Welcome to our St. Joseph page during this year in honor of the foster father of Jesus and spouse of the Blessed Mother.
Introduction- St. Joseph- “A father in the shadows”
Back in December 2020, Pope Francis declared a year in honor of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus and spouse of the Blessed Mother. Marking the 150th anniversary of his declaration as Patron of the Universal Church, the Pope invited all Catholics to reflect on the person and role of Joseph in the great drama of salvation.
Writing against the backdrop of the pandemic and world events, the Holy Father hoped that every Catholic would use time to strengthen their own daily life of faith and to deepen their relationship with Christ and the Gospel, pointing out that there is much that each of us can learn from this holy man.
In his apostolic letter “Patris Corde” (with a father’s heart) the pope described Joseph as “a strong and courageous man, a working man, yet in his heart we see great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak but rather a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern, for compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love.”
Highlighting his silent and yet powerful presence in the Gospels, the Pontiff hoped that this “father in the shadows” would be for us an intercessor, a support and a guide as we strive to remain faithful. Pointing out the fatherly qualities of Joseph and reminding us that in him Jesus saw the tender love of God, Pope Francis underlined that Joseph was also a working father, who balanced family life with his other responsibilities, while at the same time pointing to a greater fatherhood- the eternal fatherhood of God!
Click below for the full text of the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter:
Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”)
Consecration to St. Joseph
We encourage you and your families to do a consecration to St. Joseph. In his book “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,” Fr. Calloway urges us to entrust ourselves, our Church, and our world to the loving care of St. Joseph, our spiritual father. Pick up a copy of his book and check out the other books and resources on St. Joseph available on the bookrack of Church.
Plenary indulgence during the Year of St. Joseph
As part of the holy year, the pope has also granted a plenary indulgence to all Catholics who recite an approved prayer or act of piety in honor of St. Joseph.
What is a Plenary indulgence? For a comprehensive explanation see here-
What is required to received a Plenary Indulgence
All indulgences are granted under the following conditions
• The person receives sacramental confession,
• Receives Holy Communion in a state of grace
• Prays for the pope’s intentions.
Prayers to St. Joseph…
Prayer to St. Joseph for Purity
Guardian of virgins, and holy father Joseph, to whose faithful custody Christ Jesus, Innocence itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, were committed; I pray and beseech thee, by these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen.
Prayer to St Joseph
Written by Pope Francis, which he encourages all of us to pray together:
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’ daily prayer to St. Joseph:
Glorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Take under your protection the serious and troubling situations that I commend to you, that they may have a happy outcome. My beloved father, all my trust is in you. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. Amen.