Proclaiming the Year of St. Joseph
To mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a "Year of St. Joseph." Pope Francis started this year on December 8, 2020 in his Apostolic Letter "Patris corde," which translates to "With a Father's Heart." You can read the full Apostolic letter here.
This year was established to reaffirm St. Joseph's patronage in the Church and so that "every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfillment of God's will."
During the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, Pope Francis is keen to recognize St. Joseph as a father who made hidden sacrifices as he lovingly cared for Mary and Jesus.
"Each of us can discover in Joseph - the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence - an intercessor, a support and guide in times of trouble."
St. Joseph is also highlighted as a model for us all, as a beloved, tender, obedient, accepting and creatively courageous working father who served his family.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil.
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph
Materials for parishes
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