Marking the 150th anniversary of St Joseph being declared patron of the universal church, Pope Francis proclaimed a yearlong celebration dedicated to the foster father of Jesus. In an apostolic letter, "Patris Corde" ("With a father's heart"), the Pope said that Christians can discover in St Joseph, who often goes unnoticed, "an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble."
Here at St Mary's, we will be marking the Year of St Joseph in a variety of ways starting with introductory collective worship for all classes in January. During Lent, we have been looking at the virtues of St Joseph each week: protective, tender, loving, courageous, accepting, hardworking, obedient and selfless. We will observe St Joseph's feast day on March 19th with a presentation by Mini Vinnies and time for reflection and prayer.
Below is a list of ways to celebrate that could also be used by families and individuals at home:
Prayer for the Year of St Joseph - Pope Francis
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.