28 Dec 2014

December 28th 2014 - Feast of the Holy Family

On this weeks programme we have an interview with Philip Milligan about the shrine at Paray-le-Monial. Geraldine joins us to reflect on this weeks gospel which is that of the Feast of the Holy Family.We have some other liturgical odds and ends as well.

You can listen to the podcast of the full programme HERE.

The Sanctuaries of Paray le Monial 



Wall painting, Vincent de Paul, left, before Sacred Heart of Jesus appearing to Margaret Mary Alacoque; original in convent chapel, Paray le Monial

On this weeks programme, John is out and about as a roving correspondent for SS102fm and brings you a programme he recorded during the summer in France at the shrine of Paray le Monial. For many people this Burgandian shrine of course is closely associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart which is a favourite devotion among many in West Limerick. John is joined by Philip Milligan to discuss the history and devotion at the shrine.

You can listen to the interview with Philip excerpted from the main programme podcast HERE.

The Message of Paray le Monial
The History of Paray le Monial



The future belongs to Mercy from Sessions de Paray-le-Monial on Vimeo.


Gospel - Luke 2:22-40



Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family which always occurs on the Sunday during the Octave of Christmas. This year it displaces the Feast of the Holy Innocents.The Holy Family is seen as the model of the human family, of religious community of the Church itself. The celebration of the Incarnation has brought us to see God's closeness and in the Holy Family we see the ordinariness of the life of Jesus.

Our reflection on this weeks gospel can be listened to HERE, excerpted from the main programme.


"Think about it. The creator of the universe spent most of his human life as a craftsman, working with dad in the family business and ultimately taking it over. Mary, the holiest of all creatures, spent most of her time changing diapers, cooking, and cleaning. The secret to holiness is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love and gratitude...." Continue reading this reflection here.

"Nazareth is a kind of school where we may begin to discover what Christ’s life was like and even to understand his Gospel . . . How I would like to return to my childhood and attend the simple yet profound school that is Nazareth! How wonderful to be close to Mary, learning again the lesson of the true meaning of life, learning again God’s truth. . . May Nazareth serve as a model of what the family should be. May it show us the family’s holy and enduring character and exemplify its basic function in society: a community of love and sharing, beautiful for the problems it poses and the rewards it brings, in sum, the perfect setting for rearing children – and for this there is no substitute." from an address given by Blessed Paul VI in Nazareth, January 5 1964

Reflections on this weeks gospel:

English Dominicans - Holy Waiting

Sunday Reflections
Word on Fire

You can read more about the feast day HERE.




“May the Holy Family, who had to overcome many painful trials, watch over all the families in the world, especially those who are experiencing difficult situations.  May the Holy Family also help men and women of culture and political leaders so that they may defend the institution of the family, based on marriage, and so that they may sustain the family as it confronts the grave challenges of the modern age! . . .  may Christian families find the light and strength to be united and to grow as the ‘domestic church’ especially in their diligent participation in the celebration of the Eucharist on Sunday."
Saint John Paul II,  – Prayer from Angelus Message for the Feast of the Holy Family 2004

Reflections and prayers for the feast of the Holy Family available on the website of the Irish Bishops Conference HERE.

Liturgical odds and ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter Week 1 

Saints of the Week

December 29th - St Thomas a Becket (martyr)
December 30th - Blessed Giovanni Maria Boccardo
December 31st - St Sylvester (Pope)
January 1st - Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (also World Day of Peace)
January 2nd - Ss Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen (Bishops & Doctors of the Church) - First Friday
January 3rd - St Munchin (Bishop) - Patron of the Diocese of Limerick

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