SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS (LATIN)
CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
January 13th, 2013 Holy Family
Epistle: Col. 3: 12-17; Gospel: Lk. 2: 42-52
Mass schedule January 14th through January 18th
Monday-Saint Hilary-Bishop, Confessor & Doctor-NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Saint Paul, the First Hermit
Wednesday-Saint Marcellus I-Pope & Martyr
Thursday-Saint Anthony, Abbot
Friday-Votive Mass of the Chair of Saint Peter
POT LUCK DINNER IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE 2:30PM MASS ON SUNDAY
The Feast of the Holy Family offers us a chance to reflect upon God’s eternal truths and the true meaning of life. We are a pilgrim people and the true home we were born for is in heaven. In this world filled with temptation and the pride of life we must learn the great value of silence. We should ask God for the gift of meditation and reflect upon that which is spiritual. We should pray each day for a well-ordered and disciplined life of prayer. We must first be rooted deeply in Christ if we hope to fulfill our duty as Christians to bring Him into a world where so many are in desperate need of His grace.
The Feast of the Holy Family should also help us to understand the importance of family life. The family is the basic unit of society. However, it is rapidly deteriorating and in many places almost completely vanquished from our culture. The family is the context in which children were meant to be raised.
We should also reflect upon the value of work. Jesus Christ chose to become the Son of a carpenter. He was never too proud to embrace an honest day’s work. Saint Paul writes in his Epistle: “All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Jesus Christ our Lord.” We should put all our hearts into everything we do and do all for love of God alone. If we can truly say that love of God is our motivation then we are on the path to holiness.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Jeff Fasching