Correct me if I am wrong but I am not aware that anyone has ever asked the Archbishop of New York to lift the Lenten abstinence rule when the feast of St. Joseph (March 19) falls on a Friday, as it does this year. Yet, whenever St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Lenten Friday, there’s big outcry for an exception to the meatless Friday regulation.
As they used to say in my old neighborhood, “that’s no fair.”
Now you might have thought that with my Irish name and semi-Irish heritage, I would be blogging about Patrick’s Feast today. Well, I’ve looked around and it appears that everyone, up to and including the Pope, has that pretty well covered.
So….let’s turn to the big story on St. Joseph – from his place in Scripture to some nice ways to observe his feast, besides attending Mass: what to cook and what to bake, a song or two and, of course, the connection between him and the return of the swallows to Capistrano on March 19. I’ve discovered that it’s customary to eat fish on Joseph’s feast, wherever day it falls on the calendar.
And by the way, St. Joseph actually is a more important saint than Patrick. I heard this myself in my parish church on Sunday. It’s that great big one on Fifth Avenue and 50th Street.
So Happy St. Joseph’s Day to you and prayerful thanks to this strong, quiet man for being a role model for husbands and fathers.