The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – 12.31.17

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

“They took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout waiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regards to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace.”

How often have we attended a baptism, as parent, godparent, big brother or sister, relative or friend? Some assumed the role of Joseph and Mary, others that of Simeon, or Anna who prayed. Whatever our role, we are called to recognize the special presence of the Christ as they did. Joseph protected, Mary reflected, Simeon prayed and praised. We, too.

Pope Francis in his exhortation “The Joy of Love” provides a terrific teaching as we bring one year to a close and turn the page to a new year of grace. He says, “Family prayer is a special way of expressing and strengthening this paschal faith. A few minutes can be found each day to come together before the living God to tell him our worries, to ask for the needs of our family, to pray for someone experiencing difficulty, to ask for help in showing love, to give thanks for life and for its blessings and ask Our Lady to protect us beneath her maternal mantle. With a few simple words, this moment of prayer can do immense good for our families.”

As we hear of all the new year’s resolutions may we see this is as our priority.

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A very happy and blessed new year 2018 to all! In my name, in the name of Father Walter Quiceno, Msgr. Tom Salemi, Fr. Dave Baratelli, our deacons, Sisters of St. Joseph, parish trustees and parish staff, the administrations and staffs of St. Rose Grammar School, Religious Education, and St. Rose High School, we wish you and your family a New Year rich in many blessings from God who is the source of every grace and blessing! Good health, happiness and holiness to you in this New Year. Thank you for all you do for St. Rose Parish and Schools. May God bless you and keep you always in His love today, tomorrow, and every day of this New Year!

Listen to Sr. Joyce’s reflective reading of today’s Gospel: 

Listen to my homily today:

A Prayer for the New Year 

O God of new beginnings and wonderful surprises, thank you for the gift of a new year.

May it be a time of grace for me, a time to grow in faith and love, a time to renew my commitment to following Your Son, Jesus.

May it be a year of blessing for me, a time to cherish my family and friends, a time to renew my efforts at work, a time to embrace my faith more fully.

Walk with me, please in every day and every hour of this new year, that the Light of Christ might shine through me, in spite of my weaknesses and failings.

Above all, may I remember this year that I am a pilgrim on my sacred path to You. Amen.

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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