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Study, Pray, Serve: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

There are several options for the Feast of the Holy Family. Here are some key points to consider for your preparation for Mass.

1st Reading – Sirach 3:2-7,12-14

  • This passage is an exhortation regarding family life and relationships.
  • God is the origin of family life, and authentic care within the family gives glory to God.

1st Reading – 1st Samuel 1:20-22,24-28

  • Hannah’s birth of Samuel becomes a model for the birth of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.
  • Samuel will grow and become a prophet for the nation.

Psalm – 128:1-5

  • “Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.”
  • The psalm speaks of blessings within the context of family life.

Psalm – 84:2-3,5-6,9-10

  • “Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.”
  • The home becomes a place where God dwells among a family.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:12-21

  • The first part of the passage offers advice regarding how we interact with one another.
  • The second part of the passage speaks directly to relationships within the family.

2nd Reading – 1st John 3:1-2,21-24

  • We are children of God, configured through our love for Jesus.
  • As disciples of the Lord, we now are called to love one another.

Gospel – Luke 2:41-52

  • After searching for three days, Joseph and Mary discover Jesus in the Temple among the teachers.
  • Jesus, while being obedient to his parents, displays an advanced knowledge and wisdom.

Mass Readings – Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (with all options)

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Daily Mass: We are adopted by God! Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul uses explains our relationship with God is through adoption; the Spirit of God we receive in Christ makes us heirs to his kingdom in Heaven.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 30th Week of the Year

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27th Sunday of the Year: Faith and Family. Catholic Inspiration

Mia Famiglia!

The readings this week point out different aspects of the blessings and burdens in family life. The good news? God is in the midst of our families! May we draw strength from our faith to cherish and support the people in our family today.

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

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May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for our families!


Daily Mass: We are part of a larger story. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary we hear in the Gospel of Matthew the genealogy of Jesus as the context for the birth of the Lord. The reading demonstrates how we are part of the larger story of salvation history; God works in and through countless lives to weave together our journey from this life to the next.

Mass Readings – the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Giving thanks to God for the people in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading offers a beautiful reflection on Paul’s gratitude for the people in the Church of the Thessalonians. It’s a good reminder for us as we thank the Lord for the relationships in our lives.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 21st Week of the Year

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St. Rose of Lima…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Let the children come to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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It’s a beautiful image: Jesus inviting the children to come forward to be blessed and embraced. May Christ’s example inspire us to bring our kids to the Lord – to encounter the unconditional love of God.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 19th Week of the Year

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St. Maximilian Kolbe…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Dealing with divorce. Catholic Inspiration

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The pain of divorce is a part of our human experience, and our response can be guided by faith, wisdom and a compassionate heart. May the Lord’s teaching today in the Gospel of Matthew help us to support one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 19th Week of the Year

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Saints Pontian and Hippolytus…pray for us!


Daily Mass: A joyous moment for Tobit. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part IV – Tobit is healed and reunited with his son and daughter-in-law.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 9th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Joseph and his brothers. Catholic Inspiration

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The story of Joseph occurs in the last chapters of the Book of Genesis. In today’s first reading we discover how it all begins when the jealousy and hatred of his brothers leads them to sell Joseph into slavery.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: How sin can weaken a family. Catholic Inspiration

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The original sin of Adam and Eve carries on within their family, reminding us how sin – if left unchecked – leaves devastating consequences on those closest to us.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 6th Week of the Year

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