Parish of St. Joseph the worker in Pale, celebrated its patron on May 1st.

The Eucharistic celebration on that occasion was led by rev. Josip Vajdner, editor of Katolički tjednik and parish priest in Briješće, with concelebration with about 20 priests together with the host, the parish priest of Pale, rev. Fabijan Stanušić who is also the administrator of the Priest’s home in Sarajevo.

Rev. Vajdner in his sermon spoke of Christian term of work and workers. Among other things, he pointed to the bitter fact that a worker is often the means used by the mighty to achieve their interest. In that context, he also reminded of the feast of St. Joseph the worker and its origin, which is a sort of Church’s answer to the challenges of time.

Mentioning that in BiH of four official state holidays, only the International Worker’s Day is recognized throughout its whole territory, and then he reported about the employment data. “According to the BiH Statistics Agency, the number of registered unemployed persons (February 2019) was 430 053. In February 2019, the number of employed persons in BiH was 819 410, out of which 351 830 women. The average net salary in BiH is 895 KM”, said Vajdner and emphasized that in the Christian sense “work was put into the service of salvation – therefor, St. Joseph is the protector of the workers, and not, for example, St. Paul”.

In conclusion, he encouraged the audience to pray to St. Joseph in order to personally know how to evaluate the work - not to belittle it or worship, but to put themselves in the service of God's plan with man.

Liturgical singing was animated by the cathedral mixed choir Josip Stadler under the guidance of rev. Marko Stanušić.

At the end of the Mass, parish priest Fabijan congratulated the patron to the parishioners, thanking the pilgrims, singers and nuns, and invited the present for refreshments in the parish house and the courtyard.