St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Toongabbie

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

St Mary of the Cross (MacKillop)

 

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Feast of St Anthony

Corpus Christi

 

Feast of the most Holy Trinity

Pentecost Sunday

 

Feast of the Ascension of our Lord

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter

 

Third Sunday of Easter

 

Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil

Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Mass of the Lords Supper

 

Palm Sunday

 

5th Sunday in Lent

 

4th Sunday in Lent

 

3rd Sunday in Lent

 

2ndSunday in Lent

1st Sunday in Lent

 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Baptism of the Lord

Epiphany of the Lord

Feast of the Holy Family

 

Christmas Day

 

Christmas Eve

4th Sunday of Advent

3rd Sunday of Advent

 

2nd Sunday of Advent

 

1st Sunday of Advent

 

Feast of Christ the King

 

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

All Souls Day

All Saints Day

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Corpus Christi

St Anthony's Feast Day

Trinity Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

Ascension of the Lord

6th Sunday of Easter

 

5th Sunday of Easter, Mothers Day

 

4th Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday

 

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

 

2nd Sunday of Easter. Divine Mercy Sunday

During this season of Lent the Liturgy Committee determined that we should prepare reflections for our Masses based on the recent Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father Pope Francis. This letter was written to declare this year as  the Year of  St Joseph and  marks the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the universal church.

In this letter the Holy Father describes St Joseph as a beloved father. Pope Francis says “The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation”.

But was this the service that Joseph became aware of when,  as we hear  described in Matthew Chapter 1:18-20;

 “Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.”

This situation must have sorely tempted Joseph as to whether he should continue the relationship. As we resume this passage we find;

“Because Joseph was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”

But as we read in today’s Gospel where Jesus is in the wilderness and tempted, the angels looked after him. This also happened to St Joseph when an Angel appeared to him and exhorted him to take Mary into his home.

Temptation faces us all and St Joseph was no different, yet in our prayer to St Joseph we recognise that ’To You, God entrusted His only Son’’, clearly describing St Joseph as a beloved father. Joseph listened to the words of the Angel and put aside the temptation to abandon Mary.

In this coming week let us also reflect on our relationship with our partners and our children and see where we need; “Blessed Joseph, to us also, show yourself as a Father and guide us in the path of life”

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