Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wow St. Joseph Day Parade an Old Tradition Revived through the Streets of Detroit

St. Joseph Oratory vicar Canon Adrian Sequeira leads the St. Joseph Day procession down Gratiot Avenue as members of St. Joseph Oratory carry a statue of St. Joseph and banners from the parish.
St. Joseph Oratory revives decades-old tradition, introducing young and old to ancient devotion to Jesus' foster father
Cars were stopped, people began staring and cellphones were pulled out to snap a quick pic, as it was St. Joseph who had the right-of-way on March 19.
With St. Joseph vicar Canon Adrian Sequeira, ICRSS, leading the procession and parish pastor Canon Michael Stein, ICRSS, chanting the rosary, the parish community made its way down Gratiot and Russell to Shed 2 of Eastern Market.

“As Catholics, we’re told to live our faith in season and out of season, in the public square and in private, and that includes the city streets,” said Daniel Egan a parishioner. “If we’re not Catholic out there, we are truly failing to be authentically Christian.” 

The procession was part of a full schedule of events at the parish, including Masses in the morning, noon and evening, confessions all day, a guided church tour, an Italian dinner and an organ recital.

With people in and out of the parish for most of the day, St. Joseph parishioners were on call as volunteer ushers, cooks and hostesses for the Italian dinner.

“People pass by the church every single day,” Nemecek continued. “But the doors are open all day, every day. For the people who never go inside, who don’t come to Jesus, we bring Jesus to them. We bring him out into the streets, where the people are.”
Image source: Altar servers process with St. Joseph Oratory parishioners in Eastern Market in Detroit. (Naomi Vrazo | Detroit Catholic)
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