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We Celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family

Today we are making a donation to C-FAM (Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute), a non-partisan, non-profit research institute dedicated to reestablishing a proper understanding of international law, protecting national sovereignty and the dignity of the human person.

Holy Family by Goya

The Feast of the Holy Family is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life.

The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, in which case it is celebrated on December 30. According to the Fisheaters website this feast is placed where it is on the calendar because “in Old Testament Law, a child wasn’t a son of Abraham or a true part of the family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event of Christ’s life that we celebrated on 1 January (from 25 December to 1 January are 8 days).”

The Church presents the Holy Family to us as a model for our own family life. Joseph was the head of the Holy Family and provided for Mary and Jesus with the work of his hands. He was obedient to the angel who told him to take Mary as his wife, what to name the new child and again when told to flee with them to Egypt. He taught Jesus the carpentry trade and what it was to be a man in the society in which they lived.

Mary took care of her family in the home. It was she who would have taught Jesus the Scriptures and prayers of their people when he was very young. It was through her example of managing the home that Jesus would formulate many of the examples he would later use in his teaching. Jesus saw work sanctified through the example of his earthly parents, who did all things well in the ordinary circumstances of daily life. The feast was placed on the general calendar of the Roman Rite on October 26, 1921, by the Congregation of Rites under Pope Benedict XV.

Read more about the Feast of the Holy Family.

Here are the rest of the Twelve Days of Christmas and the donation recipients we have decided on so far.

Dec 26: St. Stephen – our local Serra Club (Catholic vocation club)
Dec 27: St. John the Evangelist – SQPN
Dec 28: Holy Innocents – our local crisis pregnancy center
Dec 29: Thomas Becket – Mind Your Head Coop
Dec 30: Holy Family – C-FAM
Dec 31: St. Sylvester – Catholics United for the Faith
Jan 1: Solemnity of Mary – Rosary Army
Jan 2: St. Basil – Aid to the Church in Need
Jan 3: Holy Name of Jesus – ???
Jan 4: St. Elizabeth Anne Seton – Missionaries of the Poor
Jan 5: St. John Neumann – Cardinal Newman Society
You can leave suggestions for the unassigned days on Facebook or on our blog.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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