Sunday, 9 March 2014

History of St. Joseph

As we draw nearer to the Patronal Feast of St. Joseph which is slated to take place next Sunday, March 16th, we thought that it would be a great idea to take a trip down memory lane and discover where the origins of this great feast started and some other documents regarding the general History of the former capital.

Here we have the official St. Joseph Feast Day programme from when it was first celebrated and recognized back in 1937.
Back in the day, this feast day celebration was a site for pilgrims to stop and pay homage to St. Joseph.

 These two documents are the official description of the St. Joseph R.C. Church taken from the Catholic Directory all the way in 1914. If you look closely, you'll see parish priests from the church's inception.

Here we have a picture of the certificate of the relique of St. Joseph which was taken from his cloak which was kept and venerated in the parish. Unfortunately, there are no signs of these said reliques now.

 Finally, when the train and ferries were in service in 1914, these are the official train and ferry schedules. The Fast train which ran from Port of Spain to St. Joseph took approximately 12 minutes. Now, how long does it take from P.O.S. to St. Joseph?

So we hope that you enjoyed our moment of nostalgia! And don't forget to join us as we celebrate our Parish Feast Day next Sunday March 16th as we make even more History. All are asked to assemble at the church (St. Joseph RC) at 9AM and the procession begins at 9.30AM towards the First Capital Park where His Grace Archbishop Joseph Harris will be waiting as he serves as the Chief Celebrant for Holy Mass at 10AM. Don't forget to make it a fun day so bring along something to share with your brothers and sisters in Christ as we picnic in the park following Holy Mass and be entertained by the students of the schools of the area, St. Joseph Parang legends, Nuestra Cosa and our Comedic Emcee for the day, Mr. Errol Fabien to name a few.

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