All are welcome to CJ for the Feast of St. Joseph Mass being held in the CJ Chapel on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:15 a.m.
“The feast of St. Joseph is important because he is the husband of Mary and the ‘foster father’ of Jesus,” shared Fr. Bob Jones, SM. “That is to say, God chose Joseph to raise his Son here on earth. In this role, we see Joseph as one who trusts in God's plan even when things don't go as we plan them. Mary's pregnancy is unexpected; Jesus is born in a stable; the Holy Family must flee into exile in Egypt; etc. Through it all, Joseph listens to the call of God and responds generously, humbly and obediently.
“Traditionally, Joseph is called the ‘custos’ - Latin for ‘protector.’ He is the protector of Mary and Jesus, but also of the whole Church. We can look to Joseph as a powerful intercessor when we are going through difficulty and need protection. We can look to Joseph as a model of how we are to protect those who are vulnerable or in need of our help.”
Parking for the Mass will be available in the Emmanuel Church lot. Due to construction on Washington Street, guests are asked to allow additional time for parking (map). Following the Mass, there will be a continental breakfast served in the school’s community space.
Questions can be directed to Marcus Colvin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (937) 461-3740 x402.
A few fun facts about St. Joseph:
- St. Joseph is one of the Patrons of the Society of Mary (Marianists).
- While his first name is William, Blessed Chaminade's second name was Joseph and this is the name he preferred (in deference to St. Joseph and his care for Mary).
- Many Superior Generals (international head of the Society of Mary) have added Joseph to their name as a nod to both St. Joseph and Blessed Chaminade.
Posted March 13, 2019