Year of St. Joseph

The apostolic letter “Patris corde” (With a Father’s Heart) declares this to be the year of St. Joseph. Pope Francis describes Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father. a father who is courageous, a working father, a father in the shadows. 

This marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. St. Joseph is also patron of Canada, of our archdiocese, of workers, immigrants, travelers, unborn children and of a happy death.

Joseph was accepting the will of God, serving as obedient protector of Mary and Jesus. He was a courageous man, dealing with the problems that his family faced. He provided for his family displaying the value, dignity and joy of work. Joseph teaches us by example to strengthen our daily faith life in the fulfillment of the will of God. In this time when the need is great, Joseph reminds us to quietly care for and protect others. 

“Fathers are not born, but made,” says Pope Francis. “A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child.” Joseph is the model for all fathers of the world. His quiet obedience and acceptance is an ideal for us all. 

In this year of St. Joseph, we encourage you to entrust yourself and your family to his care, intercession and protection. 

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.  Amen.