19th March… Feast of St Joseph

19th March… Feast of St Joseph

Click here to read the Catholic Encyclopaedia account of the life of St Joseph.

We’re  launching this thread on St Joseph ahead of the Feast Day, because, in preparation for our usual closure during Holy Week, we’ve closed all the discussion threads early. The atmosphere on the blog has not been good recently, and so we need time to recollect ourselves as the end of Lent approaches, and we enter into the events of Holy Week.  

St Joseph, advocate of the dying and the sinner, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
St Joseph, advocate of the dying and the sinner, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

This thread is a purely devotional and fun thread.  As with all Feast Day threads, we may post favourite prayers, hymns litanies, etc. And a few good clean fun jokes will also be welcome.  This is not the place for controversy – it is a Feast Day thread to learn more about the saint of the day and to share favourite prayers and jokes.  Enjoy!   

Comments (73)

  • editor

    Below, video playing the tune for “Hail St Joseph, pure and gentle” but, unfortunately, is it instrumental only. The words are posted underneath, for those who’d like to sing along!

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u73wQwu4A1w&w=447&h=219%5D

    Dear St. Joseph, pure and gentle,
    Guardian of our Saviour child,
    Treading with the virgin Mother
    Egypts deserts rough and wild,


    Hail St Joseph, spouse of Mary,
    Blessed above all saints on high,
    When the deathshades round us gather,
    Teach, O teach us how to die (twice)

    He who rested on Thy bosom,
    Is by countless saints adored,
    Prostrate angels in His presence,
    Sing Hosannas to the Lord.

    Now to thee no gift refusing,
    Jesus stoops to hear thy prayer,
    Then, dear saint from thy fair dwelling
    Give to us a father’s care.

    Dear St. Joseph, kind and loving,
    stretch to us a helping hand,
    Guide us through earth’s toils and sorrows,
    Safely to the distant land.

    March 15, 2016 at 1:01 am
    • Michaela

      I love the hymn to St Joseph – what a pity the video is an instrumental without the words. Thanks for posting the words – I’m one of those who like to sing along!

      I do have a devotion to St Joseph. He is a very powerful saint and I attribute several events in my life to him.

      March 15, 2016 at 8:22 am
  • Fr Arthur

    Pope Francis received The Ring of The Fisherman on March 19th 2013, and this is what he said of St Joseph:

    “In the Gospel we heard that “Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took Mary as his wife” (Mt 1:24). These words already point to the mission which God entrusts to Joseph: he is to be the custos, the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church, as Blessed John Paul II pointed out: “Just as Saint Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ’s upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model” (Redemptoris Custos, 1).

    How does Joseph exercise his role as protector? Discreetly, humbly and silently, but with an unfailing presence and utter fidelity, even when he finds it hard to understand. From the time of his betrothal to Mary until the finding of the twelve-year-old Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, he is there at every moment with loving care. As the spouse of Mary, he is at her side in good times and bad, on the journey to Bethlehem for the census and in the anxious and joyful hours when she gave birth; amid the drama of the flight into Egypt and during the frantic search for their child in the Temple; and later in the day-to-day life of the home of Nazareth, in the workshop where he taught his trade to Jesus.”

    March 15, 2016 at 8:10 am
    • Michaela

      Yes, St Joseph has a few titles but it is wonderful to think of him as Protector of the Church, just as he protected the Holy Family. He’s a humble and beautiful saint.

      March 15, 2016 at 8:24 am
  • Nicky

    There is a beautiful litany to St Joseph on the EWTN website,with all his titles. https://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/Litanies/joseph.htm

    He is a truly powerful saint and has answered my prayers for practical help for my family.

    March 15, 2016 at 9:01 am
  • Jimislander

    Oh, Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the same Jesus, the Son of God, that we, being defended by the power of His grace and striving faithfully in life, may be crowned by Him at the hour of death. Amen.

    March 15, 2016 at 9:17 am
    • editor


      A lovely prayer – thank you for that.

      March 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    I love this hymn to St Joseph. I agree Nicky that he is a powerful saint and yet the sad thing is that he the forgotten saint.

    March 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose,

      It’s always saddening to think that St Joseph, so humble, does tend to be “forgotten” – seems to go with the (humility) territory, or so I tell myself 😀

      March 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm
  • Athanasius

    St. Theresa of Avilla had a great devotion to St. Joseph. “He is my procurator in all things”, she said, “who has never failed to answer my prayers.”

    Pope John XXIII made a truly genuine and organic improvement to the sacred liturgy when he inserted the name of St. Joseph into the Canon of the Mass. I believe this was in the 1962 Missal. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked that his name wasn’t inserted many generations ago, given his high dignity, even above the other saints.

    I can personally vouch for the powerful intercession of St. Joseph and the speed with which he obtains requested graces from God. I suppose the greatest petition any Catholic could make to him is to ask a greater love for Jesus & Mary. I have the honour of bearing his name as my middle name.

    Whatever the trouble or the need, Ite Ad Joseph (Go To Joseph)! You will not be left disappointed.

    March 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm
  • westminsterfly

    I recently read a piece in The Remnant about a Church-approved apparition site of St Joseph in France, called Cotignac. I hadn’t heard of it before. Further info here:- http://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/2338-a-pilgrimage-to-the-south-of-france-la-salette-st-joseph-apparition-site-st-mary-magdalen-s-relics

    March 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm
    • editor


      I’m looking forward to read that article properly later. Way behind with the April newsletter, so can’t stop now, but looks good. Thank you for posting it.

      March 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm
  • Athanasius

    And what about this for a miracle of St. Joseph

    [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENjjspf2tN0&w=420&h=315%5D

    March 15, 2016 at 4:40 pm
    • editor


      I used to use that story of the amazing staircase, when I taught and the pupils loved it. Playing detective to work out who might be the mysterious carpenter. It’s a beautiful story. Thanks for posting that video.

      March 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm
    • Spiritus

      Yes that is a wonderful miracle. It reminds me that some time ago a young man by the name of Joseph was travelling to various sspx chapels and offering to do whatever work would be appreciated by priests and faithful. He built a set of steps behind the high altar in our church which makes it a lot easier for priests to expose/repose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration by the faithful.

      March 16, 2016 at 6:08 pm
      • Vianney

        I wish he would turn up at the Edinburgh chapel and build us a new altar rail as the present one is a bit shoogly.

        March 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm
  • Athanasius


    I’d love to go and visit that staircase. Talking of which, maybe if we do a nine day Novena to St. Joseph he’ll install a holy escalator up to our church in Glasgow. No disrespect meant to St. Joseph, just a wee bit of humour.

    March 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm
    • editor


      I’d also love to visit New Mexico to see that miraculous staircase – but don’t worry about the humour. No disrespect taken at all, at all (oops, wrong thread – that was meant for St Patrick!)


      The thing is, I’m always a bit suspicious of stairs – they’re always up to something… 😀

      March 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm
      • Margaret Mary

        “stairs are always up to something” – LOL !

        March 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Margaret Mary

    St Joseph is really powerful. I’ve heard lots of stories about him from friends who have had prayers answered for new jobs, new homes and they make amazing stories, real miracles.

    March 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Theresa Rose

    Editor and Athanasius,

    How about a nine day Novena to St Joseph for a bigger church in Glasgow, especially a Diocesan church, in, or close to the centre of the city? After all, there is the consideration of those who travel distances, can still arrive on time for Mass.

    March 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm
    • editor

      Theresa Rose

      I know of one family from St Andrew’s SSPX church who have been making the novena to St Joseph for precisely that intention. Maybe the rest of us could include that intention in our prayers on Saturday.

      For the record, Mass in the SSPX chapel in Glasgow is at 9.45.a.m. Maybe Vianney could announce the Edinburgh Mass time – ours is at the Sunday time, so if Edinburgh is the same, theirs will be at 1pm. Correct me if I’m wrong, Vianney, but just remember, I might not always be right, but I’m never wrong, so choose your words carefully 😀

      March 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm
      • Vianney

        Well I’m sorry to say that you’re wrong this time Editor. Mass in Edinburgh is at 12.30p.m. I also thing you could be mistaken about the time in Glasgow. I’m sure it’s 10a.m. No use looking at the District Newsletter because according to that Glasgow is at 6.30p.m. and there’s no Mass in Edinburgh.

        March 17, 2016 at 10:04 am
      • gabriel syme

        You are right Vianney, the Glasgow mass time for feast of St Joseph is 10am.

        (I remember because its earlier than the usual Glasgow Saturday mass of 11am)

        March 17, 2016 at 11:27 am
      • editor

        I must ring a man who knows and check this because I had a conversation with some people in the tearoom about the time being the same as Sunday. Will check it out.

        March 17, 2016 at 11:30 am
      • editor

        Vianney, I’m wrong about Edinburgh but not Glasgow, as our priest made a point of saying it was at the same time as Sunday Mass. As for the mistakes in the District Newsletter – that should really have been posted on the St Patrick’s Day thread in the sense that (as I often say these days) “this is the land where we make jokes about the Irish”! 😀

        March 17, 2016 at 11:29 am
      • editor


        Just phoned Carluke. Fr McLaughlin confirmed Mass is at 10am on Sunday.

        Still, remember that, although I might not always be right, I’m never wrong! Note that anyone in time for 9.45.a.m. would be beautifully early for Mass, not late – and isn’t that the main thing? 😀

        March 17, 2016 at 11:41 am
      • Vianney

        Wrong on two points Editor, I hope you’re not loosing the plot, they say the memory is the first to go.

        Just kidding….I think!

        March 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm
      • editor


        As I said in the intro, I’m find with advancing age, no real problems. I do notice that my memory is not so good. Also, my memory is not so good…

        March 17, 2016 at 9:51 pm
    • Athanasius

      Theresa Rose

      That’s a very good idea. If St. Joseph can’t find us a chapel then no one will. I know that quite a lot of diocesan chapels are earmarked for closure, but of course we need one close to where the present chapel is situated for reasons of centrality.

      It’s a pity this isn’t France, otherwise we could have waited for the Jesuits to go shopping or night clubbing and moved into St. Aloysius as the equivalent of squatters! They can do that in France, you know.

      March 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm
      • gabriel syme


        I agree its a good idea from Theresa Rose.

        You are dead right that the new Church must still be in the City Center area, for accessibility.

        I know both St Columbas (Hopehill Rd) and St Patricks (William St) are both on a shoogly peg. I’ve seen busier phone boxes.

        Both are close to our current Church. I like St Columbas a lot, but is slightly less accessible than St Patricks – however, St Patricks has an unpleasant history from recent years.

        Both have ancillary buildings, such as residences and (I think) halls. Both are attractive, buildings (not modern horrors)

        You would think any reasonably minded Bishop would sell or gift one, given it meant the building could remain open for Catholic worship (And It is so important to people to be able to visit the Churches where they married, or had a child baptised, or had their first communion etc).

        But I know the Society has had trouble in the past with Dioceses, though hopefully that unkindness might be a thing of the past.

        Also in the City Center are two Church of Scotlands (bath st and st vincent st). The latter caters for a gaelic speaking congregation – given the general health of the CofS, I would be surprised if a gaelic speaking congregation was flourshing (!) and so maybe that building might be sold one day too.

        St Vincent St also has a magnificent “Greek” Thomson Church, currently used by the Free Church (or some other iteration of presbyterianism)

        Woodlands road has a Methodist Church, a (nearby) Church of England and another kind of Presbyterian Church.

        Something will crop up eventually. There was a magnificent ex Church of Scotland available on Great Western Road (at Kelvinbridge Underground) for a long time, but its now Websters Theatre. I am sure there is still an unused Church near to Hillhead Underground Station.

        Even if a new Church is acquired, I hope the Society still keeps hold of St Andrews, (though it may need to offset a purchase), as I think its the only Church in Scotland visited by Archbishop Lefebvre (?). And so it could become a significant / important site in years to come.

        March 18, 2016 at 12:45 am
      • editor

        I’ve seen busier phone boxes


        March 18, 2016 at 10:41 am
      • Vianney

        Gabriel, I rather suspect that the Archdiocese would still be against allowing the SSPX to take over one of their churches. They would probably prefer it t become a mosque than be used by us. Also, Catholic churches, especially in city centres, tend to be very big and need a lot of upkeep. If an Archdiocesan congregation is struggling to keep a building open then it would be even harder for a Society congregation.

        Non Catholic churches tend to be smaller and the Church of Scotland is closing a lot of kirks. So much so that one person said that the Church of Scotland is “disappearing faster than snaw of a dyke” and the Kirk has said that it expects to close it’s last church around 2030. In Edinburgh’s South Side there is now no Church of Scotland presence at all.

        The Methodists you mentioned are also an option. Again, in Edinburgh they have amalgamated all their churches into one and perhaps have a similar plan in Glasgow. One problem is that if a suitable property can’t be found the chapel may be forced to relocate out of the centre as long as it was in an area with good bus services.

        One problem is the Mass time. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have Mass at unpopular times. Glasgow’s is too early and Edinburgh’s is too late. Getting to Mass at 9.45a.m. is not easy if you rely on pubic transport. When the priory opened it was hoped that both cities would have Mass mid morning and Gateshead’s Mass would also be earlier but because one of the priests was always being taken away to help out elsewhere Mass times had to be at a time when one priest could do them all.

        Of course, a new church doesn’t have to be an ecclesiastical building. The SSPX chapel in Portsmouth was once a bank, the one in Brighton is a converted garage and the one in Oslo was a hall. Indeed in places like France, Switzerland and Austria many chapels have been created from car showrooms, supermarkets and even office blocks. The Blessed Sacrament Father’s first chapel in Dublin was a converted pub and people joked that it went from specialising in alcoholic spirit to the Holy Spirit.

        March 18, 2016 at 12:47 pm
      • gabriel syme

        You are likely right Vianney – even if they sympathised, few modern Bishops would likely have the backbone to accommodate the SSPX in any way. Sad.

        I agree also regarding the upkeep of larger buildings, a new building cant be too large lest the congregation be unable to maintain it.

        I known the Church of Scotland is not long for this world, but even still I was shocked to read:

        the Kirk has said that it expects to close it’s last church around 2030. In Edinburgh’s South Side there is now no Church of Scotland presence at all.

        Their situation seems more grim than I suspected, even if 2030 is a worse case estimate.

        Speaking of the CofS, there is a wonderful looking ex CofS building for sale in Bearsden. Its advertised as a “unique restaurant opportunity”. If the Archdiocese had any gumption, it would acquire that building and transfer the nearby Catholic Parish out of their stereotypical post-conciliar house of horrors.

        The Church which is now Websters Theater was maybe a missed opportunity, though that is a very large building.

        I am sure there is still a reasonably sized redundant Church near Hillhead underground. It needs tarting up, but is a decent looking building. It was serving a modern protestant congregation for a while (“groovy church 3000”, or something).

        It will end up as student flats or, more likely, a wetherspoons pub, wait and see!

        Wetherspoons Pubs have done very well indeed out of the demise of the protestantism, I have enjoyed their hospitality in many a fine ex Church building (a sad and ignominious role for a Church building).

        March 18, 2016 at 11:24 pm
      • Vianney

        Gabriel, a Church of Scotland friend keeps me informed about about the state of the Kirk and she says, “it’s on a life support machine at the moment.” It’s not just the South Side that has lost it’s Kirk presence. Portobello no longer has a kirk as they closed the last two just over a year ago. They amalgamated with a church in Joppa, but I was told by a member there that even with three congregations together they sometimes only have 50 people attending. The kirk near me was demolished to be replaced by flats and a small church only a quarter the size of the former one.

        I suspect the church you mention in Hillhead could be the Baptist church. It hasn’t used it’s building for a few years because of structural problems and worships in the hall.

        March 19, 2016 at 9:11 am
  • Margaret Mary

    Here is a useful link http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/prayer-to-st-joseph.html

    March 16, 2016 at 11:36 pm
  • editor

    Some very good news below, to demonstrate that St Joseph really is a wonderful and faithful Protector of the Church…

    March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info.

    Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell:

    The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned. The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation.

    He also speaks of a “profound evolution of Dogma” with respect to the Dogma that there is no salvation outside the Church. This purported change of dogma has led, in the pope’s eyes, to a loss of the missionary zeal in the Church – “any motivation for a future missionary commitment was removed.”

    Pope Benedict asks the piercing question that arose after this palpable change of attitude of the Church: “Why should you try to convince the people to accept the Christian faith when they can be saved even without it?”

    As to the other consequences of this new attitude in the Church, Catholics themselves, in Benedict’s eyes, are less attached to their Faith: If there are those who can save their souls with other means, “why should the Christian be bound to the necessity of the Christian Faith and its morality?” asked the pope. And he concludes: “But if Faith and Salvation are not any more interdependent, even Faith becomes less motivating.”

    Pope Benedict also refutes both the idea of the “anonymous Christian” as developed by Karl Rahner, as well as the indifferentist idea that all religions are equally valuable and helpful to attain eternal life.

    “Even less acceptable is the solution proposed by the pluralistic theories of religion, for which all religions, each in its own way, would be ways of salvation and, in this sense, must be considered equivalent in their effects,” he said. In this context, he also touches upon the exploratory ideas of the now-deceased Jesuit Cardinal, Henri de Lubac, about Christ’s putatively “vicarious substitutions” which have to be now again “further reflected upon.”

    With regard to man’s relation to technology and to love, Pope Benedict reminds us of the importance of human affection, saying that man still yearns in his heart “that the Good Samaritan come to his aid.”

    He continues: “In the harshness of the world of technology – in which feelings do not count anymore – the hope for a saving love grows, a love which would be given freely and generously.”

    Benedict also reminds his audience that: “The Church is not self-made, it was created by God and is continuously formed by Him. This finds expression in the Sacraments, above all in that of Baptism: I enter into the Church not by a bureaucratic act, but with the help of this Sacrament.” Benedict also insists that, always, “we need Grace and forgiveness.” Source

    I’m confident that we will all welcome this good news, because Pope Benedict is reported as correcting many if not all of the Modernist beliefs that we have discussed so often on this blog. Pray for him, as he may suffer as a result of his outspoken remarks, although nothing he has said is remotely controversial to anyone who knows the Faith. The Modernists however, will be livid, so let’s pray for Pope Benedict at this time.

    St Joseph, Protector of the Church, pray for us!

    I have enjoyed reading all the posts so far, the devotional input is great, so keep it coming!

    March 16, 2016 at 11:49 pm
    • Fr Arthur

      The text was originally read by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the retired pope’s personal secretary, last October at a conference on the doctrine of justification and the experience of God.

      Pope Benedict is, as the interview makes clear, discussing the notion of justification by faith which is why he specifies the work of missionaries of the 16th Century. The Catholic Church has always rejected the notion of justification by faith alone.

      Context always matters.

      March 17, 2016 at 6:04 am
      • editor

        Fr Arthur,

        The context is given at the outset of the Lifesitenenews report: “On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops’ Conference…” If someone else said something similar on a previous occasion, that’s great. This was Pope Benedict speaking yesterday, 16th March – that is the context for his words, as reported by Lifesitenews.

        As I said at the end of my post quoting the report on the Pope’s interview, there is nothing controversial about what Pope Benedict has said – I thought it a great example of the protection of St Joseph at work, which is why I posted it here, I take it that you are as pleased as the rest of us that Pope Benedict has reminded us all of key doctrines, such as the necessity of the Church for salvation, which have been watered down, to say the least, in recent years. Only those who do not believe these key doctrines, would be upset or annoyed at the publication of this interview.

        Thank YOU for reminding us of the beautiful title of St. Joseph as Protector of the Church. Who would have thought that, so soon, and just before his Feast Day, we would have such a wonderful example of his protection at work in the Church!

        March 17, 2016 at 9:16 am
      • editor

        Seems that I am one of the “optimistic commentators” to whom Remnant columnist Christopher Ferrara refers in his report of the Avvenire interview – you can read his analysis here

        In my defence, the Lifesitenews extracts are accurate, but moi not being fluent (to say the least) in Italian, have not been able to read the entire report, so didn’t realise that the content is incomplete. Mr Ferrara, on the other hand, is Italian-fluent. I once saw him in debate with a native Italian, during one of the Fatima Conferences in Rome. Awesome! At least, his fluency in Italian was awesome – we later had a conversation about his tactics. Less said, soonest mended!

        So, we continue our prayers to St Joseph, Protector of the Church.

        March 17, 2016 at 4:20 pm
      • Fr Arthur

        Comment deleted. This is a devotional thread, no controversy please. Final warning.

        March 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm
    • jimislander

      Ed: “I’m confident that we will all welcome this good news, because Pope Benedict is reported as correcting many if not all of the Modernist beliefs that we have discussed so often on this blog. Pray for him, as he may suffer as a result of his outspoken remarks, although nothing he has said is remotely controversial to anyone who knows the Faith. The Modernists however, will be livid, so let’s pray for Pope Benedict at this time.”

      Well said! I am truly grateful that his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is still with us.

      March 17, 2016 at 10:31 am
  • Nicky

    That’s fantastic news. I think Pope Benedict has been able to keep silent no longer, in good conscience, maybe because he feels he is nearing the end of his time on earth. Whatever his reason, this is a great development. It’s amazing that he has corrected the errors even of his former friends, like Karl Rahner.

    I agree about St Joseph – he has a habit of doing that kind of thing, showing his powerful protection just at the right moment. I’ve experienced it myself and this is one more example of it.

    Hail, St Joseph!

    March 17, 2016 at 11:52 am
    • Christina

      Hail glorious St. Joseph, thy words were once strong
      Against Satan’s wiles and a heretic throng;
      Not less is thy might where in heaven thou art,
      O come to our aid, in our battle take part.

      March 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm
      • Athanasius


        Is that not a verse from the hymn ‘Hail Glorious St. Patrick’?

        March 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm
      • editor


        I think Christina is being an ecumenical hymnist – don’t go all traditional on us now…

        March 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm
      • Christina

        Yes it was a typo and in the wrong thread to boot. Don’t worry, I took a couple of aspirins and went to bed and I feel better now😨.

        March 17, 2016 at 6:15 pm
  • Athanasius


    Ok, I’ll put the fire lighters and matches away then!

    March 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm
  • Therese

    Don’t be too hasty Athanasius – I think Christina needs to learn a hard lesson here…

    March 17, 2016 at 5:19 pm
    • Christina

      No, no, please. I promise to be good 😇.

      March 17, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Spiritus

    I heard a story from a priest of a lady who was married for quite some time without any sign of children. She did a novema to St. Joseph but still no family. She did a second novena and 9 months later……twins!!!

    March 18, 2016 at 7:59 am
    • editor


      Lovely story – pray for one, get one free!

      March 18, 2016 at 10:41 am
  • Elizabeth

    Please could someone explain what a shoogly peg is? Sounds a wonderful expression!

    March 18, 2016 at 9:40 am
    • editor

      “Shoogly” mean “shaky” or “unsteady” – and a peg is a device of some kind, to hold something in place. Can be as small as the pegs used for hanging up washing in the garden.

      March 18, 2016 at 10:45 am
      • Elizabeth

        Thank you!

        March 18, 2016 at 12:40 pm
      • gabriel syme

        Editor is right Elizabeth – to say something is “on a shoogly peg” is a Scottish expression to indicate it is insecure / under threat.

        March 18, 2016 at 11:10 pm
      • editor

        Gabriel Syme,

        Just as well you said “editor is right” – or you’d be hanging on a shoogly peg!

        March 18, 2016 at 11:14 pm
      • gabriel syme


        Shoogly would be an improvement! I fear the peg I was on gave up the ghost long ago! haha! 😉

        March 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm
  • editor

    N O T I C E . . .

    Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Balornock, Glasgow…

    The 9.30 am mass tomorrow, Saturday 19th March, the feast of St. Joseph, will be in the Tridentine rite.

    SSPX chapels

    There will be Mass, too, in the SSPX chapel in Glasgow at 10.a.m. and in Edinburgh at 12.30pm.

    March 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm
    • jimislander

      I wish the SSPX would expand their horizon’s beyond Glasgow and Edinburgh. There are several Ex-Church of Scotland Gothic style churches for sale in Greenock. Fr.Mann recently celebrated Mass in Saint Joseph’s there and 400 people attended. I have been in Saint Joseph’s 400 would have packed it out, and I feel sure those attending were not there for nostalgia’s sake. I live in hope 🙂

      March 18, 2016 at 10:08 pm
      • Vianney

        The problem is manpower. The priests in Carluke say Mass every Sunday in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Gateshead and if one priest is doing the three cities (as happened recently when Fr. Wingerden was out of action) that is a lot of travelling. In Edinburgh we have people coming to Mass from Perth, Montrose, Aberdeen and even Sutherland and Skye and all would love to have Mass nearer home. We really need a Mass Centre in the Perth/Dundee area where there are quite a few Traditional Catholics, and also the Inverness area where again there are Traditionalists. (There is now a monthly Mass in Aberdeen.)

        When the priory opened with two priests it was hoped that Edinburgh and Glasgow would have mid morning Masses with the priest in Edinburgh travelling down to Gateshead and the one from Glasgow travelling north to Perth or Dundee for Mass around 3p.m and once or twice a month going on to Inverness for 6ish. Sadly, they kept taking one of the priests away to help out in England, Ireland and Scandinavia.

        So we need to pray for more priests. In the past, in England and Ireland, there have been retired priests who have returned to Tradition and, without joining the SSPX, have moved into one of the priories and have helped serve the Mass Centres. I’m sure there must be priests in Scotland who would do the same if they were given the offer.

        March 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm
      • Helen

        Vianney, and how’s about the 2 families who travel down from Shetland on a regular basis?

        Also, there are several other TLMs around Scotland, for example, monthly Masses in St. Andrew’s, Stirling. And, of course there are the Ordinariate ones.

        March 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm
      • Vianney

        Yes Helen there are people travelling from Shetland and in fact one family were at Mass on Sunday. The Ordinariate Masses aren’t in Latin but are far more dignified than most NO Masses and are an alternative for people who are far from a Tridentine Mass but can’t stand the NO. Their Inverness congregation is actually based in Fortrose but would like to move back to Inverness. Unfortunately they are not getting much help or sympathy from the local parishes. One Parish refused them use of the church for fear of offending the Piskies and another refused use of their church because the parish council said they weren’t convinced that the Ordinariate was Catholic.

        March 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm
      • editor


        There are couples with several children who can barely make it into Glasgow – not everyone has a car. Greenock would be out of the question for many if not most of us.

        March 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm
      • jimislander

        I was thinking more about the people in the Inverclyde area, but as Vianney pointed out there are not enough Priests, and as he said ” I’m sure there must be priests in Scotland who would do the same if they were given the offer.” Perhaps its time that was done, otherwise there is a danger of the TLM in Scotland vanishing in time.

        March 18, 2016 at 11:48 pm
      • editor


        Worry not about the TLM vanishing – we were just saying last night, some of us who were head counting the number of younger priests who are now offering or learning the TLM, that it is growing. In time, those priests, some of them almost underground at the moment, not wishing to annoy the bishops (I presume) will “come out” and then, well… I would finish with “alleluia” but it’s Lent!

        Happy Feast day Jim!

        March 19, 2016 at 8:58 am
  • Athanasius

    A very happy Feast Day to one and all!

    And remember, whatever urgent needs you have, be they spiritual or material, Ite ad Joseph (Go to Joseph).

    March 19, 2016 at 12:54 am
  • damselofthefaith

    A Happy and Blessed Feast of St. Joseph! Let us pray to him that he would continue to guard the Church of His Son, Our Lord.

    Celebrate in his honor, at your St. Joseph Altars this weekend!

    Ite ad Joseph!

    March 19, 2016 at 1:43 am
  • damselofthefaith

    I hope everyone has a Blessed Holy Week, as well! Let us meditation upon and honor Our Lord’s Passion and Death this week.

    March 19, 2016 at 2:47 am
  • editor

    A very happy Feast of St Joseph to all our bloggers and readers.

    And nice to hear from you DOTF – enjoy the Feast!

    March 19, 2016 at 8:56 am
    • cbucket

      Here is the music if anybody is interested.


      March 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm
      • editor


        Thank you for the music – that’s great. If you ever come across a YouTube video with the music AND the lyrics, post it for us – on any topic, at any time! You won’t have pay deducted for going off topic – that’s a promise because I’ll be only too delighted to pay tribute to St Joseph whatever the topic, and I’ll then save the link somewhere to have and to hold!

        March 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  • editor

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Feast Day thread. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the day.

    The blog is now closed for the duration of Holy Week. Talk to you all at Easter, God (and WordPress!) willing…

    March 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm

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