March Holy Days
Ash Wednesday – March 6, 2019
This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 6th. The beginning of Lent brings a renewed period of reflection, repentance, and prayer for all Catholics. Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, in which we are asked to fast, attend Mass to receive our Ashes, and receive Reconciliation.
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17
Sometimes called, the “Apostle of Ireland”, St. Patrick is the main Patron Saint of Ireland as he is regarded as the founder of Christianity in the country. Believed to be alive in the 5th century, St. Patrick was born in Ireland before being captured by Pirates and put to work in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin was founded in 1191, and is the country’s National Cathedral, and tallest church. St. Patrick’s Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in Ireland, and Dublin throws a large city-wide parade each year. New York City has hosted a St. Patrick’s Day parade every year since 1756. It has grown to an average of 150,000 marchers, who walk by the beautiful NYC St. Patrick’s Cathedral, waving t some two (2) million spectators.
St. Joseph’s Day – March 19
This Feast day celebrates St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph’s Day is also the Patronal Feast Day for Poland and Canada, as well as being noted as Father’s Day in several countries - as Joseph was Jesus’s legal father. Around the world, many Catholics honor this day by setting “Saint Joseph’s Table” in their homes decorated with holy cards, candles, food, and the color red.
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