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Year of Saint Joseph

Novena to Saint Joseph: June 22-30, 2021

In keeping with the celebration of the Year of Saint Joseph, the CCCB National Liturgy Office has composed a Novena and an Act of Entrustment to Saint Joseph. The Novena begins on June 22 and ends on June 30, and is followed by the Act of Entrustment on Thursday, 1 July 2021 Canada Day.  

            English: https://www.cccb.ca/evangelization-catechesis-catholic-education/celebrating-the-year-of-saint-joseph/novena-and-act-of-entrustment-to-saint-joseph/

            French: https://www.cccb.ca/fr/evangelisation-catechese-et-education/celebrons-lannee-de-saint-joseph/neuvaine-et-acte-de-confiance-a-saint-joseph/

June 22
To Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church
For an End to the Coronavirus Pandemic

June 23
To Saint Joseph, Patron of Canada
For Those Who Have Died

June 24
To Saint Joseph, A Beloved Father
For the Family, the Domestic Church

June 25
To Saint Joseph, A Tender and Loving Father
For Peace and Unity in Our Country

June 26
To Saint Joseph, An Obedient Father
For an End to Racism and Discrimination

June 27
To Saint Joseph, An Accepting Father
For Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life

June 28
To Saint Joseph, A Creatively Courageous Father
For Youth and the Elderly

June 29
To Saint Joseph, A Working Father
For Workers, Especially Frontline Workers, and for the Unemployed

June 30
To Saint Joseph, A Father in the Shadows
For the Needy, the Addicted and the Excluded

Act of Entrustment: July 1




December 8, 2020-December 8, 2021

Year of Saint Joseph
“The man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” 

From Bishop Wayne Kirkpatrick:

Vatican News announced with the Apostolic Letter Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. To mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph”
from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.

The Holy Father wrote Patris corde against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, he says, has helped us see more clearly the importance of “ordinary” people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day. In this, they resemble Saint Joseph, “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who nonetheless played “an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”

Read the Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis

Learn more of and reflect on the Year of St. Joseph with excerpts of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter
Patris corde (With a Father’s Heart) shared in images and narration.



Celebrating the Year of St. Joseph

is a new online resource from the CCCB with Prayers, Litanies, and Devotions, Consecration to Saint Joseph, Church Documents and Catechetical Resources for children, youth and adults, including seven short video presentations in English and French, highlighting each of the seven attributes of St. Joseph. 


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.

Salut, gardien du Rédempteur, époux de la Vierge Marie.
À toi Dieu a confié son Fils ;
en toi Marie a remis sa confiance ; avec toi le Christ est devenu homme.
Ô bienheureux Joseph, montre-toi aussi un père pour nous, et conduis-nous
sur le chemin de la vie.
Obtiens-nous grâce, miséricorde et courage,
et défends-nous de tout mal.



May 1
Celebrating Saint Joseph the Worker

“Saint Joseph’s work reminds us that God himself, in becoming man, did not disdain work. The loss of employment that affects so many of our brothers and sisters, and has increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, should serve as a summons to review our priorities.”  Pope Francis in Patris Corde

Read the CCCB message for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker:




March 19
St. Joseph, Husband and Father

See Bishop Kirkpatrick’s Homily and Reflection on St. Joseph


Communications Officer, Diocese of Antigonish

  • Peggy Lamey - March 13, 2021

    Thanks, Jennifer, for this lovely prayer to St. Joseph.