The Feast Day of Saint Joseph March 19

St_JosephNot very much is known of Saint Joseph or Joseph of Nazareth.  All of the information we have is found in the Gospel of Luke and The Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us in the lineage of Jesus that Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.  It is believed Joseph was born somewhere around 90 BC in the town of Bethlehem.  Since Joseph was of the lineage of David it is not much of a leap to believe that this was the place of his birth.  David the second King of Israel was born and raised in Bethlehem.

Joseph was a carpenter, a craftsman of his time.  He, more than likely, was apprenticed in this trade under his father as that was pretty much the custom of the time.  When Joseph made his move to Nazareth, where he would meet his future bride Mary, is not known.

The first real fact that we have of Joseph is that he was betrothed to Mary.  A betrothal in those days was a very serious thing and was just short of marriage.  You did not just end a betrothal as you would an engagement today.  There had to be solemn grounds for the breaking of it and it was as serious as a divorcé.

During a betrothal the husband to be would work on the house that he and his wife would live in.  He would also save money and arrange for the things his future wife would need.  The couple would live separately until all the preparations for the marriage and their future life together were made.  But in the eyes of everyone the couple was married except for sexual relations.

During the betrothal period we know from The Gospels that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a son by the power of God.  Mary humbly accepted God’s will in this but soon after the angelic visit she went to see her cousin Elizabeth who had conceived a baby through her husband.  This child was also miraculous as Elizabeth was considered barren.  Mary spent a number on months with Elizabeth and then returned to home.

On arriving back in Nazareth Mary went to Joseph and told him her story.  It is here we must pause.

Mary comes to Joseph, maybe while he was working on the house they would share, or in his workshop and tells him that she was going to have a baby and that the baby was God’s.  Put yourself in Joseph’s place.  Was he angry, did he think Mary was crazy or a liar? He had to have been hurt deeply as he loved Mary.  There was no question by now that Mart was indeed pregnant as at this time she would have been showing.

According to Gospel Joseph determined in his heart to send Mary away to have her child.  This was a very kind thing to do.  According to the law of the time Joseph could have had her stoned to death as this was the punishment both for infidelity and for a woman carrying a child out of wedlock.  Joseph chose instead to send her away.  God had different plans.

God sent another angel to Joseph in a dream telling him to marry Mary as she was really carrying God’s child.  Joseph believes God and marries Mary and not long after Mary’s child would be born in Bethlehem because of the degree that everyone was to return to their home town to register for a new tax.  Of course the Child was named Jesus.

Jewish law decreed that each first born was to be dedicated to God and a sacrifice was needed to redeem the child  A lamb or two doves were the price of the sacrifice.  When Joseph and Mary took Jesus to The Temple Joseph chose the two doves.  This was the sacrifice that was demanded for the poor as a lamb was much more expensive.  From this we know the family was not wealthy.  We also know that a male and female prophet both stop the family and tell them of what awaits the child Jesus and his mother Mary.

It is believed by some that the Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph may have stayed in Bethlehem for up to two years.  We know from The Gospel of Matthew that the family had moved from the stable where Jesus was born into a house.  We know this because the Wisemen from the east who came to see Jesus saw him in a house.

The Wisemen had told King Herod that a new king had been born in Bethlehem and Herod, fearing for his throne, decides to kill all the male children two years old and younger in Bethlehem.  Joseph is warned of this in another dream and takes his family to Egypt before Herod’s soldiers arrive for what is now called The Slaughter of the Innocent.

It is not known precisely how long the family stayed in Egypt.  What we do know is that Joseph receives one last dream from God and is told that Herod is dead and it is safe to return home.  Joseph takes his family and returns to Nazareth.

There is only one more snapshot of the life of Joseph and the story is told in the Gospel of Luke.  It was customary for the family to make the yearly trip to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.  When Jesus was 12 the family made the trip but on the return home Mary and Joseph discover the young man missing.  They return to Jerusalem and found Jesus discussing the law with the learned men in the temple.  Mary questions Jesus as to why he had disappeared from them.  Jesus answered that both she and Joseph should have known that he would have been about his Father’s business.  It must have been at this point when Joseph finally understood the full truth about his foster son.

After this historians believe that Joseph died at some point before the public ministry of Jesus began.

Joseph was a true man of faith.  Believing hard truths that we now take for granted.  If it is a boost in faith that we need considering the life of Joseph may give us strength.

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Target Will Now Purchase Your Unwanted Gift Cards


(PCM) Target has just announced plans for a new program that will allow customers to trade-in their unwanted gift cards for any other retailer in exchange for a gift card in a slightly reduced amount to any Target store.  This is huge news, especially during the holiday season where it is certain that individuals will receive at least one gift card from somewhere that they don’t frequent and prior to now, felt stuck with the gift.

When put to the test and editor at Fortune magazine was able to trade-in a $100 Walmart gift card and received an $85 Target in-store credit card in it’s place. While it may seem like this is quite a bit of a loss, many feel that it is better than just letting the gift card sit around unused. Over the year’s many gift card exchange programs have popped up online, however Target is the only retailer to offer this option in-store and allow customers to use the in-store credit received immediately.

Sources claim that over 29.5 billion dollars in gift card spending occurred in 2015. According to, a card from a big-box store is likely to have a higher exchange rate than a more regional establishment, but the rates vary with demand. Target will exchange gift cards from more than 600 brands, including Old Navy, Cheesecake Factory , Tiffany & Co , Staples  and Pottery Barn, to name a few.

The program is currently available in 1,562 Target stores in the electronics department.


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Philippine Priest Criticized For Riding A Hoverboard During Church Service


(PCM) A priest in the Philippine’s is being criticized after images and a video surfaced showing him riding a hoverboard and singing a song during his mass on Christmas Eve. He has been reprimanded by  the Philippine Roman Catholic Church officials who say what the priest did during mass was wrong  due to the fact that the mass is the church’s highest form of worship and “demands the utmost respect and reverence”.

Their statement goes on to say “It is not a personal celebration where one can capriciously introduce something to get the attention of the people”.   Rev. Albert San Jose has issued an apology for his actions during the church service, however did not released a full statement.

The video shows Rev. Albert San Jose riding up and down the church aisles on the hoverboard while pivoting and moving backwards. Many of the church parishioners can be heard applauding for Rev. San Jose in the video, however it was definitely offensive to some. The Reverend’s hoverboard routine took place just before the final blessing in the Mass at the church in Binan city in Laguna province.


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Discover Finding Neverland on Broadway This Holiday Season


(PCM) The timeless story of the boy who never wanted to grow up continues to capture family audiences on Broadway – during the holiday season and beyond.

“Finding Neverland,” follows the life of playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the courage to become the writer, and the man, that he yearned to be.

Like most all of us in life, he sought inspiration, and he found it after meeting the beautiful widow, Sylvia, and her four young sons whom he immortalized: Jack, George, Michael and Peter. These four boys, and their irrepressible spirit, inspired the classic play, “Peter Pan,” also known as “The Boy Who Never Grew Up.”

Delighted by the hilarious escapades of these precious boys who are grieving the loss of their father, Barrie conjured the magical world of Neverland and wrote a play unlike anything else the high-society London theatergoers have ever seen. It’s a tremendous risk, but as Barrie himself has discovered— when you believe, you can fly.

The leading actors, Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) as J.M. Barrie, and Terrence Mann (The Dresden Files”), as Capt. James Hook, and the many child actors take audience members of all ages on a glorious journey in “Finding Neverland.”

The original musical was directed by Tony-Award winter Diane Paulus, (“Pippin” and “Hair”), with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (“Take That”) and Grammy-winner Eliot Kennedy, book by Olivier Award nominee James Graham, and choreography by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,”).

“Finding Neverland,” is packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up…if you find the pixie dust in life.

Finding Neverland started as a 2004 movie about Barrie. The movie was nominated for several Oscars, and starred Johnny Depp, Dustin Hoffman and Kate Winslet. The film was adapted as a stage musical in 2012.


In the Broadway show, 13-year-old Casey Butler stars as George, one the boys in this role. “I just love the magic that it makes,” he said, “and how it makes the audience feel they have a charming experience when they come to see the show.”

Casey started rehearsals in June and his Broadway debut was on July 4, and easily calls it “one of the best days of his life.” Thinking back, he said, it was incredible, “because everyone in the cast was so unbelievably supportive, so nice and really happy for me. It felt really great to perform in front of 1500 people on Broadway, an awesome feeling.”

Before he stepped into the Broadway role, Casey said he truly loved the story of Peter Pan. “I love the story; it is such a great fun story. I love all the characters – especially the dynamic between Capt. Hook and Snead.”

During a recent chat, Casey spoke about his inspirations, family, career and more.

Q: Would you say that the cast is like a second family since you spend so much time together?

CASEY BUTLER: Hmmm. A second family? I guess. I can say that they are just unbelievable supportive. It is really the nicest bunch of people you’ve ever met. If anyone has any issues we feel we are all in this together. There is no back stage drama. It is a fun, and joyful experience.

Q: Were there any surprises involved in being in a Broadway musical?

CB: Yes, how much harder juggling the show and everything else in my life – but it’s definitely worth it.

Q: Were there any other surprises?

CB: Just seeing how great the dynamic is to be performing with everyone in the cast. My experience is in regional theater in Florida, so I have never been in anything else on this scale. It is truly so dynamic and off the charts.

Q: Did you do any research of the story of Peter Pan or J.M. Barrie?

CB: A little. There isn’t a lot of information about these boys, but there is a little bit they didn’t put in the show, and it’s really interesting.

Q: Do you want this for your career?

CB: Yes, definitely it is what I want to do. I love performing and telling a story.


Q: What are you most proficient in – acting, dancing or singing?

CB: I love doing all three. This is my fifth year dancing. I started acting and singing a long time ago. My father is a professor of theater at Palm Beach Atlantic University, in Jupiter, Florida. My mother is the director of education at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. So I’ve been surrounded by this magic my entire life.

Q: How do you balance school and being a child with being a Broadway actor?

CB: We alternate the roles — the boys aren’t allowed to perform in all 8 shows each week. When I am on stand by I do a lot of homework. I also find time throughout the day to do homework. I like to stay focused on school; I know that it’s important.

Q: Your favorite subjects?

CB: I really like history and science.

Q: When you have any free time how do you spend it?

CB: Reading comics, watching TV or playing video games. Also, resting. In the show we are pretty crazy so having down time to rest is important to me.

Q: What is it like working with Matthew Morrison and Terrence Mann?

CB: Both of them inspire me to pursue this. I have sort of learned with them and everyone in the cast how the business works, and that has been a big inspiration to me.

Q: Who were you excited about seeing you in the show?

CB: My friends from Florida, and around the country. They are always excited to see me and catch the show. They are really excited that the show has been such an incredible success. My parents have seen the show a few times. They still live in Florida and they come up often to stay with me. They are extremely supportive of my dreams.


Q: What is it like living with a nanny in New York?

CB: It’s fine. I know it’s a different kind of lifestyle, but it works for us. I text them and talk on the phone with them every day, and when they come up we bond even more than we did in Florida.

Q: What do you love about this time of year?

CB: Everything. This show is perfect for the holidays. It is a family-friendly and fits so well with this magical time of year. If you have the opportunity, you can double up on the magic and have a great time with the people you love.

Finding Neverland plays at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater (205 West 46th Street in Manhattan).

For tickets or more information, go to:, or call Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929 or in person at the Lunt-Fontanne box office, located at 205 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues.

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Papa Roach Unleash New Music Video For “Falling Apart” On Christmas Day!


(PCM) Papa Roach fans are getting a very special present on Christmas Day now that the band has unleashed an all new music video for their song “Falling Apart”.  “Falling Apart” is the latest single off the band’s latest album release F.E.A.R.

Papa Roach front man Jacoby Shaddix had the following to say about the track and the new video “Falling Apart’ is an epic PAPA ROACH track from F.E.A.R.. The vocals are really straight forward, and then it explodes into that massive chorus – the audiences can’t help but jump up and down when we play it. The dynamics of the song move you to three distinctively different places and Jesse Davey’s video is truly a work of art and we’re excited for people to interpret it how they may”.

You can check out the “Falling Apart” video by clicking here!

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December 25 in Pop Culture History

25December 25 in Pop Culture History
0 (possibly 4 or 6 BC) – Jesus was born.

800 – Charlemagne was coronated as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

1066 – William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy, was crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.

1643 – Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, was found and named by English Captain William Mynors.

1776 – George Washington led a successful raid on the Hessian/British troops in Trenton, NJ. There are reports that the usually stoic future president made a request of the big-boned General Harry Knox: “shift that fat ass Harry, but slowly, or you’ll swamp the damned boat.”

1809 – The first US ovariotomy (the surgical removal of an ovarian tumor) was performed by Dr. Ephraim McDowell, in Danville, KY.

1815 – The Handel and Haydn Society gave its first performance in Boston, MA.

1868 – US President Andrew Johnson granted an unconditional pardon to all Civil War Confederate soldiers and officers.

1914 – German and British soldiers stopped firing late Christmas Eve, and started singing Christmas Carols. In the morning, they exited their trenches and walked towards the side of thier enemies shouting ‘Merry Christmas.’ Both sides stopped fighting, played football (soccer) and even exchanged token gifts.

1941 – Bing Crosby premiered ‘White Christmas’ on his weekly radio show.

1962 – To Kill a Mockingbird, a film based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Harper Lee, opened in theaters.

1987 – Good Morning, Vietnam debuted in theaters.

1990 – The Godfather Part III was released in theaters.

1992 – Chaplin and Hoffa were released in theaters.

1993 – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Grumpy Old Men were released in theaters.

1996 – JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in her home.

1998 – Mighty Joe Young was released in theaters.

1999 – Galaxy Quest and The Talented Mr. Ripley were released in theaters.

2001 – Kate and Leopold and Ali debuted in theaters.

2003 – Cheaper by the Dozen debuted in theaters.

2007 – Aliens Vs. Predator – Requiem and The Bucket List debuted in theaters.

2008 – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Marley & Me, Valkyrie and Bedtime Stories debuted in theaters.

2009 – Sherlock Holms and It’s Complicated were released in theaters.

2011 – War Horse was released in theaters.

2012 – Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Parental Guidance were released in theaters.

2013 – Lone Survivor, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Grudge Match and 47 Ronin were released in theaters.

2014 – The Interveiw, Selma, Unbroken, Into the Woods and American Sniper were released in theaters.

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