Feast of the Holy Family
January 4 & 7 RCIA Sessions
Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
"God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother's authority he confirms over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. ...My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten," -cf. Sirach 3:2-14
"Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection." -cf. Colossians 3:12-31
"When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him." -cf. Luke 2:22-40
- Sunday morning RCIA Groups will meet for the FIRST time AFTER Christmas NEXT WEEK, Sunday, January 7.
- The Thursday RCIA Groups will meet for the FIRST time AFTER Christmas THIS WEEK, Thursday, January 4.
- This week the topic for all adults will be the Vocation of Marriage & Family Life: for youth this week the topic will be Epiphany and the Liturgical Year.
Christmas blessings in this final week of the Christmas Season!
PRACTICE THE FAITH: Christmas: Love Has Come
- The Feast of the Holy Family is always celebrated during the Easter Season. There are many chapters in the USCCA (Catechism) that outline the Vocation of Marriage and Family Life. See Chapter 21, Chapter 28, Chapter 30, Chapter 33 and Chapter 27.
- Read this by Pope Paul VI on the Holy Family as an example for our Families today.
CONNECTIONS: VOCATION of LOVE
This week we take a look at the vocation of Marriage and Family life. The vocation of Marriage and Family builds up the Church, but also the world. It is a vocation to make God known by LOVING - by embodying the kind of love that God has for all people. By living in a marriage/family in which members listen without imposing, work together, forgive one another, endure hardship together, pray together, and love others beyond themselves - by being part of a family that loves in these ways, persons first learn HOW to love.
All Church teaching on marriage and family is derived from how God has love the Holy People. God remains faithful to His People no matter how they treat Him. God goes in search of the People who have abandoned Him and the ways of Faith: God finally comes to us in Christ Jesus and give His life that we might live in Him. God's love is total, personal, searching, exclusive, unbreakable, unconditional, self-emptying - concerned with the good of the beloved. We are called to love in this same way -- that is why Sacramental marriage is exclusive and permanent, why the act of love must be open to children, why prayer and service must be part of our homes. LOVE is our MISSION and purpose in life, and Family is the way this LOVE is brought into the world; even God comes to earth as a child who grows up in a family, "hidden" for the first 30 years of his life, growing in "wisdom, age and grace."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) has this to say - and it is directed not only to the Father and the Mother, but to the Children...
"It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children, and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity. Thus the home is the first SCHOOL of the Christian life and a school for human enrichment. Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous -even repeated - forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one's life." -CCC #1657