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Month of March ~ Dedicated to St. Joseph
The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. The first four days of March fall during the liturgical season known as Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. Green, the symbol of hope, is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. The remainder of the month falls during the liturgical season of Lent which is represented by the liturgical color purple — a symbol of penance, mortification and the sorrow of a contrite heart.
Feast of the Month
As we continue our journey "up to Jerusalem" during the month of March, three prominent ideas are proposed for our contemplation by the liturgy of Lent: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ, baptism, and penance.
The Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) is a special landmark this month in which we will celebrate the great honor bestowed upon the foster father of Jesus. Also the Solemnity of the Annunciation (March 25) when we ponder Our Lady's fiat. And if you are Irish (who isn't), St. Patrick's feast is another cause for a joyful celebration.
The saints that we will focus on this month and try to imitate are St. Katharine Drexel (March 3), St. Casimir (March 4), Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (March 7), St. John of God (March 8), St. Patrick (March 17), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (March 18).
The feasts of St. Frances of Rome (March 9) and St. Toribio de Mogrovejo (March 23) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
Focus on the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for March are taken from St. Matthew and St. John. All are from Year A, Cycle 2.
- March 2nd - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In this Gospel Jesus tells us to trust God to provide for us.
- March 9th - 1st Sunday of Lent
Jesus is tempted by the devil in the desert.
- March 16th - 2nd Sunday of Lent
The Gospel relates the story of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mt. Tabor.
- March 23rd - 3rd Sunday of Lent
This Gospel is about the Samaritan woman meeting Jesus at the well.
- March 30th - 4th Sunday of Lent
The Gospel tells the story of the blind man at the Pool of Siloam.
The Holy Father’s Prayer intentions for March
General: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Missionary: That many young people may accept the Lord’s invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)
A Time of Penance and Promise
Here and there in the stark March landscape, a few plants and trees are beginning to give evidence of the new life that winter’s frost and chill had concealed from our eyes. The Church’s vibrant new life has been obscured, too, by the austerity of the penitential season of Lent. But that life is indisputable, and it will burgeon forth on Easter as Christ coming forth from his tomb!
At the beginning of this month we will embark on our journey to the cross by receiving ashes and donning the purple of penance. We will reflect on our mortality ("Remember man thou art dust") and the shortness of life ("and to dust thou shall return"). We will heed the call, "Now is the acceptable time, now is “the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).” Just like Our Lord's earthly life every moment of our lives is leading up to the last moment—when for eternity we will either go to God or suffer the fires of hell.
Let us not tire of doing our good works and penance, but continue with the enthusiasm of the catechumens on their way to Easter and Baptism. May our Lenten observance be a joyful journey — and not a forced march. The Solemnity of the Annunciation bravely appears during Lent; a pure white flower in the purple Lenten landscape. It seems to be, at first glance, a Christmas feast, but upon reflection we grasp that the feast is intimately linked to the Paschal mystery. For what Christ inaugurated at His incarnation in accepting to offer himself for the human race, he will complete in his sacrifice on the cross.
As the weeks of Lent progress let us not tire of doing our good works and penance, but continue with the enthusiasm of the catechumens on their way to Easter and Baptism. May our Lenten observance be a joyful journey — and not a forced march.
Relationships That Work: Family Systems Theory for Clergy and Group Leaders
This is an 8-session class for people looking to increase their effectiveness in managing the relationship challenges common to parish life. Class will meet on the second Friday afternoon of each month from October 7 through May 4, 12:30-3:30pm, at St. Paul Seminary. Diocesan continuing education credits available.
For more information or to register, contact instructor Ann Depner LCSW, psychotherapist and certified spiritual director, at 412 952-3144 or ADepner57@gmail.com.
Ignatian Weekend Directed Retreat
Fri, Mar, 28 7:00pm - Sun, Mar 30 12:00pm
Sister Catherine Higgins and a team of spiritual directors, will lead this retreat that is based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. It is an opportunity for Scriptural-based prayer in a contemplative mode in an atmosphere of silence and quiet prayer. This retreat will include daily liturgy and daily individual retreat direction. A fee of $120 includes meals, lodging, and individual direction. To register, call 724-869-6587.
Twelve-Step Retreat for Women
Fri, Apr 4 7:00pm - Sun, Apr 6 12:00pm
St. Joseph Spirituality Center, Baden, offers a weekend Twelve-Step Retreat for Women, for women in twelve-step programs for recovery. A fee of $120 includes meals, lodging, and program materials. To register, contact Sister Sue Clay at 412-480-9586.
St. Vincent College plans 4th Annual Summer Program for Youth: An Introduction to Catholic, Liberal Arts Tradition
Sun, Jun 15 - Fri, Jun 20
Saint Vincent College will host the fourth annual Faith and Reason Summer Program, an intensive, one-week introduction to the Catholic, Liberal Arts Tradition. This year’s program will be held on campus from Sun, Jun 15 to Fri, Jun 20 and will be directed by Dr. Michael Krom, associate professor and chair of the philosophy department. Krom said that the program is specifically designed for advanced high school and first-year college students who are seeking an opportunity to come to a richer, deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and its integration in college education. Students age 15 and older are invited to apply for admission to the program.
- MAR 7
- MAR 9
- MAR 12
Available in every parish in the Diocese of PittsburghRead more
- MAR 21
at St. Basil Parish, 1735 Brownsvville Rd., CarrickRead more
- MAR 22
Holy Trinity Time Slot: Sat, Mar 22 3:00-7:00pmRead more
- MAR 23
**RESCHEDULED for Sun, Mar 23 at 4:30pm.Read more
- APR 12
at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the Campus of Duquesne UniversityRead more
- APR 27
at the Club at Shadow Lakes in Hopewell, PARead more
Proceeds benefit the community outreach and Mission Trip of the Holy Trinity Youth Ministry Program.