The Year of St. Joseph

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“In fact, through Joseph we go directly to Mary, and, through
Mary, to the origin of all holiness, Jesus, who consecrated
the domestic virtues with his obedience to Joseph and Mary”
- Pope Benedict XV

Bishop Kemme Declaration

January | Protector & Provider

Guardian of the Virgin; Foster Father of the Son of God

God called Joseph to be the protector of and provider for his greatest treasures: his divine Son, Jesus, and his mother, Mary. Joseph was protector and provider from the beginning. He wanted to protect Mary from the law when she was found with child. Joseph gave Mary the protection of a husband when he took her into his home as his wife. He provided for her urgent need when he anxiously sought among the dwellings of Bethlehem for a place for Mary to give birth. Joseph named the infant “Jesus” and established his status in Israel. He fled into Egypt with Mary and Jesus to escape Herod’s murderous grasp. After Egypt he established a home for them in Nazareth and there he worked diligently at his wood craft to provide for his little family. There he taught Jesus to grow in wisdom and grace. There, Mary called Joseph “husband” and Jesus called him “father.” The mysteries of the holy Virgin, Mother of God, and the Son, God Incarnate, placed in the care of Joseph, transformed a simple carpenter into the image of the eternal Father. Saint Joseph guardian of Mary, and foster father of Jesus, provide for and protect now the Mystical Body of Christ. (What meaning does this have for us, for me personally?)
Votive Mass | January 6th

February | Prayerful & Contemplative

Pillar of Family Life; Light of Patriarchs

Joseph is the light of patriarchs because he is the most sublime of all fathers. To him was given the privilege of being the father and pillar within the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. He was a secure anchor, a point of reference, a sure sign, a directing arrow, a beacon of light. All this – because as the greatest of all fathers, he was a man of deep prayer and contemplation. Openness and sensitivity to God’s Spirit comes only with prolonged fidelity to prayer. How else could his actions speak “fiat” following angelic visits in dreams? How else heard God’s voice in angel messages? How else to trust that he, a simple carpenter, could raise a King? His actions reveal his strong relationship with God. The foundation of Joseph’s life was prayer and, as on a rock, he built his family on prayer – daily prayer at home and prayer in the synagogue. His life of prayer enabled Joseph to let the paternal light of God shine through his own fatherhood, and to be a steadfast support and guide for Mary and Jesus. Joseph us teaches that God is the source of all we need. In God we find strength for our responsibilities. In God we stand firm in our vocation. In God we discover light when we lose our way. From God, and by the example of Joseph, we learn how to be a chaste husband, a loving wife, a good son or daughter, a compassionate brother or sister, a faithful friend… Saint Joseph, show us how to make our homes and our hearts places where prayer has a “home.”
Votive Mass | February 16th

A Consecration to St Joseph

Ideally, families and groups could organize themselves to make the consecration together. Fr. Calloway’s book includes material for six weeks of group meetings leading up to the consecration. On the final day a simple ceremony could be planned where the group recites the consecration prayer together led by their pastor or parochial vicar following the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

To make a 33-day consecration, we recommend that you use the new book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC.

The chart below lists suggested dates for making the consecration during the Year of St. Joseph

February 15, 2021Solemnity of St. JosephMarch 19, 2021
March 30, 2021St. Joseph the WorkerMay 1, 2021
April 11, 2021Our Lady of FatimaMay 13, 2021
July 20, 2021Our Lady of KnockAugust 21, 2021
September 30, 2021All SaintsNovember 1, 2021
November 25, 2021Holy FamilyDecember 27, 2021