Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a feast or commemoration in the provinces of the Anglican Communion, and a feast or festival in the Lutheran Church. Saint Joseph’s Day is the Patronal Feast day for Poland as well as for Canada, persons named Joseph, Josephine, etc., for religious institutes, schools and parishes bearing his name, and for carpenters. It is also Father’s Day in some Catholic countries, mainly Spain, Portugal, and Italy. It is a holiday of obligation for Roman Catholics, unless the particular Episcopal Conference has waived the obligation.
March 19 always falls during Lent, and traditionally it is a day of abstinence. This explains the custom of Saint Joseph tables being covered with meatless dishes.
(Source and where to find more information: Wikipedia)
Today is St. Patrick’s Day.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Clement Hofbauer, a Redemptorist Saint. For more information about his great works, visit http://catholicism.org/clement-maria-hofbauer.html
“O Jesus, Author of our faith, let me live for You and die for You. Amen.” –Saint Clement Mary Hofbauer
One of the significant times the bishop gathers with his priests, deacons, and diocese is at the Chrism Mass. This yearly gathering of the church provides an opportunity for the diocesan community to focus on the Word and the Eucharist, while at the same blessing the oils, which are used in parish ministries throughout the year. The Chrism mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral at 10:30 am on Wednesday March 28, 2018. The diocese invites all parishioners to the Chrism Mass.
The church is now collecting donations for Easter lilies. You may use the donation envelopes in the church, or you can drop by the church office. The cost is $8 and is due by March 25.