THE 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.
CELEBRATING ST JOSEPH'S DAY
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.
Watch over me and care for me
Just as you cared for the child Jesus;
And, by your help,
May I come to know your Son and grow
And the favour of God.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
We made a pack with a number of resources to support with family devotion to St. Joseph at home.
With St Joseph the Worker as our inspiration, this year, we aim to celebrate the work we do – big and small – as important and holy work. This is especially important within the family.
We gave each family a chart to record some of the Work they do at home to contribute to family life. With St Joseph as our guide, all work is Holy Work.