Labor Day was first celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882 to honor workers and the dignity of their labors. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the national holiday.
In 1955, Pope Pius XII established the feast of St. Joseph the Workman and set May 1 for its observance. In late March 1960, Bishop John P. Treacy announced that our present Cathedral would be dedicated to St. Joseph the Workman, the first in the United States dedicated to him under that title.
The First Friday of each month is dedicated to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In a series of visions Christ appeared to St. Margaret Mary Alaoque for about eighteen months which began on December 27, 1673 in which he informed her that he had chosen her to spread devotion to his Sacred Heart. In our Cathedral this devotion begins with the 12:10 pm Mass followed by Eucharistic adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel until the Latin Mass at 5:10 pm, after which are the traditional first Friday devotions, Litany of the Sacred Heart and Benediction.
Our diocese was dedicated to the Sacred Heart by our first bishop, Bishop Michael Heiss on Easter Sunday April 5, 1874.(Right Hand Glove Uplifted, Sr. M. Mileta Ludwig, FSPA, p. 373)
On Wednesday of this week we celebrate the feast of St. Bartholomew, apostle and martyr. The first reading is taken from the Book of Revelation and the reference to the Wife of the Lamb is found in the top pane of the theology window themed the Bride of Christ.
Title: Book of Revelation 21:9
Narrative: Book of Revelation 21:9-14
The church on earth is often referred to as the Bride of Christ. In this particular window our redemption is demonstrated by Christ’s love, over and over again. The other panes, that of Tobias searching for and finding Sara and Hosea’s constant love and devotion for his unfaithful wife who finally returned to him remind us that Christ searches and waits for us all to come to him so that we may all enter into eternal life.