignment and pray that Almighty God guides her thorough out her life and serve the people of God.

GCSofUSA invites for Christmas Carols and Garba/Dance night 2018.

The Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA invite for the Annual Christmas Celebration.

GCSofUSA presents CHRISTMAS CAROLS & CHRISTMAS GARBA/DANCE NIGHT.

If you have missed those garaba nights during Christmas week, then come and join us for a ramazat of raas/garaba, sanedo with live professional musicians and singers.

Come and get that feeling of home away from home as we celebrate our Lord’s Birthday in similar way as we did back in our beloved homeland India.

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 6:00PM to Midnight

Place: Church of the Sacred Heart
Holy Savior Academy Gym & Cafeteria
149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Tickets: 12 years & older $15.00/per person 
Children under 12 free. 

GCSofUSA is a non for profit organization. We welcome sponsors – $100 to $1,000 plus….

For further information please contact:

Shantilal Parmar-973-338-4186 
Raj Macwan-908-472-9448
Joseph Parmar-732-855-0596

GCSofUSA invites for Christmas Carols and Garba/Dance night 2018.

Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA invite for the Annual Christmas Celebration.

GCSofUSA presents CHRISTMAS CAROLS & CHRISTMAS GARBA/DANCE NIGHT.
If you have missed those garaba nights during Christmas week, then come and join us for a ramazat of raas/garaba, sanedo with live professional musicians and singers.
Come and get that feeling of home away from home as we celebrate our Lord’s Birthday in similar way as we did back in our beloved homeland India.
Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018
Time: 6:00PM to Midnight
Place: Church of the Sacred Heart
Holy Savior Academy Gym & Cafeteria
149 South Plainfield Ave., South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Tickets: 12 years & older $15.00/per person 
Children under 12 free. 
GCSofUSA is a non for profit organization. We welcome sponsors – $100 to $1,000 plus….
For further information please contact:
Shantilal Parmar-973-338-4186 
Raj Macwan-908-472-9448
Joseph Parmar-732-855-0596