Today is the feast of my patron, St Joseph. Sadly, I didn’t make it to mass today. It has been Fete Day in my parish and I have been in charge of parking. In fact that is where I am right now.
If you live in another country or if you are not Catholic, you perhaps will not be able to appreciate the scale of the average Australian suburban parish fete. The football oval has been full since 10am this morning. The only thing I can compete it to is the country shows that I grew up with as a boy. It is the chimed effort of the parish and its two schools, and brings on a significant percentage of our annual budget.
It is, I think, an appropriate way to mark St Joseph’s day, as he is also the patron of our parish. But it is a little disappointing that they day will not be concluded with a special mass for the patronal festival. I will get to mass tonight after the pack up, but that will be for Sunday not for the feast.
Ah well. It’s not a perfect world!