Feast of the Holy Family

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Announcements

On December 9th Pope Francis offered his annual blessing of the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square. In his remarks he encouraged the faithful to remember today’s migrants when looking at the crèche. He drew a familiar parallel between the experience of a refugee and the birth of Jesus. “In the painful experience of these brothers and sisters, we revisit that experience of the baby Jesus,” said the Holy Father, “who at the time of his birth...

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From the Pastor-December 25, 2016

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Peace of the New Born Savior! We all know well that our celebration of Christmas, as difficult as it may be for some, can bring people together and help us to appreciate the love in our lives that we can often take for granted. During this holy season of giving and receiving God’s love, manifested for us in the birth of Jesus Christ, let us make every effort to take the time to slow down and to enjoy and savor the simple...

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From the Pastor-December 18, 2016

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, In this fourth and final week of Advent, I draw our attention to what is probably the most beautiful and poignant symbols of this holy season, the crèche or nativity scene. At OSJ we are blessed to have two crèches—one in the sanctuary (on Christmas Eve), and the other in the courtyard. Both are beautiful and treasured religious articles of the parish. The crèche is the most prevailing religious symbol of Christmas. It is...

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From the Pastor-December 11, 2016

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, Today we arrive at the Third Sunday of Advent known as “Gaudete Sunday.” Its name is taken from the entrance antiphon of today’s Mass: Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near. This beautiful antiphon is taken directly from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians chapter 4, verses 4-5. The word “Rejoice” in Latin is Gaudete. A fair question would be, why the great emphasis on our need for...

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From the Pastor-December 4, 2016

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in From the Pastor Columns

AMDG Dear OSJ Family, During this second week of Advent, we look to what has become one of the most familiar symbols of this Holy Season—the Advent Wreath. Although Advent Wreaths are popular among Christians, many are not aware of the actual meaning and symbolism embedded in this ancient tradition. As with all symbols, the more we learn about them, the more we understand and draw inspiration from their rich meaning and significance! The Advent...

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