Mrs Helen Sequeira

Helen Sequeira makes this amazing Kori Chicken or Chicken sukka. This morning she came over to show me how to make this simple chicken dish which has always got me salivating. Recipes MUST be shared. There is no point in taking them to your grave. Enjoy and let me know how it turned out. 

For Masala 

Cloves                                      24

Peppercorns                       2 table spoons

Jeera                                        2 heaped tea spoons

Cinnamon                             1 inch piece

Cardamom                           3

Kashmiri chilly                30

Coriander seeds               7 heaped table spoons

Other ingredients

Chicken                                  1 ½  kgs

Onions                                    3 medium

Ginger garlic paste           I table spoon

Grated coconut               ½ coconut

Lime juice                             ½ lime

Oil

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#HomesWithDignity 

The parish of St Jude is tucked away between the national park in the East and the bustling railway station to the West. Within this very large and populous area is a tiny community of 800 Catholics most of whom struggle to eke out a respectable living. But what we do not have in material terms we more than compensate with our spirit of community. We are a small Church with a big heart!

It is this large heart (with the help of so many in the Archdiocese) that made us one of the first and perhaps continued to be the only responders to the people who fell victims of the tragedy on the first of July 2019 in which 31 people lost their lives and more than 250 families were rendered homeless.

The parish community had just adopted a new mission statement, ‘the Judean Family; striving to witness to the love and service of Christ to all people’ and it seems that Jesus took us very seriously in our outreach ‘to all’. Out of the 250 families that we reached out to only one was Christian.

But while the torrential rains battered the slopes of the National park where the tragedy occurred, it also showed no mercy to the rest of Malad East. Several homes in our parish were destroyed or submerged under water, leaving people with nothing. After having served others most in need, the parish as a family, reached out to our own.

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Sharing the stage of salvation history – 2nd Sunday in ordinary time –John 1:29-34 ( Click the link to read the text)

The narrative of today’s Gospel is part of events that took place over three days (verses 19, 29 and 35) and at its heart is the person of John the Baptist. Central also to these texts are two sets of words, ‘testimony’ and ‘the Lamb of God’. The choice of this text within its larger context seems to be a ‘handing over of sorts’ by the one who was called to prepare ‘the way’ for Jesus who ‘is THE way’.

It is John who gives us an insight into what the agenda of Jesus, ‘THE way’, would be like and he does this by presenting Jesus as the ‘Lamb of God’  both in today’s text and again in John 1:36. To a modern day Christian mind the ‘lamb of God’ would be easily accepted as a title that we use for Jesus but its deeper connection would evade us. Not so for the first century listeners of John the Baptist; they were Jews and they got it!

When John the Baptist called Jesus the ‘Lamb of God’ he awakened a dormant memory that was embedded in the history of the Jewish people. It was in the book of the Exodus that the people were called to take a ‘lamb’ and sacrifice it. Now John was pointing to Jesus the Lamb who would once again be sacrificed for them.

But the idea of a sacrificial lamb was also prophesised by Isaiah in the fifty third chapter when describing the suffering servant as a ‘lamb’ who was led to the slaughter and as a sheep silent before its shearers. John was presenting Jesus as the fulfilment of the prophecies; this was the NEW EXODUS and Jesus was the NEW PASSOVER LAMB.

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TO JESUS THROUGH JOHN: ‘St. John the Baptist’ by Leonardo Da Vinci (1513 – 1516)

Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art’ – Da Vinci

Born in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci (literally of Vinci, a region near Florence, Italy) had an uninhibited search for knowledge. A multifaceted genius and a blue-sky thinker, his interest in architecture, engineering, sculpting, mathematics, science, anatomy, biology, astronomy etc won him the epithet ‘The Renaissance Man’. His absolute thirst for unending knowledge and his infinite ‘why’s’ produced several substantial cross-disciplinary connections that unravelled the science of art and the art of science. Till date, most of his works continue to stir controversies, theories, feuds and fantasies.

One such masterpiece was executed by this creative genius during the final years of his life (1513 – 1516) which also coincided with the metamorphosis of the High Renaissance into Mannerism. Considered to be an exclusive ‘Leonardesque’, the ‘Saint John the Baptist’, reflects Da Vinci’s profound progress in thought and steady stride in skill. An oil painting on walnut wood, the ‘St. John the Baptist’ is currently housed in the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. 

The work depicts the Baptist in solitude as he appears to advance out of the deep shadows that surround him. The reed cross held to his chest and the animal pelts that partially cover his illuminated body iconographically indicate to the Precursor of Christ and the Patron Saint of Florence. His right hand and his forefinger is upraised, hailing to the heavens, a gesture that professes his mission on earth to preach penitence and thus ‘prepare the way’ for the coming of the Messiah.

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Angels among us – Bringing smiles to Brides

You don’t have to be the leader of the free world to make a difference to the lives of others; in fact I dare say he (Donald Trump) makes a mess. The truth is that each of us have wings that we have not learnt to spread and when we do, we make a difference, one person at a time.

Kanchan Hatyal is one such angel in the city of Mumbai and an active parishioner of St Jude Church, Malad East. She lives with her husband and two children in an apartment no larger than five hundred square feet.  Space in the city of Mumbai is a luxury and every inch matters. Yet Kanchan has cleared an entire closet in her tiny bedroom to make space for wedding gowns that brides in need can borrow.

While every bride dreams of the perfect bridal dress, the reality is that many just can’t afford one. Kanchan loans these gowns to Catholic brides and in return she asks that a mass be offered for the donor of the gown and that the gown be laundered and returned so that it can be used by someone else.

She now has a modest collection of seven gowns but hopes that those who have tucked their gowns away at the back of the closet would donate it to this wonderful cause before age yellows those fairy tale dresses.

If you wish to donate your wedding or communion gowns or if you are in need a gown, please contact Kanchan Haryal on 8108001591. Granted that you might be sentimentally attached to your wedding gown but it has greater value when worn by someone rather than tucked at the back of your wardrobe. Truth be told, in time, these dresses that we cling to will be going, going…gown!

Be an angel and do the right thing this year, bring a smile to another bride.

Fr Warner D’souza

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