Lift Up Your Hearts
Every year the Sunday following Christmas is celebrated as the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The humble poverty of Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem, their flight into Egypt to escape Herod’s persecution, and their quiet life at Nazareth reminds us that Jesus, Mary and Joseph know the joys, challenges and sorrows which all families encounter. They offer an example of trust in God’s providence and of loving care which speaks to families in our day.
May the prayers of Mary and Joseph, and the presence of the Lord Jesus accompany us all in this New Year, and assist our parish communities of Saint Joan and Saint Louise to grow together as one ‘family.’ Let us also remember to pray especially for families affected by war and persecution, those forced to flee their homes, for families separated, mourning the loss of loved ones, and for those facing hardships.
MANY THANKS to all of you who dropped off gifts and treats at our parish offices for me, Father Dan, Father Jon, Deacon Bill, seminarian Gregg and the staff to enjoy this holiday. On behalf of all of us, I pray that this year ahead will be one of the Lord’s Peace and many blessings.