In response to Pope Francis’ call to celebrate a Year of St. Joseph, St. Pius X Parish in Broomall hosted a triduum in the saint’s honor on March 8, 9 and 10.
Father Eric J. Banecker, who serves as parochial administrator of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Philadelphia and was previously assigned to St. Pius X, returned to preach and lead the devotions at the invitation of the pastor, Msgr. William C. Kaufman.
Each of the three evenings consisted of hymns and prayers invoking the intercession of St. Joseph, along with a reading from Scripture and a homily offered by Father Banecker, followed by benediction.
Parishioners responded strongly to the invitation as more than 140 participants gathered in person in the church each evening, plus more joining in virtually through the parish’s livestream and social media outreach.
In closing remarks on the final evening of the triduum, Msgr. Kaufman commented on an image that was used on the cover of the worship aide distributed to attendees. The image depicts St. Joseph holding the Christ Child, with both figures smiling.
“I believe that Jesus and St. Joseph,” said Msgr. Kaufman, “are smiling at us tonight who have gathered for these three evenings.”
Watch a video of the final evening of the triduum below:
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103