Since Saturday (23 January 2021) St. Joseph’s Church, Sentul started a nine-day e-Pilgrimage with the Liturgy of the Hour – Evening Prayer (Vespers), Novena to St. Joseph, Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament via a YouTube link, available through the Church’s website.
On Sunday, 31 January 2021 the e-Pilgrimage will conclude with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Church. I would like to personally thank Shaun Paiva, Augustine Gerad, Dhivien Raj and Leonard Paiva for their time and assistance in broadcasting this e-Pilgrimage for the Year of St. Joseph, as part of our Parish’s January programme.
We will continue with more e-Pilgrimages as well as other spiritual events for February and March 2021, as a part of our preparation for the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary on 19 March 2021. The 33-day preparation will be a spiritual journey for us all, and it will commence on 15 February 2021. There will be online activities and Parishioners can sign-up to join, via email. Through this spiritual programme of preparation and consecration to St. Joseph, we will discover more about him – his virtues and his paternal love for us, as our spiritual father.
For most of us, meeting in-person has been a near impossibility as the current pandemic has kept all of us from attending gatherings and activities in the Church and elsewhere. Once the authorities relax the MCO and CMCO, then we may possibly be able to invite Parishioners and the faithful to come and pay homage to St. Joseph at our Parish in Sentul, as our Parish has been dedicated a Pilgrim Centre.
However, till then, we will be busy and occupied with setting up the “House of St Joseph and Carpentry Workshop” in our Church’s courtyard, with assistance from the youth of the Church of Jesus Caritas, Kepong (Norman Bismer, Lorette Sylvia, Michelle Ann, Kamini Diana, Shaun Jerad). I was impressed with the Christmas Crib they built in their Parish last year, and that is why I invited them to build a house for St Joseph in our exhibition centre. We are also in the midst of setting up and collecting information for “St. Joseph’s Exhibition Centre” and while waiting for the Church to re-open its doors to Parishioners, we will continue to give our service and virtually display some of the exhibits, online.
St. Joseph has been accompanying our journey of faith since 1908. We have come to understand him in many ways and now, the time has come for us to consecrate ourselves to him and to know his wonders, as our Patron and spiritual father, especially during this year of St. Joseph. We will continue to keep our special devotion and attention to him throughout the year.
Parishioners of St. Joseph have been journeying with the vision: “Strengthening Our Faith Community” from 2015-2017. After strengthening faith of our families and community, we took ourselves to another level, with the vision: “Committing Ourselves to New Evangelisation” from 2018-2020.
This year we bring our spiritual life and our parish to greater heights, as we take a year-long journey in line with the 150th Anniversary of St. Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church and the Year of Plenary Indulgence, as focused on by our Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Therefore, our Parish Vision and Mission for the 2021:
CONSECRATING OURSELVES TO ST. JOSEPH IN THE WORK OF NEW EVANGELISATION.
St. Joseph, Patron of the Catholic Church, pray for us!
Rev. Fr. George Packiasamy