The Year of St Joseph
Feast Day 19th March & 1st May
The year from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021 has been declared by the Pope as a year to celebrate St Joseph.
St Joseph the Carpenter and Worker was Mary's husband and the guardian of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was often hidden or appears in the shadows, but played a very important role in the life of Jesus and our salvation. St Joseph's vocation was to love and care for Jesus. His heart, his love and all his abilities was for the service of the Messiah. St Joseph was obedient in God's will.
St Joseph was a carpenter. He is often depicted in pictures teaching Jesus how to work with wood and taught him all he knew. St Joseph worked hard to provide for his family.
Lilies are often seen by statues of St Joseph as it is said that these flowers grew from his wooden staff. He was so chosen from among other men by the blossoming of his staff like a lily. Likewise, the biblical passage, "The just man shall blossom like the lily"
It is said that St Joseph died in the arms of Mary and Jesus.
St Joseph is the patron Saint of the Catholic Church, fathers, workers and carpenters.
We are asked this year to honour St Joseph, to entrust our daily work to St Joseph, follow his example and to pray with St Joseph through the year.
Where can you hear about St Joseph in the Bible?
How will you be like St Joseph?
How to Celebrate the Year of St Joseph
- Learn about St Joseph
- Learn about St Joseph's virtues and try to imitate them
- Colour a picture of St Joseph and add it to the alter in class
- Read passages of the Bible that include St Joseph
- Participate in the 33 Day Consecration of St Joseph: https://yearofstjoseph.org/consecration/
- Plan and take part in a Virtual Visit or pilgrimage to different parishes of St Joseph
- Attend church virtually on his feast day - March 19th
- Include St Joseph in your daily prayers
- Learn a hymn for St Joseph