Today, the Catholic Church is celebrating two significant occasions: the Laetare Sunday and the Feast of St. Joseph. These celebrations hold a special place in the hearts of Catholics around the world, as they remind us of the joy and hope that come with the season of Lent.
Laetare Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent and marks a shift in focus from repentance and sacrifice to the joy and hope of Easter. The use of rose-colored vestments instead of the usual violet or purple vestments worn during Lent symbolizes this shift in focus. It is also a day when some of the Lenten fasting and abstinence rules are relaxed as a sign of encouragement and hope.
On this same day, the Catholic Church also celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus and the patron saint of workers and fathers. St. Joseph is a model of humility, obedience, and faith, and his life serves as an inspiration to many Catholics around the world.
In Phuket, Thailand, St. Joseph’s Church is one with the Catholic Church in the celebration of these two special occasions. The church is grateful for having two young boys from the parish community accept their first holy communion and one young lady receive the sacrament of confirmation. These three individuals received their first holy communion and confirmation after completing the catechism classes held at the church from the 8th of January 2023 and demonstrating their understanding of their Catholic faith.
St. Joseph’s Church in Phuket is committed to providing its parishioners with a strong foundation in the Catholic faith. The church offers catechism classes for both children and adults, as well as other activities that help to deepen one’s faith and foster a sense of community.