As we wrap up our series on Returning to Nazareth, let’s talk about some practical steps we can take in the home to progress towards nurturing a holy family. There are countless good intentions that go unfulfilled because of a lack of steps taken. Joseph and Mary have invited us into their home that fosters trust in God and relying on His providential care. There was the time in the home for quiet, conversation, and teaching of the Scriptures. The Holy Families home in Nazareth was a safe place that allowed Jesus to grow freely to hear His Father’s voice.
“Let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” These are words that convey a great deal about the one saying them and about the one to whom they are said. Mary says these words from vulnerability and availability. They also come from a place of profound trust in God. Mary is essentially saying here is my life and here is my body, do with it as you see fit. Perhaps only at a wedding does a woman come close to saying these words.
This week we looked at men, Father’s and St. Joseph. St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus and significant masculine model for him in his life. Joseph is a model for men in the family who in the hour of danger, “took the child and his mother by night” (Mt 2:14) and brought them to safety. Father’s today are called to model this courage and faith towards their own family, protecting their wife and children from the harm of this world.
As we see and feel the commercial side of Christmas pervading this season, let us be intentional on slowing down and prayerfully consider what we are “preparing” to celebrate. Christmas is about celebrating our God coming into the world and becoming one of us. This entering into the world came as part of a family with Mary and Joseph as earthly parents.
One sure way to grow in our spiritual life is to receive God’s mercy more often. God’s mercy and forgiveness are offered to us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation or as we commonly call it “Confession.” Many people will say that they can go straight to God with their sins and that is enough. We can ask “why do I have to go to a priest?” Perhaps this will help. The Sacrament not only is a place where we experience God’s forgiveness through grace...
We are currently in need of the following ways to give back to Sacred Heart. • Ushers: Have the opportunity to welcome individuals attending Mass, aid in seating of the congregation, handing out handouts, collecting the offering, tidying the main body of the church/narthex. You have a great opportunity to show our parishioners how much you love Sacred Heart. •Wedding Coordinator Assistant Contact Colette Anzalone at ext. 227 or email@example.com
PRO-LIFE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN NEXT WEEKEND A pro-life fundraising campaign will be held next weekend to benefit our local pregnancy resource center and the operation of a state licensed maternity home for homeless,..
2018 Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass The Diocesan Marriage Anniversary Mass will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Our Lady of Fatima with Bishop Douglas Deshotel presiding. The Mass will begin at 2:00pm, please arrive for 1:30pm. Those couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60, or more years of married life during the year of 2018 are asked to pre-register online at www.diolaf.org/marriage or call 337-261-5653 by February 15, 2018.
Divorce Recovery Program The Office of Marriage and Family Life offers a 6-week divorce recovery program for those who have suffered from divorce/separation...