On the Feast of the Holy Family
, as I walked around the aging building where the Catholic community of Ogboa, Uganda gathers to pray, my eyes met the inquisitive gaze of a child.
We saw it two Sundays ago in the Feast of the Holy Family
, in the story of the Finding in the Temple.
On this feast of the Holy Family
, the Church makes us consider that mysterious and isolated episode in the childhood of Jesus-the deliberate straying away from His parents and the subsequent search and finding that took place.
As the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family
today, we encounter an example of how we may imitate the example of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
The feast of the Holy Family
offers the opportunity to reflect on the mystery of family life.
On the feast of the Holy Family
, let's pray for all parents and children.
Parish priest Fr Martin O'Connor said locals - many of them in tears - prayed for the Fitzgeralds at Mass in Irishtown Church last night to mark the Feast Of The Holy Family
The Roman Catholic Church (together with a number of Anglican Provinces - sadly not the Church in Wales) keeps the Sunday after Christmas as the Feast of the Holy Family
by way of asserting the centrality of the family to the Christian life.
In his Pastoral Letter for the Feast of the Holy Family
, read at all Catholic masses over the weekend, he said: "The Christian vision of marriage is not an arbitrary set of moral rules.
Speaking on the Feast of the Holy Family
, the thought occurred: If the family is the basic building block of society--and it is--perhaps we should be clamouring for, and championing a new charter of rights...a charter of family rights, rather than the charter of human rights, which seems to be interpreted solely as applying to the individual.
Today's Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Family
of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, delivers this message clearly.
The church felt warm and welcoming on the feast of the Holy Family
this past December.