TV Devotions by the Redemptorists
Your donations keep the Devotions on TV
The task of hosting the Perpetual Help TV Devotions has been passed from one Redemptorist priest to another over the past twenty plus years. In September of this year that torch was passed from Fr. Tony Bidgood, C.Ss.R. to me. We thank Fr. Tony for all his good work over the past several years. Now I am most happy to participate in this joyful task of making the Blessed Virgin Mary more fully known throughout the world under the title of: Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Father Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.. I was born in 1976. I grew up in Kerala, India. I am the 8th in a family of nine children. When I was in grade 4 something remarkable happened in my life. That was the year I made my First Communion. A couple of weeks after that, there was an ordination in our parish. All those who made their First Communion had a special place in the ordination celebration. I was in the front row watching the whole celebration when a thought flashed across my mind, a thought about becoming a priest. I enter the minor seminary while still in high school and was ordained to the priesthood at the age of 28. The dream I had in grade 4 of becoming a priest was accomplished in 2004.
In 2006 when my Superior in India asked me to apply for a passport, I knew something was up. Sure enough he told me I was to go to Canada to minister with the Redemptorists there. Over the past 10 years I have worked as a priest in Redemptorist parishes in Saskatoon, Grande Prairie, Sudbury and now Vancouver where I serve as the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.
My principal work is as a parish priest in Vancouver. However, occasionally, I will go to Toronto in my capacity of the host of the Perpetual Help TV Devotions. In Toronto I have a small team of faithful devotees to Our Mother of Perpetual Help who assist me in handling all the mail that we receive. This group of devotees are responsible for putting together the material you have received with the letter you are now holding in your hands.
As you know we send two formal letters each year to all the supporters of the TV Devotions. The June letter focuses on the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help in anticipation of her feast day on June 27th. And this October letter focuses on a remembrance of the deceased.
We can remember our loved ones who have died in many ways: in our own personal prayer, in the Masses we attend or offer on their behalf, and in the stories of our loved ones we recall at family gatherings.
Prayers for our loved ones are more for us than it is for them. The Catholic faith teaches us that our loved ones are with God at this moment. They are at peace. We pray for our loved ones and remember them at Masses to remind ourselves that God will one day call us home to Himself and we will be reunited with those who have gone before us in faith.
Once again this year we have enclosed our petition form in which we invite you to place the names of family and friends who have died. Our Petition form will be placed before the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help at St. Patrick’s Church, Toronto. Your loved ones will be remembered in the Masses and prayers said at the Shrine throughout the month of November.
A donation of money is NOT necessary. We will place all petition forms received before the Shrine. However any donation that is sent is used to help defray the $ 300,000.00+ yearly cost of keeping the Perpetual Help Devotions on TV. Your donation helps us fulfil the call of Pope Pius IX who told us, as Redemptorist priests and brothers, to “Make Mary known throughout the world.” The Perpetual Help TV Devotions help us accomplish that goal on a weekly basis.
REMEMBERING DECEASED REDEMPTORISTS
We remember Fr. Desmond Scanlan, C.Ss.R. who died in November of 2015 at the age of 83. And Fr. Pat Power, C.Ss.R., originally of Newfoundland who died as a Redemptorist in the United States in May of 2016
We are grateful for your financial support. But there are a few things you should know:
• Please put a return address label or write your address on the Petition Form if you wish to receive a tax receipt. Your postal code is especially important. (And if your writing is as bad as my writing – please print).
• Please do not use staples or tape on your cheques. The bank does not like it because in taking off the staples or tape the cheques often get torn or damaged in some way.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and carry you and your family always in the palm of his hand. As I go before the Lord in prayer, I carry your needs and concerns to the Father of all mercies.
In the Holy Redeemer,
Fr. Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.
Director, Perpetual Help TV Devotions