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 LITURGICAL SEASON OF KAITHA -GROWTH OF THE CHURCH

The maturity and fruitfulness of the Church are specially meditated on during the weeks of Kaitha. The Syriac word Qaita means “summer”. Summer is the time when grains and fruits mature and ripen.

The Apostles went about and preached the “Good News” in different parts of the world. They handed over the “Mission” to those who received the “Good News.” Christianity began to grow far and wide. Persecutions to suppress the “Good News” created thousand and thousands of martyrs for the message of Christ. The more persecuted the Christians, the more people were attracted to Christianity. Thus, it was a time of plentiful harvest for the Church. The fruits of the Church are those of holiness and martyrdom.

The Church, having grown, developed, and spread to the different parts of the world, shining forth as the image of the heavenly kingdom, giving birth to innumerable saints and martyrs. Just as the Apostles, martyrs and saints, filled with the “Power from above”, the Holy Spirit, dared even to the unknown lands and cultures for bearing witness to Jesus Christ, their Lord and Master, today all Christians, filled with the same Spirit, must bear witness to their Lord all through their life and in all circumstances that they fill the Church with the fruits of sanctity and martyrdom.

The great feast of Transfiguration (August 6) and Assumption (August 15) which are celebrated during this liturgical period, are typical Icons of its spirit.

MASS TIMES

SUNDAYS

9:00 am: Holy Qurbana

11:30 am: Catechism Classes

WEEKDAYS (Except Wednesdays & First Fridays)

7:30 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

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