Poland – "St Joseph" Salesian parish of Przemyśl celebrates patron, archdiocese entrusts itself to him

26 March 2021
Photo: Fr. Mieczysław Faruń, SDB

(ANS - Przemyśl) - In the year especially dedicated to St Joseph, on the day of his liturgical feast, last Friday 19 March, the Salesian parish of Przemyśl, dedicated to St Joseph, celebrated its patron saint - who is also one of the patrons of the whole Congregation - with a solemn Eucharist presided over by the metropolitan archbishop, Msgr. Adam Szal, who also entrusted the entire archdiocese to the Custodian of the Redeemer.

On behalf of the entire parish, those present at the ceremony were welcomed by Fr Bogdan Nowak, parish priest and director of the local Salesian community, belonging to the Poland-Krakow Province (PLS).

Msgr. Szal, in his homily, observed that Saint Joseph had, has and will have many devotees. Among them, St. Józef Sebastian Pelczar, bishop of Przemyśl, patron saint of the current diocesan pastoral year, has a special place. "He, among other things, in 1921 wrote a special pastoral letter for Lent dedicated to St. Joseph. In the same letter he wrote that one should look at the dignity of Saint Joseph, at his virtues, at how to venerate him, in what to follow him. And in many writings he repeatedly returned to the idea and the need to honor St. Joseph," said the archbishop.

The prelate then added that Saint Joseph has not exhausted his mission with his earthly life, but continues to intercede for those who invoke him: “Today, when we see how the Church is mortally threatened by the temptations of evil, we invoke him with all the more reason with this beautiful prayer made by Pope Leo XIII, so that, as he did for the Holy Family, he may take care of the Holy Church.”

And he exhorted everyone to take an example from his meekness and his humility. “He is a model of faith and trust in God in difficult and hopeless situations. St. Joseph teaches us to be courageous in facing adversity. He teaches us patience and perseverance ... ” After the Eucharist, the archbishop blessed a painting of St. Joseph, the result of the generosity of the parish community, who will visit the homes of the Salesian parish, following a lengthy pilgrimage program.

The celebration ended with the entrustment, before the Blessed Sacrament, of the entire archdiocese and the entire parish community to St. Joseph, first by Archbishop Szal and then by Fr Nowak and some lay representatives of the community.


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