Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, Feast of the Madonna of Giubino and Memorials of the Saints – 1 May

St Joseph the Worker (Optional Memorial)

Madonna of Giubino:

The Church of the Madonna of Giubino was built in 1721 to house a miraculous marble-relief icon of the Madonna, which is brought to a country chapel during the summer.   (A copy of the relief is housed in the Church of St Joseph in Brooklyn, New York, giving testimony to the large emigrant community of Calatafimesi who lived in Brooklyn in the early 20th century).   The Church of Maria Santissima di Giubino is dedicated to the patroness of the town.   It has a single nave, with an elegant barrel vault decorated with frescoes and ornamental motifs.   Inside it there are some important works: the painting with the Assumption, Our Lady with Angels and Saints dated 1617, the altar-piece of All Saints, an 18th-century wooden organ and a 15th-century marble alto-rilievo representing Madonna of Giubino with the Infant Jesus.   In 1655 an invasion of grasshoppers was destroying all the crops in the countryside of Calatafimi: the people, assembled in a Church, decided that, after putting all the names of the saints who had an altar in town inside a ballot box, they would choose as a patron that one whose name had been drawn.   After they invoked the Holy Ghost, it was chosen the name of Maria Santissima di Giubino by lots.   The central part of the triptych with the image of the Virgin was soon taken out from the wall in the country church of Giubino and taken in procession:  Calatafimi was free from grasshoppers.   Maria Santissima di Giubino was elected patroness of the town (25 April 1655) and the bas-relief of the Virgin of Giubino was then placed on the high altar of the new Church, designed by Giovanni Biagio Amico (the same planner of the Church of Santissimo Crocifisso) in 1721.   In 1931 the triptych was recomposed in the town sanctuary and restored. There was a new restoration of the Church in 1978.

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St Aceolus of Amiens
St Acius of Amiens
St Aldebrandus of Fossombrone
St Amator of Auxerre
St Ambrose of Ferentino
St Andeolus of Smyrna
Bl Arigius of Gap
St Arnold of Hiltensweiler
St Asaph of Llanelwy
St Augustine Schöffler
St Benedict of Szkalka
St Bertha of Avenay
St Bertha of Kent
St Brieuc of Brittany
St Ceallach of Killala
St Cominus of Catania
Evermarus of Rousson
Bl Felim O’Hara
St Grata of Bergamo
St Isidora of Egypt
St Jeremiah the Prophet
St John-Louis Bonnard
Bl Klymentii Sheptytskyi
St Marculf
St Orentius of Auch
St Orentius of Loret
St Patientia of Loret
St Peregrine Laziosi (1260-1345) Incorrupt
Bl Petronilla of Moncel
St Richard Pampuri
St Romanus of Baghdad
St Sigismund of Burgundy
St Theodard of Narbonne
St Thorette
St Torquatus of Guadix
Bl Vivald of Gimignano


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