We, the parishioners of Lourdes Matha Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, in and around Raleigh-Durham area, North Carolina, under the Saint Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago, seek to live our faith in Christ as we worship, serve and bear witness to Jesus Christ. Ours is a family of believers, aware of the presence of Jesus in our lives and the protection of the Mother of God. With appreciation of the diverse gifts of our individual members, we strive to gain the participation of each parishioner and work to ensure that everyone feels welcome in our community.

THE SEASON OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CHURCH

The last four weeks of the Syro-Malabar liturgical year are precisely arranged to have an in-depth heavenly experience for the faithful. Christ the Bride-groom leads His bride the Church to the heavenly bridal chamber and offers her to the Father giving her the fullness of heavenly bliss. The church being the sign of heavenly Kingdom here on earth, every time the believer enters it, he/she is invited to such a heavenly experience and sing praises to the Lord in the company of the celestial choirs. The faithful reach to the climax of such experience during the Qurbana celebration, the full and integral expression of their faith and life. The Holy Communion becomes the real participation in the heavenly banquet. They are also encouraged and helped to have an internal vision of the Lord, converse with Him and be truly transfigured to His personality. With such heavenly transformation, their earthly life becomes a standing invitation to their fellowmen and the whole creation for a transfiguration to the Creator.


Since only the holy people can enter the abode of God in heaven, Jesus will select the virtuous people, the fruits of his labor through the Church, to offer them to the Father. The second coming of Christ is his spiritual harvest. It is the end of his salvific activity and the time of separation of the good and the evil. Jesus presented various illustrations to describe the final tribulation, his second coming, the separation of the good and evil, the last judgment, and his union with the church and her children in heaven. Thus, this is a season of hope and joy for the faithful followers of Jesus. It reminds us of our spiritual goal and necessary preparation for admission in heaven. The parable of the ten virgins is a reminder of how we should prepare for the end of life and for facing Jesus when he comes as the judge.

MASS TIMES

SUNDAYS

9:00 am: Holy Qurbana

10:30 am: Catechism Classes

11:45 am: Holy Qurbana (English – except the first Sunday of every month

WEEKDAYS (Except Wednesdays, Thursdays & First Fridays)

8:30 am: Adoration, Rosary, Benediction

9:00 am: Holy Qurbana

FIRST FRIDAYS

7:00 pm: Holy Qurbana; Adoration

WEDNESDAYS

7:00 pm: Holy Qurbana; Novena (St. Joseph)

THURSDAYS

5:00 pm: Silent Adoration

7:00 pm: Divine Mercy Chaplet, Holy Qurbana

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