Known as a humble carpenter and the foster father of Jesus, St. Joseph was declared the patron of the universal church by Pope Pius IX in 1870. To honor the 150th anniversary of this declaration, Pope Francis declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph from Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021. The Holy Father noted the value of reflecting on St. Joseph at a time when the pandemic has required so many to make hidden sacrifices: “Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.” At the request of Bishop Felipe Estévez, with the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Diocese of St. Augustine will commemorate the Year of St. Joseph with the theme “Go to Joseph,” extending until March 21, 2021, the feast of St. Joseph.”
The USCCB is also coming out with lots of resources to deepen your devotion to the patron of the family and the Universal Church, including the Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary and the Litany of St. Joseph.
The Sisters of St. Joseph will offer St. Joseph Novena Reflections during the nine days preceding the feast of St. Joseph (March 10-18). During these 10-minute reflections, we will reflect on St. Joseph’s virtues, his sorrows and joys, and several of his titles.
Each day’s reflection will conclude with a question for prayer time followed by recitation of the Memorare to St. Joseph as our novena and prayer. You are cordially invited to join the sisters and pray by visiting their website.