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Sunday 31 December 2017: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom

Jesus, Mary and Joseph - The Holy FamilyToday much is at stake, when what the family stands for is under attack. It is through sharing in family love and responsibilities that we find ourselves as persons. It is normally in the love and support of the family that we find the resources to face the setbacks of life. And what family is there that does not know pain and suffering? Today’s liturgy reminds us that, because ‘he became in every way like us’ (Phil 2:7), our Saviour has shared in the ups and downs of family life.

Our reading from Genesis reminds us of the strength we can find in family traditions. Taking part in the life of old Israel, the family of Jesus shared in the boundless hopes – as vast as ‘the stars of the heavens’ and ‘the sands on the seashore’ – that found expression in the stories of God’s promises to Abraham. The second reading, from Hebrews shows the first Christians rejoicing in the fulfilment of these hopes. They saw the wanderings of Abraham as making him a model of God’s people, as they come to terms with the fact that their true home is not any earthly city. And they saw, in Isaac, the son Abraham was ready to sacrifice - given back to him from the dead, as it were - a foreshadowing of the Son the Father gave up for our salvation.

The tableau sketched by Luke in today’s gospel text, brings us insights into the life of the Holy Family. Joseph and Mary were faithful to the traditions of Israel. (This is significant, coming from Luke the Gentile convert – pointing to the essential continuity of the two covenants: salvation for old Israel, he implies, comes through fidelity to the authentic traditions of the old covenant.) Though Joseph’s carpenter trade would have given this family some security, they did not find it easy to make ends meet. The offering they made, of doves and pigeons, is the more modest offering permitted to the poor (cf. Lev 121:8). Their home was probably a cave dug into the side of a hill, with a small extension in front, and a floor that was simply clay beaten hard by the feet of the household (B. Vawter). This family belonged to the ‘anawim’, the simple people championed by the prophets who, in the struggle of life, kept alive the true spirit of Israel, through trust in their God...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

As 2018 is moments away, I wish to warmly greet you a safe and prosperous new year.

I would also like to thank everybody for their support of the Richmond Catholic Parish, and I look forward to sharing our faith journey in 2018.

Yours faithfully in Christ,

Fr Nguyen Viet Huy SJ PP

Farewell Fr Tro Tran Van SJ

Fr TroDear Friends,

After five years of faithful service, from 11 January 2018, Fr Tro will no longer be serving the Richmond Catholic Parish and will be taking up a new ministry in Sydney.

His position in this parish will not be replaced by another priest. Consequently, the 12 noon Mass on Mondays will cease upon his departure.

Furthermore, at Fr Tro’s request, we will not be celebrating a farewell as a parish, though you are very welcome to greet him personally in your own time.

Please keep Fr Tro in your prayers, and we wish him all the very best in his future ministry.