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Patron of workers and newly-weds celebrated

BEIJING (SE): Living our Christian life in the footsteps of St. Joseph is a much loved celebration in the Church in China. As the patron saint of workers, mission in China and newly-weds, the feast highlights his virtues of obedience, silence, humility and serenity.

Fides reported that parishes, colleges, religious congregations, mission stations not only mark the day of his feast on March 19, but dedicate the whole month to imitating his spirit, which is well in tune with the ancient teachings of Chinese culture and tradition.

Since his feast day fell on a Sunday this year, most places anticipated their central celebration on the previous Saturday.

A solemn procession with the statue of St. Joseph opened the celebrations in honour of the patron of the parish of Wuxi. The parish priest invited everyone present “to learn from his silence; his acceptance in faith and the accomplishment of the mission entrusted to him by the Lord with love.”

In Huhe Haote, Inner Mongolia, the feast was celebrated with dancing, singing and a great celebration in the tradition of a great family.

In Hebei, there are countless churches dedicated to St. Joseph. One in the diocese of Xianxian, opened a new church and pastoral complex in the presence of Bishop Joseph Li Liangui.

Construction of the new church began on the feast of St. Joseph last year and exactly 12 months later, the village parish of 200 was celebrating its brand new 968 square-metre pastoral complex.

In Jiangsu, the celebration focussed on the figure of St. Joseph, who became the instrument of the Lord and model of unconditional faith. Bishop Joseph Xu Honggen, from Suzhou, stressed that his “example of faith reminds us that we become the abode of the Lord with our heart, our body and our whole life.”

Many migrant workers attended Mass in several dioceses. One priest said, “The Church is your home, where you can receive hospitality and breathe spiritual oxygen, not only on the days of great feasts, but every day of the year.”


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