This year, 2021, has been announced by the Vatican to be the year of St Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church. Like St Joseph, many people during the pandemic have made hidden sacrifices to protect others, just as St Joseph quietly protected and cared for Mary and Jesus.
I invite all of you who read this to take the path less walked and walk with St Joseph this year and during Lent. Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. St Joseph is also a role model as a father who served his family with charity and humility. (Our world today needs fathers like him.) He is our most helpful and loving spiritual father.
I invite you, my church family, to consider spending some time this year learning about your patron St Joseph. Very soon, before Lent, there will be several options available to you to learn more about St Joseph. A limited quantity of Fr Donald H. Calloway’s book titled “Consecration to St. Joseph” will be available, and Fr Barr will announce when and where they will be available. For others who may be unable to commit to a
33-day Consecration to St Joseph that this book offers, you might find the pamphlet titled “St Joseph Novena and Prayers,” which includes the Litany to St Joseph as a better option. I have personally read “Consecration to St Joseph,” it’s a wonderful book, and makes you think about St Joseph in a whole new way.
Because the church is hurting financially, as is everyone, we ordered a limited quantity (just a couple dozen of each), and ask that if it be possible you pay forward a small donation. You can put your donation in the box located in the foyer of St Joseph Church or mail to the office with your request of which book you would like to get.
Also, please note there will be free rosaries available in the breezeway. Though this is a St Joseph parish “event,” all are welcome to join us. – Cynthia Saar