Pope proclaims “Year of St. Joseph”
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” 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021.
In the new Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows.
The aim of this Apostolic Letter is to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.
A 33-day Consecration began on March 30th: Opening with Mass at 5:30 pm on Monday, March 29 and/or 12:05 pm Mass on Tuesday, March 30. A Closing Mass for the 33-day Consecration to St. Joseph will take place Saturday, May 1, at 8:00 am, which is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
Prayer 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.