Dear Parishioners of St. Joseph,
As we celebrated Palm Sunday, the Passion of the Lord, we remembered both the Lord’s triumphant entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem as well as his bitter Passion and Death. This past Friday, sadly, would have been the annual Living Stations of the Cross led by the youth of our parish. This deeply spiritual event is a beloved tradition of our parish and requires a great deal of preparation and rehearsal to make it happen. Every year Nick Cifonie, our deacon candidate, spends numerous hours with the eighth graders to make them ready for this moving account of our Lord’s Passion and Death.
Although we could not celebrate the Living Stations this year, Holy Week is the most fitting time of the year to meditate on the sufferings of our Lord. The Stations of the Cross originated in the Middle Ages as a way for the average Catholic who could not make the arduous and expensive pilgrimage to Jerusalem to spiritually retrace the Lord’s journey to the Cross, theVia Dolorosa. I would like to recommend to you Bishop Barron’s Stations of the Cross as Holy Week begins. Through his profound meditations and beautiful religious art, this time honored devotion will help you follow our Lord to his Cross.
Again, let not this time of social distancing ever become a time of spiritual distancing!