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Dear brothers and sisters, and the viewers of this web site, I am Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade better  known as Fr. Tony Andrade. I was born and brought up in Barkur. My primary education was in Barkur. In 1980 I joined the seminary to become priest and was ordained to the Holy Order of priesthood on the 19th of December, 1992. I served a short period of time in Bangalore (India) and then went to the USA to serve in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota. Presently I am the parish priest of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church located in St. Paul, Minnesota (visit our web site:-

I Hope and pray this column "Spiritual Corner" will inspire many viewers of our web site. As all of us know the need of spirituality in our daily life. We walk our faith journey trusting in God our creator and we are certain one day we will meet our creator God in Heaven. Meanwhile here on earth we need good insights to enlighten our minds and hearts in our spiritual life. in this column I will write articles which will be short and precise that may help our interested viewers to reflect on their own spirituality. I welcome others also to share their articles and reflections. This column is open to all the faith denominations. What is important is that we inspire each other on our own spiritual journey.

My sincere thanks to Kishoo de Barkur, the designer of this beautiful web site, and for giving me this opportunity to share my thoughts and reflection on our web site.

Fr. Joseph Anthony Andrade

Celebration of the First Holy Communion at St. Thomas the Apostle church in

St. Paul MN (USA)

Every year at this time in this Holy Season of Easter the parish family of St. Thomas the Apostle rejoices with our First Holy communicants as they receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time.  We have a year long Faith Formation Program to prepare our children for this wonderful day in their lives. This year we are blessed with 16 children receiving First Holy Communion among those we had a set of twin boys by name Thomas and Mark. First Holy Communion Mass is very important for me because  it reminds me of my own First Holy Communion day in my home parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Barkur. Although many years are passed by yet the memories are fresh in my mind even today. We were twins (Rony and Tony) to read more please open memorylane of this website.  This year in my parish for the first time in my 1o years as a parish priest I had a privilege to celebrate First Holy Communion with twin boys. My Deacon. Richard Moore also assisted me this years celebration. Here are some pictures of our children. 

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