This coming week we honor two of the most famous and beloved saints of the Church. On Thursday we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick who is revered by the Irish and those of Irish decent. He is honored and remembered for bringing the Catholic faith to the country of Ireland. We honor the memory of St. Patrick with the wearing of the green, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, meals of corn beef and cabbage and probably a little more Guinness than we should. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds and remains an important reminder that we should not be afraid to show off the gift of our faith.
St. Joseph who is revered by many people is remembered for being the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. He was a carpenter, a working man. He wasn't rich. He was a compassionate and caring man. He too was a man of faith, obedient to what God asked of him. He is probably most well-known at this time of year because of the numerous feasts prepared in his honor called the St. Joseph Table. Begun, by the Sicilians, the St. Joseph Table is now celebrated by people of all backgrounds. Those who partake of a St. Joseph Table do so not only to enjoy a wonderful meal, but also to be able to contribute to the less fortunate in our community. The St. Joseph Table is usually a meatless meal because it occurs during Lent. The meal is to be shared with those who are poor. It has become customary to have a St. Joseph Table and the proceeds given to Charity.
Because Palm Sunday is the weekend of St. Joseph’s Day we will be having our St. Joseph Table this Sunday after the 11:00 Mass. All are invited. Proceeds will be given to our Sandwich Program.