St Joseph celebrated in Galilea
GALILEA– St Joseph is very popular in the Holy Land, especially in Galilea. This year too, the feast day was celebrated by many parishes and institutions which carry his name. In Nazareth it is usually the Custos who presides over Mass, transmitted direct on TV channels through CMC
St Joseph Carmelite School in Haifa
St Joseph is the patron saint of the Church, of the parish and of the Carmelite School in Haifa. Mgr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo was invited to school Mass, concelebrated by the parish priest and principal of the school, Fr Abdo Abdo, ocd, by the acting Superior ocd, fr Enrique Castro, and other Carmelites.
Mass was scrupulously prepared by students of all classes, the lowest one, under the leadership of Miss Anna Karram, school director.
In his homily Mgr Marcuzzo combined three occasions: feast day of St Joseph, 5th centenary of the birth of the great Carmelite reformer St Theresia of Avila and the forthcoming canonisation of Maryam Bawardi and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas. He highlighted the common denominator of their Sainthood “Live for Jesus, like Jesus, for Jesus”, citing many practical examples taken from the life of the two Palestinian saints to draw the attention of motivated students.
St Joseph Carmelite Sisters at Issfya
At Issfya, Druze and Christian village of the Carmel, there lives a community of nuns who combine the contemplation of the Carmelite Order and the witness of St Joseph’s practical life, the St Joseph Carmelite Sisters.
They belong to the latin rite, but at Issfya they are entirely at the service of the Melkite and Maronite Communities where they attend parish churches. Once a year, on St Joseph Feast day, their patron saint, they invite the Vicar for Israel, Mr Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo to celebrate High Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Melkites in uneven-numbered years, and at the Maronite church of St Charbel for even-numbered year. For worshippers it is a strong occasion for church fellowship, appreciated by everybody.
The Sisters live peacefully with all the inhabitants of the village through active pastoral work, running a home for young university students, a family day care and a small kindergarten which fights for its survival.
Mass was concelebrated by the two parish priests, Fr Samir Rouhana and Fr Afif Makhul, and Carmelite Fathers from the Sanctuaries of Stella Maris and Mohraqa. Singing was carried out by the latin parish choir of Haifa.
Mass was preceded by a pastoral visit which the Bishop usually makes to some Hattar families Hattar, Jordanian-born, belonging to the Latin rite, who live in this village since British Mandate. It was followed by a very delightful reception offered by nuns to all participants at the parish hall.
Text: our correspondent from Galilee Photos : A.K.