Worship At Home
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph



Also available: A video recording of this Mass recorded here at Corpus Christi.






Welcome to Worship at Home with
Corpus Christi Church

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph


Whatever your present status in the Catholic Church, whatever your
current family or marital situation, whatever your past or present
religious affiliation, whatever your personal history, age, background,
race or color, sexual orientation, whatever your self-esteem…
you are
invited, welcomed, accepted, loved and respected by the
Catholic Community of Corpus Christi.
Let us know your needs, your hopes, your gifts.
There is a place for you here.


Opening Prayer

We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,


Loving God,
we are thankful for the gift of family in all its different forms and configurations. Because of your love we are able to share love with others. As a family, help us to show mercy, compassion and understanding. Show us any areas where our hearts need to change and repent. We lay all our worries, burdens and cares before you this day. You are there in the pain we cannot bear, do not understand, and want to run from. Help us to endure the long silences until we are sure you have inspired our choice of words. Quicken our hearts to forgive, and pray for those on the other side of disagreements.
We ask this through Christ our Lord




The First Reading

A reading from the Book of Sirach
God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.
My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Second Reading

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians
Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.
The word of the Lord

Thanks Be To God



The Gospel

Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
When the days were completed for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
They took him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord,
Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, 
and to offer the sacrifice of
a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, 
in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.
This man was righteous and devout,
awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.
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 regard to him,
He took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is destined
for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
and to be a sign that will be contradicted
—and you yourself a sword will pierce—
so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
There was also a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord,
they returned to Galilee,
to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.
The Gospel of the Lord


Fr. Michael Goodavish, copied from the video of the Mass

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Another Reflection from our Community

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. By bringing Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem, Joseph and Mary act in dutiful fulfillment of the requirements of the Torah. They acknowledge that Jesus is a gift from God and present Jesus to God in return. Mary, having lost blood in the process of giving birth to Jesus, is regarded as ritually unclean. She cannot take her place in public worship without being purified by offering up a couple common birds as sacrifice. These rituals may seem strange to our 21st Century eyes, but it demonstrates that Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews doing the best they could with what they had. In the Temple, the Holy Family encounters Simeon, a pious very old man, and Anna, a prophet, who both recognize Jesus for who he really is. Simeon knows Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s Word and after meeting the baby can die in peace. Anna recognizes Jesus as the one who will deliver Israel, but there is caution in Anna’s message for what Mary will have to endure as his mother. Their faithful witness and speaking the truth reveals the longing between humanity and divinity.
This Feast is a celebration of all families, which come in many different shapes, sizes, forms, and configurations. Parents trying to be faithful to their religious and cultural traditions whilst worrying about what the future holds for their child as they flee their homeland and seek protection as refugees, not unlike the Holy Family. Families woven together from broken relationships. Families working several jobs and long hours to provide food, rent, and a better education. Families isolated and longing to be together as loved ones are in care centers. Families taken for granted with abuse that causes deep pains and hurts. It can be difficult to be family. We know that words said in anger and bitterness can wreak families for generations, but languishing in hatred only breeds additional darkness. We are people of the light. We must live lives that offer forgiveness, compassion, vulnerability, presence, and the joy of an open and longing heart. We must welcome the voice of wisdom which can come in many forms, young and old alike. Wisdom can help us identify the places where God is working and where the divine can be found. We can spend so much time and effort trying to control circumstances that we miss the point and purpose completely. Have we ever gotten through something difficult and wondered how? That is a moment of presentation, a moment of meeting with a presence greater than ourselves. Have we ever been so immersed in the presence of another person that we lost all track of time? There is integrity and authenticity when we are fully present to the moment. There is a reality greater than the circumstances of that moment which was full and complete. This is what we long for, whether we are parents or children. We long to grow in age, wisdom, and grace through the joys and trials of our everyday lives. Each family, no matter how imperfect, is a temple where we can find Jesus present, and as we learn to serve others, we will find this is a moveable feast that starts in our families and helps to transform our communities.



Profession of Faith

Let us together profess our faith:

I believe in one God the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.




Prayers of the Faithful

We pray now for all families, including this family, who long to gather once again.


For the church:
May we have compassionate hearts to respect and nurture families of every configuration…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those working to strengthen neighborhoods or communities fraught with division:
may they demonstrate wisdom, compassion and kindness…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those longing to be part of a family:
May they find acceptance, love and compassion to support and nurture them…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For those who do not feel welcome to join us around this table:
May they be guided by the light of Christ to join us once again…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

For families torn apart by violence, illness, drugs, poverty or politics,
and for the patience and forbearance to deal with and accept our families as they are…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.

We remember those who have died…
May the radiance of Christ bring comfort to the sick, the dying, and those who have lost loved ones…
We pray to the Lord

Lord hear our prayer.


God of life,
we are all members of families, often struggling and imperfect. Show us how to love, accept and be grateful for our own families. Teach us how to forgive family members who have wounded us. Give us the courage to advocate and lift up those who are regarded as insignificant.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.




Spiritual Communion Prayer

(Said together)

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, as You are already there,
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.





Closing Prayer

Gracious God,
help us speak life to each other this day. May we be kind to our family and use words to build each other up. Bless us with the strength to be there for those we love, and wisdom to know what to say to bring comfort, encouragement, and sometimes difficult truth. Grant us your patience as we wait for your perfect will and way in each of our loved one’s lives. Make us a channel of your peace.
United with our sisters and brothers everywhere,
together we pray in the words Jesus taught us:

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done.
on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom and the power and the glory are yours now and forever.





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