A “Year of St Joseph” was declared by Pope Francis on December 8, 2020. Pope Francis is right that we could all learn a great deal from this Silent Saint. Lessons that would greatly benefit holy marriages, holy families, holy communities. To keep St Joseph before us more prominently, you will notice our St Joseph Statue has found a new prominent home for ‘His’ Year.
Here is another excerpt from Pope Francis’ reflection on St Joseph called Patris Corde – With a Father’s Heart.
“As Jesus says, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mt 12:34). My desire to do so increased during these months of pandemic, when we experienced, amid the crisis, how “our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history. Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others. They understood that no one is saved alone… How many people daily exercise patience and offer hope, taking care to spread not panic, but shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday ways, how to accept and deal with a crisis by adjusting their routines, looking ahead and encouraging the practice of prayer. How many are praying, making sacrifices and interceding for the good of all”. Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.” (PC, Francis 2020)
Year of St Joseph
You’re invited to join me for a 33-day Consecration to St Joseph starting on Monday, February 15 with the actual consecration on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on Friday, March 19. We will use a book of the same name by Fr Donald H. Calloway, MIC. There is no video series and nor will there be a parish discussion of the daily readings or prayers. You might consider doing this consecration at spouses or families and sharing in the prayer time together each day! Not only would we grow closer to St Joseph, but we can make our own holy families, and that would make St Joseph with Jesus and Mary very happy.
Thank you, Thank You, Thank You
We're building a home, maybe 2! Families in Haiti will benefit from your immense generosity during Advent and Christmas. We contributed over $10,100 to help Cross Catholic International with their homebuilding efforts in Haiti (crosscatholic.org/advent). Haiti with a population of 10,580,000 inhabitants, is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. 59% of its population lives under the poverty line and more than 24% lives in a situation of extreme poverty. Your generosity will make a tangible difference in many lives to have a solid, safe, and sanitary home to live as a family. So, thank you.
‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ Mt 25:45
Thank you to the three donor families who provided for our four new parish signs. They’ve asked to remain anonymous, but the fruit of their gifts will help Holy Family Catholic Church and School be more public about the great things for Christ and the Church happening here. Thank you and blessings.
Holy Family Parish Mission
Fr Louis Guardiola, CPM of the Fathers of Mercy will take place each night Sunday through Thursday, February 7 to 11, 2021 in the church. There will be daily opportunities for Confession and the Holy Hour with talk @ 7p. It will be a great intro to Lent.
Holy Family, Protected and Led by St Joseph, Pray for us.
~ Fr Jeremy M. Gries