He smiled with us, he played with us, he shared our sorrow, he prayed for us, he preached us the word of God, he offered masses for our health and well-being, he offered prayers for our departed ones, he motivated us, he inculcated a sense of togetherness among us and became a part of our family. Friends, as most of you’ll know, Fr. Justin is going back to India and it’s time to say Good Bye, until we meet again.
Fr. Justin has been in Canada for approximately 6 years and has witnessed almost every occasion of our community. Whether be it blessing our new homes or celebrating baptisms and holy communions; whether be it birthdays or community functions, whether be it offering mass for our health and wellbeing or praying for our departed ones, whether be it solving our personal problems or providing references for our jobs, he has always found time for us from his busy schedule. He was appointed as the first Chaplain of our Gujarati Catholic Community in the Greater Toronto Area. He has done tremendous work through St. David’s Parish by helping our community in the Ahmedabad diocese and we are pretty sure that he has, in some way or the other, been helpful to us and enhanced our lives.
As a small gesture of reciprocation, we have organized a mass and farewell function for Fr. Justin on Sunday, 28 June, 2015 as well as will be welcoming Fr. Masilamani who has been appointed as a new Chaplain of our community. Fr. Mani is an enthusiastic and energetic priest and our community will definitely benefit from his service in coming days.
Fr. Anton Macwan and Fr. Justin Susai will also be present among us to celebrate the mass on 28th June. Fr. Anton Macwan will be on his way to Nova Scotia for his six month study program at Coady Institute.
Date: Sunday, 28th June, 2015
Mass in Gujarati : 3:30 pm
Farewell and welcome program: 5:00 pm onward
Venue: St. David’s Church, 2601 Major Mackenzie Drive, Maple, L6A 1C6
Contribution: $ 15 per person (Children 10 years and under at no cost)
RSVP to this email by 14 June 2015 in order to help us properly organize this program.
Friends, we would request you to remain present on this event which would be blessed by four priests and wish Fr. Justin all the best in his new journey to serve the lord and his people.
As scheduled we had our official first Gujarati Mass on Sunday, 17th February 2012 @ 6.30 pm in St. David Church offered by Fr Justin Thiraviam.
Following Mass we had pot luck dinner & Garba.
On this occasion Fr Justin made some great & important announcement for Gujarati Catholic Community of Toronto.
Fr Justin is appointed officially as a Chaplin of Gujarati Catholic Community in Toronto by Rev Cardinal of Toronto. An official letter has been issued dated Jan 1st 2013 to all Paris in Toronto. Now Gujarati community will have all the rights in church as per law.
Further it is confirmed that St. David Church, 2601 Major Mackenzie Drive, Maple, Ontario, L6A 1C6 will be the centre parish for Gujarati community.
Fr Justin told us that one Gujarati Priest always will be available in this Paris to serve Gujarati community, to do this Parish priest of St David can request (when ever required) From Bishop of Diocese of Ahmadabad to send a Gujarati priest.
One great news is that Bishop of Diocese of Ahmadabad has announced to make a new Parish of Tarapur near Khambhat. Due to Fr. Justin’s effort, this new Paris is going to be sister Paris of St David Church. Being part of Paris of St David church, St David church is going to help to develop Tarapur Paris. For this, initial help of about Can $12,000 will be sent to Bishop Thomas by Paris of St David Church.
Parish of St David Church is number one Parish is serving about 12000 families mostly Italians.
For further information, you can contact Fr Justin on 905 832 5595 or email Fr. Justin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
With heart-filled joy and gratitude to God, I would like to inform you that we have been granted the official permission by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins to have Gujarati Masses in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Indeed, it took a while to put our heads together to come to this final desired stage as it required a few official meetings with four bishops and agreeing upon some of the standing and chief policies of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
It is a moment of joy for all of us to know that ‘Gujarati Language’ has become the 38th official language approved for our Liturgical service in the archdiocese of Toronto. Therefore, we can lawfully and visibly come together to celebrate Gujarati Mass.
I consider this as one of the best opportunities given to us to come together not only to participate in the Holy Eucharist but also just to share our togetherness, our friendship, our love and unity as one family with a variety of exciting programmes filled with laughter and fun.
Let us come together as often as possible. I would be always ready and willing to be at your service. Let us build up our community and cherish our unity and togetherness. I thought the best and appropriate time would be on 17th of February 2013 (Family Day – Long Weekend) to come together at 6.30 p.m. to celebrate the Holy Eucharist followed by potluck dinner and some fun.
I would highly appreciate your suggestions, full cooperation and active participation.
Be assured of my prayers and requesting your valuable prayers for me. God bless you all in abundance.