The threat to the child Jesus put Joseph in a situation where he had to make a quick yet wise decision. Perhaps you have also had to make a speedy response to an unexpected crisis. Who were the ‘angels’ who guided you to wise decisions? Remember them and give thanks. External forces imposed migration on Joseph and his family until he came to establish a home in Nazareth. Where have you lived before coming to the place you now call home? How has this journey helped to fashion the person you are now? Perhaps you have a mixture of gratitude and regrets as you look back. Give thanks for the good memories. What helps you to deal with the disappointments and hurts in the past? Bring them to God with a prayer for further healing. The story and today’s feast remind us of the importance of the family in nourishing and fostering new life. Recall and give thanks for those in your own childhood who helped you to find your way in life.
John Byrne osa.
Confessions after 10.00am Mass every Saturday in St. Brigid’s Church.
Baptisms: First & Third Sundays of each month after 11:30am Mass. For booking please contact the Parish Office. Baptism Meeting, Wednesday 8th January @ 7.00pm in Parish Centre, Clara. Both parents should attend and please bring a copy of the child’s Birth Certificate to the meeting.
Meath Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Bishop Deenihan, 13th to 22nd October 2020, 9 nights €1,850 per person sharing. For further information and booking contact Niamh at GTI – MAP travel on 01 8085201.
International Catholic Youth Conference: Inviting all young people aged 16+ to come and experience this 4-day special event on 27th to 30th December in Clongowes Wood College. Cost €150, for further details, call Frances Murray on 089 6130914 or register on www.afcmteamireland.org
December 21st/22nd ; €1,965 December 24th /25th; €3,395
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.