Celebrating The Feasts of St Patrick & St Joseph

Celebrating The Feasts of St Patrick & St Joseph

Editor writes…

Every year we mark the Feast of St Patrick (17 March) – my patron saint – and the Feast of St Joseph (19 March).  This year, we’re combining the two – don’t ask 😀

First up, since he’s first on the calendar, we pay tribute to St Patrick today. Enjoy the hymn and add any of your own favourites in the comments. Happy Feast of St Patrick, today, everyone!

Next up – here’s a lovely hymn to St Joseph, one that most of us will have grown up singing in our parishes.  Happy Feast of St Joseph, on the 19th, to one and all!

Both of these great saints are much loved, so enjoy the Feasts – discuss any relevant issues and share your favourite prayers and hymns, as well as stories (especially miracles, answers to your own prayers involving these saints) and even jokes. It’s Lent, yes, but as a visiting bishop once said to a Mother Superior, shocked that he had brought a huge tub of ice-cream for the Sisters during Lent: “But, Mother, we need these wee breaks in Lent!”  I don’t often agree with a bishop but this time, I have to say, I sure do!  Enjoy!

Comments (27)

  • Catherine

    Happy Feast of St. Patrick to all!

    March 17, 2022 at 6:13 am
  • Lily

    Happy Feast CT bloggers!

    I went to look for something about St Patrick to post here and found a site which tells a bit about his life and miracles. I laughed when I read this bit:

    “Yes, Saint Patrick was a slave. The story goes that, at the age of 16, Patrick was by the shore in his home country when he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and brought to the Emerald Isle, where he was held captive and forced to work as a shepherd.

    He eventually escaped at the age of 22 with the help of divine intervention.”

    So, now that we know he was a slave, can we can expect the woke mob to cancel St Patrick’s day marches and ceilidhs etc, I would think so, LOL!

    March 17, 2022 at 9:02 am
    • Mack


      Ha ha! I didn’t think of that! The cancel culture mob might even get together with the animal rights people to ban St Patrick because he got rid of the snakes from Ireland, LOL!

      a happy feast of St Patrick to everyone at CTS.

      March 17, 2022 at 10:49 am
      • Lily


        I didn’t think of that – the animals rights mob! LOL!

        March 17, 2022 at 10:46 pm
  • Laura

    Happy St Patrick’s day everyone! I love the video hymn.

    I thought I’d post this joke, although it’s a bit early for jokes but this one is hilarious IMHO.

    An Irishman goes to the doctor, who after examining him says

    “You have some problems with your heart, but if you take these tablets, I think it will be okay.

    “So the doctor gives the man the tablets and the patient asks, “Do I have to take them every day?”

    No,” replies the doctor, “take one on the Monday, skip the Tuesday, take one on the Wednesday, skip the Thursday and go on like that.

    “Two weeks later the doctor is walking down the street, and he sees the patient’s wife. “Hello Mrs Murphy,” he says, “how’s your husband?”

    “Oh he died of a heart attack,” says Mrs Murphy.

    “I’m very sorry to hear that,” says the doctor, “I thought if he took those tablets he would be all right.”

    “Oh the tablets were fine,” says Mrs Murphy, “It was all the skipping that killed him!”

    March 17, 2022 at 9:57 am
    • Nicky


      LOL! Great joke. I hope you like mine!

      There were 2 Irishmen, 2 Scotsmen, and 2 Englishmen stuck on a deserted island. In one year, the two Irishmen made a still and were brewing beer, the two Scotsmen built a pub and were selling it. The two Englishmen still weren’t talking to each other because they weren’t properly introduced. LOL!

      March 17, 2022 at 10:43 am
    • Fidelis


      That’s hilarious! LOL!

      March 17, 2022 at 1:20 pm
  • Bernie

    Happy St Patrick’s day to all!

    March 17, 2022 at 10:00 am
  • Margaret Mary

    Wishing everyone at CTS a very happy Feast of St Patrick today.

    Love the hymn and the jokes!

    March 17, 2022 at 11:01 am
  • Michael

    Dear friends
    Happy St Patrick’s day to you all. I wonder what he would think about the ‘old sod’ now, given his zeal and efforts for the faith. The snakes have returned with a vengeance.

    Thank you for inserting the hymn to St Joseph my Confirmation saint and my Benedictine Oblate name. I have loved him and our blessed mother since l was a small boy. The terror of the demons.

    Dear Editor you are absolutely correct in your analysis of these great saints we need more of that witness and fidelity regarding the faith and the Church

    I wish you all every blessing


    March 17, 2022 at 11:27 am
  • editor

    I’m just popping in for a quick “hello”, since I’m in the final stages of writing up the April newsletter and have very little time to spare.

    Skimmed the jokes – hilarious – and glad everyone enjoyed the hymn to St Patrick.

    We’ll discuss St Joseph and his hymn on Saturday… cough (but not a Covid cough…) Michael – you’re ahead of yourself, yet again 😀

    Happy St Patrick’s day to one and all – God bless!

    March 17, 2022 at 11:30 am
  • Fidelis

    A very happy St Patrick’s day everyone!

    March 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm
  • Francis de sales

    A very happy St pats day to all 🙂 from Ireland

    March 17, 2022 at 1:36 pm
  • Michael Brady

    Dear friends
    In addendum
    I recommend The Catholic Mass by Bishop Athanasius Schneider it is a beautiful and very edifying book.
    Every blessing

    March 17, 2022 at 1:47 pm
  • editor

    In haste, this is not at all edifying but it underlines the need to pray for Ireland. Also worth reflecting on precisely what the Irish bishops achieved by selling out Catholic Faith and Morals when they weakly went along with the legalisation of the murder of the unborn and and same-sex marriage. This is but one of many examples of how the Church in Ireland is held in utter contempt: But, note: this link has just come into my inbox and I don’t have time to study it or to research the video – so I can’t confirm that the priest in the video is a real priest or not, could be a spoof. However, just noting that he wants to abolish St Patrick’s Day makes me think he may well be the real thing! If so, shocking!

    March 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm
    • Francis de sales

      Editor, he is a well known priest for his videos on YouTube. It isn’t the first time that he had spoken out before. Think not popular with the media as he’s based in West of Ireland. It’s a very rural place and it’s close to Knock shrine.

      March 17, 2022 at 5:26 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Thought I would drop in for a quick visit and wish everyone a happy Feast of St. Patrick, before I sit down to dinner.

    What am I having for dinner, you ask? An Irish 7-course meal: a 6-pack and a potato….

    March 17, 2022 at 6:13 pm
    • Lily

      RCA Victor,

      LOL! That made me think of all the Irish jokes with Americans in them (I know you’re from the USA) and I think this one is really funny.

      An American visiting Ireland goes into a pub. He says, ‘I hear you Irish are damn good drinkers

      I’ll give 500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back.’

      The room is quiet and no-one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves.

      Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder

      ‘Is your bet still good?’ asks the Irishman.

      The Texan says ‘Yes’ and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness.

      Immediately the Irishman tears into the pint glasses, drinking them all back-to-back.

      The other patrons cheer as the Texan watches in amazement.

      The Texan gives the Irishman his money and says, ‘If you don’t mind me askin’, where did you go for the past 30 minutes?’.

      The Irishman replies,

      ‘Oh… I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.’


      March 17, 2022 at 10:45 pm
  • Scots Padre

    A happy and holy St Patrick’s day to all and especially to that wee timid ed of ours whose patron’s day it is !
    Could I do quick poll: Would St Patrick have coped with her as a secretary? Yes ____ No____ (tick box)

    March 17, 2022 at 10:30 pm
    • Lily

      Scots Padre,

      I tick “NO”! Definitely, LOL!

      Happy St Patrick’s day to you!

      March 17, 2022 at 10:41 pm
  • gabriel syme

    Happy Feast day all.

    Look at this excellent photo of Irish troops at St Patricks day Mass at a Dublin barracks, in 1932:


    Sadly those men would not recognise Ireland, less than 100 years later.

    March 17, 2022 at 11:00 pm
    • editor

      Gabriel Syme,

      That photo is a treasure. Many thanks for posting. Unfortunately, because I don’t have a Twitter account (I assure you I’m no Twit!) I couldn’t read down the comments, which is frustrating, but a great end to my Feast day – and here’s you thinking it was St Patrick’s Feast day 😀

      March 18, 2022 at 12:18 am
      • Crouchback

        We’ll decide who the twits are…!!!

        March 18, 2022 at 1:11 am
  • editor

    Happy Feast of St Joseph everyone!

    March 19, 2022 at 7:29 am
  • crofterlady

    Happy Feast of St. Joseph to everyone! And a belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day too.

    March 19, 2022 at 10:37 am
  • Josephine

    Happy Feast of St Joseph today! One of my most favourite saints!

    Sorry I missed St Patrick’s Feast, belated greetings to honour that great saint, as well.

    March 19, 2022 at 3:08 pm
  • editor

    Not so many visitors to pay tribute to St Joseph, which is a disappointment.

    I came into close this thread, with thanks to everyone who posted here today and, previously, in honour of St Patrick.

    God bless.

    March 19, 2022 at 10:09 pm

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