St. Joseph Catholic Church Bulletin for January 3, 2021

 

 

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SAINT JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH
Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands
#1 Mount Pleasant - Frederiksted
P.O. Box 2150 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00851
Tel. (340) 692-2005 Fax. (340) 692-2748
Web Site: http://www.sjccvi.com
E-mail: stjoseph1973@yahoo.com

The Epiphany of the Lord
January 2-3, 2021

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«They went into the house and when they saw the child with Mary his mother, they knelt and worshipped him»

Today, the prophet Isaiah encourages us: «Arise, shine, for your light has come. The glory of Yahweh rises upon you» (Is 60:1). The light the prophet has seen is the star which the Three Wise Men see in the East, like many other men. The Magi discover its meaning. Others consider it as something admirable, but that does not affect them. And, so, they do not react. The Three Wise Men realize the fact that, with the star, God is sending them an important message for which it is worthwhile leaving comfort and safety to take on the risks of an uncertain journey: the hope of finding the King leads them to follow the star, which the prophets had spoken of and which the people of Israel had been waiting for centuries.

They arrive in Jerusalem, the capital city of the Jews. They are sure that there they will be shown where the King has been born. Indeed, they will be told: «In the town of Bethlehem in Judea, for this is what the prophet wrote» (Mt 2:5). The news of the arrival of the Magi and their inquiry spreads around Jerusalem in a very short time: Jerusalem was, at that time, a small city and the presence of the Magi with their escort must have been noticed by all its inhabitants, thus «when Herod heard this he was greatly disturbed and with him all Jerusalem» (Mt 2:3), the Gospel tells us.

Jesus Christ crosses the paths of the lives of many people who are not interested in Him. A little effort would have changed their lives; they would have found the King of Joy and Peace. This requires a willingness to look for Him, to move around, to ask without losing heart —like the Three Wise Men— to leave our comfort, our routine. It requires an effort to appreciate the immense value of finding Christ. If we do not find Him, we have not found anything in life, because only He is the Savior: finding Jesus is to find the Path that leads us to know the Truth that gives us Life. And without Him, nothing is worthwhile.

 

MASS INTENTIONS – JANUARY, 2021

Sat. 2     5:00 pm +José Rivera, req. by his wife, Josephine Rivera.
Sun. 3    7:00 am For the health of Kevin and Ellen Howard.
              9:00 am Birthday blessings for Justin A. Mesa, req. by his grandmother, Victoria Soto..
            11:00 am For the good of the people of St. Joseph Church.
Tue. 5    6:30 am +Gaspar Migueles, req. by his daughter, Juanita Migueles.
Wed. 6   6:30 am
Thu. 7    6:30 pm Birthday blessings for Ana Daisy Harrell, req. by her aunt, Juanita Migueles.
Fri. 8      6:30 am

Prayer for Epiphany

Dear Jesus, as You led the Three Kings to You
by the light of a star, please draw us ever closer to
You by the light of Faith. Help us to desire
You as ardently as they did. Give us the grace to overcome
all the obstacles that keep us far from You. May we,
like them, have something to give
You when we appear before You.
Amen

 

REFLECTION OF THE WEEK


The greatness of a person is not
measured by the triumphs,
but by the failures overcome.


PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS

TODAY'S second collection is for the Permanent Deaconate Program. Thank you.

SACRED HEART. The members of the Sacred Heart Society will have their monthly Holy Hour this Sunday, January 3rd. 2021 after the 7:00 a.m. mass at the St. Michael Chapel.

The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Michael Chapel continues next Tuesday, January 5th from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

MISSALS. The St. Joseph Sunday Missals for the new year 2021 are available after all the masses. You can also get them in the rectory during office hours. The cost is $5.00.

ENVELOPES. The contribution envelopes for the new year 2021 are available to be picked up after all the masses in the Hall. We have boxes available for those who don’t have and would like to get one. You can also pick them up in the rectory during office hours.

Our second collection next weekend, January 9-10, 2021 will be for the needs of the parish. Thank you.

Online giving is now available. Pay your tithes or contribute anytime, anywhere right from your computer, smartphone or tablet. Just visit our website at www.sjccvi.com. It is safe and secure.

 

THE THREE KINGS


The biblical Magi, also referred to as the (Three) Wise Men or (Three) Kings, were – in the Gospel of Matthew and Christian tradition – distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They are regular figures in traditional accounts of the nativity celebrations of Christmas and are an important part of Christian tradition.


Matthew is the only one of the four canonical gospels to mention the Magi. Matthew reports that they came "from the east" to worship the "king of the Jews". The gospel never mentions the number of Magi, but most western Christian denominations have traditionally assumed them to have been three in number, based on the statement that they brought three gifts. In Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac churches, the Magi often number twelve. Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is probably linked to Isaiah 60:1–6, which refers to "kings [coming] to the brightness of your dawn" bearing "gold and frankincense". Further identification of the magi with kings may be due to Psalm 72:11, "May all kings fall down before him".

 

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Iglesia Católica de San José
Diócesis de St. Thomas en las Islas Vírgenes
#1 Mount Pleasant - Frederiksted
P.O. Box 2150 St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands 00851
Tel. (340) 692-2005 / Fax. (340) 692-2748
Web Site:http://www.sjccvi.com
E-mail: stjoseph1973@yahoo.com

 

La Epifanía del Señor
Enero 3, 2021
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«Entraron en la casa; vieron al Niño con María su madre y, postrándose, le adoraron»

Hoy, el profeta Isaías nos anima: «Levántate, brilla, Jerusalén, que llega tu luz; la gloria del Señor amanece sobre ti» (Is 60,1). Esa luz que había visto el profeta es la estrella que ven los Magos en Oriente, con muchos otros hombres. Los Magos descubren su significado. Los demás la contemplan como algo que les parece admirable, pero que no les afecta. Y, así, no reaccionan. Los Magos se dan cuenta de que, con ella, Dios les envía un mensaje importante por el que vale la pena cargar con las molestias de dejar la comodidad de lo seguro, y arriesgarse a un viaje incierto: la esperanza de encontrar al Rey les lleva a seguir a esa estrella, que habían anunciado los profetas y esperado el pueblo de Israel durante siglos.

Llegan a Jerusalén, la capital de los judíos. Piensan que allí sabrán indicarles el lugar preciso donde ha nacido su Rey. Efectivamente, les dirán: «En Belén de Judea, porque así está escrito por medio del profeta» (Mt 2,5). La noticia de la llegada de los Magos y su pregunta se propagaría por toda Jerusalén en poco tiempo: Jerusalén era entonces una ciudad pequeña, y la presencia de los Magos con su séquito debió ser notada por todos sus habitantes, pues «el rey Herodes se sobresaltó y con él toda Jerusalén» (Mt 2,3), nos dice el Evangelio.

Jesucristo se cruza en la vida de muchas personas, a quienes no interesa. Un pequeño esfuerzo habría cambiado sus vidas, habrían encontrado al Rey del Gozo y de la Paz. Esto requiere la buena voluntad de buscarle, de movernos, de preguntar sin desanimarnos, como los Magos, de salir de nuestra poltronería, de nuestra rutina, de apreciar el inmenso valor de encontrar a Cristo. Si no le encontramos, no hemos encontrado nada en la vida, porque sólo Él es el Salvador: encontrar a Jesús es encontrar el Camino que nos lleva a conocer la Verdad que nos da la Vida. Y, sin Él, nada de nada vale la pena.


MISAS DE LA SEMANA – ENERO , 2021

Sab. 2     5:00 pm +José Rivera, por su esposa, Josephine Rivera.
Dom. 3    7:00 am Por la salud de Kevin y Ellen Howard.
               9:00 am Bendiciones de cumpleaños para Justin A. Mesa, por su abuela, Victoria Soto.
              11:00 am Por el bien de los fieles de la iglesia de San José.
Mar. 5      6:30 am +Gaspar Migueles, por su hija, Juanita Migueles.
Miér. 6     6:30 am
Jue. 7      6:30 pm Bendiciones de cumpleaños para Ana Daisy Harrell, por su tía, Juanita Migueles.
Vie. 8       6:30 am

Que vayamos también nosotros frecuentemente a adorarte

Señor Jesús: que a imitación de los Magos de Oriente
vayamos también nosotros frecuentemente a adorarte
en tu Casa que es el Templo y no vayamos jamás con las manos vacías.
Que te llevemos el oro de nuestras ofrendas,
el incienso de nuestra oración fervorosa,
y la mirra de los sacrificios que hacemos para permanecer fieles a Ti,
y que te encontremos siempre junto a tu Madre Santísima María,
a quien queremos honrar y venerar siempre
como Madre Tuya y Madre nuestra.
Amén

 

Reflexión de LA SEMANA


La grandeza de una persona no se mide
Por los triunfos obtenidos,
sino por los fracasos superados.

 

ANUNCIOS DE LA PARROQUIA

LA SEGUNDA COLECTA es para el Programa del Diaconado Permanente de la Diócesis. Gracias.

LE DAMOS LA BIENVENIDA a los tres Reyes Magos que han venido de lejos para adorar al Niño Jesús y darles dulces a nuestros niños. Gracias, y que el Niño Jesús siempre les guíe con su estrella.

ADORACION. La adoración del Santísimo en la capilla de San Miguel continúa este martes, 5 de enero de 7:00 a.m. a 5:30 p.m.

Misales. Los misales y calendarios para el nuevo año 2021 están disponibles después de la misa. El costo es de $ 6.50 y el calendario $2.50.

Sobres Los sobres de contribución para el nuevo año 2021 están disponibles después de la misa. Tenemos cajas disponibles para aquellos que les gustaría obtener una. También puede recogerlos en la rectoría durante horas de oficina.

Las donaciones en línea ya están disponibles. Pague sus diezmos o contribuya en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar desde su computadora, teléfono inteligente o tableta. Simplemente visite nuestro sitio web en www.sjccvi.com. Es seguro y protegido.

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