Gospel Reflection for December 31, 2017

Posted: Dec 31, 2017 | Category: Gospel Reflection,

“When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned ... to their own town of Nazareth." Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews who followed the norms of their religion. Today's Gospel describes the event we call "The Presentation." Jesus' parents, like every Jewish family, presented their infant son to the Lord in a formal ceremony at the temple in Jerusalem. Having done what their religious rites required (and having heard the prophetic words of Simeon and Anna), Mary and Joseph returned home. It was back in their native region of Galilee, amidst the daily routine of domestic life, that Jesus "grew and became strong, filled with wisdom."

As Christians, we too consecrate our children to the Lord when we have them baptized in the Church. Seeing our children receive this sacrament of initiation is always a moment of great joy and hope as we anticipate the life that lies ahead for them, both on earth and in eternity. But the baptism of a baby is only the beginning of this journey towards heaven. In truth, the little daily details, the simple living of family life in our own home paves the way for our children to reach their eternal home.

And so it was with the Holy Family. Jesus' childhood, his formation and development took place not primarily amidst the public drama of the temple, but in the quiet privacy of his home. How important this home was, where his parents raised him in their faith and helped him live in such a way that "the favor of God was upon him." May we too, in our homes and our families, remember that although our mission may be lived out in very small moments, taken together they have an eternal significance.

Gospel Reflection for December 31, 2017



Readings for the week of December 31, 2017

Posted: Dec 30, 2017 | Category: Readings For the Week,
We have made it easy an convenient for you to read the daily reading in this post. This is great way to keep the spirit of daily mass in your life.

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St. Nicholas Academy: Open House

Posted: Dec 30, 2017

St. Nicholas Academy invites you to our Open House on Sunday, January 21 from Noon-3 p.m. on the school's campus at 170 Siebenthaler Ave. in Reading.

Prospective and current families will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the SNA campus and meet Princi-pal Aideen Briggs and teachers.

Cincinnati's premier regional Catholic school, SNA serves 14 school districts, and is a collaborative effort of the parishes of Holy Trinity, St. John the Evangelist and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. SNA is centrally located on 24 acres in Reading, only minutes off Ronald Reagan Highway.

Visit or call the school office at 686-2727 for additional information.

  • Orton-Gillingham trained teachers in grades K-3
  • Orton-Gillingham certified reading specialist
  • Jon Peterson scholarship provider
  • EdChoice and EdChoice Expansion scholarships accepted
  • Full-day kindergarten
  • Preschool beginning with the 2018-2019 aca-demic year – full-day and half-day

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Update Membership Information

Posted: Dec 29, 2017

Does our Church database have YOUR family membership record correct?

Here is your chance to update YOUR record for our annual Guide Book & Directory (if you haven’t already done so).

It is time for us to update our database with any changes, additions, or deletions that may have occurred in YOUR family over the past year.

Have you changed your phone number? Have you moved? Are you preparing to move soon? Are all of your children still at home and are they all included in your membership record? Do you want your record published?

If you have not already informed the Church Office about changes to your record, please let us know now so that the information in the Guide Book & Directory is correct.

The Church Office number is 791-9004
Thank you for your help!



Marriage Tip of the Week

Posted: Dec 29, 2017

“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more.” (Phil 1:9) God wants your love to grow, always.

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