The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph.The entire 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.
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of February 2020
Catholics in China: We pray that the Church in China may persevere in its faithfulness to the Gospel and grow in unity. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)
Focus of the Liturgy
Highlights 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 is a special landmark this month in which we will celebrate the great honor bestowed upon the foster father of Jesus. And if you are Irish (who isn't), St. Patrick's feast is another cause for a joyful celebration. The feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25.
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. Frances of Rome (March 9), St. Patrick (March 17), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (March 18), St. Joseph (March 19) and St. Toribio de Mogrovejo (March 23).
This is a time of growth and an opportunity to allow the dignity of Sunday to shine forth prolonging the joy of Easter and Pentecost. Besides those previously mentioned the month's major feasts include:
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of March are:
1. First Sunday of Lent, Sunday
3. Katharine Drexel (USA), Opt. Mem.
4. Casimir of Poland, Opt. Mem.
7. Perpetua and Felicity, Memorial
8. Second Sunday of Lent, Sunday
9. Frances of Rome, Opt. Mem.
15. Third Sunday of Lent, Sunday
17. Patrick, Opt. Mem.
18. Cyril of Jerusalem, Opt. Mem.
19. Joseph, husband of Mary, Solemnity
22. Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
23. Turibio de Mogrovejo, Opt. Mem.
25. Annunciation of the Lord, Sunday
29. Fifth Sunday of Lent, Sunday
Food for Thought
The Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, A Prophetic Promise Fulfilled
"This man was . . . awaiting the consolation of Israel. "(Luke 2:25)
Who wouldn’t like a bit of consolation today? Who wouldn’t like to feel the Lord put his arm around their shoulders and tell them, “Everything’s going to be okay”?
Simeon was looking for God’s consolation. God had promised restoration for his people, Israel. He had promised a Messiah who would sit on the throne of David and draw all the nations to Jerusalem. For many years, Simeon had prayed for these promises to be fulfilled, but nothing had happened. Israel was still an occupied nation, and her people were still divided between rich and poor, Pharisee and Sadducee, Galilean and Judean. So Simeon continued to pray for redemption. And he waited.
Then the day came. Imagine how tender that moment was when Simeon took the child Jesus into his arms. The “consolation of Israel” had finally arrived (Luke 2:25). You can just hear the emotion welling up in his words: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace” (2:29). At last, I have seen him. I can depart now, Lord, because you have come to save my people.
Simeon knew right then and there that everything was going to be okay. He didn’t know how it would happen or when it would happen, but that didn’t matter. He knew that it would happen, and that was enough for him to believe.
God knows your anguish; he hears your prayers; he knows your concerns. So let him console you. Today in the house of the Lord, you will meet Jesus in the unlikely form of bread and wine—as Simeon met him in the unlikely form of an infant. When you receive him, think of this prayerful man. Just as he did, take Jesus into your hands and into your heart. He has come to bring salvation and consolation. He may not tell you how or when, but it doesn’t matter right now. Christ is in you, and everything is going to be okay.
“Master, my eyes have seen your salvation. I surrender myself to you.”