The Year of St. Joseph
Pope Francis has proclaimed the year from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021 to be the “Year of St. Joseph.” This is to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph in the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”) as Patron of the Universal Church.
This year we are invited to follow St. Joseph’s example, pray with him and entrust our work to him as the patron saint of workers. St. Joseph may not have been Jesus’ actual father but he was a father in every other sense of the word. He was entrusted by God to care for His Son on Earth and would have taught his son to read the sacred scriptures as well as to learn the skills of the carpentry trade. St Joseph is the patron saint of the Catholic Church, fathers, unborn children, travellers, immigrants, workers and carpenters.
St Joseph’s Feast Days are 19th March and 1st May.
A Prayer for 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.