The feast of Saint Joseph on March 19th is one of the major celebrations in the Church and also in the history of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Not only is Saint Joseph the patron of the universal Church, but since the beginnings of St. Jeanne Jugan’s ministry to the elderly poor, he has been seen as the protector of the congregation and the saint that provides for all the needs of our Homes.
This year Monsignor Mark Rivituso, vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, came to our Home to celebrate with us. He led the traditional blessing of the breads in our lobby area before Mass and then presided at the liturgy with five other concelebrants. Monsignor reminded us of Saint Joseph’s great faith as a model for our own lives, and the exalted place he has held in the tradition of the Little Sisters of the Poor. After Mass, the concelebrants stayed for our special lunch in the auditorium. A number of Residents enjoyed the presence of friends and family members who came to visit and celebrate with us. Our kitchen staff treated all of us to chicken cordon bleu, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, salad and tiramisu for dessert. Some of the concelebrants served wine and other beverages to all the Residents. All in all the day was one that provided moments of prayer, celebration and joy for all in attendance.