Year of St Joseph
December 8, 2020 – December 8, 2021
Pope Francis has proclaimed a ‘Year of St Joseph’ on the 150th anniversary
since Blessed Pope Pius IX named St Joseph as patron of the Universal Catholic
Church. Pope Francis wishes us all to recognise that “In Joseph, Jesus saw the
tender love of God”.
As Jesus’ earthly father St Joseph teaches us the importance of being open to
God’s call and to listening for his voice. It is interesting to note that in the
Gospels St. Joseph does not speak but he does listen to and act upon the
messages from God brought to him by an angel. Through his kindness to Mary
and Jesus and his constant humility St. Joseph ‘demonstrates the ordinary and
simple virtues necessary for men to be good and genuine followers of Christ.’
Scripture records that St. Joseph was a carpenter and for this reason he is
known as the patron saint of workers. He is also the patron saint of unborn
children, fathers, travellers, refugees and a happy death. St. Joseph is often
depicted with either the tools of his trade to signify that he was a worker, lilies
to represent that he was chaste or holding the Christ-child to show that he
was his adopted father.
Fact: In the Archdiocese, St. Joseph is the most popular name for a school.
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Prayer to 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.