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Year of St Joseph

 

 

 

Pope Francis has dedicated this year to St. Joseph, under the title “Patris Corde”: With a Father’s Heart. He concluded this letter stating that its aim was to:

  • Increase: Increase our love for this great saint
  • Implore: To encourage us to implore his intercession
  • Imitate: To imitate his virtues and his zeal

 

This is a particularly poignant theme as we know that Joseph was Jesus’ step-father; not his actual father – but he was a father to him nonetheless. This reminds us that all family life (in whatever form that takes) is sacred. Due to this reason, amongst many others, Joseph is the patron saint of families. He knows the joys, and the struggles, of what it means to be a family.

 

Along with our diocesan, national and international faith family, we lifted up our hearts in prayer with a Novena to St. Joseph. This 9-day period of prayer ended in advance of St. Joseph’s feast day on the 19th March. On this day, we celebrated St. Joseph through regular opportunities for prayer, our work and our actions.

 

 

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.

Year of St Joseph - July 

Accepting

 

 

 

 

Loving God,

we are celebrating the Year of St Joseph.

You chose him to look after Mary and Jesus.

Just as Joseph held and protected Jesus in his loving arms

we ask that he takes care of us.

May we always show love to our families

in the same way as he loved Jesus and Mary.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

 

Let us say the prayer that Pope Francis has written for the 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

 

 

 

Year of St Joseph - June

Beloved 

 

Throughout this year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared Patron Saint of the Universal Church. Because of that anniversary Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’, a special year for us to focus on St Joseph, the husband of Mary, who acted as Jesus’ father on earth. This is a good opportunity for us to get to know more about St Joseph, not just through the few stories at the beginning of the Matthew and Luke’s Gospels, but by imagining him looking after Mary and bringing up Jesus as if he was his son.

Our theme this month is ‘beloved’. Beloved is a bit of an old fashioned word. It means dearly or much loved. We have already thought about how loving and caring Joseph was to Mary and Joseph. This month we are thinking about how much Mary and Jesus loved him back. Joseph is also known as the patron saint of fathers. This is because, as the man chosen to be Jesus’ father on earth, he dedicated himself to that role and so played his part in God’s plan. In June we remember fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers and all those men who are part of our families.

 

Loving God,

we are celebrating the Year of St Joseph.

You chose him to look after Mary and Jesus.

Just as Joseph held and protected Jesus in his loving arms

we ask that he takes care of us.

May we always show love to our families

in the same way as he loved Jesus and Mary.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen

The Year of St Joseph

May

Being Hardworking

 

 

 

It has been 150 years since St Joseph was declared Patron Saint of the Universal Church to mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’, a special year for us to focus on St Joseph, the husband of Mary who acted as Jesus’ father on earth.
We don’t know much about St Joseph, but throughout the year we are going to think about what we can learn from the little we do know about him. Today we will reflect on how hardworking he was. We know he was a carpenter and we can picture him working in a workshop to provide for his family, Mary and Jesus. We can also picture him teaching his skills to Jesus.

Joseph is also the Patron Saint of Workers and on May 1 we celebrated the feast of St Joseph the Worker.

 

Loving God,

we are celebrating the Year of St Joseph.

You chose him to look after Mary and Jesus.

Just as Joseph held and protected Jesus in his loving arms

we ask that he takes care of us.

May we follow his example of working hard and looking after those around us.

May we always show love to our families

in the same way as he loved Jesus and Mary.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

 

The Year of St Joseph

April

Joseph’s Dreams

 

Just to remind you that Pope Francis has decided that this year will be a special year for us to focus on St Joseph, the husband of Mary who acted as Jesus’ father on earth.
Joseph is a very important saint for us as he was so close to Jesus while he was growing up. We continue to explore the scripture passages telling his story and I hope he will become a special person for us to turn to when we need help.

 

 

Throughout the Year of St Joseph,

we are invited to listen carefully to the stories of St Joseph.

Through them we will see that he is

a beloved, tender, obedient father,

a creatively courageous father, an example of love,

a father who teaches the value, dignity and joy of work,

a father “in the shadows,” caring for Mary and Jesus.

May we treasure the stories of the Holy Family that we hear during this year,

and together, try to follow Joseph’s example of love and obedience.

We ask this in Jesus’ name.

Amen

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