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Dear Members,

We welcome all of you to the special kid's mass and fellowship. Congratulations to all the kids who just started school. We hope the special blessing in this mass to the kids will make them more stronger and wiser. We are also having special kid's games scheduled for them. Congratulations to all of the kids who graduated this year.

We had a wonderful annual pilgrimage to the Blue Army shrine on June 27th. We appreciate all members who attended and got the blessings of our Dear Mother regardless of the unpredicted weather.

Our summer picnic on Aug 23rd was filled with more fun and food in the sun. Thanks to all coordinators and volunteers who helped to make the event an unforgettable one. Thanks to all the members who attended .

Please mark your calendars for our next mass on Oct 11th which will be a special mass to celebrate our beloved priests Rev. Fr. Theesmas and Rev. Fr. John Berhmans Silver Jubilee (25th year Anniversary of priesthood). It will be our privilege to honor them as they've been serving our association right from the beginning for more than 15 years.

Also we will have a very special half day retreat this year to recharge our souls on Oct 25th. The retreat will be led by Rev. Fr. Thomas Sunil and team from the Divine Mercy Healing Center, Washington NJ. The Divine Retreat Center in Kerala is world's largest Catholic Retreat Center in the world. We are very much looking forward to this retreat which will help us grow more spiritually. More details will follow in email communication.

Regards,
James Rethinam

Congratulations to all the Graduates
Our heartily congratulations to all of the graduates and we are very proud of them. We wish them all the very best for their future endeavors.
Jennifer Francis
Jennifer Ligo
Ajay
Damian
Jessica
Rakesh
Venerable Antonietta Meo

The Venerable Antonietta Meo (December 15, 1930 July 3, 1937) was an Italian girl who may become the youngest saint ever canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

Antonietta was raised in an upper middle class household in Rome as the younger daughter of Michele and Maria Meo. She was nicknamed "Nennolina." She attended Catholic schools and stood out as an active, charismatic little girl who led her playmates in all their games, even after she became ill, and was popular with them because of her kindness.

Venerable Antonietta Meo She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, at the age of five after she fell and injured her knee and the injury didn't heal. When her leg had to be amputated, she bore the ordeal "cheerfully." She was fitted with a heavy, artificial leg so she could keep playing with other youngsters. Catholic theologians have called her a "mystic" because the six-year-old wrote "extraordinary" letters to Jesus Christ in the last months of her life that displayed understanding and actions beyond the normal for a child of her age. "Dear baby Jesus, you are holy, you are good," she wrote in one of the letters. "Help me, grant me your grace and give me back my leg. If you don't want to, then may your will be done."

At first she dictated letters to her mother; later she wrote poems and letters herself and left each at the foot of her crucifix. In another letter she wrote: "Dear Jesus, I love you very much. I want to abandon myself in your hands. I want to abandon myself in your arms. Do with me what you want. Help me with your grace. You help me, since without your grace, I am nothing." She wrote or dictated more than 100 letters to Jesus or to the Virgin Mary, describing "holy visions" in many of them. After Mass, people sometimes saw her approach the tabernacle and say, "Jesus, come and play with me!"

At the last apparition, on October 13, with about 70,000 people present, the Lady said to them that she was the "Lady of the Rosary" and that a chapel was to be built there in her honor. After the apparition all present witnessed the miracle promised to the three children in July and September :the sun, resembling a silver disc, could be gazed at without difficulty and, whirling on itself like a wheel of fire, it seemed about to fall upon the earth.

Venerable Antonietta Meo The child viewed the loss of her leg as a sacrifice to Jesus for the conversion of sinners. "I am very happy that Jesus gave me this problem so that I may be his dearest one," she told her father, Michele, after her leg was amputated. "Pain is like fabric, the stronger it is, the more it's worth," she told her father. She told her spiritual guide: "For an instant I lie down on my wound, so as to offer more pain to Jesus," and told her mother: "When you feel pain, you have to keep quiet and offer it to Jesus for a sinner. Jesus suffered so much for us, but He hadn't committed any sin: He was God. How could we complain, we who are sinners and always offend him?" She was eager to receive the sacraments of the Catholic Church and was baptized, made her first confession, was confirmed and made her first communion before her death. She also received extreme unction, the last rites, in June 1937.

She insisted on writing a last letter to Jesus a few days before her death, even though it was interrupted when she had to vomit. In it, she asked Jesus to take care of everyone she loved, and asked for strength to bear her pain. She finished the letter with the words "Your little girl sends you a lot of kisses." She told her mother when it was time for her to die. "In a few hours, I will die, but I will not suffer anymore, and you shouldn't cry. I should have lived a few days longer, but Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus said, "it's enough!" After the child's death, her mother had a vision of Antonietta in a glorified state that reassured her that the child was now in heaven.

Efforts to make her a saint began soon after her death. Her case was referred to the Congregation for the Promulgation of Saints in May 1972. Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree on December 17, 2007, seventy years after her death, praising the girl's "heroic virtues" and giving approval for the process to begin to declare her a saint. Once the Pope recognizes a candidate's "heroic virtues", they are called a "Venerable Servant of God." The process requires two approved miracles to first beatify her and then canonize her as a saint. One miracle has already been attributed to Antonietta. A woman in Indiana claimed that she was healed of Hepatitis C after praying to Antonietta.

A shrine with relics of her life is in the Basilica Santa Croce, in Gerusalemme in Rome, the church where she was baptized and spent much of her time in meditation. Antonietta's body was moved inside the church in 1999.

Did you know?

1. St Pancras: A Roman who was beheaded at the age of 14 in 304 AD after he converted to Christianity.

2. St Ponticus of Lyons: France, who was just 15 when he was thrown to wild beasts in 177 AD.

3. St Maria Goretti: Died at the age of 12 years old when she was stabbed 14 times during a frenzied attack by Alessandro Serenelli in 1902. St Maria was canonized "virgin and martyr" in 1950 by Pope Pius XII

4. St Domenico Savio: Italian, a 14 years old student for the priesthood who died of pleurisy in 1857. He was canonized in 1954, by Pope Pius XII.

Congratulations to all Kids for Passing Tamil Exam
TCA Tamil School students attended TVU (Tamil Virtual University) exams in May. All of them passed exceptionally with distinction. Our heartily congratulations to all of our students and we are very proud of them.

This year classes will start from this month and please enroll your kids.
Angelin James
Athalya Joseph
Jenocent Edwardraj
Rislyn Ferona Raja
Shaan Antony Raja
 
Christmas 2015
December is just around the corner and we will be celebrating our Christmas program this year on December 6th, 2015. This would be a good time to start planning on your kid's cultural programs. Just like last year, we will have cultural activity coordinators who can help you join other families and kids for the programs. Also your financial support is imminent for the success of this event. The executive committee will appreciate your donation for event expenses. We are also looking for sponsors who can support us and can put a booth during the event. Please help to find any businesses that may be interested.


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