See Bishop Kirkpatrick’s Homily and Reflection on St. Joseph
for March 19:St. Joseph, Husband and Father
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
PRAYER TO/PRIÈRE À
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.