+ Fr. Aloísio Back, SCJ (1952 – 2021)

On January 6, 2021, at 10:30 in the evening, due to respiratory problems and cardiac arrest, died Fr. Aloisio Back, SCJ, a former member of the SCJ Philippine Region.

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Sacred Heart Formation House, Cagayan de Oro City, Feast of the Holy Family

Fr. Sergio Matumoto, SCJ – the main celebrant

Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church in honor of Jesus of Nazareth, his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and his foster father, Saint Joseph, as a family. We celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family on the last Sunday of the year which this year falls on December 27. The primary purpose of this feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families. Today is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Pope Francis: Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
in you, we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you, we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection, and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Amen.

Pope Francis

Christmas Greetings

Celebrating the great mystery of our salvation, of God who out of His love became one of us. May the Light of the World shine in our lives and be reflected in our daily choices, decisions, and actions.

Let us allow Jesus to be reborn in our hearts and lives, not only during Christmas but every day, so that he may radiate the light of his presence from within us expressed in compassionate words and deeds, unconditional forgiveness, the spirit of humble service and overflowing generosity.

We wish all a Blessed Christmas and Joyful New Year 2021!