Year of St. Joseph – December 8, 2020-December 8, 2021

It has been 150 years since Blessed Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph as Patron of the Catholic Church so that all could better appreciate this humble carpenter and his central role in the history of salvation. Now, Pope Francis is asking all of us to observe this important anniversary with the Year of St. Joseph. He invites all Catholics to imitate the example of St. Joseph, an ordinary man who fulfilled his purpose through obedience, love and trust in God. 

To launch the Year of St. Joseph, Pope Francis has written an apostolic letter, Patris Corde, (With A Father’s Heart) to highlight the virtues of St. Joseph that we are called to emulate. In the 14-page document, Pope Francis lists seven qualities of St. Joseph that distinguish his fatherhood. The pages of the letter reference Scripture and Vatican documents and present a more complete picture of our Church’s understanding of St. Joseph in the life of Jesus and his role today in the life of the Church and in our lives. We can all benefit from the prayers of St. Joseph, who can obtain for us miracles and graces as he intercedes for us before God.

Below are links and resources to help you observe the Year of St. Joseph. May this revered saint be a support and guide for our lives as we seek to unite and protect our families and our Church.

From Pope Francis

From Bishop Parkes

Prayers

Prayer to St. Joseph for Year of 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. Amen.

Local Churches Dedicated to St. Joseph

Local Hospitals Dedicated to St. Joseph

Patronage

St. Joseph is the Patron of a Happy Death and Patron of Workers. Also, Pope Francis considers St. Joseph to be the patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty. He is the father of orphans and protector of widows.

Traditions for Celebrating St. Joseph’s Day (March 19)

Special Devotions to St. Joseph