Year of St. Joseph

Year of St Joseph

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St. Joseph.”  It is a wonderful opportunity to increase our love for St. Joseph and knowledge, “to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal" (Patris Corde).

The USCCB offers the following resources, catechetical material, and prayers/devotions to assist in your celebration of the special year.  Please check this page often for new resources and materials throughout the year.  

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker Action Steps

Two Feet of Love in Action

Catholic disciples on mission are called to put Two Feet of Love in Action! This foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God's love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals).

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Making Service Transformational

We can sometimes have a tendency to view service projects as isolated events that start upon arrival at the service site and end upon exit. This tendency can mean a missed opportunity to make service truly transformational for both those who serve and for those served. Interested in how to make service transformational? Then read on. There’s a tried and true process for service called Act, Reflect, Transform that can help you make the most of service!

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Act Together - We Are Salt and Light

“A prayer that does not lead you to practical action for your brother,” Pope Francis says, “is a sterile and incomplete prayer.” Prayer leads to reaching out and learning, which leads to action.

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Bishop Video Testimonials on Saint Joseph

Testimonials

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Bishop Joseph Coffey

Bishop Joseph Bambera

Bishop Joseph Tyson (English & Spanish)

 

 

Bishop Joseph Kopacz

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

Prayers & Resources

Godsplaining - The Year of St. Joseph

In this episode, Fr. Patrick Briscoe and Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress unpack the importance of the year of St. Joseph. Why did Pope Francis call for it? Who is St. Joseph to us in the spiritual life? How can we get to know St. Joseph better?

 

Livestream Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez

Livestream Mass with Archbishop José H. Gomez

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Mass from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

Additional Resources

Year of St. Joseph Novena

The USCCB has composed this novena to be prayed yearly from March 10-18, the nine days that precede the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19. Each day of the novena is accompanied by a reflection video from bishops across the United States. The novena may also be adapted for use at other times of the year, especially feasts celebrating Saint Joseph and occasions when his intercession is sought by the faithful.

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St. Joseph Adoption Novena

Invoking the intercession of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, we pray that the Lord will bless all who travel upon the path of adoption. Each day of the novena includes:

  • Intention for the day
  • Scripture reading
  • Prayer
  • Petition to St. Joseph
  • Concluding prayers

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Prayer to St. Joseph after the Rosary

A prayer to Saint Joseph was composed by Pope Leo XIII in his 1889 encyclical, Quamquam pluries. He asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary. It may be said after the customary Salve Regina and concluding prayer, and may also be used to conclude other Marian devotions.

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Year of St. Joseph - Diocese of Charlotte (2020)

Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis announced that the Diocese of Charlotte will celebrate the “Year of St. Joseph” from January 1, 2020 to May 1, 2021 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being solemnly declared Patron of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius IX in his decree Quemadmodum Deus.

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Year of St. Joseph - Diocese of Scranton (2020)

His Excellency, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera has declared this year as a “Year of Saint Joseph” to be observed in the Diocese of Scranton from March 19, 2020 to March 19, 2021.  Bishop Bambera states, “Just as Saint Joseph watched over and protected the Lord Jesus while he was on earth, we need Saint Joseph to watch over and provide for the Church today.  His intercession on behalf of the Universal Church is vital as the world faces so much upheaval and pain, and particularly as it confronts the uncertainty and pain of the coronavirus epidemic.”

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Consecration to St. Joseph

Consecration to St. Joseph emulates the tried-and-true preparation method employed by St. Louis de Montfort in his Marian consecration, highlighting many of St. Joseph’s titles, privileges, and heroic virtues.

The program of preparation and consecration from the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M. takes 33 days. It can be undertaken on your own or in a group.

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Prayer from Patris Corde

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.

 

Given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.

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Celebremos el Año de San José

La Iglesia Universal está celebrando el Año de San José desde el 8 de diciembre de 2020 hasta el 8 de diciembre de 2021.

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