March 20, 2023 – Feast of St. Joseph Mass
Joseph & Mary’s Home welcomes you to its annual celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph on March 20 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Augustine in Richfield. We are thrilled to hold this special Mass at a new location – The Holy Family Chapel at Mt. Augustine (the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and home of Regina Health Center).
St. Joseph’s life was that of an ordinary workman, yet his ability to see and communicate the presence of God made him extraordinary. Although Sacred Scripture doesn’t tell us a great deal about him, we know St. Joseph listened to God in his dreams, and he protected and cared for Jesus and Mary. In honor of the opening of Mary’s Home, Mass will conclude with the Magnificat, also known as the Prayer of Mary.
Please RSVP for the mass and reception by March 13 by contacting Director of Development Erin Miyoshi at 216.987.9201 or [email protected]
Thank you for joining us for a virtual mass as we honor our patron saint by celebrating and helping carry out a shared commitment to service. Please note that as we attempted to record the mass, a technical difficulty occurred, resulting in the feed ending at about the 13-minute mark.
The first half of the mass is available to view on YouTube, and viewers may still follow along with the mass booklet: Click here
Also, the closing reflection from Beth Graham, executive director, is below:
CLOSING REMARKS – BETH GRAHAM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Thank you all for joining us for this beautiful celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph. We are grateful for all of you lifting Joseph’s Home and now, Mary’s Home, up in prayer.
I would like to thank Fr. Isidore for officiating and Mike, Anne Marie, Lindsay and Cynthia for sharing their musical talents with us. Thank you also to the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine for your ongoing inspiration of service.
Joseph’s Holiness came through Jesus and Mary, by serving them and receiving from them. Most Reverend Jose H. Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted in his homily for St. Joseph that God works through ordinary people like Joseph and that each of us has our own part to play in serving God through kindness, compassion and love. We can follow Joseph’s example to find our way.
We gather today as a community to hold up our mission of serving medically fragile men and women experiencing homelessness at a time when they need care and compassion the most.
I ask you to join me in keeping Joseph’s Home and Mary’s Home in your prayers and asking St. Joseph to guide over the men and women we serve, as well as the staff and volunteers who carry out our mission.
Thank you for your support of our ministry. May you be blessed this day – and every day – as you have blessed Joseph’s Home.
We hope you enjoy this celebration and that it brings you peace and comfort during these uncertain times.
Prayer to Joseph,
Who is Known by Many Titles
Teach us to listen and not be afraid to trust
as you did in God’s promise.
Teach us to love courageously with a heart
that is free and just.
Teach us to protect one another and all
that belongs to God.
Teach us to dream a world where all are neighbors;
a vision illuminated by God’s light.
Teach us to keep the Word of God close to our hearts, and to proclaim it in word and action.
Teach us to be gentle with our power and
strong in our tenderness.
Teach us to be for all persons a living lesson
of goodness and truth – a blessing for all
generations to come.
*Adapted by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet