Chatter in the Vestibule — Feast days
St. Joseph adopted my husband and I, years ago when we were just dating. In the first few months of meeting, I learned my now husband was of an Italian Catholic background, although not Catholic at the time, and Joseph was their family name. When March 19th arrived, 6 months after meeting him, I couldn’t help but celebrate. Especially, since St. Joseph’s Day has a longstanding Italian tradition. In the beginning, my husband’s faith went as far as helping his dad with music ministry at their protestant church. So, the feast day started out very small, just as a way...
In the 19th century, the German countess-nun, Blessed Mary of the Divine Heart, renewed the call for the nine First Fridays, writing insistently to Pope Leo XIII to consecrate the whole world to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (He did.)