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Feast of St. Joseph
by Anthony Parente
March 19 is a very special day for Italians because it marks the Feast of St. Joseph. In addition to the feast it is also considered to be Father's Day in Italy. What makes this feast day so special? Why is it important to the many Italians throughout the world?
Let's start by looking at some of the things we know about St. Joseph:
In addition, we know that Joseph was not Italian. In fact he was Judean. If he is not Italian then why is he so important to the people of Italy? As we all know Italians are extremely religious people. A big part of their beliefs involves praying to various saints to help them in their time of need. It was a prayer to St. Joseph that was answered that made March 19 a special day to Italians. In the middle ages there was a drought in Sicily. The people of Sicily turned to St. Joseph and asked him to stop the drought. If he would do so the people of Sicily would have a giant feast in honor of him saving them from the drought. St. Joseph answered their prayers and the people of Sicily kept their word. They prepared a giant feast in which everyone was invited including the poor. It is this kindness that continues today. This is how March 19 became such a special day to the Italians. St. Joseph is a patron saint to many and he is recognized by having two feast days: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the worker. Below is related links to the feast of St. Joseph and to his life.
- Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Adoptive father of Jesus Christ
- Patron Saint of carpenters, Canada, house hunters, dying, laborers, fathers, families, Peru, and social justice
- He was a carpenter
- He most likely passed away before Jesus.
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