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. Amen.
~ Pope Francis, Patris Corde
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.
Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary in company with St. Joseph, with reflections from “With a Father’s Heart,” Pope Francis’ letter for this special year.
Devotion to St. Joseph
This short form of prayer is provided for parishes to use especially on Wednesdays, the day especially associated with devotion to St.
Pray the Novena
Let us join in a novena of prayer to St. Joseph as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph on March 19th. Click here for the full Novena, which includes the daily prayer.
- March 10 - For a greater openness to God’s will for us, and the courage to follow wherever God may lead
- March 11 - For the “unsung heroes” who have kept us going during the pandemic, especially health care workers, teachers, and essential workers
- March 12 - For all who work, and for all who are unemployed or underemployed, that they may be treated with justice and dignity
- March 13- For migrants and refugees, forced like the Holy Family to leave their homeland, that they may find safety and welcome
- March 14 - For our local Church, that we may proclaim the Gospel with integrity, and serve Christ in the poor and the afflicted
- March 15 - For the dying, that God may grant them the grace of a happy death, and give comfort and peace to their families
- March 16 - For all who have authority over others—bishops and priests, elected officials, teachers, supervisors, and parents—that, like Joseph, they may be examples of gentleness and fidelity
- March 17 - For husbands and fathers, that they may learn from St. Joseph to be gentle, loving, faithful, and courageous
- March 18 - For families, especially families in crisis, that they may draw strength from the example and intercession of St. Joseph and the Holy Family
- March 19 – Solemnity of St. Joseph
Celebrate this Solemnity, and the beginning of the Year of the Family, by joining in Mass in your parish, in person or via livestream.