Archive for March, 2011

Earth Hour 2011
At 8:30 PM on Saturday 26 March 2011, the world will come together once again to switch off for one hour. But this Earth Hour, we call for your action to sustain commitments and responsible actions beyond the hour. From this year on, let us make Earth Hour a self- perpetuating drive that inspires us to correct the way we live, every single day.
So SWITCH OFF for one hour PLUS SWITCH ON a low carbon lifestyle.
Why Earth Hour???
Earth Hour has done a lot to raise awareness of sustainability issues. But there’s more to it than switching off lights for one hour once a year. It’s all about giving people a voice and working together to create a better future for our planet.
Let this also be a Lent Preparation!!!


THE CARPENTER -By Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and ask if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career. When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.
So it is with us. We build our lives in a distracted way, reacting rather than acting, willing to put up less than the best. At important points we do not give the job our best effort. Then with a shock we look at the situation we have created and find that we are now living in the house we have built. If we had realized that, we would have done it differently.
Think of yourself as the carpenter. Think about your house. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Build wisely. It is the only life you will ever build. Even if you live it for only one day more, that day deserves to be lived graciously and with dignity. The plaque on the wall says, “Life is a do-it-yourself project.” Who could say it more clearly? Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today.

Rev.Dr.Oommen George(Adoor) Rev.Dr.Varghese Mathai(Thumpamon) and Rev.K.V.Varkey (Kochi) are being elected as the new Bishops at the Sabha Prathinidhi Mandalam of the Marthoma church.

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..New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI)
Upto January 2011, the quantum of foodgrains damaged in FCI godowns were 6,348 tonnes
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) is estimated to have incurred a financial loss of Rs 484.76 crore in 2010-11 due to damage to foodgrains and storage and transit loss, Food and Public Distribution minister K V Thomas said today.

FCI, a nodal agency for procurement and distribution of foodgrains, is estimated to have lost Rs 484.76 crore in 2010-11, as against Rs 437.87 crore in the previous year, the minister said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

The FCI lost about Rs 482 crore from storage and transit loss alone this year, while damage to foodgrains was only Rs 2.92 crore, figures revealed.

Upto January 2011, the quantum of foodgrains damaged in FCI godowns were 6,348 tonnes, it said.

The minister said that FCI has initiated 116 cases against irregularities and corruption so far this year.

In a separate reply, Thomas said the Delhi government reported in December 2010 seizure of 1,238 bags of wheat and 461 bags of rice (50 kg each) meant for the Public Distribution System (PDS) that were being diverted.

The Delhi government has take action by cancelling the authorisation of the said ration shop and terminated the transporting agency.

The minister also said the government has received three complaints — two in 2007-08 and one in 2010-11 — about supply of poor quality of foodgrains through PDS. .


I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp–
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Bob, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, ‘What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.

‘And why is everyone so quiet,
So somber – give me a clue.’
‘Hush, child,’ He said,
‘they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.’


Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a
Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Every saint has a PAST…
Every sinner has a FUTURE!
Now it’s your turn…

The Madhya Kerala Diocese is prayerfully preparing for the consecration of Rev. Thomas K Oommen as its 12th Bishop.

Madhya Kerala Diocese is preparing for yet another consecration ceremony to be held at the Cathedral Church, Kottayam on March 5th. RevThomas.K.Oommen was ordained in 1982 by Bishop Rt. Rev Dr M C Mani. He did his Bachelor of Divinity (BD) at the Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur and his MTh from the Union Biblical Seminary Pune. He studied at the New York Theological Seminary while he was in the US.
Achen’s rural and urban exposure, his overseas experience as well as his mission field exposures will be an asset to the Diocese. Achen’s home parish is Thalavadi.