That the general law of abstinence from meat on Fridays (c. 1251) does not bind on "solemnities" (like the Solemnity of St. Joseph, per c. 1246.1 and the Gen. Norms for the Lit. Year and Calendar) is so obvious that few commentaries bother to say "If the Solemnity of St. Joseph falls on a Friday, even in Lent, one need not abstain from meat." Nevertheless, the exemption from abstinence on solemnities is patent, and one need not bother pastors or bishops for a dispensation before enjoying a pepperoni pizza this Friday. Nuf said.
Bishop Cistone is coming to celebrate Mass with us today. I am guessing the church will be full. I have mixed feelings about this. While I am glad that people will turn out to welcome the bishop, I wonder where they are every other Friday when we have Mass. Come to think of it, where are they every weekend? Anyway, today is Bishop Cistone's feast day, and it is also his mother's birthday. We have put together a basket of gifts for him and a gift for his mother.
We have a funeral this afternoon so the day is one of joys and sorrows.
I painted the ceiling last night and it looks nice. Today I hope to get more painted, but since we have Mass and a funeral, it will be afternoon before I get home. It's hard to believe that by this time next week, all of our work in the new bathroom will be done. We have to wait for the vanity to be finished and for the flooring to be put in.
Word of the day:
Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity
St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and patron of the Universal Church (solemnity)
Today the Church celebrates : Bl. Marcel Callo (1921-1945)
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 1:16.18-21.24.
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.