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Month of March

'And He watched over me before I knew Him and before
I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil.'
St Patrick

Month of March

Month of March

March is one of those months that is very easily overlooked. It isn’t the worst of the winter months, in fact it’s the month when we move into spring, but that hasn’t quite got going yet so we still tend to wrap up warm and moan about the weather. The best thing about March are the daffodils, March is the month of daffodils and they are always a welcome sight. They are not the only cheery thing in March however, we have three other glorious reasons to celebrate: the feasts of St Patrick on the 17th, of St Joseph on the 19th and the Annunciation on the 25th. I’m not sure why St Joseph’s feast is celebrated on the 19th March, but it puts it right next to the Annunciation and serves to remind us of the important role he played in our Salvation. Appointed as the protector of Jesus by God, he is accorded the title of Protector of the Universal Church, and this year has been declared by Pope Francis as a special year for St Joseph. So pray for the Church and for the protection of ST Joseph over your families. St Patrick, our parish patron saint is also celebrated in March. This year the celebrations will be more restrained than they are normally because of the restrictions imposed by Covid. This time last year, we were beginning to see the clouds gathering on what would prove to be a tumultuous year. We all need a bit of celebration to cheer us up and encourage our hope. So there are definitely times when being a Catholic is good since it gives us so many reasons to have a celebration, no matter how restrained they have to be. The Annunciation is another of my favourite feasts. It has inspired some of the greatest of art from great artists and is a celebration of the dawn of hope just as Spring is dawning too. March may well be just a month we want to get through, but slow down enough to celebrate these great feasts. There is light even in the darkest of places.