WATERTOWN, MASS. (February 23, 2016) – On Saturday, February 27th in preparation for the Month of Saint Joseph, the St. Joseph’s Society of the North End in Boston, Mass. will appear on CatholicTV’s daily Mass at 9:30 a.m.
The month of March is dedicated as the Month of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is recognized by the entire Church. According to CatholicCulture.org, “The Church encourages us to be devoted to Joseph because he was a model in the heroic practice of all the virtues. The example of virtuous living that he gave in the exact fulfillment of the duties of his state of life is worthy of our reflection.” To find out more information please visit: http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/overviews/months/03_1.cfm.
A statue of sleeping St. Joseph will remain on a small table in front of the altar throughout the entirety of the Mass. The statue has been presented to Father Robert Reed, the President of The CatholicTV Network, by the St. Joseph Society. The sleeping St. Joseph statue has gained much attention since information was released about the devotion that Pope Francis has to St. Joseph. More info.
The St. Joseph Society in Boston’s North End originated in 1925 by Sicilian immigrants and descendants from the Riesi area of Caltanessetta, Sicily. The adoption of St. Joseph as Patron of Riesi was in the rich tradition of devotion to a specific saint, characteristic of regions in Italy. The descendants of the society’s founders still maintain this tradition which is very different from the North End of 1925.
The founders of the Society were grateful for the blessings in their lives and the one means of expressing such gratitude was through the St. Joseph Feast Day gathering of family and friends on March 19th. A bountiful table with bread and food was established and the community was invited to participate. The table blessing and traditional prayers are important components of this nearly forgotten gathering. To learn more about St. Joseph Society please visit the Facebook page.
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