The Holy Family  

In the Gospel of Luke, Mary and Joseph found the twelve year old Jesus in the temple with the teachers, astounding them with His understanding and answers. What is even perplexing is what Jesus tells Mary and Joseph after they had been desperately searching for Him: “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Lk2:49)” Yet Luke’s Gospel hastens to show us that part of doing the will of His heavenly Father is to be obedient to Mary and Joseph; therefore Jesus “went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. (Lk2:51)”

Mary kept all these things in her heart; all the things she understood as well as those that she did not. In her heart, she entrusted her Son, her husband and herself to God. Here we witness the family virtues of piety, obedience to God and to parents, mutual respect, patience and forgiveness, and an ongoing awareness of God’s grace in one’s life; virtues that are fast slipping away from our society. One of the greatest human tragedies is a broken family, which can be caused by a variety of factors, such as divorce, abuse, estrangement or simply just being too busy. And yet, it is when we take the time to be thoughtful and respectful of people around us, especially those of our family members, that we are able to appreciate the presence of God in our lives.

Today, as we celebrate the Feast day of the Holy Family, we are called to ponder what family means to us. It is in the family that children ought to learn first about God, how to pray, how to respect others, and how to behave decently. It is also where children ought to learn moral values and the true meaning of freedom, as well as to be compassionate, kind and humble. Above all, it is in the family that children ought to learn to love God and to love their neighbor.

The New Year is about to begin. Therefore, let us reflect on the things that we can improve upon in our own families and ask ourselves: Will God rule in my family? Will I be respectful of my family members? Will my thoughts, words and actions reflect my true identity as a child of God? We must do our part in strengthening the family as the fundamental unit of society. We can do this by making our own families a place where love abounds and where God reigns supreme.

Parish Council meeting at 12:30 pm and Finance Council meeting at 1:30 pm on January 7, 2019.

On January 1, 2019, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. On this Tuesday, the Mass which is normally scheduled at 12:00 pm will be moved to 11:00 am.

January 3, 2019 is the Feast Day of the Holy Name of Jesus. As the patronal name of our church, we will celebrate this feast day on January 20, 2019 in lieu of the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.

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